Local Colour

Consider yourself right at home in BruceGreySimcoe and at our smaller community events.  Smaller venues mean experiencing small town hospitality at its best and a chance to rub elbows with the locals.  Farmers’ markets, small theatre productions, family events, harvest dinners, fall fairs, art exhibits and much, much more are happening here every fall.  Before leaving home, visit the packages and promotions page for some awesome offers from our operators on packages, discounts and admission fees.

Zombie Hunt Thrill Ride

Zombie Hunt Thrill Ride

Date: 07 Oct, 2017 - 28 Oct, 2017 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Outdoor, Sports

Experience the thrill of shooting zombies before they take over! You and your friends or family ride into the deep dark woods on an unforgettable adventure!

All riders must complete a waiver. 
Under 18 requires an adult signature.
Possibility of long wait times during peak hours of 7 pm-9 pm.
Music for a Sunday Afternoon

Music for a Sunday Afternoon

Date: 15 Oct, 2017 - 26 Nov, 2017 Community: Collingwood
Category: Music

Music for a Sunday Afternoon , is a fantastic five concert series featuring classical, jazz, and singer songwriter.  We are seeking out highly trained professional musicians that have not been featured in this area before.  Our goal is to give the audience a unique and enriching concert experience in a theatre setting.
Our theatre is equipped with state of the art sound system, comfortable tiered seating, and a gallery featuring local artists (to extend on the artistic experience during the visit to SST.)
September 24 , Payadora Tango Ensemble
October 1 , Heillig Manoeuver, jazz quartet
October 15, Dirty Dishes, singer songwriter, quintet
November. 12,  Zimzum, jazz quintet,
November. 26, Venuit String Quartet

Art for Lunch: Frances Rooney on the Wandering Life of Edith Watson

Date: 20 Oct, 2017 Community: Barrie
Category: Arts & Heritage

Author Frances Rooney presents on photographer Edith Watson (1861-1943). Watson was a pioneering woman photographer active from the 1890s to the 1930s, best known for photographing scenes of rural and coastal life in Canada.

Barrie Ski Swap & Show

Barrie Ski Swap & Show

Date: 20 Oct, 2017 - 22 Oct, 2017 Community: Barrie
Category: Sports

Brought to you by the volunteers of the Canadian Ski Patrol for over 25 years, we have something for everyone! A fun-filled family event - New and used equipment for sale - Major Dealers and local ski shops - Consignment buy and sell.  We have something for everyone - skis, boards, boots, poles, helmets, clothing, cross-country!  Please visit our site or Facebook for more info.
The Haunting

The Haunting

Date: 25 Oct, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage, Holiday, Music, Outdoor

Come experience all things that go bump in the night in Downtown Orillia. Haunted tours begin at The Opera House & Orillia Museum of Art & History and continue throughout frightful spaces downtown!

MacLaren Youth Halloween Coffeehouse

Date: 27 Oct, 2017 Community: Barrie
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family

This is an all-ages event! Join us for the Youth Advisory Council’s annual Halloween Coffee House! Dress in your Halloween costumed-best and enjoy music and spoken-word performances by Simcoe County high school students! Youth performers are invited to audition on October 11 from 5 to 7 pm. $2 admission.
Interested in joining our Youth Council? Young people ages 14 to 18 are invited to develop MacLaren youth projects, events and exhibitions with and for their peers.
Contact Christina Mancuso, Education Officer at christina@maclarenart.com to sign up!
Player Appreciation Day

Player Appreciation Day

Date: 29 Oct, 2017 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Outdoor, Sports

You don't want to miss this day!  Continuous games, ProShop sale, hourly draws, free soup! 
  • Free entry for everyone!
  • 10am start (Doors open at 9am)
  • .06 cent paint
Orillia Lightfoot Days

Orillia Lightfoot Days

Date: 02 Nov, 2017 - 05 Nov, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Music

Lightfoot Days is a weekend filled with musician’s stories, songs and memorabilia in honour of Orillia native, Gordon Lightfoot.
Sweetwater Film Festival

Sweetwater Film Festival

Date: 11 Nov, 2017 Community: Collingwood
Category: Arts & Heritage, Outdoor, Sports

