Festivals & Events

Local Community & Service Club Events: Visit Municipality of Lambton Shores Community Events calendar.

Major Area Festivals & Events

JANUARY

Forest Film Festival
January 16, 2017, 7:30pm, Kiwanis Kineto Theatre, 24 King St. W., Forest
kineto.ca, 519 786-3239
Movie presentation: “The Dress Maker”. Proceeds benefit Forest-Lambton Museum.

Savanna Strollers Walking Club
Wednesdays Year-Round, 9:20am, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca/walking_club.html, 519-243-1521
Savanna Strollers Walking Club meets Wednesdays at Lambton Heritage Museum.

Cross-Country Skiing & Other Activities
Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-1521
Skiing Report: ontarioparks.com/skireport. Other Activities: pinerypark.on.ca/pdf_files/active.pdf

FEBRUARY

Couples Night
February 10, 2017, King St., Forest
519-786-4728, outreach@shopforest.ca
Participating merchants host couple’s shopping experience. Special events, deals and prizes.

Pinery Family Day Weekend
February 18-20, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-8539
Learn how Pinery’s winter residents survive in winter – from tiny predators living under the snow, to winter songbirds and large awe-inspiring night-time predators like Great Horned Owls and others. Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes, toboggan and/or skates and enjoy winter! Skis and snowshoes available for rent.

Firemen’s Breakfast
February 19, 2017, Fire Hall, 4 Municipal Dr., Grand Bend
8am-11am. Kids $4. Adults $8.

Family Day Winterfest
February 20, 2017
facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com

Family Day Winter Fun
February 20, 2017, 10am-3pm, Falls Reserve Conservation Area, Benmiller
mvca.on.ca, 877-325-5722
Fun-filled day of family winter fun. FREE hot chocolate and popcorn with $10 vehicle admission. BBQ hot dogs available. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Bring snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy a family trek on park trails. Snowshoe rentals available.

Forest Film Festival
February 20, 2017, 7:30pm, Kiwanis Kineto Theatre, 24 King St. W. , Forest
kineto.ca, 519 786-3239
Movie Presentation: “The Man Who Knew Infinity”.

South Huron Winterfest
February 20, 2017, 8am–9pm, South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter
familydaywinterfest.ca, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com
See website for full listing of family-friendly events; Lions Club breakfast, free snowshoeing, public skating and more.

MARCH

Return of the Tundra Swans
March 4-26, 2017, Thedford Bog (behind Lambton Heritage Museum), Grand Bend
returnoftheswans.com, 519-243-2600
Witness thousands of swans migrating to Canada’s Arctic. Check website for daily migration updates.

Paint Ontario
March 10-April 2, 2017, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend
paintontario.com, 519-243-2600,
Juried art show, competition and sale of 200+ art pieces. Daily 11am to 5pm.

March Break Memories – Get Outdoors!
March 11-19, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-1521
Visitor Centre open daily with exhibits, indoor programming and nature documentaries. Indoor/outdoor Natural Heritage Education programs. Skiiing, snowshoeing and skating dependent on weather. Overnight stays in tent, trailer or heated Yurts.

Annual Ipperwash Maple Festival
March 18 & 19 / March 25 & 26, 2017
Ipperwash: Williamson Farms (7739 Lakeshore Rd.) / Silver Birches Campground (9537 Army Camp Rd.), Thedford: Legacy Centre, 226-520-0144
Pancake Breakfast at Legacy Centre (8:30am); Hay Wagon & Bush Tours at Silver Birches Campground (9am-3pm); Sugar Shanty Tours at Williamson Farms (9am-5pm).

Forest Film Festival
March 20, 2017, 7:30pm, Kiwanis Kineto Theatre, 24 King St. W., Forest
kineto.ca, 519 786-3239
Movie Presentation: Mystery Feature Film. Proceeds benefit Forest-Lambton Museum.

Sakihananak Niciskwewniminahk-Love Our Women Dance Performance
March 23, 2017, Kineto Theatre, Forest
Kettle & Stony Point First Nation and the Kiwanis Club of Forest proudly host the Kehewin Native Dance Theatre and youth from the Kehewin First Nation and Saddle Lake First Nations from Alberta in a very special dance performance to raise awareness of the issue of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Advance tickets available from Forest Florist (1 Victoria St., Forest, 519-786-2339) and Flowers with Fair (26 King St. W., Forest, 519-786-5905) for $7. Rush seats $10.

