Festivals & Events

Sun Parlour Rodeo

14th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo

August 1 – 2, 2015. The Rodeo features numerous events including Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tiedown Roping, Bull Riding, and more!

6pm Nightly, Adults $15 at the gate, children $7
519.796.0151, sunparlourrodeo.com
Easy Walking Stables, 1835 County Rd 18 (Road 4 E), Kingsville, ON


2nd Annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival

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.

Fri 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 10 am – 11 pm, Sun 10 am – 11 pm; $90 + tax/Weekend pass, Single Day Passes available
519.997.7777, www.kingsvillefolkfest.org
Lakeside Park – 315 Queen St, Kingsville

Woofa-Roo Pet Fest

3rd Annual Woofa-Roo Pet Fest

August 8 – 9, 2015. Presented by The Windsor Star, this FUNTASTIC festival for Pets & their People features dock diving, dog agility, lure coursing, flyball, police K9s, parrots, ponies & more. Please read our pet policy.

10 am – 6 pm daily, $5/pp or $10/car
519.903.5500, www.woofaroo.com
Libro Centre – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg

Lavender Fest

4th Annual Lavender Fest

June 27 – 28, 2015. We combined two great events Lavender Fest and the Kids Fun Fest for a Scentsational weekend! Join us for live music, lavender tours, cooking demos with Chef Julie, artists and artisan alley, crafting for adults and children and face painting. Food, refreshments and wine available for purchase.

Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, Free admission
519.980.4504, serenitylavender.com
Serenity Lavender, 130 County Road 50 East, Colchester, ON

Amherstburg Garden Tour & Stroll

Amherstburg Garden Tour and Stroll

Amherstburg Garden Tour and Stroll A tour like NEVER before…music, art and nature!  A self-guided tour of spectacular private gardens paired with artisans, musicians, tai chi demos and more!  Stroll through an appointed neighbourhood and taste, sip and relax in…


Amherstburg Gone Car Crazy Show

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, Free admission ($10 participant fee)
519.736.4020, www.amherstburgsgonecarcrazyshow.com
Toddy Jones Park – 168 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg

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Amherstburg Holiday House Tour

Amherstburg Holiday House Tour View unique homes and sites dressed to the nines for the holidays!  Get all your decorating ideas here first.  New and exciting ways to decorate with any budget.  Tea service is part of the ticket price….


Amherstburg Ribfest

July 3 – 5, 2015. Looking for a great way to make it through the lazy days of summer? This is an exciting, fun filled weekend where there is something for everyone. Food, entertainment, rides, children’s activites, a licensed area and best of all ….mouthwatering racks of ribs!

Fri & Sat 12 pm – 11 pm, Sun 12 pm – 7 pm, Free admission
Centennial Park, 185 Victoria Street S., Amherstburg


Amherstburg River Lights Winter Festival

November 15 – December 31, 2015. Tree lighting ceremony, fireworks, canon firing, costumed carolers and dancers, hot chocolate, classic holiday films, carriage rides, gingerbread warming house, & more.

Free admission
519.736.4642, www.riverlights.ca
270 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg

Santa Gets a Bear Hug

Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade

November 28, 2015. 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
519.736.4642, www.riverlights.ca
Start location – Sandwich St. N, and William St, Amherstburg


Art at the Marina

July 4 & 5, 2015. Bring the whole family out to enjoy a wide variety of artwork and entertainment at Leamington’s beautiful waterfront.

10 am – 5 pm, Free admission
519.326.2711, www.leamingtonartscentre.com
Leamington Marina – 100 Robson Rd, Leamington

Art by the River

Art By The River

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
519.736.2826, www.gibsonartgallery.com
Fort Malden NHSC – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg


Art In The Park

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.

Exhibitor Hours: 10 am – 7 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday
Spirit Tent Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm Friday, 11 am – 11 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday
$5/Gate, $15/Friday night launch party, Children 12 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult
519.253.6382, www.artintheparkwindsor.com
Willistead Park – 1899 Niagara St, Windsor

Belle River Tree Lighting Ceremony

Belle River BIA Tree Lighting Celebration

Saturday. November 29, 2014 (2015 dates TBA). 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
519.728.4624, www.lakeshore.ca
Optimist Park – 775 Notre Dame St, Belle River


Bluesfest Windsor

July 10 – 12, 2015. Join us for the 21st Annual Bluesfest Windsor, one of the country’s premiere blues events on the Windsor waterfront overlooking the awesome Detroit skyline. If you enjoy the blues, this festival is your ideal summertime destination!

