Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival

Fun, family-friendly event.

Puppets

A two-day festival with performances from ten professional puppet troupes in tented theatres. Street entertainment galore, along with a daily parade of puppets. For more information visit: Puppets.

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International Offshore Powerboat Race

Really awesome boat racing on the St. Clair River this weekend.

Boat racing

Wow! A must see – more than 25 racing boats from all over the world are expected to race this weekend in Sarnia. This is event is free for spectators. Just head to the St. Clair River to see the action. For more information, go to: Powerboat Race.

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Cool stuff this weekend

Event listing for Ontario

Acton Acton Leathertown Festival
Ajax Celebrate Ajax Waterfront Festival
Activities include Retro Beach Party, sand sculptures, live entertainment, kite flying demonstrations and more.
Free
Alliston Alliston Potato Festival
Activities include parade, bed races, Maximum Pro Wrestling Team, lawn tractor races, live music and more.
$
Almonte Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival
A two-day festival as ten professional puppet troupes perform in our family-friendly tented theatres.
$
Belleville Quinte Ribfest Free / $
Blue Mountains Earth Rangers Wild Wonders at Blue
Meet and celebrate some of the planet’s most amazing creatures.
Free
Brampton Jazz & Blues Festival
Four days of major concerts, themed programs, workshops, jam sessions, photo exhibits, author readings and more.
Free / $
Brantford Brantford’s Annual Ribfest
Beer tent, bands and activities for the kids.
Free / $
Brockville Brockville RibFest Free
Campbellford Campbellford Fair
Collingwood WakeStock Wakeboarding World Series
The planet’s best wakeboarders and wakeskaters. Bikini contest, skatepark, marketplace, music and nightly parties! Live entertainment.
$
Drayton Drayton Fair
Exhibits, midway 4H shows and a great evening tractor pull. Jam sessions throughout the weekend!
$
Etobicoke JerkFest (Jerk Food Festival)
Takes place at Centennial Park in Etobicoke offering great jerk food, fun for the entire family, live entertainment and more.
$
Exeter Exeter Rodeo $
Fenelon Falls Fenelon Fair $
Fergus Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Music, bands, bagpipes, drums, heavy events, highland dancing and more. Enjoy the best of Scotland without the airfare.
$
Fort Erie The Siege of Fort Erie
Canada’s Largest Battle Re-enactment Weekend. Watch the battles of 1814 that turned Fort Erie into Canada’s bloodiest battlefield.
$
Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
Grand Bend Aquafest
Emm Gryner & The Water Brothers perform, Aquafest Children’s Activites and more.
Free
Hamilton Festival of Friends
Performers include Theory of a Deadman, Chubby Checker, Mickey Hart and more.
Free
Hamilton Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Whitehern Historic House & Garden
Children will enjoy old-fashioned games, a teddy bear parade and a teddy bear hospital.
$
Kingston 1000 Islands Poker Run
See more than 100 of the fastest performance boats in North America challenge the waters of the mighty St. Lawrence.
Free
Kingston 7th Annual Amazing Challenge
An amazing race style event where teams of 4 will travel by foot throughout Kingston completing mental and physical challenges at various checkpoint locations.
$
Kingston Kingston Sheepdog Trials
Attractions will be the Birds of Prey and Jungle Cat World shows, Flyball and Agility demos, K9 Unit and sheep shearing demos and more.
$
Kingston Wolfe Island Music Festival $
Kitchener TD Kitchener Blues Festival
60 bands perform over the weekend including Big Sugar, David Wilcox, Steve Earle and The Dukes, The Sadies, Wide Mouth Mason and many more.
Free / $
Long Point Wonders of the Universe at Long Point Eco-Adventures
Join Terrance Dickinson, Canada’s leading authority on astronomy, for a special dinner and exclusive tour of the night sky.
$
Manitoulin Island Perseids Meteor Party
Camping and observing the Perseids Meteor Showers. Over 80 meteors per hour at peak shooting through the skies.
$
Markdale Mountain Top Jamboree $
