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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 2017, the City of Barrie is excited to get our community involved in celebrating Canada150! Plans are under way, so stay tuned to and the City of Barrie's social media channels for updates as they're confirmed.

In addition to municipally run events, the City 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
Outdoor Film Series June - August 
Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival June
Kids Fishing Day June 
Promenade Days June/July (Canada Day weekend)
Craft Beer & BBQ Festival July
Kempenfest August (Civic holiday weekend)
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival August 
Tree Lighting Celebration November
Santa Claus Parade November

Special Event Permits

All public events held on municipal property are required to have a Special Event Permit and meet all City requirements to ensure a safe and successful event for everyone involved. Anyone who would like to plan an event must first contact the City's Special Events Office at 705-739-4285 or Staff are happy to provide more information about the Special Event Permit process and what may be required to host an event on municipal property.


Barrie has been the backdrop of many filming projects, from feature films to television shows, commercials, music videos, and student projects. Anyone planning to film in Barrie should first contact the City's Special Events Office at 705-739-4285 or Staff are happy to provide more information about potential locations, permits, and other requirements for your project.

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