Top Events Canada TOP 15 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS APART FROM THOSE IN TORONTO ELSEWHERE IN SOUTHWEST ONTARIO

Listed below is the selection of top 15 events and festivals in Southwest Ontario apart from those in Toronto, but many of which are in fact close to Toronto.

Just 2 of these popular events and festivals are the Stratford Shakespeare Festival – one of the most important arts festivals in Canada, and the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon that is ranked as the #1 Boston Marathon qualifier in Canada.

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Mississauga Marathon
early May
Mississauga, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons This annual marathon event held every year since 2004 includes everything from a full marathon and half marathon to a team relay challenges, a 10K race and 10K student relay, as well as"The Hazel" 5K and the 2K Family Fun Run/Walk. A popular part of the event is the exciting Mississauga Marathon Runner's Expo jam packed with great exhibitors, live entertainment at at Lakefront Promenade Park, and much more.

For more information about the Mississauga Marathon visit:
http://www.mississaugamarathon.com/default.shtml





Carassauga Festival of Cultures
mid May
Mississauga, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada Bringing together more than 70 countries to celebrate their proud heritage through exotic foods, breathtaking performances and vibrant costumes, the Carassauga Festival of Cultures hosts more than 300,000 people over three days in May throughout the City of Mississauga, making it Ontario’s largest multicultural festival. It features 28 pavilions hosting displays, presentations, entertainment, music, dancing, cuisine, games, fashion, art, theatre and film from various countries around the world.



For more information about the Carassauga Festival of Cultures visit http://www.carassauga.com/





Strawberry Fields Kite Festival

late May
St Thomas, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Kite FestivalsA popular event for over 22 years, the Strawberry Fields Kite Festival has now grown to become a two-day event attracting kite fliers and kite watchers from all over North America to enjoy the activities presented on what is considered to be the largest (and best) kite flying field in southwestern Ontario. Contests and rewards include the Queen of Hearts Award for the kite flyer whose kite steals the hearts of the most people, the Strawberry Tart Award that is given to the sexiest object on the flying field, be it windsock, buggy, or kite flyer, the Furthur Award for the kite flier who has travelled "further" than anyone else attending this event, and the Flying Circus Award for admirably creative kite makers under the age of 12.

For even more details about the Strawberry Fields Kite Festival visit:
http://www.gothicdesign.ca/strafest.htm





Caribbean Dreams Concert
end May
Kitchener, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada Taking place in early summer each year, the award winning Caribbean Dreams Concert is where new and young artistes get to showcase their artistic talent. Now in its 12th year, the Caribbean Dreams Concert, offering the best of West Indian Culture, has built its reputation on bringing a little taste of Caribbean life and culture to the Waterloo region of Canada offering a rare opportunity to rub elbows with some of Canada’s most accomplished and emerging artists.

For more information about the Caribbean Dreams Concert take a look at:
http://www.guyanatimesgy.com/2014/04/27/canadian-dream-concert-receives-high-rating/





Dumfries Kitefest
early June
Cambridge, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Kite FestivalsHeld in Dumfries Park for 17 years, the two-day Dumfries Kitefest features everything to do with kites, from kite flying demonstrations to kite making workshops for children that could earn them a prize for the best looking creation. More features of the festival include the creations and skills of more than 40 expert kite creators from across the USA, as well as windmills and special events include a candy drop and even parachuting teddy bears.

For more information about the Dumfries Kitefest visit:
http://www.windclimbers.ca/dumfries-kitefest-1





Waterloo Air Show
early June
Waterloo, close to Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Air ShowsBigger and better every year, the two-day, family oriented Waterloo Air Show with several new attractions, features more than 200 small, private aircraft ‘flying in’ for the day, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds demonstrating their ever popular 9-plane aerobatic formations, veteran aerobatic performers and not forgetting the Jet Aircraft Museum, and an amusement area particularly for children. While the air show’s primary audience is families, the Waterloo Air Show’s primary target is pilots and people in the aviation/aerospace industries.

For more information about the Waterloo Air Show visit:
http://www.waterlooairshow.com/





Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival
early June
Elmira, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Renaissance Festivals and Renaissance EventsFeaturing a very different way of life in Medieval Nottingham, this two-day Royal Medieval Faire features the talents of drama students and professional performers as visitors watch traditional battles between knights, hear beautiful Medieval music, enjoy Medieval shows, try period foods and beverages and be tempted by merchants offering handcrafted clothes, jewelry, wooden toys, leather goods, and more.

