Top 100 Festivals in Ontario Just Announced… and they’re delicious!

Just in time for road trip season, Festival & Events Ontario has announced the 2017 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario.

Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions � from community festivals to internationally recognized events. The 2017 Top 100 Awards were given out on Friday, March 3 during FEO�s Annual Conference Celebrating the Past, Igniting the Future in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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Festivals are a great way to experience the local flavour of a region, but with so many happening every weekend in our big, BIG province — how do you chose? The below list helps whittle it down for sure! Need even more guidance?

We’re particularly excited to see Eat & Drink Norfolk, the Winona Peach Festival, the Small Halls Festival and the Blue Mountain Apple Harvest Festival get recognized for their hard work and creative vision!


Congratulations to all the winners!


APRIL

Doors Open Ontario (Province Wide) Apr 1 � Oct 31

Eat & Drink Norfolk (Simcoe) Apr 6 � 8

Stratford Festival (Stratford) Apr 15 – Oct 29

 

MAY

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (Toronto) May 1 – 31

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival (Toronto) May 11 � 28

Huron Fringe Birding Festival (Port Elgin) May 26 � Jun 4

JUNE

Barrie Automotive Flea Market (Oro-Medonte) Jun 1 – 4

Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival (Orangeville) Jun 1 – 4

Streetsville Founders� Bread and Honey Festival (Streetsville) Jun 2 – 4

Dundas International Buskerfest (Dundas) Jun 2 – 4

Re-Enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek (Stoney Creek) Jun 3 – 4

LaSalle Strawberry Festival (LaSalle) Jun 8 – 11

CeleBRAMPTON (Brampton) Jun 10

Oshawa Peony Festival (Oshawa) Jun 10 – 11

Sound of Music Festival (Burlington) Jun 10 � 18

Carrousel of Nations (Windsor) Jun 10 – 25

Luminato Festival (Toronto) Jun 14 – 25

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (Ottawa) Jun 22 � Jul 2

SALSA at Blue Mountain (Blue Mountains) Jun 23 – 25

Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebration (Niagara Falls) Jun 30 � Jul 2

 

JULY

Burlington�s Canada Day Celebrations (Burlington) Jul 1

Brampton Canada Day Celebrations (Brampton) Jul 1

Canada Day Celebrations (Ottawa/Gatineau) Jul 1

It�s Your Festival (Hamilton) Jul 1 – Jul 3

Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by Billy Bishop Airport) Jul 1 � 3

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival (Toronto) Jul 3 – 23

World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies (Kingston) Jul 5 – Aug 30

Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival (Belleville) Jul 6 – 9

TD Sunfest: Canada�s Premier Celebration of World Cultures (London) Jul 6 � 9

RBC Bluesfest (Ottawa) Jul 6 � 16

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (Toronto) Jul 11 � Aug 6

Pelham Summerfest (Fonthill) Jul 13 � 16

Hillside Festival (Guelph) Jul 14 – 16

Lighthouse Blues Festival (Kincardine) Jul 14 – 16

Stewart Park Festival (Perth) Jul 14 � 16

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (Ottawa) Jul 22 – Aug 4

Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound) Jul 21 – Aug 13

Big on Bloor Festival of Arts & Culture (Toronto) Jul 22 – 23

Collingwood Elvis Festival (Collingwood) Jul 28 – 30

 

AUGUST

Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree (Brancroft) Aug 3 – 6

Glengarry Highland Games (Maxville) Aug 4 – 5

Harbourfest (Kenora) Aug 4 – 6

Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival (Port Colborne) Aug 4 – 7

Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival (Sioux Lookout) Aug 4 – 13

MuslimFest (Mississauga) Aug 5 – 6

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank (Toronto) Aug 5 – 13

Jambana?, One World Festival (Brampton) Aug 6 – 7

TD Kitchener Blues Festival (Kitchener) Aug 10 – 13

Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games (Fergus) Aug 11 – 13

Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival (Kingston) Aug 11 – 13

The International Grace Jerkfest & Music Festival (Toronto) Aug 11 – 13

Havelock Country Jamboree (Havelock) Aug 17 – 20

Smooth Truck Fest (Smooth Rock Falls) Aug 17 – 20

Carrot Fest (Bradford) Aug 18 – 19

Mississauga ItalFEST (Mississauga) Aug 18 – 19

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (Buckthorn) Aug 18 – 20

Dundas Cactus Festival (Dundas) Aug 18 – 20

Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto) Aug 18 � Sep 4

Burlington�s Children�s Festival (Burlington) Aug 20

Tecumseh Corn Festival (Tecumseh) Aug 24 – 27

The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival (Timmins) Aug 25 – 27

Winona Peach Festival (Winona) Aug 25 – 27

 

SEPTEMBER

Canada’s Largest Ribfest (Burlington) Sept 1 – 4

SoundBites 2017: Mississauga Celebration Square (Mississauga) Sep 2

Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival (Meaford) Sep 5 – Oct 16

Jazz Sudbury (Sudbury) Sep 6 � 10

Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto) Sep 7 � 17

Supercrawl (Hamilton) Sep 8 � 10

Western Fair (London) Sep 8 � 17

Niagara Grape and Wine Festival (St. Catharines)  Sep 8 – 24

Canada�s Only Guitar Trail at Blue Mountain (Blue Mountains) Sep 9

St. George AppleFest (St. George) Sep 16 � 17

Bushplane Days (Sault Ste. Marie) Sep 16 – 17

Telling Tales Festival (Hamilton) Sep 17

International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (Walton) Sep 19 � 23

The Word on the Street Toronto (Toronto) Sep 24

Small Halls Festival (Township of Clearview) Sep 28 � Oct 1

Fort Fright at Fort Henry (Kingston) Sep 29 � Oct 29

Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Sep 29 � Oct 29

 

OCTOBER

Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show (Simcoe) Oct 3 � 9

Erin Fall Fair (Erin) Oct 5 � 9

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest (Kitchener) Oct 6 – 14

Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival (Blue Mountains) Oct 7 – 9

Aurora�s Haunted Forest (Aurora) Oct 28

 

NOVEMBER

Tree Lighting Downtown Brampton (Brampton) Nov 17

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade (Niagara Falls) Nov 18

OPG Winter Festival of Lights (Niagara Falls) Nov 18 � Jan 31, 2018

First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons (Midland) Nov 23 –  Dec 9

Simcoe Christmas Panorama (Simcoe) Nov 25 � Dec. 31

 

WINTER DEC TO MAR 2017

Aurora�s Tree Lighting Ceremony (Aurora) Dec 6

Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Dec 7 – Jan 6, 2018

Brampton�s New Years Eve (Brampton) Dec 31

Wine & Food Show (London) Jan 18 – 20, 2018

Bon Soo Winter Carnival (Sault Ste. Marie) Feb 2 � 11, 2018

Winterlude (Ottawa/Gatineau) Feb.2 � 19, 2018

Barrie Winterfest (Barrie) Feb 3 – 4, 2018

Vaughan Winterfest (Vaughan) Feb 11, 2018

Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival (Kirkland Lake) Feb 15 � Mar 4, 2018

Voyageur Winter Carnival (Thunder Bay) Feb 17 – 19, 2018

SnowDay (Thunder Bay) Feb 19, 2018


For more delicious events in Ontario, check out our Culinary Calendar!

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