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10 Things To Do This August

10 Things To Do This August

10 Things To Do This August

Summer’s third chapter is here, and with it comes a tenner’s worth of cool events around the area!

Scroll on for 10 things to check out in and around Barrie this month…

Coldwater Steampunk Festival

Coldwater host the 12th annual in-town, in-person steampunk adventure. This year’s theme takes creative spirits on a trip to iconic cities. Steampunk Passport provided.  Think Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and more!  Costumes encouraged but not required.

Art instillations and exhibits are scattered throughout the Village on the River.

In Town Events include:

  • Selfie Stations
  • Steampunk Bicycle Rickshaw
  • The Wonderful Time Machine
  • Scavenger Hunts

Outdoor Movies

Bring a lawnchair and the kiddos and take in a movie under the stars. The BIA hosts flicks at Meridian Place every Wednesday, while Park Place has showings in front of X-Play every other Tuesday.

A Scandal For All Seasons

Theatre By The Bay’s latest production comes to the Five Points Theatre August 10th to the 21st.

Appropriately enough for an election year, A Scandal For All Seasons is a farcical yarn that follows two Barrie socialites, Auggie and Doris, who engage in a “battle of the bulge” over the sexy, progressive Mayor of Barrie, Biff Worthington. 

Get tickets on their website.

Boots & Hearts

Canada’s biggest camping and western music festival is back at Burl’s Creek August 4th – 7th.

Shania Twain headlines this year’s shows, with the emerging artist showcase, after dark EMD party and midway to keep you entertained throughout the weekend.

10 Things To Do This August

Dragon Boat Festival

Speaking of festivals, the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival happens Augusts 20th.

Hosted by the library, the annual race has raised over $2 million for a variety of local charities including supporting the Barrie Public Library.

Orillia Rib Fest

Ribs, live music, booze and more summertime staples take over Tudhope Park in the last week of the month.

Enjoy award winning, authentic southern BBQ and classic festival treats, as well as plenty of craft beer.

Live Music

The Queens is jammed with acts from across the region, and the country, every week. To say nothing of the killer lineup of music festivals and concerts returning to the area.

Donaleigh’s, North Country BBQ, Flying Monkey’s, Alliance Billiards and Perfect SZN are also host to acoustic performances through the week this month.

And if you’re looking for even more music from the local scene, be sure to hit up our collection of playlists.

Patios, Pints & Brewery Tours

We know you have likely already been on a patio or two. But for the uninitiated, a cold craft beer on a blistering summer day is an experience you simply must undertake this year.

Downtown boasts a bevy of choices, but there are plenty of options outside the city’s core.

Furthermore, you can take a tour of the beer making facilities at Flying Monkey’s and Redline Brewhouse.

Barrie Fair

The Essa Agriplex plays host to the Barrie Fair Aug. 25th – 28th.

Loads of exhibits, games, food trucks and shows are in store, and there is plenty of parking on site.

Hit A Splash Pad

Water infused parks are the perfect escape with the famjam on a hot day, especially if you don’t access to a pool or the beach. And luckily, Barrie and the surrounding areas are…swimming…(we’ll pause while you groan) with aqua fountain options.

In Barrie, both Heritage Park and Lampman are active. Lampman in particular is a prime destination for warm weather fun; this full-service park features basketball and tennis courts, a baseball diamond, skate park, playground, and a gazebo.

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