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april 19, 2022

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Festival Fun In Ontario this Summer

Summer is right around the corner, which means festivals are going to be here before we know it. It’s been a couple of years since our beloved festivals have been able to fully happen, so take advantage of them all this year. We are so excited to get back outside enjoying live music, fun and entertainment. There are festivals all over Ontario all Summer long you won’t want to miss out on. Not sure which ones you want to attend or even what’s happening? We’ve put together a list of some great festivals for you to read up on right here.  Plus we’re always updating our event calendar on our website with all the best events and festivals around the Province so you can start planning ahead. Check out festivals near you or search for festivals in other regions and plan a weekend getaway around them!

June Festivals

article1apr192022.jpgKick off Summer at The Wasaga Water Front Festival in Wasaga Beach to take part in the wacky boat regatta, sand castle building, ploverpalooza, kite fest, exhibits, live bands and lots of beach time at one of the largest beaches. Check out their website for even more happening all summer long. June is Pride Month in Toronto, and Pride Toronto has events happening all month long. Rock out to 10 open-air stages to rock, pop, dance, hip hop, R&B, country, traditional, folk, retro and disco music. Learn about activism, education & the history & culture of global LGBTQ communities through family fun, parades and cultural events! In Hamilton enjoy a cultural event, FrancoFest on from the 17-18th.  As one of the largest Francophone festivals in Ontario, learn about the history and culture, while you enjoy concerts, circus shows, family activities and artistic workshops! In Ganonoque don’t miss out on the 1000 Islands Family Ribfest and Music Festival from June 30 to July 3. Enjoy live music, events, shopping, and incredible food!

July Festivals

article2apr192022.jpgIn Red Lake, the Norseman Floatplane and Music Festival is on from the 15th-17th where you get to experience static aircraft displays, water bombing and MNR forest fire fighting displays, a street festival, beer gardens, music, street performers, mining displays, and more. In Niagara, head to the TD Niagara Jazz Festival to get a front row seat to jazz music performed by the finest Canadian & internationally acclaimed jazz musicians while you enjoy wine, ciders and culinary delights in wine country. The Mount Forest Fireworks Festival is taking place this year from the 15th - 19th with one of the most impressive fireworks shows! Have fun during the day at the Midway, KidZone, street vendors, live shows by entertainers, delicious food and 500+ cars on main street. In Scottish tradition, the annual Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville is one of the largest in the world! Experience highland dancing, heavyweights, fiddling, Celtic bands & North America’s largest massed pipe bands. Buy Scottish treats, goodies and more!

August Festivals

article3apr192022.jpgIn Timmins, take part in the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival from the 23-25 for epic kayak races for all ages, activities for kids, a fishing pavilion, a classic car show, sunset yoga, a strong man competition, The Rock Harley Davidson exhibit, and two nights of free concerts. Visit Russell, Ontario near Ottawa, for the Russell Fair from the 11-14 for a midway, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, live entertainment, Craft Beer Festival, Special Needs Day and Horse Show. In Toronto, the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is back as one of the largest fairs in North America on from the 19 until September 5. Get tickets to experience entertainment, concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, midway rides, games, a working farm, animals, parades, international food, shopping, Kids' World, and a 3-day Air Show. The Kitchener Blues Festival is on from the 4th -7th and is one of the largest Blues festivals in Canada with top flight international, national & local blues & roots artists performing for all to enjoy! In Oro-Medonte from the 4th-7th grab tickets for one of the largest outdoor festivals and concerts of the summer, Boots and Hearts Music Festival. It’s Canada's largest country music festival with performances by Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia line and Shania Twain and more! In Woodbine this summer, dress up and grab tickets for The Queen’s Plate taking place on the 21st.  This prestigious sporting event is known for its’ fashion, food, and live racing excitement.

