Ontario Festivals and Events

Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championships

August 3 to 7 – Shelburne, Ontario

Championships fiddlers competing for fabulous prizes plus a giant parade, fiddle and stepdance show, lots of entertainment, food, camping and much more. Shelburnefiddlecontest.com

Coldwater Steampunk Festival

August 5 to 6 – Coldwater, Ontario

The theme of this year’s festival is Circus Sideshow. Step back in time 100 years as the entire village of Coldwater turns into a costumed marvel. Pickpocket magic, strong man competitions and more. Steampunkfestivalcoldwater.webs.com

TD Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival

August 5 to 6 – Oakville, Ontario

Come celebrate 24 years of jazz in downtown Oakville. This free public event located in the heart of Oakville attracts all music lovers with a wide array of eclectic performances. Oakvilledowntown.com

42nd Annual Alliston Potato Festival

August 5 to 7 – Alliston, Ontario

This event has everything for the young and the young at heart! A tribute to Ontario grown potatoes with parades, craft and food vendors, streets performers, musicians and more. Allistonpotatofestival.com

Puppetsup! International Puppet Festival

August 5 to 7 – Almonte, Ontario

Join in the fun at Canada’s largest puppet festival! This fun, family weekend brings out the child in everyone. Over 60 puppet shows as well as parades, vendors, street entertainment and more. Puppetsup.ca

Sheep Dog Trials Festival

August 5 to 7 – Kingston, Ontario

This festival is a three day family and pet friendly event filled with exciting entertainment. This is the largest sheep dog trial in Canada.Kingstonsheepdogtrials.com


August 6 to 7 – Etobicoke, Ontario

This festival celebrates the mysterious flavours and captivating aromas of unforgettable jerk food chicken, pork, beef, lamb, seafood and vegetables. There is also live entertainment, kids activities and prizes. Jerkfestival.ca

Festival de la Curd

August 10 to 14 – St.Albert, Ontario

The Cheese Curd Festival is one of the biggest rural festivals in the region. Shows under the big top, agricultural activities, farmer’s market, giant maze, wine and cheese, family area and much more. Festivaldelacurd.ca

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

August 12 to 14 – Fergus, Ontario

Travel to Scotland without the flight time! Over 30,000 visitors celebrate Scottish culture, heavy events, dancing and of course, bagpipes. Fergusscottishfestival.com


August 12 to 14 – Woodstock, Ontario

This year will feature two free concerts, soap box derby, a strongman/women competition, skateboard/BMX competition, milking contest, food, buskers, clowns, displays and of course a whole lot of cows! City.woodstock.on.ca

HOG’s Rally

August 13 – Hearst, Ontario

This is the festival for all the Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts! There is a poker rally, motorcycle show, music, dancing, draws and prizes. Hearst.ca

Annual Perth Garlic Festival

August 13 to 14 – Perth, Ontario

This event features 70 plus garlic vendors! You can also try garlic fudge, dips, and more garlic infused foods. If you love garlic, you should be here. Perthgarlicfestival.com

The Forest Festival

August 17 to 21 – Haliburton, Ontario

Five days and eight fantastic performances, talented Canadian artists performing in a spectacular wilderness setting: connecting music and nature in the heart of the forest. Theforestfestival.com

Maud of Leaskdale

August 18 to 28 – Uxbridge, Ontario

Experience the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery as a devoted mother, a world famous author and the loyal wife of a Presbyterian minister, brought to life through Montgomery’s own powerful words. Lucymaudmontgomery.ca

Cottage Country Comedy Festival

August 19 to 21 – Bracebridge, Ontario

Be a part of one of the hottest comedy festivals in Canada at Muskoka’s new tradition of laughter, showcasing the best comedic talent from across North America. Cottagecomedy.com

Goderich Salt Festival

August 19 to 21 – Goderich, Ontario

Take in the sights, sounds, tastes of this festival, as Goderich celebrates the 150th anniversary of the discovery of salt. Goderich.ca

Tecumseh Corn Festival

August 25 to 28 – Tecumseh, Ontario

This annual festival is full of family fun, and it celebrates corn, so it doesn’t get much better than that! There is family entertainment, singing competitions and most importantly, delicious corn to eat.Tecumsehcornfestival.ca

Limestone City Blues Festival

August 25 to 28 – Kingston, Ontario

If you love the blues, make sure you check this festival out! It’s four days straight of nothing but the blues! Takes place at several venues in downtown Kingston. Downtownkingston.ca

Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival

August 26 to 28 – Timmins, Ontario

This festival features three days of kayak racing, seminars, clinics, live entertainment and more. Tons of fun family activities as well! Thegreatcanadiankayakchallenge.ca

Straffordville Watermelon Fest

August 27 – Straffordville, Ontario

Pancake breakfast, parade, seed spitting contest, silent auction, food, entertainment, and family movie. Bayham.on.ca

Bacon, Beer and Cider Festival

August 27 – Bowmanville, Ontario

It doesn’t get much better then this combo of items! Local chefs, breweries and cider producers will be at the festival for visitors to sample their creations. Proceeds from the festival go to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. Archibaldwinery.com

Weaving Words

August 27 and 28 – Sharon, Ontario

This is a celebration of stories and the many ways we tell them, through written and spoken word, through music, film and dance. Storytellers, writers, musicians, filmmakers and more! Sharontemple.ca


September 3 – Mississauga, Ontario

This is a combo of music and food! There is a massive food truck rally, along with unforgettable musical entertainment. Mississaugacelebrationssquare.ca


September 9 to 11 – Hamilton, Ontario

This is a free, three-day arts and music festival. Road closures along James Street North allow for music stages, art installations, family area, street vendors and food trucks. Supercrawl.ca

Canada’s Only Guitar Trail

September 10 – Blue Mountains, Ontario

A mountain of music will carry you along this one-of-a-kind Guitar Trail. Follow the acoustic vibes and discover over 20 artists throughout the village, up and down the mountain hiking trails. Bluemountainvillage.ca

Plantagenet Bean Festival

September 16 to 18 – Plantagenet, Ontario

This festival is presented to you by La Binerie Plantaget. Come savour fresh, local beans! There are activities for the whole family. Live music, shows, tastings, competition and more. Labinerieplantagenet.ca

Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival

September 16 to October 16 – Meaford, Ontario

Scarecrows invade the city for a month, and on September 30th, there is a big parade and family festival!

The Word on the Street

September 25 – Toronto, Ontario

Celebrate reading and writing at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival. Featuring 260+ exhibitors and 200+ Canadian authors. This festival is a book and magazine lovers paradise. Thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto

Whisky Ottawa Festival

September 28 to October 1 – Ottawa, Ontario

This week long whisky experience has master classes and whisky dinners all leading to the grand tasting hall at the Canadian War Museum on October 1st. Whiskeyottawa.ca 

Woodstock Wood Working Show & Canadian Wood Working Championships

September 30 to October 3 – Woodstock, Ontario

This is a show that you don’t want to miss! Featuring wood working tools, machinery, wood, handmade furniture, seminars. Wood working competition is open to everyone and it includes woodcarving, wood turning, marquetry and furniture making. Woodshows.com/woodstock

Holland Marsh Soupfest

October 1 – Ansnorveldt, Ontario

Soup is possibly the best part of the weather getting cooler, and here’s a festival where you can enjoy a ton of it! Savour delicious soups from local restaurants, caterers and culinary schools with ingredients grown locally in the Holland Marsh. Hollandmarshsoupfest.ca

Pumpkin inferno at Upper Canada Village

October 1 to 30 – Morrisburg, Ontario

Take an evening walk through a hauntingly beautiful outdoor exhibit of thousands of hand carved pumpkins. This multi award-winning installation of artist-inspired pumpkins is not to be missed! Uppercanadavillage.com

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

October 7 to 15 – Kitchener, Ontario

Canada’s greatest Bavarian festival offers something for everyone with 18 exciting festhallen and over 40 family and cultural events. Canada’s largest Thanksgiving parade also happens on October 10th. Oktoberfest.ca

Bala Cranberry Festival

October 14 to 16 – Bala, Ontario

Celebrate the harvest of the cranberry with family and friends, entertainment, bazaar, juried arts and crafts, tours of cranberry marshes and more! Balacranberryfestival.on.ca

20th Annual Christkindl Market

December 1 to 4 – Kitchener, Ontario

Savour the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of a traditional German Christmas market right in downtown Kitchener. Bands, choirs, dance groups, 100+ food and gift vendors, outdoor huts, Gluhwein, huge Christmas tree, ice skating and much more. Christkindl.ca

These are just a smidgeon of the event and festivals that happen throughout Ontario during the year. For a full listing and descriptions of each event, visit festivalsandeventsontario.ca

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