Tuesday, June 23

Summer Happenings

Summer is hopping in Muskoka and the Almaguin Highlands. Here are some of the organized events and weekly activities in the region. Check back again as we update the list as we hear about new happenings.

Wednesday Kayak
Join a guided flatwater kayak tour from
the riverside dock in downtown Huntsville, along the Muskoka River to the mouth of Lake Vernon. Hosted by Algonquin Outfitters, this 2-hour paddle is great for new and experienced paddlers to enjoy an evening on the water. Just $15/person includes kayak, paddle and pfd. Meet at the store before 6pm, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Every Wednesday until September 9

Wednesday Concerts in the Park
In Huntsville at the town dock park. Enjoy a variety of musical performances outdoors on a summer evening.
Bring your lawn chairs or blanket to sit on and a toonie to contribute to the performer(s).
Every Wednesday from July 15 - August 19

Huntsville Farmers' Market
Selection of vendors, located in the Canadian Tire parking lot in Huntsville.
Every Thursday until October 29, from 9am-2pm

Commerce Park Huntsville Farmers' Market
Selection of vendors, located beside Robinson's Independent Grocer in Huntsville's Commerce Park.
Every Friday until September 4, from 9am-2pm

Muskoka Cruise Night
Hosted by the Historical Automotive Society of Canada, with prizes and a 50/50 draw with proceeds going to local charities. At the Canadian Tire parking lot in Huntsville.
Every Wednesday evening until October 28

Magnetawan Farmers' Market
Held at the Magnetawan Community Pavilion, with a range of goods including fresh produce; smoked, dried and frozen meats; specialty cheeses; flowers; baked goods; jewelry; antiques; knitting; sewing; wood carving; homemade jams.
Every Saturday until September 5

Muskoka Nights Cruise-In
Antique cars, hot rods, tuners, motorcycles and vehicles of special interest. Door prizes and a 50/50 draw raising funds for the Huntsville Animal Shelter.
At the Canadian Tire parking lot in Huntsville.
Every Saturday evening until October 10

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Wood n Things Rendezvous
Two-day event featuring chainsaw carving, instrument fabrication, log & twig furniture, wildlife and decoy carving. Live demos, displays, silent auction, farmer's market, bbq, and live entertainment. All taking place in the nearby town of Magnetawan. Visit Wood n Things Rendezvous for details.
June 26-27

The Group of Seven Mural Festival
During this 10-day event, seven new murals will be added to Huntsville's Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery. Each mural is a larger-than-life reproduction of an original piece by one of Canada's famed Group of Seven artists. During the festival, you can watch the muralists work their craft, and you can even participate and "add your brush stroke" to one of the murals. Visit The Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery for details.
June 26 - July 5

Canada Day
Lots of ways to celebrate in friendly, old-fashioned, small-town style. Read my post about local Canada Day festivities for more information.
July 1

Serena Ryder at the Algonquin Theatre
Juno award-winning singer/songwriter Serena Ryder is just one of many great artists who will grace the stage at Huntsville's Algonquin Theatre this summer. For information and tickets for this performance and others, visit the Algonquin Theatre website.
July 9, 8pm

Edge of the Woods Theatre Festival
One-of-a-kind event featuring outdoor performances and tasty treats. Each evening’s line-up includes giant puppets, acrobats, stilt walkers, modern dancers and a 5-part a capella musical. Delightful entertainment at downtown Huntsville's riverfront. Admission by donation.
July 10 & 11, 6pm

Creative Changes Art Show & Sale
Weekend event taking place in the town of Kearney. Art show and sale featuring local artists and artisans displaying and selling original works in many different mediums, including paintings in watercolour, oil, acrylic and pen & ink; clay sculpture; bird carvings; wood turnings; pottery; stained glass and more.
July 10, 7-9:30pm - Wine & cheese reception ($5.00)
July 11, 10am-6pm (free admission)
July 12, 10am-3pm (free admission)

Garden Tour
Hosted by the Sprucedale and District Horticultural Society. tour local gardens in the South Almaguin Highlands. Free admission.
July 19, 9am-4pm

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy at the Algonquin Theatre
Two of Canada's finest fiddlers and stepdancers in a two fiddle/two piano concert perform at Huntsville's Algonquin Theatre. For information and tickets for this performance and others, visit the Algonquin Theatre website.
July 22, 8pm

