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2016

February

Feb 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Feb 01- Feb 02

- THIS IS TOMORROW: ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW
An exhibition of exciting & innovative art by students from Orillia & area high schools! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Feb 01

- CLASSIC FILM SERIES: WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
The 10 time Academy Award winning adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet, placed in New York City, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn & Rita Moreno! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Admission: $5.00 suggested donation at the door)

Feb 01- Feb 14

- SHARING THE LOVE
A variety of events in support of The Sharing Place Food Bank, including Public Skating at Rotary Place, Inside Out Movie Afternoon at OCC, Brewery Bay Live Music Night, Social Media Scavenger Hunt, Yoga Classes & more! Assisted by students in the Georgian College Social Service Worker Program, to raise community support & awareness of hunger. Visit The Sharing Place Food Bank on Facebook for more information. (Admission: Free with donation to The Sharing Place Food Bank / Tax receipt for monetary donations over $20)

Feb 02

- CLASSIC FILM SERIES: THE ODD COUPLE (1968)
A hilarious comedy starring Jack Lemmon as Felix & Walter Matthau as Oscar, best friends who live together when Felix becomes suicidal over his impending divorce. Oscar arranges a double date with wacky British neighbours, causing Felix to become more despondent & putting their friendship to the test! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Admission: $5.00 suggested donation at the door)

Feb 05- Feb 06

- ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN: THE MUSIC OF ABBA!
The world's top ABBA tribute band performs Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Waterloo & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Feb 06

- MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE & FONDUE
A dinner party with a twist! A fun evening of guided snowshoeing through the trails of Hardwood, & a fondue by the bonfire or in the chalet! 6:30 - 10:00 pm, Hardwood Ski & Bike, 402 Old Barrie Road West, 705-487-3775 (Snowshoe & headlamp rentals available)

Feb 07

- IL VOLO: ITALIAN TEEN POP OPERA TRIO
A critically acclaimed trio, combining traditional opera, pop & classical symphonic music with worldwide success! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Feb 11- Feb 14

- WAIT UNTIL DARK
A psychological thriller by Frederick Knott. Ruthless criminals con their way into an unsuspecting blind woman's home, which, unbeknownst to her, hides a priceless treasure the criminals will do anything to get! Presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm / Recommended for patrons over 13)

Feb 12- Feb 14

- ORILLIA WINTER CARNIVAL
Cool family fun for all ages! Pancake breakfast, snow castle, snow & ice sculptures, midway, helicopter rides, giant snow slide downtown on Mississaga Street, Saturday evening fireworks & adult dance featuring Dr. Krane, Sunday Polar Bear Dip & more! Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Drive.

Feb 13- Feb 15

- ONTARIO FAMILY FISHING WEEKEND
Licence-free fishing weekend throughout Ontario for Canadian residents! Local fishing events, festivals & derbies across the province. A great opportunity to connect with conservation through the enjoyment of fishing! 705-748-6324, Ext. 254 (Anglers required to abide by Conservation Licence limits set out in current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary)

Feb 13

- ORILLIA SILVER BAND: SOUNDS OF BRASS CONCERT
Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Orillia Silver Band & special guest, Georgian Bay Brass from Midland! 7:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-259-2446 (Tickets from Quota Club, CFUW & Band members or at the door)

Feb 13

- MARIPOSA IN CONCERT: AN EVENING OF BLUES & GOSPEL V
An evening of stellar entertainment with musical arranger, show director & Maple Blues Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year, Lance Anderson; vocalists Quisha Wint & Cheryl Lescom; vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Matt Weidinger! Presented by Mariposa Folk Foundation. 8:00 pm, Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Avenue, 705-305-2549

Feb 13- Apr 10

- STORIES: ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213 (Opening Reception: February 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm)

Feb 15

- FREEZ'N
A Freez'n Family Day musical! Get lost in a whirlwind of song, dance & snow on a trip to the snowy heights of Arendel! Sing along with Anna, Elsa, Sven & Olaf, dance with a snowman & learn to cast icy spells! 1:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Feb 18- Feb 21

- WAIT UNTIL DARK
A psychological thriller by Frederick Knott. Ruthless criminals con their way into an unsuspecting blind woman's home, which, unbeknownst to her, hides a priceless treasure the criminals will do anything to get! Presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm / Recommended for patrons over 13)

Feb 19

- PAUL ZERDIN & HIS ALL-STAR CAST OF PUPPETS
Fresh from headlining Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, America's Got Talent winner 2015 brings a new show featuring his all-star cast of (in)famous puppets! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Feb 19

