Membership Benefits
member directory
become a member
Festivals & Events
Chamber Events
photo gallery
newsletters
Local Links
orillia tourism
Economic Development
Port of Orillia
contact us

Festivals & Events

 

2017

February

Feb 01- Feb 26

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE WATER
Part 1 if a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Water explores the sights & sounds of Lake Simcoe, Atherley Narrows & Lake Couchiching, & how these waterways influence, inspire & define the community. A multi-media exhibit featuring artifacts & art from OMAH's collection, contemporary water-themed art by local artists, information & displays on travel, area birds, fish species, fishing & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Feb 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

Feb 01- Apr 23

- FIBRE CONTENT TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
A 38 piece condensed version of a 2016 exhibition, which showcased 125 fibre art quilts & mixed media works by Ontario artists at the Art Gallery of Burlington. This show features quilts that garnered high viewers' choice response, & presents a cross section of the quality & variety of the full exhibition! An interactive exhibit of samples is included. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Opening Reception: February 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm)

Feb 10- Feb 11

- ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN: THE MUSIC OF ABBA!
The world's top ABBA tribute band performs Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Waterloo & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 1:00 pm)

Feb 15- Apr 23

- RENEWAL: 21ST ANNUAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213 (Opening Reception: February 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm)

Feb 17- Feb 18

- AIR SUPPLY
Making Love Out of Nothing At All, All Out of Love, Every Woman in the World & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Feb 18- Feb 20

- ONTARIO FAMILY FISHING WEEKEND
Licence-free fishing weekend 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)

Feb 24- Feb 25

- THE KING IN CONCERT: AN ELVIS TRIBUTE STARRING JAMES CAWLEY
Ranked #1 Elvis impersonator in the USA out of 2,500 contestants, by a committee of Elvis fan club presidents! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 1:00 pm)

Feb 24

- MURRAY MCLAUGHLAN
Canadian singer/songwriter, 11 time Juno Award winner, author, actor, radio host & Order of Canada appointee! Farmer's Song, Down by the Henry Moore, Whispering Rain & more! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Feb 24

- WINTER WONDERLAND: A NIGHT OF EPICUREAN DELIGHTS & SPIRITS
A gala evening of food & alcohol pairings, with live music & silent auction! Fundraiser for Orillia & Area Physician Recruitment & Retention, supporting the availability of primary health care to Orillia & area residents. 7:00 - 11:00 pm, Orillia Public Library, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-2201, Ext. 3858

Feb 26

- 9TH ANNUAL MARGARITAVILLE CELEBRATION!
A mid-winter Caribbean celebration! Music, food & drink in the chalet & BBQ at posts on the ski trails! Fundraiser for Haiti orphanages run by former Team Hardwood members. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Hardwood Ski & Bike, 402 Old Barrie Road West, 705-487-3775

March

Mar 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

Mar 01- Apr 23

- FIBRE CONTENT TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
A 38 piece condensed version of a 2016 exhibition, which showcased 125 fibre art quilts & mixed media works by Ontario artists at the Art Gallery of Burlington. This show features quilts that garnered high viewers' choice response, & presents a cross section of the quality & variety of the full exhibition. An interactive exhibit of samples is included. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Mar 01- Apr 23

- RENEWAL: 21ST ANNUAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213

Mar 03- Mar 04

- ANDRE-PHILIPPE CAGNON
Award winning Canadian comedian, known for over 400 unique impersonations, including singing & speaking voices of various celebrities! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Mar 10

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: EAGLES - THEIR GREATEST HITS
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform Eagles - Their Greatest Hits, note for note, cut for cut. Perhaps the greatest hits compilation in the history of music, the album has sold 42 million copies since its release in 1976! Take It Easy, Tequila Sunrise, Peaceful Easy Feeling & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Mar 10

- TRAVIS TRITT
It's a Great Day to Be Alive, Anymore, Tell Me I Was Dreaming & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 11

- BUDDY HOLLY'S ROCKIN' DANCE PARTY
Capturing the look, sound & energy of Buddy Holly in concert, renowned tribute artist Jeff Giles has audiences clapping & singing along to Holly's biggest hits! Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, Rave On & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Mar 11

- TANYA TUCKER
Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone) & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 11

- MOONLIGHT CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Ski by moonlight on lantern lit trails through the Copeland Forest, & warm up with a crackling bonfire by the chalet, hot apple cider & marshmallows! 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, 705-835-2790

