5 Things To Do This Week In Barrie

Two major festivals highlight an amazing weekend in the city

Kempenfest

Thousands of people are expected to visit Barrie’s 48th annual Kempenfest this long weekend.

Artisans at Kempenfest in Barrie

Artisans at Kempenfest in Barrie

“We’ve added more food vendors now that we have all of Centennial Beach and South Shore parks back this year,” said Tom Aikins, Marketing and Entertainment co-ordinator for Kempenfest. Aikins says they have around 375 artisans, from arts and crafts exhibitors, antique dealers, food, beer and entertainment.

When and Where

The festival runs all long-weekend. Kempenfest will use both Centennial Beach and South Shore parks again this year, which means more food vendors and more room for the 375 artisans, crafts exhibitors and antique dealers. City Transit will be offering free shuttle rides to Kempenfest Saturday, Sunday & Holiday Monday. You can park at the Barrie Molson Centre, Allandale Recreation Centre, or the Bayfield Mall and take a free shuttle to Kempenfest.

Troubadour Festival

Born Ruffians playing Troubadour Festival in Downtown Barrie at Meridian Place

Born Ruffians playing Troubadour Festival in Downtown Barrie at Meridian Place

Downtown Barrie will come alive with music this weekend. The family friendly music festival will see bands like Joel Plaskett Emergency, Hollerado and local rockers Born Ruffians play the main stage at Meridian Place Saturday. Other downtown venues will host bands, musicians and workshops all weekend long.

When and Where

September 21-23rd at Meridian Place in Downtown Barrie. Festival passes are available here.  You’ll be able to get either complete Festival Wristbands or individual tickets for some of the upcoming shows. Parking is available everywhere downtown. On street or parking lot spaces available.

Barrie Fall Fair

Barrie Fall Fair

The 163rd Barrie fair kicks off in earnest today at the Essa Agriplex (10th Line, Thornton). There was a Cows and Cars pre-event last night. The grounds open at 8 o’clock this morning, the midway at 2pm. In addition to the usual displays, demolition derby and tractor pull there’s a special event this year: the RCMP Musical Ride will put on two shows a day on Saturday and Sunday.

When and Where

Essa Agriplex (10th Line, Thornton). Parking is free. Admission is free for kids that are under 5. For kids 5-12 it’s $5.00 and for 13+, it’s $10.00.

Barrie’s Craft Beer and BBQ Festival

Ribfest Barrie craft beer and BBQ festival

Ribfest Barrie craft beer and BBQ festival

Can’t sell your significant other on a day out drinking beer? Tell them it’s Canadian-made, not watered-down American beer, and it’s about being patriotic – after all we’re in the middle of a trade-war with our Southern neighbours. It’s a chance to wet your whistle and fill your belly at the Craft Beer and BBQ Festival at Heritage Park and Meridian Place.

When and Where

All weekend at Heritage Park and Meridian Place. The organizers say they’ve scoured the province for what they believe is the very “best of the best in craft breweries.”

Turkey Drop

Rock 95 fans getting ready to help raise money

You can help feed people in need this Thanksgiving day. ROCK 95 is on location all throughout the day today at Zehrs in south Barrie at the corner of Yonge and Big Bay Point Road until 7pm.  We’re collecting frozen turkeys to help support the Barrie Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Organizers are hoping to receive more than 500 turkeys today to help the Food Bank meet the needs of their clients for this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.

When and Where

At the corner of Yonge and Big Bay Point Road until 7pm.

 

For the complete list of events This Week in Barrie – visit this link.

 

Thanks to the City of Barrie for sponsoring this post.