- PAGING DR. BONES
A gala evening of wine, spirit & beer tasting with food pairings, live music & entertainment! Fundraiser for Orillia & Area Physician Recruitment & Retention Committee, ensuring long term availability of primary health care in Orillia & area. 7:00 - 11:00 pm, Georgian College, 825 Memorial Avenue, 705-325-6464 (Free samples: 7:00 - 9:00 pm)

Feb 20

- FOUR BY FOUR
A Vegas style review featuring a stellar cast & classic songs made famous by The Beach Boys, The Beatles & The Bee Gees, plus Motown soul music! Surfin' USA, Yellow Submarine, Stayin' Alive, Stop in the Name of Love & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Feb 26

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: EAGLES-HOTEL CALIFORNIA
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform the Eagle's biggest selling studio album, Hotel California, released in 1976 & selling more than 32 million copies! Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Feb 26

- ELI YOUNG BAND
Crazy Girl, Drunk Last Night, Dust & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Feb 27

- LEGENDS OF MOTOWN
Look-a-like & sound-a-like tributes to The Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & more, by a 12 piece cast of singers & musicians! Dazzling choreography, authentic costumes, stunning vocals & a fabulous live band! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Feb 27

- TRACY MORGAN: PICKING UP THE PIECES TOUR
Multi-talented stand-up comedian, actor, Saturday Night Live alumni & all around funny dude! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

March

Mar 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Mar 01- May 31

- TAP INTO MAPLE!
Experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario's Lake Country & Springwater Township! Hands-on experiences, events & celebrations, maple getaway packages, nature explorations, mouth watering maple cuisine & more! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 (Passports at participating locations for a chance to win an overnight stay & basket of local maple products)

Mar 01- Apr 10

- STORIES: ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213

Mar 04

- LEANN RIMES
Can't Fight the Moonlight, How Do I Live & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 05

- DARCY OAKE: EDGE OF REALITY TOUR
Britain's Got Talent star & electrifying new illusionist! From sleight of hand to death defying escapades, this Canadian master magician ushers in an exciting new era of an age old art form! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 06

- MATT ANDERSEN & THE BONA FIDE
Canadian blues guitarist, singer, songwriter & powerhouse performer! A European Blues, Maple Blues, CIMA Road Gold Award winner & Juno nominee, Andersen is sure to deliver an electrifying performance in support of his new album Honest Man! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Mar 12

- LONESTAR
Amazed, I'm Already There & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 14

- MARCH BREAK MELTDOWN: SUBARU CHARITY SKI 'N' BOARD DAY
A great day of skiing or boarding on a private ski hill! Fun games, door prizes, silent auction & vendors! Presented by Davenport Subaru of Orillia, in support of Canadian Diabetes Association. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, The Heights of Horseshoe, 1106 Horseshoe Valley Road West, 705-737-3611, Ext. 28 (Tickets online; at Davenport Subaru, Orillia; Canadian Diabetes Association, Barrie & The Heights of Horseshoe / Rentals available / Bring your own helmet)

Mar 18

- BOYZ II MEN
Motownphilly, End of the Road & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 19

- TREVOR NOAH
New host of the popular, satirical TV news show, The Daily Show! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 24

- ZZ TOP
Sharp Dressed Man, La Grange & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 26

- BRIT FLOYD: SPACE & TIME CONTINUUM WORLD TOUR
The world's greatest Pink Floyd Tribute Show, featuring five decades of the legendary rock band's hits! The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 26

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT!
A fun hunt for colourful, plastic Easter eggs hidden along downtown sidewalks, to be traded for chocolate at the Orillia Opera House egg exchange! Easter Bunny visits & face painting! 9:30 am - Noon, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Children 12 & under)

Mar 31

- THE CULT
She Sells Sanctuary, Love Removal Machine & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 31

- DADA
Clockmaker Leopold Minute, split between his passion & pastime, is lulled to sleep by the ticking sounds in his shop & suddenly filled with a sweet insanity, which he expresses through dance, juggling & acrobatics! Stunned by his ever present conscience, he is torn between his shyness & desire to take risks. What exactly is Leopold's pastime? 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

April

Apr 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Apr 01- May 31

- TAP INTO MAPLE!
Experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario's Lake Country & Springwater Township! Hands-on experiences, events & celebrations, maple getaway packages, nature explorations, mouth watering maple cuisine & more! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 (Passports at participating locations for a chance to win an overnight stay & basket of local maple products)

Apr 01

- COLIN JAMES
Just Came Back, Into the Mystic & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 01- Apr 17

- FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Savour local flavours & culinary delights created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious two & three course, set-menu lunches for $10 or $15, & three course dinners for $20 or $30 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations.

