Festivals and events are back in Orillia & Lake Country! It’s a long weekend with lots to celebrate around the region, from Canada Day festivities, outdoor markets and patios, new theatre and more!
All Summer throughout Orillia, Friday evening Downtown street closures 5pm – 11pm
Shop. Dine. Connect. Summer is here which means See You On The Patio is back in Orillia, running city-wide, all summer long. Restaurants across Orillia have expanded their open air dining experiences so that you can enjoy the best meals and still enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you’re looking for an intimate date night, big family fun, or a spot to catch up with friends, there’s a patio for you.
Be sure to take part in a special expanded patio experience in Downtown Orillia with Friday evening street closures running from July 1st to September 2nd. Each Friday from 5pm to 11pm, the main streets close to traffic, and patios and stores extend out on to the main street!
Couchiching Beach Park
Pancake Breakfast, Food & Craft Vendors, Children’s Village, Parade, Fireworks, Midway rides and games. Come check out Mil & The Thrills and The Latest Issue at the Rotary Aqua Theatre. Mil & The Thrills will be kicking the evening off at 7pm!
Celebrate Canada’s 155th birthday this year at Horseshoe Resort with your family and friends! From fun activities to live entertainment and excellent prizes there is something for everyone!
Opening June 29, Stephen Leacock Museum & Historic Site
Last summer, The Leacock Home provided a picturesque backdrop for Mariposa Arts Theatre’s spirited production of Twelfth Night. Now, the players are back to take on a different approach to The Bard in the Yard.
Why see just one Shakespeare play when you can see them all in 97 minutes? Three players take on the challenge of romping through tragedies, romances, comedies and histories in the guise of Juliet one minute, Othello the next, then on to a little sword play. You don’t have to be a Shakespeare aficionado to appreciate the flagrant fun and spontaneous action of this parody of the world’s most well-known playwright. Think ‘Coles Notes’ version of a whole lot of dramatic works. Who knows what will happen next?
Mariposa Arts Theatre is thrilled to be partnering again with The Leacock Museum, taking advantage of the scenic backdrop of Stephen Leacock’s home on the shores of Lake Simcoe.
Opening June 29, Orillia Opera House
The world premiere of Norm Foster’s newest comedy Doris and Ivy in the Home, co-produced with our friends at Upper Canada Playhouse, opening at The OOH on June 29th
Retired prison guard Doris Mooney has just moved in to Paradise Village, a retirement home in Canmore, Alberta. She quickly befriends Ivy Hoffbauer, a former world champion skier who’s taken aback by Doris’s cheerful brashness. Rounding out the trio is dapper Arthur Beech who has designs on Ivy. Another hilarious Norm Foster hit!
July 1, 10am-4pm, Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds
Celebrate the beginning of the summer season and Canada Day at the opening day of the Oro-Medonte Farmers Market! Come for breakfast with Hutchinsons Maple Syrup, bring your chair and enjoy Even Steven while the kids Paint the School Bus and visit with Monty the alpaca. Shop from 45 vendors with producers, baking, pre-cooked meals, artisans and craft.
July 1, Casino Rama Resort
Entertainment is back at Casino Rama Resort! Dine, shop and take in some gaming before rocking out to two of Canada’s biggest 90’s rock bands in one unforgettable night to celebrate Canada Day.
July 2, 9am-1pm, ODAS Park
Check out these events coming soon to mark on your calendars, grab tickets and plan your trip to Orillia & Lake Country!
July 8-10, Tudhope Park
Tickets are going fast for the return of the Mariposa Folk Festival! The Grand Dame of folk festivals returns to Orillia after a two year hiatus with world-class music including JP Saxe, Lennon Stella, The Strumbellas, Serena Ryder, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Blue Rodeo and MORE! Weekend and Flex Passes available as well as Young Adult and Youth Passes. Kids ages 12 and under are free! Check out how you can make the most of the festival and beyond in our latest blog!