Festival season is almost here and we have some good news – you don’t need to head all the way to California to go to Coachella to get in on the fun.
There are some incredible festivals that are happening this year right here in Brampton. However, if you are looking to venture off the beaten path a little (although, maybe not as far as California) we have compiled the perfect list for you.
Here are five spring and summer festivals to go to this year that are outside of the city.
5. Stratford Festival
- Last chance to check out Brampton’s Farmers’ Market
- Not spooked by the pandemic, haunted houses find ways around COVID-19
- Taste of Brampton returns for two weeks of delicious food and special offerings
This one is for all you theatre fans – a theatre festival if you will!
The Stratford Festival was founded back in 1952, and this year it is scheduled to run from April 16 till Nov. 3 at four distinctive venues.
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Happy #WorldTheatreDay! We wanted to celebrate today with a glimpse of some of the amazing artists who help make each season a reality.⠀ ⠀ We can't wait to welcome you to our theatres this year to experience another magical season with us!⠀ ⠀ 1. Lighting designer Michael Walton works on 42nd Street (2012) at the Festival Theatre. Photo by Erin Samuell.⠀ ⠀ 2. Lead prop builder Ken Dubblestyne working on the tree for Camelot (2011). Photo by Krista Dodson.⠀ ⠀ 3. Rebecca Dillow, of the Bijoux/Decoration Department, works on a costume for Peter Pan (2010). Photo by Erin Samuell.
This year, a few plays that the festival will be featuring include Billy Elliot the Musical, The Neverending Story, Mother’s Daughter, Nathan the Wise, Little Shop of Horrors, and Private Lives.
To view the full 2019 playbill, and to purchase tickets, click here.
The very first Stratford Festival season kicked off on July 13, 1953, with a production of Richard III, starring Alec Guinness
4. Winona Peach Festival
The Winona Peach Festival is a festival that everyone should experience at least once (or, if you’re like me, you’ll head out every year). This year, the festival is running from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25.
At this festival, which is run entirely by volunteers, there is an arts and crafts area, an abundance of vendors, a huge variety of food options, a midway, and so much more.
However, one of the best parts of the festival is the famous peach sundaes.
The exact location of the festival is 1328 Barton St., Stoney Creek, ON.
For more information about the Peach Festival, click here.
3. Canadian Tulip Festival
Up for a little road trip? If so, then you should make plans to head to Ottawa to enjoy the Canadian Tulip Festival this year.
“The Canadian Tulip Festival was established to celebrate the historic royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians during the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship,” reads the official festival website. “The festival preserves the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.”
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This year the festival is running from May 10 to May 20. At the festival, you’ll, of course, want to stop and smell the roses, or tulips rather, however, there will also be live music, fireworks, and so much more.
For more information, click here.
2. Elvis Festival
This festival is, you guessed it, dedicated to The King, the King of Rock and Roll, the one and only Elvis Presley. The first year of this iconic festival was 1995 and it was originally called the Canadian Elvis Tribute & Convention.
Now, people from all over come out to this festival to remember the legendary musician.
At this festival, which is running from July 26 to July 28 this year, there are Elvis impersonators, live music, Elvis merchandise, competitions, and so much more.
For more information about the festival, click here.
Note that tickets are required for some events.
Ask any Hamiltonian what event best represents the city and they’ll probably say Supercrawl.
This annual street festival, which is taking place from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15 this year, showcases the city’s thriving arts scene – whether that be music, theatre, artisanal crafts, fashion, art installations, you name it.
Not only can attendees explore all the street vendors that participate in Supercrawl, but they can also browse through the incredible shops that are located on James Street North as well.
Regardless of what type of art you’re into, or even if you just are looking to explore what the city of Hamilton has to offer, there is something for everyone at Supercrawl.
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That's a wrap! To every artist, performer, designer, vendor, to all of our staff, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who attended and participated, thank you for making the 10th #Supercrawl a memorable milestone. Until next year! . . . #hamont #hamilton #musicfestival #artsfestival #hamontmusic #hamontevents #livemusic #hamontarts #art #music #fashion #food #craft
For more information about the event, click here.