It’s Festival Season in Huron County

12 Jul

by Diva Karen Stewart

Huron County is alive with Festivals and events all summer long.  There is simply no shortage of activities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy.  Ranging from world-class music festivals to arts and crafts, live theatre, car shows, motor sports, birding, and fishing festivals, there really is something for everyone.  Many are offered outdoors in the streets, on the beach or in wonderful park venues.  And, while many activities and events are free, these gatherings are all quite accessible and offer a sense of belonging to a community with other like-minded people.

This weekend (July 10-13) the Kinsmen Club of Goderich is hosting Summerfest – a popular family Festival that includes a midway on Kingston Street and lots of fun activities on the Beach in Goderich including a Youth Talent Contest and a Youth Dance, a volley ball tournament, free live music, food and refreshments    A neat event offered today (Friday July 12) is an Employee Appreciation Lunch at the Kinsmen Food Booth (go ahead, ask your boss to treat you to lunch today).  For more information visit  You can follow Goderich Kinsmen on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the minute event updates.

Artistic Director of the Bach Music Festival, Gerald Fagan

Artistic Director of the Bach Music Festival, Gerald Fagan

This weekend also kicks off the biennial Bach Music Festival in South Huron.  The inaugural Festival sold out two years ago, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy world-class music at one of the evening concerts offered nightly from July 14-20 or during the free lunch hour concerts series.   Pack your lunch or visit one of the local restaurants which are supporting the Brown Bag Lunch Series by offering Bach-elicious lunch specials all week long.  This is music at its finest being offered right here in Huron County!

Coming up on July 20 is the Birding Festival hosted by the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (and they just hosted a Fishing Festival a week or so ago!).  This day is “devoted to our feathered friends.”  Learn tips and tricks to identify birds by sight and sound; enjoy a Birds of Prey Flying Demonstration, Special Activities and Games, and take part in the FRCA Bird Olympics.

Festival of Arts and CraftsLast weekend the Huron Women’s Shelter and Second Stage Housing hosted the annual Festival of Arts & Crafts.  This annual event has typically been housed on the Square but after the tornado a new home needed to be found.  This year, the Festival was held at Harbour Park on the banks of beautiful Lake Huron.  Eighty-eight artisans, crafters, painters, photographers and sculptors displayed and sold their creations during the free, outdoor, three-day festival.  Attending this Festival has become an annual tradition for me as I hunt for the perfect gifts for summer wedding or birthday gifts.  This year I treated myself to a fun pair of drop earrings hand-crafted by Jen McKee of jeelee joolery and purchased two gifts – whimsical one-of-a-kind clocks featuring watercolours filled with bright, unique hand-drawn images from Malu Comboye who’s business name “Skip to Malu Designs” struck my fancy.  I know my friends will enjoy these too.

Jelee Joolery -

Jelee Joolery –

For the full schedule of Festivals and events on Ontario’s West Coast visit the website at


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