Summer Music Concerts

Barrie and area offers some of the world’s best musicians a place to play this summer -– whether it’s on the waterfront, in a pub or in a park, you can enjoy the groove whatever your tastes. Plan to spend your holiday in Simcoe County, with some of the best rockers and country artists on stage, some on consecutive weekends!

Imagine Alabama and Travis Tritt one weekend, followed with Nickel Back and Cheap Trick the next. You can make it happen if you make Barrie your base for a music-filled holiday this summer. 

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Big name rockers will hit the stage at the debut of the Roxodus Music Fest, July 11 to 14, at the Edenvale Airport, just west of Barrie on Highway 26. The four days of epic music, art and food include performances by not-to-miss greats including Nickelback, Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynrd, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick. Get your tickets at

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Burl’s Creek offers more classic legends on the stage July 20th. Alabama, Travis Tritt, and Diamond Rio take the stage to the debut Big Sky Music Festival, an event that also features a classic car show, camping and a craft market the whole family will enjoy.


On the August civic holiday weekend, Kempenfest fills Barrie’s waterfront with big-name musicians. Partnering with local rock and country stations, the festival has made a name for itself as a place to enjoy some of the best music – right within the City of Barrie on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay. More information is available at

Boots and Hearts

Rounding out the season at Burl’s Creek is the celebrated country festival, Boots and Hearts 2019. From Aug. 8 to 11, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, Kane Brown and Kip Moore headline the show that makes the weekend after the long August weekend the highlight of the summer for country music fans.  Get your tickets at

Downtown Barrie live entertainment

If you like your music on a lower key, downtown Barrie is an entertainment district that offers lots of smaller venues. Among those who have individual musicians or well known and appreciated bands are McReilly’s Pub, Kenzington Burger Bar, The Queen’s, The Ranch (although that’s not so little!) and Donaleigh’s Irish Public House.

This year, the City of Barrie proudly unveils the new Meridian Place stage, which links the downtown restaurants and shops with the Kempenfelt Bay waterfront.  A major, multi-year expansion of the public space opens the stage to incredible views and easy access to the great food and entertainment all season long, not just during Promenade Days, Downtown Barrie’s pedestrian celebration on the Canada Day weekend.

The Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival takes to the waterfront and also fills Barrie’s smaller venues with musicians, June 6 to 17. Concerts are free and the festival is a great way to spend a weekend in Barrie and welcome the summer weather, but on a lower note.

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