HARVEST – COMEDY BY KEN CAMERON
June 26 – July 19. Hilarity that hits close to home: A retired couple decides to trade in their country life for a condo in the city. When they discover that the “nice young man” leasing their home has been raising a different crop altogether, they are thrown into an unexpected adventure. The Globe & Mail calls Harvest “funny and poignant at the same time” with “memorable characters” and “deliciously sardonic one-liners.” At the Gravenhurst Opera House.
BALA ANTIQUE AND NOSTALGIA SHOW SALE
June 28-30. Forty Exhibitors presenting the irresistible charm of Antiques reflecting times past. Formal and country furniture, decorative accents, jewellery, vintage nostalgia and victoriana treasures. Some are unique, most are unusual, all are worthwhile. Friday 4:00pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm. At the Bala Sports Arena.
THE NORTHERN PIKES
Saturday, June 29. The legacy of the Northern Pikes continues in 2019 with their brand new ninth studio album slated for release by Universal Music in the early summer. It’s been 16 years since their last studio album, “It’s A Good Life,” and they are very excited to announce that Kevin Kane from The Grapes Of Wrath is now an official member of the band. At Peter’s Players, Gravenhurst.
GIDDY UP COUNTRY PARTY
Saturday, June 29. Bust out your plaid and get ready for another wild night as we ring in the Canada Day long weekend with Jade Eagleson at The KEE to Bala. Live music by Jade Eagleson, free mechanical bull rides, country DJ, and free giveaways. Bus available but must book in advance.
Saturday, June 29. The Ultimate Beach Party Show celebrates the music of Jimmy Buffet, Frankie Avalon, Jan & Dean, The Ventures, and of course… The Beach Boys. Song highlights include “Surfin’ USA,” “Margaritaville,” “Surf City,” “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere,” “California Girls,” “Wipeout,” and “Kokomo,” amongst the many audience favourites. At the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville
FIREWORKS CRUISE TO WALKERS POINT
Saturday, June 29. The annual cruise to Walker’s Point to see the Fireworks on board Wenonah II. It sells out every year! Departs Gravenhurst at 8 pm, returns at midnight.
HONEY HARBOUR CANADA DAY
Saturday, June 29. The Honey Harbour Library invites everyone to celebrate Canada’s birthday at the Park Landing in beautiful downtown Honey Harbour. Book sale, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, live music and more.
BAYSVILLE CANADA DAY FIREWORKS
Saturday, June 29. Hosted by Baysville Station 40 Fire Fighters, the Baysville Firefighters Fireworks show will take place at dusk (9:30pm) at the Dam in Baysville. Come by boat, car or on foot. Please give generously to help offset the cost of the fireworks so they can continue next year. Rain date: June 30
FIREWORKS CRUISE WITH SUNSET CRUISES
Saturday, June 29. Departure from Port Carling on Lake Muskoka aboard the Peerless II. $50.00 per person includes tax. 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
WALKERS POINT MARINA CANADA DAY FIREWORKS
Saturday, June 29. Fireworks this year will be even bigger and better! Some say this is the best fireworks display in Muskoka. Come on down by land or by boat and watch them at dusk at Walker’s Point Marina.
HERITAGE DAY AT THE DORSET HERITAGE MUSEUM
Saturday, June 29. Celebrate local history from 10 am – 3 pm. Take part in the interactive heritage exhibits on the museum lawn where you will also find a unique marketplace featuring local artists, crafts and food delectables! There are lots of exhibits inside the museum, old favourites and new ones too.Featuring a wonderful photo collection, Dorset School history, the Dorset Ice Palace where many hockey games took place, family life and the tools they used and the fun they had.
Saturday, June 29. The fourth annual FUNKFEST Canada Day & Beer Festival. The festival will take place at the Sawdust City Brewery in Gravenhurst, Muskoka and features one-of-a-kind sour brews from craft breweries across Canada, and live music featuring Born Ruffians as headliners. Event tokens are required for beer sampling and will be available for purchase at the festival. This is a 19+ event, and valid photo ID will be checked with tickets at the door.
Sunday, June 30. Popular favourites return to The Kee to Bala.
LITTLE PETER & THE ELEGANTS
Sunday, June 30. Music on the Barge kicks off its 70th season with an 8-Piece 50’s & 60’s Rock ‘n Roll Band. Little Peter and the Elegants made their debut in 1973 at the Port Credit Secondary School Christmas assembly, and they’re still going strong. Collection for donations to support the Music on the Barge is taken during the concerts. In the event of inclement weather – such as rain or lightning – concerts will be CANCELLED. Showtime: 7:30pm. Bring your own chair or blanket to Gull Lake Park in Gravenhurst. Concerts continue every Sunday evening through the summer.
CANDA DAY CELEBRATION MUSKOKA LAKES MUSEUM
Monday, July 1. Come in to see the new ‘Winter in Muskoka’ interactive display and exhibit. We’ll also have refreshments available at the museum, and free birthday cake. At the locks in Port Carling.
CANADA DAY FAMILY CELEBRATIONS, MINETT
Monday, July 1. Canada Day Family Celebrations with hands on Arts Activities for the whole family. Presented by Muskoka Chautauqua.
