Who needs a vacation?

There’s so much to do here!

Downtown Orillia, located in the core of the city, is host to over 20+ events annually. Pack your bags, fill up your tank, grab the family and head to Downtown Orillia to enjoy one (or many) of our amazing events happening all year long.

Check out what’s happening next in Downtown Orillia!

Upcoming Events

Feb 23

Music of the Night – The Legacy & Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

March 20, 2020, 7:30 pm - Orillia Opera House

In Celebration of Lord Lloyd-Webber’s music, Zac Mansfield has put together a new revue show featuring all of your favourite songs…plus some more obscure gems from Andrew’s lesser-known shows.   March 20, 2020 at 7:30pm.

Purchase Tickets: Orillia Opera House

 

 

Feb 28

Shooting Stars Dance Competition

February 28th & 29th, 2020 at the Orillia Opera House

For information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Mar 7

EDC Competitive Gala

March 7th, 2020, 3:30pm at the Orillia Opera House

Extreme Dance Connection is proud to present their 13th Annual Competitive Gala.  The EDC Competitive Company dancers have been hard at work preparing and rehearsing this seasons routines.  Come and see the talent and artistry we have created for this season.

For more information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Mar 8

Gala 2020

March 8th, 2020 at the Orillia Opera House

For information, visit the orilliaoperahouse.ca

Mar 23

OSB – Shine – 70 Years of Orillia

March 23rd, 2020 at 2:30pm, April 4th, 2020 at 7:30pm at the Orillia Opera House

The Orillia Silver Band is pleased to present this multi-media performance marking the 70th Anniversary of the Orillia Silver Band, including stories from Orillia’s past, video presentation and performances by the band and special guests.

For more information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Mar 27

The Speakeasy

March 27th, 2020, 6-9:30pm at OMAH

Join the Roaring 2020’s!

This fundraiser will feature food, music, and activities inspired by the 1920’s.

Immerse yourself in a multi floor experience that will transport you to another century. Themed musicians will be playing in each area, including The Big Butter and The Egg Men. Explore the past with an exclusive pop up exhibition about Orillia in the 1920’s. We will be joined by local food purveyors and specialty drinks will be served. There will also be a photo booth so be sure to dress snazzy and jazzy for the occasion. Fund raised will go towards OMAH’s programming for children and youth.

OMAH offers educational and community programming for children and youth ages 0-18. We provide a safe, fun environment to explore, explain and guide through practical experience. We proudly deliver integrated visual-art and history programs to schools in the Simcoe, Durham, York Region and Trillium Lakelands district school boards. We serve over 1,600 students annually through the delivery of 10 educational programs. We serve over 600 children and youth annually through the delivery of our community programs. Our community programs include Baby Art Crawl, Steelies Art Club, Family Fun, day camps, and an annual high school art exhibition.

Tickets are $50 for general and $75 for VIP.

VIP ticket holders will receive a password to enter the jail cells for a unique experience.  There are only 40 VIP tickets, so you better act fast to buy your tickets!

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, DINING, WINE, LIVE MUSIC

For more information and to purchase tickets for this event, visit the Orillia Museum of Art & History.

Mar 28

Be Dance Competition

March 28th and 29th, 2020 at the Orillia Opera House

For information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Apr 11

Great Easter Egg Hunt

April 11th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

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!

Apr 23

Roots North Music Festival

April 23rd-25th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Roots North Music Festival brings together amazing performers for a weekend of great live music in Downtown Orillia.

Tickets can be purchased at Roots North Music.

May 1

Candance Competition

May 1st and 2nd, 2020 at the Orillia Opera House

For information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

May 7

Tribute to Country Legends – Brooks, McGraw, and Urban

May 7th, 2020, 7:30pm in Downtown Orillia

Join the Orillia Opera House for a Tribute to Country Legends – Brooks, McGraw, and Urban.

Countryfest Productions are pleased to present this event featuring the biggest names on the country scene.

For more information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

May 23

Into the Green and Blues Street Festival

May 23rd, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Join us for this kick-off to spring street festival in Downtown Orillia!

Watch the main street come to life with amazing live music and performances – stay tuned for the lineup!

Bring the whole family and enjoy outdoor exhibits, entertainment for the kids, bouncy castles, face painting and of course, amazing sidewalk sales for the adults.

The amazing line-up of talent planned for this year’s Into the Green & Blues Street Festival in Downtown Orillia will be posted closer to the date!

If you are a downtown merchant and would like us to advertise your participation in this event and your festival deals, please complete and return the Merchant Participation Form .

Call For Vendors!!!

Downtown Orillia is looking for vendors for our upcoming Into the Green and Blues Street Festival on May 23rd! If you an artisan, artist, community group, food or concession vendor and would you like an opportunity to sell your products at the this event, get in touch!

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of give us a call at 705-325-3261, email us at office@downtownorillia.ca or simply download and complete the appropriate vendor forms and drop it off at our office or send it in via email or mail. Don’t delay, spaces are filling up fast!

Artisan Vendor

Community Vendor

Confection Vendor

Corporate Vendor

Food Vendor

Outside Vendor (you do not make what you sell)

May 28

Tonight’s The Night – Rod Stewart Tribute

May 28th, 2020, 7:30pm at the Orillia Opera House

Visit the Orillia Opera House for Tonight’s The Night – Rod Stewart Tribute.

Bill Culp Productions is pleased to present the amazing Rod Caudill, widely considered the world’s #1 Rod Stewart Tribute artist.

