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2017

March

Mar 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Mar 01- Apr 23

- FIBRE CONTENT TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
A 38 piece condensed version of a 2016 exhibition, which showcased 125 fibre art quilts & mixed media works by Ontario artists at the Art Gallery of Burlington. This show features quilts that garnered high viewers' choice response, & presents a cross section of the quality & variety of the full exhibition. An interactive exhibit of samples is included. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Mar 01- Apr 23

- RENEWAL: 21ST ANNUAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213

Mar 01- May 31

- TAP INTO MAPLE!
Experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario's Lake Country & Heart of Georgian Bay, Simcoe County! Celebrations & events, hands-on activities, nature explorations, mouth watering maple cuisine, maple getaway packages & more! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 (Brochure & route map at tourist outlets, participating locations & on line with printable coupons)

Mar 03- Mar 04

- ANDRE-PHILIPPE CAGNON
Award winning Canadian comedian, known for over 400 unique impersonations, including singing & speaking voices of various celebrities! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

Mar 04

- MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE
Snowshoe by moonlight on lantern lit trails through the Copeland Forest, & warm up with s'mores & hot chocolate by a roaring fire! 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, 705-835-2790, Ext. 1344

Mar 10

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: EAGLES - THEIR GREATEST HITS
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform Eagles - Their Greatest Hits, note for note, cut for cut. Perhaps the greatest hits compilation in the history of music, the album has sold 42 million copies since its release in 1976! Take It Easy, Tequila Sunrise, Peaceful Easy Feeling & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Mar 10

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

Mar 11

- BUDDY HOLLY'S ROCKIN' DANCE PARTY
Capturing the look, sound & energy of Buddy Holly in concert, renowned tribute artist Jeff Giles has audiences clapping & singing along to Holly's biggest hits! Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, Rave On & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Mar 11

- TANYA TUCKER
Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone) & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 11

- MOONLIGHT CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Ski by moonlight on lantern lit trails through the Copeland Forest, & warm up with a crackling bonfire by the chalet, hot apple cider & marshmallows! 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, 705-835-2790, Ext. 1270

Mar 11- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Special Reception: March 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm)

Mar 11

- MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE
Snowshoe by moonlight on lantern lit trails through the Copeland Forest, & warm up with s'mores & hot chocolate by a roaring fire! 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Horseshoe Resort, 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West, 705-835-2790, Ext. 1344

Mar 13- Mar 17

- MARCH BREAK: FREE FAMILY FUN AT ORILLIA SQUARE!
A week of free, fun activities & shows for families & kids! Soper Creek Wildlife Live Animal Show Monday, Bubbleology One of a Kind Bubble Show Tuesday, Orillia Square Idol Youth Singing Competition Wednesday, Steve Baker Magic Interactive Comedy Show Thursday & Reptilia Exotic Reptile Show Friday! Orillia Square Mall, 1029 Brodie Drive, 705-325-2366 (Registration required by March 13 for Orillia Square Idol)

Mar 13- Mar 17

- MARCH BREAK: MADNESS CAMP AT ROTARY PLACE!
A week of crazy, wild activities for kids! Rock wall climbing, mini-stick tournament, skating, games, sports, crafts & outdoor snow adventures! Organized by City of Orillia Parks, Recreation & Culture. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Rotary Place, 100 University Avenue, 705-329-7250 (Ages 3-5 & 6-12 / Registration required)

Mar 13- Mar 17

- MARCH BREAK: ANIMALS ALIVE AT OMAH!
A week full of animal inspired art! Take on a variety of materials to think big & make your favourite animal come to life! 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 (Ages 6-10 / Registration Required)

Mar 17

- WINDBORNE'S MUSIC OF PRINCE
The distinct sound of Prince in familiar & new musical colours, with symphony orchestra, full rock band & vocals! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 17

