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Barrie Area Festivals and Events Making a Comeback in 2022

Barrie Area Festivals and Events Making a Comeback

Barrie Area Festivals and Events Making a Comeback in 2022

After years of cancelled programs, it looks like Barrie and the surrounding areas will be back to its pre-pandemic self with the return of fave events and festivals.

Over the last two years, these events were completely cancelled, held online, or scaled back. Here are some of the major events and festivals making a comeback…


Maybe the most missed of the summer jams, Kempenfest makes a return to Centennial beach in July.

The midway, live music shows, antiques vendors and FOOD will all be back, and they’ll finally have a chance to fully celebrate the festival’s 50th anniversary!

Waterfront Festival

Happening in the last weekend of May, the Waterfront festival is back, with a funzone for the little ones and loads of live music.

10 artists take the stage over the long weekend, along with food trucks and vendors.

Dragonboat Festival

Hosted by the Barrie public library, the annual Dragonboat throwdown comes back to the waters of Lake Simcoe on Aug. 20th.

Not only is this a fun community event, it also raises money for a plethora of non-profits in the Barrie area – including the Library. Over the past 17 years our festival has raised over $2 million for local charities.

Early bird registration opens on May. 2nd.

Boots & Hearts

Even if you don’t particularly like country music…you’ll like Boots & Hearts.

Canada’s largest country music and camping event is back at Burl’s Creek August 4th – 7th, with legendary Shania Twain headlining.

On top of the killer lineup, there’s a midway and a late night barnburner with a DJ spinning EDM.

Mariposa Folk Festival

Returning to the Orillia area July 8-10, Mariposa is one of the largest folk music festivals in North America.

Taking over Tudhope Park, the 2022 lineup includes Mavis Staples, Serena Ryder, Lennon Stella, JP Saxe, Allison Russell, Kathleen Edwards, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, and more.

Need more? Check out the Barrie Fair at the Essa Agriplex, the Barrie Film Festival, and the Orillia Classic Car show!

Are You Jacked About Barrie Area Festivals and Events Making a Comeback? Let Us Know Which Events You’ll Be Attending In The Comments!

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