For more information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Jun 13

Streets Alive

June 13th - October 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Orillia’s very own living art program, Streets Alive!, kicks off for another great season of dazzling art pieces. This year’s theme is Road Trip To Mariposa to celebrate 60 years of the Mariposa Folk Festival! Thirty artists will craft 2 sides of a Hippie Van to create unique works of art! These pieces will be on display in Downtown Orillia from June 13th to mid-October. People’s Choice voting begins at the kickoff event on June 13th and will continue until August 21st. The winners will be announced during Downtown Orillia’s Starry Night Studio and Gallery Tour on August 22nd, 2020.

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Jun 27

Billy Joel & The Piano Man Tribute

June 27th, 2020, 7:30pm at the Orillia Opera House

Visit the Orillia Opera House for the Billy Joel & The Piano Man Tribute.

Bill Culp Productions is pleased to celebrate the greatest piano artists of all time.

For more information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Jul 3

Mariposa Folk Festival Downtown Stage

July 3rd & 4th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Orillia’s largest festival is once again featuring Mariposa Folk Festival’s Showcase Winners on the FREE Downtown Stage!

Come check out Showcase winning acts, bring the kids and enjoy Mariposa inspired crafts and activities and get into the Mariposa Folk spirit in Downtown Orillia!

 

Jul 11

Motown Gold

July 11th, 2020, 7:30pm at the Orillia Opera House

Visit the Orillia Opera House for Motown Gold.

Bill Culp Productions celebrates the incredible songs and stories of the legendary record label from Detroit.  Join us for live musical performances with soulful lead vocatlists backed by the renowned Rudy & the Angels band.

For more information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Jul 25

Downtown Summer Block Party

July 25th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

A downtown summer street festival like no other! Showcasing a fusion of art, fun interactive activities, live music, delicious food, kid zones, and sizzling sidewalk sales!!!

Stay tuned for more features and entertainment to be announced in July.

If you are a downtown merchant and would like us to advertise your participation in this event and your festival deals, please complete and return the Merchant Participation Form .

Call For Vendors!!!

Downtown Orillia is looking for vendors for our upcoming Downtown Summer Block Party on July 25th! If you an artisan, artist, community group, food or concession vendor and would you like an opportunity to sell your products at the this event, get in touch!

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of give us a call at 705-325-3261, email us at office@downtownorillia.ca or simply download and complete the appropriate vendor forms and drop it off at our office or send it in via email or mail. Don’t delay, spaces are filling up fast!

Artisan Vendor

Outside Vendor (you do not make what you sell)

Food Vendor

Confection Vendor

Community Group

Political Party

Aug 15

22nd Annual Classic Car Show

August 15th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

A jaw-dropping collection of over 400 classic cars line the Downtown streets! Enjoy live entertainment, great dining, shopping and the largest car show in the region!

Pre-Registration is now open!

It is our privilege to invite you to bring your vehicle to our 22nd Annual Downtown Orillia Classic Car Show being held this year on Saturday August 15th, 7am-5pmWe know that you will enjoy the live music and activities taking place throughout the day.  Your registration includes a 2020 dash plate, special offers and coupons to many downtown businesses 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*!

Fill in the attached registration form and return it to the Downtown Orillia office with your $15 pre-registration fee ($13.27 + HST, in the form of cash or cheque) now!

Pre-Registration Form

To secure a specific location on the street, you should arrive with your car no later than 7:30am, as spaces fill up quickly. You cannot save a space for someone else, so you must arrive as a group if you wish to be parked together.

Aug 22

Starry Night Art & Gallery Tour

August 22nd, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

 

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Experience Downtown Orillia’s vibrant arts community and meet local artists in their studios and at host galleries, all under the starry sky!

Aug 29

Take it Easy! The Story of the Eagles

August 29th, 2020, 7:30pm at the Orillia Opera House

Visit the Orillia Opera House for Take it Easy! The Story of the Eagles.

Bill Culp Productions is pleased to bring this tribute to the incredible music of legendary 1970s Country-Rock group “The Eagles.”

For more information, visit orilliaoperahouse.ca

Sep 12

Downtown Farm to Table Dinner

September 12th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Join us on the main street in Downtown Orillia and enjoy a magical evening of local fare prepared for you by seven downtown restaurateurs and chefs! Enjoy the ambiance, listen to the sound of music, watch the sunset & enjoy a delicious dinner on the main street.

Treat yourself to a delectable outdoor dinner with locally sourced, organic food, prepared by downtown restaurateurs. A special six-course prix fixe menu inspired by farm fresh ingredients, complete with wine & beer pairing, will be created especially for 125 dinner guests. Signature event gifts, provided by downtown businesses, will be presented to each guest at the end of the evening.

Information on tickets and sponsors of the event will be provided closer to the date along with the menu.

The evening promises to be a magical dinner experience full of relaxation, delicious fare and great company.

Oct 15

Orillia Jazz Festival

October 15th - 18th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Now in its 29th year, the Orillia Jazz Festival occurs in various host locations in the downtown and all over Orillia! Come discover a new-found love or reignite a passion for all things jazz!

Oct 31

Kids’ Halloween Costume Parade

October 31st, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

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.

Nov 13

Children’s Candlelight Parade

November 13th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

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!

Nov 15

Santa Claus Parade

November 15th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

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!

Nov 27

Black Friday

November 27th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Take advantage of outrageous specials throughout the Downtown!

Downtown Orillia is once again offering half off Downtown Dollars (while quantities last).

Stores are open late but we won’t tell if you book the day off work to SHOP!

Dec 5

Horse & Wagon Rides

December 5th, 12th, 19th, 2020 in Downtown Orillia

Hop aboard a free horse drawn wagon rides at the Pizza Pizza intersection between 1- 3 pm. Explore the Downtown and take a trip back in time as you get into the Christmas spirit!

Rides occur on December 5, 12 & 19 @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm.