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Festivals & Events

Special events and festivals add to the 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, tourism operators, and community organizations.

October Creative Economy Events

From music, food and theatre to film and tech, Barrie's creative economy is thriving. Experience it for yourself with the following events happening throughout October.

Event Date Presented By
Tasting Trail Saturdays in October Downtown Barrie BIA
BDAR Hackathon Workshop Tuesday, October 3 Barrie & District Association of Realtors (BDAR)& Hackworks
Sexy Laundry October 4–7 City of Barrie Theatres
Driving WinTech Tuesday October 10 Women in Tech World
Barrie Film Festival October 13–22 The Barrie Film Festival
 Game On!  Sunday, October 22  City of Barrie Creative Economy Department
Staying in Tune | Music Summit Tuesday October 24 City of Barrie Creative Economy Department
BDAR Housing Hackathon Friday October 20 – Sunday October 22 BDAR & Hackworks
Xcelerate Summit October 25–26 Small Business Centre

Annual Independent Events

In addition to municipally run events, the City welcomes a variety of events managed independently.  For more information, download the Barrie Events & Culture Guide or use the links to major events below.

Event Month
Barrie Waterfront Festival May
Outdoor Film Series June - August
Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival June
Kids Fishing Day June
Promenade Days June/July (Canada Day weekend)
Craft Beer & BBQ Festival July
Kempenfest August (Civic holiday weekend)
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival August
Tree Lighting Celebration November
Santa Claus Parade November

Special Event Permits

All public events held on municipal property are required to have a Special Event Permit and meet City requirements to ensure a safe and successful event for all involved. Anyone who would like to plan a public event must first contact the City's Special Events Office at 705-739-4285 or Staff are happy to provide information about the permit process and what may be required to host an event on municipal property. Events are vetted by Barrie's Event Action Team (BEAT) which includes members of the Barrie Police Service, Enforcement Services, and Parks. Events are considered on a case-by-case basis and are permitted if approved by BEAT and complete all permit requirements.


Barrie has been the backdrop of many filming projects, from feature films to television shows, commercials, music videos, and student projects. Anyone planning to film in Barrie should first contact the City's Special Events Office at 705-739-4285 or Staff are happy to provide more information about potential locations, permits, and other requirements for your project.

City of Barrie Events Generously Supported By


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