- SEAN MCCANN SINGS FOR THE SAINT
A St. Patrick's Day celebration with Newfoundland's Great Big Sea founder & original shantyman, Sean McCann! A special salute to the songs & music of Ireland. 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Mar 18

- THE IRISH ROVERS
A St. Patrick's Day Weekend celebration! Wasn't That a Party, The Unicorn, Drunken Sailor & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 18

- MINI POP KIDS LIVE: 2017 SPOTLIGHT TOUR
Celebrating kids just being kids! High energy entertainment encouraging & empowering kids to be confident & shoot for their dreams, with clean versions of radio pop songs the entire family can enjoy! 2:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Mar 20

- BOB MCDONALD: ADVENTURES IN SPACE & TIME
The host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks presents tales of his adventures following space missions for more than 40 years, & the tale of our Canadian astronauts, including the 3 spacewalkers from his latest book! Question & answer period to follow. Sponsored by Canadian Federation of University Women Orillia. 7:30 - 10:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-259-2446 (Free admission / Registration required)

Mar 25

- FOUR BY FOUR
A Vegas style review of famous songs by The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees & some Motown soul! Surfin' USA, Yesterday, Stayin' Alive, Stop in the Name of Love & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 25

- STORYTELLING NIGHT: BE TRANSFORMED! STORIES FROM 1001 NIGHTS
Stories to celebrate Transformation, this year's theme for World Storytelling Day! Experienced tellers Susan Charters & Sophy Cooper weave a night of wonder & transformation with stories from The Arabian Nights, said to have transformed a king, when Princess Sharazad told stories within stories to save her life & the lives of her countrywomen. Robyn Leigh, Egyptian Belly Dance performer, will dance the audience through the web of tales! Presented by OMAH & Storytelling Orillia. 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Mar 26

- ZUCCHERO: BLACK CAT LIVE TOUR
Senza Una Donna, Turandot: Nessun Dorma!, Miserere & more! 7:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 30- Apr 02

- VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE: A COMEDY BY CHRISTOPHER DURANG
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play! The countryside bliss of middle-aged siblings Vanya & Sonia is thrown into disarray when their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, sparking a fiery bout of rivalry, lust & opportunity! Presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm)

Mar 31

- TOM COCHRANE'S MAD MAD WORLD TOUR WITH RED RIDER!
Hits from the just released, expanded 25th Anniversary edition of the Juno Award winning album Mad Mad World! Life is a Highway, No Regrets, Sinking Like a Sunset & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Mar 31

- MARIPOSA IN CONCERT: ECHOES OF MARIPOSA
An evening of great entertainment with Murder Murder, a Northern Ontario band specializing in the folk tradition of murder ballads, & Danielle Knibbe, whose bittersweet vocals & indelible melodies win over, then all too often, break your heart! 8:00 pm, Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Avenue, 705-326-3655 (Tickets on line or at 10 Peter Street South)

Mar 31- Apr 16

- CANADIAN FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with featured Canadian dishes & local flavours, including maple, created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious 2 & 3 course, set-menu lunches for $10 to $20, & dinners for $20 to $35 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations.

April

Apr 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Apr 01- Apr 23

- FIBRE CONTENT TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
A 38 piece condensed version of a 2016 exhibition, which showcased 125 fibre art quilts & mixed media works by Ontario artists at the Art Gallery of Burlington. This show features quilts that garnered high viewers' choice response, & presents a cross section of the quality & variety of the full exhibition. An interactive exhibit of samples is included. Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Apr 01- Apr 23

- RENEWAL: 21ST ANNUAL WOMEN'S DAY ART SHOW
A celebration of women's creative expression in visual & written form. A dynamic, non-juried & therefore inclusive, varied media exhibit by over 100 artists from Orillia & across Ontario, each piece enriched by a brief written story! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159 or 705-835-6213

