Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

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Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

All day

May 27

Coldwater's Annual Duck Races

Buy your ticket from the Lion’s Club for your chance to race your duck down the Coldwater River to win great prizes.  Lots of activities for the family, and view the ducks being dumped into the river right from the Mill grounds.

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Coldwater Classic Car Show

All day

Sept. 17
13th Annual Coldwater Classic Car Show
Come out and enjoy the 13th Annual Coldwater Classic Car Show!
Show off your ride or look around at the 500 cars on site, there are games for the kids and BBQ from the Midland Boy Scouts and all your favourite locations in Coldwater to checkout during the day!
Children under 12 get in FREE
Win thousands of dollars in prizes like car products, hardware items, tools, appliances, etc., and try for your chance to win the grand prize of a brand new classic engine rebuild, valued at $2,250!
This great family event is coordinated by a group of local car enthusiasts looking to support to Coldwater Minor Sports teams.

Beaverton Winter Carnival

All day

Feb. 3
Beaverton Winter Carnival
This event, run by the Beaverton Lions, starts with a pancake breakfast, community bake sale and silent auction. Fun family activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, wheelbarrow races, ice slides, zorb balls, face painting, mini golf, tug of war, a donut-on-a-string eating contest and sled races. Chili, stew, hot dogs and hot drinks—and warming stations—will take the chill off. Prizes for all kids. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Several locations, Beaverton,

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka - “Move to Give”

All day

1 day, 8 locations and a whole lot of fun

Choose how you MOVE and fundraise to GIVE back to your community. Funds raised help ensure the people in our community can access YMCA programs and services, empowering them to live healthier lives and reach their full potential.

The fourth annual YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka fundraiser called “Move to Give” will take place simultaneously in eight communities within our region. To kick start this massive fundraising event, 78 YMCA Child Care and school age programs across Simcoe/Muskoka hosted a mini fundraiser called “Moving and Grooving.” Children and their families collected “change to make change" in their communities across the region and raised over $24,000 towards the event goal of $100,000.

Move to Give participants will keep the momentum going on April 7 by challenging themselves physically while at the same time, giving back to their community.

For a full list of activities happening at each YMCA location across Simcoe/Muskoka go to:

We hope to see you at the YMCA on April 7!

‘The Mindful Project’

Tue. 1 May, 2018 12:00 pm - Thu. 28 Jun, 2018 4:00 pm

‘The Mindful Project’

Showcasing 2nd Annual Art Exhibition and exploring the expressive and cathartic process of creating and sharing art.

The Old Town Hall Gallery is calling all artists and makers using art as an expression to process or express feelings related to mental health and wellness. Themes include: Situational or personal trauma, forms of mediation, meditation and relaxation.

The exhibition will be from May 1st to June 28, 2018

Newmarket Old Town Hall 460 botsford Street Ontario L3Y 1T1

Hours: Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recreation and Culture Department

905-953-5313 or 905-715-6405

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Heritage Art Contest

Fri. 4 May, 2018 6:00 pm - Tue. 31 Jul, 2018 12:00 pm

Town Of Newmarket Heritage Art Contest

Announcing the Town of Newmarket’s 2018 Heritage Art Contest.  Focus on the heritage of the Town of Newmarket. This may include, but is not limited to, the Municipality’s culture, society, economy, history, significant events, architecture or natural environment (past or present). The contest is open to all residents of the Province of Ontario.

Artwork will be on display the first week of May until July 31, 2018.

Elman W. Campbell Museum or at the Newmarket Recreation and Culture Department, 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket. For more information call (905) 953-5314 ext. 2831 or visit

Pastel Artists Canada

Thu. 10 May, 2018 6:00 am - Sat. 4 Aug, 2018 12:00 pm

May 10 – August 4, 2018

Pastel Artists Canada

27th Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale

Join us for a number of events planned during the exhibition:

Artist Reception- Awards Presentation & Silent Auction: Sat May 26: 1 – 4

Paint around Event: Tues May 29: 1 – 2 pm

Ways of Seeing Art Talk: The Pastel Story: Pigment & Art talk with Suzanne Godbout: Wed May 30: 6 – 7:30 pm

Guided art tours with Master Pastel Artists Ruth Rodgers, Kathy Hildebrandt and Robin Nyikos:

Mon May 28:  12 – 12:30 pm

Fri June 1st: 11:30am – 12 pm

Wed June 20: 1 – 3 pm

Pastel Artist Docent in the Gallery – Jennifer Assinck

May 16, 1-3 pm, & June 13:  6 – 7:30 pm

Aurora Cultural Centre,, 905-713-1818

Gallery Hours: Admission is Free | All Welcome

Monday: Closed

Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm

Primordial Waters

Mon. 21 May, 2018 6:00 am - Sun. 15 Jul, 2018 12:00 pm

To July 15 - Primordial Waters

Explores the importance of habitat and our spiritual connection to water, focusing on Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay.