Fri 7 pm – 1 am, Sat 6 pm – 1 am, Sun 2:30 pm – 11 pm, $10 and up admission
519.564.9466, www.bluesfestwindsor.com
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor


BookFest Windsor

Thursday October 15 to Sunday October 18, 2015. 400 Stories! Come and visit Southwestern Ontario’s only literary festival! Lawrence Hill will be making a special trip to Windsor as part of his Fall 2015 tour to share his new book, The Illegal. Join Leamington native Nino Ricci as he launches his new book Sleep in a feature interview with Windsor’s Ted Shaw or celebrate with local writers and publisher Dr. Karl Jirgens as Rampike magazine launches its final edition at BookFest Windsor 2015.
Tickets and Schedule available soon
519.253.7639, www.bookfestwindsor.com
The Capitol Theatre Windsor – 121 University Avenue West. Windsor ON


Canada Day and Ice Cream Festival

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 fireworks along the Detroit River!

9 am, Fireworks at 10 pm, Free admission
519.730.1309, www.amherstburg.ca
Fort Malden & Toddy Jones Park – 100 Laird St, Amherstburg

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Canada Day and The Return of Fort Malden

July 1, 2015. Free admission on our nation’s birthday at Fort Malden as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Army giving the Fort back to the British. Come and witness a re-enactment of this ceremony, with military music, musket and cannon demonstrations.

10 am – 11 pm, Free admission
519.736.5416, www.pc.gc.ca
Fort Malden National Historic Site – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg


Canada South Festival Network

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Carrousel Around the City

June 26 – 28, 2015. No need to travel around the world to experience a smorgasbord of ethnic culinary delights and culture. Carrousel Villages offer visitors unique opportunities to explore the Windsor Region’s cultural diversity.

Check website for village schedules, Free admission
519.255.1127 x 191, www.carrouselofnations.ca
Various locations throughout Windsor


Carrousel Around the City

June 19 – 21 & 26 – 28, 2015. No need to travel around the world to experience a smorgasbord of ethnic culinary delights and culture. Carrousel Villages offer visitors unique opportunities to explore the Windsor Region’s cultural diversity. 

Check website for village schedules, Free admission
519.255.1127 x 191, www.carrouselofnations.ca
Various locations throughout Windsor

Carrousel by the River

Carrousel by the River

June 12 – 14, 2015. Named 2nd favourite festival in Ontario and 5th in Canada by West Jet Airlines, the new state-of-the-art Festival Stage will come alive with a mixture of top quality entertainment featuring both local and world-renown artists. Authentic culinary delights and demonstrations and a children’s village filled with activities rounds out this amazing festival.

Fri 6 pm – 12 am, Sat 12 pm – 12 am, Sun 12 pm – 10 pm, $5 (Day Pass), $10 (Night Pass)
519.255.1127 x 191, www.carrouselofnations.ca
Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor


Children’s Fest

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 to enjoy a weekend of fun. (children under 2-free).

Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, $5 per person for all weekend admission, children under 2 free
519.253.6382, www.childrensfest.ca
Derwent Park (behind the safety village) – 7911 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor ON

Santa Gets a Bear Hug

Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Parade

November 27, 2015. Everything a Christmas celebration should be – a visit with Mr and Mrs. Claus, a Santa Parade, entertainment, free skating, hot dog and warm drink, fire trucks, horse carriage ride and more! 

6 pm – 9 pm (parade starts at 6:15 pm). Free admission
519.735.4756, www.tecumseh.ca
Start location: Lacasse Blvd. and Clapp St, Tecumseh


Christmas In The Village

December 5 – 6, 2014 (2015 dates TBA). 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

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City of Windsor’s Birthday Celebrations

May 18, 2015. Join us for the Annual Mayor’s Riverfront Walk and activities and entertainment for the whole family. Finish off the celebration with a slice of the City’s giant birthday cake.

