August events 2018

Midnight Madness Street Festival
August 3. Don’t miss this night full of fun and excitement and bargains galore in downtown Bracebridge. Live music, great shopping and family fun at Memorial Park Kids Zone – $5 per child all night. Musical Entertainment.

Sawdust City Music Festival
August 3 to 5. The second annual 3-day multi-venue music festival will feature award-winning artists such as the Good Lovelies, Rose Cousins, and Royal Wood. The weekend will include two evenings at the Opera House, a Songwriters’ Circle, Music on the Barge, Sunday Kids Zone (children’s programming, story time, balloons and so much more), and a vendor village in Gull Lake Rotary Park.

Michael Kaeshammer
August 3. Known as a Boogie-Woogie piano wiz, this singer/songwriter/pianist/producer has earned a loyal international following as a triple threat. He’s a piano virtuoso with a technical mastery of many different styles, an eloquent singer/songwriter, and a charming and engaging performer. Most importantly he loves to take his audiences on the journey with him, through an engaging evening of music. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.

Taps Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival
August 4. Savour the best of Ontario’s Craft Breweries together with great food and live musical acts in Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge. 1 to 8 p.m.

Walker’s Point Annual Corn Roast
August 4 to 5. Annual FREE Corn Roast, ski shows, vendors and fun activities at Walker’s Point Marina.

Civic Holiday Fireworks
August 4. Muskoka Wharf is the backdrop of this family favourite. Come by car, bike, boat, or on foot and see the show. Fireworks display takes place at dusk.

Muskoka Comic-Con
August 4. A new pop culture convention located at the Bracebridge Memorial Community Centre. Muskoka Comic Convention strives to be one of Ontario’s best and truest comic con featuring fandoms of multiple genres. The Comic-Con will have over 100 exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel plus much more. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals and fandom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet.

Oscar Peterson – The Jazz Legend
August 4. Having worked with Oscar Peterson for five years Lance Anderson gained insight into his genius as both a performer and composer. An award-winning pianist and narrator himself, Anderson has created this two-man theatre piece to pay homage to Peterson’s legend. Through playing his compositions and relating personal tales, Anderson is able to reflect the character and interesting idiosyncrasies of the man himself. At the Algonquin Theatre.

The Trews
August 5. Judging by the boldness of their choices, you’d never guess The Trews are 10 years, five studio albums and thousands of gigs into their highly celebrated career. At The Kee to Bala.

Summer Music Cruise
August 5. Two amazing bands on a four-hour cruise on Lake Muskoka, presented by Peter’s Players. The Caverners debuted in 1994 and have since been exciting audiences with their note for note perfect portrayal of The Beatles in concert.  And The Dreamboats are bringing back good ol’ fashioned Rock n’ Roll with a sound that is equal parts Chuck Berry & The Wonders. A high energy, nostalgic show that has audiences dancing and singing the night away! Cruise boarding begins at 4:15.

Summer waterski shows
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.

The Artful Garden
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.

The World Goes ‘Round
To August 9. A brilliantly constructed retrospective of prolific musical theatre collaborators, Kander and Ebb. Filled with humour, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this show is a thrilling celebration of life and that fighting spirit that keeps us all going. From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade will be sure to have you dancing and singing in the aisles. At the Gravenhurst Opera House

On a First Name Basis
To August 9. Join Muskoka Chautauqua as they present this delightful play by Norm Foster. It’s the story of a very successful, but cantankerous, novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! He makes it his mission to learn all he can about her in a most engaging conversation.

Calm and Chaos: Paintings by Neil Sternberg
Until August 11. The duality of the paintings, quiet and introspective on one side and a view of the chaos and demoralization going on in the larger world on the other. Throughout Neil Sternberg’s career as an artist, his work has mostly been about his personal world, his immediate environment of both people and places, however, as he observes the world in its current state, Neil have increasingly felt his own obligation to comment about it in his art. At the Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge.

Golden Hook Pirate Cruises
Sundays until August 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The good ship Wenonah II sails from Gravenhurst through pirate infested waters. The crew aboard is eager to win the coveted Golden Hook award, thwarting Captain Ron Hook, who has won it every year! Did he cheat? Will our intrepid crew defeat him by successfully completing some special tasks? Only time and the mermaids will tell!

