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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.

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.

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.

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