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This Schedule of Events is presented to you by the hard work of the Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce office and with their kind consent.

 

MAY

Grand Bend Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays, May 24 to October 14, 2017, 8am-1pm, The Colonial parking lot, Grand Bend

grandbendfarmersmarket.ca, 226-520-0144

Local fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items.

 

Exeter Farmers’ Market

Thursdays, May 25 to October 5, 2017, 2pm-6pm, beside Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, Exeter

facebook.com/exeterfarmersmarket, 519-870-8213, manager@exeterfarmersmarket.ca

Local fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items.

 

Forest Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

Fridays, May 26 to October 13, 2017, 8am-1pm, King St., Forest

forestfarmersmarket@gmail.com, 226-520-0144

Local fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, syrup & preserves, baked goods and artisan items.

 

 

JUNE

Culture & Art Walks

First Fridays every month June to October, 5-7pm, Main St., Bayfield

Self-guided culture and art walk in historic village. Maps available at Bayfield Farmer’s Market.

 

Points Weekend

June 2-4, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Thunder, Junior and Extreme 32-series dragracing, including Windsor Bracket series.

 

Forest Kiwanis Bike Rodeo

June 3, 2016, 11am-1pm, The Shores Recreation Centre, Forest

kineto.ca, 519-786-2303

Children learn bicycle skills with obstacles and fun games. Free hot dogs & pop. Prizes.

 

Bayfield Village Yard Sale

June 3, 2017, 8am-11am, Bayfield

villageofbayfield.com

Visit the Village of Bayfield for the annual town wide yard sale!

 

Hensall Spring Fair

June 9-11, 2017, Hensall Fairgrounds, Hensall

village.hensall.on.ca

Parade, pet show, clown show, mini-tractor pull, mini-horse show, mad science show, Fire Department extrication demo.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

June 7-24, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend

draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866

Don’t miss this rollicking musical masterpiece packed with incredible dance numbers, plenty of laughter and catchy tunes set in the ancient land of Canaan.

 

MOPAR Canadian Superbike Series

June 9-11, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, csbk.ca, 519-238-7223

First time this national motorcycle road race series is being held in Southwestern Ontario. Will be covered by TSN!

 

Summer Sizzler All Bikes Event

June 16-18, 2017 – Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Canada’s biggest Harley Bash and all-bikes race weekend.

 

Exeter’s Town-Wide Yard Sale

June 18, 2016, 7am-onwards, Exeter

Annual town-wide yard sale! Great deals on collectables, treasures and other good stuff!

 

Beach Fest

June 24, 2016, 8am-Midnight, Grand Bend Main Beach

GrandBendOptimistClub.ca, 519-238-2001

 

North Lambton Quilters Guild Show

June 22–24, 2017, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend

lambtonmuseums.ca, 519-243-2600, 519-786-6024, heritage.museum@county-lambton.on.ca

Exhibit FREE with museum admission.

 

Family Fishing Derby

June 24, 2017, 7am-11am, Falls Reserve Conservation Area, Benmiller

mvca.on.ca, 1-877-325-5722

Fish a stocked pond for the big one, trout or bass. Three age categories; some angling equipment available to borrow. Prizes available for youth.

 

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race

June 24 & 25, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

 

All Shook UP

June 28-July 16, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend

draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866

A fun-filled, feel-good ’50s musical comedy inspired by the music of Elvis Presley.

 

Jonas & Barry in the Home

June 28-July 15, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse II, Grand Bend

draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866

Canada’s favourite playwright, Norm Foster’s comedy about two seniors searching for friendship, love and elusive happiness at the Gateway Gardens assisted living home.

 

Seniors Day & Market Event

June 30, 2017, 8am-3pm, King St., Forest

shopforest.ca, 705-344-5862, outreach@shopforest.ca

Various displays and vendors.

 

ONDR Nostalgia Weekend

June 30-July 2, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223

Largest Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racer’s event of the year, featuring classic drag-racing vehicles from the past and Classic Car Show.

 

JULY

Family Fishing Week

July 1-9, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend

pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-1521

Province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing licence. Budget and family-friendly way to introduce kids to angling.

