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4 Things To Do in Barrie This Weekend

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Although summer officially arrives on June 20th, in Canada it really doesn’t crank up until after July 1st. And pardon our Spanish…but now that our national birthday antics have concluded, it’s time to GET THIS MOFU STARTED.

As always, the city by the lake is replete with warm weather options for your enjoyment. For instance….


A wise person once said…”Annual traditions are the lifeblood of a city”.

Ok it wasn’t anyone wise. We said it. Yet it’s true!

And one of the great annual get-togethers in Barrie is the Craft Beer and Barbecue festival, taking over Heritage park this Friday.

12 local beer producers, including Flying Monkey’s, Redline Brewhouse and Side Launch will be on deck handing out the suds. Complimented by a plethora of foodie providers to ensure you get your fill of noms, and live music throughout the weekend.


And as is if you needed more excuses to go all in on grilled delights, the Barrie Farmer’s Market is getting into the act with their own BBQ fest on Saturday. Ready to Eat Pulled Pork, beef on a bun and burgers and coolers full of other tasty meats will be available from all the local vendors. Make a morning of it by bringing the kids for arts and crafts with the Barrie Arts Committee, and enjoy live music from singer-guitarist Jakob Pearce Music on the main stage.



Finally, an opportunity to determine once and for all who would win in a battle between GI Joe’s Snake Eyes and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Well…maybe we’re exaggerating a bit. But on Friday Jack’s Urban Jungle will be hosting an actual Ninja Competition. The limits will be tested with three rounds of 3 physically and mentally challenging activities. And prizes are awarded for each round. You can register onsite between 4 pm to 5 pm.

You can see more about Jack’s Urban Jungle in our featured piece from earlier this year!

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And finally, you know that term “whatever floats your boat”?

You can learn more about floating your own boat in one of Barrie’s float tank providers. If you’ve never experienced a sensory deprivation float tank, or have been curious about what exactly it entails, this is your time to learn.

On Saturday, Float Tank Barrie is hosting a 3rd anniversary Open House, with staff on hand to answer questions and tours available.  It runs from 9 – 5pm.


Have an event coming up in Barrie you want to promote? Tell us about it! And check out our FB and Instagram pages for lots of other way cool events in and around Barrie every week.




Air Shows, Outdoor Movies and a Hell of a Lot of Concerts: 3 Things To Do In Barrie This Long Weekend

Things to do this weekend in Barrie

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There are so many reasons to celebrate Canada.

Universal Healthcare.


The Raptors.

Drake (most of the time)

Jim Carey. SCTV. Coffee Crisp. Poutine!

And in Barrie, Canada Day means the return of Promenade Days in the downtown core. 3 full days of outdoor vendors, midways, music and movies. Oh yeah, and the FOOD. Basically…leave your belt at home.



Where to start? There’s the midway. The Air Show kicks off at 6pm on Friday. Summer Ice is back all weekend for a chance to get your skating on. Tons of vendors and exhibitors. And Barrie Wrestling will be on hand with live performances. Although our repeated requests for a re-match of the classic 1985 tilt between Ricky The Steamboat Dragon and Randy Savage have fallen on deaf ears, you can still expect body slamming at it’s finest.

And Meridian Place is celebrating it’s first anniversary with live music and cake (see what we mean about the belt?)




Saturday is also the first outdoor movie screening of the season, at Meridian Place.

It’s the 80s classic Top Gun on the big screen, starring Tom Cruise in the good ol’ days before he went full on couch jumping and psychology shaming. Also starring Val Kilmer in the good ol’ days before he thought he could play Batman. And Michael Ironside…who never really had good days. But he’s Canadian!!

The film starts at dusk.




90s Indie staple Ill Scarlett rolls into Barrie to take over Mavrick’s on Friday night. And if you read our weekly concert update, you’ll know that there will be a big announcement about local music at the show.

