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Printable Calendar of Events

W.E. love to explore and we know you do too! Keep our handy printable calendar of events nearby to stay “in-the-know” about everything going on in Windsor Essex Pelee Island. The action never stops with page after page of fun things to see and do.




Festival of Birds

April 29 – May 18, 2016. Become part of the spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. The 2015 Festival of Birds Regional Discovery Guide is a must-have as you explore our region.

5 am – 10 pm, Daily pass – $3.90 and up, 3 day pass – $25.60 and up
519.326.6173 /1.888.707.3533,
Point Pelee National Park – 1118 Point Pelee Dr, Leamington



Spring Shore & Songbird Celebration

May 07 & 08, 2016. Join expert naturalists to celebrate shore and songbirds as they migrate through the internationally renowned shorebird habitat.

9 am – 3 pm; $5/day, Spring Birding Pass: $25 – Valid Apr 15 – May 30, 2015
Hillman Marsh – 1826 Mersea Rd, Leamington


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City of Windsor’s Birthday Celebrations

May 16, 2016. Join us for the Annual Mayor’s Riverfront Walk and activities and entertainment for the whole family. Finish off the celebration with a slice of the City’s giant birthday cake.

10 am – 2 pm, Free admission
Start location – Assumption Park
Huron Church Rd. and Riverside Dr. W, Windsor


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E.P.I.C. Sip into Summer Weekend

May 28 – 29, 2016. Take a self-guided tour through EPIC Wine Country this spring to “Sip Into Summer”!

12 pm – 5 pm, $7/per winery
Check website for various locations throughout Essex County



Art In The Park

June 4 – 5, 2016. Named one of the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario, “Art in the Park” showcases more than 250 artists and artisans who sell their original art and creative handiworks for your shopping pleasure.

Exhibitor Hours: 10 am – 7 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday
Spirit Tent Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm Friday, 11 am – 11 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday
$5/Gate, $15/Friday night launch party, Children 12 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult
Willistead Park – 1899 Niagara St, Windsor



Lasalle Strawberry Festival

June 09 – 12, 2016. This annual festival is a jam packed, entertaining event centered around strawberries! The variety of events that take place over the four days are guaranteed to appeal to young and old alike.

Thurs 6 pm – 10 pm, Fri 3 pm – 12 am, Sat 9 am – 12 am & Sun 9 am – 5 pm; $3 (weekend pass $6), under 6/over 65 – Free
Gil Maure Park – Front Rd and Laurier Dr, LaSalle


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Total Recall Retreat

June 10 – 12, 2016. Gathering at Pelee Island Winery, women from all walks of life will enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the island as well as good food & wine, workshops, vendors, artists & artisans and wonderful inspirational speakers.

This year’s theme is MOXY, a time to gather the women again.
Registration information on website
Pelee Island Winery Deck – 20 East West Rd, Pelee Island


Carrousel by the River

Carrousel by the River

June 11 – 12, 2016. Named 2nd favourite festival in Ontario and 5th in Canada by West Jet Airlines, the new state-of-the-art Festival Stage will come alive with a mixture of top quality entertainment featuring both local and world-renown artists. Authentic culinary delights and demonstrations and a children’s village filled with activities rounds out this amazing festival.

Fri 6 pm – 12 am, Sat 12 pm – 12 am, Sun 12 pm – 10 pm, $5 (Day Pass), $10 (Night Pass)
519.255.1127 x 191,
Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor



Colchester Walleye Derby

June 11, 2016. Enjoy a day of fishing with lots of other fun things to do! Activities include door prizes, beer tent, fish fry, cash prizes, and children’s play area. DJ entertainment will follow the derby awards and prizes.

6 am – 10 pm, Kids Derby 9 am – 11 am, $20 admission
519.738.6069 or 519.738.3238 (Marina),
Colchester Harbour Marina – 100 Jackson St, Colchester



Carrousel Around the City

June 17 – 19, 24 – 26, 2016. No need to travel around the world to experience a smorgasbord of ethnic culinary delights and culture. Carrousel Villages offer visitors unique opportunities to explore the Windsor Region’s cultural diversity.

Check website for village schedules, Free admission
519.255.1127 x 191,
Various locations throughout Windsor



The Leamington Fair

June 17 – 19, 2016. Live Harness Racing, exciting Midway, Vendor Alley, School, Homecraft and Culinary Arts Exhibits and many live animal shows as well as many scheduled events on our calendar.