10 am – 2 pm, Free admission
519.253.2300, www.citywindsor.ca
Start location – Assumption Park
Huron Church Rd. and Riverside Dr. W, Windsor


Colchester Walleye Derby

June 13, 2015. Enjoy a day of fishing with lots of other fun things to do! Activities include door prizes, beer tent, fish fry, cash prizes, and children’s play area. DJ entertainment will follow the derby awards and prizes.

6 am – 10 pm, Kids Derby 9 am – 11 am, $20 admission
519.738.6069 or 519.738.3238 (Marina), www.derby.hcslions.com
Colchester Harbour Marina – 100 Jackson St, Colchester

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Comber Fair

August 7 – 9, 2015. 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.

Fri & Sat 8 am – 1 am, Sun 8 am – 6 pm; $7/day, $15/weekend pass, Free/12 and under
519.687.3410 / 519.687.3607; www.comberfair.on.ca
6400 Community Centre St, Comber

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Cycle Canada Erie Shores

August 23 – 28, 2015. 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 southern Ontario — the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, the Thames River, Lake Erie and the Niagara River.

Check-in time: TBA, $1075 + tax
800.214.7798 / 705.434.1100, www.cyclecanada.com
Downtown Windsor – Riverside Drive at Ouellette Ave, Windsor


Downtown Windsor Winter Fest

November 28, 2015. Highlighting the beauty and excitement of the holidays, Winter Fest is the family event of the season.

Free admission
519.817.6264, www.downtownwindsor.ca
Ouellette Ave & Riverside Drive West, Windsor

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E.P.I.C. Sip into Summer Weekend

May 23 – 24, 2015. Take a self-guided tour through EPIC Wine Country this spring to “Sip Into Summer”!

12 pm – 5 pm, $7/per winery
519.255.6530, www.epicwineries.com
Check website for various locations throughout Essex County

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E.P.I.C. Vintage Tasting

August 9, 2015. 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 North 42 Degrees Estate Winery & Serenity Lavender.

Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm, $60/pp – purchase online
519.984.2684, www.epicwineries.com
North 42 Degrees Estate Winery – 130 County Rd. 50 E, Colchester

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Eat Your City Restaurant Week

August 10 – 16, 2015. 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.

11 am – 2 am, $10 and up
519.982.5212, www.windsoreats.com
Visit website for participating restaurant locations


EPIC March Mac’ness

March 7, 2015. Forget basketball…it’s March Mac’ness in EPIC wine country! Your “vine-side” ticket includes a 2 oz wine sample and Mac ‘N Cheese pairing at each participating winery.

12 pm – 6 pm, $25/ticket
519.253.3616 x 4327, www.epicwineries.com
Various Locations throughout Essex County


Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Show

August 14 – 16, 2015. Finest collection restored and running stationary steam engine and antique tractors in Essex County. Feature tractor Cockshutt,100s of tractors and machinery on display, craft and food venders. Something for everyone, enjoy the fun “See you at our show” 

Fri 12 pm – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm; $6/Adult, $2/6 – 12 yrs, $12/3 day pass, $5/Seniors – Fri only
519.726.0606, www.essexsteamandgasengine.com
Co-An Park – 11071B Concession 11, McGregor


Essex Fun Fest

July 10 – 12, 2015. A three-day family-friendly fun packed event with activities for all age groups! Midway parade, youth talent show, a youth dance, Cra-Z-Crew Stunt Team, carnival rides, food, live entertainment and fireworks!

Fri 4 pm – 1am, Sat 11 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 10 pm, Admission $2 and up, check website for details
519.776.8717 x 1301, www.essexfunfest.com
Essex Fairgrounds – 60 Fairview Ave. E, Essex

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Essex Santa Claus Parade

December 12, 2015. 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
519.254.2880, www.santaparade.org
Start location – Talbot St. S. and Fairview Ave, Essex


Essex Train Show

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, $3 and up, Children under 3 – free
519.776.9800, www.essexrailwaystation.ca
Essex District High School – 244 Talbot St. N, Essex


Explore the Shore

July 25 – 26, 2015. Explore the Shore is a weekend festival that celebrates the unique, local businesses that line historic County Rd 50 – Canada’s southernmost drive!

All day, Free and self directed tour
519.738.3264, www.exploretheshore.ca
All venues – County Rd. 50, Amherstburg, Essex and Kingsville

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Explore the Shore – Gingerbread Trail

December 6, 2014 (2015 dates TBA). 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!

