The August long weekend is fast approaching with no shortage of events happening in and around our areas of service. If you dont have your plans already set for the civic holiday, weve put together a guide on some high profile events that are sure to pique your interest. Make your summer one to remember by attending one of the events listed below! 


Caribana Parade (Toronto) 


Widely regarded as the largest cultural festival in North America, Caribana is one of Torontos most significant cultural events and welcomes over 1 million visitors every year! The Caribean Carnival has grown immensely since starting its first parade route down Yonge Street in 1967. The grand parade is the culminating event that results in wacky and wild masqueraders marching down Lakeshore Blvd in costumes that derive inspiration from Carribean culture. The parade will begin Saturday, August 3rd at Exhibition place and make its way down Lakeshore Blvd before returning to its starting point. This event is truly a cultural spectacle that shouldnt be missed! 


Ontario Fermentation Festival 


Whats new is old again at the third annual Ontario Fermentation Festival in the town of Picton. The event marks a newer Prince Edward County tradition that is quickly capturing the hearts of local vendors and visitors. The festival itself which started in 2017 where fermented foods and beverages in all forms are celebrated at the local Crystal Palace venue. With various styles of sauerkraut, pickled foods, sourdough bread, and tea, youll be able to take your tastebuds through a journey like no other. Also available are some unique blends of beer, wine, and liquor. Educational demonstrations will be available to show you how you can start your very own fermented creations such as Kambucha and ginger beer.  


Session Muskoka Tapps Craft Beer Festival 


Happening on Saturday, August 3rd in Annie Williams Park from 1 pm – 8 pm, the Muskoka Tapps Craft Beer Festival in beautiful Bracebridge will be hosting over 100 different beers with vendors from across the province eager to share their unique blends and ales with all in attendance. Inside the festival, youll also have the opportunity to enjoy multiple unique food vendors and live music performances from enthusiastic bands touring around Ontario. 




Kempenfest is comprised of a number of non-profit organizations and service clubs and has been part of a tradition going on its 49th year of operation. The main draw to the festival are the various arts and craft exhibitors, comprised of works credited to the Barrie Art Club. Besides the arts and crafts section, you will also find the Tastes of Kempenfest, a section dedicated to local vendors to show off their latest and greatest food offerings. Be sure to explore the Marketplace to peruse an extensive variety of new and innovative products not available in a traditional retail setting. Youll find a wide variety of glassworks, clothing, fashion accessories, and home decor.  


Older Blog Posts