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History Class, Art Classes, Beer Glasses: 4 Events Happening in Barrie This Weekend



Oh, Fall…you thought we didn’t notice you sneak in the back door on Monday.

But here you are, feet up on the coffee table and sipping our beer. Guess we can’t ask you to leave.

Fortunately, you appear to have brought a plethora of fun events with you. Lucky for you!



Your Grade 10 History teacher would be so proud of you for attending this! Historical reenactors will demonstrate military and camp life in Simcoe County in the early 19th century. Visitors can muster up and march in the King’s army, learn about traditional blacksmithing, carpentry, fur trade and candle making.



Tangle Creek hosts the always hilarious and world renowned Yuk Yuk’s on Friday, with buffet and booze on offer to add to the laffs.

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Encompassing all things “great outdoors”. Hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation and a whole lot more. Amanda Lynn will be speaking about Women in the Industry and how to get involved! At Bradford Greenhouses.



Perfect for the burgeoning Stan Lee’s in the house.

Each participant will learn how to construct characters. Whether it is muscle-bound super heroes, Minecraft characters, Darth Vader or good old Bugs Bunny, all cartoon characters are built on the same principles of solid drawing. Happening at the Drawing House on Saturday




Oktoberfest 2019 is just down the road, and Redline is celebrating with  specialty beer, live music, German menu, stein holding competition, dress up competitions, and more.



Things to do in Barrie or Busta Barrie Rhyme Tyme!

We think this is just a little funny – well maybe just a wee bit. We took all words ending in -ill and are going to show you just how awesome Barrie is with rhyming words and Things to do.


Are you thinking of proposing? Do you have an interest in Estate Jewellery? Need some of your Gramma’s pieces repaired or renewed? Then we absolutely need to introduce you to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Voted the best and favourite Jewellery Store in Barrie in 2017 and 2018 – go in and talk to Adam, son of the Late Bill about any jewellery that you want to buy or sell.


Where best to chill and go on an awesome adventure? Why, Barrie Public Library, of course. In the words of Emily Dickinson,

“There is no Frigate like a book

To take us Lands away,

Nor any coursers like a page

Of prancing poetry”

Enjoy BPL’s rooftop garden for exceptional Barrie sunshine chill time, as well as take advantage of the many free workshops offered.


St. Louis Bar and Grill 4 locations in Barrie and the BEST DILL dipping sauce EVER! ‘Nuff said!


Mmmmm…..lots of food and good eats. Market Buffet and Grill has all the western food you could want and the best thing? You can keep going back until you have to unzip your pants. Hey, have you ever taken a look at the large photos on the wall at the Market Buffet and Grill? Yep, its downtown Barrie in the early 1900’s. If you love history, you’ll want to spend some time looking over the photos.


Okay, we cheated.  But we just HAD to mention that Barrie is home to many festivals and events that you just cannot miss. Kids Fishing Days, Kempenfest and Barrie Dragon Boat festival coming in August.  Check out the listing HERE .  Get out and do something new!


Why Grillicious of course! Barrie Uncovered LOVES this place! Check out our Chef Spotlight article HERE. Live music all weekend.


Pick your own! Okay, technically this is JUST outside of Barrie. But it is called BARRIE Hill and its on BARRIE HILL road……so we are officially proclaiming Barrie Hill Farms part of Barrie. You’ll love their website as they have a Daily Update section to let you know whats available to be picked, and what is coming soon. Fresh is best!


Never fun to be ill, but always better to be safe!  Check out our Barrie Walk In clinic locations HERE.  Take advantage of the widget that tells you how long the wait time is at each clinic.  You’d rather be sick on your couch than on a waiting room chair.  (to be honest, you’d probably rather NOT be sick at all.)


Well, lets not kill but hurt real bad. How better than at Barrie Paintball? You can buy a membership if you are seriously into paintball or just go and play some Laser Tag. Barrie Paintball has an event coming up on August 10th called DAWN OF THE DEAD! You can’t kill it if its already dead! Some serious prizes too!


For all your creative needs, head over to Len’s Mill Store . Have you ever been there? If you haven’t, you are in for a big surprise! Move over Fabricland! They’ve got tons more stuff than just craft products, you really need to go check this place out!


Hmmm…..okay The Pill. Well, here’s what we are thinking, if you have never checked out the services offered by Simcoe Muskoka Health , you haven’t taken advantage of all the good out there being offered. They’ve got services for Parents and Parents to be, child care, healthy sexuality clinic, etc etc. Simcoe Muskoka Health offers classes on things like, Food Handler Training, Prenatal Classes, Tobacco Cessation Workshops, Dental Clinics….whoa…so many! Check out their site!


So you think its time to learn a new skill? Why not try Scuba Diving? The best part is that Simcoe Diving offers diving at our local beaches here in Barrie. Did you know that we have a sunken ship in Kempenfelt Bay? Yup, ship went down in 1857. Take a Scuba Diving class and go take an undersater look at the J.C. Morrison!


Sunnidale Park Arboretum is one of the most gorgeous non-water places to relax and catch your breath in Barrie. There are fantastic trails through the park and in fall the scenery promises intense eye-gasms.   (Is that a real word? But you know what we mean, right?) Located at Sunnidale Road and Cundles Rd. West.


Is Beer considered a swill? Or is beer something that you swill? Well, either way – a swill o’ ale in the city of Barrie is a MUST DO. We’ve got a few of our own breweries here and they also have tours. Check out our Brewery Tour First Date Article HERE. You can thank us later.


