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5 Barrie Events Not To Miss This Summer

Summer is upon us, and there's no better place to soak up the sun and festivities than along Barrie's stunning waterfront. If you're looking for a quick escape from the city, Barrie is just a GO Train ride away from Toronto, offering a vibrant calendar of events throughout the warm summer months. Here's a glimpse of 5 summertime events you won't want to miss:

Open Air Dunlop
Photo Credit - Downtown Barrie BIA

1. Explore Open Air Dunlop (Various Dates Throughout Summer): Take a stroll down Dunlop Street and experience the lively Open Air Dunlop events. On select dates throughout the summer, this popular street transforms into a pedestrian-friendly zone. Enjoy live music at Meridian Place, explore unique shops and boutiques, indulge in delicious patio dining, or simply relax with a local craft beer.

Barrie Thunder Classics

2. Cruise Through Classic Cars and Outdoor Movies (Every Wednesday During Summer): Every summer Wednesday (weather permitting), Barrie offers a delightful doubleheader. Stroll through the H-Block parking lot at the Barrie Public Library and admire a dazzling display of vintage, classic, and custom cars at the Barrie Thunder Classics event. As the evening sets in, head over to Meridian Place for the Barrie Film Festival’s Lawn Chair Luminata, an enchanting open-air movie screening under the stars.

Theatre by the Bay
Photo Credit - Theatre By The Bay

3. Be Captivated by The Simcoe County Theatre Festival (July 10-21, 2024): Join Theatre by the Bay and experience the magic of live theatre at The Simcoe County Theatre Festival, hosted at the Five Points Theatre. Witness seven original plays written, directed, and performed by artists from across Simcoe County. Whether you choose to enjoy two plays in an evening or catch up on all seven productions, this festival promises a unique and exciting showcase of local talent and creativity.

Photo Credit - Nat Caron Photography

4. Immerse Yourself in Kempenfest (August 2-5, 2024): This legendary festival is a true Barrie tradition. Over the long weekend, explore over 350 unique arts and craft booths, unearth hidden treasures at the antique show, and indulge in delicious treats from various food vendors. Live entertainment keeps the energy high throughout the event, making it a fun-filled experience for the whole family. OLG's Main Stage line-up includes Down With Webster, Matthew Good and His Band, Tyler Joe Miller, and many more.

Carnival Barrie
Photo Credit - Carnival Barrie

5. Experience the Vibrancy of Latin America (August 31-September 1, 2024): Carnival Barrie transforms the waterfront into a Latin fiesta! Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Latin American cultures through live music, dance performances, and authentic cuisine. From salsa dancing demonstrations to delectable food tastings, this event promises a vibrant celebration of cultural diversity.

Extend your Barrie escape into a delightful summer getaway! Book a night (or more!) at one of the many welcoming hotels lining Hart Drive, just steps from the vibrant downtown core. Whether you choose the Best Western Plus (35 Hart Drive), Comfort Inn Barrie (75 Hart Drive), Days Inn (55 Hart Drive), or Monte Carlo Inn (81 Hart Drive), you'll find comfortable accommodations and a convenient location. Wake up refreshed, ready to explore more of Barrie's charm, and turn your visit into a truly unforgettable summer memory.

For more information on each event and other events taking place in Barrie this summer, visit tourismbarrie.com/festivals-events


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