Macbeth in the Park
August 7 to 15. Murder, betrayal, witchcraft and swordplay as a talented young cast perform Shakespeare’s dark classic under the stars at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge. Bring a chair or blanket. $15 per adult, $10 per student.

Bandshell Concert Series
Thursday evenings. Live music at the bandshell in downtown Bracebridge. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy a live concert from 7 to 8:30. August 7, Grady Kelneck performs.

Alan Doyle
August 9. From his early days in Petty Harbour Newfoundland, to his rollicking days with iconic Canadian band Great Big Sea to his current success as a solo star in his own right, Alan Doyle has always marched to his own drum. He loves what he does and it shows in all aspects of his performance. Edgy when he wants to be and touching when his music requires it, a night with Alan Doyle is an experience and one you’ll be remembering for a long time to come! At Deerhurst Resort.

Celebrate Gravenhurst Sidewalk Sale
August 10 to 11. Unique opportunities for shopping, entertainment and family fun. Come explore Historic Downtown Gravenhurst enjoy two days of celebration.

Baysville Arts and Crafts Festival
August 11 and 12. This two-day outdoor event features 74 original artisans from all over Ontario. Feature items include jewelry (costume, silver and gold), women’s fashions and accessories, wood and metal products, gourmet foods, toys, leather goods, paintings, home accessories, fiber and glass and more.  10am – 4pm. The park is easily accessed by boat or car. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the Horticultural Society in Baysville.

August Brews Cruise
August 11. Enjoy a cruise on the historical SS Bigwin while sampling local brews from Lake of Bays Brewing Company. *Must be of legal drinking age.

MLA Antique Boat Show
August 11. A bi-annual boat and car show in downtown Port Carling. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating 125 years” featuring many of Muskoka’s oldest surviving boats, many more than 100 years old. Muskoka’s antique and classic boats are a unique treasure in the world and draw the attention of the most informed collectors.

Muskoka Veg Fest
August 11. Muskoka’s own plant-based festival celebrating Conscious Living, Wellness & Sustainability!

The Festival place from 10am-6pm in River Mill Park, Huntsville. Come sample amazing vegan food, listen to engaging speakers, relax with the music, watch food demos, and learn from the many plant based professionals about what inspires them to live a Veg lifestyle.

Toronto All-Star Big Band in Minett
August 11. The Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit style and sound of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s—that golden age of the big bands. Armed with brilliant programming, choreography and engaging cultural nostalgia, this vibrant cast of awesome young talent has earned its position at the top of list of presenters throughout Ontario and in the USA. At the heart of the musical matter, the TABB provides one of the most intense and stimulating youth music programs in Canada. At Peninsula Recreation Centre, 1131 Juddhaven Rd, Minett

Gravenhurst Power Boat Races
August 11 to 12. At Muskoka Bay’s landmark Muskoka Wharf, racing will truly be spectator-friendly with ample shoreline and dockside viewing. This is quite possibly the most scenic boat race site in North America. Racing starts at 10 a.m. Free admission.

The Liverpool Four
August 12. Travel back to 1964 when it all started for The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Featuring impressive period costumes, equipment and sound reproduction, the show includes The Beatles first Shea Stadium performance and memorable songs from Sgt. Pepper and the Magical Mystery Tour. At The Barge in Gull Lake Park, Gravenhurst. Showtime 7:30.

The Time of My Life
August 15 to 25. Dragonfly Theatre Company presents an evening of Dinner Theatre at the Stone Church in Bala. The play by Alan Ayckbourn which tells the story of the Stratton family as they gather to celebrate their mother’s 54th birthday at the family’s favourite restaurant. The family’s story moves through past, present, and future, as they deal with their son’s outrageous new girlfriend, their mother’s past secrets, and five madcap waiters all played in rapid rotation by the same actor. Show-only tickets will be sold at the door depending on availability. The show runs August 15-18 and August 22-25 at the Stone Church in Bala. Dinner at 6 and show at 7:30.

