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2016

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, orillia@a12lions.org

Aug 01- Oct 15

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: PAST TO PRESENT & TOMORROW!
Colourful banners exploring the heritage, history, culture & future of the Orillia area create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History. Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 01- Sep 18

- IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: THE ORO AFRICAN CHURCH
The story of the Oro African Episcopal Methodist Church National Historic Site, the African-Canadian settlers who built the church, & efforts since the 1940's by residents & governments of the Township of Oro (Oro-Medonte), & the County of Simcoe to preserve the site! The exhibit includes artifacts from the Township, Simcoe County Museum & descendants of the settlers. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 01

- BARRIE KENNEL & OBEDIENCE CLUB ALL BREED DOG SHOW
All breed championship, limited breed & specialty shows; obedience & rally obedience trials; canine good neighbour tests; meet the breeds, all breed sweepstakes & more! ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 416-759-8593

Aug 01- Sep 18

- SOMNIATIS I
An exhibition of costumes, props, photographs & original paintings inspired by the photography of Somniatis: Wearable Art Fashion Show 2015! The collection features the collaborative works of over 200 Orillia artists, designers, models, photographers, hair stylists & make-up artists! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 01- Sep 25

- HOMAGE: INSPIRED BY OUTSTANDING CANADIAN WOMEN
A collection of framed neck pieces by contemporary jewellery artist Donald Stuart, created as a celebration & tribute to Canadian women, past & present, & exploring history from a fresh perspective! Sketched portraits of the women by Susan Benson, RCA, along with short biographies, add to the educational aspect of the exhibition. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 02

- JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
The famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, based on the Biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of their father's favouritism toward him & the beautiful coat he receives as a gift! The family-friendly storyline explores universal themes of love, jealousy, the hero's downfall & celebrated comeback! Duck Soup Productions, a young people's theatre company, 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Aug 03

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: BEAUTY & THE BEAST
The 1991 Walt Disney animated, romantic fantasy about an arrogant prince turned into a hideous Beast by an enchantress, & doomed to remain a Beast until he learns to love & be loved. Belle, a spirited, headstrong village girl, enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father, & begins to draw the Beast out of his isolation! Presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture. 9:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4283 (Free admission)

Aug 04- Aug 07

- BOOTS & HEARTS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
A country music celebration & camping festival! Over 30 performers, from global superstars to emerging artists, including Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton & Alan Doyle! 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 04

- FIERTE SIMCOE PRIDE TRANS PRIDE MARCH
Fierte Simcoe Pride's inaugural trans pride march, celebrating the LGBT community & providing a place for trans identified people to rally, stand up & come together in solidarity! All trans identified people, friends, families & allies welcome! 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Millennium Trail, Tudhope Park to Couchiching Beach Park, info@simcoepride.com

Aug 05- Aug 07

- ORILLIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, variety of vendors, art exhibits, dog agility trials, dock dogs diving contest, 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 06

- WINDBORNE'S MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE
Explore the incredible range of Bowie's five decade career, with symphony orchestra! Changes, Under Pressure, Rebel Rebel, Fame & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 06

- 25TH ANNIVERSARY SUN CITY SWIM
Conquer the lake for kids! Lake Couchiching 1 km loop swim & 4 km cross-lake swim from Fern Resort to Couchiching Beach Park. Swimmers of all ages & abilities welcome! Meet award winning outdoor writer, fishing seminar host & bass tournament angler Wil Wegman, fundraising & participating in the cross-lake swim for a fourth year! Awards for first place finishers, oldest & youngest participants & top fundraiser. Proceeds to Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka. 8:00 am, Fern Resort, 705-327-0118 (Registration & kit pick-up: 7:00 am / Support kayak or canoe mandatory for all 4 km swimmers)

Aug 06

- BILLY COLLINS
World renowned American poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States & nephew of former Orillia Mayor John D. McIsaac! Author of famous poem The Names, commemorating victims & survivors of the World Trade Centre attack on September 11, 2001. Mr. Collins will read from his newest collection of poems Aimless Love, as well as other selected poems. 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Aug 07

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Whitby Brass Band, presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture with thanks to Champlain Seniors Service Club! 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4530 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Aug 09- Aug 13

