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2015

July

Jul 01

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

Jul 01- Oct 25

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

Jul 01- Oct 25

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

Jul 01- Jul 03

- SUMMER THEATRE: THE AFFECTIONS OF MAY
A hilarious story about May Henning, a bed & breakfast owner in the quirky town of Grogan's Cove, trying to get her life in order after her husband deserts her for the big city! Written by Norm Foster. Theatre Orillia, OCC Theatre, Colborne Street East, 705-242-8011 (Wed: 6:30 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Getaway Packages, Senior, Student & Season Voucher rates available)

Jul 01- Sep 26

- NATION TO NATION
Five exceptional artists bring local & non-local, Indigenous & non-Indigenous perspectives to a discussion about cultural perceptions of nation & nation-to-nation relationships. Propelled by exploration into the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site & arrival of Samuel de Champlain to the Orillia & Rama area 400 years ago! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 01- Dec 26

- TOUCH: CHAMPLAIN AT 400
An exploration of the effect of touch, the closest word for contact in Anishnaabemowin, & the cultural legacy of Samuel de Champlain's travels through Huronia 400 years ago. A powerful & interactive account of history, presented through narratives shaped by the heterogeneous cultural practices of North America's First People! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 02- Jul 04

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

Jul 02

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

Jul 03- Jul 05

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Thrilling audiences for over 50 years with an incredible weekend of music! Fantastic lineup includes more than 100 performances on 10 stages, featuring Friday to Sunday evening headliners Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucinda Williams & Adam Cohen! Emporium, artisans' village, kids' folkplay area, great food, beer tent & more! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, 705-326-3655

Jul 03- Jul 04

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

Jul 03- Jul 04

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL: DOWNTOWN STAGE
Great music featuring The Barrel Boys, Turbo Street Funk, The Griddle Pickers, Ever-Lovin' Jug Band & other Mariposa showcase winners! Crafts & activities for kids, artisan displays & more! Mississaga Street East between Peter & Matchedash, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Fri: 1:00 - 5:00 pm / Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm / Free shuttle to & from Tudhope Park festival site)

Jul 04- Jul 12

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

Jul 05

- 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, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Jul 08

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: GREASE
The highest-grossing movie musical of all time! A 1978 American musical, comedy-drama portraying the romance of high school students, good girl Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John), & greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta), in the summer of 1959! Presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture, 9:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4283 (Free admission / Rain date: July 09)

Jul 09- Jul 25

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

Jul 10

- MICKEY GILLEY
Stand By Me, I Overlooked an Orchid & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 11- Jul 12

- 8TH ANNUAL ART ON THE SEVERN JURIED ART SHOW & SALE
An exciting & innovative mixed media art presentation by select artists from the area & across the province! Paintings, photography, wood carvings, stained glass, hand-made jewelry, woven baskets & more! Refreshments available. Washago Community Centre, 4361 Hamilton Street, Washago, 705-689-6424 or 705-323-6424 (Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / Admission by donation)

Jul 11

- RON WHITE: THE NUTCRACKER TOUR
Grammy Award winning comedian, actor & New York Times best-selling author, known for his hilarious on-stage nickname Tater Salad! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Jul 11

- 5TH ANNUAL RAMARA CLASSIC CAR & BOAT SHOW
Fabulous display of vintage & classic cars & boats! 50's/60's DJ Wild Willie, 50/50 draw, prizes, trophies, vendors & barbecue! Presented by Ramara Chamber of Commerce, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Pride Marine Group Lagoon City Marina, Brechin, 705-484-2141

Jul 11

- SCALES NATURE PARK 6TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER!
A great day at Scales! Displays & hands-on interaction with large collection of Canadian reptiles & amphibians, photography & art show, games, arts & crafts, huge silent auction & more! Fundraiser for new Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital! 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Scales Nature Park, 82 Line 15 South, Oro-Medonte, 705-327-2808 (25% off admission)

Jul 12

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Weston 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, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Jul 14- Jul 31

- SUMMER THEATRE: ALL FOR NUN
A fun-sational revue! Sister Mary Margaret hosts a live musical show from the newly renovated basement of Little Hope Church, presenting popular tunes, an audience sing-along, magic tricks & even a quiz show! A stage extravaganza by Robert J. Reid. Theatre Orillia, OCC Theatre, Colborne Street East, 705-242-8011 (Tues. - Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Getaway Packages, Senior, Student & Season Voucher rates available)

