Weekend Fun Guide (May 30 – June 1 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide


The temperature is finally what we expect of spring in Ontario so be sure to get out this weekend and enjoy it with the family!  There are lots of fun events taking place or you could check out an amusement park or local zoo.


JUMPSTART DAY 2014 – Together we can help all kids play!

Saturday, May 31st is Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Day. Come be a part of something amazing – helping kids from financially disadvantaged families in your local community get involved in sport and recreation. On Jumpstart Day, many Canadian Tire stores in Canada will have a day filled with fun activities and draws to help raise money for their local community. Some examples of events taking place this year include: Go Clean waterless car washes, chairty BBQ’s, table top games and much more! Come out to your local Canadian Tire store on Saturday, May 31 and help kids in your local community get in the game.

YMCA Healthy Kids day

Sunday June 1st is YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day!  YMCA’s from across the country will be holding FREE events for families to engage in active play and learn healthier habits. For healthy, fun activities for the whole family and to find events happening near you, click here.


Doors Open Ontario – From April to October each year, communities open the doors to some of our most intriguing and charming heritage sites.  Admission is free! The Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these hidden heritage treasures first-hand. Make your travel plans for Doors Open Ontario events in 2014 and explore the rich heritage that awaits you.  This weekend you can check out the event in Owen Sound


The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!


Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50



Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

 Around Town this Weekend…


Family Artfest – The event will provide hands on activities for young families and youth who are interested in participating and experiencing the enjoyment that art can provide.  Activities include: Car Painting & Mapping, Block Art, Utensil Painting, Easel Fun, Roller Painting, Sidewalk Chalk, Patchwork Quilt and magic shows and book readings


Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament – This year will mark the 8th annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament with teams coming from across Ontario and the United States.  Watch  250 teams playing on 20 outdoor rinks, officiated by certified referees and linesmen from BHI.


Kite Festival @ Brant Hills Park (Sunday) – Build a kite (while supplies last) or bring your own to help fill the sky with colour.  Kite flying demonstrations, entertainment, and vendors for free outdoor family fun!

Weekend Wildflower Walks @ RBG – Meet at the Nature Centre at 1:30 or 3:00 p.m. for a guided walk to explore our beautiful spring wildflowers, then visit the Green Legacy exhibition at RBG Centre to learn about native plants from across Canada.

Cherry Valley

Quinte’s Isle Bluegrass Celebration  – Being held on the enchanting grounds of Quinte’s Isle Camp Park, the celebration features local and regional Canadian bands bringing together the finest in Canadian bluegrass music..Join us for a weekend of music, food, jamming, fun and friendship. Oh, and don’t forget your fishing rod!


Dance Festival – Be engaged and enthralled with dance works from the most innovative contemporary choreographers and dance artists in Canada. At various locations around Guelph.


Home & Cottage Show –  The 36th annual Haliburton Home and Cottage Show has over 150 exhibitors. Help for any home or cottage project. Talk to the Experts. Food and beverages are available at the Curling Club. Come out, enjoy the show and meet all the exhibitors in one location.


Season of Many Frogs Peeping @ Crawford Lake – Discover wildflower wonders in Crawford Lake’s beautiful woodlands, fascinating video presentations, hands-on discoveries in the reconstructed Iroquoian Village, seasonal discovery hunt and craft making.


1860s Wedding Reenactment @ Upper Canada Village – Take part in the excitement at a re-created 19th century wedding.  Examine the contents of a trousseau and the special clothing worn by the wedding party.  Join in the ceremony at 1:30pm and all the festivities that make the wedding unique.  Marvel at the precession of horse-drawn carriages and at the beautifully attired Villagers as they make their was to the ceremony location.


Pioneer Family Day – Bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the Napanee River and come dressed a pioneer at this old fashioned, family friendly event. Enjoy… live music, watch historic reenactments, learn about pioneer life, watch demonstrations, have some yummy eats and lots of crafts and activities for kids.

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.


Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.


Bird Day Fair @ Andrew Hayden Park – Bird Day is a celebration of migratory birds and the wild spaces they inhabit.  Join Nature Canada in a celebration of the incredible migration journey of birds through a day of fun activities for the whole family. There will be nature walks, crafts and activities, a live raptor demonstration, and an opportunity to meet local groups working to protect wildlife.


Baconfest and Sunset Car Show –  Back by popular demand! Petrolia Lion’s “BACONFEST” and Spring Sunset Car Show. All proceeds to community projects.  If you love bacon, you will find tons of different foods to eat that have bacon in them from Mac n’ Cheese to chocolate and bacon cookies.  And while you’re at it, you can cheek out some cook cars


7th Annual Rotary Ribfest – Get your fingers sticky as you dig in to some delish ribs from the ribfest contestants!  There will also be vendors and lots of entertainment.  Visit their website to save $3 on Friday only.  Admission is free and they ask that you kindly leave your pets at home!

Port Carling

Muskoka Lifestyle Show – Muskoka’s Premier Home and Cottage Show! The Muskoka Lifestyle Show will showcase lifestyle, home and interior/exterior decorating products and services, outdoor fun and recreation, health and fitness, food and fashion, and everything else to enhance your Muskoka living.

Port Elgin

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 16th annual festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This Huron Fringe along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near Port Elgin.

St. Catherines

Niagara Vegfest – An annual event that takes place in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, and is part of the growing “VegFest” movement in North America. It celebrates the many benefits of a healthy, compassionate, plant-based lifestyle, and showcases exhibitors, vendors, and speakers from the Niagara region and beyond.  The festival is jam-packed with speakers, vendors, exhibitors, and activities and we look forward to welcoming you to Niagara VegFest!