Apr 01- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Apr 01- May 31

- TAP INTO MAPLE!
Experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario's Lake Country & Heart of Georgian Bay, Simcoe County! Celebrations & events, hands-on activities, nature explorations, mouth watering maple cuisine, maple getaway packages & more! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 (Brochure & route map at tourist outlets, participating locations & on line with printable coupons)

Apr 01

- THE MAN IN BLACK: TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH
Shawn Barker, considered the pre-eminent Cash tribute artist by fans & critics, performs hits from across the music legend's career, right up to 2003! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 01- Apr 02

- VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE: A COMEDY BY CHRISTOPHER DURANG
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play! The countryside bliss of middle-aged siblings Vanya & Sonia is thrown into disarray when their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, sparking a fiery bout of rivalry, lust & opportunity! Presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm)

Apr 01- Apr 16

- CANADIAN FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO'S LAKE COUNTRY
Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with featured Canadian dishes & local flavours, including maple, created by Ontario's Lake Country chefs! Delicious 2 & 3 course, set-menu lunches for $10 to $20, & dinners for $20 to $35 per person, plus alcohol, taxes & gratuities! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 for information. Call participating restaurants for reservations.

Apr 02

- ST. JAMES' CONCERT CHOIR: THE COMPLETE MOZART REQUIEM
A wonderful classic concert including selections from Elijah by F. Mendelssohn, & Sacred Service by E. Bloch! Accompanied by Dan McCoy on organ & conducted by Albert Greer. 3:00 pm, St. James' Anglican Church, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-325-2742 (Admission by free-will offering)

Apr 03

- GERRY DEE: STAR OF "MR. D."
One of Canada's busiest comedic talents, & winner of the 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedic Role, on his CBC sitcom "mr. d."! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Recommended for ages 14 & over)

Apr 06- Apr 09

- VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE: A COMEDY BY CHRISTOPHER DURANG
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play! The countryside bliss of middle-aged siblings Vanya & Sonia is thrown into disarray when their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, sparking a fiery bout of rivalry, lust & opportunity! Presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre Foundation. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Thurs. - Sat: 7:30 pm / Sun: 2:00 pm)

Apr 07- Apr 09

- 24TH ANNUAL SIMCOE SPRING HOME & COTTAGE SHOW
A fantastic selection of home & cottage products & services! Over $5,000 in door prizes! Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-835-0123 (Fri: 5:00 - 9:00 pm / Sat. & Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / Children under 12 free)

Apr 07

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

Apr 07- Apr 09

- 29TH ANNUAL FISHING & OUTDOOR SHOW
Thousands of items on sale all weekend! Product demonstrations & manufacturer's representatives on site! Trombly's Tackle Box, 595 West St. South & Hwy. 12, 705-327-3474

Apr 08

- ANDY KIM
Rock Me Gently, Baby I Love You, Sugar, Sugar & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 08

- HEWITT'S ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Delicious pancakes & maple sausages, topped with Hewitt's Maple Syrup! Crafts for kids! 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Hewitt's Farm Market & Bakery, 3331 Town Line, East of Hwy. 12 off Warminster Sideroad, 705-325-3000

Apr 15

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT!
A fun hunt for colourful, plastic Easter eggs hidden throughout the downtown, to be traded for chocolate at the Orillia Opera House egg exchange. Find the Golden Egg & win a prize! Easter Bunny visits & face painting! 9:30 am - Noon, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Children 12 & under / Check on line to enter the Downtown Colouring Contest)

Apr 18- May 05

- 59TH ANNUAL ORILLIA KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Orillia & area students of all ages showcase their talents in brass & percussion, piano, string, guitar, woodwinds, drama & speech arts, vocal, choral, choirs & more! St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, info@orilliakiwanismusicfestival.com

Apr 20

- THE COMIC STRIPPERS
A fictitious male stripper troupe played by a cast of some of Canada's best improvisational comedians! Semi-undressed & completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts & take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Recommended for ages 19 & over)

Apr 21

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: OPENING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes kicks off the 37th Annual Orillia Perch Festival! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 21

