See You On The Patio

Shop, Dine and Connect on the main streets of Downtown Orillia during the See You On The Patio road closure. Every Friday and Saturday evening from July 2nd to September 4th, the streets will be closed to traffic to allow restaurants to expand their patios out on to the street.



Some downtown retailers will have extended shopping hours during the road closure. The Orillia Art’s District will have Art Hops every Friday evening during the road closure, and Creative Nomad Studios is hosting live paint nights.



The Orillia Farmers’ Market is very excited to introduce three Friday night markets on July 9, July 23 and August 13 during the See You On The Patio road closure!

Canadian Federation of University Women Virtual Homes for Scholarships Tour


This year’s Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Orillia Homes Tour is going virtual! Explore our five beautiful homes and learn seasonal entertaining tips from Local Experts, all from the comfort of your own home.

This popular event supports scholarships for young women pursuing post-secondary education.

This event will feature a few downtown Orillia businesses; The Northern Joinery (Makers Market), Era 67, Le Petit Chapeau, and Long Way Home Decor.

Bake Cookies With Santa Online

Join Santa live online from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen to listen to stories and bake cookies together. Recipe will be provided beforehand so you can bake along with your family!

This online event will be running on multiple nights in December, so you can choose which one works best with your schedule! The online baking nights will be December 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 6:30pm.

On Thursday December 17th, 2020 at 6:30pm, click the link below to join the Zoom meeting with Santa!

Santa Claus is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Baking With Santa

Time: Dec 17, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting



Funfetti Cookies

YIELD – Makes about 18 cookies
PREP TIME – 5 minutes
COOK TIME – 10 minutes


2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (15.25-ounce) package funfetti cake mix
1 cup rainbow sprinkles (optional)


1. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place the eggs and vegetable oil in a large bowl and whisk until combined. Use a fine-mesh strainer to sift the cake mix into the egg mixture to break up any large lumps.
3. Pour the sprinkles that do not pass through the strainer into the bowl with all the other ingredients. Using a spatula, stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened and a dough forms.
4. Pour the sprinkles into a shallow bowl. Scoop the dough into 2 tablespoon portions and form into balls. Toss the balls gently in the sprinkles until completely and generously coated.
5. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 inch between each cookie, about 12 cookies per baking sheet.
6. Bake until the cookies are set and the edges are slightly browned, about 10 minutes.
7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire cooling racks and cool completely.


Kids’ Halloween Costume Contest – Online

It’s that time of year again! As the Kids’ Halloween Costume Parade will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve taken our costume contest online! Kids can get all dressed up in their fabulous costumes and submit a picture to our Downtown Orillia email:!

We will be voting on our top five favourite costumes and the winners will receive a prize of Halloween candy and some Downtown Dollars! The winners will be featured on our social media pages, and winners will be contacted to come pick up their prizes in a safe manner.

Great Easter Egg Hunt // CANCELLED


Media Release:

March 30, 2020:  Orillia, Ontario.  The Orillia Downtown Management Board (ODMB) regrettably announced today that it has cancelled the Great Easter Egg Hunt due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The City of Orillia has stated that all public gatherings that involve 250 individuals or more will be cancelled, and it is now recommended that gatherings of no more than 5 people are to occur.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt is a hands-on event that draws a large crowd with many families in attendance. For the safety of everyone involved, Downtown Orillia has made the decision to cancel the event that was due to take place on Saturday, April 11th, 2020.

During this time, many of the Downtown Orillia BIA businesses are closed, however, some businesses remain open for take-out and delivery of their products.

If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact the Downtown Orillia office via email at or by calling 705-325-3261.



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

Meet the Easter Bunny + scour downtown in search of colourful eggs + have your face painted + enjoy hunting for items during the family treasure hunt all beginning at 9:30 am at the Orillia Opera House. Trade your eggs in for tasty chocolates from Apple Annies Cafe and Shop at the egg exchange located at the historic Orillia Opera House and don’t forget to find the GOLDEN EGG to win an awesome prize!

Please stay tuned for a list of downtown businesses included on the treasure hunt. 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 contacting us at or 705-325-3261.

Kids’ Halloween Costume Parade // CANCELLED

Bring the family, dress in costume and join us for this fun, FREE costume parade & contest!

Where: Meet us outside Studabakers beachside, 211 Mississaga St. East dressed in costume at 12 pm on Saturday, October 31st for a chance to win the BEST COSTUME prize. The best costume contest will occur at 1 pm in the Orillia Public Library courtyard, 36 Mississaga St. West.

Details: We will parade up the main street on the sidewalk collecting spooky treats along the way! Be sure to bring something to collect your treats in and be prepared to make your way up the street with hundreds of other trick-or-treaters. The parade will go all the way up to Albert Street ending at the Orillia Public Library courtyard where there will be an opportunity to make Halloween themed crafts with the best costume announcement occurring at 1 pm.

You will also be provided with a Halloween passport to be stamped at all of the participating downtown shops and restaurants offering tricks, treats and spooky sweets! After all the Halloween fun, make your way back down the main street to finish trick OR treating and have your passport stamped at participating downtown merchant businesses for a chance to win a prize! Passports can be dropped off at the Downtown Orillia office mailbox located at 33 Mississaga St. east at the end of the event or during the week following the event.

Stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Instagram pages closer to the date for updates on participating businesses.

Santa Claus Parade // CANCELLED

The largest Christmas parade north of Toronto! Help welcome Santa as over 100 floats and bands lead the way for him through Downtown Orillia.

For more information get in touch with the Orillia Chamber of Commerce!