12 pm – 5 pm, Free and self directed tour
519.738.3264, www.exploretheshore.ca
Various venues along County Rd. 50, Amherstburg, Essex, and Kingsville


Festival of Birds

May 1 – 18, 2015. Become part of the spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. The 2015 Festival of Birds Regional Discovery Guide is a must-have as you explore our region.

5 am – 10 pm, Daily pass – $3.90 and up, 3 day pass – $25.60 and up
519.326.6173 /1.888.707.3533, www.friendsofpointpelee.com
Point Pelee National Park – 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington


Festival of Hawks

September 12 – 13 & 19 – 20, 2015. Learn about bird identification and adopt-a-hawk programs; participate in nature crafts and activities.

9 am – 3 pm daily; $10 a day/car, $2 a day/walk & bike
519.776.5209, www.hbmo.ca
Holiday Beach Conservation Area – 6952 County Rd. 50 W, Amherstburg

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Festival of Ice

February 7 – 8, 2015. Wipe out the winter blahs! Come enjoy our annual Winter Celebration by visiting the participating Essex Pelee Island Coast Wineries (EPIC) for an array of ice, snow and wine filled activities.

12 pm – 5 pm, Admission – canned food donation
519.738.4295, www.epicwineries.com
Various wineries throughout Essex County

Fiesta Latina

Fiesta Latina

August 14 – 16, 2015. Fiesta Latina is a music and dance celebration featuring tropical rhythm, exotic costumes, street dancing and unrivaled fun in downtown Windsor!

Fiesta Latina will draw thousands of fun-loving tourists from southwestern Ontario, Michigan and beyond to the city centre for unforgettable Latin-American experiences.
Fri: 7 pm – 11pm, Sat: 10 am – 11 pm, Sun: 10 am – 8 pm,
519.252.5723, www.fiestalatina.ca
Downtown Windsor


Food & Drink on the Rink

February 20 – 21, 2015. Calling all Foodies! This event features appearances and live demonstrations by local and regional chefs, winemakers, master blenders, and brewers. You’ll want to collect recipes, sample food, wine, spirits, specialty beers – including those from local brew pubs, wineries and distilleries.

Fri – 4 pm, Sat – 11 am; $12 in advance / $15 at the door
866.969.9328, windsorfoodanddrink.com
WFCU Centre – 8787 McHugh St, Windsor


Ford Fireworks

June 22, 2015; Rain date: June 23, 2015. **Breaking News! Fireworks will be set off 1 hour earlier at 9:06pm due to weather conditions** Bring the kids out to see one the world’s most incredible fireworks displays. This annual tradition is sure to entertain and “wow” the entire family. Grab a blanket and head for downtown Windsor for the 57th most awesome fireworks show!

9:06 pm (Originally 10 pm), Free admission
519.254.2880, www.theparade.org
Banks of the Detroit River – Riverside Dr. and Ouellette Ave, Windsor


Fork & Cork Festival 2015

July 3 – 5, 2015. Visit several local wineries from Essex County and indulge in some of Windsor’s finest tastes of culinary from around the world. Celebrity chefs will offer live cooking demos. Move and groove to live entertainment from local and national acts, including Everlast, Big Wreck and U.S.S.

Fri 5 pm – 1 am, Sat 11 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 10 pm; $20/Weekend pass, $10/Day pass,
Free Admission on Sat & Sun before 5 pm
519.816.5406, www.forkandcork.ca
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor

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Harrow Fair

Join us labour day weekend for this annual fair held right here in Essex County.
Fair highlights include a midway, bingo tent, pie tent, crafter’s alley, machinery, mom calling contest, teddy bear parade, children’s entertainment, tractor pull, lawnmower races, horse show, pie eating contest, Pie auction and of course all Canadian nightly musical entertainment.

$7/daily, $15/weekend, Children 12 & under are free
519.738.3262, www.harrowfair.com
Harrow Fairgrounds – McAffee St., Harrow


Harvest and Horses Festival

October 4, 2015. 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 the harvest possible 200 years ago!

