Summer events and festivals in Ontario

Jul 29, 2010 at 12:33 a.m. ET

Enjoy all that Ontario has to offer all summer long. Here are seven fun festivals and events that should top your list of things to do during your visit to Ontario this summer.

Scottish Festival


Enjoy the 40th annual Kempenfest, held on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie, Ontario from July 30, 2010, through August 2. There is just about everything for everyone at this festival – the 2,000 Kempenfest Bay Swim, games and rides, arts and crafts, antiques, music and live entertainment, and an entire kids' village complete with pony rides, juggling lessons, face painting and more.

2Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Fergus, Ontario, comes alive with Scottish heritage from August 13 through 15. Events include a 10k run, heavy events (cabor toss, anyone?), Avenue of Artisans and a heritage tent, highland games and dancing, pubs and a tea garden. Don't forget the kids – the grounds are complete with a children's area so there is something for the whole family!

3Ottawa Folk Festival

Held August 13-15 at Britannia Park in Ottawa, the Ottawa Folk Festival is three days of folksy fun! Visitors can enjoy music, dance, and visual arts. Musical performances will take place on two evening and five daytime stages. The festival also features music workshops, children's and family performances, wellness activities, beer gardens, arts and crafts, and more!

4Peak to Shore Music & Art Fest

This three day music and art festival is held August 20 through 22, and features some of Canada's best indie recording artists. An outdoor art show will encompass art from more than 60 artists, with many doing onsite demos. This fest is free!

5Winona Peach Festival

Things are just peachy at the Winona Peach Festival in Ontario. From August 27 through 29, guests can enjoy this free festival. This 43rd annual event will feature arts and crafts, a car show, entertainment, food – including all things peach! – a pageant, parades, the Grand Peach Ball, the E.D. Smith Fun Factory for kids with magicians and other children's entertainers, and much more.

6Shores of Erie International Wine Festival

From September 9 through 12, wine aficionados, wine novices and just plain wine lovers unite to celebrate the sexy sip. The 6th annual Shores of Erie International Wine Festival – held on the banks of the Detroit River, Fort Maiden National Historic Site of Canada – includes a winemakers' dinner, culinary demonstrations, live musical entertainment, a local vine pavilion and more.

7Toronto International Film Festival

In a span of 11 days, from September 9 through 19, the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival screens more than 300 films from more than 60 countries. If you are a budding filmmaker, this is your opportunity to take part in workshops, pitch sessions and networking opportunities. If you just love movies – get your fill here. ?

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