Apr 01- Apr 10

- STORIES: ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213

Apr 02

- BILL BURR
Prolific American stand-up comedian, actor & host of Monday Morning Podcast! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Apr 02

- ABBAMANIA & NIGHT FEVER / THE BEE GEES SHOW
The world's number 1 production of Abba & the Bee Gees sold out Roy Thomson Hall 3 times! With authentic vocals, look & sound, the cast performs each song note for note, exactly like the originals. Waterloo, Dancing Queen, To Love Somebody, Stayin' Alive & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Apr 07- Apr 08

- DIANA ROSS
Upside Down, Ain't No Mountain High Enough & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Thurs: 8:00 pm / Fri: 9:00 pm)

Apr 08- Apr 10

- 23RD ANNUAL SIMCOE SPRING HOME & COTTAGE SHOW
A fantastic selection of home & cottage products & services! Great door prizes! Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-835-0123 (Fri: 5:00 - 9:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Apr 08- Apr 10

- 28TH ANNUAL FISHING & OUTDOOR SHOW
Thousands of items on sale all weekend! Product demonstrations & manufacturer's representatives on site! Trombly's Tackle Box, 595 West St. South & Hwy. 12, 705-327-3474

Apr 09

- STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT
An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, with Grammy Award winning band Steep Canyon Rangers! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 10

- PEIRO MAZZOCCHETTI, MARISA LAURITO & CHARLIE CANON
A musical theatre style show featuring a mix of classic Neapolitan southern songs, American music from the southern states, a selection of arias, classic opera highlights & gold standard Italian songs! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 15

- 36TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: OPENING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes kicks off the 36th Orillia Perch Festival! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 15

- TERRI CLARK
Girls Lie Too, We're Here for a Good Time & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 16- May 07

- 36TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, April 30th! Just fish to win!!! Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 16- Apr 17

- ORILLIA QUILTERS' GUILD SUNSHINE QUILT SHOW
Beautiful quilt exhibits & sales, Sunshine Market featuring a wonderful selection of member-made items, variety of vendors, tea room & more! Quilt raffle with proceeds to Trillium Manor Activation Department, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Trillium Manor, 12 Grace Avenue, 705-259-0854

Apr 16

- RODNEY CARRINGTON: HERE COMES THE TRUTH TOUR
Hilarious comedian, actor & country performer! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 22

- SANTANA
Black Magic Woman, Smooth, Oye Como Va & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 23

- RON JAMES
With a comedian's eye for satire & a poet's ear for language, James cuts a wide swath through contemporary culture with a razor sharp wit & machine gun delivery! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 24

- NANCY SIT & SPECIAL GUEST: HENRY LO
An evening of exceptional entertainment & laughter with Asia's all time favourite & guest! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 29- Apr 30

- FOREIGNER
I Want to Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

May

May 01- May 07

- 36TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, April 30th! Just fish to win!!! Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

May 01- May 31

- TAP INTO MAPLE!
Experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario's Lake Country & Springwater Township! Hands-on experiences, events & celebrations, maple getaway packages, nature explorations, mouth watering maple cuisine & more! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 (Passports at participating locations for a chance to win an overnight stay & basket of local maple products)

May 07

- 36TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: CLOSING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes wraps up 36 years of Perch Festival memories! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May 21

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: LED ZEPPELIN IV
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform Led Zeppelin's rock masterpiece, released in 1971, note for note, cut for cut! Black Dog, Rock & Roll, Stairway to Heaven & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

May 21

- SPEND THE NIGHT WITH ALICE COOPER!
School's Out, Poison, No More Mr. Nice Guy & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

June

Jun 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jun 02- Jun 05

- 34TH ANNUAL SPRING AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, Sunday auto auction, hundreds of vendors, great food & more! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, 705-487-3663 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Jun 10- Jun 12

- SPRING BOAT, COTTAGE & OUTDOOR SHOW
Great in-water selection of new & pre-owned private & dealer boats, cottage & outdoor product displays, marine safety demonstrations, variety of vendors & more! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Fri: Noon - 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Jun 11

- KIM MITCHELL & DAVID WILCOX
Patio Lanterns, Go for Soda, Riverboat Fantasy, Layin' Pipe & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 21- Oct 15

