Festivals & Events
August 8 – 9, 2015. The 3rd Annual Woofa-Roo Pet Fest, presented by The Windsor Star, is a FUNTASTIC Festival for Pets and their People!
10 am – 6 pm Daily
Libro Centre – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg
Wednesday December 31 2014. Ring in 2015 with free skating, fireworks, live music, party favours and fun activities for the whole family!
6 pm – 9 pm, Free
Lanspeary Park on Ottawa Street, Windsor ON
June 19 – 20, 2015. A popular annual event! Visit beautiful gardens and the legendary Kings Navy Yard Park.
Fri 4 pm – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, $10
Toddy Jones Park – 162 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg
July 26, 2015. This is one Car Show that just keeps growing! Even Al Anderson, of Canadian Hot Rods, celebrated the Gone Car Crazy Show by giving it a six-page spread featuring a story and plenty of photos to illustrate…
11 am – 4 pm
Toddy Jones Park – 168 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg
November 15 – December 31, 2014. Tree lighting ceremony, fireworks, canon firing, costumed carolers and dancers, hot chocolate, classic holiday films, carriage rides, gingerbread warming house, & more.
270 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg
November 22, 2014. The traditional Santa Claus Parade is back! Get a roadside seat early for the parade of floats, bands and fun as Santa travels the main streets in downtown Amherstburg.
6 pm, Free admission
Start location – Sandwich St. N, and William St, Amherstburg
August 29 – 30, 2015. Enjoy the art, music, magic and history at Art by the River – an olde town, end of summer tradition since 1967.
10 am – 5 pm daily, $5/pp, 12 and under free
Fort Malden NHSC – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg
June 6 – 7, 2015. Named one of the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario, “Art in the Park” showcases more than 250 artists and artisans who sell their original art and creative handiworks for your shopping pleasure.
$5/Gate, $15/Friday night launch party
Willistead Park – 1899 Niagara St, Windsor
August 15 – 16, 2015. A breathtaking event that brings thousands of people to the city centre for two days of fun, food and festivities.
Free Admission, 10 am – 11 pm
Ouellette Ave and Chatham St, Downtown Windsor
November 29, 2014. Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration with Santa. Enjoy an amazing arrangement of Christmas lights throughout the park, entertainment, marshmallow roasting, caroling, crafts and more.
5 pm, Free admission
Optimist Park – 775 Notre Dame St, Belle River
August 10, 2014. Join us at John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area for a celebration of lost arts and local fruit. See demonstrations of 19th century craft making. Celebrate the blueberry season with crafts, blueberry pie…
$6/Adults, $4/Children 3 – 6, $20/Family maximum
John R. Park Homestead – 915 County Rd. 50 E, Essex
July 11 – 13, 2014. Bluesfest International is a community event with the mandate to produce an annual world class music festival, promoting local, regional and international artists….
October 23 – 26, 2014. This year’s highlights include an international best-selling crime writer, a noted cartoonist whose work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, a Governor General’s Award-winning novelist, a tribute to one of Canada’s finest writers, and a number of accomplished local authors.
July 1, 2015. The best party ever! Celebrate Canada Day along a scenic, historic waterfront. Fun for the entire family. Live entertainment, an Ice Cream Festival and a kids’ splash pad at Toddy Jones Park. Don’t miss topping the night off with spectacular…
Canada Day in Fort Malden Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. Commemorating over 200 years of courage, sacrifice and valiant service between our Nations. Aboriginal, Canadian, American and British War of 1812 actions resulted in the independent Canada and…
Canada South Festival Network is the place to search the year-round festival happenings in Windsor- Essex. We work to promote the region as a “Festival Tourist Destination.” Come explore Windsor-Essex; home to a rich array of unique…
Over the weekends of June 20-22, 2014 & June 27-29, 2014, ethno-cultural groups open their cultural centres in celebration of their country. Visitors can delight in the tastes, sounds and traditions of these cultures as they present the greatest music…
June 13 – 15, 2014. The new state-of-the-art Festival Stage on the river will come alive with a mixture of top quality entertainment featuring both local and world-renown artists. Carrousel guarantees a vastly diverse line-up with acts ranging from…
Carrousel of the Nations 2014 – is a three weekend Award Winning Festival celebrating the best of world music, dance, art and cuisine…
September 20-21, 2014. COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN! Children’s Fest is a child-centered, cost effective way to have either a vacation or a “staycation” with your family! Children’s Fest provides the opportunity for families…
Sunday, December 7, 2014. Christmas Comic Con is an annual all-ages event at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor, ON that promotes comic books, literacy, art and cosplay.