September & October Festivals

article4apr192022.jpgIn September, take in excellent Jazz music at the The World of Jazz Festival in Brampton. This free event will feature 18 ensembles performing jazz, blues, funk, bebop, swing, Latin jazz & more on multiple outdoor stages. Grab food from different restaurants, food vendors, and kids will have fun in the kids zone! Also in Sept. from the 9-18th is the Western Fair in London.  Enjoy midway rides, music, animals, agriculture, entertainment for the whole the family and much more! As Fall sets in, head to Norwood for the Norwood Fall Fair on from Oct. 8-10th filled with cattle & horse shows, midway rides, kids’ games, baby animals, crafts & baked goods, live entertainment, tractor pulls, lawn tractor racing, and an antique car show. The Norfolk County Fair is one of the top Festivals in Ontario with the largest outdoor horse show in Canada.  Taking place this year from Oct. 4th-10th, enjoy competitions, art, fun food, indoor local market, celebrity chefs, entertainment and motor sports. Fall in Ontario has tons of festivals and fairs taking place. Ontario Fairs is the provincial association representing over 200 Agricultural Societies around the province. Experience so many different agriculture events in September and October filled with learning and excitement. Visit their website for a full list of events, fairs and festivals taking place all over!


Featured Events


April 22 - 24, 2022
Toronto, Ontario

featuredevent1apr192022.jpgThe T.O Food & Drink Fest is 3 epic days of incredible food, drink, culinary demos, shopping, music and more! Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, experience local chefs, restaurants, winemakers, spirit, beer, cider companies and culinary products. This food fest has everything a foodie could imagine plus all the latest food and drink trends.  Don’t miss out on chef workshops, wine tasting, culinary classes and music that’ll have you eating and dancing all day long!


April 22-24, 2022
Ottawa, Ontario

featuredevent2apr1920222.jpgIt’s the time of year to explore once again the Cottage Life & Backyard Show in Ottawa!  Meet exhibitors showing docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more. This is one of the largest Outdoor shows in Ontario and Quebec that has everything an outdoor enthusiast could want to explore. With more than 150 exhibitors, top outdoor industry brands, and shopping deals galore, how could you miss out on this? Take part in talks and demonstrations, cottage rental money making opportunities, build drought resistant gardens, and discover sustainable solutions for your home or cottage. Water lover? See the latest watercrafts, docks, water toys, outdoor furniture and décor. Meet builders and contractors, realtors, see innovative building products, small structures and eco-friendly solutions.


Toronto, Ontario
April 28 - May 01, 2022

featuredevent3apr192022.jpgToronto's Women from Space Festival returns with performances by visionary women working in exploratory musical traditions.  This year features performances from the legendary Sook-Yin Lee, throat singing innovators PIQSIQ, Toronto groove unit TUSH, musician/producer Lisa Conway (AKA L Con) and lauded improvising virtuosi like Marilyn Lerner, Nicole Rampersaud, and Lori Freedman. The event will also include unclassifiable sets merging music with movement, poetry, puppetry, and other artforms with performers such as Aisha Sasha John, Paramorph Collective, Susanna Hood, Peter Morin, Germaine Liu and many more.

Featured festival:  Festival of the Sound

featuredapr192022.jpgThe Festival of the Sound is a world-renowned chamber and classical music festival in Parry Sound. Founded in 1979 by pianist Anton Kuerti, The Festival has grown to take place over three weeks with dozens of concerts and weekends of jazz and folk music. There will be special events such as cruises, masterclasses and more!  The concerts will happen in the Charles W. Stockey Centre and other beautiful local venues like the Island Queen Cruise Ship and the Festival Station Office. For full details on this incredible festival check out their website.


only in ontario - Royal Botanical Gardens

onlyinontapr192022.jpgThe Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is a one-of-a-kind in Ontario! The gardens were the region’s first botanical gardens, located in Burlington. The idea for the gardens was taken from Kew Gardens in England and was created to be a regional botanical tourism site and an environmental agency. This national historic site, RBG is known world-wide for its extensive 400 acres of gardens! What’s so special about these gardens? They protect over 2300 acres of environmentally sensitive lands and diverse ecosystems that connect the Niagara escarpment to Lake Ontario. This incredible spot has gardens so beautiful; they’ll take your breath away. Visit today!

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