Spring awakens with farmers' markets and the flow of maple syrup. Time to dust off winter, open doors and cast a line.
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This annual spring celebration blends the quiet beauty of native art with the sound of the drum and the power of the indigenous voice. Held at the majestic Wellington County Museum and Archives, the event features guest speakers, demonstrations, displays and storytelling.
This outdoor painting festival showcases the heritage charms of the town of Fergus and the village of Elora as well as the stunning natural settings all around the Grand and Irvine River gorges. This 4-day festival includes 3 days of painting outdoors and an art show and sale with juried awards going to the top three paintings as well as a People's Choice award. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who would like to learn more about the art of plein air painting.
A great family outing! Adult and Youth categories, adult first prize - $2000. Fishing charters and other substantial prizes from generous sponsors along with many door prizes for participants.
A fundraiser for the Elora Co-operative Pre-School, the Centre Wellington Easter Egg Hunt has grown to become an action packed spring celebration not to be missed. With hunts for kids of all ages along with many vendors, performers and activities to enjoy, this Easter celebration attracts families from far and wide - all to beautiful Bissell Park on the banks of the Grand River, just steps away from downtown Elora.
Held annually each spring at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex, this Equine Trade Show offers new and used horse products for all ages and every discipline right in the heart of Ontario's Equine country.
Explore the rich heritage and architecture of the communities of Fergus and Elora. Enjoy historical sites, live entertainment, art displays, gardens and more. An annual free event since 2008, Doors Open Fergus - Elora is a joint undertaking of Heritage Centre Wellington, the Wellington County Museum and Archives, and Elora & Fergus Tourism. It is part of the Ontario Heritage Trust's province-wide initiative to celebrate community heritage. Visitors are invited to get their passport stamped at each Doors Open stop. Collect 4 or more stamps, hand your passport in at any location to be eligible to win a prize. This year's event will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A true farmers' market, one where, every Saturday, people can find local, sustainably grown produce, meats, cheeses, baking and preserves, in a warm and vibrant space. When people come to the Elora Farmers' Market, they not only find great local foods, treats and artisanal products, they find each other too! The market is a true community hub and it's this energy that makes the market so special. In summer find them on the banks of the Grand River in beautiful Bissell Park, Elora and in the winter they are warm and cozy in the Paddock Building at Grand River Raceway. Come on out and meet the people who grow your food!
"It's a lonely life for a book that's only been read once!" Held at the Elora Curling Club in May, this massive 3-day book sale is the main fundraising event for the internationally acclaimed Elora Festival. A huge selection of second hand books for sale of all genres and styles!
Held in April in Elora, this show is an annual highlight for collectors from Toronto to Windsor and all points in-between. With fifty-five antique and retro dealers from across Ontario, the show offers an excellent range of antiques, retro and collectibles with specialists in vintage art glass and every day glass, early advertising, midcentury modern, jewellery, vintage kitchenware and clothing, folk art, quilts and textiles, rare books, vintage paper and antique prints. If you love antiques, this show is for you.
The Elora Writers' Festival has been celebrating fine Canadian writing since 1994. Its intimate and unique setting, in the heart of one of Ontario's most beautiful communities, has made the festival a sought-after venue for both authors and book lovers alike. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of readings and discussions with six celebrated Canadian authors. Guests over the years have included Andrew Pyper, Lynden MacIntyre, Terry Fallis and Elora native Anita Stewart.
Held at Wellington County Museum and Archives, every year our talented young musicians celebrate the joy of music in this wonderful spring evening concert.
A proud community partner, Fergus Horticultural Society offers up five unique and interesting gardens, showing great variety, including formal lay-outs, "natural" gardens and garden "rooms". Brochures available at information centres and local garden centres. Please bring a donation to the local food bank.
Join the Fergus Lions Club as they host their annual Home and Leisure Show. Filled with local Home & Garden specialists offering expert advice, solutions and inspiration, there's even a Friday night fish fry! Held at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex in Fergus.
Each year, the Historical Automobile Society of Canada presents their Fergus Flea Market of antique car parts and miscellany at Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex. HASC is devoted to the collection, restoration and operation of antique, classic and special interest automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and the preservation of related materials. Their annual Flea Market and Car Show is a must see for the car enthusiast.
You ride because you care! This annual bicycle touring event is held to benefit the Centre Wellington Food Bank. Consisting of scenic routes across beautiful Centre Wellington, the Food Cycle Ride welcomes riders of all ages and abilities with a variety of routes to choose from. Families, friends, corporate teams, all are welcome to enjoy the scenery, the fresh air, the teamwork and the exhilaration of riding for a cause.
Grand Taste of the Culinary Arts celebrates the very best of Wellington County. Meet local chefs and restaurateurs while sampling their culinary delights. The entertainment continues with live music and a silent auction. Hosted by Centre Wellington Rotary Club at Grand River Raceway, proceeds support Fergus' Groves Memorial Hospital.
Celebrate Easter in downtown Fergus. Bring your Easter basket and load up on goodies provided by participating merchants. Crafts, stories and the Easter bunny herself!
A celebration of local youth talent at Elora's Gorge Cinema.
Held each spring, The Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day at Belwood Lake Conservation Area is designed to get new anglers involved in fishing and improve their skills. Kids will learn how to cast, rig lures, tie flies, identify various fish species and their habitats, and how to find and catch more fish. They will also get to see the latest fishing equipment and tackle in a safe, natural environment.
Elora Lions Annual Fireworks Display at Grand River Raceway. Come enjoy live entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display here in Elora.
Celebrating spring on the Kissing Bridge Trailway, this event showcases the small villages, towns and rural countryside along the trail in Wellington, Waterloo and Perth. Come out for a walk, run or ride and give trail bowling a try.
Celebrate Fergus' Scottish ancestry! Follow a piper led kilted pub crawl through the downtown core with a lively variety of celtic artists. Enjoy a sneak McPeak of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games with dancing performances, a mini Highland Games for the wee ones, book readings, tea leaf readings, guided historical walking tours and much more. Festivities continue throughout the day. Slàinte! Tartan day is hosted in downtown Fergus each April.
Held in both the Spring and Fall and hosted by Taste Real, both events celebrate Wellington County's farmers and rural roots. Whether enjoying the first tastes of spring or revelling in the bounty of the fall harvest, everyone is encouraged to visit participating farms, growers and retailers, to experience a day in the country and to enjoy real taste. A great family event.
This annual spring event celebrates the written and spoken word. Hosted by the Elora Centre for the Arts, readers and open-mic participants bring their poetry, prose and storytelling skills to share, savour and enjoy.