APRIL

Eggstravaganza, Easter Egg Hunt
April 15, 2017, Bluewater Community Centre, Zurich
519-236-9908

Easter in the Park
April 15, 2017, Rotary Civic Park, Forest
shopforest.ca, 226-520-0144, outreach@shopforest.ca
10am Easter egg hunt with Kids; “Egg Scramble” starting at 10:30am.

Lioness’ Easter in the Park

April 15, 2017, 10:30am, Morrison Dam – ABCA Office, Exeter
519-235-1409 (Cathy), cade@hay.net
You must register for this event ($2 per child)! Every child leaves with a goodie bag and is entered to win prizes! Registered at the Exeter Library.

Bayfield Lions Home & Garden Show
April 28-30, 2017, Bayfield Arena, Bayfield
bayfieldlions.ca, 519.565.2894
Showcase of local landscaping, nurseries, home improvement/renovation suppliers and contractors, personal health, pest control, travel, insurance, real estate and more. Free admission.

Fish Fry
April 28, 2017, 5-8pm, Bluewater Community Centre, Zurich
519-236-9908
Annual ticketed event presented by Zurich Lions Club offers fish fry dinner and silent auction.

Pedal & Paws for PinerySORRY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

April 30, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypPark.on.ca/pedal_pinery.html, 519-243-1521, fopp@oxford.net
Bike/Walk fundraiser for accessibility improvements in the Park. Noon registration.

MAY

Arts, Eats & Beats Studio Tour – “The Stars Come Out”
May 5-7, 2017, Multiple locations, Grand Bend & Port Franks
grandbendstudiotour.com, 519-238-1472, gbaillie@isp.ca
Art, food and music. Event features 34+ artists. Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm.

Morrison Dam Fishing Derby
May 6, 2017, 8am-Noon, Morrison Dam Reservoir, Exeter
abca.on.ca, 1-888-286-2610
Annual Exeter Lions Club Trout Fishing Derby is a family-friendly event.

Pinery Antique Flea Market
Sundays May 7 to October 8, 2017
pineryantiquefleamarket.com, 519-238-8382, info@pineryantiquefleamarket.com
Outdoor market with over 200 vendors.

Made in Lambton – 150 Years of Lambton County Quilts
May 13 to September 30, 2017, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend
lambtonmuseums.ca, 519-243-2600, heritage.museum@county-lambton.on.ca
“150 Years of Lambton County Quilts” Exhibition features Lambton manufacturing.

Beer, Wine & Food Festival
May 13, 2017, Bayfield Arena, Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com
An exciting opportunity to sample Ontario craft beer, local wine and sample local restaurant fare!

Bayfield Flea Market
Every Sunday May 14 to October 8, 2017, Noon-4pm, Agricultural Park, Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com

Bayfield Farmers’ Market
Fridays, May 19 to October 6, 2017, 3pm-7pm, Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield
bayfieldfarmersmarket.com, 519-275-0781, bayfieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com
Local fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items.

Spring Blowout
May 19-20, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Three days of Canada’s quickest bracket and bike/sled racing. See amazing, ground-shaking jet trains.

World Turtle Day Fundraiser
May 19, 2017, 3-7pm, Bayfield Farmer’s Market, Can Gregor Square, Bayfield
May 20, 2017, 8am-1pm, Goderich Farmer’s Market, Goderich
May 21, 2017, 8am-4pm, Pinery Antique Flea Farmer’s Market, Grand Bend
hsc.huronstewardship.ca, 705-350-1015, mullenjory@gmail.com (Jory)
Fundraiser for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Display with live native turtles and snakes (some for hands-on!). Original artwork for sale painted by the native turtles and snakes. Educational materials.

Dashwood Community Yard Sale & Firefighter’s Breakfast
May 20, 2017, 7am–11am, Dashwood Community Centre, Dashwood
519-777-3407 (Darlene O’Rourke)
Town-wide yard sale after you fill-up on a delicious breakfast served by local firefighters.

Migration Weekend
May 20-22, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-8574, fopp@oxford.net
Expert local birders and park naturalists give guided bird hikes. Witness bird banding in action at the Visitor Centre.

Bayfield Optimists Rubber Duck Race
May 21, 2017, Bayfield South Pier, Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com
Who’s Rubber Duckie will win the race? This event is held in the Bayfield Marina, great prizes to be won!

