A hand-picked sample of our many year-round festivals, fairs and events too unique to classify. To make the most of them, bookmark our events page, subscribe to our email blast, or move up here.
1. Grand Valley Lions 20th Anniversary Duck Race
What: Feel true community spirit all day long May 23, with free breakfasts, garage sales, tractor races, town dinners, and of course the great race itself, with all proceeds going to community needs.
When: May 23
Where: Grand Valley
2. Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship
What: Tradition and community at their toe-tapping best, in the 65th edition of this leading North American fiddle competition. Homemade country dinners and lots of dancing to work them off.
When: Aug. 5-9
3. Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival
What: Stroll, sit and sway at this shut-down-the-whole-downtown music festival founded by Orangeville’s Larry Kurtz, with 80-plus acts from jazz & blues to gospel & soul, local food and drink, and fun events like a vintage car and motorcycle exhibition.
When: June 4-7
4. A Taste of Maple
What: Our trees work all year for this. Come up in late March, when the entire region creates maple-mad menus, treats, activities, tours and more, right when this sweetest of syrups is at its best.
When: Mar. 11 – Apr. 10, 2016
Where: Throughout Headwaters
5. Erin Fall Fair
What: It doesn’t get more country than the 165th year of this classic Thanksgiving weekend event. Livestock and produce competitions, rides, country entertainment, car shows, dog shows, and way too much food.
When: Oct. 9 – 12
Where: Erin Fairgrounds