HUNTSVILLE CANADA DAY
Monday, July 1. Village at Muskoka Heritage Place opens at 9 a.m. (Admission is free to 11 am). Enjoy Peameal Bacon on a Bun on the Village Green. Stroll the museum, First Nations component, live music with the Muskoka Concert Band, farm animals, blacksmith, General Store, ice cream and homesteaders. Enjoy the annual steam-up annual steam up of the Portage Flyer Train at noon and even catch a train ride* to Fairy Lake!
Monday, July 1. Free concert at River Mill Park in Huntsville, presented by Hunters Bay 88.7 FM. Featuring Laganza, The Sean Cotton Band, The Stephen Stanley Band, The Rivers, Big Sweet Lou and Bexatron. Enjoy all that Downtown Huntsville has to offer with local food, historic architecture, and free family fun. End the day at 10 pm with fireworks by the Huntsville Fire Department over Hunters Bay, musically matched on the Moose 105.5 FM Radio.
CANADA DAY MINI PUTT
Monday, July 1. Come celebrate Canada’s birthday with Northern Escapades Mini Putt in Bracebridge. All ages play for the special price of $5 plus tax each
CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS GRAVENHURST|Monday, July 1. Join us for a fun filled family day! Hot dogs, cake, entertainment and more! Put on your red and white and join in this free celebration.
CANADA DAY CONCERT & DANCE – TORONTO ALL STAR BIG BAND
Monday, July 1. Come enjoy the music of the Toronto All-Star Big Band at the Port Carling Community Centre. Bring your dancing shoes. Presented by Muskoka Chautauqua.
CANADA DAY, BETHUNE MEMORIAL HOUSE
Monday, July 1. Join us for birthday cake, games, refreshments and other Canada Day activities at the national historic site in Gravenhurst.
CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN BRACEBRIDGE
Monday, July 1. Come to Bracebridge’s Downtown to enjoy festivities for all ages. Enjoy the big backyard barbecue, live music and fun inflatables on main street. Stay for the Rotary Club of Bracebridge fireworks spectacular at dusk – easily the best fireworks show north of Highway 7!
THE BI-FOCALS CONCERT BAND
Monday, July 1. A special Canada Day concert at the Rotary Pavilion in Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park. Showtime at 2 p.m. Collection for donations to support the Music on the Barge is taken during the concerts. In the event of inclement weather – such as rain or lightning – concerts will be CANCELLED.
FLAVOURS OF MUSKOKA CHAUTAUQUA
Thursday, July 4. 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. At the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, Minett.
BROADWAY AFTER DARK
Friday, July 5. As the sun goes down, The Huntsville Theatre Company comes out to play with a revue from musicals on the edge including Rocky Horror, Avenue Q, Book of Mormon and Rent. Leaves the kids at home for a dark & hilarious night of your favorite hits performed by incredible local talent in an intimate cabaret space. The show will take place in the brand new 250 capacity performance space inside Canvas Brewery, and yes, the taps will be flowing.
HISTORIC PLACES DAY
Saturday, July 6. Special activities and games throughout the day at Bethune Memorial House in Gravenhurst. Share a selfie online for a chance to win a prize!
ANTIQUE CLASSIC BOAT SHOW
Saturday, July 6. This year’s theme, Aged to Perfection – A Celebration of 100 Year Old Boats will showcase some of the rare grand old boats of Muskoka. An expanded display of Classic Glass, fibreglass boats from the 50s, 60s, 70’s and 80s. We anticipate 120+ vintage boats on land and in water. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst. Free admission, parking and shuttle bus. Sorry, no pets – service animals are welcome.
Saturday, July 6. You will 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! We promise you a well marked course, enthusiastic volunteers and a post-race meal that you will write home about.
Saturday, July 6. Presented by the Rotary Club of Huntsville from 11am to 4pm along Huntsville’s historic downtown waterfront.
July 7 and 14. 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!
SUBARU IRONMAN 70.3
Sunday, July 7. 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.
BUTTER TART FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 13. The annual Muskoka Butter Tart Festival is adding more food-related displays this year! 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 Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling.
WINDERMERE FUN DAY
Saturday, July 13. Hands on Arts and Crafts with Michael Benton and Muskoka Chautauqua Artists at the waterfront. Fun for the whole family.
HUNTSVILLE: A CHORAL HISTORY
July 13 and 14. A joyous and heartfelt musical telling of the history and heritage of Huntsville from the beginning of time to the present. Created and written by Ian Crowley, founder and director of the Muskoka Rock Choir and the Mad Raven Dinner Theatre. A talented cast crosses borders of time and musical styles as they tell the story of a little town that grew and went on to become known the world over. This new work features 12 original compositions performed by local artists connected by narration, historical fact and projected images. Presented as part of the Huntsville Festival.
July 13-14. Multisport Canada is back with this incredible sporting event at Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst.
MUSKOKA PIONEER POWER SHOW
July 13-14. Join a gathering of antique buffs interested in the preservation and operation of historically valuable machinery and memorabilia. The 2019 theme is “Ford”, celebrating Henry Ford and all things Ford; cars, trucks, tractors, and more. JD Lang Activity Park/Bracebridge Fairgrounds.