July events 2018

Yoga and Spa Series
June 28, July 26, August 30. Complimentary yoga will be hosted by PYC Muskoka’s Jennifer Dwyer overlooking scenic Lake Rosseau at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka. Please remember to bring your mat! Yoga from 6-7 pm, on Lakeview Lawn (shine) or Rosseau Ballroom (rain). After your flow, attend a post yoga social at Spa Rosseau from 7-9pm. For $20 enjoy light refreshments and access to Spa Rosseau: steam, sauna, whirlpool, pool; try the new Hydrospa with H20 bed, massage chairs, oxygen bar, oxygen facial. Limited capacity. To guarantee your spa access, please RSVP: jwrosseau.concierge@marriott.com or 705-765-1900.

Until July 13. “Life holds up a funhouse mirror to art in this wildly funny and surprisingly touching portrait of real-life musical laughingstock Florence Foster Jenkins. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.

The Cemetery Club
Until June 30. Three Jewish widows meet once a month to visit their husbands graves, each for their own private reasons. This comedy with some dark humour revolves around the relationship of the three friends and how they each feel about their dead husbands and about the possibility of starting a relationship with someone new and how it will affect their friendship. Presented by Dragonfly Theatre at the Quality Inn (formerly Riveside Inn), Bracebridge. Dinner 6:00, show 7:30.

Clank: Sculptures and Drawings by Brendan Duggan
Until July 14. Brendan Duggan continues his exploration of spaceships that are needed for space exploration including transports, taxis, mining trucks and other vehicles. The spacecrafts are based on pragmatic designs dictated by needs. At the Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge.

Last Day of School Mini Putt
Friday, Jun 29. Come to Northern Escapades Mini Putt from 3pm-10pm and play for only $5. 301 Ecclestone Dr. Bracebridge. www.minigolfmuskoka.com

Bala Antique and Nostalgia Sale
June 29 to July 1  Forty Exhibitors presenting the irresistible charm of Antiques reflecting Times Past. Formal and country furniture, decorative accents, jewellery, vintage nostalgia and victoriana treasures. Bala Sports Arena.

Matthew Good
Friday, June 29. In concert at The Kee to Bala.

Bala Craft and Gift Fair
June 30 to July 1. At the Bala Community Centre (across from the Bala Antique Show). www.balacraftandgiftfair.com

Canada Day in Honey Harbour
Saturday, June 30. At the Honey Harbour Park Landing beside the Library, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Vendors, a book, jewellery and handbag sale by the Library and live music by Dylan Locke from 10:30 to 12:30.

Canada Day Fireworks, Baysville
Saturday, June 30. Rain date July 1. At dusk at the dam in Baysville. Come by car or boat.

Canada Day Fireworks at Walker’s Point
Saturday, June 30. Carnival Games, BBQ Lunch,  and an amazing Ski Show by FTL Water Sports at 8:30pm, at Walker’s Point Marina. Fireworks at dusk.

Fireworks Cruise to Walker’s Point
Saturday, June 30. See the fireworks from on board the Wenonah. 8 p.m. to midnight. Cruise usually sells out, so book early.  705-687-6667

Heritage Day at the Dorset Museum
Saturday, June 30 from 10 am – 3 pm.  Interactive heritage exhibits on the museum lawn, featuring local artists, crafts and food delectables.

 Funkfest and Canada Day Beer Festival
Saturday, June 30. A celebration of sour brews and live music, hosted by Sawdust City Brewery in Gravenhurst. 19-plus event. $25 admission includes tasting glass and two tasting tokens.

The Lachy Doley Group
Saturday, June 30. Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, Lachy Doley is a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent. Alongside powerhouse drummer Jackie Barnes and Bassist Joel Burton, The Lachy Doley Group are a super energetic soul/blues force like no other. At Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst.

Queen Flash
Saturday, June 30.  Johnny Zatylny is under no illusion that he is Freddie Mercury reincarnated. “There was only one Freddie. All I can do is bring his spirit back to the stage.” On stage at the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville.

Dominion Day Strawberry Social and Steam-Up
Sunday, 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. At Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville, 10:00 to 4:00.

Canada Day in Bracebridge
Sunday, July 1. Live entertainment and activities downtown from noon. Beer tent at the falls from 5 p.m.. Cardboard boat race on the river at 8:30, duck derby at 9, and laser and fireworks show at 10. All in downtown Bracebridge.

Canada Day in Port Sydney
Sunday, July 1. Family friendly events on the beach, including Music, Sand Castle Building, BBQ, Face Painting, T Shirt Decorating and much more.

Fireworks Cruise on Lake Rosseau
Sunday, July 1. Sailing from Port Carling to the JW Marriott and back aboard the Peerless. Departure at 7 p.m. $50.00 per person, includes tax.

Canada Day in Minett
Sunday, July 1. A full day of celebrations at the JW Marriott The Muskoka Resort & Spa, ending with fireworks over the water. Presented by Muskoka Chautauqua.

Canada Day in Gravenhurst
Sunday, July 1. Daytime celebrations at Gull Lake Rotary Park. Magic Show, BBQ Cake, a trio of Concerts and many more surprises. Live music with the Bi-Focals Concert Band at 2, and the Orillia Silver Band at 4. Stick around for Music on the Barge at 7:30.

Music on the Barge
Sundays all summer, beginning July 1. Season opens with The Little White Lies, a five-piece cover band that perform hits from years past to the latest Hot 100 Radio Hits. Pop, R & B, Country, Funk and Celtic. Donations go directly to the musicians. In the event of inclement weather – such as rain or lightning – concerts will be CANCELLED.

 Matt Mays and Lowest of the Low
Sunday, July 1. Indie rock singer-songwriter Matt Mays, and influential indie rockers Lowest of the Low in concert at the Kee to Bala.  Showtime: 7:30pm.

Canada Day at the Muskoka Lakes Museum
Sunday, July 1. See the new ‘Winter in Muskoka’ interactive display and exhibit., and enjoy refreshments and free birthday cake at the museum, at the locks in Port Carling.  We’ll also have refreshments available at the museum, and FREE birthday cake.

Circus! A cross-generational artistic exhibition
July 1 to 31. When Canadian/American artist and photographer Elizabeth Siegfried discovered a dusty forgotten crate in the attic of her family’s Oxtongue Lake cottage, she wasn’t expecting a time capsule, but that’s exactly what she found, in the form of old film reels, carefully protected in canisters, from decades ago. She spent the next four years going through over 90 reels of 16 mm film, watching as vivid scenes and stories from the Ringling Brothers Circus came to life. Captured by Siegfried’s grandmother, Elizabeth Chapin White, the films showed clowns cavorting for the crowds, equestrians riding bareback on powerful horses and elephants grazing the grounds of south Florida and upstate New York. On display in Huntsville’s Partner’s Hall at the Algonquin Theatre from July 1 to 31, with an opening reception Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Canada Day in Huntsville
Sunday, July 1. A community celebration will take place in the pioneer village at Muskoka Heritage Place, 88 Brunel Road. Free admission from 9 to 11 a.m..  At 10 am on the Village Green at Muskoka Heritage Place, dignitaries, guests and residents will be welcomed by ‘Captain George Hunt’. Fireworks take place over Hunter’s Bay, starting at 10 p.m. The fireworks are musically-synchronized with a radio broadcast by The Moose 105.5 FM.

Summer waterski shows
July 2 to August 23. Shows four nights a week, all summer long. Mondays at Clevelands House, Tuesdays in Bala, Wednesdays in Gravenhurst, Thursdays at Bayview Wildwood. 7:30 showtime.

Next Generation Leahy
Tuesday, July 6. High-energy, infectious Celtic-based music built on three generations of Leahy musicianship. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage, and these young talents, led by their parents, inspire as well as entertain. At the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville.

Billy Bishop Goes to Ware
From July 6. Muskoka Chautauqua is proud to present the award winning Canadian musical. This play is one of the most famous and widely produced plays in Canadian theatre, as it dramatizes the life of Canadian World War I fighter pilot Billy Bishop who was credited with seventy-two victories and billed as the top pilot in the British Empire. Dinner and Show at The New Baldwins Resort, 1024 Golf Ave., Port Carling. Several dates through July.

Vintage Boat Show
Saturday, July 7. 38th annual show, with 100-plus vintage boats on land and in the water. This year’s theme, Keeping the Passion Alive: A Salute to the Heritage Boat Shops, celebrates our appreciation of vintage watercraft and the men and women who keep them afloat. New display of Classic Glass, fibreglass boats from the 50s, 60s, 70’s and 80s. A Ride Along Program allows members and potential members to take a ride in a vintage boat and chat with the captain about his/her experiences. At the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

The Limberlost Challenge
Saturday, July 7. Run through technical areas that will require the nimblest of footwork and on trails that allow you to open up to your best speed, plus everything in between. You will marvel at the extraordinary beauty of this privately owned Reserve that we are so privileged to enjoy. It will leave you breathless in more ways than one!

Rotary Dockfest
Saturday, July 7. The Rotary Club of Huntsville and signature sponsor Pipefusion Services Inc./NyDock.com are pleased to present the 4th annual event, beginning at 8 a.m. along Huntsville’s historic downtown waterfront.

Dorset Kids’ Fish Derby
Saturday, July 7. 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! 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.

Madison Violet
Saturday, July 7.  Described as ‘musical chameleons’, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana, these genre bending musical talents have voices that blend together symbiotically, like family. At the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville.

Subaru Ironman 70.3
Sunday, July 8. Hosted at the gorgeous Canada Summit Centre in Historic Downtown Huntsville. This new course features a 1.2-mile, one-loop swim in the scenic Fairy Lake. The swim start is just 500m from the transition zone. The 56-mile bike course circles Lake of Bays, passing through the small communities of Dwight, Dorset, and Baysville. The 13.1-mile run will take you through Historic Downtown Huntsville and finishing at the gorgeous Canada Summit Centre.

