The Bestivals – Best Festivals Up North Ontario

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 2020. 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”

Muskoka Earth Festival

Muskoka Earth Festival

Bracebridge
Grey calendar icon May 30, 2020

Join us for a day of celebration, learning, music, food and fun.  Shop in the green marketplace for creative and eco-friendly products and services, enjoy live music and locally crafted beer and food vendors. Be inspired to embrace a more earth-friendly lifestyle at a DIY workshop or speaker presentation. The festival is family-friendly with children’s activities and entertainment.

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Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival

Midland
Grey calendar icon June 13, 2020

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’.

 

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Kawartha Beer Festival

Kawartha Craft Beer Festival

Peterborough
Grey calendar icon June 19-20, 2020

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!

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Festival Du Loup

LaFontaine
Grey calendar icon July 16-18, 2020

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.

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Muskoka Pride Festival

Muskoka Pride Festival

 Muskoka
Grey calendar icon July 17-26, 2020

The 10-day week of events kicks off on Friday July 17th 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.

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Muskoka Music Festival

Muskoka Music Festival

Gravenhurst
Grey calendar icon July 31 – August 2, 2020

We are so excited to announce that Sawdust City Music Festival is now MUSKOKA MUSIC FESTIVAL

“We intend to continue to grow in a sustainable and locally-minded way and celebrate the past and future of Historic Gravenhurst.” The festival will return in 2020 from July 31 – August 2.”

The boutique 3-day multi-venue festival takes place in Gravenhurst, ON annually over the August long weekend.

 

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Coldwater Steampunk Festival

Coldwater Steampunk Festival

Coldwater

Grey calendar icon August 7, 2020

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.

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The Forest FestivalForest Festival

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve
Grey calendar icon August tba, 2020

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 2020 season.  We will be offering concerts at our wonderful and rustic Logging Museum at Base Camp.

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The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival

Timmins
Grey calendar icon August 21-23, 2020

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.

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Rama First Nation Pow Wow

Rama Pow Wow

 Rama
Grey calendar icon August 22-23, 2020

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.

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Festival of Small Halls

Festival of Small Halls

Ottawa valley
Grey calendar icon September tba, 2020

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.

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Hike Haliburton Festival

Hike Haliburton Festival

Haliburton Highlands

Grey calendar icon September 16-20, 2020

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.

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Apple Harvest Festival

Apple Harvest Festival

Blue Mountain Village
Grey calendar icon October tba, 2020

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.

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Bala Cranberry Festival

Bala Cranberry Festival

Bala, Muskoka 
October 16-18, 2020

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.

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Maplefest at McLean's Berry Farm

Buckhorn Maplefest

McLean Berry Farm, Buckhorn
March 14, 15, 21, 22, & 28, 29 2020

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.

 

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