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Three Amazing Festivals to Attend This Summer!

Maggie Horne

Maggie Horne is a long term resident of Wellington County, living on a 107-acre farm near Rockwood since 1988...

Maggie Horne is a long term resident of Wellington County, living on a 107-acre farm near Rockwood since 1988...

Feb 22 3 minutes read

The festival season is upon us, which means it must be summer. From folk to food to fun, here are three festival options you must add to your calendar!

Hillside Festival (July 14-16)

This long-standing Guelph tradition has moved to an earlier date this year. The three-day, five-stage folk fest features a long list of performers in the village that’s created on Guelph Lake Island. Besides the music, this family-friendly event offers dance, drumming, food, crafts, workshops and more. Camping is encouraged, as are green initiatives that promote environmentalism and altruism. Food vendors, for instance, provide reusable dishes and festival goers bring their own cups. Performers include Coeur de pirate, Billy Bragg, Lowest of the Low, the Barr Brothers, Lindi Ortega, Xavier Rudd, Charlotte Day Wilson and many more.

Passes start at $57 and children 12 and under are admitted free.

Riverfest Elora (Aug. 18-20)

From tiny beginnings to a big draw, this nine-year- old festival packs a mighty punch. Adding a third day (and stage) this year, it’s billed as Elora’s annual celebration of community and music. Held in Bissell Park along the banks of the Grand River, this year’s acts include homegrown talent, plus Sloan, Monster Truck, The Kramdens and My Son The Hurricane among the almost 50 performers. Along with the music, there are plenty of food trucks, craft breweries, arts and crafts. 

Day passes start at $60 and children under 12 are admitted free with a paid guardian.

Ribfest (Aug. 24-27)

Sure, it’s about the ribs, but it’s also about much more than that at the annual Guelph Ribfest. There’s a full lineup of entertainment, including a bonus on Thursday night as the ONtour series of free concerts marking Canada’s 150 th birthday comes to town with four bands performing. While the acts attending Ribfest have not yet been announced, the tour roster includes the likes of Tom Cochrane, Kim Mitchell, the Jim Cuddy Band and the Barenaked Ladies at other stops on the tour. Other events include the Classic Car Show, the ever-popular midway, video games, Lego robotics, face painting and more.

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