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Winterfest

The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario! Special thanks to all who celebrated winter with us in 2015 - sponsors, partners, local media, and everyone who attended the event. Grab your mittens and celebrate with us on February 6th & 7th, 2016!

Partnership Opportunities Available for Winterfest 2016

As an event partner, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign, including radio and print advertising, social media, website, and printed materials.  Engage an audience of over 20,000 through on-site recognition and brand activation opportunities.  Our partners are valued and contribute directly towards providing a variety of exciting programming at no cost to participants.  Sponsorship opportunities start at $1000 and a limited number of on-site brand activation spaces are available starting at $500.  If you are interested in becoming a Winterfest partner, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or events@barrie.ca.

Vendor Opportunities Available for Winterfest 2016

Are you a food vendor with a unique menu, a merchandise vendor with an interesting product, or an arts and crafts vendor with one-of-a-kind creations? If so, we want to hear from you! Please send an email to events@barrie.ca with a description of your product or menu and pictures if possible. Limited vendor spaces available - only selected vendors will be contacted.

Winterfest 2015 Programming

Outdoor Fun at Heritage Park & Memorial Square
General Activities

Saturday, 10am–5pm & Sunday, 10am–4pm

  • Horse-drawn wagon rides - Supported by HGS Canada
  • Dog sled rides ($2 per person, weather permitting)
  • Snow Valley's mini tube slide
  • Simcoe County Museum
  • Mini curling rink (Sunday only)
  • BodyZorbs - Supported by Closing the Gap Healthcare Group
  • Helicopter rides ($50 per person)
  • Dog cart rides (Saturday only, 10am–3pm)
  • Scouts winter cookout ($)
  • Variety of food vendors ($)

Saturday, 10am–8pm & Sunday, 10am–4pm

  • Bonfire
  • Ice maze
  • Top-shot hockey - Supported by Hampton Inn by Hilton Barrie
  • Mini golf - Supported by Napoleon
  • Winter midway ($)
Snow Sculptures

Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Marvel at three artistic masterpieces celebrating Canada's East Coast sculpted out of snow by a professional carver. After the sun goes down, the sculptures will be beautifully lit - a perfect photo op! Supported by PowerStream.

Ice Sculptures

Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Marvel at artistic masterpieces sculpted out of three hundred pound blocks of ice by professional carvers. This year's icy wonderland theme celebrates Canada's East Coast. Sponsored by the Downtown Barrie BIA.

Snowboard Riglet Park

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm
Let the little ones try snowboarding with the help of trained staff. Presented by Tropical North and Burton.

Lumberjack Shows

Saturday & Sunday: 12pm, 1:30pm, & 3pm

Watch expert lumberjacks demonstrate their incredible skills - speed sawing, axe throwing, and chainsaw carving.

Kites on Ice

Saturday & Sunday 11am–4pm (weather permitting)

Enjoy kites of all shapes, sizes, and colours as they take to the sky over Kempenfelt Bay. Presented by the Toronto Kite Fliers.

Snowshoe, Cross Country Ski, and Fat Bike Demos

Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Tour Barrie's beautiful waterfront by cross country ski, snowshoe, or fat bike!  Although free to try, a credit card is required.  Presented by Hardwood Ski & Bike, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Rossignol.

Maple Taffy

Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 10am–4pm

Try a sample of this traditional French-Canadian treat! Available while quantities last. Presented by Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud - École élémentaire catholique Frère-André & École secondaire catholique Nouvelle-Alliance.

Fire & Light Performers (Saturday only)

Saturday 5–8pm

You'll be amazed as these talented performers wow the crowd with their unique talents.  Presented by Laurentian University.

Rotary Skating Party (Saturday only)

Saturday 5–8pm

The Rotary Club of Barrie invites you to bring your skates for a skating party on the Heritage Park pond.  Hot chocolate available with a donation!  (Weather permitting)

Guided Walking Tour  (Saturday only)

Saturday, 7pm

Join Barrie's Town Crier for a guided walking tour highlighting the city's history with stories of fire, ice, sailors, and wrecks!  Meet Barrie's Town Crier in Memorial Square. 