- SARAH SILVERMAN
Two-time Emmy Award winner, actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedienne & author, recently starring in The Lonely Islands Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, & next to be seen in The Book of Henry & Battle of the Sexes! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 21- Apr 22

- ROOTS NORTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
A weekend of amazing live music that travels, shares & connects while honouring the past & moving forward! Danny Michel, Digging Roots, Hollerado, Jim Bryson, Repartee & more! St. Paul's Centre, Geneva Event Centre, Alleycats Music & Art, Apple Annie's Cafe, Brewery Bay Food Company, The Brownstone Cafe & other great venues! Downtown Orillia, info@rootsnorthmusic.ca (Weekend or day passes available)

Apr 22- May 13

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 6th! Just fish to win!!! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

Apr 22

- RASCAL FLATTS: RHYTHM & ROOTS TOUR
What Hurts the Most, Life is a Highway, My Wish & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 28

- OH WHAT A NIGHT! TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
An exciting musical tribute direct from Las Vegas! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 29

- MICKEY GILLEY
Stand By Me, I Overlooked an Orchid, Room Full of Roses & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Apr 29

- ORILLIA CONCERT BAND: A TRUE NORTH CELEBRATION!
The Orillia Concert Band presents a musical celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, showcasing the vastness & freedom of traditional & contemporary Canada! Special guest folk group, Deep Sea Divers, perform songs from across our country, illustrating the diversity of music in Canada! 7:30 pm, St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

May

May 01- May 13

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's largest registered fishing derbies! Great cash & product prizes, adult & children's categories. Special OPP Kids' Day Saturday, May 6th! Just fish to win!!! Organized by Orillia District Chamber of Commerce. Lakes Simcoe & Couchiching, Headquarters at Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

May 01- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

May 01- May 31

- TAP INTO MAPLE!
Experience all things maple on the sweetest route in Ontario's Lake Country & Heart of Georgian Bay, Simcoe County! Celebrations & events, hands-on activities, nature explorations, mouth watering maple cuisine, maple getaway packages & more! 705-325-9321 or 1-866-329-5959 (Brochure & route map at tourist outlets, participating locations & on line with printable coupons)

May 01- May 05

- 59TH ANNUAL ORILLIA KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Orillia & area students of all ages showcase their talents in brass & percussion, piano, string, guitar, woodwinds, drama & speech arts, vocal, choral, choirs & more! St. Paul's Centre, Peter & Coldwater Streets, info@orilliakiwanismusicfestival.com

May 05

- RADIO FOR CARDIOLOGY BENEFIT CONCERT VIII
An evening of great entertainment featuring Canadian Country Music Superstar & two-time Juno Award winner Dean Brody, with special guest & winner of the 2015 Boots & Hearts Music Festival Emerging Artists Competition, James Barker Band! Presented by 104.1 The DOCK & KICX 106, & supported by Casino Rama Cares. Proceeds to funding a Cardiac Catheterization Lab for Royal Victoria Regional Health Care Centre, Barrie. 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 06

- BILL ENGVALL
American comedian & actor; Grammy nominated, multi-platinum recording artist; member of the now legendary Blue Collar Comedy Tour, & well known for solo specials, including Here's Your Sign! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 11

- JOHN MCDERMOTT: RAISED ON SONGS & STORIES
International recording star & multiple Juno nominee, achieving platinum, double & triple platinum albums! Enchanting audiences with his beautiful voice & sensitive renditions, McDermott performs songs from his latest release & favourites from his vast recording catalogue! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

May 11

- POISON
The first time in over 5 years Poison takes to the stage with all original members! Nothin' But a Good Time, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Something to Believe In & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

May 12- May 13

- REZA: EDGE OF ILLUSION TOUR
Hailed by critics as the Nation's Top Touring Illusionist, selling out venues across North America! Featured on television & radio in 31 countries! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 1:00 pm)

