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2017

November

Nov 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 01- Dec 31

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAIN STREET
Part 3 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Main Street celebrates Orillia's community through interpretation of the evolution of the downtown core. A showcase of changes on Mississaga Street, as owners, leaders & innovators in Orillia's history transformed their businesses to accommodate community needs. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 01- Nov 26

- CARMICHAEL CANADIAN LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION: TRADITION TRANSFORMED
A juried, all media show by artists from across Canada, that embraces, challenges, critiques, re-works & strengthens images, perceptions & interpretations of Canadian landscape! Created in recognition of Orillia born Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael, this inspiring exhibition is celebrating its 16th year. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 01- Nov 05

- CANADIAN FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with featured Canadian dishes & local flavours created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious 2 & 3 course set-menu lunches for $10 to $20, & 3 course dinners for $20 to $35 per person at various dining locations. 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations. (Alcohol, taxes & gratuities not included in price)

Nov 01- Nov 19

- ORILLIA 150 COLLECTION: ART INSPIRED BY HISTORY
An exhibit of hand made, one-of-a-kind works of art, created by artistic entrepreneurs who engaged with the Museum collection for inspiration! Selected objects from the collection are featured with the original works of art, & reproductions of the works, created by the artists, will be sold exclusively through OMAH. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 02

- THERESA CAPUTO
Psychic medium & star of hit TLC show Long Island Medium! Live readings to audience members throughout the show. 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 03

- A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
A musical journey celebrating Joplin & her biggest musical influences. Me & Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart, Mercedes Benz & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 03- Nov 05

- LIGHTFOOT DAYS FESTIVAL: HONOURING THE LEGEND!
A celebration of Orillia native & Canadian music legend Gordon Lightfoot! Live music, workshops, memorabilia & more at Orillia restaurants, pubs, & other great venues. The Ultimate Lightfoot Tribute Concert at St. Paul's Centre Saturday! Unveiling of Lightfoot sculpture at Orillia Opera House Sunday. 705-325-3261

Nov 04

- THERESA CAPUTO
Psychic medium & star of hit TLC show Long Island Medium! Live readings to audience members throughout the show. 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 04- Nov 05

- ROGERS HOMETOWN HOCKEY TOUR STOPS IN ORILLIA!
The ultimate NHL fan experience! Sportsnet hosts Ron MacLean & Tara Slone visit Orillia to celebrate local hockey stories & the game's biggest stars! A weekend festival filled with free family-friendly activities, live entertainment, giveaways & NHL alumni visits. Live pre-game & NHL game broadcast of Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks Sunday, hosted by Ron & Tara from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio! Orillia Waterfront Centre, 50 Centennial Drive, 705-323-3549 (Sat: Noon - 6:00 pm / Sun: Noon - 10:00 pm)

Nov 04

- 38TH ANNUAL ORILLIA KIWANIS MAMMOTH AUCTION!
Charity pancake breakfast, live & silent auctions! Hundreds of fantastic items donated by community minded businesses & individuals! Proceeds to Kiwanis Club of Orillia programs & community projects. The Roller Skating Place, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-345-4934 (Doors open: 8:00 am / Live auctiion: 10:00 am)

Nov 04

- 6TH ANNUAL CANADIAN STORYTELLING NIGHT
Feed the Fires, Stories That Warm Us! Tales of light & warmth told by local & invited tellers, including David Merleau of North Bay & Toronto, & Storytelling Orillia members Mark Douglas, Bob Graham & Tim Greenwood. A growing national event started in Orillia in 2012! Presented by OMAH & Storytelling Orillia, & supported by Storytellers of Canada. 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-325-8463

Nov 04

- 6TH ANNUAL ORILLIA HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW
Handmade crafts, treats & gifts for the holiday season by local & Ontario-wide crafters & artisans! 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353 (Free admission & parking)

Nov 05

- ECHOES OF MARIPOSA: WILLIAM PRINCE & COCO LOVE ALCORN
Two talented & dynamic artists, both audience favourites at the 2017 Mariposa Folk Festival, join together on stage for an extremely unique performance! 8:00 pm, Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-327-3696 (Tickets online or at the door)

Nov 09- Nov 12

- CHICAGO: A TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL!
Set in legendary Chicago during the roaring, jazz hot twenties, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. They both enlist the help of slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turns it all into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy! Presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm)

Nov 10

- TRACY MORGAN
Stand-up comedian, actor, SNL alumni & all around funny dude! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience / Screen free show)

Nov 10

- CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
Parade from Rama Fire Hall to Cenotaph, Rama United Church, for Memorial Service & wreath laying, followed by lunch at Fire Hall, 7454 Williams Road at Rama Road, 705-345-5427 (Parade departs Fire Hall: 10:45 am / Service: 11:00 am)

