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Make yourself right at home at BruceGreySimcoe’s smaller community events.  Held in smaller venues, it’s a chance to experience small town hospitality and warmth at its very best.  Small theatre productions, community suppers, craft fairs, museum programs, art gallery events and much, much more.  And, be sure to check out the packages and promotions page before leaving home!

Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre Jan to March 2018

Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre Jan to March 2018

Date: 03 Feb, 2018 - 17 Mar, 2018 Community: Collingwood/The Blue Mountains
Category: Family, Holiday, Outdoor, Sports

Jan 3, 2018 to March 17, 2018:
 
Sat. Feb 3, 2018, Sat. Feb 10, Sat. Feb 17 (Family Day Weekend), Sun. Feb 18  (Family Day Weekend), Sat. Feb 24
 
Sat. Mar 3, 2018, Sat. Mar 10, Wed. Mar 14, Sat. Mar 17
                                         
Strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Your experienced guides lead your group on a 1 ½ to 2 hour romp through an enchanting winter wonderland. Experience beautiful trails that wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees, sparkling views of the countryside at the Suspension Bridge and breathtaking lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. No experience is required and the pace is moderate. Recommended for ages 10 and older.  Night snowshoe hikes are scheduled for most Saturday nights (plus additional holiday hikes) and run weather-permitting. If there is no snow, guests will be advised to wear hiking boots instead.  Cost: $40 (includes snowshoe rental if required). Reservations are required: (705) 446-0256 ext. 223.  Gift certificates are also available. For more information, visit the website below.

Orillia Winter Carnival & Winterrific

Date: 03 Mar, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Family, Outdoor

Watch Downtown Orillia and the Waterfront transform into a spectacular winter wonderland complete with a snowball fight tournament, ice castle, polar bear dip and don't forget the massive Mount Mississaga ice slide!

Clearview Health & Leisure Show

Date: 24 Mar, 2018 Community: Creemore
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Sports

Bring the family and learn about community sports, recreational programs and local health providers; with over 35 vendors there will be something for everyone!
Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Eggstravaganza

Date: 31 Mar, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family

Easter Eggstravaganza!
Celebrate Easter with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, community BBQ, tons of exciting kids activities and fun for everyone! Held at the Recplex/ Oakview Woods, 1724 Mosley Street, call 705.429.3844 x 2203 or email sec@wasagabeach.com

Downtown Orillia’s Great Easter Egg Hunt

Date: 31 Mar, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Family, Holiday, Outdoor

Bring your kids downtown in search of colourful Easter eggs hidden throughout Downtown Orillia! Trade them for chocolates donated by Apple Annie's at the egg exchange at the historic Opera House.

Mission Zimbabwe Maple Syrup Festival

Date: 31 Mar, 2018 Community: Hanover
Category: Family

New Hanover Maple Syrup Festival a great spring outing for families!

Pancakes, sausages and maple syrup will be served..For $10.00/adult (Children 6-12 are $6.00 and children under 5 are free), families can enjoy a meal and horse drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, a maple syrup demonstration, face painting, an easter egg hunt, and many more activities. All activities are included in the cost of admission. Also, there will be a bake sale  and fresh maple syrup will be available for purchase. This Maple Syrup Festival raises funds that will go to bring hope to the children of Zimbabwe. Families can enjoy an inexpensive day in the out of doors and at the same time they will be supporting the orphaned and abused children of Zimbabwe.
 
Ontario Maple Weekend

Ontario Maple Weekend

Date: 07 Apr, 2018 - 08 Apr, 2018 Community: Bruce County
Category: Agriculture, Culinary (Food & Wine), Family, Outdoor

Come enjoy the sweetest time of the year! The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers' Association is hosting the 4th annual Maple Weekend on April 7-8, 2018,  10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Join us at a participating Maple Weekend sugar bush across Ontario and explore how maple products are produced, from tree to table.

Earth Day Festivities

Date: 20 Apr, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Outdoor

We will be cleaning up & beautifying our downtown on Earth Day! Come help out and clean up your downtown & stay for the Earth Day festivities happening throughout the downtown core. 

Roots North Music Festival

Date: 20 Apr, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Music

Roots North Music Festival brings together amazing performers for a weekend of great live music in Downtown Orillia. 

May Sidewalk Sale

Date: 26 May, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Family, Outdoor

Shop downtown all week long to find great deals on your favourite items. Massive instore blow-out sales will be announced in early May so don't miss out on this once a year shopextraveganza. 
Family Fishing Derby

Family Fishing Derby

Date: 01 Jun, 2018 - 03 Jun, 2018 Community: Severn Bridge
Category: Family, Outdoor, Sports

We are hosting a Family Fishing Derby!
Friday June 1 to Sunday June 3, 2018
Package includes 2 nights accommodation, meals, activities, fishing, and prizes!
Fun for the whole family!
Package rate: $360/pp with 2 children FREE ages 12 & under
 

Streets Alive!

Date: 16 Jun, 2018 - 20 Oct, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage

Orillia’s very own living art program, Streets Alive!, kicks off for another great season of dazzling art pieces. This year’s theme is inspired by the last 10 years of Streets Alive! art projects with a new twist! 
Main Street Market Entertainment

Main Street Market Entertainment

Date: 29 Jun, 2018 - 02 Sep, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Culinary (Food & Wine), Family, Music, Outdoor

Check out the Main Street Market in Beach Area 1 for excellant entertainment from June 29th to September 2nd. Live bands scheduled every Friday and Saturday on the Main Stage, Dinner & a Movie on Wednesday evenings, and buskers dropping in all summer long! The beach is where it's at! Visit the website below or call/email using the info below for more info!