May 13

- 37TH ANNUAL ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL: CLOSING CEREMONIES
An evening of fun, draws & prizes wraps up 37 years of Orillia Perch Festival memories! 7:00 pm, ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424

May 19

- FRANK D'ANGELO & HIS 15 PIECE BAND
One of Canada's great R&B singer/songwriters! SONY recording artist Frank D'Angelo & his high energy band perform hit songs influenced by sounds of the 60's, 70's & 80's! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

May 19- May 20

- RIVERDANCE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR!
The International Irish dance phenomenon! Celebrating Irish music, song & dance, Riverdance draws on Irish traditions, combining the richness of music with the magic & sensuality of dance! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

May 21

- ORILLIA COMIC-CON
Orillia's first comic book show ever, featuring fandoms of multiple genres! Comic books, magazines, toys, games, movies, television, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches, apparel & more. Meet comic industry professionals & fandom-related celebrities! Door prizes, dungeons & dragons tournaments, kids' zone & more! Presented by Dr. Comics, the Coolest Comic Shop in Orillia. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, 705-418-1222 or info@orilliacomiccon.com (Children under 12 free with paid adult)

May 21

- A FOREVER FROZEN STORY
An amazing, interactive, large-scale musical inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale, The Snow Queen! A fantastic journey & colourful adventure to the land of winter, filled with original music, spectacular staging, dazzling decor & tons of magical characters! 7:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Not based in any way on Disney's animated picture, Frozen)

May 26- May 27

- DANIEL O'DONNELL: BACK HOME AGAIN TOUR
Irish singer, television entertainer & philanthropist, known for his unique blend of country & traditional folk songs. Flowers on a Sunday, Danny Boy, Peace in the Valley & more! Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca (Fri: 9:00 pm / Sat: 8:00 pm)

May 28

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

June

Jun 01- Jun 04

- 35TH ANNUAL SPRING AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, 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 or info@thebafm.com (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Jun 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jun 01- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jun 01

- GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS: ROCK PARTY TOUR!
Move It On Over, Who Do You Love, Bad to the Bone & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 02

- LONESTAR
Amazed, I'm Already There, Never Enders & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 03

- ZZ TOP: THE TONNAGE TOUR
Sharp Dressed Man, La Grange, Gimme All Your Lovin & more! 8:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

Jun 09- Jun 11

- 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 09

- CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: FLEETWOOD MAC - RUMOURS
The world-class artists of Classic Albums Live perform Fleetwood Mac's legendary 1977 album Rumours, note for note, cut for cut. Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Don't Stop & more! 8:00 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jun 17

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES KICK-OFF CELEBRATION
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project, Maple Masterpieces, is unveiled! City streets come alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Live entertainment, meet the artists, juried evaluation & beginning of People's Choice voting. Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093 (Winners to be announced at Starry Night Gallery & Studio Tour, Downtown Orillia, August 26)

Jun 17- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jun 20- Jul 29

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: A DOG PARK JAMBOREE!
A musical comedy for folks who love their pets! Dogs celebrate in an off-leash park on the eve of the summer solstice, when the star Sirius, patron saint of dogs, shines most brightly. A Jack Russell who thinks he's Mick Jagger, a pair of Corgis who tell how to keep The Royals in line, & a Schnauzer pup with a tennis ball perform in a talent contest presided over by a down-on-his-luck, Springer Spaniel TV star! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book & lyrics by David Fanstone, music by Birds of Bellwoods. OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / No Show July 28 / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Jun 24

- 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

July

Jul 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 01- Jul 09

- 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! Presented by Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. 705-748-6324, Ext. 254 or offe@ofah.org (Anglers required to abide by Conservation Licence limits set out in current Ontario Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary)