12 pm – 4 pm; $6/adults, $4/children (3-16), $20/family maximum
519.738.2029, www.erca.org
John R. Park Homestead – 915 County Rd 50 E, , Essex


Hocktoberfest: International Female Hockey Festival

October 16 – 18, 2015. Celebrating its eighth year, the Festival presents an event that provides a competitive and unique experience for the athletes, an enjoyable weekend for the coaching staffs that put in all of their time, and entertaining weekend for the families that travel at all hours, from near and far, to watch their hockey players!

Schedule: TBA, Free admission to spectators
519.816.8235, www.hocktoberfest.com
Various locations throughout Windsor and surrounding communities


International Dragon Boat Festival

July 18 – 19, 2015. This event has seen over 100 unified and passionate teams, with thousands of paddlers, who have raised and donated 1.9 million dollars for much needed equipment in local hospitals.

Free admission to spectators
519.739.9588 or 519.877.7767, www.dragonboatsonline.com
Lakewood North Park – 13399 Riverside Dr E, Tecumseh


Kingsville Fantasy of Lights

November 21, 2015 – January 8, 2016. Through the winter months, Lakeside Park in Kingsville is magically transformed in to a sea of colorful displays.

Open daily, Free admission
519.733.2123, www.fantasyoflights.ca
Lakeside Park – 315 Queen St, Kingsville


Kingsville Migration Festival

October 16 – 18, 2015. The Kingsville Migration Festival celebrates migration, heritage and jackminerconservation in Kingsville, Ontario. You are invited to join its residents in their quaint historical atmosphere to celebrate the legacy of its’ most famous descendant, Jack Miner, whose conservation work with the Canada Goose and other waterfowl and winged creatures is internationally acclaimed.

All day, Free admission
519.733.2123, www.migrationfestival.ca
Jack Miner’s Bird Sanctuary, 360 Road 3 W, Kingsville, ON


Kingsville Santa Claus Parade

November 21, 2015. Join us at 6:30 pm 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.

6:30 pm, Free admission
519.254.2880, www.santaparade.org
170 Main St. E, Kingsville


Lakeshore Canada Day

This year’s event kicks off at 2 pm with family kayaking, sand castle building competition amongst families, beach volleyball, pirate show, hidden treasures alongside beach front to uncover, and so much more! Fireworks finale at dusk!

2 pm, fireworks begin at approximately 9:50 pm
519.727.0470, www.lakeshore.ca
Lakeview Park & West Beach – 100 Lake Rd., Belle River

LaSalle Craft Beer Festival

LaSalle Craft Beer Festival

October 10 – 11, 2015. Come out and sample your local Ontario and Michigan Craft Beer! The festival boasts live music, great local food, and 100 + beers.

Fri 5 pm – 12 am, Sat 3 pm – 12 am, $25 ticket includes LCBF glass and 5 sample tokens
519.969.7770 or 519.818.6930, www.lasallebeerfest.com
Vollmer Recreational Complex – 2121 Laurier Dr, LaSalle


Lasalle Strawberry Festival

June 11 – 14, 2015. This annual festival is a jam packed, entertaining event centered around strawberries! The variety of events that take place over the four days are guaranteed to appeal to young and old alike.

Thurs 6 pm – 10 pm, Fri 3 pm – 12 am, Sat 9 am – 12 am & Sun 9 am – 5 pm; $3 (weekend pass $6), under 6/over 65 – Free
519.969.5699, www.town.lasalle.on.ca
Gil Maure Park – Front Rd and Laurier Dr, LaSalle


Leamington Tomato Festival

August 14 – 16, 2015 . We have something for everyone … a parade, an annual Tomato Stomp, the Slicing of the Tomato, Firefighter Water Barrel Games, and the Rotary Club’s Annual Fish Fry. Don’t miss the fun as SUNSET® Presents Sliced Leamington – a Cooking Competition.

Fri 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 10 am – 11 pm, Sun 8 am – 6 pm, Free admission
519.326.2878, www.leamingtontomatofestival.com
Seacliff Park – Seacliff Dr. at Forest Ave, Leamington

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Leamington Walleye Derby

Join us for this one day event, rain or shine at Leamington Municipal Marina. Min. $1,500 Cash 1st Prize; pays 10 places.The Leamington Kinsmen will host a cash bar from noon at the marina pavilion. Perch plates sponsored by OCFA. DJ entertainment will follow pre and post Derby awards and prizes.

