There is always plenty to do come the weekend in London, Ontario. You can challenge yourself to a few laps on the Go-Kart track at East Park, cool down at one of the City of London’s many splash pads or pools, or test your balance and vertigo at the Treetop Adventure Park at Boler Mountain. Always fun for the whole family! Plus London constantly has lots of festivals, exhibitions, concerts, fundraisers and more to entertain people with. Here are just a few local events to tempt you with in the city this weekend.

English: London, Ontario, Canada: The Forest C...

English: London, Ontario, Canada: The Forest City from above. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Fanshawe Agricultural Fair – Fanshawe Pioneer Village: Aug 17th – 18th, 10am – 4:30pm. $7 admission, Thresherman’s lunch $11.50 for adults, children 12 and under $5.50. Threshing demonstrations, exhibits, rare breeds display, music, and more
  • Peachfest – Great Lakes Farms: Aug 17th, 10am – 5pm, Aug 18th, 11am – 5pm. Peach picking, corn maze, tractor rides
  • Pawlooza – Plunkett Estate: Aug 17th, 10am – 6pm. $10 per car. Pet adoption, food vendors, animal-related vendors, games, agility demonstrations, dock diving for dogs
  • The Colour Run – Downtown London: Aug 17th, 9am – 1pm. 5km run where participants start dressed all in white and get doused in a variety of colours along the run. It’s about the fun, friends and freedom – the time doesn’t count!
  • Rock the Road 10K – Masonville Place: Aug 18th, 9:30am. 10km run to raise money for Bethany’s Hope Foundation. Flat course designed to get you your personal best, with live music and cheerleaders along the route.
  • Sledge Hockey Demos – Western Fair Sportsplex: Aug 17th, 1 – 2:30pm. Free. Watch sledge hockey demonstrations and try it out for yourself! Bring your own helmet and gloves, sledge and sticks provided.

Do you need more to choose from? Go a little farther afield for the not-to-be-missed event of the season – Cow-a-Polooza! Just a few minutes down the road to Woodstock, then into Southside Park, you will find two days worth of family fun for everyone. The City of Woodstock (look at the acronym there and think of why they named this fair C.O.W. a-polooza) hosts this yearly event that draws folks from miles around. Of course their claim to be the Dairy Capital of Canada helps too. Regardless, they will have rides, crafts, buskers, live music, a petting zoo, soap box derby, strongman/woman competition, pro wrestling, ducky derby, and of course a cow milking contest. I’d say that is worth the drive, wouldn’t you?

 

If cows aren’t your thing, what about tomatoes? You could zip down to Leamington for the 30th Annual Leamington Tomato Festival. I bet you’ll find plenty of ketchup available at this festival that started as an employee picnic for the H. J. Heinz Company of Canada. You can check at one of the many food vendors, but there will also be a parade, crafts, a children’s village, splash pad, beach volleyball tournament, entertainment, a Miss Tomato Pageant, plus a huge custom car show. The festival is Free and runs from August 16th – 18th at Seacliff Park. Wanna bet you’ll see a few of Leamington’s famous beefsteak tomatoes there?

 

It might not be Friday the 13th, but Port Dover might be worth the drive this weekend too, as the Port Dover Summer Festival will be held on August 17th – 18th. There will be arts, crafts, antiques, pre-loved books, plus everything else that Port Dover has come to be loved for. Play at the beach, eat at one of the many eateries, explore the harbour, or peruse the Harbour Museum. It’ll be a great weekend for it!

 

Have you ever been to Bayfield? The Bayfield Fall Fair runs from August 15th – 18th, so now is the time to discover it. In fact, this will be the 157th Bayfield Fall Fair. It is time to see what you have been missing! They have a midway, parade, Ribs & Music Festival, animal displays, baby shows, skateboard demonstrations, face painting, and plenty more family friendly stuff to see and do. Make sure you bring your bean-o, as the Bean reigns Supreme at this years fair. 

What are you up to this weekend?

 

 

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