What’s going on London, Ontario? We are down to the last weekend of August and summer is slipping through our fingers fast. What did your summer look like? Did you travel the country or relax in your very own backyard? Did anyone make it camping or were you lucky enough to escape to the cottage? How about all those festivals? Did you make it to any? If you somehow managed to miss them all, I happened to have heard of a few more festivals to entertain you with before the summer winds to a close.

LAST OF LONDON’S SUMMER FESTIVALS

FESTA ITALIANA

You might start the day in downtown London, but prepared to be whisked away to Italy this coming weekend. From August  24-26, 2012, Covent Garden Market will be transformed into an Italian cultural hub during Festa Italiana. If you go, you will be treated to delicious Italian delectables, as well as be able to watch live cooking demonstrations, but it doesn’t stop there. Italians love their music and the festival is no exception. Orchestra Italiana London (OIL) will tempt you to fall in love with Italian tunes, as will the likes of many talented tenors and sopranos. A fashion show will also be held Friday night. And if that’s not enough, make a point of catching the opera on Sunday at 7pm, when the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra presents La Traviata. Not something you get to see every day, and well worth checking out for its magnificent homage to all things Italian. The hours of the festival are 11am-midnight (Sunday to 11pm), so make sure you bring some dancing shoes to take it all in with. It is sure to be a buon fine settimana!

FALL FEST

Back for a second year in a row, Fall Fest is returning to Victoria Park from August 31 through to September 3, 2012. If you missed it last year, you have to make a point of checking out this great new free festival in the core. From 11am-11pm, all weekend long, tempt yourself with carnival rides, visit the food vendors, listen to live music, plus get a taste of fall fun with a biggest pumpkin contest, live animal displays, craft displays, wood-working demonstrations and competitive arts competitions (like quilt, bread and wine making). It’s a great way to say goodbye to festival season at Victoria Park, so head down to say goodbye to summer in London!

LAMBETH & COMMUNITY HARVEST FEST

If you prefer your festivals with a smaller town feel, then look no further than the South end of London for the 34th annual Lambeth & Community Harvest Festival from September 6-9, 2012. This is how a fall festival is meant to be! Look forward to a teen dance, adult dance, a golf tournament and slo-pitch tournament, a “Show & Shine” car show, Saturday pancake breakfast, children’s fun fair, arts and crafts shows and so much more! You want horseshoes? You got ’em! Have a hankering for a trip to the beer garden or food concessions? Help yourself all weekend long. Everybody loves a parade, so be there sharp at 10am to watch the march. Live music more your speed? How about tunes from Sarah Smith, Radio or Super Falcon to appease you? Perhaps you would rather enjoy fireworks? Show up Sunday at dusk then. With venues around Lambeth, you will get a feel for the slower pace and huge heart that a small community offers.

And just so you know, if you are tempted to move a little closer, let me know! I can always help you make your Lambeth love a reality!

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