Local Colour

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!

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.

Grand Central Circus

Date: 16 Dec, 2017 Community: Collingwood
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Music

Grand Central Circus is set in the era of a 1920’s train station where unwitting circus travelers experience encounters with a purse snatching troll played by Damian Spaulding.  Those that already know members of the cast already know that this behaviour is not uncommon for certain cast members.  
This event is perfectly suited for an audience of all ages and is guaranteed to amaze, surprise, entertain and make you and the entire family laugh all the way though the extravaganza.

If you have personally experienced the antics of Damian Spaulding in the past, now is you chance to see Damian finally “get what he is due”  through Collingwood Circus’ presentation of Grand Central Circus.

Grand Central Circus' cast ranges from veteran circus performers, aspiring Cirque Du Soleil performance artists, professional acro-balance artists, circus hoop and lyra performances and more.

Collingwood Circus Club’s presentation of Grand Central circus showcases much of the exciting events that be be learned not only through the Collingwood Circus Club but also the new Spaulding Circus commencing in Barrie Ontario January of 2018.

Grab your tickets now as audience sizes are small in the highly intimate Simcoe Theater in Collingwood Ontario.  Spaces are truly limited

Harp & Holly Yuletide Concert, Central Westside United Church Owen Sound

Harp & Holly Yuletide Concert, Central Westside United Church Owen Sound

Date: 22 Dec, 2017 Community: Owen Sound
Category: Arts & Heritage, Holiday, Music

Canada's most influential Celtic harpist Sharlene Wallace joins violinist Sandra Swannell and finger-style guitarist Terry Young in concert with ancient Christmas carols, lively jigs and reels, and poignant storytelling. 

Tickets $20, children 12 and under free,at the door or in advance.
Contact Terry Young 519-379-4495 or harpandholly@gmail.com.
Online tickets www.harpandholly.com.

Clearview Winterama

Date: 02 Feb, 2018 - 04 Feb, 2018 Community: New Lowell
Category: Family, Outdoor

Winterama is a winter carnival that has celebrated winter for 42 years in the Village of New Lowell "Geatest Little Show on Snow"

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!

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.

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. 
Huron Fringe Birding Festival

Huron Fringe Birding Festival

Date: 25 May, 2018 - 03 Jun, 2018 Community: Port Elgin
Category: Outdoor

One of Canada's Premier Birding and Nature Festivals. The schedule of events is available on our website on January 15, 2018. Registration begins February 1, 2018. 

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. 

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! 
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! 


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

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. 

19th Annual Downtown Orillia Classic Car Show

Date: 18 Aug, 2018 Community: Orillia
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Outdoor

A jaw-dropping collection of over 400 classic cars line the Downtown streets! Enjoy live entertainment, great dining, shopping and the largest car show in the region!

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!

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!

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

Barrie Concert Band presents Christmas Goes

Barrie Concert Band presents Christmas Goes "Pop"

Date: 09 Dec, 2017 Community: Barrie
Category: Family, Holiday, Music

Music helps to make the Christmas season special, and this annual concert is a traditional favourite. The band will provide familiar favourites and sing-a-longs, and many exciting arrangements that will make your Christmas pop!
Tickets go on sale in November and at the door: $15 Students or Seniors, $20 Adults; Under 5 Free.
LIONA BOYD A Winter Fantasy

LIONA BOYD A Winter Fantasy

Date: 08 Dec, 2017 Community: Midland
Category: Arts & Heritage, Family, Holiday, Music

Brookside Music presents Canada's "First Lady of Guitar" LIONA BOYD A Winter Fantasy featuring Guest Artist Andrew Dolson and award winning The Children's Community Choir. A wonderful early Christmas Gift idea!
Friday, December 8th at 7pm at St Paul's United in Midland.

Tickets just $30 plus HST and SC Children can attend for free. 

Barrie Concert Band presents Christmas at the Beach

Date: 03 Dec, 2017 Community: Wasaga Beach
Category: Family, Holiday, Music

This will be the 13th annual concert for the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Waterside Retirement Lodge and Lighthouse Community Church.  The public is invited to come out and enjoy a variety of exciting Christmas favourites as played by the 55-member concert band. Admission is a donation to the food bank.