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The Barrie & Area has it all to keep you and your family entertained all year long with an abundance of cultural festivals and events, many located along the waterfront. Enjoy a live theatre performance, watch a film under the stars or browse arts & crafts and culinary delights at Kempenfest and Open Air Dunlop.

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One of the largest outdoor arts, crafts, and music festivals in North America. July 29 - Aug 1
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Simcoe County Theatre Festival

Join us for the first-ever Simcoe County Theatre Festival! The Simcoe County Theatre Festival is a festival that will provide opportunities for local artists to write, direct and perform their own original one act (approx. 45 minute) plays. Plus, with workshops and networking opportunities provided throughout the week, The Festival will be the place to be for emerging talent in the Simcoe County region. The Festival will run from June 15th - 26th, 2022 at The Five Points Theatre in Downtown Barrie.

June 25th shows:
MURTH ISLAND, written by Alexandra Gaudet and directed by Keara Voo. This touching fantasy follows a group of children and their play make-believe on a southern Ontario island. Imagination and reality collide as the children discover deep family secrets buried deep in the island’s roots.

BARRIE EUROPA, written by Kristian Diesen and directed by Rochelle Reynolds. A fast-paced comedy about the City of Barrie’s journey to become an ambassador human settlement on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. 

I ON THE PRIZE, written by Trudee Romanek and directed by Stephen Bainborough. A newcomer raises some eyebrows as well as suspicions among the regulars when he arrives partway through bingo night at a small-town Ontario church. Through fast-paced, frenetic comedy, “I” on the Prize explores what charity and giving actually look like, and how much is possible when we make space for others.

RETROGRADE, written by Jackson Doner and directed by Ashley Frederick.  Kale, Cyan and Bo, three early twenties music lovers, first meet at a semi-legal concert during the pandemic. The story follows their sessions of staring at the moon, smoking, and generally trying to figure out how to make their mark in a changed world. 

B-O-D-Y, created by Black Cat Theatre Co. and directed by Sabrina Merks. B-O-D-Y is a devised theatre piece exploring how our trauma, mental illness/health, grief and thoughts live, dwell, and maybe even get stuck within ourselves and our bodies. Framed as a letter to our younger selves, and using the collective’s real-life experience as a guide, B-O-D-Y will open up a chance for self-reflection, a chance to be seen, and a hopeful perspective on how we can move our bodies forward from here.

THE COWGIRL OF SUBURBIA, written by Megan Adam and directed by Stacey Schat. A young woman tries to navigate a strenuous relationship and looks to a painting of a cowboy for help.  
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