Paul and the Good Fellas
Sunday, July 8. Jersey Nights, a Tribute to Frank Valli and the Four Seasons and the History of Rock & Soul. Go on the ultimate Rock & Soul adventure! The Good Fellas provide a high energy, interactive show consisting of four multi-talented vocal improv artists, accompanied by a stellar four-piece band. Presented by Music on the Barge at Gull Lake Park, Gravenhurst. 7:30 p.m. Donations to support the Music on the Barge are collected during the concerts. In the event of inclement weather – such as rain or lightning – concerts will be cancelled.

Abbamania and Bee Gees Tribute
July 1 to August 22. The world’s top ABBA tribute band, plus special guest Night Fever, a Bee Gees tribute band, at Deerhurst Resort. $25 per adult.

Flavours of Muskoka Chatauqua Gourmet Graze
Thursday, July 12.  This annual event is an amazing tasting evening featuring great chefs, wineries, breweries, and distilleries along with vegetarian and non-alcoholic treats to sample. Live music and a silent auction add to the fun. As Muskoka Chautauqua’s main fundraiser, it’s great food for a great cause: raising funds for arts education in Muskoka. This years 18th annual fundraiser will pay homage to Canadian Canoe Culture, raising funds to support new creative programs that will help strengthen personal, social and emotional well being for children and youth in Muskoka. At the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Minett.

Choir! Choir! Choir!
Friday, July 13.  Equal parts singing, comedy, and community-building, the night unfolds like a dream: you get a lyric sheet at the door, and become part of Choir!Choir!Choir!. Instruction and rehearsal follow until the finale, where the song is performed and recorded (and posted!) Described as moving, inspirational and passionate, it develops community at it’s finest and people go home happy! At Deerhurst Resort.

Muskoka Yoga Festival
July 14 to 15. Experience the best Muskoka has to offer through Yoga, Nature, and Music; we stand for celebrating and conserving the landscape through connection and community. The festival takes place in Bracebridge’s gorgeous Annie Williams Park. You’ll be provided with 18 hours of inspired yoga classes and workshops led by world class yoga and meditation teachers from Canada, the U.S., and of course, Muskoka.

Muskoka Pioneer Power Show
July 14 to 15. Popular features at the show include heritage display rooms, waterous saw mill demonstrations, Mowry shingle mill, log cabin, blacksmith shop, Linn tractor, engine displays, country store, antique tractor pulls, classic & antique vehicles, engine displays and a Grand Parade on Sat. (All Colours & Large Equipment Welcome) Tractor games, camping sites, vendors & free kid games. Food and beverages available at on-ground concessions. At J.D. Lang Activity Park (Fairgrounds) – 331 Fraserburg Rd., Bracebridge.

Butter Tart Festival
Saturday, July 14. The 2018 Muskoka Butter Tart Festival is adding more food-related displays this year at the museum in Port Carling. Admission buttons are $2. Butter tarts priced by vendors. Buttertarts are on sale from opening at 10am, so be there on time as they usually sell out by noon! Come on over for a delicious treat and learn about the history of butter tarts in Muskoka with our butter tart display spread throughout each room of the museum.

Gravenhurst Triathlon
July 14-15. Annual event begins with an impressive swim, launching from the bow of the steamships in Muskoka Bay.

Pavlo in concert
Saturday, July 14.  Born in Toronto to Greek parents, Pavlo has made a name for himself by offering a musical amalgam he simply calls “Mediterranean music” – a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, and even Balkan flavours, wrapped in contemporary pop. His music has taken him all around the world. Along the way he’s performed for royalty in the likes of Prince Charles and worked and toured with artists such as José Feliciano, Jon Secada, Olivia Newton-John and The Tenors. At the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Andy’s Ride
Saturday, July 14. On May 9, 2013, Brock and Willa Napier generously donated 13 acres of land between Foodland and West Street in Port Carling.  It is their desire that the property be used for three projects, Andy’s House, Port Carling Nursing Station and the Port Carling Lions Senior Retirement Residence.  To further assist in the effort to see these projects succeed, on June 21st Brock and Willa donated $250,000 to each project. The Andy Potts Memorial Foundation partnered with Hospice Muskoka in 2012 with the dream of building “Andy’s House”.  While in its early design stage it will provide approximately 7000 square feet of Hospice/Palliative care. This facility will have ten bedrooms with the design of old Muskoka.

MAC Summer Show
July 20 to 22. See over 200 artists from across Canada in the region’s larges art show. Presented by Muskoka Arts and Crafts in Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge.

Midnight Madness and Street Dance
Friday, July 20.  The Main Street of Huntsville will be closed to traffic, allowing shops to move their merchandise out to the streets.  There will also be live entertainment, food and fun for the whole family until Midnight!

The Artful Garden
July 21 to August 12. 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.

Dog Fest Muskoka
Saturday, July 21. Second annual celebration of our canine friends, taking place at Morrison Meadows, 1177 Fraserburg Rd., Bracebridge from 10 am to 5 pm.





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