The​ ​Sweetwater​ ​Film​ ​Festival features a great line-up of films about the outdoors and the passions we pursue in them. Films for those who play in the woods, rivers, lakes, snow and mountains. We hope you’ll join us for an entertaining night of community and storytelling. 
1​​00%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​proceeds​ ​fund​ programs ​through the ​YMCA​ ​of​ ​Simcoe​ ​Muskoka​ that​ ​expose​ ​local youth​ ​to​ ​the​ ​positive​ ​mental​ ​and​ ​physical​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​being​ ​active​ ​in​ ​the​ ​outdoors.​ ​Using​ ​local​ ​guide​ ​companies including​ ​​Free​ ​Spirit​ ​Tours​,​ ​​children​ ​can​ ​discover​​ ​experiences​ ​like​ ​rock​ ​climbing,​ ​caving,​ ​canoeing,​ ​kayaking, paddle​ ​boarding,​ ​snowshoeing,​ ​skiing,​ ​and​ ​mountain​ ​biking.
​Tickets​ ​are​ ​$25/person​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​purchased​ ​through the website below​.
Beaver Valley Handmade Artisan Market

Beaver Valley Handmade Artisan Market

Date: 12 Nov, 2017 Community: Kimberley
Category: Arts & Heritage, Culinary (Food & Wine)

Art, craft and food from local artists, artisans and food producers at Kimberley Hall in Kimberley ON. Free admission. Turkey empanadas for lunch with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. We've heard they are very yummy.

MacLaren 2017 Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction

Date: 17 Nov, 2017 Community: Barrie
Category: Arts & Heritage

Friday, November 17, 7 to 11 pm
Auction Preview: November 11 to 17
Tour of Auction Highlights: November 15, 6 to 7 pm
Off the Hook returns with more than 150 works of art by over 100 regional artists and a wealth of great finds generously donated by local retailers. This annual fundraiser offers everyone the opportunity to bid on and take home original artwork. Tickets are $50 each, and include hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Barrie’s finest
chefs. Cash bar.
Tickets are available at the MacLaren and online at www.maclarenart.com For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sheila Delaney at 705-720-1044 ext. 226 or at sheila@maclarenart.com
Children's Candlelight Parade

Children's Candlelight Parade

Date: 17 Nov, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Family, Holiday, Music, Outdoor

Bring the Christmas spirit to life as we light up the downtown with electric candles! Join the countdown to light the Opera House tree, enjoy free hot chocolate & treats plus meet SANTA!
Orillia Santa Claus Parade

Orillia Santa Claus Parade

Date: 19 Nov, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Family, Holiday, Music, Outdoor

One of the largest Christmas parades north of Toronto! Help welcome Santa as over 100 floats and bands lead the way for him.
Black Friday

Black Friday

Date: 24 Nov, 2017 - 05 Nov, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Holiday

Take advantage of outrageous specials throughout the Downtown!  Stores are open late but we won’t tell if you book the day off work to SHOP!

Art for Lunch: Meet the Gallery Shop Artisans

Date: 24 Nov, 2017 Community: Barrie
Category: Arts & Heritage

Just in time for the holidays, Gallery Shop Manager Megan Stevenato introduces artists behind some of MacLaren’s best-selling collections. Learn about their approaches and get a first look at new pieces of work.

Horse & Wagon Rides

Horse & Wagon Rides

Date: 02 Dec, 2017 - 16 Dec, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Holiday, Outdoor

Hop aboard a free horse drawn wagon ride, explore the Downtown as you get into the Christmas spirit! Jump on at any major intersection in the downtown and enjoy a glimpse back in time this holiday season.
Cottage Country Comic-Con

Cottage Country Comic-Con

Date: 23 Jun, 2018 - 24 Jun, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Family

The Cottage Country Comic-Con is back with a BANG! It’s a collectors mecca convention located in the beautiful City of Orillia, Canada.  Cottage Country Comic-Con strives to be Ontario's best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. As long-time fans of comic books, toys, pop-culture, records, wreslting, antique market, cosplay, animation, scifi and fantasy, the promoter wanted to bring that style event to Orillia.  


The show will have over 300 exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, records, wreslting, antique market, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel plus much more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. This will be one show not to miss! 


