Your Guide to the Summer’s Best Festivals and Events Near Rockwell
With the warmer weather bringing promises of farmers markets, patio dinners, sandy beaches, and walks in the park, is it any wonder why summer is so many people’s favourite season? As a future home owner at Rockwell Estate Residences, this is sure to be your family’s favourite summer yet. When you’re living at Rockwell, you’re only ever a short drive from many of southern Ontario’s most anticipated summer festivals and events. Between all of the live music, food trucks, live performances, and family fun, you’ll quickly find that this summer is shaping up to the most exciting one yet! Keep reading to learn more about all of the great events happening near your future Rockwell home this summer.
Hillside Summer Festival 2018
A true staple for music lovers across the province, Guelph’s annual Hillside Summer Festival will be returning July 13th to the 15th for the 35th year! With a star-studded lineup that offers musical talent from a variety of genres, the festival promises everyone a good time. To ensure nobody has to go hungry at Hillside, the organizers have purposely curated a food bazaar that includes options that are vegetarian, vegan, organic, gluten free, and fair trade. Featuring everything from small batch popsicles and Belgium waffles to do-it-yourself Buddha bowls, wood-fired pizza, Indian-fusion tacos, and delicious Pad Thai, you’ll be just as excited for the food as you will be for the music. Another great aspect of the Hillside Summer Festival, besides how close it is to your Rockwell home, is how child-friendly it is! With free admittance for kids 12 years old and under, as well as scheduled child-oriented performers, you can easily make your trip a summer memory your whole family will love! For a complete list of artists and vendors.
Elora Festival 2018
Running from July 13th to the 29th, the Elora Festival is sure to be every opera, jazz, and folk-enthusiasts’ most anticipated summer event! Join the festival on opening night for a glamorous opera gala, hosted in partnership with the Canadian Opera Company, which will feature a public reception and post-performance fireworks. Throughout the festival, you’ll love listening to world-renowned tenors, choruses, and ensembles, all the while surrounded by the picturesque scenery of beautiful Elora. Don’t forget to make sure your kids are having fun at the festival while you enjoy the concerts! Registration is now open for the Elora Festival Kids Camp, where over the course of five days the camp will learn the complete soundtrack to the musical The Lion King KIDS. Between the scenic location, breathtaking performers, and busy little ones, The Elora Festival will have your whole family singing Hakuna matata!
Party in the Park
On August 2nd, join your neighbours at Rockmosa Park in downtown Rockwood for an evening filled with great food, music, and fun! Your family will love getting to know the Rockwood community and making friends as you enjoy a delicious dinner, live entertainment, a rock climbing wall, caricature artist, live animal show, and so much more! You’ll love watching your kids have fun jumping on the bouncy castles and cooling off on the splash pad; just make sure they aren’t too tuckered out to watch the 9:30pm fireworks! The best part of the whole evening? It’s completely free! Learn more about this fantastic event that is sure to have you falling in love with the Rockwood community all over again!
Shakespeare in the Park
Back by popular demand for a fifth season, the Elora Community Theatre will be performing Shakespeare’s classic, “As You Like It” in Bissell Park throughout the first two weekends of July. Enjoy a relaxing evening in the park as you laugh along to this timeless comedy involving the beautiful Rosalind fleeing in disguise from her uncle’s court and running into some interesting people in the Forest of Arden. There is no need to purchase tickets in advance or reserve a spot for these performances, as admittance is by donation only. Just make sure you bring a comfy lawn chair and some snacks! Learn more about the Elora Community Theatre and their upcoming performances at the link below:
Fergus Scottish Festival 2018
BSince its establishment in 1946, people from across Ontario have flocked to Fergus for their tremendously popular annual Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games. The festival, taking place from August 10th to the 12th, is meant to exemplify traditional Scottish culture and traditions, and will feature enough Celtic singers, bagpipers, drummers, Highland dancers, and delicious food to make you feel like you’re actually on vacation across the pond! Your family will have a blast cheering on men and women in the heavies competitions, during which competitors will compete in ancient Scottish games like the hammer throw and sheaf toss! The festival also features an authentic Scottish pub, a 10k run for charity, a special celebrity guest, and tons of fun activities for the kids! Start planning your visit now and check out the complete list of events at the festival website!
Riverfest Elora 2018
Just in case you haven’t had enough live music and good food by this point in the summer (I mean, could you ever?), mark your calendar as busy from August 17th to the 19th because you need to check out Riverfest Elora! The festival, held in Bissell Park along the banks of the picturesque Grand River, is guaranteed to be a jam-packed weekend filled with amazing performers, local artisans, and Instagram-worthy food. You won’t believe how many chart-topping artists have performed at Riverfest since its humble beginnings as a backyard festival just 10 years ago. With names like MGMT, Metric, Walk Off The Earth, Bahamas, Hollerado, Born Ruffians, and The Sheepdogs, is it any wonder why people from all over visit Riverfest every year? Don’t forget to bring your kids along! Children 12 and under get in free!