4 am – 10 pm, $20 Derby ticket, $13 boat launch pass
519.326.0834, leamington.ca/marina
Leamington Municipal Marina -90 Robson Road, Leamington


Lost Arts Festival

August 9, 2015. Stay for the day and enjoy hands-on activities, live music, livestock displays and games for children. Highly entertaining!

12 pm – 4 pm; $6/Adults, $4/Children 3 – 6, $20/Family maximum
519.738.2029, www.erca.org
John R. Park Homestead – 915 County Rd. 50 E, Essex

Maple Festival

Maple Syrup Festival

March 1, 2015. Discover the tradition that began with the First Nations. Participate with various hands-on activities; try a brace and bit drill, carry pails of sap using an old-fashioned yoke and taste some pure maple sugar. Lots of fun!

11 am – 4 pm, $6/Adult, $4/Children, $20 max/Family
519.738.2029, www.erca.org
John R. Park Homestead – 915 County Rd. 50, Essex


Mardi Gras Street Party

July 24 – 25, 2015. Join us for the most exciting event in Amherstburg! Presented by the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce. We are bringing the New Orleans Bourbon Street experience to town!
Mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss it! Create your craziest Mardi Gras costume! Beads, Beads and more Beads!!! We are shutting down Dalhousie, Richmond and Murray streets!

Fri – 6 pm – Midnight, Sat – Noon – Midnight, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, $25 for two nights
Sat until 4 pm, Free admission (Family Day)
Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg, ON

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Media City Film Festival

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 screenings, live performances, exhibitions and artist’s discussions. Over the years the festival has achieved critical acclaim and international recognition for its “sheer excellence in programming” and is recognized as a leading venue in the world of artist’s film and video.

519.973.9368, www.mediacityfilmfestival.com
Capitol Theatre – 121 University Ave. W, Windsor
*Opening night screening location: MOCAD – 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan

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Military Heritage Days

August 1 – 2, 2015. See 2000 years of military history as we take you from Romans to Redcoats and beyond. Kids can participate in the Parks Canada Xplorer Scavenger Hunt, learn to march like a British Soldier, or dress up as a boat and participate in a water fight to recreate the Battle of Lake Erie.

10 am – 5 pm, $3.65 and up
519.736.5416, www.pc.gc.ca
Fort Malden National Historic Site – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg


MOSAIC – Celebration of Culture

July 24 – 26, 2015. MOSAIC celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Leamington and surrounding area. Restaurants, local clubs and organizations of all ethnicities come together to celebrate culture through food, entertainment, history, arts and crafts. Tour between locations on your own or take the shuttle bus that departs from SECC every 15 minutes.

All day, Free admission
519.326.8629, www.secc.on.ca
215 Talbot Street E, Leamington, ON


National Wildlife Week Festival

April 11 – 12, 2015. Workshops, vendors, children’s activities, Duck and Goose Calling contests and more.

Daily 11 am – 4 pm, Donations appreciated
$25/Jack Miner 150th Rockin’ Birthday Bash – Saturday Night
519.733.4034, www.jackminer.ca
Jack Miner Homestead – 360 Road 3 W, Kingsville


Olde Sandwich Towne Festival

September 11 – 13, 2015. 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.

Schedule: TBA, Free admission
519.254.2880, www.facebook.com/OldeSandwichTowneBia
Mill and Sandwich Sts, Windsor


Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon

Welcome to the third annual Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon. Canada’s most Southern Half-Marathon takes place on a remote Lake Erie Island, ending in a Winery.

Sorry, this event is sold out.
519.980.5440, www.raceroster.com
Pelee Island, Ontario


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 things to see and do.


Ribs and Ragtime 2015

The 6th annual Ribs and Ragtime garden party welcomes all to experience an evening of jazz music performed by the ever entertaining Straight Ahead. Chicken and Ribs provided by Broaster Chicken and Smoke and Spice. Advanced tickets required. See you there!

4 pm – 8 pm, Tickets $50
519.736.5433, www.blackhistoricalmuseum.org
The Black Museum – 277 King St, Amherstburg


Rock n Rodeo

May 16 – 18, 2014 (2015 dates TBA). 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.


Run For Heroes Half Marathon

September 20, 2015. 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.

