A beach and lake focused vacation along Lake Huron’s shoreline can include professional live theatre, gallery browsing, artistic workshops and live music.
Local beach and lake hot spots are located near several live performance venues. The Rotary Community Stage on Grand Bend’s Main Beach is the host venue for musical concerts held every Sunday and holiday Monday in July and August. Huron Country Playhouse is just 5 minutes from Grand Bend’s beach, Blyth Festival Theatre is a 49-minute drive from the beach, Victoria Playhouse is a 50-minute drive, and Stratford Shakespeare Festival is the furthest at 59 minutes.
Professional Live Theatre
Huron Country Playhouse & Playhouse II, Grand Bend
www.draytonentertainment.com, 1-855-372-9866. 2017 season: Main Stage – Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (June 7-24), All Shook Up (June 28-July 16), Million Dollar Quartet (July 19-August 5), Beauty & the Beast (August 10-September 3). Playhouse II – Jonas & Barry in the Home (June 28-July 15), Lucky Stiff (July 20-August 5), One for the Pot (August 16-September 2).
Victoria Playhouse, Petrolia
www.thevpp.ca, 1-800-717-7694. 2017 Season: Fiddler on the Moose (May 2-19), The Birds & the Bees (May 30-June 17), Happy Together 1967 (July 4-23), Folks Like Us (August 1-12), Portia (Aug. 15-27), Rockabilly Swingtime (September 5-24).
Blyth Festival, Blyth
www.blythfestival.com, 1-877-862-5984. 2017 season: MR. NEW YEAR’S EVE: A Night with Guy Lombardo (June 28-August 19), The Berlin Blues (July 5-August 19), The Pigeon King (August 9-September 23), Ipperwash (August 16-September 16).
Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford
www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com, 1-800-567-1600. 2017 season: Guys & Dolls (April 15-October 29), Treasure Island (April 22-October 22), Romeo & Juliet (May 3-October 21), HMS Pinafore (May 4-October 21), Timon of Athens (May 8-September 22), Twelfth Night (May 13-October 21), The School for Scandal (May 15-October 21), The Breathing Hole (July 30-September 22), Tartuffe (August 1-October 13), The Madwoman of Chaillot (August 3-September 24), The Komagata Maru Incident (Aug. 2-Oct. 14).
The Livery / Goderich Little Theatre, Goderich
www.thelivery.ca, 519-524-6262. The Livery presents a number of theatrical productions under the Goderich Little Theatre flag, as well as a national and international film series April through September and live musical concerts. 2017 season: Art (February 9-11 & 16-18), The Odd Couple (March 23-25, 30 & 31, April 1), The 39 Steps (May 4-6 & 11-13). Film Festival movie screenings: Jean of the Joneses (January 19), Manchester by the Sea (February 23), I, Daniel Blake (March 1), Julieta (April 7&8), Moonlight (April 7&8), The Searchers (April 7&8).
Two unique movie venues are located in the area: the Kineto Theatre in Forest, which is one of the world’s oldest movie theatres and the Starlite Drive-In, one of the last remaining drive-ins in Ontario. Both theatres screen first-run movies and always have family-friendly options.
Kineto Theatre (Forest)
In operation since 1917, Kineto is open four days a week, year round! Some movies shown in 3D. Call or go online to find out what’s playing. See what’s on: kineto.ca | 519-786-2303 | 24 King St. W., Forest.
Starlite Drive-In (Grand Bend)
What could be more fun than enjoying the remaining heat of a summer day while bundling the kids up in their pajamas to watch a movie under the stars? Call or go online to find out what’s playing. The 2017 season opens May 6 with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Beauty & the Beast, Take a Minion Multiply by 3 and X-Men 3. starlitedriveintheatre.com, 519-238-8344, 36752 Crediton Road.
- Forest Film Festival, Forest – January 16, February 20 & March 20, 2017
- Lambton Film & Food Festival, Forest – May 26-28, 2017
See Festivals & Events for more events, dates, times and details.