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Celebrate Barrie

The City of Barrie presents Celebrate Barrie, our kick-off to the summer festival season! Join us at Centennial Park along the beautiful shores of Kempenfelt Bay on Saturday, June 2nd. Experience live music, a heritage village, family fun zone, local vendor marketplace, outdoor film, and much more.

This year, the 29th annual Barrie Native Friendship Centre Pow Wow is being held in partnership with Celebrate Barrie. It takes place June 2 & 3 at Red Storey Field and the theme is Honouring Our Founders. Grand Entry is at 12 noon and 7pm on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday. 

2018 Celebrate Barrie Programming
Centennial Park

Special Activities
Inflatables, Rock Climbing Wall, & More | 10am-6pm

Enjoy an exciting variety of inflatables and activities from Party Tyme Treats & Amusements, including a 25 foot rock climbing wall!

Sciensational Sssnakes | 10am-6pm

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

Speaking of Wildlife | 10am-6pm

Get up close and personal with Speaking of Wildlife! Meet and learn about some of our wild friends from right here in Ontario.

Vendor Market | 10am-6pm

Browse talented creatives doing amazing work locally and enjoy a variety of food vendors, including:

  • Barrie Makerspace Committee
  • Birch Farms Buttertarts
  • ChaCha Churros
  • Crowned Eagle
  • Epic North Coffee
  • Green by Hand
  • Hazel & Honey
  • Junebugs
  • Kiwanis Club of Barrie
  • Lemon Heaven
  • Mountain Mama Collective
  • Northern Kettlecorn
  • Reskewed Fashion
  • Ripe Juicery
  • Shilango
  • Tandempark
  • Uniquely Gifted
Science North presented by Telus | 10am-5pm

Check out one of Ontario's most popular family attractions on tour with their Feel the Rush program featuring the science behind extreme sports!

Made possible with support from:

Heritage Village | 10am-6pm

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

Community Groups & Activities | 10am-6pm

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! This year's feature organizations include:

  • Allandale Neighbourhood Association
  • Barrie & District Christmas Cheer
  • Barrie & District Ringette Association
  • Barrie Canoe & Kayak Club (BCKC)
  • Barrie Public Library
  • Barrie Transit
  • Barrie's Ribbons of Hope Dragon Boat Team
  • Canadian Cancer Society - CIBC Run for the Cure
  • Central Ontario Humanists
  • Central Ontario Living History Association
  • City of Barrie
  • Collier Street United Church
  • Communities in Bloom
  • Environmental Action Barrie
  • Fair Trade Barrie
  • Filipino-Canadian Association of Barrie & Suburban Area
  • Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Barrie
  • Girl Guides of Canada - Barrie & Area
  • Kiwanis Club of Barrie
  • La Clé
  • MacLaren Art Centre
  • Medieval Swordplay Canada
  • Neurofibromatosis Ontario
  • St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church
  • Sahaja Yoga Meditation
  • Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
  • Theatre by the Bay
  • Tourism Barrie
  • Wee Watch Barrie
  • Willow Creek Day Camp
  • And more!
Barrie Fire Display | 10am-4pm

Barrie Fire & Emergency Service will be on hand from 10am to 4pm with vehicles, equipment, special activities, and safety information. Test your fire safety skills and check out the inside of a fire truck.

Learn to Skateboard & Scooter | 10am-6pm

Kids 6-12 are invited to try out skateboards and scooters with Evolve Skate Camp on a fun trial course. Skateboards, scooters, and safety equipment provided. 

Star Stage | 10:30am-6pm
Centennial Park North (near Victoria Street)

11:10am - Bravado! Show Choir
11:50am - Miller School of Irish Dance
12:20pm - John Anderson
1:05pm - The Classy Wrecks
2:05pm - City of Barrie's Emerging Musicians Program Showcase
2:35pm - Melina Melle
3:20pm - Cousin Jack
4:20pm - Megan Anne
4:55pm - Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
5:35pm - The Noolands

Truelee Odd Busker Show
11am, 1pm, & 3pm

Truelee Odd has amused audiences around the world with his unique blend of charm, zaniness, and amazing feats. From the time he makes his entrance on a tiny motorcycle until his heart-stopping finale, you won't want to miss a second. Kids are invited to stick around after his show to learn all about juggling!

Starlight Cinema presents Back to the Future
Centennial Park at dusk (approximately 9pm)
*Weather permitting (rain date - June 9)

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 movie under the stars. Presented in partnership with the Barrie Film Festival.

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the time machine created by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and finds himself in a time-shattering situation that jeopardizes his future.

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
Rated PG, 110 min.

Getting Around - Shuttle & Parking

Shuttle Service
Saturday - 9:30am to 6:00pm (Celebrate Barrie & BNFC Pow Wow)
Sunday - 9:00am to 5:30pm (BNFC Pow Wow ONLY)

Park at the Bayfield Mall, easily accessed off of Highway 400, and take a FREE ride to Celebrate Barrie and the BNFC Pow Wow! The shuttle bus is accessible and parking at the Bayfield Mall is free. The shuttle stops will be located at:

  • Park 'n Ride - Barrie Transit stop #203 on Coulter Street behind the Bayfield Mall
  • Celebrate Barrie - Victoria Street across from Centennial Park
  • Pow Wow - Dunlop Street at Eccles Street just up from Red Storey Field

Waterfront Parking

There's a variety of parking lot and on-street parking available throughout downtown Barrie and along the waterfront. Waterfront parking is $3/hour ($15 daily maximum) or free with a resident pass. Downtown parking is free on Saturdays and within walking distance of Centennial Park along Barrie's waterfront trails. For more information and maps of waterfront and downtown 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 parking lot. The free shuttle service as also accessible - see Shuttle Service above for details or download the schedule.

Celebrate Barrie 2018 Is Generously Supported By:





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