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5 Things To Do This Spring in Barrie

5 Things To Do This Spring in Barrie

Spring has sprung (yeah, we know…you heard that pun about 700 times already) and with it, a merciful end to the longest winter in history.

And while things are far from back to normal, the warmer climes at least mean we can give Netflix a rest and escape outside.

We’ve collected a list of 5 Things To Do in Barrie this season! And keep in mind that if you have an event coming up, we have an event calendar to fill! So let us know and we will add it!

PATIOS, PATIOS, PATIOS

Like you needed any more incentive to get on to outside dining. Capacity limits are going up (yay!) and the range of cool patios in Barrie make for a fantastic afternoon/evening out. Downtown, you’ve got the stalwarts; Donaleigh’s, Kenzington, Flying Monkey’s. And to the south you’ve got newer additions like Steyn House and Jack Astor’s.

PODCAST IT UP

If hanging on your own patio is on your list for this season, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.

True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.

Comedy fans will get a kick out of local Yike’s Sketch Troupe alums in the Dilemma Dudes pod, exploring topics like “should you expose your friend’s cheating husband?”

Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.

GET EDUMACATED

“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.

Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes, including online learning.

There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.

TAKE A HIKE

Not literally. Well actually, yes literally in the sense of hiking outdoors as opposed to the insult.

The greens and the temperatures are the perfect combo to take advantage of the plethora of wooded walks in and around Barrie. If hiking isn’t your thing, picnics or reading in the parks will fill your outdoor recharge quota.

HIT THE FARMER’S MARKET OR GET A FROSTY DRINK

The Farmer’s Market will welcome back the outdoor portion of their year in May, meaning all the fruit and veggies from the local farmers will be at your fingertips under the glowing sun. In addition to the food and vendors, there’s live music (restrictions permitting)

And when the heat gets high enough, be sure to cruise by Swirleez and/or Ripe Juicery (among others) for a frosty smoothie or frozen yogurt.

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Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

As we hurtle to the holidays, things to do around town become distinctly more festive. We’ve already got a great selection of drive through and walk through events, happening around Barrie. But this weekend there’s also some fun non Xmas related occurrences. Of course, we are always on the lookout for cool, local events, and if you are involved in one, let us know! We can post it to our events calendar.

Weekend Happenings: 3 Things To Try

Cornhole Tournament @ The Kage

Barrie Cornhole League has put together a two day event this Saturday and Sunday. Specifically, this is a special event to recognize men’s health through the Movember fundraiser.

The event includes competitive doubles, a blind draw, mixed doubles, recreational doubles and a live DJ

It’s a pre- registration event, and you can sign up here. Be sure to also check out the Kage’s baseball training facilities when you’re there!

BCC PAINT NIGHT

The Barrie Curling Club isn’t just for curling…at least this weekend. On Saturday night the club converts into an art gallery. It’s called Winter Work of Art, and anyone wanting to take part, can have their portraits included. Tickets are $40 each, and includes all supplies. The painting gets started at 7pm.

Keep in mind that the curling club is open during Covid, for rentals and league play. And their kitchen serves food for dine and takeout.


Hit the Farmer’s Market

Finally, make it a mission as we head closer to the holidays to incorporate some local into your shopping lists. The long winter is coming, and many of our smaller backyard businesses are going to be hit hard by restrictions and lockdowns.

You can start with a trip to the Barrie Farmer’s market, happening at City Hall on Saturday mornings. With over a dozen providers, you can help support local vendors and artisans and find some of the freshest produce and food in the region. Keep in mind they offer pre-ordering and pickup if you prefer!

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3 Things to Check Out This Weekend

As hard as it is to believe, it’s already mid-October. Before you know it the snow will be flying, a walk to the store with the kids will require hours of gearing up, and we’ll be cursing the fact we don’t live in Tahiti.

But we’re not there yet! So get out in the vibrant fall colours and enjoy the fact that we can still take a stroll sans snow pants.

Here’s a trio of ideas to liven up your weekend.

3 Things to Check Out This Weekend

Coding for Kids @ Code Ninjas

If you have any advanced level gamers in the house, you might consider taking them to Code Ninjas. It’s a coding center for kids ages 7-14, where they can build video games and learn to code. Offering both drop in learning, and ongoing programs, this weekend they are hosting a virtual event. Hit up the links here to enroll online.

