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2015

April

Apr 01- May 09

- WORLD WAR: 2ND INSTALMENT
An exhibition commemorating the sacrifices & efforts made by Orillians & Canadians, & casting light on ways World War II shaped our social, political & cultural circumstances! 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! 1-866-329-5959 (Pick up a passport at a participating location for a chance to win an overnight stay & basket of local maple products!)

Apr 01- May 02

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

Apr 01- Apr 04

- EASTER BUNNY VISITS & PHOTOS AT ORILLIA SQUARE!
The Easter Bunny hops into the mall for visits & photos with the kids! Free gift with photo purchase while supplies last! Orillia Square Mall, 705-325-2366 (Wed. & Thurs: 4:00 - 7:00 pm / Fri: Mall closed / Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Apr 04

- UNDER THE STREET LAMP
An electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook, including Doo-Wop, Motown & old time Rock & Roll! 1:00 & 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 04

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

Apr 09- Apr 12

- LEADING LADIES: A VERY FUNNY FARCE!
Slapstick goofiness & scrambled Shakespeare are served up in this very funny farce by Ken Ludwig! When two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors pose as the heirs of a dying American woman's fortune, & discover the heirs are female, they are forced to continue their scheme in drag! Mariposa Arts Theatre, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm)

Apr 10- Apr 12

- 22ND ANNUAL SIMCOE SPRING HOME & COTTAGE SHOW
A fantastic selection of home & cottage products & services! Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Tudhope Park, 705-835-0123 (Fri: 5:00 - 9:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Apr 10- Apr 11

- KENNY ROGERS
The Gambler, Islands in the Stream & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 10- Apr 12

- 27TH 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 10- Apr 26

- MAPLE FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Savour maple inspired culinary delights prepared by great chefs in Ontario's Lake Country! Delicious three course, set-menu 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 10- Apr 12

- CSRA NATIONAL SNOWCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
An action packed weekend as snowmobile competitors race tracks featuring tight turns, banked corners & a variety of jumps! Pro Lite, Pro Women & Pro Open racing & finals Saturday & Sunday, plus an Open Vintage class for the Lee Memorial Cup Sunday! Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, 705-835-2790

Apr 11

- SLOW ART DAY
An International art appreciation movement featuring over 110 events around the world! After viewing 5 pieces of art for 1 hour instead of the standard 8 seconds, participants discuss the art & their experience with each other & some of the artists. Chosen for the event are works from the International Women's Day Art Show! 11:00 am, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Apr 11

- ECHOES OF MARIPOSA: BIRDS OF CHICAGO
An evening of great music featuring the evocative poetry & simmering vocals of 2014 Mariposa Folk Festival performers Birds of Chicago! Opening performance by Toronto based country singer & songwriter Alexandria Taylor! 8:00 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-326-3655

Apr 13- May 01

- 57TH ANNUAL ORILLIA KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Orillia & area students of all ages showcase their talents in brass & percussion, piano, string, guitar, woodwinds, vocal, drama & speech arts, choral, choirs & more! St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-309-0786

Apr 16- Apr 19

- LEADING LADIES: A VERY FUNNY FARCE!
Slapstick goofiness & scrambled Shakespeare are served up in this very funny farce by Ken Ludwig! When two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors pose as the heirs of a dying American woman's fortune, & discover the heirs are female, they are forced to continue their scheme in drag! Mariposa Arts Theatre, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm)

Apr 17

- 35TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: OPENING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes kicks off the 35th Orillia Perch Festival! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 17

- WANDA SYKES
Emmy Award winning actress & comedian, ranked among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 18

- NATALIE MACMASTER & DONNELL LEAHY
Two of the world's most celebrated fiddlers combine the best of French, Celtic, bluegrass & Cajun with the music & stories of Cape Breton! 1:00 & 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 18- May 09

- 35TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 2nd with celebrity guests Ronald McDonald & Mike D, host of South Bend's Lunkerville! Just fish to win!!! Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 18

