Folks living in Oshawa-Durham and the communities east of Toronto (and those visiting)love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout
the year, over 100 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups.
There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.
For Festivals listing in other communities in the region:
Earth Day Event
entral Lake Ontario Conservation's annual Earth Day event this year being held at Bowmanville/Westside Marshes Conservation Area in Bowmanville. The event will run--rain or shine--on Saturday from 9:00am until noon. Volunteers of all ages are needed to create various habitat enhancements by getting down and dirty to plant a wildlife corridor, construct and install some songbird boxes along with building nesting habitat for turtles. 905-579-0411, ext. 0
Fruit Wine & Food Festival
An afternoon of wine, food & jazz music. Savour mouth watering delights from local chefs. Sip award winning wines from Ontario's top fruit wineries. Archibald Orchards & Winery, Adults: $8, Proceeds go to Big Brothers & Sisters of Clarington. 905-263-2396
Fruit Wine & Food Festival
An afternoon of wine, food & jazz music. Savour mouth watering delights from local chefs. Sip award winning wines from Ontario's top fruit wineries. Archibald Orchards & Winery. Adults: $8 Proceeds go to Big Brothers & Sisters of Clarington. 905-263-2396.
Victoria Day Weekend Speedfest
Mosport International Raceway kicks-off the 2007 season with the traditional long-weekend Victoria Day Weekend SpeedFest, featuring a great line-up of auto racing, live music and fireworks.
Orono Bluegrass & Old Tyme Country Jamboree
A fun filled weekend to sit, relax and meet new friends all the while listening to some great music. 705-778-1906.
Annual Downtown Lemonade Sale
Annual (since 2003) Downtown Lemonade Sale of End of stock, Discontinued and Gently Used Sidewalk Sales Items. Rain or Shine. Great bargains for the whole family. Downtown Newcastle. 905-786-2748
Food, Antiques, music, featuring Hoppy's Heroes Make your own Sundae. Games for the kids, Ring Toss, Fish Pond, Face Painting, kiddie train rides. St.George's Anglican Church, Mill Street South, Newcastle. 9 AM to 1:30 PM. 905 983-9252.
Artists In The Garden @ Bloom Field Farm
An exciting tour of 8 beautiful properties in support of Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre. Tour a blossoming apple orchard, the emerging vegetable patch, and the various stages of the tree plantings at Bloom Field Farm (on Hwy # 2, at the east end of Newcastle Village). 905-987-5664
Fabulous B&B's of Clarington Open House
Description: Visit several unique B&B's and peak into their suites. Something unique and different happening at each B&B. Call for your free tickets, map and more info! Lynn Morrison, Willow Pond Country B&B-905-263-2405
Cousin Courtice's Birthday Celebration
Courtice Flea Market. Kids come on out to Cousin Courtice's Birthday Celebration, with Free cupcakes, Petting zoo, Kids activities, 905-431-5459
Fabulous Fifties Festival and Sidewalk Sale
Return to the era of rock-and-roll music, distinctive classic cars. The Sidewalk Sale begins on Thursday, On Saturday, the street is closed to vehicle traffic where a co-ed beach volleyball tournmanet takes place on real beach sand right in the middle of King and Temperance Streets. Three DJ's will be playing the "Golden Oldie"s" from the 1950's at three locations in the downtown and over 130 classic automobiles will be on display from one end of to the other. Businesses open Thursday from 9 a. m. until 9 p.m., and again on Friday, including live entertainment after 6 p.m. Saturday the businesses are open from 9 a. m. until 5 p.m. 905-623-2997.
Mosport International Raceway. Explore automotive history through the exciting world of motorsports. The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) features beautifully restored, ready-to-race cars spanning decades of motorsports. Admission. 905-983-9141
28th Annual International Vintage Racing
Since 1969, the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) has organized Canada's premier historic racing event and includes cars from Mosport's storied past. Mosport.
Canada Day - Bowmanville Museum
Clarington Museums & Archives, 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, 905-623-2734 Fax : 905-623-5684.
Mosport Speedway Fan Appreciation Night
Meet all the drivers during an on track autograph session during intermission from the races.
Orono Summer Concert Series
July & August
Wednesday evening concert seriesat the Orono Bandstand, Library Lawn.
Family Fishing Day
Participants do not need an Ontario Fishing License. Bring equipment, bait and lawn chairs. A limited supply of fishing rods and tackle is available through Ontario federation of Anglers & Hunters. Tackle Share program. draw prizes and information packages will be available. For more information, contact the GRCA at 905-885-8173. Gores Landing Government Dock. No pre-registration required.
Vintage Road Racing Association Motorcycle
The Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA), Canada's classic and vintage roadracing association hosts the premier classic/vintage roadracing event in Canada encompassing 1940s to 1980s machines. Mosport.
Mosport Speedway 200 (Oval)
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series showcases Canada's top stock car racers on Canada's fastest ½ mile oval. This is their only Toronto-area oval event of the year. Mosport.
Corn Weekend Festivals
Over two weekends, at the Courtice Flea Market enjoy free corn on the cob, live entertainment. 905-436-1024.
Clarington Arts & Music Festival
annual music & arts festival to celebrate the artistic culture of Clarington held at the Clarington Visual Arts Center for local (and some not so local) artists and musicians to come together and showcase their exceptional talents. 905-697-2521
British Empire Motor Club Indian Summer Races
Part of the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs (CASC) - Ontario Region Race schedule, 'The racer next door' and future stars compete at the CASC races. With divisions for sedans and open wheel formula style cars this is exciting, affordable and entertaining racing. Location: Clarington Beech Centre (26 Beech Avenue, Bowmanville)
Fall Car Show
75 to 100 cars from all over Ontario; all makes and models. 15 trophies are awarded; including one for the top cars voted on by peers. Courtice Flea Market - Outdoors 905-436-1024
Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts
at the Visual Arts Centre. Started in 1980. 905-623-5831
Apple Festival and Craft Sale
With the largest variety of apples in Ontario, our Apple Festival and Craft Sale is one of the most popular with annual attendance estimated in the 10's of thousands. Enjoy hot, made-on-the-spot apple fritters, cider donuts, and crafts. Admission is free and so is the parking. This event runs from 9am to 5pm. 905-623-2997
Newcastle Village Santa Claus Parade
Newcastle Village 905-987-7789