Festivals & Events

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Printable Calendar of Events

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…

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Halloween Guide 2014

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…

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Thanksgiving Guide 2014

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…

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Canada South Festival Network

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…

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Winter Bites Restaurant Week

January 2015 (date TBA)* Diners can visit any participating restaurant and indulge in a 3-course meal from only $10 – $35. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu.

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Festival of Ice

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…

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Maple Syrup Festival

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…

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National Wildlife Week Festival

April 12-13, 2014. The Jack Miner Migratory Bird Foundation is thrilled to have been selected as the Canadian Duck Calling Contest Qualifier…

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Festival of Birds

May 1 – 19, 2014. 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….

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Spring Shore & Songbird Celebration

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….

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Rock n Rodeo 2014

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….

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City of Windsor’s Birthday Celebrations

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…

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Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Garden Tour

May 24 – 25, 2014. A large annual event! Visit beautiful gardens and the legendary Kings Navy Yard Park.

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Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon

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.

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Lasalle Strawberry Festival

June 5 – 8, 2014. 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 three days of the LaSalle Strawberry…

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Art In The Park

June 6 – 8, 2014. Our extremely talented Artisans bring their creations for your shopping pleasure. Our AIP KIDS ZONE is a large safe area full of children’s interactive activities. Our Spirit Tent will feature a selection of upscale…

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Colchester Walleye Derby

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…

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Carrousel of the Nations

Carrousel of the Nations 2014 – is a three weekend Award Winning Festival celebrating the best of world music, dance, art and cuisine…

Carrousel by the River

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…

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The Leamington Fair

June 13-15, 2014. 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.

Total Recall Retreat

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…

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Summer Fest

June 19 – July 1, 2014. 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…

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Art of Eating Food and Wine Festival

June 20-22, 2014. 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

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Carrousel Around the City

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…

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Windsor King Fest

June 20-22, 2014. 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…

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June 23, 2014; Rain date: June 24, 2014. 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 2014 and 2015…

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Canada Day and Ice Cream Festival

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…

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Lakeshore Canada Day

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…

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Windsor’s Canada Day Celebration & Parade

July 1, 2014. Of course Canada Day is the hallmark of the festival. The Canada Day Parade, pancake breakfast, Children’s Entertainment, and the Giant 5000 piece Birthday Cake make this a Birthday to remember…

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Canada Day in Fort Malden

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…

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Fork & Cork Festival

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.

Media City Film Festival

July 8 – 12, 2014. 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…

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Bluesfest International

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….

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Essex Fun Fest

July 11 – 13, 2014. 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…

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International Dragon Boat Festival

July 11 -13, 2014. We celebrate our 12th anniversary in 2014. The International Dragon Boats Festival is an 11 year event raising money for Breast Cancer. Its inaugural year hosted 22 teams…

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Sunsplash Festival

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…

Walkerville Art, Walk & Rock

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…

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The Color Run

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…

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Explore the Shore

July 26 – 27, 2014. 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…

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Amherstburg Gone Car Crazy Show

July 27, 2014. 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…

Windsor Emancipation Day Celebration

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…

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Military Heritage Days

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…

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The Island Unplugged Music Festival

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…

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Ontario Summer Games

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…

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Comber Fair

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….

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Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Show

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….

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Kingsville Folk Music Festival

August 8-10, 2014. The Kingsville Folk Music Festival is the first event of it’s kind to be held west of London in southwestern Ontario. With five stages and over 50 national and international performers, the Festival is…

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Windsor-Essex Pride Fest

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…

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Windsor Pride Fest

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…

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Woof-a-roo Pet Fest

Back by popular demand! Woofa~Roo Pet Fest is returning with a full line-up of pet events, shows, specialty vendors and our fantastic adoption corner. Zeus, the world’s tallest dog, will try to break his fund raising record of $2,080 with his charity portraits…

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Blueberry Social and Lost Arts Festival

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…

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E.P.I.C. Vintage Tasting

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…

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Eat Your City Restaurant Week

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.

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Cycle Canada Erie Shores

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…

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Leamington Tomato Festival

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…

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Windsor Ribfest

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…

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Balloonapalooza

August 16 & 17. Balloonapalooza takes place in downtown Windsor, featuring a kaleidoscope of colour and endless excitement. The festival showcases giant inflatables and includes live music concerts; animated 3D projection…

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Ontario 55+ Summer Games

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.

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Tecumseh Corn Festival

August 21-24, 2014. On Thursday, we have Seniors Day where there will be “free” hot buttered corn on the cob starting at 1pm. On Thursday evening the tradition continues with the Miss Tecumseh Pageant…

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Art By The River

Love art? Join over 150 topnotch artists and artisans August 23-24, 2014 at Art by the River, Essex County’s original arts and crafts festival.

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KIDS FUN FEST: Fairies and Butterflies

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…

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Harrow Fair

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.

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Tour Di Via Italia

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…

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Shores of Erie International Wine Festival

September 4-7, 2014. Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada. A Toast to the Tastes!! The perfect blend of regional wines, fine cuisine and an eclectic mix of live entertainment on the magnificent waterfront grounds…

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Olde Sandwich Towne Festival

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.

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Festival of Hawks

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…

Phog Phest 6

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!

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Children’s Fest

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…

World Alzheimer’s Run For Heroes Marathon

The World Alzheimer’s Day ‘Run for Heroes’ Marathon is Canada’s most southern Boston Qualifying Marathon. We are a ’boutique’ race because we are small, intimate, with gorgeous scenery, very fast and super flat…

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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…

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Ruthven Apple Festival

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…

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Triennial of Contemporary Art

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.

Harvest and Horse Festival

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!

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LaSalle Craft Beer Festival

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.

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Windsor Craft Beer Festival

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…

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Kingsville Migration Festival

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…

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BookFest Windsor 2014

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.

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Hocktoberfest: International Female Hockey Festival

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…

Kingsville Santa Claus Parade

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.

Walkerville Holiday Walk

November 21 – 22 2014. Our local merchants will be offering holiday specials and treats just in time for your holiday shopping! Take a ride on a horse drawn carriage or the “Magical History Tour Trolley Ride” through our area rich in historic facts and tales….

Windsor International Film Festival

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…

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Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade November 23, 2014 @ 6 pm. 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. Bring…

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Saturday, November 29, 2014. Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration with Santa. Enjoy an amazing arrangement of Christmas lights throughout the park, entertainment, marshmallow roasting, carolling, crafts and more.

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Downtown Windsor Winterfest

November 29, 2014. Highlighting the beauty and excitement of the holidays, Winter Fest is the family event of the season…

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Essex Santa Claus Parade

November 29, 2014. Don’t miss the annual Town of Essex Santa Claus Parade…

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Windsor Santa Claus Parade

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…

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Windsor Comedy Festival

December 27th, 2014. “Windsor Comedy Festival is rated “Number 1 Thing to do” by CBC News 2013 and is the only festival of its kind in the region. Friends and family enjoy the last festival of the year with laughter and cheer…

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Winter Owl Prowl

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.

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Essex Train Show

February 21 – 22, 2015. This show is more than just a Model Train enthusiast’s paradise. It is the ideal family outing where you can marvel at these detailed treasures, perhaps find a piece for display on the fireplace mantel…

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Printable Calendar of Events

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…

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Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Parade

Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Parade November 28, 2014 @ 6 pm. From horse & carriage rides to public skating the Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Parade offer a number of activities that the entire family can enjoy.  Grab a curb side…

 

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