11 am – 6 pm, $8 admission, kids 10 & under free
St. Clair College Centre for the Arts – 201 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor
Let someone else do the cooking for a change – and the cleanup! Here is your handy guide to Christmas dinners throughout Windsor & Essex County in 2014.
Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Parade November 28, 2014 @ 6 pm. Grab a curb side seat and watch decorated floats and marching bands fill the streets during the Santa Parade. Be sure to stop at Town Hall after the parade…
Friday December 5 & Saturday December 6, 2014. Come to Pillette Village this holiday season and enjoy great food, shop for antiques, art, sporting goods, baby accessories & more!
Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm
Pillette Village – 4661 Wyandotte St. E, Windsor, Ontario
May 19, 2014. Dieppe Gardens, Windsor. Mayor Eddie Francis invites you to join us in celebrating the City of Windsor’s Birthday. All activities are free to the community. Join the Annual Mayor’s Riverfront Walk. The Walk departs…
June 7, 2014. Welcome to the Colchester Walleye Derby hosted by the local Lions Club. Our Colchester Walleye Derby includes fishermen from far and near including London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Goderich, Michigan, Ohio and our local Essex County…
August 8-10, 2014. Our goal is to promote agriculture while providing good family entertainment. Come see the animals, midway (Carter Shows), home crafts and the talent contest where the winners go to London Western Fair….
Cycle Canada Erie Shores Tour August 31 – September 5, 2014. Erie Shores is a week-long trip along the length of Lake Erie, leaving from Windsor and arriving at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Cyclists ride along the shores of major waterways in…
November 29, 2014. Highlighting the beauty and excitement of the holidays, Winter Fest is the family event of the season.
Ouellette Ave & Riverside Drive West, Windsor
E.P.I.C VINTAGE TASTING August 10, 2014. Taste the best wine and food from our region, along with tasting & pairing seminars and beautiful music, all set amid a stunning outdoor setting at Muscedere Vineyards. This casual garden party style event is…
August 11 – 17, 2014. It’s time to celebrate our local restaurants! Diners and food lovers can celebrate Windsor and Essex County’s local dining scene by taking part in a unique culinary event.
August 8-10, 2014. Welcome to our 29th annual Essex County Steam and Gas Engine Show! All day Saturday August 9, and Sunday August 10: Threshing demonstration twice daily, stock lawn tractor pulls, antique tractor pull demonstrations….
July 10 – 12, 2015. A three-day family-friendly fun packed event! Midway parade, youth talent show, pageants, live entertainment, a Bavarian garden, carnival rides, food, art & craft booths, sports tournaments and Sunday night fireworks…
December 13, 2014. Don’t miss the annual Town of Essex Santa Claus Parade. The parade route begins at Talbot Street South and Fairview Avenue, then travels north along Talbot Street to Maidstone Avenue.
6:30 pm, Free admission
February 21 – 22, 2015. The 18th annual Essex Train Show is the largest train show in Southwestern Ontario. Two days of exhibits, vendors and interactive fun for the kids. The show is popular not only with hobbyists, but also entire families.
9 am – 3 pm, Adults $5.00, seniors and teens $4.00, children $3.00, Under 3 free
Essex District High School – 244 Talbot St N, Essex ON
July 25 – 26, 2015. Explore the Shore is a weekend festival that celebrates the unique businesses that line historic County Rd 50 – Canada’s Southernmost drive! Over thirty participating businesses along Essex County Rd. 50 are offering a variety…
Saturday December 6. Explore the Shore – Gingerbread trail is a holiday version of our popular summertime event that celebrates the unique businesses that line historic County Rd 50 – Canada’s Southermost drive! Tour shops, wineries, restaurants, and attractions and vote for your favourite gingerbread house!
12 pm – 5 pm
County Rd. 50, Essex, Ontario
May 1 – 18, 2015. Become part of the spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. We’re excited about the improvements to visitor facilities and services, including the new shuttle system….
September 13 – 14 & 20 – 21, 2014. The Hawk Fest beckons outdoor lovers to some awesome activities as Zoo to You, Live Raptor Shows, Banding Demonstrations, free workshops and hikes. Learn about bird identification and adopt-a-hawk programs…
February 7 – 8, 2015. Enjoy our annual Winter Celebration by visiting the participating Essex Pelee Island Coast Wineries for an array of ice, snow and wine filled activities. Follow the Wine Route to find ice sculptures…
Friday February 20 and Saturday February 21st 2015. Beer, spirits, wine and food! Windsor’s largest well-rounded food and drink festival comes to the WFCU Centre! Featuring appearances by local and regional chefs, winemakers, master blenders, and brewers. Food & Drink on the Rink will be the destination to collect recipes, sample food, wine, spirits, specialty beers – including those from local brew pubs, wineries and distilleries – see live demonstrations and more!