Fri 6 pm onwards, Sat 10 am – 11 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, $7 admission
Leamington Fairgrounds – 194 Erie St. N, Leamington


Amherstburg Garden Tour & Stroll

Amherstburg Garden Tour & Stroll

June 17 – 19, 2016. A self-guided tour of eight spectacular homeowners’ gardens that have been paired with passionate artisans.

Fri 4 pm – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, $10 per person
Toddy Jones Park – 50 North St., Amherstburg


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Windsor King Fest

June 17 – 19, 2016. Windsor King Fest is pleased to announce that it is now a preliminary qualifier for The King Of The World competition in Memphis during Elvis Week. Local and international Elvis Tribute Artists will compete for cash prizes and the right to represent Windsor at one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

$17.50 and up admission
Capitol Theatre – 121 University Ave. W, Windsor



Ford Fireworks

June 27, 2016. Bring the kids out to see one the world’s most incredible fireworks displays. This annual tradition is sure to entertain and “wow” the entire family. Grab a blanket and head for downtown Windsor for the 58th most awesome fireworks show!

10 pm, Free admission
Banks of the Detroit River – Riverside Dr. and Ouellette Ave, Windsor



Summer Fest

June 2016. Each year, the Windsor Riverfront comes alive with thrills and adventure, It’s Windsor Summer Fest. Don’t miss the Riverfront Fireworks Party, fantastic Midway, International Tugboat Race, and awesome entertainment. This is the official kick off to summer!

Free admission
519.254.2880,, Facebook: Windsor Summer Fest
Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr E, Windsor


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Windsor’s Canada Day Celebration & Parade

July 1, 2016. The Canada Day Parade, Children’s Entertainment, and the Giant 5000 piece birthday cake make this a day to remember. This year’s parade takes place on Wyandotte Street East, between Devonshire and Glengarry Avenue. With a fantastic Midway and fabulous entertainment, this is the official kick off to summer, so don’t miss the last day of Summer Fest!

Parade @ 11 am, Free admission
519.254.2880, Facebook – Windsor Summer Fest
Parade from Wyandotte St. E. – from Devonshire Rd. to Glengarry Ave, Windsor



Walkerville Art, Walk & Rock

July 2016. Take a stroll through the shops, small businesses and restaurants along Wyandotte, Devonshire, Chilver, Windermere, Lincoln, Gladstone and others. This pedestrian-friendly setting is fun for children and adults alike, as hundreds take to the streets to visit shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Fri 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 11 am – 11 pm, Free admission
226.346.9242, Facebook: Visit Walkerville
Kildare at Wyandotte, Windsor



The Color Run

July 2016. The Color Run was founded in January of 2012 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. We are the original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially.

9 am, $45 and up
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr E, Windsor



Southern Ontario Military Muster

July 9 – 10, 2016. The Southern Ontario Military Muster is an exciting family fun event and is among the biggest of it’s kind in Canada. Enjoy the opening day parade, explore a World War I trench, experience the sights and sounds of a World War II battle reenactment, see encampments and talk to re-enactors, see exhibits and learn what life was like at home and abroad during war time.

Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am – 4 pm, $5/Adult, $2/6 – 17 yrs, FREE/Veterans and children 5 and under
Windsor Sportsmen’s Club – 2401 Dougall Ave, Windsor



MOSAIC – Celebration of Culture

July 2016. MOSAIC celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Leamington and surrounding area. Restaurants, local clubs and organizations of all ethnicities come together to celebrate culture through food, entertainment, history, arts and crafts. Tour between locations on your own or take the shuttle bus that departs from SECC every 15 minutes.

All day, Free admission
215 Talbot Street E, Leamington, ON



Lakeshore Canada Day

July 1, 2016. This year’s event kicks off at 2 pm with family kayaking, sand castle building competition amongst families, beach volleyball, pirate show, hidden treasures alongside beach front to uncover, and so much more! Fireworks finale at dusk!

2 pm, fireworks begin at approximately 9:50 pm
Lakeview Park & West Beach – 100 Lake Rd., Belle River



Canada Day and Ice Cream Festival

July 1, 2016. The best party ever! Celebrate Canada Day along a scenic, historic waterfront. Fun for the entire family. Live entertainment, an Ice Cream Festival and a kids’ splash pad at Toddy Jones Park. Don’t miss topping the night off with spectacular fireworks along the Detroit River!

9 am, Fireworks at 10 pm, Free admission
Fort Malden & Toddy Jones Park – 100 Laird St, Amherstburg


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Canada Day and The Return of Fort Malden

July 1, 2016. Free admission on our nation’s birthday at Fort Malden as we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Army giving the Fort back to the British. Come and witness a re-enactment of this ceremony, with military music, musket and cannon demonstrations.

