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3 Things To Do This Weekend in Barrie

3 Things To Do This Weekend in Barrie

October’s first hurrah arrives today…yes, we’re almost done with 2020.

Despite the battering we have all taken since March, weekends still hold a special place in the week to relax and replenish. And the Friday – Saturday break this week offers plenty of fun distractions. Read on for more! And if you have a socially distant event you’d like to publicize, let us know! We can add it to our events calendar.

3 Things To Do This Weekend in Barrie

The Barrie Film Festival

The festival actually kicks off tonight, and runs through to Sunday. It’s a scaled down event, happening at Sunset drive in with feature films each night. On Saturday, the short film showcase is on deck, featuring short movies from local filmmakers and the annual awards.

Oktoberfest @ Redline

You didn’t think a pandemic would stop the Oktoberfest, did you?

Redline’s annual tribute to Bavarian beers is a dual inside and outside event, complete with games, live music and of course, beer and food! Taylor Abram be performing at 6pm, and they’ve got a Cornhole Tournament happening in the parking lot.

Redline’s annual German inspired lager, Festbier also makes it’s return. It all kicks off on Saturday at 11am.

Live Music

The gigs, they are a happenin;.

North Country plays host to live tunes Thursday – Saturday, including country talent Rob Watts and Dean James. Over at Donaleigh’s the High Drives and Those Handsome Hooligans take the stage on Saturday. Peasant Kings are also on the mics and guitars over at the Queen’s.

You can also hit up the Common Good Cafe for Sunday morning jams.

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7 Things to Do This Fall in Barrie

7 Things to Do This Fall in Barrie

Take In Live Music

The huge scale concerts might be in dry dock for the rest of the year. But there 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!

Hit the Barrie Film Festival

The 23rd annual festival is a scaled down version, with fewer movies and of course no galas. But the BFF has partnered with Sunset Drive In to screen a terrific selection of independent flicks over the course of four days.The festival kicks off October 1st, with the Christopher Walken led drama Percy.

Also back will be the Short Film competition, which showcases films from local directors and international productions vying for prizes.

Open Air Downtown

The Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) and The City of Barrie are collaborating to bring Open Air Dunlop to downtown Barrie!

The festivities are running September 26th for four Saturdays. Dunlop Street East between Mulcaster Street and Clapperton Street will be closed from morning until midnight to vehicle traffic. Everyone is invited to bike or walk along the street to check out the downtown’s new streetscape, visit a local patio or shop, and discover local artists and their works.

Oktoberfest

If fall happens and there isn’t an Oktoberfest, did fall actually happen?

Luckily, we don’t need to solve that philosophical dilemma this year. Redline is back and hosting a socially distanced drive thru and dine in event to celebrate German beer.

On top of the terrific line of beer, there’s a German style menu which will be available for inside dining and outside! There’s also a live band, games and the release of there new line, Festbier.

Barrie Pride Halloween Pub Crawl

Join the Pride community for a socially distanced pub crawl to some of Barrie’s best establishments. Including stops at Grillicious Gourmet Tap and Grill, McReilly’s, Hooligans, Donaleighs and North Country. Prizes for Best Rainbow Halloween costume.

Learn to Write Legends, Mysteries, and Ghost Stories

Freaky Wizard Academy presents Legends, Mysteries and Ghost Stories, a four-part creativity series for Kids aged 9 to 12 years. Create a story, a comic book, a video or podcast to share with friends and family

Kids spend four Saturday morning sessions with Freaky Wizard to learn how to design a really great concept, draw storyboards create drafts, record sounds and video, and work with others to refine your stories into a creative production.

Take A Hike

The colours, they are fine at this time of year. So grace one of the city’s many walking and hiking spots before the onset of winter. It’s the ideal time to take some family photos or shoot a few insta videos. If you want to add some Halloween-esque creep to your walk, consider checking out the abandoned Splash Canyon water park in Midhurst, or one of the old Simcoe graveyards.

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The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List

The Summer's Not Quite Done Bucket List

5 Things to Do in Barrie Before Fall Arrives

Although we tend to think of Labour day as the unofficial end of summer, technically speaking the warmest season doesn’t end until September 22nd.

And given how much time we had to spend indoors in 2020, it’s our civic duty to cram as much summer fun into these last few weeks as possible.

With that, we’ve compiled a list of activities around town to generate those summer vibes one last time.

The Summer’s Not Quite Done Bucket List

Indulge in Ice cream & Frozen Yogurt

Keep your ears peeled for the telltale music of ice cream trucks cruising the neighbourhoods, as most will be out and about until the end of the month. And eat in destinations, like Kawartha Dairy and Swirleez, are open and serving. Plan to spend a night or two after dinner with a bowl or a cone of your favourite icy treat.

Go To The Drive In

Sunset Drive In has been a God send this year; allowing cinephiles a chance to see movies on the big screen despite theatre closures. They’ll be running movies throughout the next few weeks, including new releases Tenet and Bill And Ted Face The Music!

Picnic and Patios

Sometimes the simplest activities are the most enjoyable. Grabbing some lunch and a few blankets and heading to one of the great picnic locales around Barrie may not sound like a rager. But when we are in the midst of a January blizzard (again) this winter, a relaxing picnic in the sun will seem like an afternoon in paradise.

The same applies to patios. When they are tucked away for the fall, you’re going to miss them. So go enjoy a few frosties at your favorite pub while we still can.

