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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 1st. Experience live music, heritage village, family fun zone, local vendor marketplace, community displays, outdoor film, and much more.


Celebrate Barrie has always been about showcasing the amazing things Barrie has to offer and this year we want to take it to the next level! We are on the hunt for community organizations, perfromers, and businesses from Barrie and area that offer unique experiences, do things different, and are helping to shape Barrie into an exciting, inclusive, and diverse community.

Community Groups

Community groups and local not-for-profit organizations interested in connecting with the community are invited to submit. Celebrate Barrie is a great opportunity to promote your organization - its programs, services, and events - to Barrie and area visitors and residents in a free, fun environment.

To be eligible to participate, community groups and not-for-profit organizations must provide a free activity and serve or be based in Barrie & area. Think outside the box and be unique, fun, and engaging! For 2019, special consideration will be given to organizations offering new experiences, showcasing community diversity, and providing activities for people of all ages and abilities.

To help, we're offering a Community Engagement Workshop open to all interested organizations on Friday March 22nd, 5pm at the Five Points Theatre. Interested community groups are encouraged to attend - we think you'll learn a lot that you can use in preparing your proposed activity for Celebrate Barrie, as well as in all of your other community outreach activities!

If interested in being considered for a space at Celebrate Barrie and/or registering for the Community Engagement Workshop, please email and include information about your organization (background and mandate), contact information, and your idea for a unique opportunity. Submissions from community groups will be accepted until Friday, April 5th at 4:30pm.


The Celebrate Barrie Entertainment Committee is now accepting applications from local performers. We're looking to create an amazing and diverse line-up to showcase the best of Barrie! Performers of all kinds are invited to submit - bands, individual musicians and performers, choirs, dance groups, theatre companies, and more. Submissions from Barrie or the immediate surrounding area (Innisfil, Oro-Medonte, etc.) will be considered.

To be considered, please submit a bio, contact info, and a few examples of recent audio/video for the committee to review. Examples must be included in order to be considered and can be submitted by CD/DVD, as an email attachment, or a link to an EPK, YouTube channel, or other website. Submissions from performers will be accepted until Friday, April 5th at 4:30pm and can be sent to or dropped off at the Creative Economy Department (56 Mulcaster Street).


Local entrepreneurs interested in connecting with over 10,000 visitors and residents of Barrie are encouraged to participate in and partner with Celebrate Barrie! Thet event is a great opportunity to promote your business, products, and services to Barrie and area residents in a free, fun environment. To increase your exposure, we encourage businesses to provide a free, unique, and engaging activity. For 2019, special consideration will be given to businesses offering unique experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

Not sure how to get the most of this opportunity? We're offering a Community Engagement Workshop open to all interested local businesses on Friday March 22nd, 5pm at the Five Points Theatre. We think you'll learn a lot that you can use in preparing your proposed activity for Celebrate Barrie, as well as in all of your other community outreach activities!

If you'd like to learn more about participating in Celebrate Barrie or to register for the Community Engagement Workshop, please email Submissions from local businesses will be accepted until Friday, April 5th at 4:30pm.

Food Vendors

New for 2019, the City of Barrie is also accepting applications from local food trucks, food entrepreneurs, and restaurants for an opportunity to be a part of a new food market. We're looking to create a market area where visitors can try new foods and sample local flavour. Submissions from Barrie or the immediate surrounding area (Innisfil, Oro-Medonte, etc.) will be considered.

If interested in being considered, please submit information about your business to, including a product list or menu, contact information, and details of your event set-up (food truck, tent, cooking equipment, etc.). Submissions from local food vendors, restaurants, and entrepreneurs will be accepted until Friday, April 5th at 4:30pm.

2018 Celebrate Barrie Programming
Centennial Park

Stay tuned! Celebrate Barrie 2019 programming will be posted soon. Browse last year's programming to learn more about the kind of fun we have at Celebrate Barrie.

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 Was Generously Supported By:





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