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2018

April

Apr 16

- THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
2nd of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns. There is a short introduction and door prizes. The Good-Gunslinger, The Bad-Hit Man and The Ugly-wanted outlaw all want the same thing. $200,000 in Gold. 7:00PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011

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 20

- EARTH DAY FESTIVIES
We will be cleaning up & beautifying Downtown on Earth Day! Come help out and clean up your Downtown & stay for the Earth Day festivities happening throughout the downtown core. Downtown Orillia, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Apr 20- Apr 21

- ROOTS NORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Roots North Music Festival brings together amazing performers for a weekend of great live music in Downtown Orillia. 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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. Perch Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Kids' Day rain date: Sunday, May 6th)

Apr 21- Jul 15

- PRIMORDIAL WATERS
Works from Sue A. Miller with regional artists Peter Adams, Frith Bail, and Liz Eakins. Orillia Museum of Art and History. 705-326-2159

Apr 21- Sep 02

- FREE SPIRITS
The History of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia. Orillia Museum of Art & History. 705-326-2159

Apr 23

- ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST FILM
Final film of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns. There is a short introduction and door prizes.  The paths of 4 characters cross and clash in a small border town. 7:00 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011

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. Perch Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Kids' Day rain date: Sunday, May 6th)

May 09

- 2018 CHARMICHAEL ART HISTORY LECTURE
Was Tom Thomson's death at Canoe Lake really accidental? Artist and author Brian Harris examines the rumours surrounding the untimely demise of the famous painter. 7:30 PM, Orillia Museum of Art and History. Tickets $15.00. 705-326-2159

May 10

- ELTON ROHN IN CONCERT
Elton Rohn is thrilling audiences across Canada and the USA. As Elton Rohn, Ron Camilleri's ability to transform into Elton John is uncanny. Audiences are amazed; it's like seeing a 1970's Elton John concert. His impressive band is made up of some of Canada's finest musicians. Every note is played live - no tracks - and the band features full four part harmony. The band has headlined over 200 shows including festivals across Canada and the USA, including New Yourk, Chicago, Philadephia and Atlantic City. 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011

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

May 13

- LUNCH AT ALLEN'S
Join us for a musical powerhouse of four remarkable Canadian talents. Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas. An unforgettable evening's entertainment...from their hearts...to your soul. 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011

May 15

- KIWANIS FESTIVAL ENCORE
Come join us for the 60th Annual Festival Encores Concert featuring select performances from the 2018 music festival. 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011

May 26

- MAY SIDEWALK SALE
Shop downtown all week long to find great deals on your favourite items. Massive instore blow-out sales will be announced in early May so don't miss out on this once a year shopextraveganza. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

May 31

- THE BARRA MACNEILS
Join us at the Orillia Opera House as the Barra MacNeils tour this spring in support of their latest release, On The Bright Side, an exquisite collection of everything their fans love. The five MacNeil siblings - Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and Sheumas - combine on a vast array of instruments including accordion, guitar, piano, fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, banjo, Celtic harp, tin whistles, bouzouki, flute... underpinned by the nimble fingered Jamie Gatti on bass. 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011

June

Jun 07- Jun 10

- 36TH ANNUAL SPRING AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, auto auction, hundreds of vendors, great food & more! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, 705-487-3663 or info@thebafm.com (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Jun 07

- MOTOWN GOLD
Come join us as we celebrate the incredible songs and stories of the legendary record label from Detroit that launched the careers of The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and more! Motown Gold features outstanding live musical performances with soulful lead vocalists backed by the renowned Rudy and The Angels band. 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011

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 09

- BOBBY MESSANO
8:15 PM Geneva Event Centre For tickets visit www.violetsvenue.com or call (705)238-9282

Jun 16- Oct 20

- STREETS ALIVE!
Orillia's very own living art program, Streets Alive!, kicks off for another great season of dazzling art pieces. This year's theme is inspired by the last 10 years of Streets Alive! art projects with a new twist! Runs all season long

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 01

- ORILLIA CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS
A fun-filled family day! Activities to be announced. Couchiching Beach Park, 705-259-1948

Jul 04- Jul 20

- PLAZA SUITE by Neil Simon
The hilarious stories of 3 different couples at the Plaza Hotel: A couple returning to their honeymonn suite after 23 (or was it 24?) years of marriage, a Hollywood producer looking for love, and a mother and father trying to get their daughter out of the bathroom on her wedding day. And all of it through the lens of comedy master Neil Simon. Tuesday-Thursday 2:00 PM and Wednesday-Friday 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House. 705-326-8011

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 06- Jul 07

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL: DOWNTOWN STAGE
Great music at the downtown stage, featuring Mariposa showcase winners! Crafts & activities for kids, artisan displays & more! Mississaga Street East, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free shuttle to & from Tudhope Park festival site)

Jul 14

- REMEMBERING STUART
An intimate evening of backstage stories, tour bus tales, music and humour from 20 years on the road with Stuart McLean.  Featuring a brilliant band and special guest vocalists! 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, boxoffice@orillia.ca