Mar 31

- TOM COCHRANE'S MAD MAD WORLD TOUR WITH RED RIDER!
Hits from the just released, expanded 25th Anniversary edition of the Juno Award winning album Mad Mad World! Life is a Highway, No Regrets, Sinking Like a Sunset & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

April

Apr 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

Apr 01- Apr 23

- FIBRE CONTENT TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
A 38 piece condensed version of a 2016 exhibition, which showcased 125 fibre art quilts & mixed media works by Ontario artists at the Art Gallery of Burlington. This show features quilts that garnered high viewers' choice response, & presents a cross section of the quality & variety of the full exhibition. An interactive exhibit of samples is included. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Apr 01- Apr 23

- RENEWAL: 21ST ANNUAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213

Apr 07- Apr 09

- 24TH ANNUAL SIMCOE SPRING HOME & COTTAGE SHOW
A fantastic selection of home & cottage products & services! Great door prizes! Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Tudhope Park, Atherly Road, 705-835-0123 (Fri: 5:00 - 9:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Apr 07

- GORDON LIGHTFOOT: THE LEGEND LIVES ON
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Sundown, If You Could Read My Mind & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 21

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: OPENING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes kicks off the 37th 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 22- May 13

- 37TH 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 6th! 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

Apr 22

- RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM & ROOTS TOUR
What Hurts the Most, Life is a Highway, My Wish & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May

May 01- May 13

- 37TH 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 6th! 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

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 13

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: CLOSING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes wraps up 37 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 21

- ORILLIA COMIC-CON
Orillia's first comic book show ever, featuring fandoms of multiple genres! Comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches, apparel & more. Meet comic industry professionals & fandom-related celebrities! Presented by Dr. Comics, the Coolest Comic Shop in Orillia. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-418-1222

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 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 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

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 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

- JESSE COOK

Jesse Cook is a Canadian guitarist, composer and producer. Widely considered one of the most influential figures in “ Nuevo Flamenco” music.  He incorporates elements of flamenco, rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. He is  Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar (magazine)’s Player’s Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year.  He has sold in excess of 1.5 million records. Jesse’s most recent album release is entitled One World and is available on Entertainment One Music.  Jesse Cook’s tour was a huge draw for concert goers in 2016. When Jesse takes the stage, the crowd is going to be on their feet! 7:30pm, 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, 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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
Orillia and District Veterinary Services
font size
  • Rockwater Wealth Management
  • Sunshine Carpet and Flooring
  • Georgian College
  • BDO Canada LLP
  • Meineke Car Care
  • Orillia Trim and Door
  • Lakehead University
  • Ultimate Bath Systems
  • Sunshine 89 (Bayshore Broadcasting)
  • Orillia Power Corporation
  • RDR Marine
  • Orillia and District Veterinary Services
  • Industrial Park Collision
  • Orillia Business Women's Association
  • Couchiching Conservancy
  • Days Inn Orillia
  • Orillia's Floor Fashion Centre
  • Century 21
  • Pixels 'N' Print
  • Couchiching Conservancy
  • Crawford, McLean & Anderson LLP
  • Northern Business Equipment
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Mundell Funeral Home
  • The Villager
  • Morton Metals
  • Ron Johnston Insurance
  • Raney Building Supply
  • Home Hardware
  • Cockburn Refrigeration
  • BMO Nesbitt Burns
  • Turf King Orillia
  • North Central Wildlife and Pest Control
  • True North Wealth Management
  • Highwayman Inn
  • Mark Goode Mortgage Man-Dominion Lending Centres
  • Orillia & District Construction Association
  • Orillia Hyundai
  • Assante Wealth Management
  • Lake Country Office Solutions Inc.
  • Rodeway Inn
  • McLean & Dickey
  • Orillia Motor Sports
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Orillia Precast Concrete
  • Comfort Inn Orillia
  • TK Pest Control
  • Econo Lodge
  • Downtown Orillia
  • Comfort Inn Orillia
  • B & B Climate Care
  • City of Orillia Economic Development Office
  • HGR Graham Partners LLP
  • About Us | Advertising Inquiries | Member Website Sign Up | Privacy Policy
    Copyright 2017 Orillia District Chamber of Commerce
    Orillia Website Design: Divine Designs.ca - Divinely Inspired Web Design