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2017

May

May 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

May 01- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

May 01- May 31

- TAP INTO MAPLE!
Experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario's Lake Country & Heart of Georgian Bay, Simcoe County! Celebrations & events, hands-on activities, nature explorations, mouth watering maple cuisine, maple getaway packages & more! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 (Brochure & route map at tourist outlets, participating locations & on line with printable coupons)

May 26- May 27

- DANIEL O'DONNELL: BACK HOME AGAIN TOUR
Irish singer, television entertainer & philanthropist, known for his unique blend of country & traditional folk songs. Flowers on a Sunday, Danny Boy, Peace in the Valley & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

May 28

- UMBERTO TOZZI
Italian singer/songwriter, composer & musician, with sales of over 45 million albums worldwide! Gloria, Ti amo, Se Tu non Fossi Qui & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

June

Jun 01- Jun 04

- 35TH 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 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

Jun 01- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jun 01

- GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS: ROCK PARTY TOUR!
Move It On Over, Who Do You Love, Bad to the Bone & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 02

- LONESTAR
Amazed, I'm Already There, Never Enders & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 03

- ZZ TOP: THE TONNAGE TOUR
Sharp Dressed Man, La Grange, Gimme All Your Lovin & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 09- Jun 11

- 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! 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

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: FLEETWOOD MAC - RUMOURS
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform Fleetwood Mac's legendary 1977 album Rumours, note for note, cut for cut. Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Don't Stop & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jun 09

- THREE DOG NIGHT
Joy to the World, Black & White, Mama Told Me Not to Come & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 09- Jun 11

- 2017 Leacock Medal for Humour Awards Gala

Featured authors: Gary Barwin, Amy Jones, Drew Hayden Taylor, student short-story finalists.

The winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour Award will be announced during a four-course dinner on Saturday, June 10, at Geneva Park Conference Centre, just outside Orillia. Cost is $70 for an evening of fine dining and literary entertainment. Cocktails start at 5:00 pm. 

Come the night before for your chance to meet the authors on Friday, June 9th, at 5:30 pm. This soirée at the Mariposa Inn, Orillia, presents an author Q&A as you enjoy a three-course meal, presentations to the winner of the student short-story contest, and a book signing by the Leacock Medal shortlisted authors. Cost is $30. 

Brunch will follow back at the Mariposa Inn on Sunday, June 11, at 10:30 am to finish off the weekend with a fabulous morning meal. Cost is $19. 

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday night events are available exclusively at the Leacock Museum by cash or cheque only. Open daily 10 am - 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Jen at the Leacock Museum 705-329-1908 to reserve a spot.

Reservations are required for the Sunday, June 11 brunch. Phone the Mariposa Inn at 705-238-5086 and ask for Norma Jean. Payment is to be made the morning of.

Jun 10

- TOTO
Africa, Rosanna, Hold the Line & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 17

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES KICK-OFF CELEBRATION
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project, Maple Masterpieces, is unveiled! City streets come alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Live entertainment, meet the artists, juried evaluation & beginning of People's Choice voting. Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093 (Winners to be announced at Starry Night Gallery & Studio Tour, Downtown Orillia, August 26)

Jun 17- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jun 20- Jul 29

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: A DOG PARK JAMBOREE!
A musical comedy for folks who love their pets! Dogs celebrate in an off-leash park on the eve of the summer solstice, when the star Sirius, patron saint of dogs, shines most brightly. A Jack Russell who thinks he's Mick Jagger, a pair of Corgis who tell how to keep The Royals in line, & a Schnauzer pup with a tennis ball perform in a talent contest presided over by a down-on-his-luck, Springer Spaniel TV star! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book & lyrics by David Fanstone, music by Birds of Bellwoods. OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / No Show July 28 / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Jun 24

- 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 30- Jul 01

- BURTON CUMMINGS & BAND
Celebrate Canada Day weekend with a legendary Canadian rocker! Break It To Them Gently, Fine State of Affairs, My Own Way to Rock & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

July

Jul 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

Jul 01- Jul 09

- ONTARIO FAMILY FISHING WEEK
Licence-free fishing week throughout Ontario for Canadian residents! Local fishing events, festivals & derbies across the province. A great opportunity to connect with conservation through the enjoyment of fishing! Presented by Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. 705-748-6324, Ext. 254 or offe@ofah.org (Anglers required to abide by Conservation Licence limits set out in current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary)

Jul 01- Jul 29

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: A DOG PARK JAMBOREE!
A musical comedy for folks who love their pets! Dogs celebrate in an off-leash park on the eve of the summer solstice, when the star Sirius, patron saint of dogs, shines most brightly. A Jack Russell who thinks he's Mick Jagger, a pair of Corgis who tell how to keep The Royals in line, & a Schnauzer pup with a tennis ball perform in a talent contest presided over by a down-on-his-luck, Springer Spaniel TV star! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book & lyrics by David Fanstone, music by Birds of Bellwoods. OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / No Show July 28 / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Jul 01