Bayfield Lions Breakfast
May 21, 2017, 8am to Noon, Bayfield Arena, Bayfield
bayfieldlions.ca, villageofbayfield.com, 519-565-5170
Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Bayfield Arena and help support the Lions Club!

Grand Bend Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, May 24 to October 14, 2017, 8am-1pm, The Colonial parking lot, Grand Bend
grandbendfarmersmarket.ca, 226-520-0144
Local fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items.

Exeter Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, May 25 to October 5, 2017, 2pm-6pm, beside Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, Exeter
facebook.com/exeterfarmersmarket, 519-870-8213, manager@exeterfarmersmarket.ca
Local fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items.

Forest Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

Fridays, May 26 to October 13, 2017, 8am-1pm, King St., Forest
forestfarmersmarket@gmail.com, 226-520-0144
Local fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items.

The Back Door Sales event
May 26, 2017, King St., Forest
shopforest.ca, 705-344-5862
Participating businesses hosting sales during the Lambton Film & Food Festival weekend.

Friday Ladies Night Out
May 26, 2017, 4pm–10pm, Exeter
facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com
Sip, shop & socialize while you get VIP treatment with prizes, food and extended shopping hours.

Lambton Film & Food Festival
May 26-28, 2017, King St., Forest
lambtonfilmandfood.com, 519-786-5070
Festival combines film, food and local producers. Check website for full listings. 

Hensall Village Wide Yard Sale & Fireman’s Breakfast
May 20, 2017
Town-wide yard sale after you fill-up on a delicious breakfast served by local firefighters.

Spring Fling Day
May 27, 2017, 10am–Noon, King St., Forest
519-786-5062 , outreach@shopforest.ca
Various events: kids’ story time, farmers market, town BBQ, buskers and prize draw.

Heart & Stroke’s “Big Bike “
May 27, 2017, Main St., Grand Bend
bigbike.ca , 519-332-1415 xt. 3597, cindy.winder@heartandstroke.ca (Bike Bike Coordinator)
One bike, 30 seats, 20 minutes, 2kms. Raise funds and awareness.

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race
May 27 & 28, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

JUNE

Culture & Art Walks
First Fridays every month June to October, 5-7pm, Main St., Bayfield
Self-guided culture and art walk in historic village. Maps available at Bayfield Farmer’s Market.

Points Weekend
June 2-4, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Thunder, Junior and Extreme 32-series dragracing, including Windsor Bracket series.

Forest Kiwanis Bike Rodeo
June 3, 2016, 11am-1pm, The Shores Recreation Centre, Forest
kineto.ca, 519-786-2303
Children learn bicycle skills with obstacles and fun games. Free hot dogs & pop. Prizes.

Bayfield Village Yard Sale
June 3, 2017, 8am-11am, Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com
Visit the Village of Bayfield for the annual town wide yard sale!

Hensall Spring Fair
June 9-11, 2017, Hensall Fairgrounds, Hensall
village.hensall.on.ca
Parade, pet show, clown show, mini-tractor pull, mini-horse show, mad science show, Fire Department extrication demo.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
June 7-24, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend
draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866
Don’t miss this rollicking musical masterpiece packed with incredible dance numbers, plenty of laughter and catchy tunes set in the ancient land of Canaan.

MOPAR Canadian Superbike Series
June 9-11, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, csbk.ca, 519-238-7223
First time this national motorcycle road race series is being held in Southwestern Ontario. Will be covered by TSN!

Summer Sizzler All Bikes Event
June 16-18, 2017 – Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Canada’s biggest Harley Bash and all-bikes race weekend.

Exeter’s Town-Wide Yard Sale
June 17, 2017, 7am-2pm, Exeter
exeterisonsale.ca
Annual town-wide yard sale! Great deals on collectables, treasures and other good stuff! Having a yard sell? Tell George at gfinch@cabletv.on.ca (519-235-2099).

Huron Country Playhouse Guild Giant Annual Book Sale
June 22 & 23, 9am-5pm and June 24, 9am-3pm, 2017 – Grand Bend Legion, 20 Municipal Dr., Grand Bend
Get some summer reading books for the cottage! Book donations accepted Thursday, June 22, 9am-5pm.

North Lambton Quilters Guild Show
June 22–24, 2017, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend
lambtonmuseums.ca, 519-243-2600, 519-786-6024, heritage.museum@county-lambton.on.ca
Exhibit FREE with museum admission.

Beach Fest
June 24, 2017, Noon-Midnight, Grand Bend Main Beach
GrandBendOptimistClub.ca, 519-238-2001
Craft Beer, Wine, Cider, Food & Music on all on the beach! Advance tickets $20 (includes free parking) or $25 at the door. Sampling tickets for craft beer, cider, wine and food available to purchase at the event. Entertainment throughout the day on the Grand Band Beach Rotary Stage. Proceeds support Jessica’s House and Grand Bend Optimist Club Youth Projects.

Family Fishing Derby
June 24, 2017, 7am-11am, Falls Reserve Conservation Area, Benmiller
mvca.on.ca, 1-877-325-5722
Fish a stocked pond for the big one, trout or bass. Three age categories; some angling equipment available to borrow. Prizes available for youth.

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race
June 24 & 25, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

All Shook UP
June 28-July 16, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend
draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866
A fun-filled, feel-good ’50s musical comedy inspired by the music of Elvis Presley.

Jonas & Barry in the Home
June 28-July 15, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse II, Grand Bend
draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866
Canada’s favourite playwright, Norm Foster’s comedy about two seniors searching for friendship, love and elusive happiness at the Gateway Gardens assisted living home.

Mr. New Year’s Eve, A night with Guy Lombardo
June 28 to August 19, 2017, Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth
blythfestival.com | 1-877-862-5984
Son of Italian immigrants, Guy Lombardo was born and raised in London, Ontario, but it was his summers spent playing the bandstand in Grand Bend that honed his skills and ability to entertain that garnered him 48-years as North America’s “Mr. New Year’s Eve” on the biggest North American braodcast.

Seniors Day & Market Event
June 30, 2017, 8am-3pm, King St., Forest
shopforest.ca, 705-344-5862, outreach@shopforest.ca
Various displays and vendors.

ONDR Nostalgia Weekend
June 30-July 2, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223
Largest Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racer’s event of the year, featuring classic drag-racing vehicles from the past and Classic Car Show.

JULY

Family Fishing Week
July 1-9, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-1521
Province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing licence. Budget and family-friendly way to introduce kids to angling.

Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks
July 1, 2017, Main Beach, Grand Bend
canadadaygrandbend.ca, 519-238-2001, info@canadadaygrandbend.ca
Live music on the beach 11am-onwards, ending with fireworks at 10pm.

Canada Day Celebrations
July 1, 2017, 9am-10pm, South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter
519-228-7303 (Ian)
Family-friendly events include breakfast, car show, pet contest, free swimming, bike decorating, musical entertainment and Legion supper. Fireworks at dusk.

Summer Sunset Sounds Concerts
Sundays July 3, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017, 7pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend
summersunsetsounds.ca, 519-238-1472, info@summersunsetsounds.ca
Free music concert at sunset on the beach – all music styles.

Wednesdays’ Familiar Favourites – “Oh Canada”
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 7-9pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend
Free sunset concert on the beach. “Oh Canada, We Sing for Thee!” stars Leisa Way & The Wayward Wind Band, Nathan Smith, Bobby Prochaska, Fred Smith, Bruce Ley and Sam Cino, singing the music of Canada’s biggest stars – such as Gordon Lightfoot, Celine Dion, Paul Anka, The Nylons, Neil Young, k.d. lang and many more!

The Berlin Blues
July 5 – August 19, 2017, Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth
blythfestival.com | 1-877-862-5984
Two German developers arrive unannounced in fictional Otter Lake reserve with $164-million of international investors money and blueprints for a “Native Theme Park”. Full of absurd gags and indelible, larger-than-life characters. A slap down, drag’em out cultural appropriation comedy of the highest (and lowest) order.

Bach Music Festival of Canada
July 6-16, 2017, Exeter
bachfestival.ca, 519-235-2565 ext. 223
Bringing world-class performers to Exeter. Celebrating Canada’s 150 years with a gala concert. Youth Arts Immersion Program for ages 8 to 14-years.

Bayfield Vettefest
July 7 & 8, 2017 Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield
bayfieldvettefest.com, 519-565-2020, bcoombs@tcc.on.ca
Friday: 7pm Vette cruise. Saturday: Firemen’s Breakfast 8am-11am; all-day Corvette show.

BaconFest – Everything Bacon & Bikes
July 8, 2017, 10am-6pm, Lucan
baconfestlucan.ca, lucanbaconfest@gmail.com
Hogs and Rods Show & Shine, Bike Wash, Walking Poker Run, Bands, Beer Garden, KidZone, Food.