 

Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks

July 1, 2017, Main Beach, Grand Bend

canadadaygrandbend.ca, 519-238-2001, info@canadadaygrandbend.ca

Live music on the beach 11am-onwards, ending with fireworks at 10pm.

 

Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2017, 9am-10pm, South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter

519-228-7303 (Ian)

Family-friendly events include breakfast, car show, pet contest, free swimming, bike decorating, musical entertainment and Legion supper. Fireworks at dusk.

Summer Sunset Sounds Concerts

Sundays July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017, 7pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend

summersunsetsounds.ca, 519-238-1472, info@summersunsetsounds.ca

Free music concert at sunset on the beach – all music styles.

 

Bach Music Festival of Canada

July 6-16, 2017, Exeter

bachfestival.ca, 519-235-2565 ext. 223

Bringing world-class performers to Exeter. Celebrating Canada’s 150 years with a gala concert. Youth Arts Immersion Program for ages 8 to 14-years.

 

Bayfield Vettefest

July 7 & 8, 2017 Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield

bayfieldvettefest.com, 519-565-2020, bcoombs@tcc.on.ca

Friday: 7pm Vette cruise. Saturday: Firemen’s Breakfast 8am-11am; all-day Corvette show.

 

BaconFest – Everything Bacon & Bikes

July 8, 2017, 10am-6pm, Lucan

baconfestlucan.ca, lucanbaconfest@gmail.com

Hogs and Rods Show & Shine, Bike Wash, Walking Poker Run, Bands, Beer Garden, KidZone, Food.

 

Kettle & Stony Point Competition PowWow

July 8 & 9, 2017, Kettle Point Park, 9226 Lake Rd., Kettle Point

kettlepoint.org, 519-786-2125, kp.powwow@live.ca

Event offers cultural experience and traditional foods. Competition PowWow, singing, dancing, arts & crafts and drum contest. Everyone welcome.

 

GTA Exotic Car Lapping Weekend

July 8 & 9, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, gtaexotics.ca, 519-238-7223

Take a Ferrari, Lamborghini or other exotic car for a drive. Must be at least 16-years old.

 

Stratford Spectacular Weekend

July 14-16, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223

NAPA Ultimate Showdown Pro Mods, show cars and jet dragsters. Friday: qualifier events.

 

Pioneer Park Rummage Sale

July 14, 2017, Bayfield Arena, Bayfield

villageofbayfield.com, info@villageofbayfield.com

Vendors fill the arena for this annual sale. Arrive early and expect a line-up at this popular event!

 

Bayfield Boat Parade

July 15, 2017 (rain date July 22), Bayfield

villageofbayfield.com

Visit the Village of Bayfield Marina at sunset for the third annual boat parade!

 

Million Dollar Quartet

July 19-August 5, 2017

draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866

A hit musical inspired by the legendary 1956 recording session at Sun Records in Memphis, when fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together for the first and only time.

 

Lucky Stiff

July 20-August 5, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse II, Grand Bend

draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866

To claim a large fortune, a bachelor shoe salesman must take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on vacation and of course there’s only one hitch! A hilarious comedy that follows a dead guy who’s having the time of his life.

 

Tremendous Tuesday Antique Car Show

July 20, 2017, 4pm-7pm, King St., Forest

shopforest.ca, outreach@shopforest.ca

Antique and vintage car show and parade.

 

Exeter Sidewalk Sale Days

July 20-22, 2017, Exeter

facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com

3 days of bargains. Deals on the sidewalk, deals inside and new items.

 

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race

July 22 & 23, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

 

Huron Sound & Arts Festival

July 22, 2017, 2-11pm – MacNaughton Park, Exeter

culturalcollective.ca, cultural.collectivesh@gmail.com

Enjoy local music, artisans, food and a cash bar in the park!

 

Zurich Country Fair

July 28-30, 2017, Zurich Agriplex, 15 East St., Zurich

zurichcountryfair.com, zurichcountryfair@outlook.com, 519-319-8021 (Jeff)

Horse shows, baby show, elimination draw & dance, jamboree, animal displays, culinary arts, children’s displays and activities and midway.

 

MS Bike Tour – Grand Bend to London

July 29 & 30, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex , Grand Bend

msbiketours.ca, 1-888-510-7777

Cycle 150km from Grand Bend to London (Western University) and back again. 1,890 participants!

