Festivals & Events

‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!’

‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!’is a rollicking throwback to a nearly extinct theatrical genre: the musical comedy revue. With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, I LOVE YOU … reinvigorates the revue by taking a hilarious and tuneful joyride through the dizzying spectrum of modern male-female relationships! Perfectly times to fall just after Valentine’s day, ‘I LOVE YOU … ‘ makes the perfect date night or group gathering!

Directed by: Allen Levack

Musical Direction by: Rachael Watson

Choreographed by: KaitlIn Mackie

The cast:

Adam Bergamin, Melinda Lewsaw, Madison Hamm, Aaron Bergeron, Martin Ouellette, and Lauren Elliott.

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3rd Annual Woofa-Roo Pet Fest

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
519.903.5500, www.woofaroo.com
Libro Centre – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg

Aiyun Huang Percussion Recital

Dr. Huan is the Chair of the Percussion Area as well as director of the McGill Percussion Ensemble at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.Performances include the Weill Recital Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Green Umbrella Series, LACMA Concert Series, Holland Festival, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Agora Festival in Paris, Banff Arts Festival, 7ème Biennale d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon, Vancouver New Music Festival, CBC Radio, La Jolla Summerfest, Scotia Festival, Cool Drummings, Montreal New Music Festival, Centro Nacional Di Las Artes in Mexico City, and National Concert Hall and Theater in Taipei.

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AM800′s 9th Annual New Year’s Eve-ning

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
519.258.8888, www.am800cklw.com
Lanspeary Park on Ottawa Street, Windsor ON

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Amherstburg Fort Malden Horticultural Garden Tour

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
519.816.1873, www.amherstburg.ca
Toddy Jones Park – 162 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg

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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
519.736.4020, www.amherstburgsgonecarcrazyshow.com
Toddy Jones Park – 168 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg

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Amherstburg River Lights Winter Festival

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.

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

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Amherstburg Santa Claus Parade

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

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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

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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.

$5/Gate, $15/Friday night launch party
519.253.6382, www.artintheparkwindsor.com
Willistead Park – 1899 Niagara St, Windsor

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Balloonapalooza

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
519.252.5723, www.balloonapalooza.ca
Ouellette Ave and Chatham St, Downtown Windsor

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Belle River BIA Tree Lighting Celebration

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
519.728.4624, www.lakeshore.ca
Optimist Park – 775 Notre Dame St, Belle River

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Bluesfest International

July 10 – 12, 2015. Bluesfest International is a community event with the mandate to produce an annual world class music festival, promoting local, regional and international artists.

Fri 7 pm, Sat 6 pm, Sun 2:30 pm, Tickets: Check online for 2015 updates.
1.866.934.6889, www.bluesfestwindsor.com
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor

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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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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…

All day, Admission – TBA
519.736.8320, www.amherstburg.ca
Fort Malden & Toddy Jones Park – 100 Laird St, Amherstburg

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Canada Day in Fort Malden

July 1, 2015. Celebrate our Nation’s birthday at the National Historic Site of Fort Malden. Enjoy the activities of the day, ice cream and a fireworks finale along the Detroit River! This traditional event is the best in the region and not to be missed!

All day, Admission – $3.65 and up
519.736.8320 / 519.736.5416, www.pc.gc.ca
Fort Malden National Historic Site – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg

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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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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…

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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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…

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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…

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Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Parade

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…

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Christmas In The Village

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
www.pillettevillage.com
Pillette Village – 4661 Wyandotte St. E, Windsor, Ontario

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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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Colasanti’s 5th Annual Winter Art & Crafts Show

Saturday February 28, 2015. Featuring local handmade products with over 50 vendor booths including wood carving, knitting, jewelry, candles, scrapbooking, group hug apparel and more! There will also be a special lunch buffet and zoo shows throughout the day. Something for both you and the kids!

10 am – 4 pm, Free admission
519.326.3287, colasanti.com
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens – 1550 Road 3 East, Kingsville ON

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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.

Schedule: TBA, Admission: TBA
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 10 am – 11 pm, Sat 8 am – 11 pm, Sun 8 am – 5 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

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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”!

11 am – 5 pm, $5 – $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 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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Emancipation Dinner & Dance

July 31, 2015. Windsor’s Emancipation Celebration is a community event that invites people of all ethnicities to join us as we celebrate Emancipation Day with a dinner and dance.

6 pm – 12 am; Tickets: TBA
519.736.5433, www.blackhistoricalmuseum.org
Caboto Club – 2175 Parent Ave, Windsor

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Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Show

August 14 – 16, 2015. A great family friendly event! This year’s feature is the Cockshutt tractor and machinery. If you love antiques and the good ol’days, we’ll save you a spot!

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

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Essex Fun Fest

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…

Fri 4 pm, Sat & Sun 11 am, Admission – TBA
519.776.8717 x 1301, www.essexfunfest.com
Essex Fairgrounds – 60 Fairview Ave. E, Essex

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Essex Santa Claus Parade

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
519.254.2880, www.santaparade.org
Essex, Ontario

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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

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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. 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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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Ford Fireworks Presented by Target

June 22, 2015; Rain date: June 23, 2015. Bring the kids out to see one the world’s most incredible fireworks display. 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!

10 pm, Free admission
519.254.2880, www.theparade.org
Banks of the Detroit River – Riverside Dr. and Ouellette Ave, Windsor

Foreigner

Return of legendary rock group Foreigner to the Colosseum stage. Together they have rocked the global charts for over 30 years with their greatest hits like #1 international hit “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Juke Box Hero,” and “Say You Will.”