- SUMMER THEATRE: SADIE FLYNN COMES TO BIG OAK
The gossip mill is working overtime when Sadie Flynn gets off the bus in Big Oak following her release from prison. Soon after her arrival, strange things begin to happen in the small town! A Norm Foster classic, presented by Double R Productions. OCC Theatre, Colborne Street East, 705-242-4092 (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 8:00 pm / Fri. & Sat: 8:00 pm / Group Tours & Lunch Packages available)

Aug 09

- JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
The famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, based on the Biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of their father's favouritism toward him & the beautiful coat he receives as a gift! The family-friendly storyline explores universal themes of love, jealousy, the hero's downfall & celebrated comeback! Duck Soup Productions, a young people's theatre company, 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 805-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

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 12

- CLAY WALKER
She Won't Be Lonely Long, What's It To You & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 12- Aug 14

- LEGENDS AT THE LEGION: TRIBUTE ARTISTS WEEKEND!
A celebration of Elvis, rock & roll, & country music legends! Artist warm-up Friday night, competitions & evening showcase Saturday, gospel show & finals Sunday. Great cash prizes! Steak BBQ Friday & Saturday nights. Everyone welcome! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

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 13

- TEA IN A MARIPOSA GARDEN
Tea & scones with delicious strawberry jam & cream, & beautiful antique cars to see at the Downtown Orillia Classic Car Show, including a display of pre-1916 cars on Peter Street North, which are part of the week long E-M-F (Everitt-Metzger-Flanders), 2016 antique car tour! Everyone welcome! 1:00 - 4:00 pm, St. James' Anglican Church, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-325-2742 (Free Will Offering)

Aug 13

- HURONIA ARTS FESTIVAL
A family-oriented festival promoting & celebrating culture, arts & community. Musicians, artists, writers, storytellers, dancers & more highlight the artistic excellence in Simcoe County & beyond! Musical acts include Manteca, Kerry Straton & Grand Salon, Danny Michel & The Moe Koffman Legacy Quintet! Presented by the Huronia Cultural Campus Foundation. 10:00 am - 11:00 pm, Lakehead University, 500 University Avenue, 705-330-9376

Aug 13

- JAZZ ON THE MOUNTAIN
A potent combination of jazz, pop, funk & R&B, featuring Canadian & International musical greats plus up & coming artists! Stacey Kay, Saishubi, Ray Montford & 4 time Grammy Award winning guitarist Larry Carlton, in concert with renowned Canadian jazz-fusion legends Five After Four! 10:00 am - Midnight, Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, 705-835-2790

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 14

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Markham Concert Band, presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture with thanks to Champlain Seniors Service Club! 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4530 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Aug 16

- JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
The famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, based on the Biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of their father's favouritism toward him & the beautiful coat he receives as a gift! The family-friendly storyline explores universal themes of love, jealousy, the hero's downfall & celebrated comeback! Duck Soup Productions, a young people's theatre company, 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Aug 17

- BRUCE COCKBURN
Multi-award winning Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, social & political activist! Music has been a key way for Cockburn to explore culture, politics & nature of the spirit, & he has embraced folk, jazz, blues, rock & world beat styles on his remarkable journey. Cockburn & his music have both invigorated & incited his legions of fans worldwide! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Aug 17

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Back for the fourth summer by popular demand! A 1975 rock & roll, science fiction horror satire, that became the archetypal midnight movie for nearly two decades! Presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture. 9:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4283 (Free admission / Recommended for ages 14 & older)

Aug 19

- SMOKEY ROBINSON
Cruisin', You Really Got a Hold on Me, I Second That Emotion & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 19

- GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE ORO AFRICAN CHURCH
The preservation project & re-opening of this National Historic Site celebrates the strength of diversities of culture, religion & race in the way our Nation came together to save the church! Formal ceremonies, meet & greet social, cultural entertainment & performances. Everyone welcome! 10:45 am - 4:00 pm, Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1645 Line 3 North at Old Barrie Road, Oro-Medonte, 705-487-2171 (Off-site parking with shuttle service at Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, Line 7 North at 15/16 Sideroad / Celebrations to take place rain or shine)

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

- 31ST ANNUAL CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION POW WOW
A celebration of culture, heritage & friendship, bringing together Turtle Island's finest Pow Wow singers, dancers & drummers! Traditional foods, arts, crafts & more! Great contest prizes. Everyone welcome! 6030 Rama Road, down the road from Casino Rama, 705-325-3611, Ext. 1299 (Grand Entry: 1:00 & 6:30 pm Sat. / 12:30 pm Sun.)