Elsewhere, the Foxx is jammed with it’s usual blend of rock, alternative and punk acts to raise your blood pressure. Donaleigh’s, Flying Monkey’s and McReily’s all have shows on Friday and Saturday. And B Knox is set up in the back room of Painter’s Hall on Saturday night if you need an acoustic break.

And if you are escaping the city (or at least as far as Big Bay Point road) Friday Harbour has a full weekend of family friendly live music as well.

Have an event coming up in Barrie you’d like to publicize? Reach out to us and we can post it on our calendar! 













21 Things To Do This Summer in Barrie

Things To Do This Summer in 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.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Fun day with the work crew ⚒

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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’.


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.




Wine Tasting, Car Shows and Volleyball: 3 Great Things To Do In Barrie This Weekend

Barrie Things To Do This Weekend

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Now that the Raptors have (gloriously) dispatched the Warriors to capture their first ever NBA Championship, we can all get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

And in Barrie, that means getting out and enjoying the first day of summer! Which clocks in on Friday…is there a better way to start a weekend?


Yup, we know…Dad’s Day was LAST Sunday.

But due to the bucketing skies that overtook the weekend, Redline Brewhouse had to move their car show aimed at gear head Papas to this Sunday. It goes from 12-3pm, with plenty of vintage and classic autos on display and prizes to be won. Oh yeah…and the awesome craft beer.



If beer isn’t your thing, there is a… grape… way to sample some wine and cocktails on Saturday (Get it, GRAPE…instead of Great??)

Chillz Lounge is hosting an afternoon with trained wine educator, writer and scientist Trent Mayers of Wine Journeys and their in house mixologist Ryan Megson.

This should be a… spirited…(ok, we’ll stop) event to meet new people and expand your knowledge of food and beverage. It’s a ticketed event, so you’ll need to connect with Chillz Lounge before the day to secure a spot.





Volleyball is summer’s unofficial favourite sport (sorry Baseball) and there are plenty of beach based leagues in and around Barrie.

This Saturday, Invado Volleyball and  Rotaract Club of Barrie are delivering the ‘8th Annual Rally for the Kids’ beach volleyball tournament at Horseshoe Resort! Proceeds will go to support the Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka.

The day is expected to run from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm (approx) and features an on-site fully licensed beer tent to help make your day that much brighter! Registration is closed, but spectators are welcome.


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Father’s Day Fun, Paddlefests and Concerts – 3 Awesome Things to Do in Barrie This Weekend

Things to do this weekend in Barrie

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Someone wise once said…”weekends are more than just a couple of days free of work and school…weekends are a state of mind”

Okay, nobody wise said that. It was us…and we stole most of it from an old matchbook ad for cigars.

BUT, the sentiment is kind of a comfort for the weekends that get washed out due to rain (which might happen this weekend)

Luckily, we’ve found a plethora of indoor and outdoor fun to attempt on Saturday and Sunday in Barrie! Including…



Fact: There is a never a weekend that passes without live music performances in town. Also Fact: We  publish a full list of gigs on Tuesdays to insure you can find a show. Fact the third! This week is jammed with great gigs, including a couple of local up and comers and an 80s throwback at Mavrick’s Music Hall.

Now that the patios are open, you’ll be able to hear more of the great live tuneage happening at some of the great downtown establishments, so stop in and support a few of these local artists!




We know that MEC is a great place to shop, but we didn’t know they also liked to throw outdoor parties!

On Saturday the store are hosting a bash on the beach to welcome the 2019 paddling season.

This is a great idea if you or a famjam member has been thinking about diving into the world of kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. You can go for a test paddle, learn skills from the experts, and browse exhibitor booths.

The event kicks off at 9am at Centennial Beach.



The annual celebration of Dad happens on Sunday, and as usual, Barrie is replete with options to impress Pa.

J’adore/The Speakcheesy is hosting a Ploughman’s Dinner on Friday packed with hearty plates of cheeses, meats, mustards and pickled things.

Common Good Cafe is hosting a beer lovers night for all father figures, aptly called Man, Myth, Legend.

And Horseshoe Resort is offering free golf and a rare vehicle exhibit on Sunday.