Kettle & Stony Point Competition PowWow
July 8 & 9, 2017, Kettle Point Park, 9226 Lake Rd., Kettle Point
kettlepoint.org, 519-786-2125, kp.powwow@live.ca
Event offers cultural experience and traditional foods. Competition PowWow, singing, dancing, arts & crafts and drum contest. Everyone welcome.

GTA Exotic Car Lapping Weekend
July 8 & 9, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, gtaexotics.ca, 519-238-7223
Take a Ferrari, Lamborghini or other exotic car for a drive. Mst be at least 16-years old.

Stratford Spectacular Weekend
July 14-16, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223
NAPA Ultimate Showdown Pro Mods, show cars and jet dragsters. Friday: qualifier events.

Pioneer Park Rummage Sale
July 14, 2017, Bayfield Arena, Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com, info@villageofbayfield.com
Vendors fill the arena for this annual sale. Arrive early and expect a line-up at this popular event!

Forest Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market
Friday, July 14, 8am-1pm, King St., Forest
forestfarmersmarket@gmail.com, 226-520-0144
Local fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items. LIVE MUSIC featured.

Bayfield Boat Parade
July 15, 2017 (rain date July 22), Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com
Visit the Village of Bayfield Marina at sunset for the third annual boat parade!

Strange Beauty: the Energy Industries of Lambton County  
July 15 – August 20, 2017, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend
lambtonmuseums.ca, 519-243-2600, heritage.museum@county-lambton.on.ca
Collection of video art by Jane Austin, a Canadian artist who has worked in sculpture, painting, photography, and drawing. Exhibit explores aspects of the modern and heritage oil industry in Lambton County. 

Million Dollar Quartet
July 19-August 5, 2017
draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866
A hit musical inspired by the legendary 1956 recording session at Sun Records in Memphis, when fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together for the first and only time.

Wednesdays’ Familiar Favourites – Seaforth Harmony Kings & Forest City Fire
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7-9pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend
Free sunset concert on the beach. The Seaforth Harmony Kings is a men’s a cappella chorus from Seaforth, singing barbershop style. The Forest City Fire a cappella Chorus offers a multi genre repertoire.

Lucky Stiff
July 20-August 5, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse II, Grand Bend
draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866
To claim a large fortune, a bachelor shoe salesman must take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on vacation and of course there’s only one hitch! A hilarious comedy that follows a dead guy who’s having the time of his life.

Tremendous Tuesday Antique Car Show
July 20, 2017, 4pm-7pm, King St., Forest
shopforest.ca, outreach@shopforest.ca
Antique and vintage car show and parade.

Exeter Sidewalk Sale Days
July 20-22, 2017, Exeter
facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com
3 days of bargains. Deals on the sidewalk, deals inside and new items.

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race
July 22 & 23, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

Huron Sound & Arts Festival
July 22, 2017, 2-11pm – MacNaughton Park, Exeter
culturalcollective.ca, cultural.collectivesh@gmail.com
Enjoy local music, artisans, food and a cash bar in the park!

Zurich Country Fair
July 28-30, 2017, Zurich Agriplex, 15 East St., Zurich
zurichcountryfair.com, zurichcountryfair@outlook.com, 519-319-8021 (Jeff)
Horse shows, baby show, elimination draw & dance, jamboree, animal displays, culinary arts, children’s displays and activities and midway.

MS Bike Tour – Grand Bend to London
July 29 & 30, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex , Grand Bend
msbiketours.ca, 1-888-510-7777
Cycle 150km from Grand Bend to London (Western University) and back again. 1,890 participants!

AUGUST

Wednesdays’ Familiar Favourites – “Broadway on the Beach”
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 7-9pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend
Free sunset concert on the beach. Thomas Alderson & Friends, with wonderful musical theatre show tunes and comedy!

Forest Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market
Friday, August 4, 8am-1pm, King St., Forest
forestfarmersmarket@gmail.com, 226-520-0144
Local fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items. Forest Community BBQ Event featured.

MOPAR Canadian Nationals
August 4-6, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Canada’s Biggest Drag Racing Event. 350+ race teams. Dragsters, Nitro Funnies, Jets, Pros, Fireworks!

Summer Sunset Sounds Concerts
Monday August 7 & Sundays, August 13, 20, 27, 2017, 7pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend
summersunsetsounds.ca, 519-238-1472, info@summersunsetsounds.ca
Free music concert at sunset on the beach – all music styles.

