The dog days of summer have finally arrived and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a trip to beautiful Muskoka to enjoy Canada’s natural beauty. Here’s a look at seven festivals, events, and activities taking place this July.
Canada Day Celebrations
Start the month off with one of Muskoka’s many Canada Day Celebrations. Join the town of Minett at 1 pm on July 1st for art, music, and a drum circle, then head to the Port Carling Memorial Community Center for a performance by the Toronto All-Star Big Band.
You may also want to head up to Huntsville for their Canada Day celebrations starting at 9 am and lasting throughout the day. Come check out the museum, live music, farm animals, a blacksmith, shopping, ice cream, and more, followed by a fireworks display at 10 pm. Admission is free until 11 am.
Port Sydney will be hosting a celebration featuring BBQ, a sand castle building competition, games and activities, live music, and more. Finally, the town of Bracebridge will be having an all-day celebration featuring a Muskoka Brewery beer tent, a duck race, live music, and a laser and fireworks show at 10 pm.
No matter where you are in Muskoka, one of its lovely towns will be celebrating Canada Day in their own unique fashion.
Huntsville Summer Music Festival
Throughout July, several artists and musicians will be performing for the Huntsville Summer Music Festival at various venues around Muskoka. You may also want to check out the Paddle on Comedy Festival on July 20th hosted by Algonquin Outfitters, where guests will enjoy stand up comedians from the comfort of their canoes and kayaks. You can purchase your tickets for the performances and Comedy Festival at the link above.
On July 19th, head up to Huntsville’s Main Street for the 42nd annual Midnight Madness and Street Dance starting at 6 pm. The street will close to traffic beginning at 5 pm to allow vendors, artists, and musicians to fill space with their products until midnight. Come out for some live music, great local food, and special vendor deals. Don’t forget to check out this year’s Beer Garden hosted by the Lake of Bays Brewery.
Muskoka Yoga Festival
If you’re looking for an escape from city life, check out the Muskoka Yoga Festival and Forest Run at the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve in Huntsville from July 19th to 21st. From running to yoga, or just simply reconnecting with your inner self in a relaxed environment, this retreat will allow you to reignite your passion for health and happiness. You can purchase your tickets at the link above.
Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show
The Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show is the oldest and largest outdoor art show in Muskoka. From July 19th to 21st, head to Annie Williams Memorial Park in Bracebridge to browse a variety exhibitors while you enjoy great local food and drinks. This year’s show features a clothing section for adults and children, decorative paintings, fashion accessories, fibre arts, woodworking pieces, and much more!
Dog Fest Muskoka
Celebrate man’s best friend on July 20th and 21st with Dog Fest Muskoka at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds beginning at 10 am. There will be several competitions and events for both humans and dogs, including an agility course, the diving championship finals, a dog costume contest, and tons of great vendors. Admission is $5 at the gate.
Baysville will be hosting their 31st annual Walkabout on July 27th. All of your festival favourites can be found here, such as arts and crafts, antiques, woodworking, baking, food and refreshments, and live music. Don’t miss the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast or demonstrations by the Baysville Firefighters! Admission is a donation to the Baysville Community Group.