May events 2017

Pat Fairhead at 90
To June 3. One of Muskoka’s most striking artists celebrates a milestone birthday with a one woman retrospective exhibition. See works by an innovator and a colourist who is always pushing the edge to see what she can do. At the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to -1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Traversing the Wild
Friday, May 19. A documentary about seemingly normal people that, for 24 hours, succumb to the unknown and let themselves be swallowed up by the wilderness near Parry Sound, navigating through 120 kilometres of backcountry; biking, running and paddling, in a true expedition-style, point to point race. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.

Musoka 2/4 Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, May 20. In Downtown Huntsville’s River Mill Park, patrons will enjoy a view of the beautiful Muskoka River as they take in a day of sampling some exceptional craft beer and listen to some amazing local bands.

Lake Muskoka Pike Open
Saturday, May 20. Tournament begins at 7:30 am at Boston Pizza docks on Lake Muskoka. Boundaries are the lake proper (No Locking) or closed areas ( Muskoka River). Even if you’re not competing, it’s fascinating to watch the weight-in at 4 p.m., to see just how many massive pike are found in the lake.

Walker’s Point Marina Long Weekend
May 20-21.  A customer appreciation weekend welcoming everyone back for the summer, with ski shows, vendors and fun activities.

The Trews
Saturday, May 20. Celebrated Canadian band marks 10 years of touring and albums, with a concert at The Kee.

Séan McCann Sings
Saturday, May 20. Séan McCann’s love for Newfoundland and Labrador folk songs shot him to international fame as a founding member of the renowned group Great Big Sea. After millions of albums sold, countless hit songs, and record breaking tours around the world, Séan now tours as a solo artist in intimate venues where he can connect with his audience face-to-face with music bringing peace, love and happiness. At the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville.

2017 Season Summer Gala
Friday, May 26. The stars come out for this incredible evening of entertainment in celebration of another great summer season at the Gravenhurst Opera House. Starting at 6 p.m. with a ‘Taste of Gravenhurst’ with offerings from local, award-winning chefs and live music. At 8 p.m., the theatre holds a star-studded evening of music and laughter hosted by Canada’s own entertainment royalty; Deb McGrath and Sheila McCarthy. The line-up includes the amazing Sean McCann from Great Big Sea, Harrow Fair with Gravenhurst’s own Miranda Mulholland, up-and-coming country star Grant Tingey, the incredible Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers, the Muskoka Youth Choir and the Ukulele Society.

A Table at Sardi’s – The Best of Broadway
May 26 and 27. An evening of songs from Tony Award winning Best Musicals including Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly,The Sound of Music, Les Miserable, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and The Book of Mormon. The evening includes a sumptuous three course dinner in the beautiful Grandview Mark O’Meara Ballroom and then push back and enjoy your coffee while watching the show. Tickets are available online at  or and in person (cash only) at Treasures & Trophies and This Is It.

Friday, May 26. “The first time I heard her sing, I knew we were born in the same pond” – James Brown. Lulu has been in the music business for 51 years. Yet she seems utterly undimmed by time, slim, vivacious and energetic, with an appealing combination of bright eyed sprightliness and a very adult, no-nonsense directness. At Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.

Big East River X
Saturday, May 27. 40K paddling marathon. This spring classic race may not be the longest event however it still is demanding and challenging. The 40 km course follows flat-water rivers of the upper Muskoka River and Big East River with open water paddling on Lake Vernon.

Spin The Lakes Cycling tour
Saturday, May 27. The tour takes you around several of the Muskoka lakes along routes with breath taking views and spectacular rock cuts.  The fabulous tour will have you traveling through several small towns and over terrain that consists of moderate rolling hills.  This event is not a race and is geared for everyone to participate from the race enthusiast to the first time rider there is a course for you. The event is fully supported with vehicles, food and water stations

My Muskoka 150: With Pride We Sing|
Saturday, May 27. Attend a pop-up choir to learn, sing and record “My Muskoka”, a song that captures the spirit of Muskoka. If you grew up in Muskoka, have a cottage, are a regular visitor or just love Muskoka you are invited. Limited to 300 people – to register, email On the day of the event, participants with be placed in their designated area according to their voice range as indicated on their registration form. The event will be lead by a professional conductor and musicians. The session itself will be filmed and recorded by a team of qualified technicians, and featured at the 4th Annual Muskoka Film Festival in October at the Gravenhurst Opera House.

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes
Sunday, May 28. A light-hearted event with a serious side – held in communities across North America – it asks men to put on red high heels and take steps to end gender based violence. YWCA Muskoka directs proceeds from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to provide violence prevention initiatives across Muskoka. Starts at 11 a.m. at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge.

Friday, June 2. A blast of Celtic energy in an intimate setting at Peter’s Players in Gravenhurst.

Port Sydney Village-Wide Garage Sale
Saturday, June 3. Over 50 vendors offering bargains throughout the village.

Canadian Choral Panorama
Saturday, June 3. A dramatic musical view of Canadian history starting with First Nations drummers and speakers laying the groundwork for a story about Canada, which includes early Canadian music giving way to the arrival of the Europeans and Americans and blending into a concert of Canadian music from across the nation. The choirs will be the Orillia Vocal Ensemble and chamber choir in addition to participants from other regional choirs such as the “Muskoka Men of Song” and the Elderberries. Accompaniment will be by a string quartet and piano with special arrangements commissioned for this important occasion. At the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre.

SS Bigwin Community BBQ
Saturday, June 10. Celebrate the start of summer with complimentary cruises aboard the SS Bigwin. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Dorset.






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