Aug 21

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Mississauga Pops Band, presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture with thanks to Champlain Seniors Service Club! 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Threatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4530 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Aug 21

- DON HENLEY
The Eagles co-founder returns! Dirty Laundry, Boys of Summer, The Heart of the Matter & more! 7:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 23

- JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
The famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, based on the Biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of their father's favouritism toward him & the beautiful coat he receives as a gift! The family-friendly storyline explores universal themes of love, jealousy, the hero's downfall & celebrated comeback! Duck Soup Productions, a young people's theatre company, 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Aug 26- Aug 28

- 2ND ANNUAL ORILLIA RIB FEST: FINGER LICKIN' GOOD BBQ!
Northern Heat top rib teams from across North America serve up mouthwatering BBQ, accompanied by an array of other tasty treats including elephant ears, funnel cakes, ice cream, slushies, blooming onion, poutine, hot dogs & more! Arts, crafts, clothing & Kids' Zone featuring splash pad, inflatables, bubble soccer & more! Beer garden & live entertainment! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, info@northernribseries.ca (Fri: 4:00 - 11:00 pm / Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm / Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Aug 26

- CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED
Proud Mary, Fortunate Son, Born on the Bayou & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 27- Aug 28

- RUSSELL PETERS LIVE!
Canada's world renowned comedian presents his take on some of his favourite communities & cultures, jobs he can understand, life as a middle aged, divorced father & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Sat: 8:00 pm / Sun: 6:00 pm)

Aug 27

- ORILLIA'S FIRST EVER LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL!
A celebration of local food! Tastings & samplings, blind food tasting competitions, ugly vegetable contest, cooking demonstrations, films for foodies, community garden tours, activities for kids, live music & more! Presented by Orillia Food Council. 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Various locations, including Orillia & Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Markets, orillia.food.council@gmail.com

Aug 28

- 9TH ANNUAL SAVOUR SIMCOE
An award winning agri-culinary event celebrating the heritage, agriculture & cuisine of Simcoe County! Delicious taste offerings featuring quality food produced by County farmers & prepared by local chefs, Ontario wine & beer tasting, cooking demonstrations & live entertainment! Presented by Simcoe County Farm Fresh Association, Noon - 4:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-734-2075 (Tickets include entrance to Museum galleries)

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 01- Oct 15

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: PAST TO PRESENT & TOMORROW!
Colourful banners exploring the heritage, history, culture & future of the Orillia area create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History. Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Sep 18

- IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: THE ORO AFRICAN CHURCH
The story of the Oro African Episcopal Methodist Church National Historic Site, the African-Canadian settlers who built the church, & efforts since the 1940's by residents & governments of the Township of Oro (Oro-Medonte), & the County of Simcoe to preserve the site! The exhibit includes artifacts from the Township, Simcoe County Museum & descendants of the settlers. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Sep 18

- SOMNIATIS I
An exhibition of costumes, props, photographs & original paintings inspired by the photography of Somniatis: Wearable Art Fashion Show 2015! The collection features the collaborative works of over 200 Orillia artists, designers, models, photographers, hair stylists & make-up artists! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Sep 25

- HOMAGE: INSPIRED BY OUTSTANDING CANADIAN WOMEN
A collection of framed neck pieces by contemporary jewellery artist Donald Stuart, created as a celebration & tribute to Canadian women, past & present, & exploring history from a fresh perspective! Sketched portraits of the women by Susan Benson, RCA, along with short biographies, add to the educational aspect of the exhibition. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 02

- CELTIC THUNDER: LEGACY TOUR
An exciting new show celebrating the influence of Irish & Celtic music around the world! A Place in the Choir, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Danny Boy, Buachaill on Eirne & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

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, singing contest, live music & more! Presented by Orillia District Agricultural Society. ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353 (Free bus from various Orillia locations)

Sep 09- Sep 10

- WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
The notorious country outlaw & special guest Aaron Lewis in concert! Always On My Mind, On the Road Again, Country Boy, Outside & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Sep 10- Sep 11

