Weekend Fun Guide (May 30 – June 1 2014)


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.

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