Milton Heavy Horse Field Days at Country Heritage Park
Horse drawn wagon rides, blacksmith shop, plowing & disking with horses, thrashing demonstrations, and more
$
Milton Ice Cream & Starlight, Halton County Radial Railway
Ride the rails and enjoy hand-scooped ice cream.
$
Milton Oakville Dragon Boat Festival
Takes place at Kelso Conservation Area.
$
Niagara-on-the-Lake A Peach of a Celebration
Celebrate the peach harvest with a day of live music, historic displays, entertainment, fun and lots of Greenbelt-grown peaches.
Free
Oakville Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival
Three days of jazz on 6 outdoor stages.
Free / $
Orillia Orillia Waterfront Festival
Features include an in-water boat show, water ski shows, beer garden and live performances.
Free
Ottawa Navan Fair
Live music includes Doc Walker, Jason McCoyand Lou Gramm (Voice of Foreigner).
$
Ottawa/Hull National Capital Craft Beer Week
Beer dinners, brewery tours, brewmaster receptions, and a 2-day outdoor craft beer and food festival on the lawn of City Hall!
$
Perkinsfield Summerama Free
Perth Perth Garlic Festival
70 + Garlic, Artisans and Food Vendors on grounds and in Commercial Building. Perth Fairgrounds.
Red Rock Live From the Rock – Folk Festival $
Sarnia International Offshore Powerboat Race
Over 25 racing boats from all over the world are expected to race this weekend.
Free
Sauble Beach Sandfest
A Sandcastle building competition plus a volleyball and bocce ball tournament, Stand-up Paddle Board racing and demos plus live entertainment.
Free / $
Shelburne Canadian Old Time Fiddle Championship
Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for more than $17,000 in prizes. This year’s event will also include a concert by Louis Schryer, step-dancing, jam sessions, parade, food and entertainment and more!
$
Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival
Lots of family fun.
Free / $
St. Catharines Dog’s Day of Summer
Bring your pup down to St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre for a day of doggie pampering along with plenty of family friendly activities.
$
Stouffville Stouffville Country Ribfest
Live music, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Midway and ribs.
Free / $
Sutton Sutton Fair & Horse Show
Featuring Truck and Tractor Pull, FMX Freestyle Motocross, Thrill Show Demolition Derbies, midway, live music and more.
$
Toronto Grange Festival at Grange Park
Free activities and games for children including a kiddie zone, food, a magic show, Skyriders trampoline act and more!
Free
Toronto PARADE by Run for the Earth
A fun family-friendly eco parade. Dress in FULL COSTUME and use materials you own, rent, borrow, or salvage. Consume nothing new!
$
Toronto Steamwhistle Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest 2013
Ontario’s finest craft breweries and food trucks in the Roundhouse Park.
Free
Toronto Taste of the Danforth Free / $
Toronto Wheels on the Danforth & Fun in the Park
Car Show will host Classics, Exotics, Tuners, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, and Motorcycles. Free Kid’s Zone there will be lots of bouncy castles.
Free
Turkey Point Turkey Point Summerfest
Five days of activities and entertainment.
Free / $
Verona Verona Cattail Festival
Two days of live musical entertainment, parade, games, food, boat races, car show and lots more family fun.
$
Wasaga Beach Back to the Beach Festival
Help break the Guiness Book of World Record for the longest bikini line, on the longest fresh water beach in the world.
Free
Winchester Winchester Dairyfest
Lots of family fun.
Free / $
Wolfe Island Wolfe Island Music Festival $
Woodbridge Woodbridge Ribfest Free / $
Woodstock Summer StreetFest
Music, food, arts, shops, amusements, live entertainment, vendors and Sunday Car Show.
Free
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Treetop Trekking: 50% off Opening Weekend!

Check it out and save this weekend! Treetop

Opening on August 1st, 2013, Treetop Trekking’s newest location is in Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton, Ontario. This adventure park will feature eight courses, 10 zip lines, and more than 75 aerial games. Two of the zip lines run over Heart Lake for a heart-stopping ride!