  1.  NEW - Early Bird Admission Tickets - Click Here

  2.  NEW - Exhibitor & Artist Alley Registration & Pricing - Click Here

  3.  NEW - 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities - Click Here

  4.  NEW for 2018 Show - Geek Speed Dating - Details Coming Shortly

  5.  NEW for 2018 Show - Wrestling Area - Details Coming Shortly

  6.  NEW for 2018 Show - Records Area - Details Coming Shortly

  7.  NEW for 2018 Show - Antique Market Area - Details Coming Shortly

  8.  NEW for 2018 Show - Food Truck Food Court Area

Past events

Orillia Jazz Festival

Orillia Jazz Festival

Date: 12 Oct, 2017 - 15 Oct, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Music

Now in its 27th year, the Orillia Jazz Festival occurs every year in various host locations in downtown and all over Orillia! Come discover a new found love or reignite a passion for all things jazz!
Barrie Baseball Cross

Barrie Baseball Cross

Date: 15 Oct, 2017 Community: Minesing
Category: Outdoor, Sports

On Sunday, October 15th 2015, the Barrie Cycling Club will be hosting its 11th Annual Baseball Cyclocross Race, powered by Raleigh Canada. We are excited to be giving away a Raleigh bicycle to one lucky racer that registers before October 12th! Make sure you pre-register if you want a chance to win!
Streets Alive!

Streets Alive!

Date: 01 Oct, 2017 - 14 Oct, 2017 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Outdoor

Orillia’s very own living art program, Streets Alive!, kicks off for another great season of dazzling art pieces. This year’s theme, Maple Masterpieces, is sure to wow and inspire.

Writers Fair

Date: 14 Oct, 2017 Community: Thornbury
Category: Arts & Heritage

Craigleith Heritage Depot Presents our first ever Writers Fair! A free celebration of Indie Author Day.
Meet local indie authors, peruse local book exhibits, and gain access to writing and publishing resources.
At LE Shore Memorial Library, 173 Bruce St. S Thornbury on Saturday Oct 14. Drop in from 12 – 2pm.
A presentation by local indie children's author Ashley Green will follow at 2pm. Refreshments will be available.

Stout & Kraut Bavarian Street Festival

Date: 14 Oct, 2017 Community: Mildmay
Category: Arts & Heritage, Culinary (Food & Wine), Family, Music, Outdoor

1st Annual Bavarian Street Festival.  Celebrating our German roots roots with food, music and games!  Fun for all ages!  $5 donation at gate - proceeds towards community improvements!

2017 MacLaren Speakeasy and Poker Tournament

Date: 12 Oct, 2017 Community: Barrie
Category: Arts & Heritage

What can you expect at our Prohibition-inspired “Night of Fun & Games”? Poker—and bragging rights for the Best Poker Player in Barrie. Blackjack for those who prefer it. Live music. Fedoras, boas, inspired cocktails—care for a Lime Rickey or a Sidecar, anyone? Oh, and prizes you can’t get anywhere else!
Tickets $125 (includes $75 donation receipt).
Tickets are available at the MacLaren and online at www.maclarenart.com. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or at sue.ellen@maclarenart.com
Images Studio Tour

Images Studio Tour

Date: 06 Oct, 2017 - 09 Oct, 2017 Community: Oro-Medonte & Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage

Discover exceptional Art and explore the beautiful fall colours of Simcoe County. Join us for our 34th year of the jurried Art Tour and enjoy one of a kind painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewelry, mixed media, wood work and textiles 

Sarah MacDougall with Tiz McNamara

Date: 07 Oct, 2017 Community: Collingwood
Category: Arts & Heritage, Music

Born in Sweden, singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall has called Whitehorse, Yukon her home in recent years. Sarah’s unique voice, passionate live performances and ability to transfix audiences with her hypnotic blend of folk and acoustic pop make her a must-see act this year.

Tiz McNamara is from Liverpool, England. His debut independent releases now have over 2,000,000 plays on Spotify, featured in more than 7 UK TV shows and has received major backing from industry heavyweights such as BBC Radio2, Amazing Radio and Channel 4. 
Tickets at Blue Mountain Music, Creemore Coffee Studio and at the Box Office or online at the website below.