The August ‘Civic Holiday’ (August 2-5) long weekend is a favorite time to experience the many events and festivals taking place north of the Toronto GTA. Rodeos, tournaments, beach fests, arts and crafts are just a few of the summer vacation options continuing to Monday August 5, the official Civic Holiday.
Kempenfest in Barrie Ontario
One of Ontario’s Top One Hundred events is Kempenfest on Lake Simcoe in Barrie just north of Toronto via Highway 400. The Barrie waterfront is transformed into one of Canada’s largest specialty arts and one of a kind craft shows and kids entertainment areas. Along with the arts and crafts a full range of entertainment starting Friday night with a Tribute to the Rolling Stones. Find quick links for Barrie information:
- Barrie summer vacation accommodation: Links to area hotels, resorts, inns.
- Barrie attractions: Links to Barrie area attractions, museums, galleries, kids fun and more
- Barrie water front beaches: Beaches on Kempenfelt Bay Lake Simcoe.
- Lake Simcoe: One of Ontario’s largest lakes, Lake Simcoe is a summer vacation resort destination for Toronto residents.
MacTier Big Weekend Festival
The Georgian Bay Township Big Weekend festival ( Civic Holiday August 2-4) showcases Muskoka and the surrounding area and what it has to offer to new tourists, residents and cottagers alike. Fun activities include the Muskoka beach volleyball blast tournament, children’s fishing derby, Stewart Lake regatta and parade of boats.
Stay at resorts, inns and hotels in the MacTier area. Find out more on the Muskoka summer vacation region of Ontario.
North Bay summer in the park festival
Free family fun all weekend long ( Civic Holiday August 2-4, 2013) at the North Bay Summer in the Park. Festival offerings include the Northern Ontario Open Country Singing Contest, midway fun, art in the park, petting zoo, an inflatable land, face painting, the Algonquin Regiment displays, food vendors and community group displays.. This year’s line-up of entertainment: Friday night concert hgeadliner is Metric with supporting acts Hey Ocean, Nightbox, and X Ambassadors. Saturday’s headliner is Carly Rae Jepsen with Dragonette. April Wine will perform for free at Lee Park’s main stage Sunday Aug 4th. Access North Bay via Highway 11 from Barrie. Find overnight summer vacation accommodation in the North Bay area.
In additon the the August Civic Holiday weekend many more summer vacation events and festivals continue in Ontario through the month of August. See Ontario events and festivals.