Fireworks (Saturday only)

Saturday, 8pm

Gather along Barrie's scenic waterfront for a special winter fireworks spectacular! Viewing is ideal from Heritage Park, Centennial Park, and Allandale Station Park.  Presented by Whysall International Fireworks.

 
 
Family Entertainment
Doo Doo the Clown

Heritage Park
Saturday - 12:30pm, 2:30pm

Doo Doo the Clown has been performing for over 29 years at events throughout the world and we are excited to welcome him to Barrie Winterfest!  Doo Doo is well known as the clown from the Daniel Cooke Show on Treehouse TV and adults may remember him from the hit movie Billy Madison.

Bandaloni

Heritage Park
Saturday - 12pm, 1pm

Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street
Saturday - 2:30pm

Bandaloni is an amazing, jaw dropping one man band with loads of audience interaction, humour, and astounding novelty tricks executed on his custom guitar and drum rig.  A one man band?  That means bass and rhythm guitar, harmonica, kick-drum, 2 high-hats, snare drum, cowbell, tambourine, and singing with live harmonies....all performed at the same time!  Bandaloni draws from a century of songs spanning from all genres with an emphasis on classic rock and country.  Every show is different from the last, so you never know what you'll encounter except a good time, plenty of laughs, and wide-eyed smiles.

For more information, visit www.bandaloni.com.

Pandora's Sox presents Puppets & Songs

Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street
Sunday - 12:30pm, 2pm

Puppets & Songs is a 45 minute variety show featuring original children's songs, jokes, Shakespeare, and Greek mythology all performed by a variety of puppets. Part puppet show and part puppet workshop, audience members will have the chance to help.  Don't miss this exciting and interactive performance full of wild antics and silly jokes, suitable for any age.

 
Activities at Other Locations
Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum Tour

36 Mulcaster Street
Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 12–3pm

Bring the whole family, warm-up with a hot chocolate, and check out the exhibits in Barrie's only downtown museum. Listen to Sgt. Murray, dressed in full 1880s period uniform, as he relates the history of Barrie's own Militiamen and provides insight into Barrie's military heritage.

Fun for Kids @ Your Library!

Barrie Public Library (Children's Floor), 60 Worsley Street
Saturday:
10:30am - Storytime
11:15am to 4pm - Drop-in crafts
2:30pm - Bandaloni (see Family Entertainment
Sunday:
12pm to 4pm - Drop-in crafts
12:30pm & 2pm - Pandora's Sox presents Puppets & Songs (see Family Entertainment)

Celebrate Winterfest and warm up with some creative fun and entertainment at Barrie's Downtown Library! Please note: activities are for children of all ages and there is no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren!

MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street
www.maclarenart.com

Gallery
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Explore contemporary art with your family and enjoy current exhibitions! Suggested admission $5.

Saturday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Share a fun afternoon of snow painting. Materials provided, just bring your imagination!

Sunday, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Celebrate all things winter in this special family workshop for Winterfest! Using Fimo clay, Meghan Thorpe will guide parents and children in the creation of unique winter-inspired charms for your coat or keychain. Admission is $5 per child and materials are provided.

Sunday, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Enjoy an afternoon dance performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. They will welcome colleagues from Bradford Born, youth performers from In Harmony Dance and Kreative Dance Company to the stage. Free admission.

Easter Seals ChiliFest

Southshore Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive
Saturday 11am–5pm, Sunday 12–4pm

Warm up with a variety of chili and vote for your favourite! All proceeds to Easter Seals

Let’s Go Skating!

Brink your skates and enjoy skating at one of the following locations:

Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Drive
• Saturday, 5:30pm to 7:20pm ($2 per person)
• Sunday, 11:00am to 12:50pm ($2 per person)

Eastview Arena, 453 Grove Street East
Sunday, 2:30pm to 4:20pm ($2 per person)

East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone Street East
Saturday, 6:30pm to 8:20pm ($2 per person)

Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Avenue
Sunday, 6:30pm to 8:20pm ($2 per person)

Rotary Club of Barrie Skating Party @ Heritage Park Pond
Saturday, 5:00pm to 9:00pm 

Outdoor Rink @ Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier Street
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am to 10:00pm

Outdoor Rink @ Centennial Park, 61 Lakeshore Drive
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am to 10:00pm
• 10am – 12pm: Pleasure Skating
• 12pm – 2pm: Shinny Hockey
• 2pm – 4pm: Pleasure Skating
• 4pm – 6pm: Shinny Hockey
• 6pm – 8pm: Pleasure Skating
• 8pm – 10pm: Shinny Hockey

Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale (Saturday only)

Central United Church - 54 Ross Street
Saturday, 8:30am to 12:30pm

Start your day with the 23rd annual pancake breakfast at Winterfest - $7 for adults, $3 for children under 11, and preschoolers are free. Yummy!