10 am – 11 pm, Free admission
Fort Malden National Historic Site – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg



Art at the Marina

July 2 & 3, 2016. Bring the whole family out to enjoy a wide variety of artwork and entertainment at Leamington’s beautiful waterfront.

10 am – 5 pm, Free admission
Leamington Marina – 100 Robson Rd, Leamington



Amherstburg Ribfest

July 8 – 10, 2016. Looking for a great way to make it through the lazy days of summer? This is an exciting, fun filled weekend where there is something for everyone. Food, entertainment, rides, children’s activites, a licensed area and best of all ….mouthwatering racks of ribs!

Fri & Sat 12 pm – 11 pm, Sun 12 pm – 7 pm, Free admission
Centennial Park, 185 Victoria Street S., Amherstburg



Essex Fun Fest

July 08 – 10, 2016. A three-day family-friendly fun packed event with activities for all age groups! Midway parade, youth talent show, a youth dance, Cra-Z-Crew Stunt Team, carnival rides, food, live entertainment and fireworks!

Fri 4 pm – 1am, Sat 11 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 10 pm, Admission $2 and up, check website for details
519.776.8717 x 1301,
Essex Fairgrounds – 60 Fairview Ave. E, Essex



Fork & Cork Festival

July 8 – 10, 2016. Visit several local wineries from Essex County and indulge in some of Windsor’s finest tastes of culinary from around the world. Celebrity chefs will offer live cooking demos. Move and groove to live entertainment from local and national acts, including Everlast, Big Wreck and U.S.S.

Fri 5 pm – 1 am, Sat 11 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 10 pm; $20/Weekend pass, $10/Day pass,
Free Admission on Sat & Sun before 5 pm
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor


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Leamington Walleye Derby

July 9, 2016. Join us for this one day event, rain or shine at Leamington Municipal Marina. Min. $1,500 Cash 1st Prize; pays 10 places.The Leamington Kinsmen will host a cash bar from noon at the marina pavilion. Perch plates sponsored by OCFA. DJ entertainment will follow pre and post Derby awards and prizes.

4 am – 10 pm, $20 Derby ticket, $13 boat launch pass
Leamington Municipal Marina -90 Robson Road, Leamington



International Dragon Boat Festival

July 9, 2016. This event has seen over 100 unified and passionate teams, with thousands of paddlers, who have raised and donated 1.9 million dollars for much needed equipment in local hospitals.

Free admission to spectators
519.739.9588 or 519.877.7767,
Lakewood North Park – 13399 Riverside Dr E, Tecumseh



Bluesfest Windsor

July 15 – 17, 2016. Join us for the 21st Annual Bluesfest Windsor, one of the country’s premiere blues events on the Windsor waterfront overlooking the awesome Detroit skyline. If you enjoy the blues, this festival is your ideal summertime destination!

Fri 7 pm – 1 am, Sat 6 pm – 1 am, Sun 2:30 pm – 11 pm, $10 and up admission
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr. E, Windsor


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Sunsplash Festival

July 21 – 24, 2016. There’s lots of free excitement in town as this festival celebrates summer fun with a Classic Car Cruise Show and Road Tour, wild rides, watercross racing, live musical entertainment on the water, food, drinks, a parade and so much more!

Thurs – from 4 pm, Fri – from 4 pm, Sat – from 11 am, Sun – 11 am – 4 pm, Free Admission
Belle River Rd. and County Rd. 22, Lakeshore



Explore the Shore

July 23 – 24, 2016. Explore the Shore is a weekend festival that celebrates the unique, local businesses that line historic County Rd 50 – Canada’s southernmost drive!

All day, Free and self directed tour
All venues – County Rd. 50, Amherstburg, Essex and Kingsville



Mardi Gras Street Party

July 23 – 24, 2016. Join us for the most exciting event in Amherstburg! Presented by the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce. We are bringing the New Orleans Bourbon Street experience to town!
Mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss it! Create your craziest Mardi Gras costume! Beads, Beads and more Beads!!! We are shutting down Dalhousie, Richmond and Murray streets!

Fri – 6 pm – Midnight, Sat – Noon – Midnight, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, $25 for two nights
Sat until 4 pm, Free admission (Family Day)
Dalhousie Street, Amherstburg, ON



Amherstburg Gone Car Crazy Show

July 24, 2016. This is one Car Show that just keeps growing! Even Al Anderson, of Canadian Hot Rods, celebrated the Gone Car Crazy Show by giving it a six-page spread featuring a story and plenty of photos to illustrate.

