See You on the Patio

Every Friday and Saturday nights from June 30 – September 2, join downtown Orillia as the restaurant patios extend out on to the streets starting at 6pm.

See You on the Patio will see the roads closed to traffic on Mississaga St W from Andrew St to West St, Mississaga St E from Peter St to Matchedash St, and Peter St S from Mississaga St to Colbourne St.

BIA businesses that wish to participate must sign up here: SYOTP Form

Participating Restaurants

Eclectic Cafe, The Common Stove, Kenzington Burger Bar, Lucky Labrador, Sanafir, Brewery Bay, Rustica Pizza Vino, Tre Sorelle, PICNIC, Provenance Wine Bar

Participating Stores

Jack & Maddy – a Kids’ Store, Pocket Skate & Vintage, Cloud Gallery, DWN Chocolate, Miller Health

Downtown Tomorrow Plan Design Charrette – City of Orillia

Take part in shaping the future of Downtown Orillia!

The City of Orillia is updating the Downtown Tomorrow Plan and hosting a “charrette” on May 9th and 10th to gather public input. The Downtown Charrette will provide an opportunity to share and discuss ideas for enhancing Downtown over the next 10-20 years.  For those who cannot attend a workshop, a survey will be available later in May.

Schedule of Design Charrette Events:

Kick-Off Presentation and Open House, May 9th (Day 1)
May 9th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Orillia Opera House – Green Room – 20 Mississaga Street West

Join us to reflect on how Downtown has changed over the past decade. Be inspired by the recent successes of other communities. Share your ideas for making Downtown a more attractive place to live and visit. Refreshments will be provided.

6:30 – 7:00    Sign-in, meet the project team, and share comments on boards

7:00 – 7:30    Presentation: Rama First Nation History

7:30 – 8:00    Presentation: Downtown – Looking Back, Looking Forward

8:00 – 9:00    Chat with members of the project team, share comments

Roundtable Workshops, May 10th (Day 2)
May 10th, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Creative Nomad Studio – Second Floor – 23 Mississaga Street West

Roll up your sleeves in a series of thematic workshops where we will collaboratively explore issues, opportunities, and ideas for Downtown. Help the project team identify short-term actions and longer-term initiatives.

9:00 – 9:30 – Sign in, grab a beverage, and meet other participants

9:30 – 10:00 – Presentation: Exploring Downtown’s Potential

10:00 – 12:30 – Morning Workshops (Participants pick two workshops among four topics)

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 – Afternoon Workshops (Participants pick two workshops among four topics)

4:00 – 4:30 – Wrap-up: Help select the top ideas from the workshop outcomes

A series of facilitated roundtable workshops will be held to explore a range of potential initiatives under the following topics:

  • Living Downtown – How can we get more housing built Downtown and make it a great place to live? What height and scale of housing is desirable?
  • Visiting Downtown – What types of businesses, amenities, and public realm improvements are needed to attract more people Downtown in all seasons? How can the hospital district be repurposed in the long-term?
  • Playing Downtown – How should the network of parks and other open spaces Downtown be enhanced to support recreation, events, and a healthy environment?
  • Creating Downtown – How can the arts and culture scene Downtown be reinforced? What would help to attract more creative businesses?

The ideas that emerge from the Downtown Charrette will shape the update to the Downtown Tomorrow Plan.

Everyone is invited to participate in the charrette, either one or both days. However, space is limited so registration is required.

Click Here to Register for the Design Charrette.

For more event details, click HERE.

Núcleo Pilates and Rowing Grand Opening Downtown

With one boutique studio in Toronto, Marlene is ready to open her second studio closer to home.  Join her for the GRAND OPENING of Núcleo Pilates and Rowing on Saturday April 29th from 8:30am to 11:30am.  “Núcleo” is the Spanish word for core, and at this studio, Pilates and Indoor Rowing classes are totally focused on all things CORE.   Experience the benefits of Pilates, challenge yourself with a fun cardio BARRE class, and improve your cardio endurance with indoor rowing on Water Rowers.   There will be three FREE classes offered.  To sign up, go to and follow click the Login button on the LEFT side to create a profile and sign up, or send an email to   There will be great gifts as well.

The studio is located in the Rear Coach House, down the laneway at 133 Mississaga St. E.

Mother’s Day in Downtown Orillia

Downtown Orillia is hosting a Mother’s Day Sidewalk Sale on May 13th where you are encouraged to take a stroll down memory lane and experience the historic sidewalk sales and check out what Mother’s Day specials the restaurants have going on! Downtown businesses will be featuring their products on the sidewalks of the main streets.

Please note, this event is not a road closure so all display pieces must be set up on the sidewalks. 

If you wish to sign up for the event, click HERE.

Celebrate You! – Please See Event Update Below

We would like to provide an update regarding our “Celebrate You!” event planned for this Saturday and loop you in on recent developments that have impacted the trajectory of the event.

Our focus with “Celebrate You!” has always been to create a safe space in which our diverse community can be celebrated and have their voices amplified. This week, our office has received strong feedback from our potential vendors and key community members that this year, more than ever, it is important and most impactful for Pride to be prioritized and proclaimed during the month of June. The feedback also notably expressed an interest in focusing exclusively on the externally planned Pride March taking place on Saturday as well as other initiatives focused more directly on Pride. In listening to community members from the groups our event was created to support, many felt that when comparing our event and the externally planned Pride March, the latter was a method of celebration and self-expression that better aligned with how they want to be represented and celebrated.