Artifact or Fiction
August 16 at the Port Carling Community Centre, from 5 to 8pm. This year’s gala fundraiser will continue the tradition of exceptional food with a convenient Muskoka location. Lamb dinner, choice salads, and delicious desserts are all part of the experience. Ticket prices are $65 per person, with a $30 Charitable Receipt in support of the Muskoka Lakes Museum.

Dockside Festival of the Arts
August 17 to 19. Arts, music and entertainment come together lakeside at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst. Shop and discover one of Muskoka’s best craft shows.

That Night in Muskoka
August 17. Experience the sounds of an Indigenous hand drum by Jordan Mowat, a blend of hip-hop and traditional powwow by DJ Shub and music inspired by The Tragically Hip from The Strictly Hip. All proceeds support The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. At The Kee to Bala.

Artists of the Limberlost Open Studio Weekend
August 18 to 19. Meet the makers and experience the studios and workshops where they create.  You’ll discover nature-inspired pottery, jewellery, glass art, sculpture and paintings in many styles and media, and functional art crafted from local wood. This year you’ll meet 19 artists at 7 locations, all within a short drive of each other. Limberlost Road is close to Algonquin Park in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays area

Downtown Huntsville Summer Sidewalk Sale
August 18. The kids will love the activities. Everyone will love the live music at this street festival. The downtown shops will be bursting out onto the street with bargains during this day-long sidewalk sale. 10 am – 5pm. Main street Closed from Centre Street to Brunel Road

Honey Harbour Jazzfest
August 18. Music begins at noon. For information email or call 705-756-0165.

Muskoka Muscle
August 18 to 19. Athletes from all over Canada will be making their way to the heart of Cottage Country for the 2018 Fitness Competition. This will be a great weekend of entertainment, fitness, competition, and camaraderie in the naturally stunning Muskoka region. Spectators are welcome to stop by and witness the competition held at Bush’s Watersports Park near Bala. There will be entertainment, a beer garden on-site, and great competition to witness.

Night of Harmony
August 18. An a cappella musical evening with the Muskoka Music Men, featuring the International Gold Medal Toronto Northern Lights chorus. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.

The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour turns 40
August 18 to September 7. The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour began its artistic journey in the late seventies, when sculptor Richard Green, joined by a few friends, first developed the innovative concept. Over the past 40 years, the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour has seen a continued evolution, presenting only the finest professional artists and craftspeople working within Muskoka This year, the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition at the Chapel Gallery. (The tour itself takes place September 22, 23, 29 and 30).

Princess Cruise
August 18. A mermaid and a feisty Polynesian princess sing their way into the hearts of young and old alike aboard the Wenonah II. Stories are told. Costumes are encouraged. For the truly bold, face-painting will be offered at an additional cost.

Two Visions: One Muskoka
August 18 to 24. Featuring Robert Cathcart, painter and Rob Stimpson, photographer. At the Oxtongue Craft Cabin. Opening reception: 1 – 5pm August 18. There will be artist demos and sweet treats from 10:30am to 4pm.

Lake of Bays Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show
August 19. Come witness Lake of Bays’ finest antique and classic boats and browse one of the biggest car shows around, with over 100 last year. Back by popular demand, The Northern Lights Steel Orchestra Band. Time: Noon – 4 pm. Admission by donation with all gate proceeds going to the Baysville and Dorset’s Winter Pantry Food Program.

Muskoka Opera Festival
August 22 to 25. Stars of Tomorrow concert, master classes for vocalists and harpists, a harp-literary salon, and more. Venues in Glen Orchard, Bracebridge, and Port Carling.

Beat the Heat
August 25.  The Brian Orser Foundation together with the Port Carling Figure Skating club present an amazing fundraiser for Port Carling Figure Skating Club,  4pm at the Port Carling Arena. See some of Brian Orser’s top skaters from around the world, including two-time World Champion Javier Fernandez, in a casual afternoon performance! Tickets available at Foodland Port Carling and at Remax Hallmark, Port Carling, or online. General admission is $20. There are limited VIP tickets ($60), which include a commemorative gift, a “meet and greet” opportunity with the skaters and Brian Orser, and some wine and hors d’oeuvres! Advanced ticket purchase recommended! Call 705 641 0650 for more details.

All Day Lake Joseph Cruise
August 26. Join Captain Potts aboard the Peerless II. Departing from Port Carling.




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