The Victoria Day weekend is almost here, and for most of us, this much anticipated long weekend is the unofficial start of Canada’s summer. Which is probably why we often celebrate it with fireworks to start the season off with a bang!
In Whitchurch-Stouffville, it marks the beginning of another summer line-up of exciting events, attractions and activities that truly reflects the charm of living in a small town.
So, as part of our ongoing Whitchurch-Stouffville series, let’s take a look at a few of the events on tap for this summer:
Victoria Fireworks and Family Movie Night
Sunday May 17, 2015: A tradition at the Ballantrae Community Centre, this free event starts at dusk with fireworks, then stay afterwards to watch a movie outdoors – this year it’s Penguins of Madagascar. The perfect night for the whole family, don’t forget to bring the lawn chairs!
Classic Car Show & Sidewalk Sale
Thursday May 21, 2015: In partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion, exhibitors from across southern Ontario will cruise into town for this event. Visitors will be treated to a first hand look at great classic cars, plus a downtown merchant sidewalk sale, and plenty of oldies music will played and performed at each end of the street.
Doors Open Stouffville
Saturday June 6, 2015: A celebration of community heritage, Doors Open Stouffville invites residents and visitors to discover the town’s hidden heritage treasures. This year’s lineup includes the Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Richmond Hill Live Steamers, Treetop Trekking Stouffville, the Toronto Electric Model Aviation Club and the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum.
Stouffville Strawberry Festival
June 26-28, 2015: The Stouffville Strawberry Festival is a York Region tradition, and an annual event that unites the entire town – from Joyride 150 bike demonstrations for the teens, to outdoor movies for the younger kids, the festival offers a street market of crafts and artisan vendors, a strawberry social, carnival and dunk tank, even a festival pub with live entertainment for the adults. All in downtown Stouffville. This year the Pan Am Torch Relay comes through town on the evening of Friday June 26th, which is also opening night of the Festival! The fun continues with fireworks on Canada Day.
Stouffville Country Ribfest
August 7-9, 2015: Located in lovely Memorial Park, walking distance from downtown Stouffville, the 3rd annual Ribfest features national BBQ pitmasters music, marketplace, and a Kids’ Zone with amusements and inflatables. The ReMax Hot Air Balloon Rides will be back on Saturday, weather permitting. A family fun event, where the admission is free!
Thursday, August 20: Back by popular demand …. Latin Night! Main Street will be filled with a variety of Latin dancers/performers. From fire-eaters to jugglers, this event is a wonderful wrap-up to an unforgettable summer in Stouffville.
And I didn’t even get time to talk about the summer outdoor movies that run every Friday night in Memorial Park or the popular Farmers Market, Thursdays in the downtown core.
“This summer’s line-up is filled with exciting and unique events that reach out to everyone from families, to single people, or to visitors looking to explore,” says Anna Rose, downtown Co-Ordinator for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
In a town with so much going on how could I possibly cover it all? To get a full list of events to look forward to please visit www.townofws.ca