As an act of solidarity and in an effort to amplify these voices, we have made the difficult decision to step back and cancel “Celebrate You!” to allow the Pride March to be at the forefront of this weekend’s focus and to focus our efforts on promoting Pride-centric events supported and hosted by our downtown businesses this weekend and throughout the month of June. Our overarching priority through any event is to promote our businesses in Downtown Orillia, and as such, we are actively exploring alternative options for future events to allow for similar business opportunities to what would have been provided at “Celebrate You!”.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration as we work together as allies and advocates to create a Downtown Orillia that is rich in celebration, diversity, and powerful community voices.

Vintage Market – Downtown Orillia

On May 27th from 10am – 5pm, join us downtown on Mississaga St E between Peter St and Front St for a Saturday of vintage fun! This event will feature our downtown stores, vintage vendors, live music, street animation, and much more!
Interested in being a vendor? Click HERE to fill out the vendor application form.

Midnight in Manhattan – The Common Stove

MiM II: Friday May 5th, 10pm. Tickets now available online (link in bio)!
MiM is an underground supper club of sorts. A debaucherous time in The Common Stove’s new private dining room in The Lower Sales Level amongst lovers & other strangers. They will be free pouring magnums of wine all night. Chef Ben and a few guest chefs (Collingwood / Toronto) will be looking to one up each other with each dish.
– Doors open at 10pm. Dining from 11pm. Friday May 5th. Limited tickets available. $200/person
– 5 courses with paired cocktails/wines
– For crazy foodies only (NO SUBSTITUTIONS; please advise us of any allergies in advance, they may not be available to acommodate).
– You’ll be dining at one table with 20 other people in the basement Private Dining Room

Great Easter Egg Hunt – Downtown Orillia

This Easter bring the whole family & join us in Downtown Orillia! 

Scour downtown in search of colourful eggs in baskets from 9:30 am to 11am at the Orillia Opera House. Trade your eggs in for tasty chocolates at the egg exchange located at the historic Orillia Opera House!

Hunt will begin at 9:30 am rain or shine so please be sure to dress weather appropriate and bring a basket to collect eggs in. All ages welcome!

See you downtown this Easter for family fun & delicious treats!

Volunteers Needed!!! If you would like to help out at this fun downtown event, get in touch today by emailing!

Orillia Public Library Easter Event

We are running an Easter themed STEAM Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Love Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math? Drop-in to the Family Department at the Orillia Public Library between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday April 8th  for some Spring and Easter themed STEAM fun! Fun for the whole family!

No registration required for this free program.

Orillia Farmers Market Easter

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Orillia Farmers’ Market! 🐰
Meet the Easter Bunny and get your photos taken on Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 8, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Keep your eyes peeled, you may find some chocolate eggs along the way! 🪺🍫

St. Patrick’s Day Downtown

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Orillia! Our downtown restaurants have lots of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations going on that you won’t want to miss out on!

Visit Fionn MacCool’s Orillia Waterfront for a St. Patrick’s Day party featuring live music, food & drink features, and giveaways!

Studabakers Beachside will feature live entertainment from 6:30 – 10:30pm! For their special menu, click HERE!

Couchiching Craft Brewing Co will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Bingo on March 16th at 7:00pm!

The Common Stove will host a “Celtic Kitchen Party” with live music for brunch from 11:00am – 1:00pm on March 19th.
PICNIC Snackbar will have an Irish Whiskey Takeover of Scotch Club on March 15th. PICNIC will also host a “Celtic Kitchen Party” from 2:00pm – 4:00pm on March 19th.

Mariposa Market has a variety of St. Patrick’s Day themed treats and drinks!
Brewery Bay will be hosting a St Patrick’s Day Party with a feature menu and live Irish music. 7-10pm. No cover charge.

Roots North Music Festival

A Festival to Remember

Roots music can refer to several styles or genres in music, but to us it’s music that is firmly rooted in a place of honest expression and emotion. It’s music that travels, shares, and connects, while honouring the past and bravely moving forward. It’s our mission to bring together a wide range of artists and people who share this vision for a weekend of great live music.

Our Venues

Historic Downtown Orillia, Ontario, Canada serves as the backdrop for the music festival. Our headline shows will take place at the beautifully restored. 

St. Pauls Centre at 62 Peter Street North. 

Artists perform on Friday and Saturday evening in our comfortable soft-seat theatre. 

Before each performance, and during intermissions, we encourage our guests to explore the on-site art market. A selection of merchandise from our performing artists is also available in addition to one of a kind 

Roots North Music Festival logo’d memorabilia, some of which you get the opportunity to design and create on-site as part of our dedication to the arts. 

More Music Throughout The Downtown & Beyond

Music, shopping and entertainment surround you as you explore during the Roots North Music Festival in Orillia.

In addition to our ticketed main event performances, several businesses along Mississaga Street, and beyond, have teamed up to provide FREE live music shows within their shops and restaurants. ​Be sure to explore and join us.

Our ever expanding list of performance venues have included Alleycats Music & Art, Picnic, Lot 88 Kitchen & Bar, Eclectic Cafe, Rustica Pizza Vino, Kenzington Burger Bar, Mark IV Brothers, Lone Wolf Cafe, Orillia Music Centre, Apple Annie’s Cafe & Shop, Knightvision Media Studios, Hog N’ Penny, Hibernation Arts, Couchiching Craft Brewing Co., Brewery Bay Food Co., and Bakes By The Lake. 2023 venues and performing artists will be announced soon. 

2023 Main Stage Performers

Tommy Youngsteen – Friday April 21st

Michael Kaeshammer – Saturday April 22nd

Ronnie Douglas Band – Friday April 21st

Kellie Loder – Saturday April 22nd

Meredith Moon – Saturday April 22nd

For more information, visit Roots North Website