Orillia Museum of Art and History, 30 Peter Street South


Spring Automotive Flea Market

Thu. 7 Jun, 2018 8:00 am - Sun. 10 Jun, 2018 12:00 pm

June 7 to 10 - Spring Automotive Flea Market

Everything from collectibles and classic cars to those hard to find car parts. If you can’t find it here, you can’t find it anywhere. It’s a car lover’s dream – Car Sales Corral, Show & Shine and thousands of vendors. Bring your friends and family and stay in our convenient campground. General Admission - $10pp. Daily parking - $5 Weekend pass $20. Weekend pass with parking $25.

Burl’s Creek Event Grounds,

180 Line 8 South, Oro-Medonte

Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival

Thu. 7 Jun, 2018 8:00 am - Mon. 18 Jun, 2018 6:00 pm

June 7 to 18 – Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival
Free concerts, free parking, on-site BBQ. Splash pools, day slips for boaters, lakeside fishing. Multi-culture restaurants, great hotels, gift shopping. Walking trails, bicycle paths, nearby golf resorts.

While the main stage is in Heritage Park, Downtown Barrie, there are some great concerts in the communities of Alliston, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Georgina, Innisfil, Midland, and Orillia – at venues such as the Gibson Centre For Community, Arts & Culture and the Barrie Yacht Club.

Performers include The Skyliners Big Band, “We Walk the Line” - Johnny Cash Show, The Blues Birds, Mudmen Show.


Fri. 8 Jun, 2018 8:00 am - Sun. 10 Jun, 2018 2:00 pm

Jun 08- Jun 10


Great in-water selection of new and pre-owned private and dealer boats, cottage and outdoor product displays, marine safety demonstrations, artists and artisans, variety of vendors and more. Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Port of Orillia and waterfront parks, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Fri: Noon - 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Barrie Pride Parade & Festival

Fri. 8 Jun, 2018 10:00 am - Sun. 10 Jun, 2018 1:00 pm

June 8 to 10

Barrie Pride Parade & Festival

In just four years we have developed into the largest Pride Parade North of Toronto.

Join us for Barrie Pride Festival and Parade 2018, our one day of festivities and celebrations has turned into three. 

Sign up and be a part of the festival, come be a vendor, volunteer or support our festivities.

Be a part of the parade June 10th and show your Pride. 

First 3-day LGBT Festival in Barrie and Simcoe County

Barrie Pride
5th Annual Pride Parade

JUNE 10, 2018 @ 2PM

Barrie Pride Parade - Sat., June 9

12 PM Noon: Registration opens at Tiffin Boat Launch

12 PM – 2 PM: Float setup, marchers assemble

2 PM: Parade Begins

Tiffin Boat Launch, Bradford St., Simcoe St., Bayfield St., Dunlop St. E., Mulcaster St., Heritage Park. Approx 2.5 km route.


Friday, June 8th - 2:00PM to 8:00PM (Vendor Booths)

Saturday, June 9th - 11:00AM to 8:00PM (Vendor & Nonprofits Booths)

Sunday, June 10th - 11:00AM to 6:00PM (Vendor & Nonprofits Booths)

Wheels & Tracks

Sat. 9 Jun, 2018 8:00 am - Sun. 10 Jun, 2018 12:00 pm

June 9 and 10 - Wheels & Tracks

Simcoe County’s largest sandbox comes alive as

bulldozers, graders, crushers, and more operate

throughout the grounds

10am to 4pm

Simcoe County Museum, 1151 ON-26, Minesing


Couchiching Conservancy Passport to Nature

Sun. 10 Jun, 2018 4:00 am

Couchiching Conservancy Passport to Nature

1485 Division Road West

Orillia, ON L3V 6H2

General inquiries



10 June Passport to Nature: Birding the ‘Highway’

10 June Passport to Nature: Paddle the Green River

13 June Passport to Nature: Forest Plants

24 June Passport to Nature: Nuts for Nature


11 July Passport to Nature: Butterflies

21 July Passport to Nature: Hike the Wildlands

29 July Passport to Nature: Beaver Pond Prowl


11 Aug. Passport to Nature: An Intro to the World of Moths

25 Aug. Passport to Nature: Music in the Woods

Red Barn Concert Series

Sun. 10 Jun, 2018 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

June 10 – Red Barn Concert Series
A remembrance of the 60-year history of the legendary Red Barn Theatre, with jazz and blues music performances in Jackson’s Point as a division of the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival. Free admission, plenty of seating, local cuisine and boutique shopping in close proximity to historic landmarks on Lake Simcoe’s southern shore.

Free admission to the park and concerts. Unlicensed, alcohol-free event. Family-friendly performances.

Noon to 7pm.

At the Jackson’s Point Parkette, Dalton Road and Metro Road. 705-739-4721; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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