Celtic Roots Festival
August 7-11, 2017, Lions’ Harbour Park, Goderich
celticfestival.ca, 519-524-8221, festival@celticfestival.ca, college@celticfestival.ca
Week-long school of Celtic music, dance and crafts and art for adults and children ending with a 3-day traditional outdoor festival.

The Pigeon King
August 9 to September 23, 2017, Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth
blythfestival.com | 1-877-862-5984
For seven years, Pigeon King Arlan Gailbraith approached local farmers and neighbours asking them to invest in his pigeon racing scheme promising lucrative markets in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East only to end in brankruptcy of epic proportions and finally convicted of fraud in a Waterloo Court.

The Downs
August 9-13, 2017, Phillips Studio, 209 Dinsley St., Blyth
blythfestival.com | 1-877-862-5984
One-woman show written and performed by local artist Sheryl Scott. Received The People’s Choice Award and Sheryl Scott won the Outstanding Actress Award at the London One Act Festival in 2013. Spend some time with Millie Johnson as she spins tales about life on the farm in 1950s New Brunswick. The story of raising five girls on the farm will leave you inspired and touched.

Beauty and the Beast
August 10-September 3, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend
draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866
A terrible hex has transformed a handsome prince into a monstrous Beast, and the spell can only be broken if he finds his one true love before the last petal falls off an enchanted rose.

Exeter RAM Rodeo
August 11-13, 2017, South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter
exeterrodeo.ca, 519-235-2833, j.fields@southhuron.ca
Family-friendly rodeo celebrates agricultural heritage. Bronco riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more.

Kids Day & Market Event
August 11, 2017 11am-5pm, King St., Forest
shopforest.ca, 519-786-4728, outreach@shopforest.ca
Kid-friendly fun with free activities including train rides.

Bayfield Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale
August 11-13, 2017, Bayfield Arena, Bayfield
trinitychurch.bayfield.on.ca, 519-565-2974
Prestigious dealers, refreshments & live entertainment. Tickets at the door.

Firemen’s Breakfast & Community Yard Sale
August 12, 2017, Zurich
municipalityofbluewater.ca, 519-239-4351 ext. 223

Racer 5 Motorcycle Training Weekend
August 12 & 13, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
racer5.ca, grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223
Fast track your riding skills with the Racer 5 multi-stage motorcycle handling and racing courses. We train riders of all skills, from introductory to race levels.

Wednesdays’ Familiar Favourites – “Second Wind”
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7-9pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend
Free sunset concert on the beach. Second Wind is back by popular demand, this Lambton Shores band sings all the favourites of the 50s, 60s &70s!

Ipperwash
August 16 to September 16, 2017, Blyth Memorial Community Hall, Blyth
blythfestival.com | 1-877-862-5984
A history of the Kettle and Stony Point people, the land along Lake Huron’s shores and the land dealings by the Crown that took 70 years for a promise to be fulfilled. Now the land has been returned, the process of decontamination and healing can begin.

One for the Pot
August 16-September 2, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse II, Grand Bend
draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866
A seemingly endless string of mistaken identities, unrequited romances and hilarious confusion cause this bubbly farce to boil over in a bevy of laughs.

Annual Western Ontario Steam Threshers Festival
August 17-20, 2017, Forest Fairgrounds, Forest
steamthresher.com, 519-845-1170, dkmoffat22@gmail.com (Karla)
Event showcases early agriculture tools and methods with antique vehicles, model engine displays, wagon rides and country music. This year featuring Cockshutt Tractors, rodeo, Square Dancing Tractors and Canadian Cowgirls.

Forest Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market
Friday, August 18, 8am-1pm, King St., Forest
forestfarmersmarket@gmail.com, 226-520-0144
Local fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items. LIVE Music featured.

Windsor Racing Weekend
August 18-20, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223
Large community-driven, drag-racing event. Windsor Bracket Series Championship. Saturday Night of fire, show cars, jets, fireworks and more!

Bayfield Fair
August 18-20, 2017, Bayfield Fairgrounds, Bayfield
bayfieldfallfair.ca, info@bayfieldfair.ca
Friday kicks of this weekend festival with local vendors – who are also competing for BEST RIBS – serving succulent ribs (6pm); ticketed & licensed event. Saturday & Sunday, 9am onwards, lots of activities including exhibits, concessions, demonstrations, fireworks, horse shows, parade, wiggle cars, face painting, dunk tank, dog agility show, mini tractor pull and more.