Barrie Farmers' Market (Saturday only)

City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street
Saturday, 8:00am to 12:00pm
www.barriefarmermarket.com

Get an early start to Winterfest with a great variety of produce, artistry, and baking at Barrie's Farmers' Market!

Polar Bear Swim (Sunday only)

Centennial Beach (near washroom building)
Sunday, 12pm

Are you brave enough to take a frosty dip in Kempenfelt Bay? There's no pre-registration required and no fee to participate, just show up at Centennial Beach ready to take the plunge! Spectators welcome - a sight not to be missed. Presented by City of Barrie Aquatics and Barrie Fire & Emergency Service.

Soup’sOn! (Sunday only)

City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street
Sunday, 11am–2pm

Mmmm…there’s nothing more satisfying at this time of year than a bowl of heart-warming soup. Tempt your taste buds with a stop by City Hall to enjoy a variety of soups from local restaurants and vote for your favorites. Tickets are $8 with a chance to win a prize and all proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. For more information, call (705) 737-1020.

 
Partner Events
February Blues (February 5–8)

www.barriejazzbluesfest.com
Shake off cabin fever at the 18th annual February Blues Festival. Visit many great restaurants, bars, bistros, libraries and concert venues in Barrie and area to enjoy Blues and Jazz music performed by some of Canada's most brilliant artists.

Reel Stories Film Series (February 6–8)

Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West
Tickets: $10 
www.barriefilmfestival.ca

In its 11th year, Reel Stories returns for a thought-provoking weekend festival of award-winning documentaries from Canada and around the world, featuring:

• Friday at 4pm: Advanced Style
• Friday at 7pm: Monsoon
• Saturday at 1pm: The Overnighters
• Saturday at 4pm: Red Army
• Saturday at 7pm: Kill The Messenger
• Saturday at 9:30pm: Citizenfour
• Sunday at 1pm: Brothers Hypnotic
• Sunday at 3pm: Citizenfour
• Sunday at 6:30pm: Red Army
• Sunday at 8:30pm: Advanced Style

Downtown Barrie's Winterfest Hot Chocolate Trail (February 7 & 8)

Explore many downtown eateries, which will be crafting special hot chocolate creations for Winterfest weekend.  Stop by for a warm-up or try them all with the help of the handy Trail Map!  Yummy flavours at participating coffee shops, bistros, and cafés include:

  • Nutty Chocolatier Hot Chocolate @ Barrie Bean Counter: 49 Dunlop Street East
  • Orange Hot Chocolate @ Bohemia: 125 Dunlop Street East
  • Snowball Hot Chocolate @ Casa Cappuccino: 91 Dunlop Street East
  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate @ Chavo Crepes: 74 Dunlop Street East
  • Flaking Hot Chocolate @ English & Miller Gift Shop, Gallery & Tea Room: 89 Dunlop Street East #201
  • The Black Pearl Hot Chocolate @ J'Adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate: 111 Dunlop Street East
  • Mexican Spicy Mocha @ Lazy Tulip Café: 29 Maple Avenue
  • Champurrado Hot Chocolate @ Local Foods Mart & Café: 123 Dunlop Street East
  • Cookies 'n Cream Hot Chocolate @ Radio Café at the MacLaren Art Centre: 37 Mulcaster Street
  • Chai Hot Chocolate @ Rawlicious Barrie: 50 Dunlop Street East
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate @ Swirleez Frozen Yogurt: 89 Dunlop Street East #101
  • Old Fashioned TLC Hot Chocolate @ TLC Bistro: 41 Maple Avenue
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Dream Hot Cocoa @ The Juice Dispensary: 36 Maple Avenue

Barrie Winterfest 2015 was Generously Supported by:

         

          

                

                   

                      

          


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