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Celebrate Barrie

The City presents Celebrate Barrie 2016, our 17th annual community festival, on Saturday June 4th at Centennial Park.

Join us for free fun for all ages, including inflatables, educational displays, heritage village, entertainment, over 50 community groups providing activities, and so much more. The festivities kick off Friday evening with the Youth Battle of the Bands and close Saturday with a family film on the beach.

While downtown, celebrate Base Borden's 100th anniversary as they are granted Freedom of the City! One thousand military personnel will parade through downtown Barrie starting at 10:00am, arriving at City Hall at approximately 10:40am for a special ceremony. For more information, visit Expect delays and detours while traveling downtown between 10am and noon on Saturday June 4th. While at City Hall, don't forget to visit the Barrie Farmers' Market open from 8am to noon.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Celebrate Barrie 2016 Programming
Saturday, June 4 • 10am–5pm • Centennial Park

Special Activities
Inflatables & More

Enjoy an exciting variety of inflatables, rides, and games from Party Tyme Treats & Amusements.

Sciensational Sssnakes

Check out the frogs, geckos, turtles, and may even get to touch a snake!

Speaking of Wildlife

Get up close and personal with Speaking of Wildlife! Learn about and meet some of our wild friends, including an owl, skunk, porcupine, hawk, and more.

Rock Climbing Wall

Go to new heights and scale the 25 foot wall!

Science North

One of Ontario's most popular family attractions will take you 'Out of This World' with tons of cool space-themed science.


Have your portrait drawn as a memento of your special day at Celebrate Barrie.

Heritage Village

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

  • Cannon firing, musket firing and drills, blacksmithing, coopering, mast & derrick, and gun boat tactical demonstrations
  • Royal Newfoundland Regiment Military encampment
  • British Royal Navy encampment and displays
  • War of 1812 displays and exhibits, surgeon demonstrations, uniforms, and more
  • Civilian encampment with cooking and sewing demonstrations
  • Aboriginal demonstrations, including storytelling, drumming, finger-weaving, and more
  • And everyone's favourite - the candy cannon!

Download the complete Heritage Village Schedule.

Community Groups & Activities

Face painting, arts and crafts, demonstrations, games, giveaways, contests, and so much more - all offered for free by local community groups. Visit them on-site and see what they have to offer! Participating community groups, include:

  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association
  • Barrie & District Christmas Cheer
  • Barrie Canoe Kayak Club
  • Barrie Curling Club
  • Barrie Fire & Emergency Service
  • Barrie Green Party
  • Barrie Historical Archive
  • Barrie Police Service
  • Barrie Pride
  • Barrie Public Library
  • Barrie Ringette Association
  • Barrie Transit
  • Barrie's Ribbons of Hope Dragon Boat Team
  • Bayanihan Club of Simcoe County
  • Brereton Field Naturalist Club
  • Central Ontario Humanists
  • City of Barrie
  • Cody's House - Youth Mental Health Care
  • Collier Street United Church
  • Communities in Bloom
  • Fair Trade Barrie
  • Filipino-Canadian Association of Barrie and Suburban Areas
  • Firebird Community Cycle
  • Friends of Milligan's Pond
  • Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism Barrie
  • Girl Guides of Canada
  • Heritage Barrie
  • La Clé
  • Living Green
  • MacLaren Art Centre
  • Medieval Swordplay Canada/Barrie Swordplay Association
  • Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Ontario Chiropractic Association
  • Sahaja Yoga Meditation
  • St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church
  • Scouts Canada
  • Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • South Simcoe Rebel Rollers
  • Theatre by the Bay
  • Tourism Barrie
  • Wee Watch Barrie
  • Willow Creek Day Camp
  • And more!
Fire & Police Display

Barrie Police Service and Barrie Fire & Emergency Service will be on hand with vehicles, equipment, special activities, and safety information. Take the mini combat challenge to test your fire safety skills, check out the inside of a fire truck or police car, and watch an auto extrication demonstration. You might even meet Blue, the Barrie Police mascot!

Learn to Skateboard & Scooter

Try skateboarding and scootering with Evolve Skate Camp or watch their professional instructors in action. Great for kids 6-12, safety equipment provided.

Star Stage
Centennial Park North (near Victoria Street)

Don't miss an amazing line-up of local talent guaranteed to entertain all day long, featuring:

Arts Stage
Centennial Park South (near the parking lot)

Don't miss an amazing line-up of local talent guaranteed to entertain all day long, featuring:

  • 11:30am - Jenny & Chris
  • 12:10pm - 61 Pickup
  • 12:50pm - John Anderson
  • 1:30pm - Please & Thanks
  • 2:10pm - Theatre by the Bay
  • 2:50pm - Molly McNulty
  • 3:20pm - Hearts of Folk
  • 4:10pm - Emily Devlin
FireGuy Skateboard Show
11am, 1pm, & 3pm

All a-board! The FireGuy Skateboard Fire Show returns to Celebrate Barrie to entertain the crowds! FireGuy is a world-travelling, fire-juggling skateboarder who has a burning desire to entertain. You'll see him juggle fire, jump, and more all while on skateboard. After the 11am and 1pm shows, kids can stick around to learn more about the art of FireGuy's performance and check out some of his unique circus props. Don't miss his claim to flame!

Starlight Cinema presents Ratatouille
Centennial Park at dusk (approximately 9pm)
*Weather permitting (rain date - June 11th)

After a fun-filled day at Celebrate Barrie, experience the soft glow of the silver screen as you enjoy an outdoor film at the beach! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a night with your family under the stars.  Kettle corn and drinks available!

Rated G, 1 hour 51 minutes, Animation/Comedy (2007)
In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down. Ratatouille won Best Animated Feature Film at the 2008 Academy Awards and Golden Globes.

Presented in partnership with the Barrie Film Festival.

Getting Around - Shuttle & Parking

Shuttle - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Park at the Bayfield Mall, easily accessed off of Highway 400, and take a FREE ride to Celebrate Barrie! The shuttle will begin service at 9:00am and run continuously throughout the day with the last shuttle leaving Centennial Park at 5:30pm. The shuttle stops will be located at Barrie Transit stop #203 on Coulter Street behind the Bayfield Mall and at Centennial Park. Shuttle is accessible and parking at the Bayfield Mall is free.

Waterfront Parking

Due to construction, waterfront parking is limited, but there's some available within walking distance. Waterfront parking is free for Barrie residents with a valid resident pass or available for $3/hour ($15 daily maximum). For more information and a map of waterfront parking, visit

Accessible Parking

Additional accessible parking will be available to those with a valid pass on a first come, first served basis at the Centennial marina lot and the Centennial south parking lot. See security guards at the event for assistance. The free shuttle service as also accessible - see above for details.

Celebrate Barrie 2016 is generously supported by:






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