Jul 16- Jul 17

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

Jul 17- Jul 19

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

Jul 18

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

Jul 18

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

Jul 18

- COLDWATER MUSEUM 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
A festive fundraising event marking the 50th anniversary of the Coldwater Museum & 175th year of the Woodrow homestead! Fancy box lunch, Canadiana gift bag, silent auction, draws, entertainment by Dylan Lock & the Rugby Boys, anniversary cake & more! Noon - 5:00 pm, Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum, 1474 Woodrow Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-955-1930 (Ticket purchase required prior to July 10)

Jul 19

- LOUIS YAN: THE MOMENT MAGIC WORLD TOUR
International champion magician & Guinness World Record holder, direct from Hong Kong! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jul 19

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Northdale 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, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Jul 19

- COLDWATER MUSEUM ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY
A taste of life as it must have been in Coldwater over 100 years ago! Outdoor church service, BBQ lunch, vintage farm machinery, antique car show, farm animals, arts & crafts, heritage cooking, live music & more! 10:30 am - 4:00 pm, Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum, 1474 Woodrow Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-955-1930 (Admission by donation)

Jul 21- Jul 26

- LEACOCK SUMMER FESTIVAL
Ontario's largest summer literary festival, featuring award-winning authors & emerging writers! Readings, performances, dinners & special events! Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, 705-329-1908

Jul 22

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: JAWS
A 1975 American thriller involving great white shark attacks in the waters off the resort community of Amity Island, response by the mayor to loss of tourism business when the police chief closes the beaches, & a dramatic attempt to track & kill the shark! Presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture, 9:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4283 (Free admission / Rain date: July 23)

Jul 24- Jul 26

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

Jul 24

- GABRIEL IGLESIAS: UNITY THROUGH LAUGHTER WORLD TOUR
A high-octane show of storytelling, parodies, characters & sound effects! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audience)

Jul 24- Jul 25

- ORILLIA BEATLES CELEBRATION & STREET FESTIVAL
A celebration of the world's greatest rock & roll band! Beatles tribute artists, films, memorabilia, outdoor stages, giant sidewalk sale, beer garden, Friday & Saturday night street dances & more! Downtown Orillia, 705-325-4283

Jul 24

- BOOTS & SPURS COUNTRY DANCE
Video Dance Party featuring top country stars on 3 giant screens! Great sound, lighting, fun & prizes! Presented by Rotary Club of Orillia & KICX Hot New Country 106FM, with proceeds to Rotary Orillia community projects. 9:00 pm - 1:00 am, ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-5500 or 705-327-7831

Jul 25

- REPLAY: THE BEATLES TRIBUTE
Canada's most authentic Beatles tribute, from Liverpudlian accents to on-stage antics, costumes & instruments! She Loves You, A Hard Day's Night, Penny Lane, Hey Jude & more! 3:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jul 26

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

Jul 26

- SUNDAY EVENING BAND CONCERT
Barrie 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, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Jul 29

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

Jul 30- Aug 08

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

Jul 31- Aug 03

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

Jul 31

- KOOL & THE GANG
Celebration, Cherish & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

August

Aug 01- Oct 25

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

Aug 01- Aug 03

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

Aug 01- Aug 08

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

Aug 01- Oct 25

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

Aug 01

- NEIL SEDAKA
Calendar Girl, Breaking Up is Hard to Do & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 01- Sep 26

- NATION TO NATION
Five exceptional artists bring local & non-local, Indigenous & non-Indigenous perspectives to a discussion about cultural perceptions of nation & nation-to-nation relationships. Propelled by exploration into the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site & arrival of Samuel de Champlain to the Orillia & Rama area 400 years ago! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 01- Dec 26

- TOUCH: CHAMPLAIN AT 400
An exploration of the effect of touch, the closest word for contact in Anishnaabemowin, & the cultural legacy of Samuel de Champlain's travels through Huronia 400 years ago. A powerful & interactive account of history, presented through narratives shaped by the heterogeneous cultural practices of North America's First People! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 02

- 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, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Aug 05

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
A 1986 American comedy chronicling one last sick day before graduation for Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), skilled at cutting classes & getting away with it! Ferris embarks on a one day journey in a borrowed Ferrari, with a high school principal on his trail! Presented by Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture, 9:30 pm, Rotary Aqua Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-325-4283 (Free admission / Rain date: August 06)

Aug 06- Aug 09

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

Aug 06

- CULTURE CLUB
Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 07- Aug 09

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

Aug 07- Aug 08

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

Aug 08

- KENNY G
The best selling instrumentalist of the modern era performs bossa nova classics & originals from his latest album Brazilian Nights! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 09