Daylily Festival
A weekend event to celebrate this amazing flower. Featuring live music of the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra, vendors, demos, and lots of gorgeous blooms. Wander the lily field, choose your favourite plant and they'll dig it right up for you to take home. It's all happening just down the road from the inn at the Fern Glen Garden Centre.
July 25 & 26

En Plein Air Painting & Auction
The Shutterbug Gallery and Huntsville Festival of the Arts are hosting this fun, free event. Watch and cheer as renowned local artists and select dignitaries create masterpieces in public in just four hours. At 3pm a lively and entertaining art auction begins, hosted by James Carrol and Grant Nickalls, with proceeds benefitting a student fine arts bursary. Located downtown Huntsville.
July 30, 11am

Huntsville Jazz Festival
The Huntsville Jazz Festival returns for it's third year with three great evenings of entertainment. Visit the Huntsville Festival of the Arts — Jazz Festival for more information.

August 1, 10am - 6pm

Daytime Jazz
A day-long celebration of jazz music under the sun in
downtown Huntsville's River Mill Park. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music.
August 1, 10am - 6pm

Kearney Regatta
Events include canoe races and cardboard boat competitions on Mirror Bay; a Saturday night street dance, parade, children's activities, slow pitch baseball and the Northern Lights Steel Band
August 1-3

Perseids Meteor Shower Peak
Every year from late July to late August, the earth passes through rock and dust fragments from comet Swif-Tuttle, creating vivid streaks of light through the sky—better known as 'shooting stars'. This year t
hey are expected to peak August 11 & 12, when there could be as many as a hundred streaks an hour. Stay at Fern Glen Inn and watch the show away from urban light pollution. We'll even serve a late breakfast so you can stay up into the wee hours if you like. Find out more about the Perseid Meteor Shower or other meteor shower dates in 2009.
August 11 & 12
Hawksley Workman at the Algonquin Theatre
Huntsville and Almaguin Highlands native, alternative/rock musician Hawksley Workman returns to his hometown stage to showcase his incredible vocal range and unique stylings. For information and tickets for this performance and others, visit the Algonquin Theatre website.
August 12, 8pm

Sundridge Sunflower Festival
Three-day event taking place at various locations in t
he town of Sundridge. Activities and events include canoe races, cardboard boat races, sidewalk chalk artists, live music, food and vendors, classic car show, historical displays, art show, and outdoor B-movie night. Visit the Sundridge Sunflower Festival for details.
August 14-16

Summer Sidewalk Sale
The Downtown Huntsville BIA presents the Summer Sidewalk Adventure, when shops will be bursting out all over and theadventures will happen on every corner of Main Street all the way to the Swing Bridge.
August 15, 10am - 6pm

Artists of the Limberlost Open Studio Tour

Artists of the Limberlost is a collective of artists and craftspeople with studios along Limberlost Road (off Hwy 60, east of Huntsville). At their annual Open Studio Weekend, the public is invited to not only see artwork and fine craft, but to experience the working environments and to learn about the creative processes involved in each medium. The free tour features 7 studios and also the work of 20 guest artists from Muskoka and beyond. The work is for sale, so everyone has the opportunity to take home a 'piece of the Limberlost' for themselves.
Visit Artists of the Limberlost for details.
August 15 & 16

RBC Sundridge Triathlon
Courses include Sprint Tri, Relay Tri, and Try-a-Tri, plus a variety of race distances for children. Race categories and distances, and registration information are available at RBC Sundridge Triathon.
August 16

Jim Cuddy at the Algonquin Theatre
Blue Rodeo frontman puts on two high-energy shows, backed by a quartet of stellar musicians. For information and tickets for this performance and others, visit the Algonquin Theatre website.
August 25 & 26, 8pm

Hawksley Workman at Burk's Falls Towne Theatre
Huntsville and Almaguin Highlands native, alternative/rock musician Hawksley Workman returns to Burk's Falls to showcase his incredible vocal range and unique stylings. Two nights, with a possibility of a third. The theatre is a small, intimate venue with outstanding acoustics. $30 + GST. For tickets, call 705-382-3138 or book your stay at the inn and we'll order and pick them up for you.
August 28 & 29

Emsdale Fall Fair

The Emsdale Agricultural Society will host its Fall Fair at the Emsdale Fairgrounds and Community Centre. Baby, pet and children's shows, a horse pull, light horse show, poultry exhibition, cattle show and a petting zoo, are all planned events. Enjoy live music, including fiddling, all day.
August 29

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