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Illuminate Barrie Festival

The Illuminate Barrie Festival will be an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss. Ignite your passion for our country at this one-of-a-kind celebration along Barrie’s waterfront on Labour Day weekend.

This family-friendly event will include live entertainment, distinctly Canadian foods and activities, a local producers and vendor market, a heritage village, and breathtaking Canada 150 themed fireworks choreographed to music. Exciting programming is still being announced! Stay informed here and on social media as updates are confirmed.


Saturday, September 2 & Sunday, September 3
Noon to 8pm • Allandale Station Park
Heritage Village presented by Busch Systems

Take a journey back in time to explore life in the 19th century. You will be amazed!

  • Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada encampment
  • British Royal Navy encampment & displays
  • Civilian encampment & cooking demonstrations
  • Blacksmithing demonstrations
  • Sutler Cyrus Travelling Merchant
  • War of 1812 displays, weapons, & book author Richard Feltoe
  • Voyageur displays
  • Mast Derrick demonstrations
  • Cannon firing - at noon and every half hour until 7:30pm
  • Dr. Quimby's Medicine Show - 12:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:15pm
  • Musket firing & drill demonstration - 12:45pm, 2:45pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm

Supported by:

Family Fun Zone presented by Bell

Enjoy inflatables and family activities. You can even scale to new heights on a 25 foot rock climbing wall.

Supported by:

Sciensational Sssnakes

Learn all about Ontario reptiles and amphibians, their ecology, and conservation with Sciensational Sssnakes! Get up close and personal with frogs, geckos, turtles, and may even get to touch a snake!

Speaking of Wildlife

Speaking of Wildlife will introduce you to their Canadian wildlife ambassadors. Learn about our wild friends, including a skunk, porcupine, hawk, and more.

Science North (noon to 7:00pm)

One of Ontario's most popular family attractions will bring their traveling crew of Bluecoat Scientists to Barrie! Build It Up explores hands-on stations that will get you excited about architecture and the different types of structures in the world around us.

Vendor Village & Innovation Alley

Browse the works of talented artisans, explore local innovatorsdoing amazing work, and taste a variety of delicious foods featuring:

Axe Throwing

Try your hand at being a Canadian lumberjack by learning to throw an axe with the experts from Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL).

Craft Beer & Cider Garden

Celebrate Barrie's unique local craft brews and cider featuring Barnstormer Brewing Company, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Heritage Estate Cidery, and Redline Brewhouse. Exciting things are brewing! Stay tuned for details...

Live Entertainment

Bring your lawn chair or blanket and catch some great music by local and Canadian artists. Line-up to be announced soon.


Experience the magic of stunning fireworks set to your favourite Canadian tunes! Shows will take place at 9pm on Saturday and Sunday night, and will feature a different sound track each night. Bring your blanket and watch the show from anywhere along Barrie's waterfront or enjoy a premium VIP viewing experience available near the Southshore Centre. To listen along from wherever you're catching the show, tune in to Rock 95 on Saturday night and 107.5 Kool FM on Sunday night!

Community Displays & Activities

Take part in fun activities and learn all about these great organizations doing amazing things in our community!

  • Barrie Native Friendship Centre (Saturday only)
    Join the Barrie Native Friendship Centre for cultural demonstrations and arts and crafts for kids and parents alike. Bring along a non-perishable food donation to support Hunger to Hope!
  • Barrie Curling Club
  • Barrie Public Library
  • Golf Canada
    Learn all about golf with experts from the Golf in Schools program.
  • MacLaren Art Centre (Sunday only)
  • Medieval Swordplay Canada
    Interact with Medieval Knights, Men- and Women-at-Arms, and Vikings! Exciting demonstrations and displays throughout the day.
Summer Watersports Show - Saturday only

A Muskoka tradition, SWS has been performing water sport shows since the 70s and they will be here in Barrie for the first time during Illuminate! Enjoy their thrilling show featuring water skiing and stunts to excite audiences of all ages.


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