- 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, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Aug 12

- MOVIES IN THE PARK: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
Back for the third 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 / Rain date: August 13)

Aug 13- Aug 29

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

Aug 14

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

Aug 15

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

Aug 15- Aug 16

- TOUGH MUDDER ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
A hardcore obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit & camaraderie! Brand new obstacles for 2015 from the mad-minded scientists in the Obstacle Innovation Lab! Tough Mudder has raised more than $250,000 in support of Wounded Warriors Canada! Great post party with refreshments & awards! Mount St. Louis Moonstone, 24 Mount St. Louis Road, 705-835-2112

Aug 15

- BILL ENGVALL
Popular actor, comedian & member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audiences)

Aug 16

- 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, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Aug 16

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

Aug 19

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

Aug 21

- TONY ORLANDO
Knock Three Times, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 22

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

Aug 22- Aug 23

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

Aug 22

- HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2015
The music of The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Buckinghams, The Association, The Cowsills, The Grass Roots & Mark Lindsay! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 23

- 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 Theatre, Couchiching Beach Park, 705-329-7250 (Donations accepted / Rain location: Orillia Opera House)

Aug 28- Aug 30

- ORILLIA RIB FEST: FINGER LICKIN' GOOD BBQ!
Southern Comfort Rib Series featuring top rib teams from across North America, accompanied by an array of other tasty treats including funnel cakes, ice cream, poutine, hot dogs & slushies! Arts, crafts, clothing, Kids' Zone featuring splash pad, bubble soccer, face painting & more! Beer garden & great live entertainment! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, info@northernheatribseries.ca (Fri: 4:00 - 11:00 pm / Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm / Sun: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Aug 28

- THE BAND PERRY
Better Dig Two, Postcards from Paris & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 29

- JEFF FOXWORTHY
Multiple Grammy Award nominee, best-selling author & host of the popular FOX show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Aug 30

- 8TH ANNUAL SAVOUR SIMCOE
An award-winning culinary event celebrating the heritage, agriculture & cuisine of Simcoe County! Food tasting featuring County farms & 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 (Early bird ticket rate until June 30)

September

Sep 01- Oct 25

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

Sep 01- Oct 25

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

Sep 01- Sep 26

- NATION TO NATION
Five exceptional artists bring local & non-local, Indigenous & non-Indigenous perspectives to a discussion about cultural perceptions of nation & nation-to-nation relationships. Propelled by exploration into the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site & arrival of Samuel de Champlain to the Orillia & Rama area 400 years ago! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01- Dec 26

- TOUCH: CHAMPLAIN AT 400
An exploration of the effect of touch, the closest word for contact in Anishnaabemowin, & the cultural legacy of Samuel de Champlain's travels through Huronia 400 years ago. A powerful & interactive account of history, presented through narratives shaped by the heterogeneous cultural practices of North America's First People! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 03

- KEVIN JAMES
Star of hit comedies The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (For mature audiences)

Sep 04- Sep 05

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

Sep 10- Sep 13

- 45TH ANNIVERSARY FALL AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, Sunday auto auction, hundreds of vendors, great food & more! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, 705-487-3663 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Sep 11- Sep 13

- 165TH ORILLIA FALL FAIR
Three days of fun & events for all ages! Midway, demolition derby, horse & tractor pulls, horse shows & competitions, animal exhibits, crops & crafts competitions, live music & more! ODAS Park, Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353

Sep 11

- SAWYER BROWN
Travelin' Band, Six Days on the Road & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 12

- WILLIE, WAYLON, JOHNNY: A HIGHWAYMEN TRIBUTE
Amazing look alike, sound alike tribute artists perform the hits of the great Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Sep 12

- BOB NEWHART
Star of hit TV sitcoms The Bob Newhart Show & Newhart! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 13

- 7TH ANNUAL ASHIKO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
A spectacular, multi-cultural music & dance festival! Drum circles, Zumba, kids' activities, craft vendors, delicious international cuisine & more! Fundraiser for The Sharing Place Food Bank, Leacock Museum grounds, 50 Museum Drive, 705-309-3351

Sep 13

- UMBERTO TOZZI
Italian singer & composer with over 45 million albums sold worldwide! Ti amo, Gloria, Se Tu non Fossi Qui & more! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 18- Sep 19

- 163RD ORO WORLD'S FAIR
Midway, school fair, truck & tractor pull, talent show, horse shows, horseshoe pitching tournament, demolition derby & more! Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, 7th Line & 15/16 Sideroad East, Hawkestone, 705-487-1753