Nov 11

- ORILLIA REMEMBRANCE DAY MEMORIAL SERVICE & PARADE
Orillia Legion Branch 34 Remembrance Day Memorial Service & Wreath Laying Ceremony at Cenotaph, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, followed by parade down Mississaga Street & reception with Veterans at Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442 (Buses depart Legion: 10:00 am / Fall-In & Service: 10:45 & 11:00 am)

Nov 11

- BUDDY GUY
Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, Mustang Sally & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 14

- HOME HARDWARE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LADIES' NIGHT!
Fun, social shopping event of the year! Huge product selection; special items & pricing; valuable scratch & save coupons; great prizes, including a Mystery Box; many vendors on site, food sampling & more! 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Home Hardware Building Centre, 5 King Street at West, 705-326-7371 (Pre-registration at store / Food Bank donations appreciated)

Nov 15

- SCOTT'S GARDEN CENTRE 7TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Join the Scott's team where Christmas begins! 2,000 square feet of trees, designs & gifts, including winter planters, unique ornaments, garlands, wreaths & more! 20% off entire purchase, pre-booked fresh trees & custom arrangements. 50% off selected garden decor. Light refreshments. 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Scott's Garden Centre, 254 Coldwater Road West, 705-325-2909 or scottsgardencentre@rogers.com (Register for Make & Take or Holiday Centerpiece Design Workshops)

Nov 16- Nov 19

- CHICAGO: A TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL!
Set in legendary Chicago during the roaring, jazz hot twenties, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. They both enlist the help of slickster lawyer Billy Flynn, who turns it into a murder-of-the-week media frenzy! Presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 3:00 pm)

Nov 17

- CHILDREN'S CANDLELIGHT PARADE & TREE LIGHTING
Hundreds of children, led by the Town Crier, carry electric candles & carol through downtown to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free treats & hot chocolate! 6:30 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Mississaga Street, from Legion to Opera House / Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 17- Nov 18

- STYX
Come Sail Away, Renegade, Mr. Roboto & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Nov 17- Nov 18

- GATHERING: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
A celebration of Canadian contemporary music & dance, featuring some of our Country's greatest arts innovators! Margie Gillis, Canada's foremost ambassador of dance; Grammy nominee Hilario Duran & his Afro Cuban jazz trio; Grammy nominee & flautist Ron Korb, Art of Time Ensemble's Hosted by Glenn Gould; 2017 Maple Blues Award 3 time nominee Cecile Doo-Kingue & more! Presented by Huronia Cultural Campus. St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-325-4903, Ext. 607 (Fri: 7:00 pm / Sat: 6:00 pm / Tickets online at hccpresents.com)

Nov 18

- FEAST OF THRONES
Experience the food, sensations & excitement of the popular series Game of Thrones! Three course authentic series dinner, souvenir photo with the dragons, silent auction, vendors, exhibits, live music, swordfight demonstration, arm wrestling competition, prizes for best costumes & more! 6:00 pm, Leacock Museum, Swanmore Hall, 705-329-1908 (Tickets online at orilliaoperahouse.ca)

Nov 18

- 2ND ANNUAL CHUCK PANOZZO YOUTH LEGACY AWARDS
Chuck Panozzo, educator, advocate & co-founding member of the legendary band Styx, presents Youth Legacy Awards honouring local youth & recognizing the impact of their initiatives in our community! Presented by Orillia Youth Centre, with proceeds to youth programming opportunities. Noon - 3:00 pm, Rustica Pizza Vino, 132 Mississaga Street East, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-8082 (Tickets online at thebigevent.ca)

Nov 19

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE: "EH" CANADIAN HERITAGE CHRISTMAS!
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrate the season & usher in "Eh" Canadian Heritage Christmas! 1:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Centennial Drive to Front to Colborne to Dunlop Street to Mississaga & return to Centennial / Non-perishable food collection for Orillia Food Bank / Bucket Brigade collection by Orillia Kiwanis Club in support of a great parade / Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 24

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: THE BEATLES - SGT. PEPPER
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform the legendary 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, note for note, cut for cut! Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, With a Little Help From My Friends, A Day in the Life & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Nov 24

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
Outrageous specials all day at participating stores & restaurants! Massive savings on Downtown Dollars! 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 24- Nov 26

- SANTA VISITS ORILLIA SQUARE!
Visits, photos & storytime with Santa! Free gift for children with photo purchase. Santa's Chalet, Orillia Square Mall, 1029 Brodie Drive, 705-325-2366 (Fri: 1:00 - 7:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm / Storytime: 10:45 am Sat.)