866.969.WFCU (9328), windsorfoodanddrink.com
WFCU Centre – 8787 McHugh Street, Windsor ON
June 22, 2015; Rain date: June 23, 2015. Fun is definitely in store as Canada and the US celebrate their Canada Day and Independence Day! Thanks to The Ford Motor Co., the title sponsor of this event for 2015…
Visit over 20 local wineries from Essex County and indulge in some of Windsor’s finest tastes of culinary from around the world. Three days of live entertainment from local to national acts.
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, journey into Windsor’s spookier side with our Halloween Guide. We’ve filled it with useful information on tours & shows, haunted houses, and Halloween parties sure to give you some ghoulishly good…
August 28-31, 2014. Harrow has organized and hosted an annual agricultural fair every Labour Day weekend for over 159 years. Highlights of the fair include a mom calling contest, a pie auction, “bossy” bingo and a tractor pull.
October 5, 2014. Join us as we celebrate the fall harvest season on the pioneer farm. Ghost stories in the attic, corn husk crafts, cider and sausage making, seed saving and more. Meet the horses that made harvest possible 200 years ago!
October 24 – 26, 2014. Welcome to a hockey tournament so unique, it is referred to as a FESTIVAL! Hocktoberfest Female Hockey Festival presents a competitive and unique experience for the athletes, an enjoyable weekend for the coaches…
Robert Franz and the WSO invite you and your family to share in a magical holiday celebration!
Fri & Sat – 8pm, Sun – 2:30 pm; $20 and up
519.973.1238 x 2, www.windsorsymphony.com
Capitol Theatre – 121 University Ave. W, Windsor
July 18 -19, 2015. We celebrate our 13th anniversary in 2015! The International Dragon Boats Festival is an annual event raising money for Breast Cancer.
KIDS FUN FEST: Fairies and Butterflies Sunday August 24, 2014. Come delight in the enchanting world of the lavender fairy. Be entertained by the magical dance of the butterflies, whimsical storytelling and readings from local children’s authors, curiosity invoking crafting…
November 15, 2014 – January 8, 2015. Through the winter months, Lakeside Park in Kingsville is magically transformed in to a sea of colorful displays.
Lakeside Park, Kingsville, Ontario, N9Y 3R4
August 7 – 9, 2015. This annual event showcases five stages and over 50 national and international performers. It is modeled after the most successful and longest running music festivals found across Canada.
October 18 – 19, 2014. The annual event, honoring Jack Miner, is a celebration of heritage and bird migration. Events include the outdoor show, marketplace, parade, children’s event, art show and “Wine with a Wild Side” dinner…
November 15, 2014. Join us at 6:30pm on Main Street for this outstanding community event featuring over 40 entries. At the conclusion of the parade visits with Santa at the Lakeside Pavilion, where the lights and sounds of the season continue to thrill.
July 1, 2015. Canada Day celebration kicks off at 4 pm on July 1st at the Comber Fair Grounds and Park located at 7100 Community Centre Street, Comber with a parade followed by a flag raising ceremony. Activities and entertainment will…
Friday October 10th – Saturday October 11th. Come out and sample your local Ontario and Michigan Craft Beer! The festival boasts live music, great local food, and 100 + beers.
Thursday June 4 – Sunday June 7, 2015. This annual festival is jam packed full of fun, entertainment, and of course strawberries! When two tons of fresh strawberries arrive at the LaSalle Fire Department, it’s a sure sign that the Annual Strawberry Festival is about to begin. The variety of events that take place over the four days of the LaSalle Strawberry Festival appeal to young and old.
$2 per person ages 6 through 65, persons under 6 and over 65 get in free
Main Gate: Laurier Drive beside parking lot, Gate 2: Front Road and Huron Street – 5950 Malden Rd, LaSalle ON
August 14 – 17, 2014. This is a free family festival featuring the local tomato and agricultural industry. We have something for everyone … a parade, continuous live entertainment, a custom car show, the Tomato Stomp, a children’s village…
March 2, 2014. At the John R. Park Homestead, costumed guides will be making maple syrup and sugar the pioneer way and you are invited to get involved at every stage. Discover the tradition that began with the First Nations…
July 28 – August 1, 2015. Media City is an annual international festival of film and video art presented in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan since 1994. Each year the festival attracts filmmakers and audience members from around the globe to participate in five days of screening…
August 1 – 2, 2015. Take charge! Discover history as it comes to life at Fort Malden National Historic Site. Experience tactical demonstrations, military encampments and unique children’s activities! Bring the whole family to an astounding…
April 10 -12, 2015. National Wildlife Week is a program of the Canadian Wildlife Federation to celebrate our country’s natural heritage and play a supportive role in its conservation.
