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Weekend Family Events in Cottage Country North of Toronto August 22 – 24

Hey Readers! 

Hard to believe the last weeks of summer are here. With cooler temps the conditions are ideal for day trips or getaways to the resort areas that are found ‘north’ of Toronto. Escape the city, enjoy nature and have some wholesome family fun. 

It’s not too late to take advantage of a resort or vacation getaway package. Last minute options are good for busy family schedules and the accommodators in some of the most beautiful areas of Ontario are ready to make sure you have the summer vacation of a lifetime. From ‘Harry Potter’ dinner themes to super fun attraction pass combos, the creative juices are definitely flowing when it comes to getaways offers.  

Fall Fairs begin to dot the weekend landscape. One of the most classic and fun fall traditions are midways, carnivals and fall fairs. Harvest bounties, farm animals, midway rides and games – all the sights, sounds and smells create great memories that will last a lifetime. 

Whether you’re staying at a nearby resort or cottage, live in the next town over or are looking to get out of the hot city, we recommend heading to cottage country for these featured events. 



Savour Simcoe
Simcoe County Farm Fresh
@ Simcoe County Museum

Now in its 7th year, the event pairs local farmers and chefs who come up with unique taste offerings showcasing the quality food grown and produced in our region.  It’s an event where guests have an opportunity to talk face-to-face with those who grow and prepare our food, who are eager to share their knowledge and talents. 

Epic 8 Hour
Hardwood Ski and Bike

Saturday August 23 – Epic 8 Hour Mountain Bike Relay! It’s all about the camaraderie, sportsmanship and the gritty, hard-core enjoyment of riding with friends. The event is a personal and team challenge to complete as many laps as possible. This event is for adult participants. Supporters and cheerleaders welcome!


 TUF Rack O-Cup Race
Horseshoe Resort

Check out the third stop of the Ontario Cup Downhill Mountain Bike series at Horseshoe Resort  August 23-24.  Some of Canada’s best mountain biker racers will be competing for valuable points toward the season Championship. Also check out the Horseshoe Resort Adventure Park!


Blue Mountain Village

Get ready for some FUNK with Bambalamb & friends as they shake up the Village during this high energy, musical weekend! Featuring soulful guitarist Cécile Doo-Kingué and other top Canadian talent often featured on CBC Radio 2.



Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike

Have you heard about the Sunday Special … for only $25.00 you can Discover Mountain Biking. Available from 1:00 – 3:00 . Must be booked in advance – call 705-754-2298 … includes bike rental, lift pass & lesson! What a deal!


Experience Haliburton

Find out what’s happening in #MyHaliburtonHighlands. Lots to do and see in one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Ontario! Events this weekend include Garlicfest, SUP au natural, beekeeping workshop, Ontario Kayak Fishing Series and more. 






Tugfest & Artwalk

Bring the whole family and enjoy an amazing 2 days of unique and entertaining marine activities. A harbour filled with tugboats to check out, watch the tugboat parade, stroll the waterside vendors market and check out the festival of the arts on King Street. Link to: Midland Tourism


Twist & Shout the British Invasion
King’s Wharf Theatre

Experience the phenomenon again, as this imaginative, infectious, and immensely irresistible piece of 60s nostalgia will have you bopping in the aisles and singing your way out of the theatre. 

Singer / Songwriter Workfest & Open Mic
Midland Cultural Centre

Open Mic at the MCC’s Cafe Roxy. Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm.FREE ADMISSION  

Music in the Park
Little Lake Park

Sunday music at the park bandstand. 

Habitat Gardening Workshop
Wye Marsh

(for adults and older teens)

Learn how to make your yard more inviting to wildlife from native plant gardener and wildlife enthusiast, Laura Thomas from Hidden Habitat.  The workshop will highlight the needs of wildlife, from birds to bees and show you how you can include them in your garden. Learn basic garden design techniques and appropriate plant selection based on your garden.  The workshop will also include a tour of the Wye Marsh wildflower gardens.  Feel free to bring photos of your garden to share. Workshop fee includes admission to Wye Marsh as well as a complimentary pass to come back.    Registration is required.



Rama First Nation Annual Pow Wow

Everyone welcome, experience traditional dancing, food and craft vendors. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair.  No pets allowed.  Located in the Senior’s Gazebo area (Across from Casino Rama). Also in OLC this weekend: OPP Museum Show & Shine, Movies in the Park – Wreck it Ralph – click here for more events in OLC



Great Canadian Kayak Challenge

From paddling events, kayak sprint events to Arts & Culture Routes Vendors, kayak celebration is in the air and you cannot miss it in Timmins, Ontario. And even if you are not into kayaking competition, there is still something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights you can expect from one of the best and popular kayak competitions in Canada and Ontario in particular. 

Cruising the Mighty Mattagami Pontoon Ride.

Family Leisure Paddle & Shore Lunch.

Stand-up Paddle Board Demonstration and Fun Challenge.

Duck Race

Culinary Vendors 

and lots more!



Tweed Elvis Festival

Elvis is in the building! There are plenty of sideburns, curvy lips and bedazzled jumpsuits to be had at this annual event that sees top Elvis tribute artists compete for a chance to attend the Ultimate Elvis Competition in Memphis.


Find other events in Tweed and Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Destination



We also recommend visiting any or maybe all of our 

Featured Farmers’ Markets and Farms


Family Fun Attractions

Family Fun Activities 

Visit our website for family friendly accommodations in these areas 

Have a fun weekend! 

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