 

AUGUST

MOPAR Canadian Nationals

August 4-6, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Canada’s Biggest Drag Racing Event. 350+ race teams. Dragsters, Nitro Funnies, Jets, Pros, Fireworks!

 

Summer Sunset Sounds Concerts

Monday August 7 & Sundays, August 13, 20, 27, 2017, 7pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend

summersunsetsounds.ca, 519-238-1472, info@summersunsetsounds.ca

Free music concert at sunset on the beach – all music styles.

 

Celtic Roots Festival

August 7-11, 2017, Lions’ Harbour Park, Goderich

celticfestival.ca, 519-524-8221, festival@celticfestival.ca, college@celticfestival.ca

Week-long school of Celtic music, dance and crafts and art for adults and children ending with a 3-day traditional outdoor festival.

 

Beauty and the Beast

August 10-September 3, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend

draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866

A terrible hex has transformed a handsome prince into a monstrous Beast, and the spell can only be broken if he finds his one true love before the last petal falls off an enchanted rose.

 

Exeter RAM Rodeo

August 11-13, 2017, South Huron Recreation Centre, Exeter

exeterrodeo.com, 519-235-2833, j.fields@southhuron.ca

Family-friendly rodeo celebrates agricultural heritage. Bronco riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more.

 

Kids Day & Market Event

August 11, 2017 11am-5pm, King St., Forest

shopforest.ca, 519-786-4728, outreach@shopforest.ca

Kid-friendly fun with free activities including train rides.

 

Bayfield Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale

August 11-13, 2017, Bayfield Arena, Bayfield

trinitychurch.bayfield.on.ca, 519-565-2974

Prestigious dealers, refreshments & live entertainment. Tickets at the door.

 

Firemen’s Breakfast & Community Yard Sale

August 12, 2017, Zurich

municipalityofbluewater.ca, 519-239-4351 ext. 223

Racer 5 Motorcycle Training Weekend

August 12 & 13, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

racer5.ca, grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223

Fast track your riding skills with the Racer 5 multi-stage motorcycle handling and racing courses. We train riders of all skills, from introductory to race levels.

 

One for the Pot

August 16-September 2, 2017, Huron Country Playhouse II, Grand Bend

draytonentertainment.com | 1-855-372-9866

A seemingly endless string of mistaken identities, unrequited romances and hilarious confusion cause this bubbly farce to boil over in a bevy of laughs.

 

Annual Western Ontario Steam Threshers Festival

August 17-20, 2017, Forest Fairgrounds, Forest

steamthresher.com, 519-845-1170, dkmoffat22@gmail.com (Karla)

Event showcases early agriculture tools and methods with antique vehicles, model engine displays, wagon rides and country music. This year featuring Cockshutt Tractors, rodeo, Square Dancing Tractors and Canadian Cowgirls.

 

Windsor Racing Weekend

August 18-20, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223

Large community-driven, drag-racing event. Windsor Bracket Series Championship. Saturday Night of fire, show cars, jets, fireworks and more!

 

Bayfield Fair

August 18-20, 2017, Bayfield Fairgrounds, Bayfield

bayfieldfallfair.ca, info@bayfieldfair.ca

Friday kicks of this weekend festival with local vendors – who are also competing for BEST RIBS – serving succulent ribs (6pm); ticketed & licensed event. Saturday & Sunday, 9am onwards, lots of activities including exhibits, concessions, demonstrations, fireworks, horse shows, parade, wiggle cars, face painting, dunk tank, dog agility show, mini tractor pull and more.

 

Zurich Bean Festival & Antique Car Show

August 25 & 26, 2017, Zurich Fairgrounds & Bluewater Arena, Zurich

beanfest.ca, 519-236-2326, info@zurichbeanfestival.com

Friday 7pm antique car cruise, Bean Dance, fireworks. Saturday: giant antique car show, pancake breakfast, children’s midway rides, street market, live music, home-cooked beans & pork-chop dinners!

 

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race

August 26 & 27, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

 

2nd Annual Turtle Hatchling Release

August 31, 2017, Noon-6pm, Morrison Dam Conservation Area, Exeter

hsc.huronstewardship.ca, 705-350-1015, mullenjory@gmail.com (Jory)

Release a baby turtle into the wild in exchange for a donation to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. Live animals for hands on.