Jul 01- Jul 29

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: A DOG PARK JAMBOREE!
A musical comedy for folks who love their pets! Dogs celebrate in an off-leash park on the eve of the summer solstice, when the star Sirius, patron saint of dogs, shines most brightly. A Jack Russell who thinks he's Mick Jagger, a pair of Corgis who tell how to keep The Royals in line, & a Schnauzer pup with a tennis ball perform in a talent contest presided over by a down-on-his-luck, Springer Spaniel TV star! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book & lyrics by David Fanstone, music by Birds of Bellwoods. OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / No Show July 28 / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Jul 01

- ORILLIA CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS!
A fun-filled day celebrating Canada's & Orillia's 150th birthdays! Parade, giant birthday cake, live entertainment, fabulous fireworks at dusk! Buy a button & support the celebrations! Couchiching Beach Park, 705-259-1948 or info@orilliacanadaday.ca (More info when available)

Jul 01- Jul 23

- ELEMENTAL MARIPOSA: THE MAKERS
Part 2 of a 3 Series Exhibition examining the elements that make Orillia. The Makers celebrates the men & women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries, creating products from raw materials & shaping Orillia's strong industrial heritage. An exploration of Orillia's innovation, from building its own hydro-electric power plant to the design & manufacture of one of Canada's earliest motor cars, featuring stories & objects from Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl's Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery & more! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Jul 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Jul 05- Jul 21

- SUMMER THEATRE: BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
A romantic comedy by Neil Simon. A newly-minted, straight-laced lawyer & his free-spirited bride move into a tiny, 5th floor, walk-up apartment in Manhattan. Contending with a lack of heat, leaking skylight, interfering mother & eccentric next door neighbour, they hilariously confront the challenges of love & marriage! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Jul 07- Jul 09

- MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Thrilling audiences for over 55 years with an incredible weekend of music, dance, stories & crafts! Fantastic lineup of folk/roots artists includes Matt Andersen, Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, & more than 100 performances on 12 stages. Emporium, artisans' village, workshops, kids' folkplay area, great food, beer tent & more! Tudhope Park, Atherley Road, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, 705-326-3655 (On-site camping available)

Jul 07- Jul 08

- 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 07

- JESSE COOK
Canadian guitarist, composer & producer, considered one of the most influential figures in Nuevo Flamenco music! Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Magazine Player's Choice Award Silver winner in the Flamenco category, & 3 time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year, Jesse has sold over 1.5 million records! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Jul 14- Jul 16

- 40TH ANNUAL ORILLIA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
A celebration of Scottish culture & heritage! Ceilidh at Legion Friday & Sunday; parade through downtown to waterfront, pipe & drum competitions, showcase of working sheep dogs, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday. Buy a special Maple Leaf button & support the Festival! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442

Jul 20- Jul 23

- LEACOCK SUMMER FESTIVAL
A literary festival featuring award-winning authors & emerging writers. Readings, book signings, dinners & special events, including Feast of Thrones, a Cosplay dinner experience! Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, 705-329-1908

Jul 26- Aug 11

- SUMMER THEATRE: BEDTIME STORIES
A classic comedy by Norm Foster. Six different bedrooms, fifteen characters & their hilarious, thought-provoking stories, all cleverly connected! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Jul 28- Jul 30

- WAYHOME MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
A celebration of music, food, art & film! A place for people who love one or all of these things to come together to make a kaleidoscope of sound, smell, colour & spectacle! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie, info@wayhome.com

Jul 29

- DOWNTOWN ORILLIA SUMMER BLOCK PARTY & MURAL REVEAL!
A street festival like no other! A fusion of art, music, food, sizzling sales, children's activities, contests, giveaways, & the unveiling of a public art mural at 178 Mississaga Street East, celebrating Orillia's 150th Anniversary! 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261

August

Aug 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Aug 01- Aug 26

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT ON BROADWAY
The night Ethel Merman died, theatre producers on The Great White Way turned their marquee lights off for an hour, in tribute to the lady who, for many years, was Broadway. But a little set-back like death didn't stop Ethel Merman! From when she passes to when the lights come back on, Ethel Merman, aided by her nurse & physician, tells the remarkable story of her climb to fame & title of the greatest of Broadway's broads! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book by Norbert David, music by Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart. OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Aug 01- Aug 11

