Midnight Madness Street Festival
Friday, August 4. Don’t miss this night full of fun and excitement and bargains galore! Live music, great shopping and family fun at Memorial Park Kids Zone – $5 per child all night. Musical Entertainment. 6 p.m to midnight in downtown Bracebridge.
Sawdust City Music Festival
August 4 to 6. A three-day event that will feature an incredible lineup of musicians, including the Jim Cuddy Family Band, at venues throughout Gravenhurst. Programming will include three nights of music at the Sawdust City Brewery, an evening of music at the Opera House, a free Songwriters’ Workshop, a Sawdust Stripped Down acoustic series, and a free concert on Sunday evening as part of the Music on the Barge series (a 50+ year tradition).
Griffin Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, August 5. Savour the best of Ontario’s Craft Breweries together with great food and live musical acts in Annie Williams Memorial Park, 50 Santa’s Village Rd., Bracebridge. 1pm – 8pm. www.sessionmuskoka.ca.
Annual Corn Roast
Saturday, August 5. Annual FREE Corn Roast at Walker’s Point Marina. Ski shows, vendors and fun activities.
Make a Splash Water Fest
Saturday, August 5. Join us at Gull Lake Rotary Park in Gravenhurst to try people powered water activities for free. This is the 6th year of this annual event. Loads of fun for the entire family: Swim races, sandcastle building contests, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and rowing to name a few of the activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Civic Holiday Fireworks
Saturday, August 5. Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst is the backdrop for this family favourite! Come by car, bike, boat, or on foot and see the show! Fireworks display takes place at dusk.
Robi Botos with Jackie Richardson
Saturday, August 5. Swingin’, ‘soulful’, ‘funky’, and ‘world class’ are all terms used to describe Botos, one of the most innovative jazz pianists on the scene today. Joined by the legendary Jackie Richardson, this promises to be an evening to remember. Presented at the Algonquin Theatre by the Huntsville Festival.
Saturday, August 5. Hugely popular Canadian indie band takes to the stage at The Kee to Bala.
Abbamania and Bee Gees Tribute
Tuesday, August 8. The world’s number one Abba production, with special guests Night Fever, bringing the greatest bands of the disco era back to life on stage at Deerhurst Resort.
Wednesday, August 9. A fourth-generation cowboy, Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans have made a living straddling the line between songwriter folk and straight country, creating a sound ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock…and of course the occasional yodel! Presented by the Huntsville Festival.
Bandshell Concert – Five Old Guys
Thursday, August 10. A summer tradition in downtown Bracebridge, featuring local live music. Five Old Guys play August 10, with different bands every week. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket for comfortable seating.
An Evening with Amy Sky
Thursday, August 10. Join award winning songwriter Amy Sky for an evening of heart tugging, unforgettable songs . On the intimate stage at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.
Esmerelda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
Friday, August 11. This award winning company of Canadian and Spanish singers, musicians and dancers deliver the power of Flamenco with elegance and passion. The Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company never fails to enthrall audiences, eliciting shouts of “ole” and standing ovations. Come and be captivated.
To August 12. Divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, are both on honeymoon with new spouses when they realize that they are staying in the room next to each other. Their old passion is reignited and they have to decide what they are going to do about it bearing in mind that they can’t live with each other anymore than they can live without each other. Dragonfly Theatre Company presents a comedy by Noel Coward as a dinner theatre in the Quality Inn, Bracebridge.
Rough Around the Edges: Andrea Ross
To August 12. Living in the watershed around Skeleton Lake provides Andrea with an abundance of wetlands, lakes and streams near her home that she paints during all four seasons. Bold colour, expressive brush strokes and powerful depictions of the wild and natural landscape are the hallmarks of Andrea’s paintings. At the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge.
Wakehui Boarding Bonanza
Saturday, August 12. Come to Bush’s near Bala, whether you’re riding or watching. There will be beach games, food and drinks available on-site, a beer garden, and you will see the top riders in Canada competing at the final stop of the Ontario Wake Series, as they gear up for Nationals. Entry for spectators is free.
The Artful Garden
Daily until 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. www.theartfulgarden.ca.
The Good Brothers on the Barge
Sunday, August 13. Canada’s Multi-Award Winning Country Vocal Group have gained a worldwide audience, capturing 8 Juno Awards for County Music Group of the year and were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. As always, they wrap up the annual Music on the Barge summer concert series, in Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst. Concert at 7:30 p.m., with a freewill donation to the musicians.
Dockside Festival of the Arts
August 18 to 20. Artists, vendors and more on the shores of Lake Muskoka in Gravenhurst.
Artists of the Limberlost Studio Tour
August 19 to 20. Seven artists who have studios in the historic Limberlost area near Huntsville, invite guest artists to exhibit on this open studio weekend affording our visitors the chance to enjoy a wide array of art and fine craft including paintings, glass, pottery, jewellery, wood, metal, fibre arts and photography.
Toronto All Star Big Band
Saturday, August 20. Some of Toronto’s finest young musicians in a concert and dance, presented by Wing and a Prayer Sanctuary and by Muskoka Chautauqua.
To August 25. From the complex harmonies of The Andrews Sisters to the Jungle Rhythms of Count Basie, this is the legendary music that shaped a generation, and today can still pack a dance floor with folks of all ages. Join an all singing, all dancing cast and a live swing band for a Sentimental Journey that will have you dancing out the door. At the Gravenhurst Opera House. www.gravenhurst.ca.