- TOUGH MUDDER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
A team-oriented, hardcore obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test mental grit, camaraderie & all-around physical fitness! Brand new obstacles for 2016 from the twisted minds of the design team include Blockness Monster, Backstabber & Rainman! Participants receive a headband, Tough Mudder shirt, hard-earned beer & free photography. Tough Mudder Nation has raised more than $435,000 in support of Wounded Warriors Canada! Mount St. Louis Moonstone, 24 Mount St. Louis Road, Coldwater, 705-835-2112

Sep 13

- SNOWBIRD LIFESTYLE PRESENTATION
A showcase of Snowbird lifestyle products & services, including presentations by leisure & longevity specialist Dr. Robert MacMillan & Canadian Snowbird Association President Bob Slack. Entertainment by Canadian country superstar Michelle Wright & Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott! Sponsored by Medipac Travel Insurance & The Canadian Snowbird Association. 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Seats are free, but must be reserved)

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

Sep 16- Sep 17

- AN EVENING WITH PRISCILLA PRESLEY
A personal odyssey into the heart & soul of Elvis, told my the woman who knew him best. Stories, home movies, videos, musical tribute & audience Q&A segment! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Sep 16- Sep 18

- SIMCOE COUNTY QUILT, RUG & CRAFT FAIR
Quilting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, handmade teddy bears & more by Simcoe County Craft Guild members! Folk art painting, knitting & beadwork by Simcoe County Arts & Crafts Association members! Hands-on demonstrations, raffles & draws. Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721 (Fri. & Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm / Sun: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm)

Sep 17

- 127TH RAMONA AGRICULTURAL FALL FAIR
Horse pull, interactive heavy horse display, livestock shows, exhibit hall, arts & crafts, vendors, free games for kids, spelling & reading contests, delicious food & more! Presented by Ramona Agricultural Society. Ramona Hall, 2212 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 169 South, Washago, ramonafairgrounds@gmail.com

Sep 18

- BRUNCH IN THE WOODS
A delicious event! Fabulous food, wine, beer & music at 3 stunning sylvan settings on Leacock Point! Proceeds to Orillia Museum of Art & History. Noon - 4:00 pm, Leacock Museum grounds, 50 Museum Drive, 705-326-2159

Sep 22

- HYPNOTIST CYRUS
Spectacular & hilarious mystical entertainment! Cyrus welcomes volunteers & enchants audiences with one of a kind, mind-blowing hypnosis performances! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Recommended for ages over 12)

Sep 23- Sep 25

- 123RD COLDWATER FALL FAIR
Midway, parade, demolition derby, horse & pony pulls, beef & dairy shows, dog show, spelling bee, tractor & truck pulls, junior mud race, nail driving & log sawing, live entertainment & more! Presented by Coldwater & District Agricultural Society. Coldwater Fairgrounds & Arena, 11 Michael Anne Drive, Coldwater, 705-826-0826

Sep 23

- BRET MICHAELS
Every Rose Has Its Thorn, All I Ever Needed, Unskinny Bop & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 24

- DALLAS SMITH
Juno & CCMA Award winning country star! Tippin' Point, Jumped Right In, Wastin' Gas & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 24

- MEC BARRIE RACE FOUR: TUDHOPE PARK, ORILLIA
5, 10 & 15k race for beginner to advanced runners. Custom medal for top 3 overall finishers in each distance! Nuun, bananas, oranges & massages at finish line! Hosted by Mountain Equipment Co-0p store, Barrie. 9:00 am - Noon, Millennium Trail, Tudhope Park, 705-792-4675, Ext. 247 (Registration: $15 online before Sept. 21 & $25 race day / Packet pick-up: Sept. 22 & 23 at MEC, Barrie or race day / Chip pick-up: race day only between 7:30 & 8:45 am)

Sep 24

- HEART OF GOLD: A TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG
A celebration of music's ultimate survivor through the eras of Woodstock, classic rock, country-folk, punk, & grunge! Young's dark, difficult songs broke every rule of song writing & still climbed the charts. Ohio, After the Gold Rush, Cinnamon Girl, The Needle & the Damage Done, Old Man & more! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Sep 25