- SUMMER THEATRE: BEDTIME STORIES
A classic comedy by Norm Foster. Six different bedrooms, fifteen characters & their hilarious, thought-provoking stories, all cleverly connected. Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Aug 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Aug 04- Aug 07

- ROTARY-LIONS ANNUAL FUNFEST
Midway, games & a variety of vendors! Great fun for the whole family! Proceeds to local charities. Couchiching Beach Park, orillia@12lions.org

Aug 10- Aug 13

- BOOTS & HEARTS COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
A country music celebration & camping festival! Over 30 performers, from global superstars to emerging artists, including Keith Urban & Luke Bryan! 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 10- Aug 12

- 7TH ANNUAL COLDWATER STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL: VINTAGE CANADIANA!
Canada's 150th Steampunk'd Birthday! Step through the looking glass into Canada's history, experience 1867 & meet characters from the past as they time travel to Coldwater. Vendors, artisans, buskers, musicians, duelling knights, vintage vehicles, old fashioned circus sideshow & more! Downtown Coldwater, Coldwater Mill & Canadiana Museum, 705-715-6950 or szybrtnshw66@gmail.com (Thurs: 6:00 - 8:00 pm / Fri: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm / Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Free shuttle between Mill & Museum)

Aug 11- Aug 13

- ORILLIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, artists & artisans, variety of vendors, dock dogs diving contest, water ski shows & more throughout the weekend! 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 11- Aug 13

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

Aug 16- Sep 01

- SUMMER THEATRE: WEEKEND COMEDY
A hilarious play by Sam & Jeanne Bobrick. An older couple & a newly married couple mistakenly rent the same cottage for a weekend. The generation gap kicks in & the gloves come off in this hysterical vacation gone wrong! Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542 (Tues: 2:00 pm / Wed. & Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri: 7:30 pm / Group rate & Season Flex Pac available)

Aug 18- Aug 20

- THE BIG FEASTIVAL!
A feel good festival of food & music for all ages, originally conceived by chef & restaurateur, Jamie Oliver! Incredible entertainment includes American rock band Weezer, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, The Strumbellas, & Fred Penner, Paw Patrol & Splash'n Boots for kids! Top chefs Chuck Hughes, Rob Gentile, Derek Dammann & more; cooking school, producers' market & gourmet street food. Big Top, Little Dude's Den, Fun Fair & Action Station for kids! Burl's Creek Event Grounds, 180-8th Line South, Oro-Medonte, just off Hwy. 11, half-way between Orillia & Barrie (Tickets on line / Camping available / Children under 12 free)

Aug 19

- 19TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW
A dazzling collection of over 400 classic cars line Orillia's downtown streets! The largest car show in the region! Live entertainment, excellent dining & great shopping. Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)

Aug 19- Aug 20

- 32ND 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! John Snake Memorial Multipurpose Grounds, 6030 Rama Road, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, 705-325-3611, Ext. 1288

Aug 25- Aug 27

- 3RD ANNUAL ORILLIA RIB FEST: FINGER LICKIN' GOOD BBQ!
Northern Heat Rib Series top North American teams serve up mouthwatering BBQ, accompanied by an array of other tasty treats including funnel cakes, ice cream, slushies, blooming onion, poutine, hot dogs & more! Arts, crafts, clothing & Kids' Zone. 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

- 13TH 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

September

Sep 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Sep 01

- SUMMER THEATRE: WEEKEND COMEDY
A hilarious play by Sam & Jeanne Bobrick. An older couple & a newly married couple mistakenly rent the same cottage for a weekend. The generation gap kicks in & the gloves come off in this hysterical vacation gone wrong! 7:30 pm, Orillia Opera House, 705-326-8011 or 1-888-674-5542

