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Things To Do in Simcoe County This Spring

With the chiming of morning birds and the long-lasting sunshine, it is safe to say that spring is officially here! The mild weather is enough to make everyone eager to get out and enjoy what our beautiful Simcoe County has to offer. So grab your most colourful spring jacket and check out all the fun-filled events in your community this season.


Southern Georgian Bay Farmer’s Market

When: Every Sunday from 9am-1pm

Where: Huronia Museum

Southern Georgian Bay Farmers' Markets has returned for 2017.   The market is held at the Huronia Museum every Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all winter and spring. Vendors move to the summer location on May 24. Southern Georgian Bay Farmers Markets features farm fresh fare and hand made products from artisans and farmers local to Simcoe County.


Jokebox Comedy Lounge

When: March 24th @7pm
Where: Lot 102

Come and check out this comedic variety show consisting of local and out of town talent, including acts of Stand Up, Sketch, Improv, Musical Comedy and more! Enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner at Lot 102 including: Maple Chipotle glazed Salmon, Chicken in a mushroom sauce, roasted potatoes, rice pilaf, sautéed veg, mixed greens salad and fresh buns! Doors open at 7:00pm with dinner starting at 7:30pm and the show at 8:30pm. Tickets are just $40/person and are available online through Snapd Midland Penetang or in person at LOT 102!


Mayor’s March MUDness Obstacle Run

When: March 25th
Where: Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park

Join Mayor Gerry Marshall at the 2nd Annual March MUDness event at Parc Rotary Champlain Wendat Park! This 10 Obstacle, 5 KM fun run is comparable to the popular “Warrior Dash” and “Tough Mudder” events and is in support of the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation! Participants are asked to pay the minimum registration fee and if possible, ask for pledges, sponsorship and donations for the GBGH Foundation!  The 2016 event raised an astonishing $40,000!!


Sweetwater Harvest Festival

When: March 25th – 26th
Where: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Escape to a time when maple syrup was made over an open fire, experience our history and explore nature at its best. The Sweetwater Harvest festival celebrates the history of maple syrup, and the role it plays in our cultural and natural heritage. But there much more to this festival than the sugar shacks and taffy tastings. There are birds of prey and reptile/amphibian talks; wilderness survival, cooking and woodcarving demos; and of course chickadee feeding.


Maple Fool’s Day at the Barrie Farmers’ Market

When: April 1st from 8:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Barrie City Hall Rotunda

Get a taste of everything maple at the Barrie Farmers’ Market on April 1st. Pick up bottles of local sweetness from Carter’s Maple Syrup and Williams Farm, enjoy all sorts of maple treats, and get inspiration for savory maple dishes. Admission is free for this event!


Mayors’ Mac & Cheese Fundraising Dinner

When: April 3rd
Where: Lot 102

Enjoy an evening of great entertainment, comfort food, and "rub elbows" with our local area Mayors at the annual Mayors Mac & Cheese Fundraising Dinner presented by We Are the Villagers. Dinner will be served a Lot 102, with 3 seating times available:  4:30pm, 5:45pm, and 7pm.  Advanced tickets available to purchase at WATV office (486 Hugel Ave.), Ciboulette et Cie (248 King St.), or Lot 102.  Tickets are $20/adult, and $10/child.   


24th Annual Simcoe Spring Home & Cottage Show

When: April 7th – April 9th
Where: Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Orillia

A fantastic selection of home & cottage products and services! Over $5,000 in door prizes! Admission is only $3.00 with children 12 and under being completely free!


Downtown Midland Chocolate Giveaway

When: April 8th from 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Downtown Midland

Come and visit Buster the BIA Bunny in Beautiful Downtown Midland! Buster will be handing out chocolates and taking photos from 11am-12pm, making a stop at the Midland Public Library at 11:45am. There will also be some fun activities going on all morning at the Midland Public Library including sensory crafts, an egg tower challenge and a wobbly egg relay. A great family friendly event!