 

SEPTEMBER

Thunder by the Beach

September 1-3, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223

300+ race teams at this final big event of the season. Nitro cars, Ultimate Showdown Pro Mod & TD/TS, Jets, fireworks.

 

Summer Sunset Sounds Concerts

September 4, 2017, 7pm, Main Beach, Grand Bend

summersunsetsounds.ca, 519-238-1472, info@summersunsetsounds.ca

Free music concert at sunset on the beach – all music styles.

 

Racer 5 Motorcycle Training Weekend

September 9 & 10, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

racer5.ca, grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223

Fast track your riding skills with the Racer 5 multi-stage motorcycle handling and racing courses. We train riders of all skills, from introductory to race levels.

 

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

September 16, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend

pinerypark.on.ca, shorelinecleanup.ca, 519-243-8539

Meet at the Visitor Centre to start the day. Wear gloves – garbage bags provided. Please pre-register.

 

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race

September 16 & 17, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

 

Terry Fox Run

September 17, 2017, 10am-2pm, MacNaughton Park, Exeter

facebook.com/events/1592409951047395, 519-281-7313

Fundraiser for cancer research. Register at Dalton Finkbeiner Pavillion. Walk, run, or bike the trail.

 

Forest Fall Fair

September 22-24, 2017, Forest Fairgrounds, Forest

forestfair.ca, 519-786-3353, forestfair@xcelco.on.ca

Livestock shows, miniature horse show, baby contest, barrel racing and speed shows, midway, exhibits, special displays.

 

Fallfast Big $ Race Weekend

September 22-24, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223

Final Drag event of the season, features big dollar race programs, Racer/Crew appreciation dinner. ONDR joins us on Saturday.

 

VolkFest

September 24, 2017, Clan Gregor Square, Bayfield

villageofbayfield.com/volkfest, info@elephantjuice.ca

Break out your tie dyed shirt and join us in Clan Gregor Square for the third annual Volkfest! Enjoy VW bugs & busses, live music, food & art vendors and more!

 

SOAR Motorcycle Road Race

September 29 & October 1, 2017, Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend

grandbendmotorplex.ca, 519-238-7223, facebook.com/grandbendmotorplex

Fun, competitive and exciting event for racers to explore their skills.

 

OCTOBER

Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale

October 7 & 8, 2017, Grand Bend

226-377-1851 (Robin)

Outdoor market offers FRESH LOCAL fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, crafts and artisan products.

 

Joe Brandon Memorial Rainbow Trout Derby

October 13-15, 2017, Friday 6am to Sunday Noon, Rainbow Valley Campground, Bayfield

Facebook.com/events/619016414794425, 519-565-5142

All ages derby. Top prize is $800. Weigh station in Rainbow Valley Campground.

 

Lambton Fall Colour & Craft Festival

October 14 & 15, 2017, Lambton Heritage Museum (Grand Bend) & Legacy Recreation Centre (Thedford)

lambtonmuseums.ca, 519-243-2600

Giant Christmas Craft Sale offering decorating accessories, folk art, woodworking, fine art, photography, clothing, jewellery, stained glass, pottery and more

 

Pinery Fall Classic Road Race

October 15, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend

pineryroadrace.ca, 519-243-1521, roadrace@friendsofpinerypark.ca

Walk, jog or run through Oak Savanna in support of Friends of Pinery. Part of the “Runpiker Series”. All levels: 2km, 5km & 10km. Register early, as event fills up fast.

 

Halloween Weekend at Pinery

October 21 & 22, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend

519-243-8574 or 519-243-1521, fopp@oxford.net

Join park naturalists throughout the weekend for special Halloween-themed programming. Learn to differentiate between spooky myths and facts. Riverside Campground trick-or-treating and scarecroew decorating with natural objects. Prizes for best scarecrow. Saturday: bat house building.

 

Owl Prowl

Saturday, October 28, 6-pm, Morrison Dam Conservation Area, Exeter

abca.on.ca, 519-235-2610, info@abca.on.ca

An Owl Prowl is a chance to hear an interactive presentation about owls and to take part in a night-hike owl ‘hoot.’ Hundreds of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations through engaging multimedia presentations and this moonlit guided hike to call for owls.

