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2014

September

Sep 01- Oct 19

- STREETS ALIVE! ART GROWS HERE: OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT
City streets are alive with 40 giant metal planter sculptures, transformed into exciting works of art by area artists! Downtown Orillia, 327-5093

Sep 01- Oct 26

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: HISTORIC ORILLIA - A GROWING COMMUNITY!
Colourful banners exploring Orillia's past & future, designed & hand-painted by community members, create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Downtown Orillia, 326-2159

Sep 01- Oct 04

- CARMICHAEL CANADIAN LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION
A Canada-wide, juried all media exhibition, embracing & challenging existing artistic approaches to Canadian landscape! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 326-2159

Sep 01- Sep 27

- FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
An inspiring exhibit by gallery artists, featuring a variety of styles & media! Zephyr Gallery, Downtown Orillia, 326-0480

Sep 01

- BRYAN MCPHERSON: CANADIAN TOUR
Singer, songwriter & self-described anarcho folk-punk artist performs material from his upcoming album Wedgewood! Orillia's Winnie Brave opens the show! 2:00 pm, Artaban Hall, 58 Mississaga Street East, Downtown Orillia (Tickets at door)

Sep 04- Sep 07

- 44TH ANNUAL FALL AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
Cars & parts as far as the eye can see! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, auto auction, hundreds of vendors, good food & more! Burl's Creek Event Park, Oro-Medonte 8th Line 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)

Sep 05- Sep 07

- 164TH 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, 325-0353

Sep 05- Sep 06

- THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE!
Come On Down! Win prizes playing all the favourite games, just like on TV! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 1:00 & 9:00 pm)

Sep 05

- 4TH ANNUAL PEDAL FOR THE PAST: FRIENDS OF THE OPP MUSEUM
Scenic 50 or 100 km bike ride on paved roads through Oro-Medonte, or a choice of trail rides at Hardwood Ski & Bike! Hydration stations, celebratory barbecue & prize draws! Proceeds to Friends & OPP Museum for preservation of OPP history & its place in Ontario heritage, 705-330-4178 (Staggered start from Hardwood Ski & Bike beginning 11:00 am)

Sep 06- Sep 07

- 6TH ANNUAL ASHIKO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
A spectacular, multi-cultural music & dance festival, featuring authentic roots reggae, steel drum, original Latin pop, Cuban rythms, Highland bagpipe & drumming, 2014 Juno Award nominees, Lemon Bucket Orkestra & more! Drum circles, Zumba, kids' activities, craft vendors & delicious, international cuisine! Fundraiser for The Sharing Place Food Bank, Local Restaurants Saturday & Leacock Museum Grounds Sunday, 705-309-3351 (Advance weekend pass: $20 / Kids under 12 free)

Sep 09- Oct 03

- SUMMER THEATRE: SUDDENLY MOMMY
A hilarious, one-woman show written & performed by Anne Marie Scheffler of The Second City, The Comedy Network & SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody! Experience the rollicking roller coaster of motherhood, because no matter how you planned it, it always comes suddenly! Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. - Thurs: 2:00 & 8:00 pm / Fri: 8:00 pm / Getaway Packages, Group, Student & Season Flex Pac rates available / Recommended for ages 16 & over)

Sep 12- Sep 13

- 162ND ORO WORLD'S FAIR
Midway, school fair, truck & tractor pull, talent show, horse show, championship wrestling, demolition derby & more! Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, 7th Line & 15/16 Sideroad, Hawkestone, 705-487-1753

Sep 12- Sep 13

- CIRQUE DREAMS JUNGLE FANTASY
A spectacular, exotic encounter from Broadway inspired by nature's unpredictable creations & brought to life by soaring aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers & musicians! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 2:00 & 9:00 pm)

Sep 13

- 125TH RAMONA AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Interactive heavy horse display, logging demonstration, heavy & light horse draw, free kids' games, spelling & reading contests, exhibit hall, arts & crafts, delicious home made food & more! Ramona Hall, 2212 Fairgrounds Road, Washago, 705-689-8881

Sep 18- Sep 19

- REBA MCENTIRE
Turn On the Radio, Fancy & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Thurs: 8:00 pm / Fri: 9:00 pm)

Sep 20

- 9TH ANNUAL ORILLIA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Cancelled. A parade of colourful dragon boats & friendly, competitive atmosphere create an exciting racing event, building community spirit & raising funds for good causes! Cultural exhibits, vendors & children's activities complement this 2,400 year old tradition! Presented by Rotary Club of Orillia-Lake Country, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-330-4008, Ext. 2647

