With summer just around the corner Ontario welcomes many exciting and unique festivals to the province. This month you can browse through car themed collectibles at a flea market in Bonfield; party all night long at a music festival in Kitchener; learn about international communities from around the world in Windsor; experience Indigenous culture in Ottawa; and board Tall Ships in Toronto.
Barrie & Bonfield Automotive Flea Market.
When: June 6-9, 2019.
Barrie & Bonfield Automotive Flea Market must be doing something right as this year marks the 37th year they will be up and running. If you have a passion for classic cars, collectibles or hard to find car parts, make your way over to Bonfield Event Park in Bonfield, just south-east of North Bay. Known as a car lover’s dream, you can find everything you’ve always wanted relating to cars as you browse among the thousands of vendors. There is also a spectacular car show and a car sales area, should you be looking to make a shiny new purchase. Opening in Barrie in 1971, this festival has now moved locations and this year marks their first time in Bonfield. If you want to get back to nature, camping is available in the campground and booking a campsite includes passes for two adults to the flea market.
Ever After Music Festival.
When: June 7-9, 2019.
Not far from Toronto at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener is the rocking three-day Ever After Music Festival that attracts passionate bass heads and head bangers. This year promises to be more exciting than ever because, in addition to music, there will be carnival rides, games, a Mad Hatters playhouse and water slides if you want to cool down with a thrill. The music line-up includes performances by Excision, Kill The Noise and Yellow Claw. They will be using RFID enabled wristbands for quick entry to events. Nearby accommodation packages include camping options for ages nineteen plus that are within walking distance to the event gates. There are also several hotels to choose from and room sharing programs for solo travelers attending the festival alone. Shuttle passes to the event are available with hotel packages. Save time to check out vendor village for cool swag and festival mementos to remember the weekend.
Carrousel of the Nations.
When: June 14-16 and June 21-23, 2019.
If you want to surround yourself with diverse cultures from around the world take a road trip to Carrousel of the Nations in June. It is proudly one of Ontario’s top 100 festivals and takes place in Windsor, Lasalle and Leamington over two weekends. Various ethno-cultural groups will be celebrating their country through music, dance, history, art and food. Guests have the unique chance to learn about each culture by exploring villages such as African Nations, Greek Village, Mexican Village, Filipino Village, Italian Village and more. On June 15, the Leamington Lebanese Club is the place to be to indulge in Lebanese cuisine such as tabouli, hummus and baba ganoush while listening to Lebanese music and watching performances by talented belly dancers. Save time to check out the Scottish Village and immerse yourself in music from the Windsor Pipe Band and dancers from Scotland while nibbling on foods from the country.
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival.
When: June 20-23, 2019.
Our nation’s capital is hosting the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Ottawa is the places to be if you want to experience incredible Canadian talent consisting of music, dance, and family programs related to Indigenous culture. The mission of the festival is to help Canadians recognize the huge influence that First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples have contributed to the country. Festival highlights include Indigenous culinary events such as a chef competition and the opportunity to sample traditional teas. There is also fun family programing where kids can jump on inflatables, play sports, zip-line and do arts and crafts. The heart of the festival is the Pow Wow, a gathering to celebrate culture through dance, song and authentic food. It’s the perfect festival to learn all about Indigenous drumming.
Redpath Waterfront Festival.
When: June 29-July 1, 2019.
The epic Tall Ships return to Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto on Canada Day weekend. Every summer the festival takes place in different areas along the waterfront and this year they will be docked from HTO Park West to Harbour Square Park with exact addresses listed on their website. There is no charge to board HMCS Oriole and the CCGS Griffon, however, wristbands are required for deck tours and daily tickets are limited. Book in advance if you want to tour other ships including Pride of Baltimore 11, Picton Castle and US Brig Niagara. If you plan on boarding any ships ensure you are wearing rubber soled shoes or sneakers and keep your spiked heels at home. If you miss the Tall Ships on Canada Day weekend they will also be making stops at Discovery Harbour, Sarnia, Kingsville and Brockville.
How will you be celebrating Canada’s birthday this season?