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Festivals & Events

Barrie is home to a variety of exciting community events and festivals throughout the year.  Fundraisers, parades, sporting events, music festivals, and community events - there's something for everyone to enjoy! 

Special events and festivals add to the wonderful quality of life that we enjoy in Barrie - enhancing and celebrating our culture, showcasing our beautiful waterfront and downtown, encouraging recreation and tourism, and providing economic benefits to local businesses, tourism operators, and community organizations.

The City of Barrie hosts several exciting community events throughout the year, including the Downtown Countdown, Celebrate Barrie, Canada Day, Rhythmfest, and Winterfest.  Barrie's Winterfest continues to be honoured by Festivals and Events Ontario as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario.

In addition to municipally run events, the City of Barrie welcomes a variety of events managed independently.  For more information about these events, download a copy of the Barrie Events & Culture Guide or use the links below for some of the major events.

Event  Month Website
Barrie Waterfront Festival  May www.barriewaterfront.ca
Outdoor Film Series June - August www.barriefilmfestival.ca 
Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival June www.barriejazzbluesfest.com
Kids Fishing Day June www.teachakidtofish.com 
Promenade Days June/July (Canada Day weekend) www.downtownbarrie.ca
Craft Beer & BBQ Festival July www.downtownbarrie.ca
Kempenfest August (Civic holiday weekend) www.kempenfest.com
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival August www.barriedragonboatfestival.ca 
Tree Lighting Celebration November www.downtownbarrie.ca
Santa Claus Parade November www.barriechamber.com

 

Special Event Permit

All public events held on municipal property are required to have a Special Event Permit and meet all City of Barrie requirements in order to ensure a safe and successful event for everyone involved.  Anyone who would like to plan an event on municipal property must first contact the City of Barrie's Special Events Office.  We would be happy to provide information about what is required to host an event on municipal property.  The Special Events Office can be reached at (705) 739-4285 or events@barrie.ca.