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August 2020 events

Many of the typical events of summer have been cancelled, but others have found creative ways to go ahead despite the restrictions. And there are also some really innovative and interesting new things happening in Muskoka this summer.

Because things continue to change, it’s best to call ahead to ensure your chosen event is still happening, or to find out what conditions may have changed.

WENONAH CRUISES RETURN
Saturday, August 1. The classic ship returns to the water for the season. Daily cruises of one and two hours are scheduled through until October. Private charters are also now available once again. For details call 705-687-6667 or visit www.RealMuskoka.com

SURVIVING CABIN FEVER
Saturday, August 1. Huntsville Art Society presents a Pop Up Art Show! Outdoor venue at the Morgan House B&B will allow for a safe way to enjoy original art this summer. This members show will feature works from all mediums and allow you a sneak peak into what has kept these artists inspired during this challenging time in our world. Masks required and social distancing rules will be observed. For more information, visit www.huntsvilleart.com

MOVIE ON THE DOCKS — TITANIC
Saturday, August 1. Take in a free screening of the movie classic Titanic at the Huntsville Town Docks. The film will be shown under the open skies on a screen set atop floating docks provided by Pipefusion. Due to restrictions around COVID-19, this year’s event is Boat-In only.

The following rules will be in place:

  • Watercraft will maintain at least 2 meters of space from others for social distancing.
  • Only members of the same household or extended bubble may occupy the same watercraft.
  • You must stay in your boat at all times except to use the washroom.
  • You may bring in outside food as long as you take the garbage with you. Please try to support local food businesses that need your support.

For more information, visit www.huntsvillefestival.ca

MOVIE ON THE DOCKS — JAWS
Sunday, August 2. Take in a free screening of the movie classic Jaws at the Huntsville Town Docks. The film will be shown under the open skies on a screen set atop floating docks provided by Pipefusion. Due to restrictions around COVID-19, this year’s event is Boat-In only.

The following rules will be in place:

  • Watercraft will maintain at least 2 meters of space from others for social distancing.
  • Only members of the same household or extended bubble may occupy the same watercraft.
  • You must stay in your boat at all times except to use the washroom.
  • You may bring in outside food as long as you take the garbage with you. Please try to support local food businesses that need your support.

For more information, visit www.huntsvillefestival.ca

CELEBRATE GRAVENHURST SIDEWALK SALE
August 7-8. Celebrate Gravenhurst features unique opportunities for shopping, entertainment and family fun. Come explore Historic Downtown Gravenhurst enjoy two days of celebration! For more information, visit www.DowntownGravenhurst.com

PAUL REDDICK, STEVE MARRINER & KYLE FERGUSON
Saturday, August 8. Juno award winning blues songwriter, singer, harmonica player Paul Reddick is joined by fellow Juno winner Steve Marriner, member of Monkeyjunk, Colin James Band as well as by Kyle Ferguson, influential guitarist of the legendary rock blues band The Sidemen. This is a socially-distanced indoor performance with limited seating. For more information, visit www.petersplayers.com

NATIONAL VINTAGE BOATING DAY
Saturday, August 8. Summer boat shows were cancelled, but a number of groups have banded together to hold National Vintage Boating Day 10:30 a.m. to noon. Vintage boaters across Ontario and beyond will gather on local waterways during that time.

With a goal of having as many vintage boats as possible on the water at the same time in a variety of locations with a minimum of contact and trailering, the event is open to all vintage boats (any boat built up to and including 1991, or any wooden boat). No registration is required, and boaters will be provided with guidelines for social distancing while boating.

Routes have already been developed for Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Lake of Bays, and Gloucester Pool, as well as Pigeon Lake in the Kawartha Lakes. More route information will be published at www.acbs.ca as it becomes available.

WINDERMERE VILLAGE ARTS AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL
August 9-18. Visual arts, music and more, presented by Muskoka Chautauqua. Details are still being worked out to see which events can be presented and which ones have been cancelled. For updates visit www.MuskokaChautauqua.com

NORTHERN PASS BICYCLE RIDE
Sunday, August 9. The 4th annual Northern Pass is a cycling adventure designed with passionate riders in mind. This is a unique opportunity to experience the best riding that Muskoka has to offer while raising vital funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world. Regardless of the ride you choose, you are in for an amazing and fully supported ride that aims to rival some of the world’s best Gran Fondos.

VIRTUAL FLAVOURS OF MUSKOKA CHAUTAUQUA
Monday, August 10. In an effort to support past vendors and supporters of the annual fundraiser, Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua will be promoting local businesses online and through social media pages. This will feature what their vendor friends are doing in terms of how they are adapting to COVID-19 and what services are still being provided.

The fundraising portion of our event will consist of an online paddle auction with hand painted paddles by local artists. For more information, visit www.muskokachautauqua.com

A TRIBUTE TO THE TRAGICALLY HIP — DRIVE IN CONCERT
Saturday, August 22. A celebration of the music of one Canada’s most beloved bands The Tragically Hip. Led by local local musician Sean Cotton and his band of top local players, the show features all the hits including Courage, Little Bones, Bobcaygeon, Wheat Kings and more.

The show will be presented like a classic drive-in experience. You park your car and tune in through your radio. Tickets include 1 vehicle with up to 2 occupants (1 driver + 1 passenger). Additional passenger tickets can be purchased at online checkout. Maximum 4 additional passengers per vehicle, and all tickets must be purchased in advance.

The following rules will be in place:

  • Cars will be parked with at least 2 meters of space between for social distancing.
  • Only members of the same household or extended bubble may occupy the same motor vehicle.
  • You must stay in your vehicle at all times except to use the washroom. Sorry, no convertibles or back of pickup trucks.
  • You may bring in outside food as long as you take the garbage with you. Please try to support local food businesses that need your support.
  • Washrooms are open, they will be limited to 2 customers at a time. Sanitize before you go in and wash before you leave. Washrooms will be cleaned & disinfected regularly

Presented by Huntsville Festival of the Arts. For more information, visit huntsvillefestival.ca

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