- AL BANO & ROMINA POWER
Italian music royalty duo! Felecita, Sharazan, Ci Sara & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 25

- FREE KIDS' FISHING DAY!
Free bait, lunch, drinks & super prizes! Help with lines, tackle & live release. Meet OPP Officers & Orillia Firemen, & check out police cars & fire trucks! Presented by The Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club. 9:00 am - Noon, Port of Orillia Fishing Pier & Centennial Park, Lake Couchiching, 705-331-3216 (Kids 14 & under / Parental release required / Fishing rods to borrow for those who don't have one)

Sep 30- Oct 02

- DOORS OPEN / CULTURE DAYS ORILLIA
Heritage Meets Culture! A celebration of Orillia's built & cultural heritage, combining free visits to significant heritage sites with free cultural activities throughout the City! Various Orillia locations. 705-325-2153

Sep 30

- THE AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEE GEES
A spectacular, multi-media concert event! Staying Alive, You Should Be Dancing, Jive Talkin' & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 30

- JAIL, BAIL & JAZZ!
A day of incarceration, celebration & syncopation! Local celebrities will be arrested on humorous charges at their place of business by an OPP officer, attend the OMAH jail to face the wrath of Peter "Judge Pepperleigh" McGuinness, & pay their bail! Everyone welcome to visit the jail, have a photo taken in a cell & view a display on the history of policing in Orillia. Jailhouse Jive evening reception & roast with music by The Felonious Monks! Fundraiser for Friends of The OPP Museum & OMAH. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Jail & Bail: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / Reception: 7:00 - 9:00 pm)

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 01- Oct 15

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: PAST TO PRESENT & TOMORROW!
Colourful banners exploring the heritage, history, culture & future of the Orillia area create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Designed & hand-painted by community members! Presented by Orillia Museum of Art & History. Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Oct 01- Oct 02

- DOORS OPEN / CULTURE DAYS ORILLIA
Heritage Meets Culture! A celebration of Orillia's built & cultural heritage, combining free visits to significant heritage sites with free cultural activities throughout the City! Various Orillia locations. 705-325-2153

Oct 01

- TEARS FOR FEARS
Rescheduled from July 14. Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, Head Over Heals & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 01

- BRECHIN SCARECROW FESTIVAL: FIFTY SHADES OF HAY!
Fun for all ages! Arts & crafts, vendors' market, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games for kids, mini putt, doggie parade, scarecrow contest & more! Enter a scarecrow for a chance to win $100! Presented by Brechin & Beyond. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Brechin Community Ball Park, 3227 Ramara Road 47, Brechin, 705-305-6895

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 07

- TONY BENNETT
Fly Me to the Moon, The Way You Look Tonight, I Left My Heart in San Francisco & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 08

- ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
After the Lovin', The Last Waltz, Release Me & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 13

- IL DIVO: AMOR & PASION TOUR
With sales of over 30 million albums, this operatic pop vocal quartet celebrates their latest release with the sounds of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros & classic mambas! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 13

- MOLLY JOHNSON SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY
Canadian icon & Juno Award winner Molly Johnson performs her own compositions, music by Billie Holiday & other classics! Accompanied by her stellar lineup, Mike Downes (bass), Robi Botos (piano) & Terry Clark (drums), the show is a who's who of jazz greats! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 14- Oct 16

- 26TH ANNUAL ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
A weekend of fabulous live jazz at Orillia restaurants, pubs & other great venues, including Orillia Public Library, Museum of Art & History, Carousel Collectables & St. Paul's Centre! 705-326-6526 (Reservations recommended for evening dining)

Oct 14

- RED GREEN: I'M NOT OLD, I'M RIPE!
A brand new show with popular TV star Red Green, known worldwide for his flannel shirts, duct tape, humour & wisdom about life! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 15

- CHARLEY PRIDE
Celebrating 50 years in country music! Kiss an Angel Good Morning, Crystal Chandeliers, The Snakes Crawl at Night & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 15

- LAST BLAST FALL STEAM UP!
Steam powered rollers, vintage road building, rock crushing, grading & other historic construction equipment is powered up for one last blast before winter! 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