Are you ready for a party? We’re here to fill you in on the most fantastic parties in Windsor & Essex County so you can dance the night away. Check out our handy printable New Year’s Eve Guide!
Historic Olde Sandwich Towne comes alive with music, history, stories and more. Join us for the parade, vendors, car show, special menus, buskers and entertainment – both musical and theatrical.
August 19-21, 2014. The Ontario 55+ Summer Games are a celebration of active living uniting participants 55 and older in a multi-sport environment.
August 7 – 10, 2014. The Ontario Summer Games are among the largest multi-sport Games in Ontario for amateur athletes. It brings together the top Provincial Athletes…
June 1, 2014. Welcome to the second annual Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon. Canada’s most Southern Half-Marathon takes place on a remote Lake Erie Island, ending in a Winery.
Phog Phest 6 boasts an outrageously strong local line-up and a headliner we’ve tried to get for two straight years: Born Ruffians.They have toured with Franz Ferdinand, Caribou, Peter Bjorn and John, Hot Chip, The Hidden Cameras, and Tokyo Police Club and now they will be here in Windsor!
W.E. love to explore and we know you do too! Keep our handy printable calendar of events nearby to stay “in-the-know” about everything going on in Windsor Essex Pelee Island. The action never stops with page after page of fun…
May 16 – 18, 2014. Voted “Best Rodeo of the year” by the Ontario Rodeo Association, this festival delivers 3 action-packed days of rodeo with activities for children during the day, exhibitors, displays and foods of all kinds for the whole family….
September 27-28, 2014. As in past, the festival begins early on Saturday morning with a 7:30am breakfast served up by the Ruthven Oddfellows/Rebekahs and friends made with country fresh eggs, bacon, home fries…
September 10 – 13, 2015. Experience the perfect blend of regional wines, fine cuisine and an eclectic mix of live entertainment on the magnificent waterfront grounds of Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada.
May 10 – 11, 2014. Join expert naturalists to celebrate shore and songbird as they migrate through the internationally renowned shorebird habitat. See songbirds and shorebirds close up and personal as they are banded by experts….
June 18 – July 1, 2015. Summer Fest is the signature festival of Windsor signifying the start of summer. Highlights include the Tugboat Race, Riverfront by Bike, Ford Fireworks, Weekend Concert Series, and a world class Midway…
July 17-20, 2014. Experience the Classic Car Cruise Show and Road Tour. Vendors, wild rides and entertainment! Beach volleyball, watercross races, music, food, fun, drinks, a parade, a 5K Run, Fishing Derby, Firefighters Waterbarrel…
August 27 – 30, 2015. Enjoy delicious hot buttered corn-on-the-cob, carnival rides, live entertainment, parade, and vendors. Named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, the Tecumseh Corn Festival is fun for the whole family.
Lacasse Park – 590 Lacasse Blvd, Tecumseh
Sometimes Thanksgiving dinner tastes a whole lot better when you let someone else do all the cooking, especially when it comes to the cleaning up! Here’s a list of places around the region where you can get your turkey fix…
June 19 – 20, 2015. The Art of Eating Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of wine, food and entertainment held in a beautiful waterfront setting nestled on Lake St Clair in Tecumseh, Ontario.
Lakewood Park North – Riverside Drive E. and Manning Rd, Tecumseh
Dress warmly and help spread holiday cheer as the CP Holiday Train makes a whistle stop in Windsor.
Train arrival 4:30 pm, Show Time 5:30 pm, Free Admission
Canadian Pacific Railway Yard – Erie St West & Janette St, Windsor
July 19, 2014. The Color Run was founded in January of 2012 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate…
August 1 – 2, 2015. The Island Unplugged is a family friendly festival featuring local and regional Canadian musicians, artisans, local wine, beer and food creations. This two-day festival is a joint venture of the Pelee Island Art Works and The Pelee Island Heritage Centre…
June 12 – 14, 2015. Live Harness Racing, exciting Midway, Vendor Alley, School, Homecraft and Culinary Arts Exhibits and many live animal shows as well as many scheduled events on our calendar.
