Children’s Candlelight Parade

Bring the Christmas spirit to life as we light up the downtown!

Join the countdown to light the Opera House tree, enjoy free hot chocolate & treats plus meet SANTA!

The Candlelight Parade will begin at the corner of Mississaga St E and Front St, promptly at 7pm, so please get there early to pick up your candles before the parade starts.

23rd Annual Classic Car Show – Downtown Orillia

A jaw-dropping collection of over 300 classic cars line the Downtown streets! Enjoy live entertainment, great dining, shopping and the largest car show in the region in downtown Orillia on Mississaga St from Front St to Albert St and Peter St S from 9am – 5pm!

It is our privilege to invite you to bring your vehicle to our 23rd Annual Downtown Orillia Classic Car Show being held this year on Saturday August 19th, 9am-5pmWe know that you will enjoy the live music and activities taking place throughout the day.  Your registration includes a 2023 dash plate and chances to win great door prizes!

PLUS Pre-registered vehicles receive two ballots for a chance to Win a Classic Longblock Engine Rebuild by Parry Automotive Orillia*!


Pre Registration closes at 4pm on Friday August 18th.

Pre-Registration is now CLOSED!

Starry Night – Art & Gallery Tour

The Starry Night Studio & Gallery Tour is an annual self-guided walking tour of downtown Orillia art spaces that exhibit and promote local artists on an on-going basis. The event occurs in late August, rain or shine and features downtown artist studios, galleries, shops and restaurants.

For more information,  visit or contact the organizers of Starry Night at

Rainbow Reading – Orillia Public Library

Join us for an inclusive and exciting Storytime on Saturday, June 17th at 10:30 a.m. where we celebrate every child and family for who they are. We’ll read stories, sing songs, and engage in fun activities with a message of acceptance, equity, and love!
No registration required!

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.

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! 🪺🍫

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

Cards & Coasters – March Puzzle Building

March Puzzle building sign up is live!
Cards and Coasters has sold out their tournament 2 months in a row!
Here is the sign up for next month:
Cost: $40 a team
Team Size: 1-4
Time: March 26th 3pm.
Prize: $80 gift card!
Rules: You have 3 hours to complete a 1000 piece puzzle! Only the pieces connected to your main build count. The Puzzle is yours to keep!
We cant wait to do this again! Thanks Orillia!