Jazz & More in the Park

Date: 03 Jul, 2018 - 28 Aug, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Music, Outdoor

Jazz up your nights with smooth and cool jazz bands in the Rotary Band shell behind the RecPlex, or the Oakview Woods Gazebo beside the RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street, Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. For more info visit the websitebelow or call/email by using the info below.

Downtown Orillia's Summer Block Party

Date: 28 Jul, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Family, Outdoor

A downtown summer street festival like no other! Showcasing a fusion of art, fun interactive activities, music, food, kid zones, sizzling sales, giveaways and watch the 150th mural unveiling. 

Starry Night Art & Gallery Tour

Date: 25 Aug, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage, Outdoor

Experience Downtown Orillia’s vibrant arts community and meet local artists in their studios and at host galleries, all under the starry sky!

Inflate- A- Fest

Date: 31 Aug, 2018 - 02 Sep, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Outdoor

Come experience and take part in the largest gathering of amusement inflatables for all ages to climb, bounce and play! Cash only ticketed event. Volunteers needed! For details contact by email or phone using info below.

Dinner & a Movie

Date: 05 Sep, 2018 - 31 Oct, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family

Come out on Wednesday evenings in September and October from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m at the RecPlex, 1724 Mosley Street. Visit the website below for complete schedule.

Orillia Jazz Festival

Date: 11 Oct, 2018 - 14 Oct, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Music

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

The Haunting

Date: 24 Oct, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Holiday

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! 

Orillia Lightfoot Days

Date: 17 Nov, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Music

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

Black Friday

Date: 23 Nov, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Family

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! 

Children's Candlelight Parade

Date: 23 Nov, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Family, Holiday

Bring the Christmas spirit to life as we light up the downtown! Join the countdown to light the Opera House tree, enjoy free hot chocolate & treats plus meet SANTA!

Bright Lights Santa Claus Parade

Date: 24 Nov, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Holiday, Outdoor

Come out to watch the annual Bright Lights Santa Claus Parade from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Dunkerron Avenue, along Mosley Street, ending at the RecPlex. Stick around afterwards for the Christmas tree lighting at the Oakview Woods Gazebo. For more info, email or call using the info below.

Funderland

Date: 25 Nov, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Holiday, Music

Come out for inflatables, face painting, balloon creations, games and more family fun! For more information email  or call using the info below.

Santa Clause Parade

Date: 25 Nov, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Holiday

The largest Christmas parade north of Toronto! Help welcome Santa as over 100 floats and bands lead the way for him through Downtown Orillia. 

Horse & Wagon Rides

Date: 01 Dec, 2018 - 15 Dec, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Holiday

Hop aboard a free horse drawn wagon ride, explore the Downtown as you get into the Christmas spirit! 

Past events

Sweetwater Film Festival - Frozen Tails

Sweetwater Film Festival - Frozen Tails

Date: 23 Feb, 2018 Community: Collingwood
Category: Arts & Heritage, Outdoor

Come join us for an evening of community and storytelling. Frozen Tails features 4 films celebrating those who freeze their ‘tails’ off to pursue their passions in the outdoors.

Tickets​ ​are​ ​$25/person​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​purchased​ ​at​ the website below.

Proceeds go directly towards our non-profit programs through the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka that expose local youth to active outdoor opportunities including ​rock​ ​climbing,​ ​caving,​ ​canoeing,​ ​kayaking, paddle​ ​boarding,​ ​snowshoeing,​ ​skiing,​ ​and​ ​mountain​ ​biking.
Snowman Mania

Snowman Mania

Date: 16 Feb, 2018 - 19 Feb, 2018 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Holiday, Music, Outdoor

Come out to play during the four days of winter festivities for the Family Day long weekend! Enjoy infltables, face paining, circus performances, entertainment and more! To see the complete schedule visit website below or call or email using the info below.

Family Day Weekend at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre

Date: 17 Feb, 2018 - 19 Feb, 2018 Community: Blue Mountains
Category: Family, Holiday, Outdoor, Sports

Feb 17, 18, 19 2018
Enjoy outdoor family fun for all ages, all weekend long.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert, explore 27 km. of groomed cross-country ski trails (classic + skate) or 10 km. of snowshoe trails.  Sat. Feb 17 and Sun. Feb 18, 2018 reserve a guided night snowshoe hike ( for ages 10+). Families will love the Scavenger Hunt and wooden sculptures, Children’s Adventure Playground and roasting s’mores over an outdoor fire pit.  Relax at the Warm-up Café (Lookout Point) and the main cabin. Also available:  equipment rentals, wax hut, lessons, snack bar + gift shop.  Details: www.sceniccaves.com

Collingwood Whiskylicious

Date: 01 Feb, 2018 - 10 Feb, 2018 Community: Collingwood
Category: Culinary (Food & Wine)

Celebrate The Great Tastes of Collingwood!
Collingwood Whiskylicious is a unique 10-day festival that gives Collingwood’s outstanding chefs at more than 15 restaurants, the chance to share their sweet and savoury creations, inspired by Collingwood Whisky. The festival will also feature a not-to-be missed bar tender competition, opportunities for personalized bottle engravings, a Barrel Head Art Auction to benefit our Collingwood lighthouse, and new this year – an historic Collingwood Distillery Photo Exhibit.

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