11 am – 4 pm, Free admission ($10 participant fee)
Toddy Jones Park – 168 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg


Sun Parlour Rodeo

15th Annual Sun Parlour Rodeo

July 30 – 31, 2016. The Rodeo features numerous events including Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tiedown Roping, Bull Riding, and more!

6pm Nightly, Adults $15 at the gate, children $7
Easy Walking Stables, 1835 County Rd 18 (Road 4 E), Kingsville, ON


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Military Heritage Days

July 30 – 31, 2016. See 2000 years of military history as we take you from Romans to Redcoats and beyond. Kids can participate in the Parks Canada Xplorer Scavenger Hunt, learn to march like a British Soldier, or dress up as a boat and participate in a water fight to recreate the Battle of Lake Erie.

10 am – 5 pm, $3.65 and up
Fort Malden National Historic Site – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg


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Windsor-Essex Pride Fest

Sunday August 7, 2016. We use theatre, music, art, and entertainment to raise awareness of discrimination and the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of LGBT people in our community and around the world. Our festival is an explosion of Pride in the heart of Downtown Windsor, attracting over 5,000 people in a celebration of diversity.

Parade at 11 am, free
Facebook: Windsor-Essex Pride Fest
Parade begins at Ouellette Ave & Elliot Ave, Windsor and ends at Windsor Festival Plaza


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The Island Unplugged Music Festival

July 30 – 31, 2016. The Island Unplugged is a family friendly festival featuring local and regional Canadian musicians, artisans, local wine, beer and food creations.

Sat 1 pm – 11 pm, Sun 12:30 pm – 11 pm, $30 admission (advance purchase recommended)
519.724.9916 / 519.724.2291,
East Park Campground – 1362 East Shore Rd, Pelee Island


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Comber Fair

August 5 – 7, 2016. Our goal is to promote agriculture while providing good family entertainment. Come see the animals, midway (Carter Shows), home crafts and the talent contest where the winners go to London Western Fair.

Fri & Sat 8 am – 1 am, Sun 8 am – 6 pm; $7/day, $15/weekend pass, Free/12 and under
519.687.3410 / 519.687.3607;
6400 Community Centre St, Comber



Lost Arts Festival

August 7, 2016. Stay for the day and enjoy hands-on activities, live music, livestock displays and games for children. Highly entertaining!

12 pm – 4 pm; $6/Adults, $4/Children 3 – 6, $20/Family maximum
John R. Park Homestead – 915 County Rd. 50 E, Essex


Kingsville Folk Music Festival

3rd Annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival

August 12 – 14, 2016. Canada’s most southern town will play host to 30 national and international award-winning musicians performing on the evening Main Stage and interacting on the 4 daytime Session and Workshop stages.

Fri 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 10 am – 11 pm, Sun 10 am – 11 pm
Weekend Pass: $95 per person, Early Bird $80 (until April 1, 2016 or until sold out)
Lakeside Park – 315 Queen St, Kingsville


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Eat Your City Restaurant Week

August 2016. It’s time to celebrate our local restaurants! Diners and food lovers can celebrate Windsor and Essex County’s local dining scene by taking part in a unique culinary event.

11 am – 2 am, $10 and up
Visit website for participating restaurant locations


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Windsor Ribfest

August 11 – 14, 2016. The 7th annual Windsor Ribfest will feature several lucky Ribbers who will battle for awards during the 4 day event. Live entertainment is featured in our unique beer garden with seating on the stage overlooking the beautiful Detroit skyline.

Thurs 4 pm – 11 pm, Fri 2 pm – 12 am , Sat 11 am – 12 am , Sun 11 am – 9 pm; Free Admission
Riverfront Festival Plaza – 370 Riverside Dr E, Windsor



Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Show

August 12 – 14, 2016. Finest collection restored and running stationary steam engine and antique tractors in Essex County. Feature tractor Cockshutt,100s of tractors and machinery on display, craft and food venders. Something for everyone, enjoy the fun “See you at our show”

Fri 12 pm – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 5 pm; $6/Adult, $2/6 – 12 yrs, $12/3 day pass, $5/Seniors – Fri only
Co-An Park – 11071B Concession 11, McGregor


Fiesta Latina

Fiesta Latina

August 12 – 14, 2016. Fiesta Latina is a music and dance celebration featuring tropical rhythm, exotic costumes, street dancing and unrivaled fun in downtown Windsor!

