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2016

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 01- Jul 17

- ROGER KERSLAKE: POTTER, ARTIST, TEACHER
A showcase of Kerslake's work & its significance. With roots in the influential British pottery movement, his work as an artist & educator during the early days of the Georgian College School of Design & Visual Art was instrumental in developing a new generation of ceramicists! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jun 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

Jun 01- Jul 17

- HELLO BICKERSTAFF
Pen & ink drawings by Orillia writer, cartoonist & editor Don Evans, aka Isaac Bickerstaff. Cartoon highlights from The Orillia Sun, MacLean's Magazine, What's the Difference? A Comparison of Canadians and Americans, & illustrations in the bestselling book, Canajan Eh? 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 03

- THE MONKEES: GOOD TIMES - 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Last Train to Clarksville, I'm a Believer, Daydream Believer & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 03

- 10TH ANNUAL SENIORS' FAIR
Local exhibitors provide information on products & services for seniors, including fitness, health care, home health care, retirement residences & volunteer opportunities. Discounts at select stores, prizes, free bingo & refreshments in Food Court! 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Orillia Square Mall, 1029 Brodie Drive, 705-325-2366 (Bingo: 11:00 am)

Jun 04

- ORILLIA SILVER BAND: SPRING CONCERT
An entertaining evening of brass band music featuring works by Duke Ellington, Giuseppe Verdi, Gordon Langford, Peter Graham, Goff Richards & more! 7:30 pm, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 99 Peter Street North, 705-259-2446 (Tickets at the door)

Jun 04

- ROCK THE NIGHT AWAY TRIBUTE SHOW!
A full production Legends concert! Six of North America's top tribute artists perform the hits of Tom Jones, Elton John, Connie Francis, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, John Lennon & Elvis Presley, backed by the fabulous Koasters Show Band with MC Bill Coulter! Presented by Springtime Entertainment. 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jun 04

- CARROLL BAKER
Canada's First Lady of Country Music! I've Never Been This Far Before, One is One Too Many & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 05

- CFUW ANNUAL ORILLIA HOMES TOUR & TEA
Opening doors to learning! A tour of 5 beautiful Orillia area homes, delicious tea served at Fern Resort & raffle with great prizes! Presented by Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), Orillia, with proceeds to post-secondary education scholarships for Orillia area female high school graduates. 705-241-5987 or jbroeren@msn.com (Tour: Noon - 5:00 pm / Tea: 1:00 - 4:00 pm)

Jun 05

- JUBILEE CHORALE: AS TIME GOES BY
A concert of treasured selections from the twentieth century, with special guest Shawn Steinhart Band from Barrie! Favourite songs from Ragtime, Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, & popular hits through the decades to the loved music of today! 2:30 pm, Westmount United Church, 23 Westmount Drive, 705-826-8517

Jun 09

- ULTIMATE ARTISTS LIVE: FRANKIE VALLI TRIBUTE
Cancelled. 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! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

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, artists & artisans, 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 10

- ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS
House of the Rising Sun, See See Rider, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 10- Jul 15

- WM. TURNBULL ART: PERCEPTIONS OF REALITY
A collection of original, free hand, ink drawings by Wm. (Bill) Turnbull. From whimsical to familiar, Turnbull's unique art truly reflects what is possible when one opens one's heart & trusts in natural artistic talents to permit the free flow of creativity to take shape on canvas! Tiffin's Creative Centre, 22B Peter Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-7205

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 11- Jun 12

- WHEELS & TRACKS IN MOTION!
Dirt, steam & action for kids of all ages! Vintage construction equipment, tractors & classic truck displays throughout Museum grounds. Wagon rides to gravel pits for live demonstrations of steam powered rollers, vintage road building, rock crushing, grading & hoisting machines! Presented in conjunction with the Historical Construction Equipment Association of Canada. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721 (Indoor galleries open / Refreshments available)

Jun 12

- CARDEN FAMILY FUN FEST: NUTS FOR NATURE!
A day of activity & adventure in the beauty of the Carden landscape! Guided hikes, search & rescue tracking dogs, birds of prey show, pond study safari, slimy & scaly friends, invasive species education, bee exhibit, wagon rides, bird house & feeder building, nature crafts, face painting, free ice cream & more! Presented by The Couchiching Conservancy. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Carden Alvar & Carden Recreation Centre, 258 Lake Dalrymple Road, 705-326-1620 (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Jun 17