MEC Bikefest – MEC Bikefest Workshops, activities and all things biking for cyclists of all skill levels. 11 am-5 pm. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen W at Strachan, mec.ca.

Summer Music in the Garden @ Harbourfront Centre – Treat yourself to free, outstanding performances of classical and traditional music from around the world. FREE!

RUNG Festival @ The ROM – RUNG brings you a line up of exotic performances and exhibits showcasing a variety of dance forms, instrumental performances, traditional crafts, workshops, documentary films plus interactive games and activities for kids. Last but not least, the delicious South Asian menu at the ROM Café!


Orchid Festival – Join specialists for tours and hikes to view the spectacular flora to be seen only on the Upper Bruce Peninsula.


Barks by the Bay – Barks by the Bay is an annual canine festival & trade show that takes place the last Saturday in May in Centennial Park, Trenton. Demonstrations all day, including: High Flying Canines, Hot Diggity Dogs and the Ultimate Air Dogs Canada! Also on site is an extensive roster of breeders, groomers, rescue groups, veterinarians, and pet stores. Many unique breeds, canine accessories, training aids, and contests. Every dog has its day at Barks by the Bay!


Waterloo Air Show –  If you love aviation, this is the show for you! Watch the dazzling spectacle above your head as planes rush by and dazzle the crowds.  Check out the Static Display, get up close to aircraft, talk to pilots, play kid-friendly activities and lock-in your spot on the viewing field.  This year they are introducing Food Truck Alley where at least a dozen gourmet food trucks will be serving a variety of fare from Britain, the Islands, Mexico, Alabama and Quebec!


North American Sport & Hobby Expo @ WFCU Centre – From Sports Freaks to Geeks, there is something for everyone.  An Action Packed Expo & Festival for All Ages with Over 175 Exhibitors, 4 Arenas & 125,000sq.ft.

Weekend Fun Guide (May 23-25 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide


Weekend fun is just around the corner and the weather looks fantastic!!  There are lots of fun events taking place across Ontario this weekend!


The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!


Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50



Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!

Around Town this Weekend…


Apple Blossom Festival – 7th Annual Apple Blossom Festival will have lots for everyone including the Ayton Lioness Club presents Farm Show
Includes anything to do with Farming!, Arts & Crafts Show, Go Green Show, Health & Wellness Show, Food Booths, farm fur & feather show and lots of additional fun for the kiddies.


Waterfront Festival – 10th Annual spring line-up will present live bands from a variety of genres.  For your added enjoyment, free outdoor entertainment will be brought to the table: street buskers, a midway with rides, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats and contests.  Don’t miss this weekend with your family; eat, drink and have fun while sharing in Barrie’s terrific community spirit.  The kids will love the fun zone and midway too!


Honey & Garden Festival – With over 170 vendors attending, and free admission, its the biggest and best yet!  There will be a Classic Car and Truck Show, Fun zone for the kids, live entertainment and bring your appetite for the many food vendors!

Brockville-Thousand Islands 

Doors Open – 2014 features 39 sites in 12 communities with something for everyone to enjoy.  A local brochure for the event can be picked up at any participating site or at Brockville Tourism (10 Market Street West). If you come for Doors Open Brockville-Thousand Islands, be sure to fill out an entry form to win a prize basket of contributions from the participating sites


Biodiversity Day @ RBG – There is no better place to celebrate the diversity of life than Royal Botanical Gardens, one of Ontario’s Biodiversity Hotspots! Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants and ecosystems. Children’s activities, special visitors from the animal kingdom, guided hikes and much more await visitors on this activity-packed celebration of International Biodiversity Day!

“ARF”Mazing Race @ Spencer Smith Park – Have fun at this year’s “ARF”Mazing Race for you, your family and your dog! Fun competition and prizes! Back by popular demand – Pooch Promenade!  Join us for a 4 km walk or a stroll around the park with your pooch.  Everyone welcome, all skill levels, all ages.  Barbeque, vendors, games.  Join us for a fun few hours in support of a good cause


Kite Day @ Ferris Park – Come make a kite or bring one of your own to fly.  10 am – 3 pm. Free admission


Retrofest – Join us for the 12th annual RetroFest ™ celebration, May 23 and 24 in the “Classic Car Capitol of Canada,” Chatham, Ontario.  In what is sure to be another great year for  Retrofest ™ events. There will be hundreds of collector cars gather on the streets of Chatham’s historic downtown core. Joining the selection of exceptional automobiles, will be a number of fun activities including the OLG Classic Car Cruise, free movie in Tecumseh Park, music, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), and a host of other nostalgic fun for the entire family!


Apple Blosson Tyme Festival – A fun and friendly community festival in the village of Colborne that happens on the last weekend in May each year. The festival welcomes everyone to experience the village and surrounding area in springtime, when there are wonderful apple orchards with beautiful and fragrant blossoms to enjoy. In the village, there is a collection of local vendors and food to sample along with vintage cars and tractors on display, a soap box derby race, a midway, baking contests, a competitive and fun spelling bee, and lots of other contests and activities.


Spring Fireworks – Lighting up the sky is the just the finale to the Spring Fireworks Night that promises hours of entertainment and family fun.  With an exceptional location at the Raceway, the Lions work to create a night full of variety, kids’ activities, and of course, a dazzling fireworks display


Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days @ Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum.


Dandelion Festival – Discover Our Roots! The Dandelion Festival is North Grenville’s premiere arts and culture festival. The three-day event in celebrates the best of the areas arts, culture, food, music and heritage.