Fiesta Latina will draw thousands of fun-loving tourists from southwestern Ontario, Michigan and beyond to the city centre for unforgettable Latin-American experiences.
Fri: 7 pm – 11pm, Sat: 10 am – 11 pm, Sun: 10 am – 8 pm,
Downtown Windsor



4th Annual Woofa-Roo Pet Fest

August 13 – 14, 2016. Presented by The Windsor Star, this FUNTASTIC festival for Pets & their People features dock diving, dog agility, lure coursing, flyball, police K9s, parrots, ponies & more. Please read our pet policy.

10 am – 6 pm daily, $5/pp or $10/car
Libro Centre – 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg


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E.P.I.C. Vintage Tasting

August 14, 2016. Taste the best wine and food from our region, along with tasting & pairing seminars and beautiful music, all set amid a stunning outdoor setting at Coopers Hawk Vineyards.

Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm, $60/pp – purchase online
Coopers Hawk Vineyards – 1425 Iler Road, Harrow


Leamington Tomato Festival

Leamington Tomato Festival

August 19 – 21, 2016 . We have something for everyone … a parade, an annual Tomato Stomp, the Slicing of the Tomato, Firefighter Water Barrel Games, and the Rotary Club’s Annual Fish Fry. Don’t miss the fun as SUNSET® Presents Sliced Leamington – a Cooking Competition.

Fri 5 pm – 11 pm, Sat 10 am – 11 pm, Sun 8 am – 6 pm, Free admission
Seacliff Park – Seacliff Dr. at Forest Ave, Leamington



Tecumseh Corn Festival

August 25 – 28, 2016. Enjoy delicious hot buttered corn-on-the-cob, carnival rides, live entertainment, parade, and vendors. Named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, the Tecumseh Corn Festival is fun for the whole family.

Thur 3 pm – 1 am, Fri 12 pm – 1 am, Sat 12 pm – 1 am (parade starts at 11 a.m.), Sun 12 pm – 7 pm
$3 admission, Children 12 and under and seniors 65+ FREE
Lacasse Park – 590 Lacasse Blvd, Tecumseh


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Art By The River

August 27 – 28, 2016. Enjoy the art, music, magic and history at Art by the River – an olde town, end of summer tradition since 1967.

10 am – 5 pm daily, $5/pp, 12 and under free
Fort Malden NHSC – 100 Laird Ave, Amherstburg


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Harrow Fair

September 1 – 4, 2016. Join us Labour Day weekend for this annual fair held right here in Essex County.
Fair highlights include a midway, bingo tent, pie tent, crafter’s alley, machinery, mom calling contest, teddy bear parade, children’s entertainment, tractor pull, lawnmower races, horse show, pie eating contest, Pie auction and of course all Canadian nightly musical entertainment.

$7/daily, $15/weekend, Children 12 & under are free
Harrow Fairgrounds – McAffee St., Harrow



Olde Sandwich Towne Festival

September 2016, It all began in Old Sandwich Town and you’re invited to celebrate the history, and join in on the fun as we close down the street and celebrate.

All day event, Free admission (Full Schedule available on the Facebook page)
519.254.2880, Facebook: Sandwich Improvement Area
Mill and Sandwich Sts, Windsor



Tour Di Via Italia

September 4, 2016. This popular tour features amateur and professional cyclists racing through the streets of Windsor’s own “Little Italy.” The late afternoon Pro Race is always the highlight of the day.

10 am, Free admission to spectators
226.346.0598 / 720.347.9290,
Via Italia – Howard Ave. and Erie St. E, Windsor



Festival of Hawks

September 10 – 11 & 17 – 18, 2016. The Hawk Fest beckons outdoor lovers to some awesome activities and Holiday Beach is ranked as the top hawk watching site in Canada by Audubon Magazine, and the third best in all of North America.

9 am – 3 pm daily; $15 a day/car, $2 a day/walk & bike
Holiday Beach Conservation Area – 6952 County Rd. 50 W, Amherstburg


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Walkerville Block Party

September 2016. We’re shutting down the streets and having an old fashioned block party! This year’s party will include 15 bands, vendors and demonstrations, and a local artisan market along with your favourite local craft beer, spirits and wine.

