How many of you made it out to the Kids Expo last weekend? Never fear, as there are lots more festivals yet to come for the 2012 Summer Lineup in London. As I could easily feature at least a festival a week, I thought it might be not a bad idea to give you a bigger heads up, so that you can plan out your festival going this year. You want Greek? Opa! Head out this weekend. Food with an international flair? You’re in luck as the Food festival is this weekend too. There are lots more opportunities to get outside in London, Ontario this summer though. This way, if you don’t live here, you can at least plan on making the trip so as not to miss out on the fun. Take a look!


Outdoor Greek Festival –

Opa, its time for a taste of Greece with the 2012 Opa: Outdoor Greek Festival this weekend, June 22-24, 2012 at the Hellenic Community Centre at 133 Southdale Rd W. Hours of the festival are Friday – 6pm-Midnight, Saturday -Noon – Midnight and Sunday – 11am-10pm. Go for the music, go for the food, go for the dancing, but just make sure you GO!

International Food Festival –

You want food? You’ve got it! Welcome to the International Food Festival at Victoria Park this coming weekend, June 22-24, 2012, from 11am-11pm. There will be three days of noshing in store for any food aficionados that want to explore Portugal, Serbia, Mexico, Italy, Greece, the Caribbean, China, Poland and more. London promotes green festivals and this one is no different, with manned eco-stations located throughout the park to collect compostables, recyclables and make sure that garbage is streamed accordingly. There will also be vendors on site displaying world craft items, as well as entertainment with an international flair. Get your appetite on London!

Caliente Festival Hispano –

Get your love of Latin on at Victoria Park on June 30th, 2012, from 11am-11pm at the Caliente Festival Hispano! Latinos love to party and this is a great one that you won’t want to miss. There will be Latin food, live music, exciting vendors and a whole lot of Hispanic culture everywhere you look. It will be a full day of festive fun and the best part is, its free!

Sunfest –

Get ready for a whole lot of sun and fun at TD Sunfest 2012, July 5-8 at Victoria Park! If you like music, you have to attend this raucous weekend affair. This year’s lineup promises to delight audiences with over 30 professional world musicians and jazz artists. And if you thought the Food Festival had the market on nibblies, think again, as you can find Jamaican, Indian, Lebanese, Vegetarian and of course Sammy’s Souvlaki among lots of other tasty treats on offer. Vendors will also tempt your pocket-book with everything from drums to t-shirts, and cellphone covers to a wide variety of international artifacts (think carvings, jewellery and more). There will be something for everyone, guaranteed! While those things are nice, it is the music that really makes the weekend shine and also what helped to rank Sunfest as one of the premiere world music festivals in Canada.

Bluesfest –

Lucky number 13 is what Bluesfest is celebrating this year in London from July 13-15, 2012. Head downtown and point yourself towards Clarence and King, where you will find lots of tents and chairs set up for a whole heap of blues. Get ready to be wooed by the likes of the Motor City Allstars, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Howling Diablos, Edgar Winter and plenty more musicians. You better believe that you won’t be crying the blues after attending this fabulous festival.

Home County Music & Art Festival –

From July 20th to 22nd, 2012, London brings it home with its own brand of folk at the 39th annual Home County Music & Art Festival. We bring the music back to Canada, as over 25 different artists present their styles of roots, traditional and indie folk/pop that will delight young and old alike. Along with the concerts, there are also afternoon workshops, where you will get to hear the musicians tell stories and share tidbits about their music and life on the road. Of course you know there will be plenty of food stalls, but Home County also boasts over 120 different artisans featuring pottery, stained glass, jewellery, textiles, metal works and more. The hours are Friday 6-11pm, Saturday noon-11pm and Sunday from noon-8:30pm. Admission is by donation. Don’t miss this festival!

Pride London Festival –

This is a festival with a slightly different bent. From July 22-29, 2012 the Pride London Festival celebrates everything gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered and everything in between. Grab your rainbow flag and head downtown to take in the culture, art and celebration in a spirit of inclusion, unity and awareness. There will be dinners, art shows, karaoke, outdoor festivals and lots more. Check the website for more details.

Rock the Park –

Put your ear plugs in, get your vintage rock tees out and get ready to thrash as Rock the Park 2012 pulls into Harris Park July 26-28, 2012. Gates open at 4pm and the music runs late, featuring classic bands like The Steve Miller Band, Boston, George Thorogood and The Romantics, then getting more progressive with 54-40 and REO Speedwagon, then hitting modern rock with Slash, Bush and I Mother Earth. Need I say more? And while this is a paid venue, the money raised goes towards Bethany’s Hope, so you can rock on knowing that you are supporting a good cause at the same time.

Ribfest –

The meat is on the grille and your presence is required at Victoria Park from August 2-6, 2012 for London Ribfest. This mouth-watering festival is anticipated by upwards of 200,000 people every year, and for a very good reason. The RIBS! Well, there is also the vendors, the music, the rides and a few other food things thrown on the grille. What else are you going to get up to over the Civic Holiday weekend?

So which festivals will you be checking out London?