Bike Rodeo @ Milton Sports Centre –  The participants will learn the rules of the road and bicycle handling as well as have their bike checked out by knowledgeable bike enthusiasts and have minor adjustments done on site at no charge. Each participant completing the course successfully will be given a certificate of completion and a goodie bag with additional information and coupons from participating businesses in our community.


Carassauga -The 29th annual Carassauga will highlight 72 cultures in the city with over 30 pavilions. This second-largest multicultural festival in Canada will feature entertainment, food, KidZone,  games and so much more!


Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Beginning Friday, May 9th, the Falls Fireworks Series starts off with a bang with 81 stunning displays over Niagara Falls! Enjoy displays over Niagara Falls every Friday, Sunday and Holiday until November 30th


Summerfest @ The Meeting House – The goal of this  Camp Expo & Health Fair is to help kids and families lead healthier more active lives. There will vendors of all kinds, 20+ summer camps to register your kids in, presentations, free demos and prizes.


Doors Open – Visit Orillia’s historical downtown – a treasure trove of historical, architectural and cultural sites that can be explored on your own or as part of a guided walking tour. Mississaga Street will be closed for the day, filled with live entertainment, children’s activities and street vendors.

Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.


Artfest on the Esplanade – Outdoor Art & Craft Show and Sale with over 100 artisits this year! Live performances at the Gazebo, Mask Magic art activity hosted by PineRidge Arts Council, Camp Creativity tent with art activities and So You Think You Can Dance activity in the Courtyard.

Port Elgin

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 16th annual festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This Huron Fringe along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near Port Elgin.


KatieBear Fun Day – Join us on Saturday May 24th at The Wing for the 3rd Annual KatieBear FunDay. Activites include:  KatieBear Idol, KatieBear Craft Show – Over 40 Vendors, RC vehicles, Balloon Artist, Games and prizes for kids and adults, Shave you Head for KatieBears, Candy Booth, Silent Auction and so much more!


Woofstock @Woodbine Park – This is the largest festival for dogs in North America.  Hanging on to the classics such as the WOOFSTOCK Fashion Show, Mr. And Ms. Canine Canada Pageant, and the Running of the Pugs, WOOFSTOCK is taking advantage of the new locale by adding a new dog show from the Ultimutts called Cirque Du Canine and a Doggy Kissing Booth, as well as creating an off-leash play area called Dogs Open Toronto, an homage to the famous Toronto festival, Doors Open, taking place the same weekend.

Comic Book Show @ Toronto Plaza Hotel – Come and join us for an action packed day of Buying, Selling & Trading with 40 of the hobby’s biggest & best Comic Book, Action Figure & Anime corporate and independent dealers around! Admission only $3 and Kids are always FREE! Parking is FREE too! TTC stops right in front of the hotel! Giveaways EVERY HOUR!

World Fish Migration Day @ Toronto Zoo – Visit the America’s Pavilion and learn about the Toronto Zoo’s important Atlantic salmon rear and release program involvement with local schools! Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating life travels of the native American eel. Join the Toronto’s Zoo Great Lakes Outreach Program, which is a FREE, curriculum-based education program that encourages students, educators and families to “Keep our Great Lakes Great” while learning about five local fish species at risk!

CCFEW Spring Bird Festival @ Humber Arboretum – Enjoy a morning of guided bird walks, live birds, reptiles and amphibians, backyard habitat building, art workshops, children’s activities, and educational displays. The festival is located at the southern end of the park. Bird walks are hourly, beginning at 9am. They will be running the children’s activities booth at this great event but it is ideal for everyone. Young, old experinced or inexperienced. Best part about it, it’s FREE.

Doors Open – The 15th Doors Open Toronto, presented by Great Gulf, returns this year with more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The theme for this year’s event is Secrets and Spirits … Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door – which focuses on secret spaces and stories from all over Toronto. This year’s event will include architectural and ghostly walking tours, the Doors Open Speakers Series, art exhibits at various secret spaces across the city and more than 40 new building additions


Cruzin’ On the Square – Cruzin’ on the Square is back for the third year!  Come see classic cars, and listen to live entertainment in the Waterloo Public Square.  This event will feature classic and specialty cars, vendors, activities and live entertainment

Weekend Fun Guide (June 7-9 2013)

Looking to do something different with the family this weekend?  There are lots of cool things happening this weekend including but not limited to radio-controlled planes, Highland games, food festivals and dragon boat festivals.  We know you’ll be able  to find something fun to do in our Weekend Fun Guide!

June 8th is World Oceans Day!  On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. Be a part of this growing global celebration!  Find an event in your area here


The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!


Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50



Farmer’s Markets are in full swing across Ontario!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce and  local offerings.


Doors Open Ontario – From April to October each year, communities open the doors to some of our most intriguing and charming heritage sites.  Admission is free! The Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these hidden heritage treasures first-hand. Make your travel plans for Doors Open Ontario events in 2013 and explore the rich heritage that awaits you.

Around Town this Weekend…


Ribfest – This isn’t just about the ribs…well okay it is but there is also some great live entertainment to watch, midway rides for the big and little kids, baseball and some of the best ribs around.


Loafer’s Lake Waterfront Festival – Enjoy the beautiful weather and join in the fun at the 2nd annual Loafer’s Lake Community Waterfront Festival. Learn about water safety for the summer season and participate in our variety of activities for all ages, including: peddle boats, inflatable games, rock climbing, camp games, fitness boot camps, face painting and much much more. There’s no shortage of fun here!


Downtown Cobourg Busker & Street Festival – An exhibition of professional street performers from around the world. Visitors are guaranteed to be entertained and amazed as Downtown Cobourg hosts the best of the best. Experience 3 blocks of street vendors, magicians, aerial acrobats, break dancers, stilt walkers, hula hoops, skateboard fire shows, BBQs, facepainting, dog shows, duck pond, airbrush tattoos, henna, kids’ activities and great food!


Christie Lake Float Fly  – Watch the Burlington R/C Modellers challenge the skies over Christie Lake with their radio-controlled airplanes. Planes take off and land on the water and provide exciting aerial demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Regular park admission applies.

Dundas International Buskerfest – Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages; come one come all, step right up – see the marvels, witness the wonders, feel the excitement of the greatest show on Earth!  Buskerfest is a celebration of some of the hardest working folk in showbiz; acrobatics, juggling, breakdancing, music, comedy, sideshow stunts…all out on the street working for gratuities! These talented folk and their craft and attracts performers from around the world who tour these festivals every year. This year in Dundas the countries of Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, Argentina & Israel will be represented.


Mudcat Festival – The festival celebrates one of the Grand River’s most well known inhabitants (the mudcat) and attracts thousands of visitors each year. A parade, kids fishing derby, live music, midway rides and fireworks are just a few of the weekend’s activities: voted by Festival Ontario as one of the top 100 festivals to attend, this event is one to mark on the calendar!


Highland Games – These games are committed to promoting and preserving Scottish Culture and Heritage in our community.  There will be individual and band competitions, highland dancers, heavy weight competitions, vendors, food vendors, cheer garden and clan village!


Guelph & District Multicultural Festival @ Riverside Park – Rain or Shine… food, music and most children’s activities take place inside large tents, so you can enjoy the Festival in all weather!  There will cultural performances, Bands in the Sessions Bar, Kids’ Corner Tent, Guelph Youth Council Activities and Highland Heavy Games.


LOUD Day!  @ Museum of Health Care – Think museums are quiet or boring? Let theMuseumofHealth Carechange your mind! Come make some noise and learn fun facts at theMuseumofHealth Carewith a “Balloon Blast Scavenger Hunt.” For one day only, our galleries will be filled to the brim with balloons. Pop the balloons to get skill-testing questions, then track down the answers within the Museum! While you’re at it, explore our Children’s Gallery and listen to other special sounds using stethoscopes and reflex hammers. No registration is required – drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm!


33rd Annual Greek Food Festival – Eat,Drink, Dance… OPA!Come be Greek for a day. We are celebrating our 33rd annual Greek festival showcasing our Greek culture and cuisine. Admission is $2.00 at the door. Children under 12 are free. So are you with non perishable food item donations for our local food bank. There will be live entertainment, children area, dance performers. All takes place at our community center at 527 Bridgeport Road E. on June 8th & 9th


Strawberry Festival – Local Berries, Local Artists and Local Favourites highlight the 2013 LaSalle Strawberry Festival  With a beauty pageant, parade, live sound stage, huge carnival and midway there is definitely something for everyone!  Come down this year and be treated to a free concert by Canadian recording artists “Crash Karma” on Saturday night.  Join Food Vendors from all across our region and enjoy the carnival brought to you by Robertson Amusements.  The LaSalle Strawberry Festival was selected as a top 100 festival in Ontario for 2013


Fiesta London – Come enjoy Fiesta London as it brings the sounds, culture and taste of Mexico to the City of London. A full-day of fun, food, Mariachi, and fiesta … a cultural experience!  Events include a chihuahua parade, taco, burrito and jalapeno eating contests, and live entertainment!

Muskoka Lakes

Spring Art Tour – Come out to visit the many talented artists and their work during the 11th Annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Comic Con – Niagara Falls Comic Con will be held once again at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, but this time over the course of TWO DAYS: June 8 and 9, 2013. NFCC 2013 will feature more than 50,000 square feet of comic book vendors, artists, celebrities, and more to feed your need for all things comic and pop culture related.


Spring Boat, Cottage & Outdoor Show – Great in-water selection of new & pre-owned private & dealer boats, cottage & outdoor product displays, marine safety demonstrations, variety of vendors & more! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching

Orillia Spring Blues Festival – Exciting live blues at Orillia restaurants, pubs, & waterfront park stage & beer garden! Exceptional lineup includes Juno Award winner Murray Porter with The Pappy John’s Band; The Ronnie Douglas Band; Doc MacLean, & the fabulous Lowrider Band! Downtown Orillia & Couchiching Beach Park


Peony Festival – The City of Oshawa is proud to present the 9th annual Peony Festival. Located in the heart of the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, this free event displays 300 types of Peonies in the gardens and 100’s more in Children’s Arena. Artisans, live music, food, gardening seminars, community displays and more are all part of this remarkable flower festival.


The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head – Children’s Museum is celebrating the opening of The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD all weekend. The beloved toy character will lead you on spud-taneous escapades and hands-on activities, and introduce you to different occupations. Become a jungle explorer, command the spud sub under the sea, join the crew of the space SPUD, and team up with other junior archaeologists at King Tato’s ancient digs! Once you’ve completed these tater-ific tasks, head to the Studio to make and decorate a potato sack to collect the treasures you find on your own summer adventures.

Owen Sound

Annual Family Fun Festival – This is a free event, open to all families in the area. This year we have lots of fun activities planned, including bouncy castles, mini-golf, face painting, crafts, magic shows by “The Amazing Magician”, an interactive tent from The Rocking Horse and much, much more! We are happy to provide all these fun activities, water for everyone and a dessert treat for children at no cost. Pizza will be available for purchase at a very low price.


Historical Expo @ Paris Fairgrounds – Classic cars, model trains, antique engines, old time fiddles, entertainment, tractor pull and BBQ cook off are some of the fun things to see at the Paris Fairgrounds this weekend!


Duffins Creek Spring Fair @ Pickering Museum – Entertainers, music, kid’s activities, and steam show are all a part of this heritage fair set in our quaint pioneer village.  Backwoods Players will present, “The Beasts’ Lament”, written by Angela Steyn and Julie Oakes.  Enter the 3rd annual Beard and Moustache Competition with a heritage twist!


Kids Fun Fest –  Sarnia’s one of a kind children’s festival is a destination of choice for thousands of families in June. Children are engaged and entertained with games, crafts, special activities, community performance, outreach programs, the Medieval Village, the Kid’s Safety and Sports Zones, animal demonstrations, inflatables and community information and display areas devised to excite, challenge and educate young minds.

St. Catherines

Dragon Boat Festival –  Come watch these amazing boats compete in the Sport Division, Community/Corporate Division and Breast Cancer Survivor Division.  There will be a beer garden and a Large Vendor and Food Marketplace


Woofstock – Woofstock is the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America.  Woofstock offers shopping, shows, contests, information and more.  Of course you can bring your dog if you want so they can strut their stuff in the Ms & Mr Canine Canada Pageant and other Woofstock contests.

Dundas West Fest – Spanning 12 city blocks from the Village of Brockton into Little Portugal (from Lansdowne to Roxton, just east of Ossington), Dundas West Fest features 3 festival stages, 6 busker areas, 2 kids’ areas, over 40 licensed patios and over many unique vendors.


Dragon Boat Festival – Dragon boat racing is a fun outdoor family event featuring races involving teams of 20 or more paddlers in the largest flat-water canoes in the world. Dragon dancers and vendors also featured.


Carrousel by the River – Celebrate culture @ Riverfront Plaza – This weekend the festival offers festival-goers fine food, music, warm hospitality and a myriad of cultural.  Riverfront Stage will come alive with a mixture of top quality entertainment, The Culinary Explosion Pavilion! will feature cooking demonstrations, seminars and challenges and the Children’s Village will be filled with entertainers, dancers, games, crafts, music and surprises to delight the youngest members of the family.

Weekend Fun Guide (May 3-5 2013)


Oh how I just love, love, LOVE this weather.  Spring makes me happy!  I love all the outside time my kiddies get, the exercise from riding bikes and scooters and catching up with the neighbours as we dust off the Winter cobwebs.  Be sure to get outside with your family this weekend and welcome Spring with open arms!

There are some great attractions open this weekend including local drive-ins, Canada’s Wonderland, African Lion Safari and Centreville Amusement Park!


Spring is in the air and that means that fresh produce and local items will be available at Farmers Markets.  Many are already open or opening soon.  Check for a  Farmer’s Markets near you!


Did you know that May 4th is FREE Comic book day?  Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.  Check for  store near you here

Around Town this Weekend…


Maple Festival & All That Jazz – Where you’re once again tempted by the Maple Syrup Products, especially the maple donuts! This is a festival that appeals to young and old alike, made better by the spirit of the town’s residents.  Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast, stroll through the historic town with its many boutique shops and services and to see the joy on the faces of the children as they wait to go on the latest rides.  While enjoying maple products sit a listen to some of the many jazz bands sprinkled throughout the town.


Migration Mania @ Presqu’ile Park –  Yellow, green, indigo, orange streaking across the sky and into the new leaves of the trees in Presqu’ile! It can only mean one thing: Spring Migration!If you are new to bird life in the Park — or want to sharpen your skills — come for the spotting, and the tips on how to find these dazzling gems by sight and sound. Participants would be expected to bring their own binoculars.


Home & Garden Show @ RBG – There will be exhibitors, seminars and a kids zone where they can make and decorate a coconut pot, then plant a seed to take home with you.

Auxiliary Plant Sale @ RBG – Bring a piece of Royal Botanical Gardens to your own garden. Specialty annuals, herbs, veggies, Native Plant, ferns, perennials, shrubs, iris & hemerocallis from RBG’s collection, Auxiliary Favourites, and more . . .


Frog Watchers Hike @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – The swamps and ponds at Mountsberg are alive with the calls of frogs and toads!  Experienced guides help guests search for these amazingly vocal creatures as well as the elusive salamanders. A Puppet show and pond study bring this night alive for young naturalists.  The event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Pre-registration required

Grand Bend

Studio Art Tour – The annual Grand Bend Area Studio & Gallery Tour in Grand Bend and Port Franks, Ontario, Canada features more than 34 artists working in a range of media from fine art in oils, pastels, watercolours, acrylics, glass, textiles, wood and photography. Studio tour brochures can be picked up at Grand Bend’s Welcome Centre, open Monday to Friday noon to 4pm and on Saturday

Somerset County Parks


Hawkwatch Season – Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby is Niagara’s best viewing location of the annual migration of birds of prey. See hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures overhead as they migrate north from South and Central America, the Caribbean and the United States to their Canadian nesting areas. Experience this natural phenomenon at Beamer.


Doors Open – Doors Open Hamilton celebrates and informs visitors and citizens alike of the rich  architectural and cultural heritage of this former steel town as it evolves into a diverse, eclectic and creative community.  Our 11th annual event, organized by community volunteers, will open 50 sites across the city


Doors Open – (Saturday only) – Come out and discover Innisfil’s gems on May 4. Highlights for 2013 include historical walking tours, street entertainers, a behind-the-scenes theatre tour, agricultural tours and emergency services demonstrations.


Cinco de Mayo Festival – The Kitchener Market will heat up on Saturday, May 4 with Latin cultural activities for the whole family, including crafts, face painting, and cooking classes for children and adults, featuring Mexican menu items.  Live entertainment will commence at 10:30 a.m.


Festival of Birds @ Point Pelee National Park – Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forest meets expansive wetlands, offering up opportunities to find a wide variety of species.  Check out their website for specifics on hikes and activities.


Farm Spring Craft Show @Country Heritage Park – “An extravaganza of talent and originality”!  Over 135 juried craft vendors, Quality handcrafted jewellery, fashion, art, furnishings and Live entertainment and food

Mompreneur Showcase – Join us as we we showcase over 100 local mom-owned businesses from Milton and surrounding areas! Enjoy FREE Family fun, activities, interactive stations, and of course lots of unique shopping!



Orillia Perch Festival – One of Canada’s Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus … Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!  JUST FISH TO WIN !!!  On April 20th until May 11th


Mama and Chicks @ Quality Hotel (Friday only) – A fabulous Shopping day out with over 55+ Vendors selling unique products, many of them handmade! Vendors are all are either small local businesses or mompreneurs. Come and support our many mompreneurs and small businesses in our community.


New Learning Centre Grand Opening @ Canada Agricultural Museum – Come see our brand new space and see what a great addition it will make to the Museum. While you’re at it, visit the Museum for a fun-filled day of activities and demonstrations, such as ice cream making, butter making, grooming a calf, making an edible craft, and seeing tools and farm machinery in action. With so much already going on, visiting the animal barns and playing on the play structure are just icing on the cake!

Tulip Festival – The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually.  The festival’s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved and well-known cultural events.

Handmade Harvest SPRING Show – Join us, and 50+ vendors as we revisit the home of good old fashioned barn dances, pie eating competitions, and the ever popular Handmade Harvest SPRING Show



Doors Open – (Saturday only) Come and discover Peterborough’s most exciting STARS as Doors Open Peterborough celebrates some of the most popular sites from the past 10 years. Doors Open Peterborough will offer residents and visitors a chance to connect and engage with the architectural and cultural heritage of this community. Free fun for family and friends!

Smith Falls

Home & Living Show – Lots to see & do with over 70 exhibits, demonstrations, speakers and entertainment.


M4S show @ Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall, Exhibition Place – What do toothpaste, diamonds and Magnets have in common?  Find out at M4S!  M4S is a FREE public Mining, Minerals, Metals and Materials show. Hands-on educational activities for the whole family. Plus, attendees can enter for a chance to win a De Beers diamond valued at over $3,500!

Four Winds Kite Festival @ Kortright Centre – It’s time to look up, way up, and watch the fabulous and fascinating kites that will fly through the air. This is a great great way to get out for some family as everyone looks sky-high at the professional kite flying demonstrations and enjoys some Spring themed activities.

14th Annual Spring Toad Festival @ Toronto Zoo – Celebrate the arrival of spring by experiencing the sights and sounds of amorous male toads in search of that special someone!  There will be heaps of fun activities for children and adults alike, including: face painting, froggy games like “Fish for a Prize,” Toady the Mascot, lessons on tracking wildlife using GPS technology, and information on how to become a Frog Watcher or Turtle Detective. It’s “toad-ally” fun for the whole family!



Walleye World Fishing Derby – The 2013 Walleye World is shaping up to be a major event once again with some exciting new additions and new friends coming to join us on the waters of the Bay of Quinte. This year we have upsized our entertainment, activities and contests.


Doors Open – (Saturday only) – Whitby’s unique identity is showcased through both new and historical sites. The provincewide theme this year – Cultural expressions – will celebrate the relationship between heritage and the arts, giving visitors the opportunity to view some of Whitby’s most interesting landscapes through the eyes of an artist. Explore the creativity, special programming, demonstrations, tours and musical performances at our various sites


Petapalooza Pet Expo – Join the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society May 4 & 5 at Roseland Golf and Curling Club for the second annual Petapalooza Pet Expo. Come check out the businesses and services providing products to Windsor area pet owners, get professional advice about your pets, and sample the many great products available for purchase. The first 500 paid entries will receive goody bags full of awesome coupons, swag and other valuable information. Admission is $2 per person and free for kids under 12. Dogs and cats welcome!

Weekend Fun (September 28-30, 2012)

The weekend is right around the corner and there are so many wonderful things going on in a town near you.  Get out and get some fresh air with the family and enjoy your weekend… you deserve it!

Ajax Doors Open Ajax – Take a glimpse inside our diverse and historical buildings and discover our rich and unique heritage.

Ayr – Family Fall Festival at Snyder’s Farm – There’s something for everyone, puppet shows, petting zoo, hayride, corn maze, and so much more. Fall treats to tempt anyone, freshly made caramel apples, deep fried mars bars and pumpkin pie. Over 16 activities to enjoy, come out to Snyder’s Family Farm and create memories to last a lifetime.


Carnegie Days Festival 2012 – Carnegie Days offers visitors of all ages great events that explore the role language plays in contemporary art. Exhibitions, public art projects, performances, author readings, artist talks, film and video screenings, guided tours and hands-on workshops take place at the MacLaren and across the city of Barrie

Chappell Farm’s Fall Festival – Now until October 31st!  Farmyard animals, Hay Maze, Corn Maze, The Boo Barn, Trike Track, Sand Diggers, Play Area, Pick  your own Pumpkin, Magic Shows, Live Entertainment, Jumping Castle (weather permitting), The Haunted Barn “theme changes yearly”

Bobcaygeon – Fall Fair – Horse show, Tractor pull, Parade, Exhibits, Midway, Live stock shows, Entertainment, Derby and more.

The Blue Mountains – Fall Colours Weekend – Local wine and cider tasting, guided hiking, Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Craft Show, Apple Pie Trail adventures and country road and river touring.  Follow the apple pie trail from Collingwood past Meaford

Burlington –  Applefest Fall Fair  (Sunday only) – An old-fashioned fair right in the city! The day kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast from 9am-11am. The fall harvest celebration, from 11am-4pm is held at Ireland House at Oakridge Farm and features a wide variety of apple themed things to see do and eat along with all the traditional country harvest fair activities, artisans, music and live entertainment all day.

Brampton – Downey’s Farm Pumpkinfest (until October 31st) Unlimited Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment, Super-Cat-Super-Curve, Dump Truck Slide, Balloon Typhoon, Trike Track, Face Painting, Straw Jump, Farm Animals, Super Corn Maze, The Black Hole

Brighton Applefest – Most Applefest activities are centred around the main street and nearby King Edward Park. Events include BBQs, a dog show, children’s village, dances, a street fair, car show, arts and crafts show, dinners and a mammoth Saturday afternoon parade.

Caledonia – 140th Caledonia Fair – Entertainment, Pet show, Baby show, Demolition derby, Crafts, Midway, Food and more…

Chatam-Kent – Doors Open

Coldwater – Fall Fair – Entertainments, craft, competitions, midway, vendors, food, Animals, Tractor pull, Derby, Parade and much more

Egmondville – Ciderfest -Flea market, rope making, weaving, rug braiding, carving, heritage demos, tea cup reading, hot and cold cider, apple fritter, beef on a bun, hot dogs, etc. House open for tours.

Elmvale – Pumpkin Mania at Rounds Ranch (running until October 28th) Participate in here’s Pumpkin Seed Spitting for the older men, Pumpkin Hockey for the sportier types, Pumpkin Bowling for the ladies, Pumpkin Pie Eating contest for those with a big appetite and Oooey Gooey pumpkin for kids who like to play in guck.They also offer a petting zoo to pet and feed animals, pedal cart racetrack, western playground with ziplines & slides & a buckin’ bronco, barrel train boxcar rides, Moo Maze, huge cornfield maze, Ghost Town, pony rides, wagon rides to pick your own FREE pumpkin and more fun for all ages!For more information: 705-322-6293 or visit www.roundsranch.com

Fonthill –  Pumpkin Festival at Howell’s Farm – Straw barn, Forest Walk, Play area, Animals, Pumpkin slingshot, Ducky races, Lots of funny shows and so much more that you’ll want to go see in person!


Cultural Days (Saturday only) – Artisan demonstrations, family fun and costume dress-up

Doors Open – The Town of Gananoque invites you to experience some of the most intriguing and charming heritage sites in eastern Ontario.

Guelph – Graffiti Fest (Saturday only) – Cork Street will be closed to traffic, but bustling with activity as we showcase Guelph’s creative and artistic talents. There will be food and drink and music too

Halton Hills – Doors Open Halton Hills – Join in the excitement of the first Door Open in Halton Hills

Hamilton –  Touch a Tractor Charity Event  (Sunday only) – Taking place at Robar Centre the festivities include  The Hamilton Tiger Cat Players and Cheerleaders, Many Might Machines, Face painting, BBQ and much, much, more!!!

Hampton – Fun Farm Fall Weekends at Pingles Farm – Play areas, Straw Maze, Trike Track, Farm Animals, Bunnyville, Face Painting, Bugsy Balloon, Pumpkin Balloon, and Pedal Cart Track with more new carts! Don’t forget to check our newest addition to the Fun Farm, Pingle’s Barn Bouncer.

Kawartha Lakes – Kawartha Farmfest is Sept 29! A great 1-day self guided driving tour of farms and rural attractions!

Kitchener – Bingeman’s Scream Park – Bingemans will open the haunted gates of Screampark for the 7th year on September 28th to mark the start of the screaming season. Last year our park was filled with the shrieks and curdling screams of petrified guests that left them wanting more! Our chicken count has never been higher which left a total of 817 guests who couldn’t bear the thought of what might lie around the next corner.  Think you can you handle it?

Lambton County – Door Open Lambton County – Visit historic homes, performing arts venues, national historic sites, innovative businesses, green industries and more!

London – Doors Open London – 2012 is the 11th year that Doors Open London (DOL) has participated in the provincewide Doors Open Ontario program. This year, DOL will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. DOL will feature sites that have architectural, historical, social and cultural significance to this commemoration. Doors Open London is proud to be a part of Doors Open Ontario!


Fall Fair – Monster trucks, vendors, competitions, midway, Interactive agri-food tent, Demolition derby, horse show, Petting zoo, children’s entertainers and lots of yummy food

Whittamore’s Farm Pumpkinland – Thousands of pumpkins, hay rides, animals, spooky forest, farm maze, lots of play areas and climbers and much much more

Metcalfe –  Fall Fair – Entertainment, Midway, Derby, Animals, Agricultural displays, Tractor Pull, Classic car show and much more.

Middlesex –Doors Open Middlesex – Step back in time and experience our area’s history as we Defending a nation –celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a significant and defining event in Canadian history.