Friday: 5 pm – 1 am, Saturday 1 pm – 1 am; Tickets $30/day, $50/weekend
226.347.2222, Facebook Page
525 Argyle Road, Windsor ON



Children’s Fest

September 17 – 18, 2016. COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN! Children’s Fest is a child-centered, cost effective way to have either a vacation or a “staycation” with your family! Children’s Fest provides the opportunity for families to enjoy a weekend of fun. (children under 2-free).

Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, $5 per person for all weekend admission, children under 2 free
Derwent Park (behind the safety village) – 7911 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor



Ruthven Apple Festival

September 24 – 25, 2016. Bring the entire family and enjoy two spectacular fun filled days! Enjoy weekend long musical entertainment, a host of rides and games for children, the Apple Festival Car Show, over 100 craft and food vendors and the popular Farmers Market filled with all the bounty of Essex County.

Sat 10:30 am, Sun 9 am, Free admission and parking
519.776.6483 ext. 246, Ruthven Apple Festival
Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens – 1550 Road 3 East, Ruthven


Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour

Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour

September 24 – 25, 2016. Visit Artists in their studios on this free self-guided tour. See demonstrations, view art, get your Open Studio Passport stamped for chances to win Artwork. For a list of participating galleries please visit the Open Studio Tour website. Locations in Windsor and Essex County.

10 am – 5 pm, Free



w.a.v.e.s. Festival 2016

September 30 – October 1, 2016. Part of Culture Days 2016. The two-day w.a.v.e.s Festival (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) returns to The Windsor Sculpture Park to connect communities through waves of art, culture and technology.

Friday & Saturday 4 pm – 11 pm
Windsor Sculpture Park, Windsor



Harvest and Horses Festival

October 2, 2016. Celebrate the fall harvest season on the farm. Ghost stories in the attic, corn husk crafts, cider and sausage making, seed saving and more. Meet the horses that made harvest possible 200 years ago! Enjoy the parade of breeds and a BBQ lunch.

12 pm – 4 pm
John R. Park Homestead – 915 County Rd 50 E., Essex



Hocktoberfest: International Female Hockey Festival

October 2016. Celebrating its eighth year, the Festival presents an event that provides a competitive and unique experience for the athletes, an enjoyable weekend for the coaching staffs that put in all of their time, and entertaining weekend for the families that travel at all hours, from near and far, to watch their hockey players!

Free admission to spectators
Various locations throughout Windsor and surrounding communities


LaSalle Craft Beer Festival

LaSalle Craft Beer Festival

October 7 – 8, 2016. Come out and sample local Ontario craft beer! New this year, the LaSalle Business Association will host the “LaSalle Smoke Off” where professional and amateur teams from across Canada and the U.S. will compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights.

$10 in advance or $15 at the gate – includes admission and keepsake sampler mug
Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex – 2121 Laurier Parkway, LaSalle



Kingsville Migration Festival

October 2016. Celebrate the legacy of Kingsville’s most famous descendant, Jack Miner and his world-renowned conservation work.

All day, Free admission
Jack Miner’s Bird Sanctuary, 360 Road 3 W, Kingsville, ON



Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Oct 14 – 15, 2016. Let’s raise a glass together for the region’s original festival dedicated to craft beer along with local and craft brewers from across the province.

Fri – Sat 5 pm – 11 pm, $25 advance tickets ($40 at gate, if available)
Willistead Park – 1899 Niagara, Windsor, ON



Canada South Festival Network

Canada South Festival Network is the place to search the year-round festival happenings in Windsor- Essex. We work to promote the region as a “Festival Tourist Destination.” Come explore Windsor-Essex; home to a rich array of unique and appealing, annual festivals and events. Visit our website once, and come back often!

440 Pelissier St., Windsor, ON
Phone: 519-971-0950


Lavender Fest

4th Annual Lavender Fest

2016 Dates TBA. We combined two great events Lavender Fest and the Kids Fun Fest for a Scentsational weekend! Join us for live music, lavender tours, cooking demos with Chef Julie, artists and artisan alley, crafting for adults and children and face painting. Food, refreshments and wine available for purchase.

Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, Free admission
Serenity Lavender, 130 County Road 50 East, Colchester, ON


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Media City Film Festival

2016 Dates TBA. Media City is an annual international festival of film and video art presented in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan since 1994. Each year the festival attracts filmmakers and audience members from around the globe to participate in five days of screenings, live performances, exhibitions and artist’s discussions. Over the years the festival has achieved critical acclaim and international recognition for its “sheer excellence in programming” and is recognized as a leading venue in the world of artist’s film and video.

Capitol Theatre – 121 University Ave. W, Windsor
*Opening night screening location: MOCAD – 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan