Sunny days and warm evenings mean enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. “Patio” has become the word of the season, synonymous with outdoor dining, but there are so many ways to enjoy outdoor patios from dining to retail to unique cultural experiences. Make your summer a patio season to remember with a variety of ways to enjoy in Orillia & Lake Country.
Art Walks in the Orillia Arts District
Friday Nights: July 2 to September 3, 6pm-9pm
Along Peter Street, Downtown Orillia
Orillia and area has drawn in the talents of exceptional artists, with many showing in Peter Street Arts District locations. Friday nights this summer, artists featured in the galleries along Peter Street will line the street for a safe, socially-distanced art experience. Where able, galleries will also be open for browsing.
Historical Orillia: A Guided Walking Tour
Friday Nights: July 2 to September 3, starting at 7pm
Starting at the Orillia Museum of Art & History, 30 Peter Street South
Discover the walking history of Orillia’s downtown on a guided tour starting at the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) which then weaves on a fascinating excursion through Orillia’s past. Featuring stories of famous local people and places that will be sure to bring back memories and make some new ones.
$10 per person, register at orilliamuseum.org
Streets Alive Hippie Vans
Public art along Mississaga St, Downtown Orillia
Summer in Orillia’s downtown is marked by the annual public art installations of Streets Alive Productions. Each year, local artists rise to the challenge to create larger than life artistic pieces that line the sidewalks of the downtown core. This year is no different as nearly 30 Hippie Van sculptures have taken over downtown in celebration of the Mariposa Folk Festival’s (delayed) 60th anniversary. Take yourself on a self-guided walkabout to try and find them all!
Orillia Friday Night Market
Dates: July 9, July 23, August 13, 5-9pm
36 Mississaga St W by the Orillia Public Library
The Orillia Farmers’ Market is excited to offer three special night markets this summer in conjunction with their regular Saturday markets. Stop by the courtyard between the Orillia Public Library and Orillia Opera House to see local vendors with assortments of local foods, products and gifts!
See You on the Patio – Beyond Downtown!
We are so fortunate to have a treasure-trove of patio experiences throughout our region. Orillia’s See You On The Patio program has become a popular summer hit with downtown street closures running Friday & Saturday evenings from July 2 to Sept. 4. But patios are the gift that keeps on giving, and there are so many more patios to explore throughout Orillia and the surrounding area. Each patio has a different atmosphere and delicious menu that will make you want to try as many as possible while the warm weather is here. Keep an eye out for live entertainment at various restaurants around town. See the full list of Orillia’s See You On the Patio restaurants on the TripVia App’s Restaurant Locator.
Don’t know where to begin? We’ve set you up with 10 patios from around the area to get started, and there are even more to discover!
These are just a few of the many amazing patios available throughout our region this summer. Check our listings for restaurants with takeout and patio options available. Share your patio experience for a chance to win a Shop Local prize pack valued at $500 in the #OrilliaFoodiesUnite contest! Running until September 27, see details on how you can enter.
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