For more information about the Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival visit:
http://www.robininthehood.com/





Brott Music Festival
June, July and August
Hamilton, Southwest Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada –  Top Classical Music Events in CanadaA popular event for more than 26 years, the Brott Music Festival presents annual classical concerts and more throughout the greater Hamilton, Ontario region of Canada. Recognized as the largest non-profit orchestral music festival in the country, the Brott Music Festival is famous for its presentation of world class soloists, and its increasingly popular young orchestra showcasing their astonishing skills in all sorts of places in Southern Ontario.

For more about the Brott Music Festival visit:
http://www.brottmusic.com/





Stratford Shakespeare Festival
June to end October
Stratford, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaOne of the most important arts festivals in Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is an internationally recognized annual celebration of theatre running from April to November in Stratford. Bringing the works of William Shakespeare (and others) to life on 4 stages, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is known worldwide for its productions.

For more information about the Stratford Shakespeare Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Ontario-ON-top-events-festivals-Stratford-Shakespeare-Festival.html
or visit the official web site at:
http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/





Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival)
mid July
Waterloo, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsA popular event for over 2 decades, the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival in Ontario that attracts more than 35,000 fans every year, is an annual 3 day FREE music festival held in Waterloo Ontario that features a whole range of different kinds of jazz. Two stages of entertainment offer a wealth of quality jazz performances that attract jazz lovers from all over the world and is a local free event that the whole community can enjoy.

For more information about the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.uptownwaterloojazz.ca/





Stratford Summer Music Festival
mid July to late August
Stratford, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada –  Top Classical Music Events in CanadaAn annual multi-week music festival with over 100 events featuring more than 350 individual artists, the Stratford Summer Music Festival is set in outdoor and indoor venues in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and features a host of performances by Canadian and international artists over a three- to five-week period in July and August. Classical performances are by organists, pianists, quartets, and orchestras – all held in Stratford's historic churches. Some more intimate concerts are produced in some very unique and beautiful settings including the riverbank.

For more about the Stratford Summer Music Festival visit:
https://stratfordsummermusic.ca/page.php?id=3&name=home.php






Hamilton Fringe Festival

late July
Hamilton, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreFounded a decade ago, the 11-day Hamilton Fringe Festival highlights over 40 companies performing more than 300 acts including musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment. Following the philosophy of fringe theatre, the Hamilton Fringe Festival offers new and emerging artists of all genres the chance to present some of their innovative theatre and particular talents to a wider audience than might usually be accessible.

For more information about the the Hamilton Fringe Festival visit:
http://www.hamiltonfringe.ca





Guelph Jazz Festival
early September
Guelph, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsOne of Canada’s most influential music festivals drawing over 16,000 enthusiasts each year, the Guelph Jazz Festival is committed to an expanse of jazz and experimental music featuring a concert series showcasing Canadian and international artists, a free downtown jazz tent on the Saturday of the Festival weekend, and numerous other concerts at a variety of community venues, including churches and galleries.

For more information about the Guelph Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.guelphjazzfestival.com/





Oktoberfest
mid October
Kitchener-Waterloo, Southwest Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – OktoberfestLabelled as Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival, attracting more than a million visitors every year, the nine-day Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest based on the original German Oktoberfest has grown to become the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world. One of the main features of this event is the annual Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade complete with floats and bands, beer, beer-based celebrations, as well as a host of other cultural and entertainment attractions including the crowning of Miss Oktoberfest and the presence of the festival icons, Onkel Hans in his lederhosen and traditional felt hat, and Tante Frieda, a robust lady in a dirndl.

For more information about the Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario visit:
http://www.oktoberfest.ca/





Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon
early November
Hamilton, southwest of Toronto Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Ranked as the #1 Boston Marathon qualifier in Canada, attracting a world wide number of marathon enthusiasts, including hardy NYC marathoners, and noted for its size and the speed with which is can be completed, the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon offers a unique event that offers attractively cool temperatures, rural roads, and waterfront trails. Highlights include the full and half marathons, a 1K marathon for kids, as well as 5K and 10 K events all ending with the awards presentations on the third morning.

For more information about the Hamilton Road2Hope Marathon visit:
http://hamiltonmarathon.ca/









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