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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.

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Harrow Fair

August 28-31, 2015. 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.

Schedule: TBA, Admission: TBA
519.738.3262, www.harrowfair.com
Harrow Fairgrounds – McAffee St., Harrow

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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

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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

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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.

Time – check online for schedule, Admission – free to spectators
519.739.9588, www.dragonboatsonline.com
Lakewood North Park – 13399 Riverside Dr E, Tecumseh

Jim Gaffigan

Known for his witty routines about food and laziness, the hilarious Jim Gaffigan comes to the Colosseum stage. Gaffigan has 10 albums, three comedy specials and two books including his latest, Food A Love Story.

Josh Turner

Return of multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple Grammy, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012. See him live on his The Roughstock and Rambler Tour stop in the Colosseum.

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Kingsville Fantasy of Lights

November 15, 2014 – January 8, 2015. Through the winter months, Lakeside Park in Kingsville is magically transformed in to a sea of colorful displays.

Free admission
519.733.2123, www.fantasyoflights.ca
Lakeside Park, Kingsville, Ontario, N9Y 3R4

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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
519.997.7777, www.kingsvillefolkfest.org
Lakeside Park – 315 Queen St, Kingsville

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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…

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.

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Lakeshore Canada Day

July 1, 2015. Our 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 commence at 5 pm until the fireworks at approximately 9:50 pm.

4 pm – 11 pm
519.727.0470, www.lakeshore.ca
Comber Fair Grounds and Park – 7100 Community Centre St, Comber

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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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Lasalle Strawberry Festival

June 4 – 7, 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, Fri 3 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am; $2, under 6/over 65 – Free
519.969.5699, www.town.lasalle.on.ca
Gil Maure Park – Front Rd and Laurier Dr, LaSalle

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Leamington Tomato Festival

August 19 – 23, 2015 . This is a free family festival featuring the local tomato and agricultural industry, located on the Lake Erie shore.

Schedule: TBA, Free admission
519.326.2827, www.leamingtontomatofestival.com
Seacliff Park – Seacliff Dr. at Forest Ave, Leamington

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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

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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

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Media City Film Festival

July 28 – August 1, 2015. 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.

Schedule: TBA, Tickets: TBA
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. 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…

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

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National Wildlife Week Festival

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.

Schedule: TBA, Admission: TBA
519.733.4034, www.jackminer.ca
Jack Miner Homestead – 360 Road 3 W, Kingsville

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Olde Sandwich Towne Festival

September 4 – 6, 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

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Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon

May 31. 2015. 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.

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519.980.5440, www.raceroster.com
Pelee Island, Ontario

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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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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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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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

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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…

Sam Roberts Band

See Juno award-winning Montreal rockers Sam Roberts Band return to the Colosseum stage on their “Lo Fantasy” Tour. Featuring lead vocalist Sam Roberts, the band has seen national success with chart-topping hits “Brother Down”, “Don’t Walk Away Eileen”, “Detroit 67”, “Them Kids” and “Love at The End of the World.” Opening for SRB are up and coming local band, hot off the release of their 2nd album Re-Birth of Cool, The Walkervilles.

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Shores of Erie International Wine Festival

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.

Schedule: TBA, Tickets: TBA
519.730.1001, www.soewinefestival.com
Fort Malden National Historic Site – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg

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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. See songbirds and shorebirds close up and personal as they are banded by experts.

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

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Summer Fest

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…

Schedule: TBA, Tickets: TBA
519.254.2880, www.summerfestwindsor.org
Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr E, Windsor

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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…

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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.

General Admission
519.735.4756, www.tecumseh.ca
Lacasse Park – 590 Lacasse Blvd, Tecumseh

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The Art of Eating Food and Wine Festival

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.

519.735.3795, www.artofeatingtecumseh.com
Lakewood Park North – Riverside Drive E. and Manning Rd, Tecumseh

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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.

2015 Schedule: TBA, 2015 Registration: TBA
519.980.5440, ca.thecolorrun.com/windsor
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, Tickets: SOLD OUT!
519.724.9916 / 519.724.2291, www.theislandunplugged.org
East Park Campground – 1362 East Shore Rd, Pelee Island

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The Leamington Fair

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.

Schedule: TBA, Admission: TBA
519.326.8082, www.leamingtonagriculturalsociety.weebly.com
Leamington Fairgrounds – 194 Erie St. N, Leamington

To Moscow

A tribute to the magic of theatre, this breathlessly romantic story is based on true events from the lives of theatrical legends Anton Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavski. Their remarkable journey begins backstage on a disastrous opening night, and continues on to become one of the world’s greatest theatrical legacies. Relationships blossom and grow and partnerships are pushed to the limits, but in the end it is strength, dedication, and love that prevail, in this passionate tale sure to pull at anyone’s heartstrings.

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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

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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…

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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Walkerville Holiday Walk & Official Street Reopening

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.

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Windsor Comedy Festival

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.

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

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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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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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Windsor Jail Public Tour

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.

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Windsor King Fest

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 will compete for cash prizes and the right to represent Windsor at one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

Tickets: $17.50 and up
226.783.5069, www.windsorelvisfest.com
Capitol Theatre – 121 University Ave. W, Windsor

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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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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 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’s Canada Day Celebration & 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…

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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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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

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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.

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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