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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 6th, 2020. Experience live music, heritage village, family fun zone, local vendor marketplace, community displays, outdoor film, and much more.

Follow @creativebarrie on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram​ and check this page for exciting updates on what we have planned for Celebrate Barrie 2020!

Get Involved!

Celebrate Barrie is about showcasing our amazing community, so we are on the hunt for community organizations, performers, and businesses from Barrie and surrounding area that 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 be based in or serve the Barrie area. Think outside the box and be unique, fun, and engaging! Special consideration will be given to organizations offering new experiences, showcasing community diversity, and providing activities for people of all ages and abilities.

If interested in being considered for a space at Celebrate Barrie, 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 Thursday, April 9th 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, attachment to an email, or link to EPK, YouTube, or other website. Submissions for performers will be accepted until Thursday, April 9th at 4:30pm and can be sent to or dropped off at the Special Events Office (56 Mulcaster Street).


Now accepting interest from businesses interested in vendor opportunities, including food vendors, artisans, and local businesses with products and services. For consideration, please send information about your business, menu or list of products for sale, and photos to​​​

Sponsorship & Brand Activation

As an event partner, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign and engage an audience of over 10,000 through on-site recognition and brand activation opportunities. Our partners are valued and contribute directly towards providing exciting, free programming for the community. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1000 and a limited number of brand activation spaces are available starting at $500 for a 10'x10' space. If you are interested in becoming a Celebrate Barrie partner, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or

​2019 Celebrate Barrie

While we plan for 2020, check out the amazing line-up of fun and festivities that took place last year:

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. Details on who's coming will be posted soon!

Historic Walking Tour with Barrie’s Town Crier | 1pm-2pm (Meridian Place)

Meet Barrie’s Town Crier at the Meridian Place stage for a 1 hour guided walking tour of downtown Barrie highlighting the city’s history. He will entertain you with true stories of Barrie’s Victorian past!

Science North | 10am-6pm

Check out one of Ontario's most popular family attractions where you can have some fun while learning about the science behind agriculture!

Heritage Village | 10am-6pm

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

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 featured organizations include:

  • ArtWonderful!
  • Allandale Neighbourhood Association
  • Barrie & District Christmas Cheer
  • Barrie Canoe & Kayak Club
  • Barrie Curling Club
  • Barrie Latin Resource Centre
  • Barrie Region Innovation Exchange
  • Barrie Public Art Committee
  • Barrie Public Library
  • Barrie & District Ringette Association
  • Barrie Transit
  • Barrie's Ribbons of Hope
  • Canada Homestay Network
  • Central Ontario Living History Association
  • City of Barrie
  • Collier Street United Church
  • Communities in Bloom Barrie
  • Epilepsy Simcoe County
  • Ethnic Mosaic Alliance
  • Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Barrie
  • Girl Guides of Canada - Barrie & Area
  • Heritage Barrie
  • IOOF Seniors Home
  • Kiwanis Club of Barrie
  • La Cle
  • MacLaren Art Centre
  • Medieval Swordplay Canada
  • Pilipinong Migrante Sa Barrie
  • St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church
  • Sahaja Yoga Meditation
  • Shak's World
  • Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • South Asian Association of Simcoe County
  • South Simcoe Rebel Rollers
  • Theatre by the Bay
  • Tourism Barrie
  • Wee Watch Barrie
  • And more!
Nature Play | 10am-6pm

The City of Barrie has partnered with Evergreen Brick Works for a unique opportunity to play and learn in nature at Celebrate Barrie! Invent and build using your own creativity and problem-solving skills, all while developing an appreciation for the natural world. Come explore!

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.

Beer & Cider Garden | 11am-6pm

Come and enjoy a refreshing locally crafted beer or cider at our first ever Celebrate Barrie licensed area! Offering comfortable seating overlooking Barrie’s beautiful waterfront, the whole family can gather around and play games, enjoy some delicious treats, and listen to community-engaged performances by emerging artists.

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)

11:20am   Leny Bayda
11:50am   Miller School of Irish Dance
12:45pm   Sophie & the Gentles
1:45pm     Bhangra Crew Ontario
2:40pm     All My Life
3:25pm     Barrie Latin Resource Centre Dancers
4:05pm     Simcoe Contemporary Dancers 
5:00 pm    Cousin Jack 

FireGuy Busker Show
11am, 1pm, & 3pm

FireGuy has a burning desire to entertain! You'll see fire juggling, fire eating, and some awesome stunts. It's his claim to flame! Kids can stick around afterwards to get the inside scoop on some of FireGuy's amazing skills and try their hand at devil sticks. 

Starlight Cinema Outdoor Film featuring Ghostbusters
Centennial Park at dusk (approximately 9pm)
*Postponed to June 8 due to weather

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.

This classic supernatural comedy that defined a generation is celebrating 35 years! When Doctors Venkman (Bill Murray), Stantz (Dan Akroyd), and Spengler (Harold Ramis) suddenly find themselves downsized from the University's parapsychology department, they decided to go the entrepreneurial route, chasing down ghastly ghosts, unappetizing apparitions, and the occasional insolent succubae. But the paratroopers of the paranormal face their greatest challenge when the beautiful Dana Barret (Sigourney Weaver) discovers her refrigerator door leads directly to the gates of hell! Now with the world watching, it's up to the Ghostbusters to keep Manhattan from becoming a madhouse in this hilariously haunting action comedy.

Action/Comedy/Fantasy - 105 mins
Rated PG for scary scenes, mild language, and suggestive content

Presented in partnership with the Barrie Film Festival.


Getting Around - Shuttle & Parking

Shuttle Service
Saturday - 9:30am to 8:00pm
Sunday - 9:00am to 5:00pm

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 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Celebrate Barrie - Victoria Street across from Centennial Park (Saturday only)
  • Pow Wow - Sunnidale Park (Saturday & Sunday)

Waterfront Parking

There's a variety of parking lots 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.

Celebrate Barrie 2019 Was Generously Supported By:






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