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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 and community organizations.

In addition to municipally run events, the City of Barrie welcomes a variety of events managed independently.  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 and a copy of the City of Barrie Special Event Planning Guide.