Based on a Tweet sent out this week by Treetop Trekking, they are offering 50% off of climbs on opening weekend – from August 1-4 (read Tweet here)! For more information about the park, go to: Brampton’s Treetop Trekking.

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ARG! Pirate Festival

Gather ye crew and set sail for the Pirate Festival on August 3-5, 2013. Milton

Um, let’s see…a pirate ship…check! Pirate performers…check! Things for kids and adults to enjoy together or separately…check! If you need more information, just click here: Milton Pirate Festival.

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Joseph Brant Day Festival at LaSalle Park!

This festival had us at “free”, …and “boat rides”, and …”bouncy castles”. On Monday, August 5th, this free festival includes activities for all ages, live music and unique performances. Boat rides at LaSalle Park Marina, giant bouncy castles, face painting and airbrush tattoos, capture the flag puzzle hunt and lots more. Yay for Joseph Brant Day! For more information, visit:Jo Brant Day.
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Oakville Waterfront Festival

Free, fun, family-friendly festival.

One of Oakville’s biggest festivals is on this weekend from August 2-4, 2013 and it’s free! Takes place in Oakville’s Coronation Park. Live entertainment includes 54-50, Kathleen Edwards, Skydiggers, and Elliott BROOD! Plus! Amusement rides, food trucks (yummy!), craft brewers (again…yummy!) and more. For more information, go to: Oakville Waterfront Fest.

