Every season is FESTIVAL SEASON and we have your go to list of the best new and upcoming festivals near and far north from Toronto for 2019. From the much beloved Butter Tart to the treasured kayak, there are endless opportunities that will get you out discovering the best of Ontario’s cottage country and beyond.
ROAD TRIP worthy festivals are the start to great memories with family and friends and you can trust us to keep you updated and the best festivals up north.
These are our “BESTIVALS”
Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival
June 8, 2019
Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest is the province’s premier event celebrating everyone’s favourite ooey-gooey pastry—the butter tart! Each year tens of thousands of visitors flock to Midland, Ontario to taste the best of the best butter tarts in the province. Our butter tart contest draws professional and home bakers from all over the province to compete for the title ‘Best Butter Tart in Ontario’.
Kawartha Craft Beer Festival
June 14-15, 2019
Join Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in the heart of beautiful Kawartha Lakes for the 5th annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival, showcasing some of the best beer in Canada.
Now in the 5th year, the event has moved to a new location at Del Crary Park, featuring live music, games, merchandise and craft vendors, delicious food and 16 craft breweries and cideries!
Festival Du Loup
July 11-13, 2019
French Canadian Heritage and Cultural Festival celebrating the roots and the “alive and well” French community. It is a family event with music blending professionals and locals. A taste of the past and present through music, exhibits, arts, food and laughter! The theme of the Festival originates from the legend of the wolf of Lafontaine.
Muskoka Pride Festival
July 19-28, 2019
The 10-day week of events kicks off on Friday July 19th with the Huntsville Kickoff Party. Featuring grassroots community events across Muskoka over 10 days, the Muskoka Pride Festival is a family-friendly celebration of gender and sexual diversity. The 10th annual Muskoka Pride Picnic closes the week on Sunday July 28.
Mattawa Voyageur Days
July 26-28, 2019
Rock where the rivers meet at explorer’s point. Friday’s country night, which takes place July 26 will feature Matt James, Johnson’s Creek and Lonestar. Taking to the stage on Saturday’s Rock Where the Rivers Meet, July 27, will include The Static Shift, Harlequin, Honeymoon Suite and Platinum Blonde. And Sunday’s Tribute Night will feature Roadhouse, Queen Flash, a tribute to Queen, and Destroyer, a tribute to Kiss. Daytime entertainment will include the Great Canadian Lumberjack Show and Water Sport Demonstration shows.
Sawdust Music Festival
August 2-4, 2019
Sawdust City Music Festival is excited to announce the festival’s return to beautiful historic “Sawdust City” Gravenhurst, ON this coming August long weekend. The third annual 3-day multi-venue music festival will take place August 2nd to 4th. The weekend will include two nights at the Opera House, evening shows at the Sawdust City Brewing Co. Saloon, a Songwriters’ Circle, Music on the Barge, Free Sunday Kids Zone, a vendor village in Gull Lake Rotary Park, performances at the Oar and Arts At The Albion.
Coldwater Steampunk Festival
August 9-10, 2019
Join us for this year’s multicultural adventure featuring our Life-size Giraffes Smartie & Skittle, Afro-futurism art exhibit, Safari storytelling, and a tribute to Stan Lee for creating Marvel`s Black Panther super-hero T`Challa (created in 1966!) PLUS we have interactive biomes for you to explore, as well as a bone, stone, shell and fossil exhibits, Headline performances by The African Dance Ensemble, and a spotlight on Canada’s Black history & the story of North-Simcoe’s Oro-African Episcopalian Church.
Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve
August 14-18, 2019
The Forest Festival offers a rich mixture of the performing arts within the wilderness beauty of Haliburton Forest. The Forest Festival advisory committee is already hard at work planning the 2019 season. We will be offering concerts at our wonderful and rustic Logging Museum at Base Camp.
The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival
August 23-25, 2019
From paddling events, kayak sprint events to Arts & Culture Routes Vendors, kayak celebration is in the air and you cannot miss it in Timmins, Ontario. And even if you are not into kayaking competition, there is still something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights you can expect from one of the best and popular kayak competitions in Canada and Ontario in particular. Cruising the Mighty Mattagami Pontoon Ride. Family Leisure Paddle & Shore Lunch. Stand-up Paddle Board Demonstration and Fun Challenge. Arts, music, dance, kids fun, leisure tours and fireworks.
Rama Pow Wow
August 24-25, 2019
Join us for the annual Rama First Nation Powwow! Competition powwow featuring some of Turtle Island’s best singers and dancers. Dozens of food, arts, craft, and educational vendors onsite. $10/day, $15/weekend. Free for seniors, veterans, disabled, and children under 12.
Festival of Small Halls
September 12- 29, 2019
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about sharing a love of music in a beloved place. The Festival brings exceptional Canadian musicians to small venues across Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. These buildings have rich cultural histories and countless stories to tell.
Hike Haliburton Festival
September 18-20, 2019
Canada’s largest hiking festival. The Hike Haliburton Festival welcomes over 1,500 people participate in 75 guided hikes throughout the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. Hikers of all ages and abilities come from all over Ontario – and beyond – to take in the wonder of our the Haliburton Highlands. The Festival goes beyond just ‘traditional hiking‘; heavily integrating the arts, culture, heritage and foodie experiences to truly showcase the area.
Apple Harvest Festival
Blue Mountain Village
October 12-14, 2019
There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours than at the Blue Mountain Village! Free family activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, scavenger hunts, apple fun, hiking, biking and fall driving tours.
Bala Cranberry Festival
October 18-20, 2019
The Bala Cranberry Festival is many, many things, but most of all it’s a FUN-FILLED weekend for everyone!
One of Ontario’s premier arts and crafts shows with hundreds of exceptional vendors. An entertaining festival with a fall fair’ atmosphere. Live music, entertainers/performers and attractions all weekend long! Great for adults! Couples, girlfriends and friends will love the excellent shopping, live entertainment and great food.
McLean Berry Farm, Buckhorn
March 16, 17, 23, 24, & 30, 31 2019
At Maplefest, there are a ton of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Whatever it is you’re looking for this spring, McLean’s Maplefest is a great way for everyone to shake off a long winter and enjoy the celebration of springs arrival.