- AMERICA
Horse With No Name, Sister Golden Hair, You Can Do Magic & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 18- 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 18- 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

Jun 18

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

Jun 18

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: STORY POLES KICK-OFF CELEBRATION
Orillia's incredible 2016 Streets Alive! outdoor art project, Story Poles in Downtown Orillia, is unveiled! City streets come alive with a display of 40 vertical sculptures created by area artists, each unique piece telling a visual art story in theme, materials & design. Live entertainment, meet the artists, juried evaluation & beginning of People's Choice voting! 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jun 19

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Orillia Wind Ensemble, 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)

Jun 21

- FIRST NATIONS DAY CELEBRATIONS
A celebration of First Nations culture & history. Sunrise ceremony, breakfast served by Rama First Nation Chief & Council, canoe races, parade with prizes for best floats, opening remarks, pony rides, rock climbing, bouncy castle, BBQ lunch, baseball games, fireworks at dusk & more! Everyone welcome! 5:30 am - 10:00 pm, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Rama, 705-325-3611, Ext. 1235 (Community only family dance at Rama Community Hall, 6:00 - 9:30 pm)

Jun 24- Jun 25

- CELTIC WOMAN: DESTINY WORLD TOUR
Multi-platinum Irish music sensations perform songs from their new album, accompanied by high energy musicians & dancers! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

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 25- Jun 26

- 16TH ANNUAL COLDWATER & AREA STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided studio tour & juried presentation of works by over 35 dynamic artists & artisans! BBQ lunch, sweets & tea available at Coldwater Canadiana Museum, Woodrow Road. 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 25

- MUSKOKA MELODY: SOUNDS OF THE 50'S & 60'S
Talented performers specializing in famous music of the 50's & 60's. If you love music that defines 20th Century lifestyles, you'll love Muskoka Melody! Fundraiser for Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation. 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jun 26

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Metropolitan Silver 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)

Jun 26

- ANNUAL ARTS FOR PEACE FESTIVAL
A peaceful arts & music celebration for adults & children of all ages! Stories, crafts, origami paper cranes, clay creations, painting, drumming, singing, maypole dancing & more! Community information tables, food vendors & complimentary water, juice & snacks donated by festival well-wishers! Noon - 5:00 pm, Leacock Museum grounds, 50 Museum Drive, 705-326-1568 (Free admission)

Jun 26

- NEEMA CHILDREN'S CHOIR: THE SOUND OF HOPE TOUR
A performance by the Neema Children's Choir during St. Paul's Worship Service, BBQ lunch, Ugandan crafts & more singing, dancing & drumming by the children! 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-326-7351

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, giant birthday cake, craft & food vendors, beer garden, live entertainment, Orillia's Got Talent & more! Fabulous fireworks at dusk! Buy a button & support the celebrations! 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 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

Jul 01- Jul 02

- BURTON CUMMINGS & BAND
Celebrate Canada Day weekend with a legendary Canadian rocker! Break It To Them Gently, Fine State of Affairs, My Own Way to Rock & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Jul 01- Jul 17

- ROGER KERSLAKE: POTTER, ARTIST, TEACHER
A showcase of Kerslake's work & its significance. With roots in the influential British pottery movement, his work as an artist & educator during the early days of the Georgian College School of Design & Visual Art was instrumental in developing a new generation of ceramicists! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 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

Jul 01- Jul 17

- HELLO BICKERSTAFF
Pen & ink drawings by Orillia writer, cartoonist & editor Don Evans, aka Isaac Bickerstaff. Cartoon highlights from The Orillia Sun, MacLean's Magazine, What's the Difference? A Comparison of Canadians and Americans, & illustrations in the bestselling book, Canajan Eh? Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 01- Jul 15

- WM. TURNBULL ART: PERCEPTIONS OF REALITY
A collection of original, free hand, ink drawings by Wm. (Bill) Turnbull. From whimsical to familiar, Turnbull's unique art truly reflects what is possible when one opens one's heart & trusts in natural artistic talents to permit the free flow of creativity to take shape on canvas! Tiffin's Creative Centre, 22B Peter Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-7205

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 03

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

Jul 05

- ORILLIA SHRINE CLUB CIRCUS
Acrobats, animals, clowns & more! Fun for the whole family! Proceeds to Orillia Shrine Club. 4:00 & 7:30 pm, Rotary Place, 100 University Avenue, 705-259-0854 (No elephants in circus / See attached poster for ticket information)