Sunday 7:20 am – Adults, 10:15 am – Children; $65 plus/Adult, Free/Child
519.980.5440, www.raceroster.com
Libro Centre – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg


Ruthven Apple Festival

September 26 – 27, 2015. Bring the entire family and enjoy two spectacular fun filled days! Enjoy weekend long musical entertainment, a host of rides and games for children, the Apple Festival Car Show, over 100 craft and food vendors and the popular Farmers Market filled with all the bounty of Essex County.

Sat 10:30 am, Sun 9 am, Free admission and parking
519.776.6483 ext. 246, Ruthven Apple Festival
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens – 1550 Road 3 East, Ruthven


Southern Ontario Military Muster

June 13 – 14, 2015. The Southern Ontario Military Muster is an exciting family fun event and is among the biggest of it’s kind in Canada. Enjoy the opening day parade, explore a World War I trench, experience the sights and sounds of a World War II battle reenactment, see encampments and talk to re-enactors, see exhibits and learn what life was like at home and abroad during war time.

Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, $5/Adult, $2/6 – 17 yrs, FREE/Veterans and children 5 and under
519.945.8648, www.militarymuster.ca
Essex Sports Complex Arena and Grounds – 60 Fairview Ave. W, Essex


Spring Shore & Songbird Celebration

May 9 & 10, 2015. Join expert naturalists to celebrate shore and songbirds as they migrate through the internationally renowned shorebird habitat.

9 am – 3 pm; $5/day, Spring Birding Pass: $25 – Valid Apr 15 – May 30, 2015
519.776.5209, www.erca.org
Hillman Marsh – 1826 Mersea Rd, Leamington


Summer Fest

June 18 – July 1, 2015. Each year, the Windsor Riverfront comes alive with thrills and adventure, It’s Windsor Summer Fest. Don’t miss the Riverfront Fireworks Party, fantastic Midway, International Tugboat Race, and awesome entertainment. This is the official kick off to summer!

Free admission
519.254.2880, www.summerfestwindsor.org, Facebook: Windsor Summer Fest
Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr E, Windsor

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Sunsplash Festival

July 23 – 26, 2015. There’s lots of free excitement in town as this festival celebrates summer fun with a Classic Car Cruise Show and Road Tour, wild rides, watercross racing, live musical entertainment on the water, food, drinks, a parade and so much more!

Thurs – from 4 pm, Fri – from 4 pm, Sat – from 11 am, Sun – 11 am – 4 pm, Free Admission
519.728.4624, www.belleriverbia.com
Belle River Rd. and County Rd. 22, Lakeshore


Super Heroes Fun Day

Saturday, May 30th, 2015. Join us for the Second Annual Super Heroes Fun Day. This family-friendly, fun event includes a variety of activities for all ages. Activities will kick off at the John McGivney Children’s Centre at 10 am, with a run/walk/roll through Malden Park, followed by a variety of fun-filled entertainment for all ages. Come dressed as your favourite SUPER HERO (or Villain)!

11 am start (check in @ 10 am), Registration $25 and up
John McGivney Children’s Centre – 3945 Matchette Road, Windsor, ON
Malden Park – 4200 Malden Rd, Windsor ON


Tecumseh Corn Festival

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.

$3 Daily general admission, Children 12 and under and seniors 65+ FREE
Thur 3 pm – 1 am, Fri 12 pm – 1 am, Sat 12 pm – 1 am (parade starts at 11 a.m.), Sun 12 pm – 7 pm
519.735.4756, www.tecumseh.ca
Lacasse Park – 590 Lacasse Blvd, Tecumseh


The Color Run

July 18, 2015. The Color Run was founded in January of 2012 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. We are the original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially.

9 am, $45 and up
519.980.5440, www.ca.thecolorrun.com
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr E, Windsor

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The Island Unplugged Music Festival

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.

Sat 1 pm – 11 pm, Sun 12:30 pm – 11 pm, $30 admission (advance purchase recommended)
519.724.9916 / 519.724.2291, www.theislandunplugged.org
East Park Campground – 1362 East Shore Rd, Pelee Island


The Leamington Fair

June 19 – 21, 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.

Fri 6 pm onwards, Sat 10 am – 11 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, $7 admission
519.326.8082, www.leamingtonagriculturalsociety.weebly.com
Leamington Fairgrounds – 194 Erie St. N, Leamington

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Total Recall Retreat XIII

June 12 – 14, 2015. Gathering at Pelee Island Winery, women from all walks of life will enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the island as well as good food & wine, workshops, vendors, artists & artisans and wonderful inspirational speakers.