Zurich Bean Festival & Antique Car Show
August 25 & 26, 2017, Zurich Fairgrounds & Bluewater Arena, Zurich
beanfest.ca, 519-236-2326, info@zurichbeanfestival.com
Friday 7pm antique car cruise, Bean Dance, fireworks. Saturday: giant antique car show, pancake breakfast, children’s midway rides, street market, live music, home-cooked beans & pork-chop dinners!

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race
August 26 & 27, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

2nd Annual Turtle Hatchling Release
August 31, 2017, Noon-6pm, Morrison Dam Conservation Area, Exeter
hsc.huronstewardship.ca, 705-350-1015, mullenjory@gmail.com (Jory)
Release a baby turtle into the wild in exchange for a donation to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Live animals for hands on.

SEPTEMBER

Thunder by the Beach
September 1-3, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223
300+ race teams at this final big event of the season. Nitro cars, Ultimate Showdown Pro Mod & TD/TS, Jets, fireworks.

Summer Sunset Sounds Concerts
September 4, 2017, 7pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend
summersunsetsounds.ca, 519-238-1472, info@summersunsetsounds.ca
Free music concert at sunset on the beach – all music styles.

Racer 5 Motorcycle Training Weekend
September 9 & 10, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
racer5.ca, grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223
Fast track your riding skills with the Racer 5 multi-stage motorcycle handling and racing courses. We train riders of all skills, from introductory to race levels.

Watching Glory Die
September 12-16, 2017, Phillips Studio, 209 Dinsley St., Blyth
blythfestival.com | 1-877-862-5984
Written by critically acclaimed and award-winning Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, Watching Glory Die is inspired by the real-life case of Ashley Smith, who was initially incarcerated at age 15 for throwing crabapples. A riveting journey of three women bound together in impossible circumstances.

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
September 16, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca, shorelinecleanup.ca, 519-243-8539
Meet at the Visitor Centre to start the day. Wear gloves – garbage bags provided. Please pre-register.

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race
September 16 & 17, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

Terry Fox Run
September 17, 2017, 10am-2pm, MacNaughton Park, Exeter
facebook.com/events/1592409951047395, 519-281-7313
Fundraiser for cancer research. Register at Dalton Finkbeiner Pavillion. Walk, run, or bike the trail.

Forest Fall Fair
September 22-24, 2017, Forest Fairgrounds, Forest
forestfair.ca, 519-786-3353, forestfair@xcelco.on.ca
Livestock shows, miniature horse show, baby contest, barrel racing and speed shows, midway, exhibits, special displays.

Fallfast Big $ Race Weekend
September 22-24, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223
Final Drag event of the season, features big dollar race programs, Racer/Crew appreciation dinner. ONDR joins us on Saturday.

VolkFest
September 24, 2017, Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com/volkfest, info@elephantjuice.ca
Break out your tie dyed shirt and join us in Clan Gregor Square for the third annual Volkfest! Enjoy VW bugs & busses, live music, food & art vendors and more!

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race
September 29 & October 1, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend
grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex
Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

OCTOBER

Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale
October 7 & 8, 2017, Grand Bend
226-377-1851 (Robin)
Outdoor market offers FRESH LOCAL fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, crafts and artisan products.

Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby
October 13-15, 2017, Friday 6am to Sunday Noon, Rainbow Valley Campground, Bayfield
Facebook.com/events/619016414794425, 519-565-5142
All ages derby. Top prize is $800. Weigh station in Rainbow Valley Campground.

Lambton Fall Colour & Craft Festival
October 14 & 15, 2017, Lambton Heritage Museum (Grand Bend) & Legacy Recreation Centre (Thedford)
lambtonmuseums.ca, 519-243-2600
Giant Christmas Craft Sale offering decorating accessories, folk art, woodworking, fine art, photography, clothing, jewellery, stained glass, pottery and more

Pinery Fall Classic Road Race
October 15, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pineryroadrace.ca, 519-243-1521, roadrace@friendsofpinerypark.ca
Walk, jog or run through Oak Savanna in support of Friends of Pinery. Part of the “Runpiker Series”. All levels: 2km, 5km & 10km. Register early, as event fills up fast.

