Barrie Events for August!

Seem with a blink of an eye, the end of summer is just around the corner and the kids are back in school!

The month of August offers alot in the way of entertainment in the City of Barrie.

Here are just sme of the highlights!

43rd Annual Kempenfest 2013

Event Start Date:08/02/2013 5:00 PM
Event End Date:08/05/2013 6:00 PM

Date: August 2 - 5, 2013
Location: Along Barrie's Waterfront
Contact: (705) 739-4216; 

Held annually on the August long weekend. One of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals. Features over 400 Art, Craft and Antique exhibits. Midway and Children’s Village. Live entertainment all weekend. Free shuttle buses and remote Park n’ Ride, off-site parking and buses. Vendors open Sat/Sun/Mon.

Event Time: Art Vendors 10am - 6pm (various times for concerts, please visit website)
Admission: Free

**Art Vendors Open August 3, 4 & 5, 2013*

Theatre By the Bay Presents 'Crazy For You'

Event Start Date:08/08/2013 10:00 AM
Event End Date:08/30/2013 10:00 PM

 Date: August 8 - 30, 2013
Locations: The Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Dunlop Street West
Contact: (705) 739-4228; 


CRAZY FOR YOU is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930′s playboy, whose dream in life is to dance, despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée!
Chock full of memorable Gershwin tunes including I Got RhythmThey Can’t Take That Away from MeNice Work if You Can Get ItI Can’t Be Bothered NowBidin’ My TimeNaughty BabyBut Not for MeEmbraceable You and Someone to Watch Over Me.

It's a high energy comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music.

Show Time: 
Evening Performance: 8pm & Matinee: 2 pm 
Visit for schedule
Admission: Adult: $25; Senior & Students: $23

Barrie Rhythmfest

Event Start Date:08/10/2013 10:00 AM
Event End Date:08/10/2013 9:00 PM

 Date: August 10, 2013
Location: Heritage Park, Downtown Barrie
Contact: (705) 739-4285;

Celebrate the universal language of rhythm including live entertainment and workshops. Interactivity is a central theme and audiences, young and old, are encouraged to participate.

Event Time: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Admission: Free

Caribfest 2013

Event Start Date:08/15/2013 5:00 PM
Event End Date:08/18/2013 6:00 PM

 Date: August 15 - 18, 2013
Location: Centennial Park Barrie Waterfront
Contact: (705) 790-4878;  

Description: Eight Annual Barrie Caribfest. The sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean on the shores of beautiful Kempenfelt Bay. Over 100 food and craft vendors. Colourful costume parade on Saturday. 2013 theme is the Rio Brazil Carnival.

Admission: Various prices, please visit website

Theatre By The Bay Presents 'Munsch Ado About Nothing'

Event Start Date:08/19/2013 10:30 AM
Event End Date:08/30/2013 12:00 PM

 Date: August 19 - 30, 2013
Location: The Mady Centre for the Preforming Arts, 1 Dunlop Street West
Contact: (705) 739-4228;


Based on the stories of Robert Munsch this fun, wacky and slightly irreverent play takes us on a crazy trip through the outrageous stories of one of Canada’s best loved authors!

This 60 minute adventure, suitable for the entire family, includes singing, dancing, audience participation and of course some great stories.

This production is suitable for ages 3 years and up.

Show Times: 10:30am
Admission: $8

160th Annual Barrie Fair

Event Start Date:08/21/2013 12:00 PM
Event End Date:08/25/2013 5:00 PM

 Date: August 21-25, 2013
Location: 7505 10th Line, Thornton
Contact: (705) 737-3670; 

Celebrating our 160th Birthday and your’re invited! Fun & entertainment await you with farm animals, horse shows, arts, crafts, music, a spectacular midway with rides & games.

Event Times: Wed/Thurs/Fri: 12:00pm - 10:00pm; Sat: 9:00am - 10:00pm; Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Admission: Adults: $10; Students (13-18 years): $8 with a student card; Children (5-12 years): $5; Children Under 5: Free
Parking Free

11th Annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

Event Start Date:08/24/2013 8:00 AM
Event End Date:08/24/2013 6:00 PM

 Date: August 24, 2013
Location: Heritage Park & Kempenfelt Bay 
Contact: (705) 728-1010;  

Barrie Public Library is continuing a new tradition based on a centuries old one. The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is a summer event that promotes community spirit, vitality and unity. The fundamental objective of a Dragon Boat Festival is to strengthen community spirit, providing an opportunity for citizens to demonstrate their organizational talent and resources in hosting a major recreational and cultural event. Fun & Excitement on Kempenfelt Bay! Bring the family to watch the Dragon Boat races, cultural and commercial exhibits, children’s activities and much more. Please view the website for more details.

Event Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Admission: Free 

Savour Simcoe

Event Start Date:08/25/2013 12:00 PM
Event End Date:08/25/2013 4:00 PM

 Date: August 25, 2013
Location: Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy 26, Minesing, ON L0L 1Y2

This annual event is our premier local culinary tasting event, hosted by Simcoe County Farm Fresh Marketing Assoc. - Non-Profit Inc.  Many of our guests have made Savour Simcoe their yearly "must-do" event! Join us!

The event is held at the Simcoe County Museum, outdoors, on the beautiful grounds among the trees and historical buildings of the museum.  The theme is "Celebrating our Heritage" (Agriculture and Regional Cuisine), which fits into the Country's rich agricultural history and the Museum's extensive collections and artifacts.

This regional culinary event is an excellent opportunity to showcase local farm/food/beverage business and the culinary talents of local chefs directly with the consumer and to make connections with those in the industry.

Early Bird Tickets NOW available UNTIL June 30th
Visit the website to buy tickets online

Event Time: 12pm-4pm
Admission: $49/pp before June 30th; $59 from July 1st

Get out and enjoy the waterfront. For more ideas and festivals not mentioned here visit

Before you know it the snow will be on the ground and the Colts will be hitting the ice!




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