Fri 6 pm – Sun 3 pm, Registration: Check online
519.733.8393, www.totalrecallretreat.com
Pelee Island Winery Deck – 20 East West Rd, Pelee Island


Tour Di Via Italia

September 6, 2015. This popular 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.

10 am, Free admission to spectators
226.346.0598 / 720.347.9290, tourdiviaitalia.ca
Via Italia – Howard Ave. and Erie St. E, Windsor

University of Windsor Film Festival

The University of Windsor Film Festival will be happening on April 23rd at The Capitol Theatre.

7 pm, $10 per person
Capitol Theatre – 121 University Ave W., Windsor ON


Walkerville Art, Walk & Rock

July 24 – 25, 2015. Take a stroll through the shops, small businesses and restaurants along Wyandotte, Devonshire, Chilver, Windermere, Lincoln, Gladstone and others. This pedestrian-friendly setting is fun for children and adults alike, as hundreds take to the streets to visit shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Fri 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 11 am – 11 pm, Free admission
226.346.9242, Facebook: Visit Walkerville
Kildare at Wyandotte, Windsor

Walkerville Buskerfest

Walkerville Buskerfest

Coming to Walkerville (Windsor, Ontario) August 12th-14th, 2016!

Facebook – Walkerville Buskerfest


Windsor Comedy Festival

December 27th, 2014 (2015 dates TBA). 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.

519-980-7558, www.windsorcomedyfestival.com
Facebook: Windsor Comedy Festival
St Clair Center for the Arts – Chrysler Theater – 201 Riverside E Windsor


Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Friday October 16 to Saturday October 17, 2015. Let’s raise a glass together for the region’s original festival dedicated to craft beer! Local and craft brewers from across the province will participate in a festival that will celebrate a much loved libation.

The event is about local culture and the burgeoning craft beer movement happening across the province. There will be entertainment, craft beers from across the province, local eats and throughout the day we’ll have an ode to the brew. It’s going to be awesome!

Sat 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 5 pm – 11 pm, tickets $25
519.982.5212, windsoreats.com/beerfest
Willistead Park – 1899 Niagara, Windsor, ON

Windsor International Film Festival

Windsor International Film Festival

November 1-9, 2014 (2015 dates TBA). 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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Windsor Ribfest

August 13 – 16, 2015. The 6th annual Windsor Ribfest will feature several 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 the beautiful Detroit skyline.

Thurs 4 pm – 11 pm, Fri 2 pm – 12 am , Sat 11 am – 12 am , Sun 11 am – 9 pm; Free Admission
519.432.5189, www.canadasbiggestparty.com
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr E, Windsor

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Windsor Santa Claus Parade

December 5, 2015. Don’t miss the 47th 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…

6 pm, Free admission
519.254.2880, www.santaparade.org
Parade start – Riverside Drive W. at Rankin, Windsor

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Windsor’s Canada Day Celebration & Parade

July 1, 2015. The Canada Day Parade, Children’s Entertainment, and the Giant 5000 piece birthday cake make this a day to remember. This year’s parade takes place on Wyandotte Street East, between Devonshire and Glengarry Avenue. With a fantastic Midway and fabulous entertainment, this is the official kick off to summer, so don’t miss the last day of Summer Fest!

Parade @ 11 am, Free admission
519.254.2880, Facebook – Windsor Summer Fest
Parade from Wyandotte St. E. – from Devonshire Rd. to Glengarry Ave, Windsor

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Windsor-Essex Pride Fest

August 7 – 9, 2015. We use theatre, music, art, and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBT people in our community and around the world. Our festival is an explosion of Pride in the heart of Downtown Windsor, attracting over 5,000 people in a celebration of diversity.

226.348.3378, www.wepridefest.com
Facebook: Windsor-Essex Pride Fest
440 Pelissier St., Windsor, Ontario, N9A


Winter Bites Restaurant Week

January 12 – January 18 2015. It’s time to give winter a kick! Diners can indulge in a 3-course meal from only $10-$35!

519.982.5212, www.windsoreats.com/winterbites
Various locations in Windsor-Essex


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.

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



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