Oct 16

- JERSEY NIGHTS: TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
Rescheduled from June 09. The exciting, dynamic show band Jersey Nights dazzles audiences while celebrating the legendary music of Franki Valli & the Four Seasons! Sherry, Working My Way Back to You, Walk Like a Man & more! 2:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 19

- ANNUAL COLDWATER WITCHES WALK
A night for ladies to dress up in witch finery & have fun! Spooky sights, treats, contests & special promotions at village shops! Fill a passport with stamps for a chance to win a great draw prize! 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Downtown Coldwater, 705-686-3455 (Adult only event / Donations to Coldwater Food Bank appreciated)

Oct 20

- 6TH ANNUAL ORILLIA & LAKE COUNTRY BUSINESS EXPO
Where consumers meet business! Discover the benefits of shopping locally! Businesses from Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara & Severn showcase their products & services. A great opportunity for consumers & businesses to network, connect & create partnerships. Draws, giveaways & special promotions! Noon - 7:00 pm, Best Western PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Avenue, 705-329-1084

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.

Oct 22

- HOWIE MANDEL
Popular Canadian comedian & judge on hit television show America's Got Talent! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Oct 25- Oct 26

- THE HAUNTING!
Experience things that go bump in the night! Spooky tours at Orillia Opera House, haunted house at Museum of Art & History & more! Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Complete info & times to follow)

Oct 27

- DEREK EDWARDS: ALLS I'M SAYING
Four-time Canadian Comedy Awards nominee & 2004/05 winner for Best Standup Comic! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Edwards takes aim at life's galling moments, exhales slowly & jerks back the trigger. A riotous evening of homegrown comedy! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 29

- GEORGE LOPEZ
Acclaimed actor & comedian with a hilarious take on Mexican American culture, is back just in time for the US Presidential election! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Oct 29

- SOMNIATIS II: WEARABLE ART FASHION SHOW & SILENT AUCTION
A gala event where awe inspiring art meets the runway! Over 200 local artists, designers, models, hair stylists, make-up artists, poets, musicians & photographers collaborate & donate their time & creative talents to the show! Silent auction & light buffet. Presented by & fundraiser for Orillia Museum of Art & History. 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Silvernightingale Ballroom, Casino Rama, 705-326-2159

Oct 29

- ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOWL FUN RUN / WALK
A fun run/walk full of ghostly encounters & Halloween surprises! 5 or 10 km runs, 5 km walk & 10 km team relay. Prizes for best costume & fastest times in various age divisions! Presented by City of Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture, with proceeds to Special Olympics Orillia. 10:00 am, Tudhope Park, 705-329-7250 (20% discount on registrations before October 21)

Oct 29

- ANNUAL BASS PRO SHOPS LAKE SIMCOE OPEN
Canada's premier one day bass fishing extravaganza, hosted by Aurora Bassmasters! The event that in 2010 set the all time Canadian record of 31.5 pounds for the heaviest 5 bass ever weighed in during a Canadian bass tournament! Up to 100 teams compete in the world class bass fishery of Lake Simcoe for paybacks exceeding 100% of entry fees! Port of Orillia & Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Drive, aurorabassmasters@gmail.com (6:00 am - 5:00 pm / Weigh-in: 3:00 pm)

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 04

- LARRY THE CABLE GUY
Multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee & Billboard Award winner! Git-R-Done! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Nov 05

- OUR LADY PEACE & I MOTHER EARTH WITH GUESTS: THE STANDSTILLS
One More Astronaut, Another Sunday, Innocent, Somewhere Out There & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 11- Nov 12

- ROGER HODGSON: FORMERLY OF SUPERTRAMP
Give a Little Bit, Breakfast in America, The Logical Song & more, with symphony orchestra! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Nov 13

- STADIO & GUEST: MICHELE ZARRILLO
Un Giorno Mi Dirai (sanremo 2016 winner), Stabiliamo Un Contatto, Cinque Giorni, La Notte Dei Pensieri & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

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 18- Nov 19

- STYX
Come Sail Away, Renegade, Babe & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

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)

Nov 25

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
Outrageous specials all day at participating stores & restaurants! Stock up for Christmas with Big Sale Items in stores decked out with black decor window displays! 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

December

Dec 03

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Dec 10

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Dec 17

- FREE HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES
An old-fashioned shopping experience! Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon, explore downtown & get into the Christmas spirit! 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)
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