- ORILLIA CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS!
A fun-filled day celebrating Canada's & Orillia's 150th birthdays! Parade, giant birthday cake, live entertainment, fabulous fireworks at dusk! Buy a button & support the celebrations! Couchiching Beach Park, 705-259-1948 or info@orilliacanadaday.ca (More info when available)

Jul 01- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jul 01

- BURTON CUMMINGS & BAND
Celebrate Canada Day weekend with a legendary Canadian rocker! Break It To Them Gently, Fine State of Affairs, My Own Way to Rock & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 05- Jul 21

- SUMMER THEATRE: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
A romantic comedy by Neil Simon. A newly-minted, straight-laced lawyer & his free-spirited bride move into a tiny, 5th floor, walk-up apartment in Manhattan. Contending with a lack of heat, leaking skylight, interfering mother & eccentric next door neighbour, they hilariously confront the challenges of love & marriage! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Jul 07- Jul 09

- 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 Matt Andersen, Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, & 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 07- Jul 08

- 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 07

- JESSE COOK
Canadian guitarist, composer & producer, considered one of the most influential figures in Nuevo Flamenco music! Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player's Choice Award Silver winner in the Flamenco category, & 3 time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year, Jesse has sold over 1.5 million records! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jul 14- Jul 16

- 40TH ANNUAL ORILLIA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
A celebration of Scottish culture & heritage! Ceilidh at Legion Friday & Sunday; parade through downtown to waterfront, pipe & drum competitions, showcase of working sheep dogs, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday. Buy a special Maple Leaf button & support the Festival! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

Jul 20- Jul 23

- LEACOCK SUMMER FESTIVAL
A literary festival featuring award-winning authors & emerging writers. Readings, book signings, dinners & special events, including Feast of Thrones, a Cosplay dinner experience! Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, 705-329-1908

Jul 26- Aug 11

- SUMMER THEATRE: BEDTIME STORIES
A classic comedy by Norm Foster. Six different bedrooms, fifteen characters & their hilarious, thought-provoking stories, all cleverly connected! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Jul 28- Jul 30

- WAYHOME MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
A celebration of music, food, art & film! A place for people who love one or all of these things to come together to make a kaleidoscope of sound, smell, colour & spectacle! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, info@wayhome.com

Jul 29

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA SUMMER BLOCK PARTY & MURAL REVEAL!
A street festival like no other! A fusion of art, music, food, sizzling sales, children's activities, contests, giveaways, & the unveiling of a public art mural at 178 Mississaga Street East, celebrating Orillia's 150th Anniversary! 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261

August

Aug 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

Aug 01- Aug 26

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT ON BROADWAY
The night Ethel Merman died, theatre producers on The Great White Way turned their marquee lights off for an hour, in tribute to the lady who, for many years, was Broadway. But a little set-back like death didn't stop Ethel Merman! From when she passes to when the lights come back on, Ethel Merman, aided by her nurse & physician, tells the remarkable story of her climb to fame & title of the greatest of Broadway's broads! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book by Norbert David, music by Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart. OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Aug 01- Aug 11

- SUMMER THEATRE: BEDTIME STORIES
A classic comedy by Norm Foster. Six different bedrooms, fifteen characters & their hilarious, thought-provoking stories, all cleverly connected. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Aug 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Aug 04- Aug 07

- ROTARY-LIONS ANNUAL FUNFEST
Midway, games & a variety of vendors! Great fun for the whole family! Proceeds to local charities. Couchiching Beach Park, orillia@12lions.org

Aug 10- Aug 13

- BOOTS & HEARTS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
A country music celebration & camping festival! Over 30 performers, from global superstars to emerging artists, including Keith Urban & Luke Bryan! 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

- 7TH ANNUAL COLDWATER STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL: VINTAGE CANADIANA!
Canada's 150th Steampunk'd Birthday! Step through the looking glass into Canada's history, experience 1867 & meet characters from the past as they time travel to Coldwater. Vendors, artisans, buskers, musicians, duelling knights, vintage vehicles, old fashioned circus sideshow & more! Downtown Coldwater, Coldwater Mill & Canadiana Museum, 705-715-6950 or szybrtnshw66@gmail.com (Thurs: 6:00 - 8:00 pm / Fri: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm / Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Free shuttle between Mill & Museum)

Aug 11- Aug 13

- 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! 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 11- Aug 13

- LEGENDS AT THE LEGION: TRIBUTE ARTISTS WEEKEND!
A celebration of Elvis, rock & roll, & country music legends! Artist warm-up Friday night, competitions & evening showcase Saturday, gospel show & finals Sunday. Great cash prizes & delicious steak BBQ's! Everyone welcome! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