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA
City streets are alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jun 25

- CHRISTMAS IN JUNE
A festive day at the Port of Orillia! Large boater rendezvous & fabulous decorated boat contest, free to viewing public! Port of Orillia, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Jun 28- Jul 15

- SUMMER THEATRE: LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
Neil Simon's funniest comedy, directed by Jesse Collins! Married, middle-aged restauranteur Barney Cashman attempts to join the sexual revolution & add a little spice to his life! This hilarious & witty play opened on Broadway in December 1969 & closed in September 1971, after 706 performances. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / No Show Fri. July 01 / Getaway Packages / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

July

Jul 01

- ORILLIA CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS!
A fun-filled family day! Pancake breakfast, parade downtown, midway, Wheely Great Parade, children's village, craft & food vendors, live entertainment, giant birthday cake & more! Fabulous fireworks at dusk! 8:00 am - 11:00 pm, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-259-1948

Jul 01- Oct 15

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA
City streets are alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jul 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 02- Jul 10

- ONTARIO FAMILY FISHING WEEK
Licence-free fishing week throughout Ontario for Canadian residents! Local fishing events, festivals & derbies across the province. A great opportunity to connect with conservation through the enjoyment of fishing! 705-748-6324, Ext. 254 (Anglers required to abide by Conservation Licence limits set out in current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary)

Jul 02- Jul 15

- SUMMER THEATRE: LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
Neil Simon's funniest comedy, directed by Jesse Collins! Married, middle-aged restauranteur Barney Cashman attempts to join the sexual revolution & add a little spice to his life! This hilarious & witty play opened on Broadway in December 1969 & closed in September 1971, after 706 performances. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Getaway Packages / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Jul 08- Jul 10

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Thrilling audiences for over 50 years with an incredible weekend of music! Fantastic entertainment lineup includes Friday evening headliner Rita Coolidge, Sunday evening headliner The Milk Carton Kids, & more than 100 performances on 10 stages! Emporium, artisans' village, kids' folkplay area, great food, beer tent & more! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, 705-326-3655

Jul 08- Jul 09

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL: DOWNTOWN STAGE
Great music at the downtown stage, featuring Mariposa showcase winners! Crafts & activities for kids, artisan displays & more! Mississaga Street East, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free shuttle to & from Tudhope Park festival site)

Jul 15- Jul 17

- 39TH ANNUAL ORILLIA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
A Scottish celebration! Ceilidh at Legion Friday & Sunday; parade downtown, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday. Buy a button & support the Festival! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

Jul 20- Aug 05

- SUMMER THEATRE: DEAN & JERRY...WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
Opera House favourite Derek Marshall presents a concert of hits & bits from the most famous comedy team of the 50's! What if they had never split? Singer Dean Martin & comedian Jerry Lewis met in 1945, debuted at Atlantic City's 500 Club on July 25, 1946 & performed as a team 10 years to the day. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Getaway Packages / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Jul 22- Jul 24

- WAYHOME MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
A celebration of music, food, art & film! Four stages & over 90 performers! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, info@wayhome.com

Jul 22- Jul 23

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA SUMMER BLOCK PARTY!
A street festival like no other! A fusion of art, music, food, kid & adult activities, dog lovers festival, sizzling sales, contests, giveaways & more! Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261

Jul 29- Aug 01

- ROTARY-LIONS ANNUAL FUNFEST
Midway, games & a variety of vendors! Great fun for the whole family! Proceeds to local charities. Couchiching Beach Park, 705-323-5925

August

Aug 01- Aug 05

- SUMMER THEATRE: DEAN & JERRY...WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
Opera House favourite Derek Marshall presents a concert of hits & bits from the most famous comedy team of the 50's! What if they had never split? Singer Dean Martin & comedian Jerry Lewis met in 1945, debuted at Atlantic City's 500 Club on July 25, 1946 & performed as a team 10 years to the day. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Getaway Packages / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Aug 01- Oct 15

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA
City streets are alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Aug 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 01

- ROTARY-LIONS ANNUAL FUNFEST
Midway, games & a variety of vendors! Great fun for the whole family! Proceeds to local charities. Couchiching Beach Park, 705-323-5925

Aug 04- Aug 07

- BOOTS & HEARTS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
A country music celebration & camping festival! Over 30 performers, from global superstars to emerging artists. Great food, merchant & craft vendors! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, info@bootsandhearts.com