Weekend Comics And Cartooning Workshop

Happening on Saturday at the Drawing House, this is a chance for the kids to learn the trade secrets of cartoonists and comic writers! Each participant will learn how to construct characters. If your child likes to draw cartoons, or just have fun drawing, this might be the course for them.

Pumpkin Patching

The countdown to Halloween is on (even if there won’t be any trick or treating) so you’re duty bound to grab some pumpkins to spruce up the front porch. Luckily, Barrie has loads of local options to pick your own.

Round’s Ranch is full of activities to keep the kids engaged before and after selecting your Jack O’Lantern, including ziplines, giant jumping pillows, corn cannons, and a multitude of mazes.

There’s also Chappel Farms (with mazes and animal feeding) Drysdale’s (train rides and face painting) and Barrie Hill Farms, all within a 30 minute drive. And don’t forget about the Farmer’s Market, with a great selection of pumpkin related food fare from all of the local farms.

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5 Things To Do in Barrie in September

5 Things To Do in Barrie in September

Enjoy Summer’s Last Gasp

Although this summer has been…unique (to say the least) we’ve been fortunate enough to have lots of socially distant events to round out the past month.

Live music returned, the libraries opened up. We even got pro sports back on TV.

And as the leaves change colour, and the nights get a little cooler, there are still plenty of summer themed experiences to be had.

Read on for 5 Things to check out in our last month of summer.

5 Things To Do in Barrie in September

Hit the Farmers Market

There is at least another month of outdoor marketing to enjoy. Packed with a wide range of fresh seasonal produce from local vendors, it’s the absolute best place to stock up on your weekend. Happening Saturdays from 8am – 12pm, right behind city hall in the parking lot.

Take In Live Music

The huge scale concerts might be in dry dock for the rest of the year, but there is are actual, honest to goodness gigs happening across town this month!

Donaleigh’s, the Queen’s, North Country BBQ, the Bull and Barrel and Common Good cafe have all rolled out solo artists and bands to accompany your food and drinks in recent weeks. Considering how fluid the pandemic lockdown regulations could be in the fall, getting out to see a show is a luxury you should not pass up. And you can find a full list of gigs in Barrie every week right here!

Play Online Bingo

Students at Georgian can get the full college experience this month…by competing in online Bingo! Seriously… it’s a thing.

Hosted by LadyVenom on Wed Sept 23 @ 7pm! 

There’s a chance to win one of eight $25 Walmart digital gift cards. There are limited spots, so if you’re interested in dabbing digitally, sign up soon via this link 👉https://linktr.ee/GCSA_barrie

Try Meditation!

If ever there was a year when finding inner peace was a priority…it’s this year.

Barrie Pride and Jampa Ling Buddist Centre are hosting a free guided introduction to meditation in the park. Happening September 19th at 10am.

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4 Signs of Summer (ish) in Barrie

4 Signs of Summer (ish) in Barrie

Although social distancing remains in place and the chance of a second wave remains…there are a few  signs that Barrie is slowly edging towards a bit of a summer.

While we’re going to miss warm weather staples like Kempenfest, the outdoor movie series and Boots & Hearts, but there are still some familiar sights of summer we can take comfort in right now.

 

4 Signs of Summer (ish) in Barrie

 

Ice cream trucks and frozen yogurt spots are serving up all over town

There certainly won’t be many food trucks rolling around as last season, but keep your ears peeled for the telltale music of ice cream trucks cruising the neighbourhoods in the weeks ahead, as some are out and about. And destination for icy treats, like Kawartha Dairy and Swirleez, are open.

 

 

The Farmer’s Market is Open For Pickup

The local vendors list is growing every week, and you can place orders online to ensure your locally grown and made items are ready for for pickup on Saturdays.

 

Basketball and Tennis courts have reopened

Golf courses, tennis courts, park amenities, basketball courts, and some off-leash dog parks are all open again, so you have the go-ahead to safely make the most of them. Keep in mind that many public washrooms are still closed.

 

Campgrounds are gearing up visitors

Restrictions were lifted on some daytime activities at camp sites in Ontario earlier in May. And that could extend to overnight visitors as soon as next month. Camping may in fact be the perfect social distance summer activity!

 

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