Whoa! We don’t think you can top this thrill! Say it with me, “Hot Air Balloon!” Whoa, right? Yup, you can go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride over Barrie! You don’t even have to go by yourself – Air Display can take 5 clients on each flight. Wouldn’t this be a great Bachelor Bonding thrill? Okay, we are going to be completely transparent – it’s a little costly BUT, it’s a once in a lifetime experience so go do it already! Check out prices HERE, or even just check out purchasing a gift certificate.


This is different – have you heard of Fibre Spirit happening August 24,th, 2019?  This one day event is dedicated to yarn, fibre and all things related to knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, needle felting and MORE! (There is actually more!) If any of those crafts interest you, then you MUST come out to this one day event. Connect with other like minded and talented individuals in Barrie.


Ever thought of writing your Will? Most people think they aren’t old enough to have their Will drawn up – but honestly – waiting doesn’t change anything. Check out Lawyer Network to find a Family Lawyer in Barrie to help you out.


What the heck is zill? Well what a shocker! Found out that it’s those little cymbals that belly dancers clink when they are dancing. Mind blown! Ever thought of taking Belly Dancing lessons? Check out Body Language Studio for times and pricing. BTW, our favourite song to Belly Dance to at Barrie Uncovered is Shik Shak Shok! True fact!

WOOT WOOT!  I think we did it! Did we forget any rhyming words?  Just call us, Barrie, I am.  “Cause WE ARE!

Written by Sharon Johnston | Images by Stephen Elliot

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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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

Check Here For An Updated List of Things To Do In Barrie This Weekend


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.


Have an event coming up you’d like to promote? We want to help you! Reach out to us or send a FB msg directly to our page and we may post it!

Hey, Wasaga Beach Go-ers! Stop in Barrie

As a local in Barrie, life changes with the weather.  In Winter, we have all the skiers, ice fishers and snow tubers.  (Is a snow tuber a potato?)  In Summer, we have the Wasaga Beach goers who fill up the 400, fill up Bayfield and basically just drive thru Barrie.  Well, we have a word for you, STOP!  No, really.  Stop in Barrie.  C’mon! (please?)

Barrie is more than a drive thru

Anything Wasaga can do, Barrie can do better!  Barrie can do anything better than you!

No, you can’t.

Yes, we can. No, you can’t.

Yes, we can,

Yes, we can!

(you’ll be singing that for the rest of the day) So let us ask you this – are you looking for beaches?  We’ve got 4 major ones!  We’ll tell you a secret – most people travelling through Barrie only check out Centennial Park Beach, Allandale Station Park Beach and Minet’s Point Beach. 

Awesome fun in Barrie!

Us locals go to Johnson’s Beach.  You’ll find Johnson’s Beach just south of Blake Street and Johnson Street.  It isn’t that far from downtown, just a 5-minute drive.  Why would you want to check out Johnson’s Beach?  Less crowded, for one.  Secondly, it’s walking distance from a No Frills.  Maybe you just want to stop on your way to Wasaga and the kids need a snack.  Johnson’s Beach is the perfect spot to win with a twofer. 

Why should I stop in Barrie?

You’ve probably just got off the biggest parking lot ever – the 400.  Summer driving on the 400 can be rough.  By the time you are getting off that Bayfield Exit to head to Wasaga Beach, you still have a 30-minute drive in front of you.  As well, you are probably going to be driving single file all the way into Wasaga because chances are, if you are on the highway getting off on Bayfield – you aren’t a local Barrie driver. (we stay away from the highway on weekends) So you are part of the single file crowd.  Here’s our best suggestion for you – STOP in Barrie!  Let’s take care of 3 issues for you, so you know where to stop.

Feed the Hungry Monster in Barrie!

Surely, you know what the Hungry Monster is?  There is a very fine line between nice and naughty.  The Hungry Monster defines this line.  In our past experience, it’s not just a kid thing.  There are a few grownups out there who have the Hungry Monster Approach and need to be fed to keep it in line.  (*cough *cough *my *hubby *cough) Are you looking for brunch?  Click over here to see the Best Brunch in Barrie.  Barrie Uncovered has put together some of the best spots to have brunch.  Each place is just a short drive from hwy 400 and not out of your way.  If you don’t really want to get off of Bayfield then we would suggest that you try TBH, The Breakfast House.  Once you get off the 400, keep your eyes peeled to the right-hand side for it.  Oh, and one more place that you just can’t pass up – Dunlop Street Diner

Barrie Uncovered did an awesome spotlight on Amanda Rider, the head chef from Dunlop Street Diner.  Conveniently right on the main strip, Dunlop Street in Barrie, go get some great food!

If you are looking to eat some healthy food in Barrie – we got you covered!  Click HERE and see what we have to say about a couple of great healthy restaurants while you are here.

Stop for beer at Flying Monkeys

What?  You didn’t know that Flying Monkeys was made in Barrie? Did you know that Barnstormer Brewery and Distilling Co. is in Barrie, too?  What?  Hit up the LINK and we’ll tell you about the Brewery Tours you can go on and maybe even make a date of it! Let us tell you this tho….Flying Monkeys is quite the experience and the food is great!

Stop for great local music!

You also want to make sure that you check out our Entertainment in Barrie. We always keep you updated on the who and where.  Check out the link to find the most updated happenings and goings on for live music and events in Barrie!

Are you convinced?

We really want you Wasaga Beach Campers to stop in Barrie and check us out!  We’ve got it all and more!  And in case you didn’t hear it the first time, just let us say….

Anything Wasaga can do, Barrie can do better!  Barrie can do anything better than you! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!

Written by: Sharon Johnston | Images by: Stephen Elliot