This weekend the Home County Music and Art Festival will be rolling into London, Ontario. What’s even more exciting about Home County this year, is that it is the 40th anniversary of this vibrant festival’s occurrence in Downtown London. Victoria Park will again play host to some of Canada’s finest musicians and artisans, as they bring the park alive from July 19th – 21st, 2013. So what do you need to know before you go?

Home County 101

  • Admission is by donation. There is no admission fee per se, but increased costs of the festival have made it important for festival goers who appreciate this event to help support it monetarily. Suggested donations are $5, but donations of $20 or more are eligible for a receipt.
  • Hours: Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday noon – 11pm, Sunday noon – 9pm
  • Vendors: Like other local festivals, there will be plenty of vendors on hand. Whether you are looking for something to eat or souvenir crafts from local artisans, there is something for everyone. There will be 30 food vendors at the festival. Over 120 Canadian Artists will be at this year’s Home County selling everything from glass, pottery, textiles, wood, metal and more. There will be gourmet goodies, jewellery, photography, and even a musical instrument or two. Don’t forget your pocket-book!
  • Take a Seat & Make a Friend will be encouraging positive mental health at Home County

    Green SceneI’m proud to say that many of London’s festivals have embraced a green culture over the years, with Home County no exception to the rule. Food vendors will offer recyclable or compostable containers, plus there will be a rinse station for those who bring their own cutlery and plates. In addition to that, there is a focus on Green Vendors this year as well. Vendors who offer innovative and sustainable products or services will be featured in the Green Village. In addition to that, Community Lane will feature vendors who are aiming to make a difference right here in our community with their worthy causes.

  • Returning again this year, Valdy played at the first Home County and many more since then

    Performers: This year, the organizers of Home County decided to be a little different. Most years the promoters try to showcase new acts that have never played the festival before. In recognition of the fact that this year is the 40th anniversary, they decided to invite back festival favourites from previous years. All the musicians that you will see on the mainstage, or in a workshop at one of the other stages, were all personally invited to attend this year’s event. That’s quite the honour for them and a treat for anyone planning on taking in this year’s special 40th anniversary festival. you will see the likes of David Bradstreet, The Sadies, Sarah Harmer, The Kramdens, Ken Whiteley, Rick Taylor, Nora Galloway & the Tearjerkers, Laura Smith, Shane Cook, The Good Brothers, The Rizdales and even the popular Great Lake Swimmers. There are plenty more great musicians lined up who all call Canada home and would greatly appreciate your support this weekend.

Are you planning on going to the 40th Anniversary Home County Music and Arts Festival?