GET YOUR SUN ON WITH THESE 21 EVENTS ACROSS BARRIE
Friday presents a special, extra bonus this week.
Being June 21st, it is officially the first day of summer!
The warmest season of the year in Barrie offers a full slate of events and activities jammed with music, food and beach bashes.
Scroll on to see the 21 Things To Do This Summer in Barrie! Click on the name of each to learn more.
And keep in mind, we have a full list of events in Barrie on our calendar!
The boys of summer are here! And for just $5 you can take in one of their 18 home games through the season; the reigning IBL champs put on a great show with lots of giveaways and concessions.
HERITAGE CIDER ESTATES
There are few things in life more enjoyable than a great glass of wine in the sun. And you can do one better this season by sipping that vino at an actual winery! Heritage Cider offers daily tours of their estate, ending off with samples and cheese boards. A fantastic way to spend a summer Saturday.
CRAFT BEER FEST
Speaking of adult beverages, the annual Craft beer festival takes over downtown Barrie July 5th – 7th. With 12 local beer makers, food trucks and live music, it’s a weekend carved from keg heaven!
Experience Downtown Barrie in a traffic-free pedestrian-only environment. Locally owned shops, restaurants and patios work together to create a street market atmosphere that’s fun, exciting, engaging and full of energy. Plus there’s an Air Show! Begins Friday the 29th and runs right through to Canada Day.
Meridian Place and the Barrie Film Festival host Lawnchair Luminata every Wednesday, with family friendly flicks beginning at dusk. Northern Kettle Corn is on hand every night for your snack needs. And if you’re a south ender, Park Place offers screenings every other Tuesday in July and August. Just bring a lawnchair and yourselves!
Speaking of movies, keep in mind that the Barrie Public library has free family friendly movies every Friday in Spring and year round. Plus there is a great assortment of programs and events for the kids until September.
BPL PATIO READ A BOOK
And while you’re at the library, grab your fav book and hit their awesome roof top patio! Plenty of seating and some of the best views in town.
Learn some local history and get some exercise! Barrie offers a plethora of guided walking tours in historic areas of the city.
SPLASH ON WATER PARK/SPLASH PADS
Oh yeah….guess we should mention some Lake and water based stuff! First up, Splash On water parks returns to Centennial Beach in July. It’s a full course floating bouncy castle the kids will love, with day passes or hourly tickets available. And if you’re looking for something for the younger tots, don’t forget about the local splash pads.
Channel your inner Jacques Costeau! (For anyone born after 1990, he was a famous scuba diver 500 years ago) Submerge the waves of Lake Simcoe with Scuba lessons from local aquatic adventure equipment providers.
And if you prefer above water fun, check out Happy Paddling and many other local canoe, Sup and Kayak rental places. It’s a great day on the water for the entire clan.
ESCAPE ROOMS/URBAN JUNGLES
Barrie has welcomed a few adult oriented indoor entertainment venues since last spring. See our visits to both spots here and here.
Whether it’s an energizing night at the Foxx Lounge, Friday at Mavrick’s or a trip the BMC, there’s plenty of concerts coming to Barrie. We post weekly updates on all of them!
And speaking of the Foxx, keep in mind they have comedy every Tuesday through Summer. And Wrangler’s, Donaleigh’s and Perplexcity have all added comedy shows too!
Admit it! You’ve been talking about getting into Yoga for months. (And by months, we mean years) Spring is the perfect time to finally follow through. Hit up one of the many studios in Barrie to get started.
BARRIE FIRE STATION TOUR
Kids can get a tour of the local fire hall and museum.
Booze and axes? What could go wrong?? There are more than a few axe tossing spots in Barrie. Grab the crew and play Thor for a day.
MINI PUTT GOLF
Now axe throwing is fun, but probably not the kind of thing you would bring the kids too. Unless you are actually aiming for lacerations. Mini Putt indoor golf is probably a safer option.
Everyone who has walked the lakeshore has seen the big beautiful cruise ships moored off Simcoe street. Why not actually GO ABOARD one time? Chances R operate daily cruises around Kempenfeld Bay through the summer as well as larger scale events. Great first date idea…Just Sayin’.
BREW TOURS BARRIE BREWS AND BITES
Spend an afternoon discovering the local craft industry and sample some tapas style dishes the breweries are offering. Visit 3 craft breweries, plus a cidery. A Beer lovers delight!
Among the many benefits of living in Barrie is the tremendous amount of hiking and biking trails in your own backyard. Ardagh Bluffs, the North Shore Trail and the Waterfront Heritage path are just a few in-town options to get your hike on.