Savour the Last Days of Summer at these Local Festivals

Miriam Porter August 15, 2019

Ontario is packed with August festivals that are perfect for families such as the ones mentioned below in Bradford, Oakville and Toronto. Meanwhile, music lovers can enjoy outdoor tunes in Owen Sound and nature lovers can experience boating in Timmins and everyone can immerse themselves in the culture at Rama First Nation at their annual Powwow.

Summerfolk44 Music and Crafts Festival – Owen Sound.

When: August 16 – 18, 2019.

The Georgian Bay Folk Society presents Summerfolk 44, a festival about stories. These are stories passed along from generation to generation and can be sung, spoken, crafted or lived. Visitors flock from across Canada to Keslo Beach Park in Owen Sound in August to experience unique folk music mixed with art. There are dozens of performers ready to get their groove on as well as artisans selling their products. There are plenty of food vendors to choose from so arrive hungry. Day, night and weekend passes are available and more information is on their website including a full schedule of events.

Carrot Fest – Bradford.

When: August 16 – 17, 2019.

Downtown Bradford is hosting Carrot Fest, appropriately taking place in one of Canada’s biggest carrot-producing regions, Bradford West Gwillimbury. These flourishing carrots are due to the black organic soil of the Holland Marsh. This fun celebration of agricultural heritage helps bring the community together through vendor markets, stunt shows, juggling, live entertainment, dancing, a fun kids zone and even a flaming carrot finale. Events take place at various locations listed on their website. Be sure to check out the classic car show by the Back Alley Cruisers in the Courthouse Parking lot and Holland Street East.

Canadian National Exhibition – Toronto.

When: August 16 – September 2, 2019.

Of course the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) needs a mention. After all, what began back in 1879 is now one of Canada’s largest festivals and signals the end of summer is approaching so you should get out and soak up every minute. There truly is something for everyone at the CNE and this year will be no different. Exhibits include the 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic, the Garden Show, Canadian Armed Forces Interactive Area and Godzilla on the waterfront with free canoe rides nearby. Also be on the lookout for Raccoons Reimagined, 12 three-dimensional huge fiberglass raccoons decorated by persons from various abilities. As always, bring your appetite for the endless food to try, your sense of adventure for the thrilling rides and lots of change for your chance to win huge stuffed animals at the games.

And don’t forget to come by and say hello to us! CAA will have a booth at both the Dufferin and Princes’ Gates!  We’ll be giving away lots of goodies and having cool contests where you can win amazing prizes like FREE gas for a year!

Oakville Children’s Festival – Oakville.

When: August 17, 2019.

The family-focused Oakville Children’s Festival is packed with hands-on activities and interactive shows. Events range from scavenger hunts, art workshops, seedling planting, sports zone, face painting and indoor swimming. There are many lively festival performances to keep kids of all ages entertained including balloon shows, a stunt ventriloquist and Indigenous hoop dancing. This one-day event takes places on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville.

The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival – Timmins.

When: August 23 – 25, 2019.

Plan an end of summer road trip to Timmins for the annual Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival. This family friendly event includes seminars, workshops, arts and culture exhibits, live concerts and performing arts, kids activities and an interactive Indigenous village.  Of course staying true to their name this event also showcases kayak and canoe challenges so if you love paddling outdoors you should consider joining in the fun. Timmins is a wonderful destination to canoe in Ontario and you can stay all weekend.

Rama First Nation Powwow – Rama.

When: August 24 – 25, 2019.

Rama First Nation celebrates their annual Powwow with lively world-class singers and dancers from Turtle Island. There are multiple contests for various age categories including youth and teen groups with lots of prizes to be won. There are over 100 food, art and craft vendors so bring your appetite and a shopping bag to collect your goodies in. The summer fun happens at The John Snake Memorial Community Grounds at Rama First Nation and all our welcome to join. Attending this event is a wonderful way to learn about First Nations culture and history.