June 13 – 15, 2014. Various workshops will be offered such as: Belly Dancing, Yoga on the Beach, Zumba, Some of our many offerings are Gourmet Cooking workshops, Meditation workshops, art workshops, such as stained glass…
August 31, 2014. Annual tour features amateur and professional cyclists racing through the streets of Windsor’s own “Little Italy.” The late afternoon Pro Race is always the highlight of the day. Join the fun and excitement…
Celebrate the distinct voices and compelling work by artists in southwest Ontario and southeast Michigan. The Triennial builds on the AGW’s legacy of promoting the region as a cultural hub and a site of urban transformation and renewal.
Various hours, Free admission
519.977.0013 x 117, www.agw.ca
401 Riverside Dr. W, Windsor ON (and other various locations)
Friday September 26 and Saturday September 27, 2014. Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves of art…
July 18-20, 2014. Every July, Walkerville hosts the Annual Walkerville Art Walk & Rock. Take a stroll through the shops, small businesses and restaurants along Wyandotte, Devonshire, Chilver, Windermere, Lincoln, Gladstone and others…
The Walkerville Business District is excited to announce the Grand Re-Opening of “New Walkerville” in conjunction with the 12th Annual Holiday Walk November 21st & 22nd. This annual event attracts thousands of people down to the Walkerville area to kick off the Holiday Season.
December 27th, 2014. Rated the “Number 1 Thing to do” by CBC News in 2013, friends and family enjoy the last festival of the year with laughter and cheer.
Facebook: Windsor Comedy Festival
St Clair Center for the Arts – Chrysler Theater – 201 Riverside E Windsor
October 17 – 18, 2014. The Windsor Craft Beer Festival is hosted by WindsorEats and will take place across the street from the recently opened Walkerville Brewery at the intersection of Argyle Rd. and Wyandotte St. E. The event is about local culture…
August 2 – 5, 2013. Windsor’s Emancipation Celebration is a community festival that invites people of all ethnicities to join us as we celebrate Emancipation Day. Enjoy live music, shows, delicious food, pageant, conference…
November 1-9, 2014. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian and international films and filmmakers…
First and last chance to see the Windsor Jail! Built in 1925 after a fire destroyed the Essex County Jail, the Windsor Jail is one of Ontario’s oldest and most historic correctional facilities. After serving the community for 89 years, on August 25, 2014, the Windsor Jail ceased operations and inmates were transferred to the new South West Detention Centre.
June 19 – 21, 2015. Windsor King Fest is pleased to announce that it is now a preliminary qualifier for The King Of The World competition in Memphis during Elvis Week. Local and international Elvis Tribute Artists…
Windsor Pride Fest August 8-10, 2014. The Windsor Pride Festival attracts approximately 7,000 people in a celebration of diversity. This event strives to promote a sentiment in favour of equality, uniting people in a celebrative atmosphere where all are welcome, and…
August 14 – 17, 2014. The 4th annual Windsor Ribfest will feature the 7 lucky Ribbers who will battle for awards during the 4 day event. Live entertainment is featured in our unique beer garden with seating on the stage overlooking…
December 6th, 2014. Don’t miss the 46th Annual Windsor Santa Claus Parade. This annual tradition is at the heart of the holiday season, and the merchants of Olde Sandwich Towne all come out to welcome you and the parade…
July 1, 2015. Of course Canada Day is the hallmark of the festival. The Canada Day Parade, Children’s Entertainment, and the Giant 5000 piece Birthday Cake make this a Birthday to remember…
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest August 8-11, 2013. The Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is a fun filled weekend of events that include theatre, music, art, food, vendors, entertainment, parade and a great dance party on Windsor’s beautiful waterfront. Organized by Windsor and Essex…
January 12 – January 18 2015. It’s time to give winter a kick! WindsorEats invites you to a week long event, the first of it’s kind in Essex County. Diners can visit any Winter Bites Restaurant Week participating restaurant and indulge in a 3-course meal from only $10-$35!
$10-$35 per person for a 3-course meal
Various locations in Windsor-Essex
February 5, 2015. Join us for an evening of learning and exploring the woods in search of owls and other nocturnal animals as the Friends of Cedar, Mill & Wigle Creeks host their annual Winter Owl Prowl at Camp Cedarwin.
7 pm – 9 pm, $5 per person or $12 per family admission; Pre-registration is required
519.776.5209 x 245, www.erca.org
Camp Cedarwin – 1495 County Road 23, Kingsville
August 19 – 20, 2015. We are Canada’s most southern Boston Qualifying Marathon – a ’boutique’ race because we are small, intimate, with gorgeous scenery, very fast and super flat!