- KITH & KIN: THE COULSON WOMEN'S INSTITUTE
A multi-media performance by singer, songwriter Anne Walker, featuring 14 original songs, stories, vintage photographs, historical documents & artifacts! 2:00 pm, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Apr 19

- WAN KWONG
A night of laughter with the Prince of Temple Street! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 19

- MAD HATTER'S TEA PARTY & HISTORICAL FASHION SHOW
A walk down memory lane, featuring fashions from the last century & a presentation on the clothing manufacturing process since it left Canada for China. Delicious High Tea, finger sandwiches, desserts & prize for best hat! 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Hats optional, but encouraged)

Apr 20- Apr 21

- BRITISH ARTIQUES ROAD SHOW
The Road Show crosses the pond to visit Canada, including a stop in Orillia! Antiques, paintings, china & collectibles appraised by the experts! Orillia Square Mall, 705-325-2366 (Mon: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / Tues: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm / Appointment required)

Apr 23- Apr 26

- 14TH ANNUAL ORILLIA OPERA HOUSE DANCE FESTIVAL
Dance students of all ages compete in a positive & friendly atmosphere, & receive an honest & objective evaluation of their work on stage from professional adjudicators of dance! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Apr 24- Apr 25

- THE MONKEES
Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 24- Apr 25

- ROOTS NORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
A weekend of amazing live music featuring The Devin Cuddy Band, Mo Kenney, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Jerry Leger & more! OCC, various restaurants & other great venues, Downtown Orillia, rootsnorthmusic@gmail.com (Weekend & day passes available)

Apr 25

- ORILLIA FOLK SOCIETY ANNUAL SPRING FLING!
A fun-filled evening of Country & mostly Canadian dance! Music by the Kempencelts Ceilidh Band, with dances walked through & called by the Kennetts! 7:30 pm, Eady Community Hall, Eady Station Road, between Lines 10 & 11N off Mount St. Louis Road, Oro-Medonte, 705-326-1789

Apr 26

- MASSIMO RANIERI
Perdere l'amore, Chi Sara & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 30

- GERRY DEE
Star & creator of CBC's hit sitcom Mr. D, Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Comedy Role, & Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Comic in Canada! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

May

May 01- May 09

- WORLD WAR: 2ND INSTALMENT
An exhibition commemorating the sacrifices & efforts made by Orillians & Canadians, & casting light on ways World War II shaped our social, political & cultural circumstances! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

May 01

- WHOOPI GOLDBERG
Grammy, Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy & Tony Award winner! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

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! 1-866-329-5959 (Pick up a passport at a participating location for a chance to win an overnight stay & a basket of local maple products!)

May 01- May 02

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

May 01- May 09

- 35TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 2nd with celebrity guests Ronald McDonald & Mike D, host of South Bend's Lunkerville! Just fish to win!!! Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May 02

- LEE ANN WOMACK
The Way I'm Livin', I Hope You Dance & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 07- May 08

- RUSSELL PETERS: ALMOST FAMOUS WORLD TOUR!
Canada's number one stand-up export returns with all new material! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Thurs: 8:00 pm / Fri: 9:00 pm)

May 09

- 35TH ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: CLOSING CEREMONIES
An evening of laughter, draws & memories wraps up 35 years of Perch Festival fun! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May 09

- FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
Sherry, Grease, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 10

- MARIA CORDERO & LO HOI PANG
Sing along to Mama I Love You at this special Mother's Day performance! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 10

- PASSPORT TO NATURE: SPRING FLOWERS FOR MOTHER'S DAY
A guided walk through 4km of old growth forest trails at the height of the spring flower symphony! Hosted by The Couchiching Conservancy, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Grant's Woods, 1485 Division Road West, just East of Fairgrounds Road, 705-326-1620 (Camera & good walking shoes recommended)

May 15

- RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
A live, spectacular, musical journey through the life & times of the world's most celebrated band! Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Hey Jude & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 16

- VINCE GILL
Look at Us, When I Call Your Name & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 21

- JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE
A multimedia event celebrating the life of drummer John Bonham & the music of Led Zeppelin, highlighted by son Jason's performance of the band's catalogue! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 22- May 23

- PAUL ANKA
Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Diana, Lonely Boy & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 25

- ORILLIA KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL: STARS OF THE FESTIVAL
A musical showcase of outstanding performances by stars of the 2015 Kiwanis Music Festival! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-309-0786 (Admission by donation)

May 28

- THE FOX & THE HOUND COMEDY TOUR
An unforgettable night of laughter with David Merry, Carla Colins & John Wing, three of Canada's busiest & best comedians! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

May 29

- TRAVIS TRITT
It's a Great Day to Be Alive, Tell Me I Was Dreaming & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 30

- GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Sundown, If You Could Read My Mind & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 30

- ORILLIA WIND ENSEMBLE GOES BOOM!
A fun & lively concert featuring great percussion music & musicians! 7:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Early bird ticket rate until May 16)

May 31

- ALEX TO
Hong Kong & Taiwan based singer Alex To performs his Cantonese & Mandarin chart-topping hits! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

June

Jun 04- Jun 07

- 33RD 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 04

- GEORGE THOROGOOD & BRIAN SETZER
Two amazing classic rockers co-headline their first tour together in over 20 years! Who Do You Love, Rock This Town & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 06

- LUNCH AT ALLEN'S
A musical powerhouse of remarkable Canadian talent! An intimate & humourous evening with Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan & Ian Thomas! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jun 06

- CRAIG FERGUSON: HOT & GRUMPY TOUR - WALKING THE EARTH
Scottish born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director & author! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Jun 07

- TOTO CUTUGNO
Back by popular demand direct from Italy! L'Italiano, Serenata & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 12- Jun 14

- 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 12

- THE BEATLES: ABBEY ROAD
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform the legendary album Abbey Road, note for note, cut for cut! An amazing show featuring Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jun 12

- KIP MOORE
Hey Pretty Girl, Beer Money & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 13

- MYSTIC INDIA
Internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular! 1:00 & 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 13- Jun 14

- WHEELS & TRACKS IN MOTION!
Historical construction equipment in action! Steam powered rollers, vintage road building, rock crushing, grading & hoisting machines! Vintage tractor & classic truck displays, vendors & more! Presented in conjunction with Historical Construction Equipment Association of Canada, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721

Jun 19

- BOYZ II MEN
I'll Make Love to You, End of the Road & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 20

- CHRISTMAS IN JUNE
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 20

- STREETS ALIVE! DOORS OF DOWNTOWN ORILLIA: OUTDOOR ART CELEBRATION
Orillia's incredible 2015 Streets Alive! outdoor art project, DOORS of Downtown Orillia, is unveiled! City streets come alive with a display of 40 exterior doors, transformed into unique & exciting works of art by area artists! Live entertainment, meet the artists, juried evaluation & beginning of People's Choice Voting! 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093 (Winners to be announced at Starry Night Gallery & Studio Tour, Downtown Orillia, August 22)

Jun 20- Oct 25

- STREETS ALIVE! DOORS OF DOWNTOWN ORILLIA: OUTDOOR ART
City streets are alive with a display of 40 exterior doors, transformed into unique & exciting works of art by area artists! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jun 20- Oct 25

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: FROM SHORE TO SHORE!
Colourful banners celebrating the growth of Lakehead University from the shores of Thunder Bay to the shores of Orillia, create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History in partnership with Lakehead University, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jun 20- Jun 21

- 15TH ANNUAL COLDWATER & AREA STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided studio tour & juried presentation of works by 37 dynamic artists & artisans! Ballots to win a gift basket of items created by participating artists available at all stops! 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Coldwater & surrounding area, 705-325-6094 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Jun 20

- MELISSA ETHERIDGE: THIS IS M.E. SOLO
I'm the Only One, Come to My Window & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 25- Jul 04

- SUMMER THEATRE: OUTLAW
A young Canadian homesteader, accused of murder while travelling in Kansas in the late 1800's, turns the law of the land & the men hellbent on enforcing it upside down! A unique take on the days when guns were law! Written by Norm Foster. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Jun 26