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Cool stuff this weekend

Event listing for Ontario

Amherstburg Military Heritage Days
Get all fired up as you discover 200 years of military life. Tactical demonstrations by period re-enactors, military bands and storytelling by Shaymus Gunn.
Aurora Aurora jazz+ Festival $
Barrie Kempenfest 2013
Performers include Chilliwack and Aaron Pritchett.
$
Blue Mountains Village at Blue Beach Party
Featuring Reggae & Calypso music, Fire Dancing, Movies Under the Stars, scavenger hunts, kids activities, and family fireworks by the Mill Pond.
Free
Bowmanville Boots and Hearts Music Festival
This year’s lineup features Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry and Dean Brody. Held at Mosport International Raceway.
$
Burlington Ghost Walks at Spruce Lane Farmhouse
The house is over 100 years old! Featured on Ghost Trackers and other paranormal groups have investigated. join us for an informative evening. Victorian beliefs in death and after life.
$
Burlington Joseph Brant Day Festival at LaSalle Park!
The festival includes activities for all ages, live music and unique performances, Boat rides at LaSalle Park Marina, Giant Bouncies, Face Painting & Airbrush Tattoos, Capture the flag puzzle hunt and lots more.
Free
Cambridge Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music
Traditional forms of folk music and dance are the festival’s theme with the day’s events are held on numerous outdoor stages in the town core.
Free
Campbellford Campbellford Waterfront Festival
Events include Belly Flop Contest, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Canoe and Kayak Races, Cardboard Boat Races and evening Fireworks.
Carleton Place Bridge Street Bazaar Free
Cobourg Annual Cobourg Sandcastle Festival Free
Cobourg Movie on The Beach- Oz: The Great and Powerful Free
Dresden Emancipation Day Celebration at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site
Enjoy traditional music, reenactments, lectures and African-Canadian cuisine.
Free
Flinton Flinton Bluegrass Jamboree $
Gravenhurst Piratefest and Renaissance Fair
Muskoka Wharf from 10am to 5pm each day! Fireworks at dusk.Cruises, face painting, fun and games.
Hamilton Hamilton FireFit 2013 – Chili & Music Fest
Firefighters from across North America will be competing at Conferderation Park. Children’s play area featuring bouncy castles, face painting, fire trucks and magicians.
Free / $
Hamilton Valens Lake Beach Party
Games, sand sculpture contest, prizes and more.
$
Kingston The Battle of the Capitals World Town Crier Championships
Kingston The Canadian Guitar Festival
Featuring some of the world’s most innovative guitarists in concert during the holiday weekend. Camping, swimming, great food, exhibitors, open mic and campfire jams
$
London Chalk Festival
This year’s festival will see 25 + artist working for 2 days straight transforming Talbot St into multiple pieces of street art.
Free
London Fanshawe Frolic: Dances from Queen Victoria’s era $
London Forest City Beer Fest
London’s Annual Celebration of Craft Beer.
$
London London Rib Fest
Takes place at at Victoria Park.
Free
Maxville Glengarry Highland Games
More than 60 pipe bands compete for the North American Pipe Band Championshipa, more than 200 dancers compete in the Highland Dance competition and giants hurl telephone pole-sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers around the infield.
$
Meaford Electric Eclectics Festival of Experimental Music & Sound Art $
Merrickville Merrickville Canalfest
Annual outdoor salute to the Rideau Canal, features ongoing live music, a craft show, silent auction, model boat display, children’s activities and more!
Milton The Pirate Festival
Pirate ship; attend the three stages, the mud hole, and a street of piratical antics, for young and old.
$
Mississauga ITALFEST 2013
Food, fun and festivities, exploring all that is Italian at Mississauga Celebration Square.
Free
Muirkirk Boot Hill “Country” Jamboree Inc.
Performers include Joe Diffie, Charlie Major, Aaron Pritchett and more.
$
Muirkirk Boothill Country Jamboree
Featuring three days and nights full of country music.
$
Oakville Oakville Waterfront Festival
Takes place in Oakville’s Coronation Park. Live entertainment includes 54-50, Kathleen Edwards, Skydiggers, Elliott BROOD. Amusement rides, Food trucks, craft brewers and more.
Free
Orillia Rotary-Lions Annual Funfest
Midway, vendors, games of chance & more. Lots of fun for the whole family.
Ottawa Ottawa Buskerfest Free
Port Burwell Tub Daze
Port Colborne Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival
Rockton Ice Cream Festival at Westfield Heritage Village
Experience the fun and nostalgia of ice cream in pioneer, Victorian and Edwardian times. Edwardian carnival games, amusements, foods, music, ice cream making demonstrations.
$
Scarborough Scarborough Ribfest Free
Simcoe Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival
Lots of free family fun, includes a parade and kidszone.
Free
Sioux Lookout Annual Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival Free
Terrace Bay Annual Terrace Bay Drag Fest
Spend the weekend at the drag races. Located at the Terrace Bay Airport.
$
Toronto 2013 Rogers Cup – Women’s Tennis
The women play in Toronto this year.
$
Toronto Free Family Weekend at the Rogers Cup
The Rogers Cup is holding a free family weekend with interactive games, on court tennis activities and more.
Free
Toronto Island Soul Festival
High energy sounds of calypso, soca, rumba, guaguancó, reggae, rapso and reggae-rap fusions. Takes place at Harbourfront Centre.
Free
Toronto Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Parade
Takes place this Saturday at 9:00am. Exhibition Place & Lakeshore Blvd
Free
Toronto Simcoe Day at Fort York
Musket and artillery firing tactical demonstrations. Parade.
Free
Toronto The Grove Music Festival
Takes place at Fort York. Phoenix headlines the festival.
$
Tweed Tweed Stampede & Jamboree
Activities include a Rodeo, horse and wagon rides, fireworks, water search and rescue demonstration.
$
Windsor Emancipation Day Celebration
Free BBQ and lots of free family fun.
Free
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Magic and Mischief: An Enchanted Garden Weekend at the RBG

Put on your wings and enjoy a magical day!

fairies

The Royal Botanical Gardens is hosting a weekend of magic and mischief! You are encouraged to dress up for this event. There are lots of fun fairy-inspired activities planned including face painting, fairy tales, Mystic Forest Journey and more. For more information, go to: Fairies at RBG.

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19th Annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Bring your little one to this whimsical event.

TeddyBear

Picnics, games and teddy bear activities at Benares Historic House in Mississauga. The Teddy Bear Parade starts at 3 p.m. Bring your own bear! For more information, go to: Teddy Bears Picnic.

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