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Cheers to Sunny Days! We are extremely happy to announce that we will be opening our patio on Friday June 12th. 🍻Patio will be open everyday 11 am – 9 pm, weather permitting. Guests will not be allowed to dine inside. 🍻We will not be taking reservations. Outdoor seating will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Stop in and add your name to the wait list. We will call you when your table is ready. Please avoid waiting for your table in front of the Brewpub or patio. 🍻Parties are limited up to five people per table. Do not move or join tables together. The tables are set up in a specific manner to follow proper social distancing guidelines. 🍻We ask that you limit your stay to no more than 1 1/2 hours to ensure everyone looking to dine with us have the opportunity to do so. 🍻We will continue to offer takeout of our menu for pick up from the Brewery or delivery through SkipTheDishes. 🍻Our Retail Bottle Shop is open everyday from 11 am – 9 pm as well. 🍻We will continue to offer same day beer deliveries to all Barrie/Innisfil residents. Order online before noon for same day delivery. 🍻If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We understand that these new guidelines can be limiting and confusing but we appreciate your cooperation and kindness through these times. 🍻Thank you again to everyone for your support. We have missed you. We look forward to seeing all our Barnstormer friends and making new ones❤️

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Hit The Lake and Splash Pads

It won’t be long until the waters of Lake Simcoe are too chilly to even wade up to your knees in. So dive in (while keeping your social distance)

Lifeguards will be in place at the major beaches. And while there is no barbecuing permitted, you could incorporate picnicking and some ice cream into the day and make it into a warm weather trifecta.

If swimming isn’t your thing, Happy Paddling will be doing Kayak and Canoe rentals until the end of today. And most of the big box stores will have deals on inflatable boats as they clear out the summer stock.

The splash pads at Lampman and Heritage park are both running as well if the beach isn’t your bag.

Take a Hike, Ride a Bike

A stroll through the city’s great walking paths is another easy outing. Hit up the forest covered trails of Ardagh bluffs or head to Sunnidale Park, if you are in need of a nature connection. Grabbing a few pics for your insta at The Sunnidale Arboretum ( a nature photographer’s dream – with the immense variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers) is another idea to capture summer.

And don’t let the bike sit in the garage! Even if you haven’t travailed the city’s cycling lanes this year, get the rubber on the road and take a spin along the beach.

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Small Road Trip To The Sun (Flowers That Is)

Looking for a road trip of sorts, we are only talking about Innisfil? If you would like to see acres of Sunflowers and walk amongst them? Well, head to Edwards Farm at 1574 9 Line, Innisfil, ON L9S 3Z1. You need to go soon as the flowers only bloom for 2 to 3 weeks before they are used to produce their birdseed. So head there this weekend while you can.

Originally Edwards started growing sunflowers for their birdseed. But the rows and rows of sunflowers also known as the “Happy Flower” attracts people from all over Ontario. They come to wander through the paths cut into the fields and take in their beauty. In past years people have come from further to see these fields. Kathy who runs the shop told us a story that 5 tours busses turned up on one day last year. This year with COVID they have not been publicizing their fields to keep the crowds down. They are open though and encourage local people to come and wander through these impressive flowers. With a short flowering season for the flowers now is the time to go and see them.

While there you can shop in their Farm Store with all produce coming from their farm and local suppliers. They raise their own beef and chickens, they also sell pork and lamb supplied by local farmers. They sell free-range eggs, local honey and bakery, and much more. Their Farm Shop is open all year round.

An interesting product they sell is seeds for racing pigeons (of course picture not a pigeon) which we thought was a sport of the past. They also sell pet foods for rabbits, dogs, cats and horses.

So if you are looking for a short trip go and see the sunflowers and shop local, head to Edwards Farm you love the flowers and you can browse in their shop.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

  • Monday: 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-5pm
  • Thursday: 9am-5pm
  • Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: 9am-1pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Picnic Picks In Barrie

Find Your Outdoor Lunch Spot

As August is the Sunday of summer, it’s the perfect time to find a Sunday picnic spot around town. Luckily, Barrie is packed with outdoor dining spots! Here’s 3 great locales to host your next basket and blanket soiree…

SUNNIDALE PARK

Right in the heart of Barrie, Sunnidale Park and Arboretum is 48.6-acre of outdoor paradise to accommodate your meal. Plenty to do before and after, especially for the little ones. The Every Kids a Hero Inclusive Adventure playground was built in partnership with the Barrie professional Firefighters Association and includes a zip line. End off the day with a leisurely stroll through woodland to explore the greenery and wildlife (and to walk off those big helpings of potato salad)

LAMPMAN PARK

Still a bit of a hidden gem in north-west Barrie near the Sandy Hollow Buffer, Lampman Park boasts plenty of shady spots for your picnic needs. The remodeled playground and Splash pad were completed in 2017, with a skate park, tennis and basketball courts and open fields for recreation. Perfect for a full afternoon of outdoorsy fun.

TYNEDALE PARK

Smaller than the “big” guys like Heritage Park and Centennial, Tynedale sits at the mouth of the southern shores of Kempenfelt Bay. Being on the slighter size makes it a cozier confine for a picnic. Children can run out their sugar rush on the playground, then end off the day soaking up sun and napping along Tollendale Beach.

What did you think of our trio of Picnic Spots? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to connect with us if you have an event or business in Barrie that could benefit from getting Uncovered!

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