- MONTGOMERY GENTRY
Where I Come From, Hell Yeah & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

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! Couchiching Beach Park, 705-259-1948

Jul 01- Oct 25

- STREETS ALIVE! DOORS OF DOWNTOWN ORILLIA: OUTDOOR ART
City streets are alive with a display of 40 exterior doors, transformed into unique & exciting works of art by area artists! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jul 01- Oct 25

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: FROM SHORE TO SHORE!
Colourful banners celebrating the growth of Lakehead University from the shores of Thunder Bay to the shores of Orillia, create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History in partnership with Lakehead University, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 02- Jul 04

- SUMMER THEATRE: OUTLAW
A young Canadian homesteader, accused of murder while travelling in Kansas in the late 1800's, turns the law of the land & the men hellbent on enforcing it upside down! A unique take on the days when guns were law! Written by Norm Foster. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Jul 02

- WHITESNAKE
Here I Go Again, Still of the Night & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 03- Jul 05

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Thrilling audiences for over 50 years with an incredible weekend of music! Fantastic entertainment lineup includes Friday to Sunday evening headliners Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucinda Williams & Adam Cohen! 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 04- Jul 12

- ONTARIO FAMILY FISHING WEEK
Licence-free fishing week throughout Ontario for Canadian residents! Local fishing events, festivals & derbies across the province! 705-748-6324, Ext. 207 (Non-licenced anglers required to abide by Conservation Licence limits set out in current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary)

Jul 04

- BURTON CUMMINGS
Break It to Them Gently, Fine State of Affairs & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 09- Jul 25

- SUMMER THEATRE: ON GOLDEN POND
The love story of Ethel & Norman Thayer, who, in the twilight of their lives, have returned to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year! A moving & affectionate portrayal of human growth & change! Written by Ernest Thompson. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Jul 16- Jul 17

- JULIANNE & DEREK HOUGH: MOVE LIVE ON TOUR 2015
A brand new stage production featuring incredible sets, costumes, the Move Company Dancers & vocal performances by Julianne & Derek! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Thurs: 8:00 pm / Fri: 9:00 pm)

Jul 17- Jul 19

- 38TH ANNUAL ORILLIA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
A Scottish celebration! Ceilidh at Orillia Legion Friday & Sunday; parade Downtown at Noon, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday! Buy a button & support the Festival! Royal Canadian Legion, Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

Jul 18

- WEIRD AL YANKOVIC: MANDATORY WORLD TOUR!
Three-time Grammy winner & biggest selling comedy recording artist in history! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 18

- ATHERLEY GIANT FLEA MARKET
Great selection of items including antiques, cards, books, household treasures & more! Donate, buy or join the vendors! 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Atherley Park & Lovely Day Playground, Creighton & Winchester Streets, Atherley, 705-325-8900 (Fundraiser for upgrades to the park & playground)

Jul 24- Jul 26

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

Jul 26

- MIDSUMMER ANTIQUE & VINTAGE SHOW
The biggest outdoor show of the summer, featuring over 100 Ontario & Quebec dealers! Great antiques, authentic vintage, art, fabulous food & more! 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 1-800-667-0619

Jul 29

- DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS
Five-time Grammy Award winner & Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee! Accompanied by a brilliant 11 piece Jazz band, the former Blood, Sweat & Tears lead singer delivers a sizzling show! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jul 30- Aug 08

- SUMMER THEATRE: THE LADIES FOURSOME
A female version of The Foursome, but with a completely different story! Four women share the greens & discuss life, love, sex, careers & everything but golf. Surprises, secrets & confessions surface during this hilarious & heart-warming play! Written by Norm Foster. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Jul 31- Aug 03

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

August

Aug 01- Oct 25

- STREETS ALIVE: DOORS OF DOWNTOWN ORILLIA: OUTDOOR ART
City streets are alive with a display of 40 exterior doors, transformed into unique & exciting works of art by area artists! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Aug 01- Aug 03