Jul 06

- BILLY IDOL
Mony Mony, White Wedding, Dancing with Myself & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 06

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: BEETLEJUICE
A 1988 American comedy horror about a young couple, the Maitlands, who die in a car accident & find themselves haunting their former home, attempting unsuccessfully to scare away the obnoxious new owners & their daughter, Lydia. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit whose help quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands & innocent Lydia! Presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture. 9:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4283 (Free admission)

Jul 08- Jul 10

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Thrilling audiences for over 50 years with an incredible weekend of music! Fantastic entertainment lineup includes Friday to Sunday evening headliners Rita Coolidge, The Good Family, 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 08

- HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES!
A rock concert like no other! Super-group Alice Cooper, Joe Perry & Johnny Depp perform their new single Bad As I Am, renditions of popular classics My Generation, Whole Lotta Love, a School's Out / Another Brick in the Wall medley & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 09

- 6TH ANNUAL RAMARA CLASSIC CAR SHOW
A fabulous display of vehicles, from antique legends to classic cars & trucks to muscle & modified cars! 50's/60's DJ Wild Willie, 50/50 draw, prizes, trophies, vendors & BBQ! Presented by Ramara Chamber of Commerce. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Pride Marine Group, Lagoon City Marina, Brechin, 705-484-2141

Jul 10

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Orillia Silver 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)

Jul 13

- SARAH HARMER
Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter & environmental activist, Sarah Harmer possesses one of the most distinctive voices of Canada's rock & folk music scene! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jul 14

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

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 15- Jul 30

- SUMMER THEATRE: ALL FOR NUN...THE 2ND COMING
Two hours of quirky comedy, song & Nunfun! Sister Mary Margaret returns to the stage in the basement of Little Hope Church, bringing a smile to everyone's face with stories, songs, audience sing-alongs & even a quiz show or two! Written by Rob Reid & presented by Double R Productions. OCC Theatre, Orillia, Tuesday through Thursday, 705-242-4092 / Beaverton Town Hall Theatre Friday & Saturday, 705-426-7734 (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 8:00 pm / Fri. & Sat: 8:00 pm / Group Tours & Lunch Packages available)

Jul 16

- THE RAT PACK RETURNS: BACK IN THE DAY IS BACK IN STYLE!
Spot-on impressions of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr., with 12-piece orchestra & special surprise guest! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster,ca

Jul 17

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Barrie Skyliners Big 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)

Jul 17

- COLDWATER MUSEUM ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY
A taste of life as it must have been in Coldwater over 100 years ago! Interdenominational church service, BBQ lunch, vintage farm machinery demonstrations, farm animals, arts & crafts, silent auction, live music by Dylan Lock & more! 10:30 am - 4:00 pm, Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum, 1474 Woodrow Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-955-1930 (Admission by donation / Bring your own lawn chair)

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 20

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: RATATOUILLE
A 2007 American, computer-animated, Academy Award winning comedy, featuring Remy, an ambitious young rat with a sophisticated palate, who dreams of becoming a chef. Finding himself in the sewers of Paris beneath Gusteau's fine restaurant, the rodent gourmet discovers he is ideally placed to realize his dream! Presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture. 9:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4283 (Free admission)

Jul 22- Jul 24

- WAYHOME MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
A celebration of music, food, art & film! Four stages & over 90 performers, including Montreal's Arcade Fire & the reunited LCD Soundsystem! 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 22

- OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
You're the One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted to You & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 23

- MAKS & VAL LIVE ON TOUR: OUR WAY
The smash hit dance tour of the summer, featuring Maksim & Valentin Chmerkovskiy, hottest stars of ABC's Dancing With the Stars! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 24

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Simcoe County 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)

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

Jul 30

- PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO: WE LIVE FOR LOVE TOUR
Love is a Battlefield, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, We Belong & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 31

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Muskoka 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)

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 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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, live music & more! Presented by Orillia District Agricultural Society. ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353

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 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 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 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

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 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 14- Oct 16

- 26TH ANNUAL ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
A weekend of fabulous live jazz at Orillia restaurants, pubs & other great venues throughout the City! 705-326-6526 (Reservations recommended for evening dining)

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.

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)

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)
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