Festivals in Port Hope
Port Hope is host to a plethora of festivals and events year round. Spring brings maple syrup time followed by the crazy Float Your Fanny River race. Warmer weather brings the garden tours, artisans and crafter’s shows and a variety of local events. Canada Day celebrations include a parade, music and entertainment and fireworks. The autumn brings colour and beauty and the annual Agricultural Fair, Jazz Festival and Historic House Tour. Christmas in Port Hope is a busy time of year with a festival of trees, lights in Memorial Park, a Candlelight Walk, and Santa Claus parade.
ATTENTION EVENT PLANNERS:
Planning an event? A Special Event Application Form needs to be completed and submitted to Municipal Events Coordinator, Jeannie Maidens. Her office is located at 20 Queen Street in the Capitol Arts Centre, or call 905-885-2004 or email email@example.com. Jeannie will be pleased to assist you with planning your event.
Please click the link below to access application:
|Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny River Race |
To commemorate a devastating flood that crippled the downtown in 1980, Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny is an exciting ten-kilometer race that takes place April 6th 2013 on the Ganaraska River, and draws crowds of up to 15,000 spectators.The race includes just about anything imaginable that can float!
|Canada Day Celebration in Port Hope |
Port Hope Kinsmen celebrates Canada Day, July 1st, with the annual Calithumpian Parade commencing at the corner of Ridout and Bramley streets and continuing down Heritage Main Street. Live local entertainment in the Bandshell from noon to 10pm.There will be food booths, and a beer garden. The Annual Antique Car Show in Rotary Park and Town Hall Parking Lot at 9am and throughout the morning. Fireworks at the Waterfront East Beach commence at 10:15pm.
Entertainment to be announced.
|Port Hope Garden Tour |
Port Hope Garden Tour sponsored by the Port Hope Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, July 6th, 2013, 10am-4pm. 'Gardens in the Hills' featuring a 1920's garden, an ecological retreat, a train enthusiasts forest trail, an English perennial garden, and a 19th century Italian style cemetary . Contact 905-885-7929.
|Port Hope Farmers' Market and Arts Festival |
Held on the lawns behind Town Hall with up to 35 artists and artisans as well as the Farmers' Market stalls are on display from 9am to 3pm Saturday August 10th, 2013. Shop for handcrafted jewellery, paintings, pottery, hand made clothing, crafts, carvings, beautiful hand hooked rugs and hand knitted items.
|Port Hope Fair |
One of Canada's longest running fall fairs, celebrating its 182nd anniversary this year. The fair is held September 13th-15th at the Agricultural Town Park. Attractions include the midway, antique car and tractor shows, horse shows, dog agility trials, demolition derby, blacksmithing and milking demonstrations, exhibitions, stage entertainment and much more. Contact 905-396-3247
|The All-Canadian Jazz Festival |
From Friday September 20th through to Sunday September 22nd . This is a unique gathering of leading jazz musicians from across the country. Festival goers can experience it all: enjoying concerts by Canadian jazz headliners; marching in the Saturday Walton Street Jazz Parade; and celebrating the energy of the Young Jazz Showcase. For further information call the Festival Office
|Port Hope Historic House Tour |
From the Municipality's extensive collection of heritage buildings, eight private homes plus other public buildings of particular architectural merit are selected each year for what is now the oldest and largest house tour in Canada. The tour will be held Saturday,October 5th. Tickets are limited, and one is advised to purchase prior to the end of August. The tour is sponsored by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario , Port Hope Branch. For further information call: 905-885-7929.
|Vintage Film Festival |
The Vintage Film Festival celebrates vintage films from the 20's to the 40's at the Captiol Theatre. This year the festival takes place on October 25th, 26th & 27th. Contact 905-885-1071
|Port Hope Olde Tyme Christmas |
Port Hope has a variety of olde tyme events, including horse drawn wagon rides, beautiful window displays and Christmas entertainers.
A HARVEST OF CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS, a collection of artist created gifts and decorative accessories, opens, Friday evening 7pm-9pm with candlelight and hot cider. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, also Gathering of the Greens - potted plants, wreaths, swags, boughs, berries, and dried material. Located at 4749 County Road #2 in the village of Welcome, November 15th-17th
HBIA DOWNTOWN MOONLIGHT MADNESS SALE, come out for some pre-Christmas savings and festive fun, November 29th
THE CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS GENERAL STORE, held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Elias Street. Vendors sell crafts, baked goods, jewellery and giftware, November 29th & 30th, December 1st
CHRISTMAS MARKET, arts, crafts and farmers' market vendors display their wares from 10am-3pm, at the Town Park Recreation Centre, 62 McCaul Street, December 14th
|Candlelight Walk & Christmas Lighting Ceremony |
CANDLELIGHT WALK & CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS, Victorian Village Lighting Ceremony, carollers parade down heritage main street at 7pm into Memorial Park where the lights go on November 29th
until January 2nd
SANTA CLAUS PARADE, bands, floats and kids of all ages join Santa in the annual march down main street, November 30th at 1pm
| Festival of Lights and Trees |
CAPITOL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & TREES, visit the Capitol Theatre all decked out in thousands of lights and approximately 80 trees available to be won by raffle, November 29th to December 22nd
905-885-1071, 1-800-434-5092, www.capitolhtheatre.com
PORT HOPE FESTIVAL THEATRE presents Cinderella, a Christmas fairy tale Pantomine for the entire family, matinees and evening naughty pantos for adults only, December 6th-22nd
905-885-1071, 1-800-434-5092, www.capitoltheatre.com