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

Aug 01- Aug 08

- SUMMER THEATRE: THE LADIES FOURSOME
A female version of The Foursome, but with a completely different story! Four women share the greens & discuss life, love, sex, careers & everything but golf. Surprises, secrets & confessions surface during this hilarious & heart-warming play! Written by Norm Foster. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Aug 01- Oct 25

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: FROM SHORE TO SHORE!
Colourful banners celebrating the growth of Lakehead University from the shores of Thunder Bay to the shores of Orillia, create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History in partnership with Lakehead University, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 06- Aug 09

- BOOTS & HEARTS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
A country music celebration & camping festival! Over 30 performers, from global superstars to emerging artists, including Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Moore & Little Big Town! 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 07- Aug 09

- ORILLIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, variety of vendors, 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 07- Aug 08

- 5TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL
Fun, fantasy & all things steampunk! Over 50 vendors, costume contest, musicians, dancers, buskers, rat rods & 1930's automobiles, knights, weaponry, mad scientists, inventors, artisans, crafting, puppetry, falconry, devon tea & more! Retail stores open! Downtown Coldwater & Canadiana Museum, 705-686-3909 (Fri: 5:00 - 9:00 pm / Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Aug 13- Aug 29

- SUMMER THEATRE: THE VAUDEVILLIANS
The story of Vaudeville, from its beginnings to entertaining the troops to its demise with the advent of movies. Three Vaudevillians re-enact the shows they once did, embracing their signature silliness & groaners, & taking the audience down memory lane! Written by Peter Colley. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / Group & Season Flex Pac rates available)

Aug 15

- 17TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW
A dazzling collection of over 400 classic cars line Orillia's downtown streets! Live entertainment, fabulous food & great shopping. The largest car show in the region! Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Aug 19

- LIGHTHOUSE
One of Canada's best loved fusion-rock bands & a driving force of the 1970's pop machine! Recognized for such classic hits as One Fine Morning & Sunny Days, the band is also an innovator & collaborator with symphonies, dance companies & cutting edge technology! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Aug 22

- 11TH 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 22- Aug 23

- CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION POW WOW
A celebration of competition singing & dancing, traditional foods, arts, crafts & more! World class lineup includes host drum Charging Horse, & invited drum Snake Island. 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 25

- STREETS ALIVE! DOORS OF DOWNTOWN ORILLIA: OUTDOOR ART
City streets are alive with a display of 40 exterior doors, transformed into unique & exciting works of art by area artists! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Sep 01- Oct 25

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: FROM SHORE TO SHORE!
Colourful banners celebrating the growth of Lakehead University from the shores of Thunder Bay to the shores of Orillia, create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History in partnership with Lakehead University, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 10- Sep 13

- 45TH ANNIVERSARY 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 11- Sep 13

- 165TH 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! ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353

Sep 25- Sep 27

- CULTURE DAYS ORILLIA: CREATE, PARTICIPATE, CELEBRATE!
Orillia is again participating in the creative National Culture Days Celebration, featuring a variety of free cultural activities across the city! Visual, performing, literary & culinary arts, music, film, design, heritage & more! Various Orillia locations, 705-325-4530

October

Oct 01- Oct 25

- STREETS ALIVE! DOORS OF DOWNTOWN ORILLIA: OUTDOOR ART
City streets are alive with a display of 40 exterior doors, transformed into unique & exciting works of art by area artists! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Oct 01- Oct 25

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: FROM SHORE TO SHORE!
Colourful banners celebrating the growth of Lakehead University from the shores of Thunder Bay to the shores of Orillia, create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History in partnership with Lakehead University, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Oct 09- Oct 12

- 32ND 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, 705-327-3363 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Oct 16- Oct 18

- 25TH ANNUAL ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
A weekend of fabulous live jazz at Orillia restaurants, pubs & other great venues! 705-326-6526 or 705-329-1339 (Reservations recommended for evening dining)

November

Nov 22

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrate the season & Christmas Movies! 1:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424
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