Sep 18- Sep 20

- 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! Demonstrations & 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 18- Sep 19

- THE TRAGICALLY HIP: FULLY & COMPLETELY TOUR
Wheat Kings, At the Hundredth Meridian, Fully Completely & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 20

- SANDRA LANG & LEE KUNG KAY: GOLDEN MELODIES
An entertaining duo whose humour & charm bring audiences to their feet! 5:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 25- Sep 27

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

Sep 25- Sep 27

- 122ND COLDWATER FALL FAIR
Midway, demolition derby, tractor & truck pulls, horse & pony pulls, beef & dairy shows, spelling bee, log sawing & nail driving, children's mud race, live entertainment & more! Coldwater Fairgrounds & Arena, 11 Michael Anne Drive, Coldwater, 705-826-0826

Sep 25

- 3RD ANNUAL ORILLIA FILM FESTIVAL: LOCAL NIGHT
A presentation of selected local films, each 8 minutes or less in length, guaranteed to entertain & educate! 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Sep 25- Sep 26

- TEARS FOR FEARS
Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Sep 26

- 3RD ANNUAL ORILLIA FILM FESTIVAL: AWARDS NIGHT
A presentation of the best local films & films from around the world, each 8 minutes or less in length, guaranteed to entertain & educate! 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Sep 29- Oct 09

- SUMMER THEATRE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
The most renowned of Oscar Wilde's comedies! Two bachelors create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives, attempt to win the hearts of two women, & become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise & misadventure! Theatre Orillia, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-242-8011 (Tues. - Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Senior, Student & Season Voucher rates available)

October

Oct 01- Oct 25

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

Oct 01- Oct 25

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

Oct 01- Oct 09

- SUMMER THEATRE: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
The most renowned of Oscar Wilde's comedies! Two bachelors create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives, attempt to win the hearts of two women, & become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise & misadventure! Theatre Orillia, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-242-8011 (Tues. - Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Senior, Student & Season Voucher rates available)

Oct 01- Dec 26

- TOUCH: CHAMPLAIN AT 400
An exploration of the effect of touch, the closest word for contact in Anishnaabemowin, & the cultural legacy of Samuel de Champlain's travels through Huronia 400 years ago. A powerful & interactive account of history, presented through narratives shaped by the heterogeneous cultural practices of North America's First People! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Oct 09- Oct 12

- 32ND ANNUAL IMAGES THANKSGIVING STUDIO TOUR
A self-guided studio tour & juried presentation of works by over 30 of the area's finest artists & craftspeople! Painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, jewellry makers & more! 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Orillia, Barrie & surrounding area, 705-327-3363 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Oct 16- Oct 18

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

Oct 17

- 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 22

- 5TH 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! 2:00 - 9:00 pm, Casino Rama Ballrooms, 705-329-1084 (Free admission)

Oct 27- Oct 29

- AN EVENING OF HALLOWEEN
Great Halloween fun with ghosts, goblins & ghouls! Haunted walk, spooky games, activities & treats for all ages! 6:00 - 8:30 pm, Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy. 26, Minesing, 705-728-3721

November

Nov 01- Dec 26

- TOUCH: CHAMPLAIN AT 400
An exploration of the effect of touch, the closest word for contact in Anishnaabemowin, & the cultural legacy of Samuel de Champlain's travels through Huronia 400 years ago. A powerful & interactive account of history, presented through narratives shaped by the heterogeneous cultural practices of North America's First People! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 20

- 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)

Nov 22

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrate the season & Christmas Movies! 1:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424 (Centennial Drive to Front to Colborne to Volunteer Drive to Mississaga & return to Centennial / Free parking in downtown lots)

Nov 27

- STEVE MICHAELS: "ALOHA" NOTE FOR NOTE
International award winning tribute artist & master of the look, sound, vocal dexterity & mannerisms of the King of Rock & Roll! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Nov 27

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA BLACK FRIDAY SALE!
Terrific specials & giveaways all day at participating stores & restaurants! Stock up for Christmas with great savings! Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

December

Dec 01- Dec 26

- TOUCH: CHAMPLAIN AT 400
An exploration of the effect of touch, the closest word for contact in Anishnaabemowin, & the cultural legacy of Samuel de Champlain's travels through Huronia 400 years ago. A powerful & interactive account of history, presented through narratives shaped by the heterogeneous cultural practices of North America's First People! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159
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