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

Jul 25- Aug 10

- LUNENBURG
Norm Foster's Lunenburg is a comedy that will keep you on the edge of your seat as secrets are revealed and mysteries unfold. Recently widowed Iris visits Lunenburg to learn more about the place where her husband spent much of his time, including owning a home she knew nothing about. Her friend Natalie and local carpenter Charlie help her unravel a story that is at once warm, funny and filled with twists and turns. Orillia Opera House Tuesday-Thursday 2:00 PM, Wednesday-Friday 7:30 PM. Box Office - 705-326-8011

Jul 28

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA'S SUMMER BLOCK PARTY
A downtown summer street festival like no other! Showcasing a fusion of art, fun interactive activities, music, food kid zones, sizzling sales, giveaways and watch the 150th mural unveiling. 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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 15- Aug 31

- MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S
Murder at the Howard Johnson's by Sam Bobrick. Is all fair in love? Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. The play presents a love triangle involving a woman, her lover and her husband in three scenes. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife but this attempt, like the others, fails. Their bungled attempts to commit the perfect crime will keep you in stitches. Orillia Opera House. Tuesday-Thursday 2:00 PM, Wednesday-Friday 7:30 PM. Box Office 705-326-8011

Aug 18

- 20TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW
A dazzling collection of over 400 classic cars line Orillia's downtown streets! The largest car show in the region! Live entertainment, excellent dining & great shopping. Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Aug 18

- HELLS BELLS
Canada's Longest Touring Tribute to AC/DC. 9:00 PM Geneva Event Centre $10.00 in advance $15.00 at the door.

Aug 24- Aug 26

- ANNUAL CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION POW WOW
A celebration of culture, heritage & friendship, bringing together Turtle Island's finest Pow Wow singers, dancers & drummers! Traditional foods, arts, crafts & more. Everyone welcome! John Snake Memorial Multipurpose Grounds, 6030 Rama Road, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, 705-325-3611, Ext. 1288

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

Aug 25

- MOLLY JOHNSON
Molly's luscious interpretations of jazz and blues standards speak to an emotional depth that few vocalists in any genre have ever reached. 7:30 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, boxoffice@orillia.ca

September

Sep 06- Sep 09

- 48TH ANNUAL FALL AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, auto auction, hundreds of vendors, great food & more! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, 705-487-3663 or info@thebafm.com (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Sep 22

- ANNUAL FREE KIDS' FISHING DAY!
A great opportunity to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Free bait, pizza, and drinks! Help with lines, tackle & live release. Meet OPP Officers & Orillia Firemen, & check out police cars & fire trucks! Fishing rods to borrow for those who don't have one. Presented by The Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club. 9:00 am - Noon, Port of Orillia & Centennial Park, Lake Couchiching, 705-331-3216 (Kids 14 & under / Parental release required)

Sep 29

- BRECHIN SCARECROW FESTIVAL - FIFTY SHADES OF HAY

10am to 3pm at the Brechin Community Ball Park, 3227 Ramara Road 47. 

Sep 29

- DOORS OPEN & CULTURE DAYS
Explore the variety of hubs offering different cultural activities at this year's Doors Open & Culture Days in Downtown Orillia! Discover your creative side and try your hand at painting, sculpting, dancing and more. Downtown Orillia, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October

Oct 05

- CELTIC THUNDER X
Celebrating their 10th Anniversary as a multi-platinum Irish Group & their recently released album of the same name, Celtic Thunder X includes new ensemble numbers "Sons of Light", Toora, Loora, Lay", "The Wild Rover" and their rousing anthem "Ireland's Call". 9:00 PM, Casino Rama

Oct 11- Oct 14

- ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
Now in its 27th year, the Orillia Jazz Festival occurs in various host locations in the downtown and all over Orillia! Come discover a new found love or reignite a passion for all things jazz! Times vary by location.

Oct 24

- THE HAUNTING
Come experience all things that go bump in the night in Downtown Orillia. Haunted tours begin at the Opera House and Orillia Museum of Art & History and continue throughout frightful spaces downtown! 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Oct 27

- TAKE IT EASY - THE STORY OF THE EAGLES
Join us as we celebrate the incredible music of legendary 1970's Country-Rock group "The Eagles". This interactive show is comprised of some of Canada's leading session musicians, who perform all of the legendary hits from the Eagles extension career with soaring vocal harmonies and sizzling hot guitar solos. 8:00 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, boxoffice@orillia.ca

November

Nov 17

- ORILLIA LIGHTFOOT DAYS
Lightfoot Days is a weekend filled with musician's stories, songs and memorabilia in honour of Orillia native, Gordon Lightfoot. 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Nov 23

- BLACK FRIDAY
Take advantage of outrageous specials throughout the Downtown! Stores are open late but we won't tell if you book the day off work to SHOP! 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Nov 23

- CHILDREN'S CANDLELIGHT PARADE
Bring the Christmas spirit to life as we light up the downtown! Join the countdown to light the Opera House tree, enjoy free hot chocolate & treats plus meet SANTA!  Downtown Orillia, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Nov 24

- BEATLEMANIA REVISITED
Join us as this group captures the look, the sound and the excitement of The Beatles in concert! All songs in the Beatlemania show are performed "not for note" by this amazing international ensemble woh are further augmented with incredible costumes and vintage instruments to truly capture the spirit of the Fab Four. 8:00 PM, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011, boxoffice@orillia.ca

Nov 25

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself usher in the season! Theme to be announced. 1:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (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)
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