Old Wives’ Tales
To July 14. A hilarious look at mother-daughter relationships, this play is filled with wit and insight. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and feel wonderfully human again. Recommended for mature audiences. At the Gravenhurst Opera House. www.gravenhurst.ca, 705-687-5550
Second Wind: Daniel Gallant
To July 8. Since 2014, Daniel Gallant has been transforming the driftwood he has discovered into decorative sailboat sculptures. This exhibition will feature some of Daniel’s more surreal creations. Second Wind is more about sailing through life than sailing through water. At the Chapel Gallery, King Street, Bracebridge. www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.
An evening with Roy MacGregor
Friday, June 30. Despite its many contradictions and impossible size, this amazing country works. Roy MacGregor has spent more than 40 years travelling throughout Canada and writing about its people, places and personalities. He believes it’s the only 150-year-old country still being explored. A fund-raiser for Fairvern Nursing Home. At the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville.
Canada Day Celebrations
Saturday, July 1. Exhibitors, vendors, food and music, and of course fireworks at every town in Muskoka:
Bracebridge – downtown from 11 a.m., with fireworks on Bracebridge Bay at 10:00. www.DowntownBracebridge.com
Port Severn – Gloucester Pool Cottagers’ Association is hosting. Events include a Boat Parade, Stand Up Paddle Board Raffle, Antique Boat Show, Classic Car Show, Live Entertainment by The Desotos, and fireworks performed by PyroWorld ,10pm at Port Severn Park and Lock 45. www.pshcanada150.ca
Honey Harbour – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park landing in Honey Harbour. www.georgianbay.civicweb.net
Baysville – fireworks at the dam at 9:30 p.m. www.aroundlakeofbays.ca
Port Sydney – sand castle building, live music, face painting and more at the beach.
Fireworks Cruise – see the fireworks from the water, with Sunset Cruises. Departs Port Carling locks at 7:30 p.m. www.SunsetCruises.ca
Walker’s Point – annual tradition at the marina on Lake Muskoka. Ski show, wakesurf clinics, and fireworks at dusk. www.WalkersPointMarina.com
Gravenhurst – hot dogs, cake and face painting at Gull Lake Park. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Muskoka Lakes – Regatta games, live animal shows, ice cream pontoon cruises, SUP yoga, water ski performances, aerial acrobatics, astronomy and an impressive fireworks display at the JW Marriott Resort.
Baysville – Rock the River, with family games and inflatables from 1:30 p.m., and the Price Brothers in concert from 6:30 to 9.
MacTier – a children’s bike parade, and a Bring-Your-Own community fireworks show at the baseball diamond.
Huntsville – a full slate of events include a Decades Parade down main street at 9 a.m., farmer’s market, a downtown food and music festival, cupcakes in the park, and fireworks on Hunter’s Bay at 9:30.
Painting the Wilderness of the Oxtongue
Saturday, July 1. See the Oxtongue River as it was seen by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, in this new documentary film. 2:00 p.m. at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.
Dominion Day Strawberry Social and Steam-Up
Saturday, July 1. Costumed narrators, historical demonstrations, strolling musicians and the Portage Flyer gets all “steamed up” for the season with runs at: 12:00 / 1:00 / 2:00 & 3:00 pm.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville. www.muskokaheritageplace.org
Regular admission rates apply. Includes Strawberry Scones while supplies last.
Bala Craft and Gift Fair, and Bala Antique Show
July 1 and 2. Two separate shows held at the arena and the community centre in Bala. Vendors and exhibitors come from across Ontario to this annual tradition. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m both days. www.balacraftandgiftfair.com 705-706-3166.
Dorset Museum Heritage Day
Saturday, July 1. Interactive exhibits on the lawn of the museum, local artists, and food vendors, from 10 am to 3 pm.
Saturday, July 1. Sour beer and funky music at Sawdust City Brewery in Gravenhurst, with brews from a number of top craft breweries. $25 admission includes a tasting glass. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bethune House Canada Day
Saturday, July 1. Grand opening of a new children’s outdoor playscape. This activity area presents a child-friendly snapshot of the work of medics and stretcher bearers during the Great War. Featuring a winding wooden and sand-bagged trench flanked by a “training area”, with climbing apparatus, balance beam, bridge and tunnels. Site open from 10 to 4. Playscape opens at 1.
Huntsville Festival of the Arts
July and August. An incredible array of performers all summer, to mark the festival’s 25th anniversary. Jesse Cook, the Canadian Brass, Hawksley Workman, Corb Lund, Steve Patterson, Colin James… the list goes on! Full schedule here.
Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers tribute
Sunday, July 2. Part of the weekly Music on the Barge concert series, at Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst. Concerts every Sunday night at 7 p.m.. Bring your own chair or blanket, freewill donation. Cancelled in the event of rain.
Christine Heron in concert
Wednesday, July 5. Folk, blues, rock and reggae at the dock in downtown Huntsville. The opening concert of the season, which runs weekly through the summer. Bring your own chair or blanket.
Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua
Thursday, July 6. Great food for a great cause, raising funds for arts education in Muskoka. Samplings from Wild Botanicals Muskoka, Vineland Estates Wineries, 3 Guys and a Stove, and Rocky Crest, to name a few. At the JW Marriott. Tickets $75, with a charitable donation receipt for a portion. www.MuskokaChautauqua.com
Vintage Boat Show
Saturday, July 8. The largest show of its kind in Canada, with dozens of vendors and over 100 boats at Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. Ride-along program, voyageur canoe rides and much more. This year, admission is free. www.acbs.ca
Muskoka Yoga Festival
July 8 and 9. Workshops and lessons with instructors from across North America. Yoga, nutrition, music, wellness and more. At Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge. www.muskokayogafestival.com
Pioneer Power Show
July 8 and 9. Antique tractors, steam machinery, classic cars, tractor pulls… if it has to do with old machinery, you’ll find it at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds. www.MuskokaPioneerPower.ca
Dorset Kids Fishing Derby
Saturday July 8 (rain date July 9) at the Public Dock in Dorset. Registration table in Cedar Narrows Park. Registration: 9 to 9:30am / Judging: 9:30 to 10:30am, Prize Ceremony: 11am, Lots of kooky prize winning categories – hint – craziest fishing hat! Bait is provided but please bring a pole. For kids 12 and under accompanied by a parent. $2 per child. Everyone gets a prize! (Donations of prizes gratefully accepted!)
Saturday, July 8. Bathtub races and more at the docks in downtown Huntsville. www.RotaryDockfest.com
Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show
July 14 to 16. Now in its 55th year, Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Summer Show is Muskoka’s oldest and largest outdoor art show. Set in a beautiful park, the Summer Show features 200 creative artists from across Canada. Approximately 20,000 enthusiastic people visit the Summer Show to meet the makers and see their work. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. At Annie Williams Memorial Park in Bracebridge. Admission by donation.
Butter Tart Festival
Friday, July 15. Presented by Muskoka Lakes Museum. Tarts from Muskoka’s finest vendors. Admission $2, tarts priced by vendors. Begins at 10 a.m., and tarts are often sold-out by noon!
The Artful Garden
July 22 to August 13. An outdoor gallery featuring the works of over 40 artists. Sculptures, ironwork, stone carving, jewellery, birdhouses, pottery and wall hangings; all displayed in the gorgeous Muskoka gardens of Jon and Suzann Partridge. On Partridge Lane, Bracebridge.