 

Witches Walk

October 28, 2017, Ashwood Inn, Bayfield

villageofbayfield.com

Visit the spooks and ghouls at the annual Bayfield Witches Walk – If you dare!

 

NOVEMBER

Christmas Craft Show & Sale

November 3-5, 2017, Lucan Community Memorial Centre, Lucan

facebook.com/lucancraftshow, 519-227-4442

Over 75 craft vendors. Baked goods, artisan crafts, syrups, preserves, clothing, home decor.

 

Light Up Grand Bend

November 17, 2017, Optimist’s Park, Grand Bend

grandbendtourism.com, 519-238-2001, info@grandbendtourism.com

Friday: Light Up Grand Bend – caroling, Santa’s visit, seasonal beverages & treats, town lighting. Christmas shopping open-house weekend features deals, decorated stores, horse & carriage rides.

 

Old Fashioned Christmas Weekend

November 17-19, 2017, King St., Forest

shopforest.ca, 519-786-5062, outreach@shopforest.ca

Tree-lighting with Santa on Friday.

 

Christmas Comes Early

November 17-19, 2017 Grand Bend, Forest, Dashwood & St. Joseph

facebook.com/events/617708285083311, 226-377-1851 (Robin)

Weekend-long event with local downtown businesses in Grand Bend, Forest and St. Joseph’s decorated for Christmas. Get a start on our Christmas list and enjoy seasonal atmosphere and special sales and giveaways!

 

Christmas in Bayfield

November 17-19, 2017, Bayfield

christmasinbayfield.com, info@villageofbayfield.com

Friday: 7pm tree lighting, Santa’s arrival, caroling, seasonal beverages; Saturday: Santa Claus Parade 11am; Sunday: Main Street Music Fest. Shops open late.

 

Exeter Christmas Festival

November 17-19, 2017, Exeter

facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com

Celebrate the Christmas season in Exeter! Check out our fabulous shops and restaurants, than head to the Santa Claus Parade!

 

Grand Bend Holiday Home Tour

November 17-19, 2017, Multiple Homes, Grand Bend Area

grandbendholidayhometour.ca, 519-238-2001, info@grandbendholidayhometour.ca

View homes and their elaborate Christmas decor while you enjoy some seasonal beverages and treats. Sponsoring retail locations will be offering seasonal products and special pricing. Tickets $25.

 

Goderich Santa Claus Parade

November 18, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:15pm, Courthouse Square, Goderich

519-524-6600

6:30pm -Seasonal Music. 7pm – Christmas light displays. 7:15pm – Santa Claus Parade.

 

Santa Claus Parade

November 18, 2017, 6pm, Exeter

facebook.com/experienceexeter, 226-423-3028, brittany@exeterbia.com

Come and enjoy a parade of lights along Main Street Exeter!

 

Lighting of the Trees Ceremony

November 24, 2017, Hensall

 

Black Friday Special Sales Event

November 24, 2017, King St., Forest

ShopForest.ca, outreach@shopforest.ca, Sarah Williams

Participating merchants offer great sales.

Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade

November 25, 2017, 7pm, King St., Forest

kineto.ca, 519 786-3239

Starting at the old arena on Townsend Line to Main and King streets.

 

Turkey Bingo

November 29, 2017, Bluewater Community Centre, Zurich

519-236-9908

Jackpot; 18yrs of age and older to attend and play

 

Ladies Night

November 30, 2017, 3pm-9pm, King St., Forest

shopforest.ca, outreach@shopforest.ca

Special deals available to Christmas shoppers.

 

DECEMBER

Lucan Biddulph Santa Claus Parade

December 2, 2017, 6pm, Main St., Lucan

519-227-4491, jlatta@lucanbiddulph.on.ca

Zurich Santa Claus Parade / Lions Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

December 3, 2017, 5:30pm, Main St., Zurich

519-236-4717

 

Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2017, Pinery Provincial Park, Grand Bend

pinerypark.on.ca, 519-243-8539

Join birdwatchers for an incredible day of winter birding.

 

 

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