What's happening in and around Muskoka and the Almaguin Highlands this summer? Lots!
Check back often; I add events as I hear about them. Do you know of an event I missed? Tell me and I'll add it, too.
Wednesday Evening Kayak Tour
Every Wednesday, Algonquin Outfitters offers a fun and relaxing evening on the Muskoka River with a guided kayak tour. Meet at their downtown store before 6pm and you'll be on the water by 7pm for a couple of hours of paddling. $15/person includes your kayak and all the gear you need.
Summer Ski & Snowboard Sale
Once again, Algonquin Outfitters is offering great savings on winter clothing, gear and outerwear; as well as deals on snowboards, skis, mountain and road bikes. Up to 70% off last winter's stock. Visit Algonquin Outfitters.
July 30 - Aug 2
Big party in the neighbouring town of Kearney. Saturday offers market & craft sales; rock climbing wall; land sports & games; log rolling; beer garden; silent auction; long distance canoe race; BBQ; and a street dance at night. Sunday offers the Regatta Parade; dog show; water sports including canoe races, cardboard boat races and the mile swim race; dinner; the Northern Lights Steel Band; and the grand finale fire works.
July 31 - Aug 1
Jazz Festival - Outdoor Music
Bask in the sun at River Mill Park in downtown Huntsville while listening to a great lineup of Jazz musicians. Free admission. Visit the Huntsville Festival of the Arts for the schedule of performers.
Aug 1, 11:20am - 5:15pm
Under the Stars Screening
Attend a free screening of the short film "Pretty Big Dig" and the feature documentary "Land" under the stars in Huntsville's River Mill Park. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Both films rated "G". Hosted by Film North, who are bringing us the Huntsville International Film Festival in September. Visit Film North for details.
Aug 1, 8:30pm
Madison Violet, Brass Transit, John McDermott
It's a busy weekend at the Algonquin Theatre, with up-and-coming folk singers Madison Violet on Thursday night; Brass Transit belting out the best jazz-rock of 1969-1976 on Friday night; and the much-loved crooner John McDermott on Saturday night. All part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.
Aug 5 -6
Perseids Meteor Shower
This annual meteor shower is considered to be one of the best for viewing bright, fast "shooting stars" -- and 2010 promised to be a great year for them! The thin, waxing crescent moon will set early in the evening, leaving a dark sky for viewing. The shower starts in late July to early August and builds to a peak around Aug 12-13. Far from the light pollution of town, guests at Fern Glen Inn can stretch out on loungers, benches, decks and the ground to watch the show... then sleep in and have a late breakfast. Read more about the Perseids and meteor viewing tips.
Fern Glen Inn (and the Northern Hemisphere)
International Women Riders Congress and Festival
Celebrating motorcycles and the women who ride them! This 3-day event is designed to appeal to both men and women riders of all disciplines and experience levels. Details and program schedule at International Women Riders Congress and Festival.
Artists of the Limberlost Studio Tour
Tour the studios of scenic Limberlost Road, meet the resident and guest artists, and see an incredible array of top-quality artwork in a variety of media. Visit the Artists of the Limberlost for map route and details.
Aug 14 & 15
Sundridge Sunflower Festival
Big festival in a small town on the shore of Lake Bernard. The two-day event includes outdoor movie screenings, live music performances, canoe and cardboard boat races, and a plethora of market vendors, and a street dance to wrap it all up. Visit the Sundridge Sunflower Festival for details.
Aug 13 & 14
Famous People Players
Canada's world-renowned black light theatre company brings their Shake, Rattle & Roll performance to the Algonquin Theatre for two nights. Ticket details at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.
Aug 14 & 15
Art & Lyrics Show and Sale
Inspired by song lyrics of their choice, each artist submits their best themed work for this 2-day exhibition. The event opens with a wine & cheese reception with live music entertainment on Friday and continues all day Saturday. Attendees are invited to vote for People's Choice Best in Show as well as browse the many booths and creative works. Visit the Huntsville Art Society for details.
Aug 20 & 21
Summer Sidewalk Adventure
The shops and merchants of Huntsville's historic downtown will be bursting with activity (and probably some good sales!).
Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer has a passion for music and the land we live on. Performing live at the Algonquin Theatre. Ticket details.
Aug 22, 8pm
The queen of Canadian comedy, Andrea Martin gives us an evening of outrageous comedy and song in her one-woman show "Final Days! Everything Must Go!!". See your favourite SCTV characters, hear your favourite Broadway tunes and listen to Ms. Martin dish about her life and career. Two nights at the Algonquin Theatre.
Aug 27 & 28