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Things to do in Ontario

Planning a visit to Ontario? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the province.

 

Southern Ontario & Niagara Falls Events

June 2016

June 4, 2016
2016 Celebrate Barrie

A community festival held at Centennial Park in Barrie featuring live entertainment, a petting zoo, hands-on activities, and plenty more festival fun.

June 11, 2016
2016 Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival

Head on down to Midland for this year's Best Butter Tart Festival, held at a TBA venue. There will be tons of food, vendors, live music, and more buttery festivities. Check out beautiful Midland this summer.

July 2016

July 7-10, 2016
2016 Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival

A cultural festival for the ages, held annually at West Zwick's Park in Belleville featuring tasty food, music, vendors, arts, and more. Reserve your spot today.

August 2016

August 25-28, 2016
2016 Limestone City Blues Festival

Kingston hosts four days of blues concerts and shows at various venues, including the Princess Street Stage, Confederation Park, Market Square, and more. Grab your passes today and enjoy downtown Kingston.

August 13 & 14, 2016
2016 Niagara Falls Craft Beer Festival

Over 20 of the province's favorite small craft breweries set up shop at a TBA location, offering tasty brews, vendors, live music, and so much more. Reserve your spot ASAP.

Toronto Metro Area Events

April 2016

April 28 - May 8, 2016
2016 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival

Venues all over Toronto are gearing up to showcase some of the region's best documentaries this spring. Check the schedule during your visit and grab your tickets today.

May 2016

May 26 - June 5, 2016
26th Annual Toronto LGBT Film Festivals

Ontario's culture and diversity are on full display this summer. Come join the fun and check out some of greatest film offerings the LGBT community have to offer at different venues in Toronto.

June 2016

June 15-22, 2016
2016 NXNE: North By Northeast

An entertainment festival of epic proportions, NXNE is set to hit Toronto this summer at various venues and locations. Check the listings and get your passes today.

June 24 - July 3, 2016
2016 TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Fans of the soothing sounds of jazz won't want to miss this music festival. Venues all over Toronto, including Nathan Phillips Square, host concerts for over 10 days. Get your passes today.

Ottawa & Central Ontario Events

May 2016

May 10-15, 2016
2016 Ottawa Children's Festival

Celebrate youth at Lebreton Flats Ottawa with six whole days of art, theatre, dance, and a variety of musical performances, all intending to enlighten young audiences. Adults are invited, too. Check the festival itinerary for more information.

May 5-8, 2016
2016 Ottawa PoutineFest

Head on over to the Marion Dewar Plaza in Ottawa as over 20 poutine vendors will be offering this authentic Canadian dish for several straight days. There will also be a beer garden, cooking contests, poutine pairings, and more.

June 2016

June 23 - July 3, 2016
2016 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

A variety of jazz artists ranging from tons of different jazz sub-genres will perform for over a week at Confederation Park in Ottawa, as well as several other satellite locations. Check the schedule during your visit and take in the great show.

June 22-26, 2016
2016 Ottawa Ribfest

During your summer Ottawa travels, hit the streets – all along Sparks Steet from Elgin to Lyon Streets specifically – for some of the best BBQ Ontario has to offer. Teams will compete for prizes while you enjoy the results – what could be better?

Northern Ontario Events

June 2016

June 6, 2016
2016 Thunder Bay Kite Festival

Come fly away in Thunder Bay this summer, as the Kite Festival brings tons of games, activities, kite fliers, live music, and so much more, all at Chippewa Park on the shores of Lake Superior.

July 2016

July 29 - August 7, 2016
34th Annual Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival

Ten days and over 130 events, featuring everything from music and culture to trade shows and sporting events, are set to his Sioux Lookout. Festivities take place throughout the city – check the schedule and plan your trip today.

July 6 - August 24, 2016
2016 Concerts on the Dock

Every Wednesday this summer, Huntsville celebrates its musical side with live concerts on the Dock in Downtown Huntsville. Everything from country to jazz to big band will be on display. 

August 2016

August 4-7, 2016
2016 Cochrane Summerfest

Celebrate summer with Cochrane residents with a slew of activities including live music, a BBQ competition, fireworks, soft ball tournament, and so much more. The festivities are held near Commando Lake in downtown Cochrane. Tickets are available now.

September 2016

September 7-11, 2016
2016 Jazz Sudbury

A premier Sudbury event, featuring regional and national jazz musicians performing on the shores of Lake Ramsey through several venues downtown. Check the schedule during your visit and be sure to catch a show or two.

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