Sep 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Sep 07- Sep 10

- 47TH ANNUAL FALL AUTOMOTIVE FLEA MARKET
A car lover's dream! Collectibles, classics, hard to find parts, car sales corral, show & shine, 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 or info@thebafm.com (Thurs. - Sat: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm / Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm / on-site camping available)

Sep 08- Sep 10

- 167TH ORILLIA FALL FAIR
Fun for all ages! Midway, demolition derby, horse shows & livestock competitions, crops & crafts competitions, children's farm olympics, truck & tractor pull, singing contest, live entertainment, licensed refreshment area & more! Presented by Orillia District Agricultural Society. ODAS Park, 4500 Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 12 West, 705-325-0353 (Free bus from various Orillia locations)

Sep 26- Oct 14

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: THE WILD BLUE YONDER
The story of Her Majesty's Royal Flying School at Beamsville, Ontario, & Andy Fromm, a Winnipeg boy whose desire to see the world leads him to the school near the end of WW1. A funny, fast-paced & ultimately touching tale of a man who died serving his country before he even made it Over There. Chock full of seldom heard Canadian WW1 music! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book by David Fanstone. Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

October

Oct 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Oct 01- Oct 14

- NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: THE WILD BLUE YONDER
The story of Her Majesty's Royal Flying School at Beamsville, Ontario, & Andy Fromm, a Winnipeg boy whose desire to see the world leads him to the school near the end of WW1. A funny, fast-paced & ultimately touching take of a man who died serving his country before he even made it Over There. Chock full of seldom heard Canadian WW1 music! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book by David Fanstone. Geneva Event Centre, 16 West Street South, Downtown Orillia, 705-238-2236 or newsunfest@gmail.com (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / See Orillia Playtime Getaway for exciting Group Day Trips & Overnight Packages)

Oct 01- Oct 14

- STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES
Orillia's incredible 2017 Streets Alive! outdoor art project! City streets are alive with a display of fifty 5' tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093

Oct 06- Oct 09

- 34TH 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, Moonstone, Horseshoe Valley & Orillia, 705-727-8415 (Brochure & map available at venues, Orillia District Chamber of Commerce & various locations throughout Simcoe County)

Oct 06

- CHRIS DE BURGH'S "A BETTER WORLD" TOUR
Fans can expect to hear a selection of some of Chris de Burgh's greatest hit songs from an international career that spans over 30 years as well as some selections from his latest album, including the single "Bethlehem", which is a reminder of what a great rocker he is at heart. In June of 2016, de Burgh's most iconic single "The Lady in Red", celebrated its 30th anniversary. A fan favourite, to this day it remains one of the most played songs on the planet and reached the #1 position in 47 countries. Out of his repertoire of more than 280 songs, de Burgh's other classic songs are staples on the radio: "Don't Pay the Ferryman", "Spanish Train", "Patricia the Stripper", "High on Emotion" and "A Spaceman Came Traveling" speak to a generation of music lovers, who have rewarded him with sales of 50 million albums and sold out performances worldwide. 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, Ticketmaster locations & Ticketmaster.ca

Oct 06

- CHRIS DE BURGH: A BETTER WORLD CANADIAN TOUR
Lady in Red, Missing You, Spanish Train & more! 9:00 pm, Casino Rama, 1-800-832-7529, TicketMaster locations & ticketmaster.ca

November

Nov 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159

Nov 17

- 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 19

- ORILLIA SANTA CLAUS PARADE: "EH" CANADIAN HERITAGE CHRISTMAS!
One of the largest Christmas parades North of Toronto! Over 100 floats, bands & Santa himself celebrate the season & usher in "Eh" Canadian Heritage Christmas! 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 / Non-perishable food collection for Orillia Food Bank / Bucket Brigade collection by Orillia Kiwanis Club in support of a great parade / Free parking in downtown lots)

December

Dec 01- Dec 31

- THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA
An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159
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