Aug 05- Aug 07

- ORILLIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, variety of vendors, art exhibits, water ski shows & more! Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Fri: Noon - 8:00 pm / Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Aug 05- Aug 06

- 6TH ANNUAL COLDWATER STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL
Fun, fantasy & all things steampunk! Over 50 vendors, costume & art contests, inventors, mad scientists, musicians, dancers, buskers, artisans, vintage vehicles, duelling knights, mad hatter's tea party, old fashioned circus sideshow & more! 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Downtown Coldwater, Coldwater Mill & Canadiana Museum, 705-715-6950 (Costumes encouraged but not required / Free horse & wagon rides between Mill & Museum)

Aug 10- Aug 26

- SUMMER THEATRE: HERE ON THE FLIGHT PATH
Another Norm Foster comic hit, directed by Jesse Collins! Every time John Cummings tries to get that novel written, a new lady moves in next door in this hilarious comedy, set on adjoining apartment building balconies near a big city airport! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Getaway Packages / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Aug 13

- 18TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW
A dazzling collection of over 400 classic cars line Orillia's downtown streets! Live entertainment, excellent dining & great shopping. The largest car show in the region! Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Aug 14

- ORILLIA TRIATHLON & DUATHLON: SWIM / BIKE / RUN
Triathlon, duathlon, swim/bike, try-a-tri, for new to accomplished athletes! Subaru Triathlon Series organized by World Endurance Canada Inc. 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, Couchiching Beach Park, 905-562-6670 (Awards presentation: 12:30 pm)

Aug 20

- 12TH ANNUAL STARRY NIGHT GALLERY & STUDIO TOUR
A magical evening of art & music! Experience Orillia's vibrant arts community & meet local artists in their galleries & studios. Live music in a variety of venues, restaurants & on the streets! 7:00 - 11:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-7205

Aug 20- Aug 21

- CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION POW WOW
A celebration of competition singing & dancing, traditional foods, arts, crafts & more! Everyone welcome! 5884 Rama Road, across from Casino Rama, 705-325-3611, Ext. 1299 (Grand Entry: 1:00 & 7:00 pm Sat. / 12:30 pm Sun.)

September

Sep 01- Oct 15

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA
City streets are alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Sep 01- Sep 09

- HIGHLIGHTS FROM OMAH'S COLLECTION
A showcase of some of OMAH's most treasured art, historical artifacts, photographs & archives, curated to highlight Orillia's legacy of culture, industry, proud heritage & budding future! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 08- Sep 11

- 46TH ANNUAL FALL AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, Sunday auto auction, hundreds of vendors, great food & more! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, 705-487-3663 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Sep 09- Sep 11

- 166TH ORILLIA FALL FAIR
Three days of fun & events for all ages! Midway, demolition derby, horse & tractor pulls, horse shows & competitions, animal exhibits, crops & crafts competitions, live music & more! Presented by Orillia District Agricultural Society. ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353

Sep 16- Sep 17

- 164TH ORO WORLD'S FAIR
Midway, school fair, truck & tractor pull, classic car show, talent show, horse shows, horseshoe pitching tournament, demolition derby & more! Presented by The Oro Agricultural Society. Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, 7th Line & 15/16 Sideroad East, Hawkestone, 705-487-1753

October

Oct 01- Oct 15

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA
City streets are alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Oct 07- Oct 10

- 33RD ANNUAL IMAGES THANKSGIVING STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided studio tour & juried presentation of works by over 30 of the area's finest artists & craftspeople! Painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, jewellry makers & more! 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Orillia, Barrie & surrounding area, 705-727-8415 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Oct 21- Nov 06

- FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Savour local flavours & culinary delights created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious two & three course, set-menu lunches for $10 or $15, & three course dinners for $20 or $30 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations.

November

Nov 01- Nov 06

- FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Savour local flavours & culinary delights created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious two & three course, set-menu lunches for $10 or $15, & three course dinners for $20 or $30 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations.

Nov 18

- CHILDREN'S CANDLELIGHT PARADE & TREE LIGHTING
Hundreds of children, led by the Town Crier, carry electric candles & carol through downtown to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free treats & hot chocolate! 6:30 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Mississaga Street, from Legion to Opera House / Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 20

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE: WINTER WONDERLAND!
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrate the season & usher in a Winter Wonderland! 1:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Centennial Drive to Front to Colborne to Volunteer Drive to Mississaga & return to Centennial / Bucket Brigade collection by Orillia Kiwanis Club in support of a great parade / Free parking in downtown lots)
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