Sep 21

- FREE KIDS' FISHING DAY!
Free bait, lunch & drinks! Help with lines, tackle & live release! Super prizes! 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 25

- JEFF DUNHAM: DISORDERLY CONDUCT TOUR
Highest rated television programing in Comedy Central history! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 26- Sep 28

- CULTURE DAYS ORILLIA: CREATE, PARTICIPATE, CELEBRATE!
Orillia is again participating in the 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, 325-4530

Sep 26- Sep 28

- 121ST COLDWATER FALL FAIR
Midway, demolition derby, tractor & truck pulls, horse & pony pulls, beef & dairy shows, sheep shows, spelling bee, log sawing & nail driving, children's mud race & more! Coldwater Fairgrounds & Arena, Michael Anne Drive, Coldwater, 705-826-0826

Sep 27

- THE KING IN CONCERT: AN ELVIS TRIBUTE STARRING JAMES CAWLEY
Ranked Number 1 Elvis Impersonator in the USA by a committee of Elvis Fan Club Presidents! 1:00 & 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 27

- SOLDIERS OF SONG
Juno nominated musician Jason Wilson, with cast & crew, celebrate the songs, skits & history of The Dumbells, a group of World War I Canadian soldiers who bolstered morale among war weary troops with humorous Concert Parties! After the war, The Dumbells performed in Canada, London's West End & on Broadway! Two members, Merton & Albert Plunkett, were born in Orillia! Presented by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34, 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

October

Oct 01- Oct 03

- SUMMER THEATRE: SUDDENLY MOMMY
A hilarious, one-woman show written & performed by Anne Marie Scheffler of The Second City, The Comedy Network & SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody! Experience the rollicking roller coaster of motherhood, because no matter how you planned it, it always comes suddenly! Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Wed. - Thurs: 2:00 & 8:00 pm / Fri: 8:00 pm / Getaway Packages, Group, Student & Season Flex Pac rates available / Recommended for ages 16 & over)

Oct 01- Oct 19

- STREETS ALIVE! ART GROWS HERE: OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT
City streets are alive with 40 giant metal planter sculptures, transformed into exciting works of art by area artists! Downtown Orillia, 327-5093

Oct 01- Oct 26

- FESTIVAL OF BANNERS: HISTORIC ORILLIA - A GROWING COMMUNITY!
Colourful banners exploring Orillia's past & future, designed & hand-painted by community members, create a vibrant outdoor art gallery in our streets! Downtown Orillia, 326-2159

Oct 01- Oct 04

- CARMICHAEL CANADIAN LANDSCAPE EXHIBITION
A Canada-wide, juried all media exhibition, embracing & challenging existing artistic approaches to Canadian landscape! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 326-2159

Oct 03

- ZZ TOP
Sharp Dressed Man, La Grange & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 04

- ORILLIA SILVER BAND: FALL COLOURS CONCERT
Music to celebrate the beauty of Fall colours, featuring works by Philip Spark, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, John Williams & Goff Richards! 7:30 pm, St. Paul's United Church, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 04

- 2ND ANNUAL ORILLIA FILM FESTIVAL
A presentation of selected films from Orillia & around the world, each 8 minutes long or less, guaranteed to entertain & educate! 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 04

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

Oct 07

- JUDAS PRIEST: REDEEMER OF SOULS TOUR
With special guest Steel Panther! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 10- Oct 13

- 31ST ANNUAL IMAGES THANKSGIVING STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided studio tour & juried presentation of works by over thirty of the area's finest artists & craftspeople! 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Orillia, Barrie & surrounding area, 327-3363 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Oct 10

- UNCLE KRACKER
Follow Me, Drift Away & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 11

- 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

Oct 17

- A HIGHWAYMEN TRIBUTE: CASH, WAYLON, WILLIE
Amazing soundalike, lookalike artists sing the hits of the great Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 18

- LAST BLAST FALL STEAM UP!
Steam powered rollers, vintage road building, rock crushing, grading & other historical construction equipment is powered up for one last blast before winter! Vintage tractor & classic truck displays, vendors, good food & 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 18

- 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 for heaviest 5 bass ever weighed in during a Canadian bass tournament! Up to 110 teams compete on Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching for paybacks exceeding 100% of entry fees! Port of Orillia & Couchiching Beach Park, wil.wegman@rogers.com (Blast-Off: 8:00 am / Weigh-In: 3:00 pm)