Aug 16- Sep 01

- SUMMER THEATRE: WEEKEND COMEDY
A hilarious play by Sam & Jeanne Bobrick. An older couple & a newly married couple mistakenly rent the same cottage for a weekend. The generation gap kicks in & the gloves come off in this hysterical vacation gone wrong! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Aug 18- Aug 20

- THE BIG FEASTIVAL!
A feel good festival of food & music for all ages, originally conceived by chef & restaurateur, Jamie Oliver! Incredible entertainment includes American rock band Weezer, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, The Strumbellas, & Fred Penner, Paw Patrol & Splash'n Boots for kids! Top chefs Chuck Hughes, Rob Gentile, Derek Dammann & more; cooking school, producers' market & gourmet street food. Big Top, Little Dude's Den, Fun Fair & Action Station for kids! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie (Tickets on line / Camping available / Children under 12 free)

Aug 19

- 19TH 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 19- Aug 20

- 32ND 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! Great contest prizes. Everyone welcome! John Snake Memorial Multipurpose Grounds, 6030 Rama Road, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, 705-325-3611, Ext. 1288

Aug 25- Aug 27

- 3RD ANNUAL ORILLIA RIB FEST: FINGER LICKIN' GOOD BBQ!
Northern Heat Rib Series top North American teams serve up mouthwatering BBQ, accompanied by an array of other tasty treats including funnel cakes, ice cream, slushies, blooming onion, poutine, hot dogs & more! Arts, crafts, clothing & Kids' Zone. Beer garden & live entertainment! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, info@northernribseries.ca (Fri: 4:00 - 11:00 pm / Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm / Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Aug 26

- 13TH ANNUAL STARRY NIGHT GALLERY & STUDIO 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

September

Sep 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

Sep 01

- SUMMER THEATRE: WEEKEND COMEDY
A hilarious play by Sam & Jeanne Bobrick. An older couple & a newly married couple mistakenly rent the same cottage for a weekend. The generation gap kicks in & the gloves come off in this hysterical vacation gone wrong! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Sep 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Sep 07- Sep 10

- 47TH 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 08- Sep 10

- 167TH ORILLIA FALL FAIR
Fun for all ages! Midway, demolition derby, horse shows & livestock competitions, crops & crafts competitions, children's farm olympics, truck & tractor pull, singing contest, live entertainment, licensed refreshment area & more! Presented by Orillia District Agricultural Society. ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353 (Free bus from various Orillia locations)

Sep 26- Oct 14

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: THE WILD BLUE YONDER
The story of Her Majesty's Royal Flying School at Beamsville, Ontario, & Andy Fromm, a Winnipeg boy whose desire to see the world leads him to the school near the end of WW1. A funny, fast-paced & ultimately touching tale of a man who died serving his country before he even made it Over There. Chock full of seldom heard Canadian WW1 music! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book by David Fanstone. Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

October

Oct 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

Oct 01- Oct 14

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: THE WILD BLUE YONDER
The story of Her Majesty's Royal Flying School at Beamsville, Ontario, & Andy Fromm, a Winnipeg boy whose desire to see the world leads him to the school near the end of WW1. A funny, fast-paced & ultimately touching take of a man who died serving his country before he even made it Over There. Chock full of seldom heard Canadian WW1 music! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book by David Fanstone. Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Oct 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Oct 06- Oct 09

- 34TH ANNUAL IMAGES THANKSGIVING STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided studio tour & juried presentation of works by over 30 of the area's finest artists & craftspeople! Painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, jewellry makers & more! 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Moonstone, Horseshoe Valley & Orillia, 705-727-8415 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Oct 06

- CHRIS DE BURGH'S "A BETTER WORLD" TOUR
Fans can expect to hear a selection of some of Chris de Burgh's greatest hit songs from an international career that spans over 30 years as well as some selections from his latest album, including the single "Bethlehem", which is a reminder of what a great rocker he is at heart. In June of 2016, de Burgh's most iconic single "The Lady in Red", celebrated its 30th anniversary. A fan favourite, to this day it remains one of the most played songs on the planet and reached the #1 position in 47 countries. Out of his repertoire of more than 280 songs, de Burgh's other classic songs are staples on the radio: "Don't Pay the Ferryman", "Spanish Train", "Patricia the Stripper", "High on Emotion" and "A Spaceman Came Traveling" speak to a generation of music lovers, who have rewarded him with sales of 50 million albums and sold out performances worldwide. 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, Ticketmaster locations & Ticketmaster.ca

Oct 06

- CHRIS DE BURGH: A BETTER WORLD CANADIAN TOUR
Lady in Red, Missing You, Spanish Train & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

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 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 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 Volunteer Drive 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)

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
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