Nov 25

- THROWBACK NIGHT WITH THE POLYESTER SLACKERS
Two great live bands, The Polyester Slackers & special guest Slow Motion Walter, play hits from the 70's & 80's, & some newer stuff too! 8:00 pm, Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-327-3696 (Tickets online or at the door / 19+ event)

Nov 26

- MARIPOSA MARKET'S OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARTY!
An annual, old-fashioned Yuletide celebration! Free chocolate yule log slice, delicious buttery shortbread & hot cocoa! Pictures with Santa, face painting, cookie decorating & live Christmas music with guitarist Peter Wainwright. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Mariposa Market, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-8885 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 30

- AUSTRALIA'S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER
Dynamic dance routines, gymnastics, break dancing, colourful costumes, humour & hard bodies all add up to Thunder being a unique experience! Thunder has performed in more than a dozen foreign countries & appeared on numerous daytime television shows including The View, Ellen & a cameo role in Disney's movie Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, to name a few. 7:00 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

December

Dec 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Dec 01- Dec 31

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAIN STREET
Part 3 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Main Street celebrates Orillia's community through interpretation of the evolution of the downtown core. A showcase of changes on Mississaga Street, as owners, leaders & innovators in Orillia's history transformed their businesses to accommodate community needs. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Dec 01

- REO SPEEDWAGON
Can't Fight This Feeling, Keep On Loving You, Take It On the Run & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Dec 01- Dec 03

- SANTA VISITS ORILLIA SQUARE!
Visits, photos & storytime with Santa! Free gift for children with photo purchase. Santa's Chalet, Orillia Square Mall, 1029 Brodie Drive, 705-325-2366 (Fri: 1:00 - 7:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm / Storytime: 10:45 am Sat.)

Dec 02

- BALLET JORGEN: THE NUTCRACKER, A CANADIAN TRADITION
Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic uniquely re-imagined, Canadian style! Created by acclaimed choreographer & artistic director Bengt Jorgen, this beautiful work portrays Klara's magical dream journey as she arrives in Canada & experiences winter landscapes, snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties & creatures of the woods. A holiday favourite, sweeter than Barley Toys & as Canadian as maple syrup! 2:00 & 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Dec 02

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Stops at major intersections / Free parking in downtown lots)

Dec 02

- ORILLIA CONCERT BAND: AFTERNOON CHRISTMAS CONCERT
A delightful afternoon concert by Orillia Concert Band with Music Director James Hilts, & special musical guest Samuel de Champlain Elementary School Children's Choir! 3:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-418-1018 (Tickets at the door)

Dec 02

- ORILLIA CONCERT BAND: CHRISTMAS PRELUDE
A festive concert by Orillia Concert Band with Music Director James Hilts, & special musical guest St. James' Choir, under the direction of Alber Greer! 7:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-418-1018 (Tickets at the door)

Dec 02

- THE BROADWAY TENORS
A concert of holiday classics & contemporary favourites! The Christmas Song, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Silent Night, Santa Claus is Coming to Town & more! 1:00 & 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Dec 03

- AL BANO & ROMINA POWER
The Italian music royalty duo perform hits including Felecita, Sharazan, Ci Sara, & some holiday classics to celebrate the festive season! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Dec 07- Dec 08

- CHRISTMAS PAST & PRESENT
Experience Christmas from days gone by! Carolling, crafts, horse-drawn sleigh rides, traditional holiday treats & more! Proceeds to Friends of the Simcoe County Museum. 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721

Dec 08

- ELVIS: WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHRISTMAS
International award-winning tribute artist Steve Michaels performs Elvis Presley's own Christmas favourites, as well as holiday classics, with an authenticity that makes him one of the most sought after Elvis stylists in the country! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Dec 08- Dec 10

- SANTA VISITS ORILLIA SQUARE!
Visits, photos & storytime with Santa! Free gift for children with photo purchase. Santa's Chalet, Orillia Square Mall, 1029 Brodie Drive, 705-325-2366 (Fri: 1:00 - 7:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm / Storytime: 10:45 am Sat.)

Dec 09

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Stops at major intersections / Free parking in downtown lots)

Dec 09

- A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
Don Evans reads Dylan Thomas' traditional Yuletide favourite, with seasonal sing-along music by the band Alex. Fundraiser for St. Paul's Centre. 1:00 - 2:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-238-9465 or 705-323-2832 (Admission by donation)

Dec 09

- ORILLIA VOCAL ENSEMBLE: CHRISTMAS VOICES
80 voices raised in song, with guest artists A Little Wind Music Chamber Wind Ensemble, & Orillia Music Centre Children's Choir! Fundraiser for Orillia Early Years Centre. 7:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, info@orilliavocalensemble.com (Admission by donation)