Halloween Weekend at Pinery
October 21 & 22, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
519-243-8574 or 519-243-1521, fopp@oxford.net
Join park naturalists throughout the weekend for special Halloween-themed programming. Learn to differentiate between spooky myths and facts. Riverside Campground trick-or-treating and scarecroew decorating with natural objects. Prizes for best scarecrow. Saturday: bat house building.

Owl Prowl
Saturday, October 28, 6-pm, Morrison Dam Conservation Area, Exeter
abca.on.ca, 519-235-2610, info@abca.on.ca
An Owl Prowl is a chance to hear an interactive presentation about owls and to take part in a night-hike owl ‘hoot.’ Hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations through engaging multimedia presentations and this moonlit guided hike to call for owls.

Witches Walk
October 28, 2017, Ashwood Inn, Bayfield
villageofbayfield.com
Visit the spooks and ghouls at the annual Bayfield Witches Walk – If you dare!

NOVEMBER

Christmas Craft Show & Sale
November 3-5, 2017, Lucan Community Memorial Centre, Lucan
facebook.com/lucancraftshow, 519-227-4442
Over 75 craft vendors. Baked goods, artisan crafts, syrups, preserves, clothing, home decor.

Light Up Grand Bend
November 17, 2017, Optim
ist’s Park, Grand Bend
grandbendtourism.com, 519-238-2001, info@grandbendtourism.com
Friday: Light Up Grand Bend – caroling, Santa’s visit, seasonal beverages & treats, town lighting. Christmas shopping open-house weekend features deals, decorated stores, horse & carriage rides.

Old Fashioned Christmas Weekend
November 17-19, 2017, King St., Forest
shopforest.ca, 519-786-5062, outreach@shopforest.ca
Tree-lighting with Santa on Friday.

Christmas Comes Early
November 17-19, 2017 Grand Bend, Forest, Dashwood & St. Joseph
facebook.com/events/617708285083311, 226-377-1851 (Robin)
Weekend-long event with local downtown businesses in Grand Bend, Forest and St. Joseph’s decorated for Christmas. Get a start on our Christmas list and enjoy seasonal atmosphere and special sales and giveaways!

Christmas in Bayfield
November 17-19, 2017, Bayfield
christmasinbayfield.com, info@villageofbayfield.com
Friday: 7pm tree lighting, Santa’s arrival, caroling, seasonal beverages; Saturday: Santa Claus Parade 11am; Sunday: Main Street Music Fest. Shops open late.

Exeter Christmas Festival
November 17-19, 2017, Exeter
facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com
Celebrate the Christmas season in Exeter! Check out our fabulous shops and restaurants, than head to the Santa Claus Parade!

Grand Bend Holiday Home Tour
November 17-19, 2017, Multiple Homes, Grand Bend Area
grandbendholidayhometour.ca, 519-238-2001, info@grandbendholidayhometour.ca
View homes and their elaborate Christmas decor while you enjoy some seasonal beverages and treats. Sponsoring retail locations will be offering seasonal products and special pricing. Tickets $25.

Goderich Santa Claus Parade
November 18, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:15pm, Courthouse Square, Goderich
519-524-6600
6:30pm -Seasonal Music. 7pm – Christmas light displays. 7:15pm – Santa Claus Parade.

Santa Claus Parade
November 18, 2017, 6pm, Exeter
facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com
Come and enjoy a parade of lights along Main Street Exeter!

Lighting of the Trees Ceremony
November 24, 2017, Hensall

Black Friday Special Sales Event
November 24, 2017, King St., Forest
ShopForest.ca, outreach@shopforest.ca, Sarah Williams
Participating merchants offer great sales.

Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade
November 25, 2017, 7pm, King St., Forest
kineto.ca, 519 786-3239
Starting at the old arena on Townsend Line to Main and King streets.

Turkey Bingo
November 29, 2017, Bluewater Community Centre, Zurich
519-236-9908
Jackpot; 18yrs of age and older to attend and play

Ladies Night
November 30, 2017, 3pm-9pm, King St., Forest
shopforest.ca, outreach@shopforest.ca
Special deals available to Christmas shoppers.

DECEMBER

Lucan Biddulph Santa Claus Parade
December 2, 2017, 6pm, Main St., Lucan
519-227-4491, jlatta@lucanbiddulph.on.ca

Zurich Santa Claus Parade / Lions Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
December 3, 2017, 5:30pm, Main St., Zurich
519-236-4717

Christmas Bird Count
December 16, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend
pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-8539
Join birdwatchers for an incredible day of winter birding.