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21 Things To Do this Spring in Barrie


 Spring 2019 offer a full slate of events and activities jammed with music, art and outdoor bashes.

The Waterfront festival, opening day for the Barrie Baycats and the return of the outdoor farmers market are staples of the season in Barrie. And newcomers like Art Battle and Escape rooms are cause for joy.

Scroll on for some of the many ways you can enjoy spring in the city by the lake! Click on the name of each to learn more.


ART BATTLE – A first time event in Barrie, this artistic battle royale takes over the Five Points Theatre on April 13th. You can literally watch the paint fly as competing artists vie for the crown, which is voted on by attendees. All paintings created are available via silent auction at the event. 50% of the proceeds from the silent auction will go towards The City of Barrie Cultural Grants fund and 50% paid to the artist.

FREE MOVIE @ THE UPTOWN THEATRE FOR NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY – The Barrie Film Festival hosts a free screening of You Are Here to celebrate Canadian cinema. The documentary tells the story of the people of Gander, Newfoundland coming together to help the over 6000 American passengers who were stranded on the Rock after 9/11.

FRIDAY FLICKS @ LIBRARY – Speaking of movies, keep in mind that the Barrie Public library has free family friendly movies every Friday in Spring and year round.

BARRIE COMIC CON – Get your geek on at the East Bayfield centre. Vendors will be selling comic books, new & vintage toys, jewelry, DVD’s, and a variety of other awesome geek stuff! 12 and under are free.

STARS COME OUT @ TBTB – Theatre By The Bay presents this all-star show. Packed with song, music and dance performed by talented regional and local acts.

SPRING ART TOUR – Self-guided tour to visit the studios and galleries of local artists.

THE MACLAREN BLACK TIE GALAAn entertaining and high energy evening with food, great music, and auction prizes.

TIFT – MUSIC FOR THE CHANGING VOICE – Talk is Free Theatre rolls out it’s second spring show called Music For The Changing Voice



BAYCATS OPENER – The boys of summer are back on May 18th.

TAKE A HIKELiterally! Shake off the winter pounds in and around area trails.

GEORGIAN COLLEGE AUTO SHOW – It’s one of the largest outdoor auto shows in the country.

WATERFRONT FESTIVALThe annual celebration of Barrie’s waterfront takes over Centennial beach with free concerts and a midway.

FARMERS MARKET – The delicious and locally grown goodies direct from Barrie’s farms come out of the confines of City Hall on the first Saturday in May.


LOBSTERFEST 2019Lobsters. Beer. Outdoors, ‘Nuff Said.

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.

CONCERTS – Whether it’s an energizing night at the Foxx Lounge, or a trip the BMC, there’s plenty of concerts coming to Barrie.

COMEDY And speaking of the Foxx, keep in mind they have comedy every Tuesday through Spring.

YOGA – 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 TOURKids can get a tour of the local fire hall and museum.

FOCUS ON SIMCOEAnnual photography festival matching local photographers with businesses.

RECORD STORE DAY – Both Sunrise Records at Bayfield Mall and BJ’s on Clapperton take part in the annual international celebration of Vinyl.


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