Milton – Springridge Harvest Festival – Running on weekends until the end of October.  Families will enjoy: A Professional Puppet Show “The Great Pumpkin Mix-Up” (Show Times: 11, 12, 1, 2:30 & 4), Wagon ride to the 5-acre Corn Trail, Spooky Boo Barn, Spiderweb Climber, Farm Yard Pipe Slide,Access to the Fun Farm Yard: Farm Animal Barn, Escarpment Educational Lookout, Giant Sandbox, Plywood Milking Cow, Witches Mouth Corn Trail, Tricky Trails Corn Maze, Straw Bale Jumping & Pyramids


Doors Open Mississauga – The 9th annual Doors Open Mississauga event will highlight unique architectural, heritage and cultural buildings, with a special focus on the Mississauga Civic Centre’s 25th anniversary. A selection of sites will also support the national Culture Days celebrations by offering performance and/or exhibiting venues to our local arts and arts groups.

Culture Days – Over 70 free things to do in Mississauga this weekend


Doors Open Oakville – Join us for our 5th year of Doors Open Oakville

Culture Days – Culture Days is a free, interactive celebration of arts and culture from coast to coast. Culture Days was conceived in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society.  Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre will be the hub for Culture Days 2012 in Oakville

Orillia – Downton Orillia Harvest Festival (Saturday only) – Food, Merchandise and Entertainers will be on-hand. There will be activities for all ages: Free Hay Rides, Restaurant Chili Cook-off, Farm Equipment Displays, Live entertainment, Food Drive supporting the Sharing Place Food Bank, and Lots More!!


Oktoberfest – WUNDERBAR!!! Oktoberfest Ottawa 2012 is Ottawa’s premier Oktoberfest celebration and music festival. With many local performers such as The Bushpilots, Good 2 Go and Canadian chart toppers The Julian Taylor Band, Oktoberfest Ottawa 2012 is a party you won’t want to miss!

Ottawa home and design show – Meet the professional designer, staging experts, and local suppliers that will point you in the right direction this design season.  Every portion of the home can be explored, from information on home building and renovations, to construction, and home materials.  Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable information to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.

Parry Sound – Doors Open Parry Sound – Enjoy the beautiful colours of Georgian Bay country as you enjoy Doors Open

Picton – TASTE Community Grown (Saturday Only) – Prince Edward County’s annual one-day epicurean experience featuring regional chefs, gifted growers, wonderful winemakers and the best beers, cider and cuisine.

Port Elgin – Pumpkinfest – Entertainment, Pet show, Baking contest, Science fun, Car show, Agricultural tent, Helicopter rides, food vendors, Pony rides, Petting zoo and much much more

Port Stanley/Sparta – Doors Open Port Stanley – Sparta – Our Doors Open event is a joint program of Port Stanley and Sparta in Elgin County. Port Stanley is a lakeside village of 2,200 residents on the shore of Lake Erie. The historic village of Sparta is located just north of Port Stanley, in rolling wine country. Sparta began as a Quaker community in the early 1830s and has preserved much of its local history and architecture.  We have been part of Doors Open Ontario for eight years, adding new venues and revisiting favourites each year.

Port Sydney – Annual Turkey Dinner and Fireworks at the Port Sydney Community Hall and Port Sydney beach (Saturday only, 3:30-7:30)  For more details, contact 705-385-2722.

Ripley – Ripley-Huron Fall Fair  (Friday and Saturday only) – Parade, Tractor pull, Texting Competition, Contests, Karaoke, Animals, Clowns, Car & Truck show, Dance and much more

Ruthven – Apple Festival – Bring the entire family and enjoy two spectacular fun filled days that will include weekend long musical entertainment, a host of rides and games for children, the Apple Festival Car Show, over 100 craft and food vendors and the popular Farmers Market filled with all the bounty of Essex County.

St. Thomas – Doors Open St. Thomas – Join us in 2012 when we rediscover the St. Thomas Street Railway. This railway began operating in 1879 as a horse-drawn service. It facilitated train connections between the stations of the Michigan Central, London and Port Stanley, Grand Trunk and Père Marquette railways, as well as commuting to work and shopping. The line was electrified in 1898.

Sturgeon Falls –  Cranberry Festival –  The Sturgeon River House Museum will be hosting the 13th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday  and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Local artisans craft sale, live entertainment, cranberry pancake breakfast, kids activities and so much more. For more information, please call 705-753-4716 or e-mail info@srhm.com

Temagami – Dream Catcher Autumnfest – Art classes, house boat tours, food, scavenger hunt, Community market, games and more

Toronto – The King East Design District Exhibition – This weekend long event will combine various aspects of design found in the city of Toronto. The event takes place on King Street East and in the Distillery District. The exhibition will allow the opportunity to explore all things decadent from furniture, accessories, cars, food, wine and dining. Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain a passport by making a $10 donation to Habitat for Humanity Toronto which can lead to fabulous prizes. This passport will record your journey to the various showrooms that will feature unique interactive and educational experiences.

Vaughan – Doors Open Vaughan–  Eleven Sites Each one specially selected because of its historical, architectural, cultural and/or environmental significance – will open their doors to the public free-of- charge for this two-day event.

Waterdown – Fall Artisan & Craft  Show (Saturday only) – Featuring local handcrafted and handmade items


Fall Home Show & Healthy Living Expo – Check out all of the latest products and services being offered to you!  It’s a great way to spend a family weekend outing together.  There will be something for everyone!

Doors Open Windsor – Windsor’s Sandwich Town saw a number of skirmishes during the war – two private homes and one church that are featured on our tour were standing at that time. We also feature sites that tell the story of prohibition and the Underground Railroad, and churches that paint a picture of Windsor’s wide ethnic diversity. Our event takes place over two days and is set up in clusters so that our guests can easily move from place to place.