Oct 23

- 4TH ANNUAL ORILLIA & LAKE COUNTRY BUSINESS EXPO
Discover the benefits of shopping locally! Businesses from Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Rama, Ramara & Severn showcase their products & services. A great opportunity for businesses & consumers to network, connect & create partnerships! Giveaways, draws & door prizes! 2:00 - 8:30 pm, Casino Rama Ballrooms, 329-1084

Oct 23

- SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: SEASON 11 TOUR!
2014's top ten finalists perform sizzling, one-of-a-kind dance routines as seen on the television show! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 24

- CHARLEY PRIDE
Kiss an Angel Good Morning! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 25

- THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW
Number 1 Pink Floyd tribute in the world! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 28- Oct 30

- EVENINGS OF HALLOWEEN
Great Halloween fun as ghosts, goblins & ghouls come alive! Outside Haunted Haven for brave souls, Boo Barn for younger trick or treaters! Spooky games, treats & activities for all ages! 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721

Oct 29

- JOHN MCDERMOTT: LOOKING BACK - 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR!
Famed tenor & international recording star celebrates 20 years & more than 25 albums, including 3 platinum, 1 double & 1 triple platinum! A highlight of songs from early recordings to latest releases! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Oct 30

- AN EVENING WITH ALICE COOPER
School's Out, Poison & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Oct 31

- THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
Listen to the Music, Black Water & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

November

Nov 01

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

Nov 02

- DEREK EDWARDS: BALONEY & WINE
An uproarious romp through the increasingly strange quirks of our daily routines, by four-time nominee, & winner of Best Standup Comic - Canadian Comic Awards! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Nov 08

- FRANKIE AVALON, FABIAN & BOBBY RYDELL
Dick Fox's Golden Boys! Venus, Turn Me Loose, Forget Him & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 13

- JOHN FOGERTY: COAST-TO-COAST CANADIAN TOUR!
The legacy of 1969 lives on with Proud Mary, Born on the Bayou, Down on the Corner & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 14- Nov 15

- ROGER HODGSON: FORMERLY OF SUPERTRAMP
Give a Little Bit, Breakfast in America & more, with symphony orchestra! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 15- Nov 16

- 16TH ANNUAL ARTISANS' CHRISTMAS SHOW
A display & sale of distinctive creations by over 50 regional artisans, including potters, painters, photographers, jewellry artists, food vendors, clothing creators & more! 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721

Nov 18- Nov 19

- STUART MCLEAN & THE VINYL CAFE CHRISTMAS SHOW
A Christmas celebration with best-selling Canadian author, journalist, humourist & host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Cafe! New Dave & Morley stories, new music & special guest band Chic Gamine, 2009 Juno Award recipients for Roots Album of the Year! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Nov 19

- STEVE MILLER BAND: RADIO FOR RADIATION BENEFIT CONCERT VI
An unforgettable show featuring legendary classic rock icons the Steve Miller Band, with special guests Sonic Coalition, a local band of business professionals including Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman! Benefit concert for Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre, presented by 104.1 The DOCK. 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 21

- CHILDREN'S CANDLELIGHT PARADE & TREE LIGHTING
Hundreds of children, led by the Town Crier, carry glow lights & carol through Downtown to turn on the giant Opera House Christmas tree & light the way for Santa! Free cookies & hot chocolate! 7:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 325-3261 (Mississaga Street, from Legion to Opera House)

Nov 21- Nov 22

- STYX
Come Sail Away! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Nov 23

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrate Memories of Christmas! 1:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Non-perishable food collection for Orillia Sharing Place Food Bank / Free parking in Downtown lots)

Nov 28

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
Terrific specials & giveaways at participating stores & restaurants! Stock up for Christmas with great savings! Downtown Orillia, 325-3261 (Free parking in Downtown lots)

December

Dec 04- Dec 05

- CHRISTMAS PAST & PRESENT
Carolling, crafts, lantern lit pathways, heritage building tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, holiday treats & more! Proceeds to Friends of the Simcoe County Museum, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721 (Unwrapped toy collection for Simcoe County Paramedic Services Annual Toy Drive)

2015

April

Apr 18- May 09

- 34TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories, special OPP Kids' Day! Just fish to win!!! Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May

May 01- May 09

- 34TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories, special OPP Kids' Day! Just fish to win!!! Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424
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