15th Annual GIANT Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 8th & 9th and April 14th & 15th
Where: Rounds Ranch

Join the Easter Bunny and all his barnyard friends at Rounds Ranch for the Annual Giant Easter Egg Hunt! Hop along any of the 5 family friendly trails, including the new glow in the dark egg hunt trail. Other activities include a craft area, face painting, petting zoo, barrel train cars, slides, zip lines, pedal cart racetrack, and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny!


Chappell Farms Spring Festival

When: April 8th – 16th
Where: Chappell Farms, Barrie

The ultimate way to enjoy spring is at the Spring Festival at Chappell Farms! A number of events run throughout this festival including a candy hunt at the top of every hour, visits with baby animals, family friendly games, free face painting and more. Fun for the whole family!


Downtown Orillia Great Easter Egg Hunt!

When: April 15th
Where: Downtown Orillia from 9:30am – 12:00pm

Bring your kids downtown in search of colourful Easter eggs hidden throughout Downtown Orillia plus find the Golden Egg and win a prize! Trade your eggs in for chocolates donated by Apple Annie’s at the egg exchange at the historic Opera House. Meet the Easter Bunny and have your face painted. Don’t forget to enter the Downtown Colouring Contest for a chance to win an Easter prize pack. A perfect Easter event!


Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival

When: April 29th from 8:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Downtown Elmvale

Every year the sleepy town of Elmvale explodes in a celebration of Nature’s rites of Spring – the running of liquid gold – Ontario’s Pure Maple Syrup. The town transforms into a shoppers’ mall. Vendors line the streets with offerings of maple syrup, food galore, book sales, collectible sales among other country treasures. Don’t miss the sugar shack at the east end of town where you can get information, directions, and tickets for the bus to the sugarbush tours.


We Walk the Line

When: May 6th
Where: Midland Cultural Centre

We Walk the Line is a true Johnny Cash experience that celebrates the music and lives of “The Man in Black” and his fun-loving wife, June Carter. The concert covers the entire career of Johnny Cash from the 1950’s at Sun Records to 2003 with the American Recordings label and includes some of Johnny’s biggest hits. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $26 or $28 for balcony seats plus services fees.


Marsh by Moonlight

When: May 6th – May 27th

Where: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

The Marsh by Moonlight Paddle Series features a guided canoe tour through the sparkling moonlight waters of the Wye Marsh. Twinkling canoes and boardwalk, night noises, some yummy bannock and lots of laughs will make for a few spectacular photo-ops and an unforgettable night! Connect with nature and enjoy this unique and different perspective of the marsh.

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Midland Mandarin MS Walk

When: May 7th @10am
Where: North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre

MS Walk brings more than 30,000 incredible Canadians together in more than 125 communities to walk and fundraise to end Canada’s disease: multiple sclerosis. This inspirational event is a time of community celebration among those who are in some way affected by MS, and a way to show support in the fight to end the disease. Check-in opens at 8:30am and the walk begins at 10am. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, visit or contact Laura Downing at 705-733-0488.



When: May 18th – May 21st  
Where: Port McNicoll

Portarama is a weekend-long festival in Port McNicoll that aims to provide the community with an annual family oriented celebration and includes a number of events and activities. Within the list of activities includes a Portarama parade, a BBQ, a youth and adult dance, a horseshoe tournament, a pancake breakfast, fireworks, and a number of family-oriented games. Be sure to come out and enjoy the fun!


Barrie Waterfront Festival

When: May 26th – May 28th
Where: Heritage Park, Downtown Barrie

Come out to the 13th Annual Barrie Waterfront festival to experience a line-up of live bands from a variety of genres. There will also be free outdoor entertainment that includes street buskers, a midway with rides, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats, contests and food trucks. Don’t miss this great family weekend – eat, drink and have fun while sharing in Barrie’s terrific community spirit.