Ontario Festivals and Events of Distinction for 2016

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario for 2016. These Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. Included in the Top 100 are the Festivals & Events of Distinction, a select group which represent some of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which draw both an international and domestic audience.

“Our government recognizes festivals and events as important economic drivers and we’re proud to support their efforts to create jobs, grow our economy and celebrate our diverse and vibrant cultural identity,” said the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I am pleased to join with Festival and Events Ontario in celebrating this year’s Top 100 recipients and I congratulate them all for achieving this honour.”

Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2015 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events. The 2016 Top 100 Awards were given out on Friday, March 4 during FEO’s Annual Conference Dare 2B Different in Markham, ON

FEO would like to congratulate the 2016 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario:

 

APRIL
Eat & Drink Norfolk (Simcoe) Apr 7 – 9
Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny (Port Hope) Apr 16

 

MAY
SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival (Toronto) May 7 – 15
Carassauga Festival (Mississauga) May 27 – 29

 

JUNE
Barrie Automotive Flea Market (Oro-Medonte) Jun 2 – 5
Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival (Orangeville) Jun 2 – 5
Dundas International Buskerfest (Dundas) Jun 3 – 5
The Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival (Mississauga) Jun 3 – 5
Re-Enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek (Stoney Creek) Jun 4 – 5
Dunnville Mudcat Festival (Dunnville) Jun 9 – 12
Oshawa Peony Festival (Oshawa) Jun 11 – 12
Mississauga Waterfront Festival (Mississauga) Jun 17 – 19
Salsa at Blue Mountain (Blue Mountains) Jun 17 – 19
Carrousel of Nations (Windsor) Jun 17 – 26
Kirkland Lake Homecoming (Kirkland Lake) Jun 24 – Jul 1
The Toronto Fringe Festival (Toronto) Jun 29 – Jul 10
Toronto Ribfest (Etobicoke) Jun 30 – Jul 3

 

JULY
City of Burlington’s Canada Day Celebrations (Burlington) Jul 1
Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebration (Niagara Falls) Jul 1
Richmond Hill Canada Day Celebration (Richmond Hill) Jul 1
Vaughan Celebrates: Canada Day (Vaughan) Jul 1
It’s Your Festival (Hamilton) Jul 1 – 4
World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies (Kingston) Jul 6 – Aug 31
Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival (Belleville) Jul 7 – 10
TD Sunfest: Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures (London) Jul 7 – 10
Lighthouse Blues Festival (Kincardine) Jul 8 – 10
Teddy Bears Picnic (Thunder Bay) Jul 12
Pelham Summerfest (Fonthill) Jul 14 – 17
Festival Kompa Zouk (Toronto) Jul 14 – Aug 1
Home County Music And Art Festival (London) Jul 15 – 17
Mount Forest Fireworks Festival (Mount Forest) Jul 15 – 17
Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound) Jul 15 – Aug 7
Collingwood Elvis Festival (Collingwood) Jul 20 – 24
Kapuskasing Lumberjack Heritage Festival (Kapuskasing) Jul 22 – 24
Richmond Hill Ribfest (Richmond Hill) Jul 22 – 24
Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree (Bancroft) Jul 28 – 31
Harbourfest (Kenora) Jul 29 – 31
Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival (Port Colborne) Jul 29 – Aug 1
Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival (Sioux Lookout) Jul 29 – Aug 7
Cobourg Sandcastle Festival (Cobourg) Jul 30
Jambana™, One World Festival (Brampton) Jul 31 – Aug 1
Newmarket Jazz+ Festival (Newmarket) Jul 31 – Aug 3

 

AUGUST
TD Kitchener Blues Festival (Kitchener) Aug 4 – 7
Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival (Kingston) Aug 5 – 7
Jerk (Jerk Food Festival) (Toronto) Aug 6 – 7
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (Buckthorn) Aug 12 – 14
Carrot Fest (Bradford) Aug 19 – 20
Dundas Cactus Festival (Dundas) Aug 19 – 21
Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival (Tweed) Aug 19 – 21
Mississauga ITALFEST (Mississauga) Aug 20
Burlington’s Children’s Festival (Burlington) Aug 21
Tecumseh Corn Festival (Tecumseh) Aug 25 – 28
The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival (Timmins) Aug 26 – 28
Waterfront District BIA Ribfest (Thunder Bay) Aug 26 – 28
MuslimFest (Mississauga) Aug 27 – 28

 

SEPTEMBER
Supercrawl (Hamilton) Sep 9 – 11
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival (Mississauga) Sep 9 – 11
Canada’s Only Guitar Trail (Blue Mountains) Sep 10
Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival (Meaford) Sep 16 – Oct 16
St. George AppleFest (St. George) Sep 17 – 18
Telling Tales Festival (Hamilton) Sep18
Beau’s Oktoberfest (Vankleek Hill) Sep 23 – 24
Richmond Hill Tastes of the Hill (Richmond Hill) Sep 25

 

OCTOBER
Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Oct 1 – 30
Fort Fright at Fort Henry (Kingston) Oct 1 – 31
Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show (Simcoe) Oct 4 – 10
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival (Blue Mountains) Oct 8 – 10
Bala Cranberry Festival (Bala) Oct 14 -16
Aurora’s Haunted Forest (Aurora) Oct 29

 

NOVEMBER
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade (Niagara Falls) Nov 19
River Lights Winter Festival (Amherstburg) Nov 19 – Dec 31
First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons (Midland) Nov 24 – 26

 

WINTER DEC TO MAR 2017
Christkindl Market (Kitchener) Dec 1 – 4
Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Dec 1 – Jan 1, 2017
Wine & Food Show (London) Jan 19 – 21, 2017
Barrie Winterfest (Barrie) Feb 4 – 5, 2017
Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival (Kirkland Lake) Feb 16 – Mar 5, 2017
Voyageur Winter Carnival (Thunder Bay) Feb 18 – 20, 2017
Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival (Oakville) Mar 4 – 26, 2017

 

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