Dec 14

- CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Ebenezer Scrooge's journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas comes alive with song, dance, special effects & a brilliant cast led by Shaw Festival & Broadway actor Rod Campbell! An entertaining & joyous experience for young & old, complete with a fabulous concert of Yuletide favourites! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Dec 15- Dec 24

- SANTA VISITS ORILLIA SQUARE!
Visits, photos & storytime with Santa! Free gift for children with photo purchase. Santa's Chalet, Orillia Square Mall, 1029 Brodie Drive, 705-325-2366 (Daily schedule online)

Dec 16

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Stops at major intersections / Free parking in downtown lots)

Dec 16

- WOODY'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CHRISTMAS JAM!
A night of great music featuring Shoot the Moon, with special guests Aurora Blue Indie-Rock band, Ian Chaplin & Matt James! 8:00 pm, Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-327-3696 (Tickets online or at the door / 19 plus event)

Dec 17

- ORILLIA SILVER BAND: SLEIGH BELLS & BRASS
A holiday concert featuring the traditional music of Christmas, with some new & exciting arrangements of seasonal favourites! Bring your singing voices, as the Band will accompany the audience in a number of Christmas tunes! 2:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-259-2446 (Tickets at the door / Children 10 & under free)

2018

January

Jan 11- Jan 12

- BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR 2018
Award-winning films on profound journeys, adventures & ground breaking expeditions in the mountain world! Climbers scale rock faces, kayakers plunge into whitewater rivers, skiers fly off cliffs & trekkers disappear into remote places in these exhilarating & extreme sports films! A program of The Banff Centre, presented by Sojourn, Barrie. 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

April

Apr 13- Apr 15

- 25TH ANNUAL SIMCOE SPRING HOME & COTTAGE SHOW
Celebrating 25 years! A fantastic selection of home & cottage products & services! Special activities & great door prizes. Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-835-0123 (Fri: 5:00 - 9:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / Children under 12 free)

Apr 20

- 38TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: OPENING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes kicks off the 38th Annual Orillia Perch Festival! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 21- May 12

- 38TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 5th! Just fish to win!!! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Kids' Day rain date: Sunday, May 6th)

May

May 01- May 12

- 38TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 5th! Just fish to win!!! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Kids' Day rain date: Sunday, May 6th)

May 12

- 38TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: CLOSING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes wraps up 38 years of Orillia Perch Festival memories! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

June

Jun 08- Jun 10

- SPRING BOAT, COTTAGE & OUTDOOR SHOW
Great in-water selection of new & pre-owned private & dealer boats, cottage & outdoor product displays, marine safety demonstrations, artists & artisans, variety of vendors & more! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Fri: Noon - 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Jun 23

- CHRISTMAS IN JUNE
A festive day at the Port of Orillia! Large boater rendezvous & fabulous decorated boat contest, free to viewing public! Port of Orillia, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Jun 23- Jun 24

- COTTAGE COUNTRY COMIC-CON
A collectors mecca convention, featuring fandoms of multiple genres, including comic books, toys, records, pop culture, animation, apparel, cosplay, scifi, fantasy & antique market! Door prizes, comic industry professionals, fandom celebrities, dungeons & dragons tournaments, live wrestling & more! Presented by Dr. Comics, the Coolest Comic Shop in Orillia. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Rotary Place, 100 University Avenue, info@cottagecountrycomiccon.com (Children under 12 free with paid adult)

July

Jul 06- Jul 08

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Thrilling audiences for over 55 years with an incredible weekend of music, dance, stories & crafts! Fantastic lineup of folk/roots artists includes more than 100 performances on 12 stages. Emporium, artisans' village, workshops, kids' folkplay area, great food, beer tent & more! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, 705-326-3655 (On-site camping available)

Jul 20- Jul 22

- 41ST ANNUAL ORILLIA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
A celebration of Scottish culture & heritage! Ceilidh at Legion Friday & Sunday; parade through downtown to waterfront, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday. Buy a button & support the Festival! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

August

Aug 09- Aug 12

- BOOTS & HEARTS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Canada's largest country music & camping festival! Over 30 performers, from global superstars to emerging artists, including Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett & Dallas Smith! Great food, merchant & craft vendors! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half way between Orillia & Barrie, info@bootsandhearts.com

Aug 10- Aug 12

- ORILLIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, artists & artisans, variety of vendors, Dock Dogs Diving Contest, water ski shows & more throughout the weekend! Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Fri: Noon - 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Aug 25

- 14TH ANNUAL STARRY NIGHT STUDIO & GALLERY TOUR
A magical evening of art & music! Experience Orillia's vibrant arts community & meet local artists in their galleries & studios. Live music in a variety of venues, restaurants & on the streets! 7:00 - 11:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-7205
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