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Perth Kilt Run Festival

Quirky, wacky, far out, odd – no matter the term you’d choose to use, we have one more to add to the list: wonderful. There’s a wonderfully fun feeling in going against the norm and embracing something just a little ‘different’ and the communities across Ontario’s Highlands are doing just that with festivals and events planned this summer.

So hop in your VW bus, get All Shook Up, don your tartan, pack your breath mints and fall in love with the quirks and charm of these unique events.


When: June 7-10, 2018
Where: North Lanark Agricultural Fair Grounds, Mississippi Mills

Each summer, hundreds of VW Buses converge on the quaint town of Almonte to celebrate their love of these timeless camper vehicles, enjoy campfires filled with laughter and singalongs, and show off their skills during classes like tie-dying and yoga. Register your own VW Bus to attend this year, or just head to the area to witness this throw-back festival.

Perth’s World Record Kilt Run

When: June 23, 2018
Where: Perth

Watch as tartans creating a sea of plaid whiz by you during this World Record run, and cheer on your favourite tartan’d pooch during the first ever Dogs of the Tartan Cross Parade. Celebrate the community’s Scottish roots as you sip some suds from Perth Brewery and feel the excitement of the day ramp up to the sounds of self-professed Celtic Rock Warriors, Mudmen.


When: June 30, 2018
Where: Railway Heritage Park, Sharbot Lake

Stomp and swing to railroad-themed tunes and celebrate the summer season the way it was meant to be celebrated: with a barbecue. Discover the new updates Railway Heritage Park and stroll the Railway Heritage Walkway to explore the past.

World Soap Hockey Championships & Haliboo MusicFest

When: July 6-7, 2018
Where: Head Lake Rotary Park, Haliburton

Spend the weekend enjoying not only some good, clean, fun, but also incredible talent. Laugh along as you watch teams battle each other, and gravity, in a struggle to stay up against this special blend of soap’s best efforts to keep them down. Indulge in a variety of flavours from unique food trucks, and work those calories off by swaying to the sounds of David Bowie, the Stones, the Beatles and the Tragically Hip played by some of the most talented regional artists and world class tribute bands.

Wheels, Water, and Wings

When: July 6-8, 2018
Where: Bancroft

Tap into your childhood memories at the Midway all weekend long and celebrate three major modes of transportation: wheels, water, and wings with a Classic Car show and motorcycle rally, Paddle the York River Races and challenges, and an annual fly-in breakfast at the community airport.

Parham Fair

When: August 18-19, 2018
Where: Parham Fairgrounds, Parham

Reconnect with your family and learn more about where your food comes from in this community with rich agricultural connections. Watch as local farmers show off their best cattle stock, cheer on your favourite horses during the horse pull, and just try to hold in your ‘awws’ during the Pet Show filled with children and their animal buddies.

Back Forty Artisan Cheese Season Opener

When: June 30, 2018
Where: Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Mississippi Station

Away from any city lights and along a winding country road lies something completely unexpected: an artisan cheese shop making up some of the finest cheeses you may ever taste. Celebrate the variety of flavours at their season opener while you sip on suds and wine, sway to the music, and indulge in the true delicacy that is deep fried cheese curds.

Garlic Festivals across Ontario’s Highlands

When: Perth Garlic Festival, August 11-12, 2018
When: Maynooth Garlic Festival, August 18, 2018
When: Haliburton Garlic Festival, August 26, 2018

It’s said it’ll keep the vampires away, and if that’s not enough of a reason to celebrate this ‘stinking rose,’ there’s also its incredible flavour and the way it can add something special to just about any meal. Get your fill of garlic, discover tips for working with and preparing this punchy bulb, stock up on garlicky products, and sample unique flavours at these three Garlic Festivals.

Tweed Elvis Festival

When: August 24-26, 2018
Where: Tweed Municipal Fairgrounds, Tweed

This is the perfect opportunity to slip on your Blue Suede Shoes and marvel at the twinkling of sunlight against rhinestones while belting out some of the King’s classics performed by tribute artists from around the world.


An Escape into Nature

Find your connection with nature and each other during a cabin getaway at Deacon Escarpment in Renfrew County.

Pause for Pi Day

Celebrate PI Day with the best pie at these bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands.

A Winter’s Break

Sometimes what we need is a little technology detox to spend a little less time with the screens in our lives and a little more time with the people who matter most.

Valentine’s Day Treats

Treat that special someone this Valentine’s Day to a gift of sweets at one of these top places.

New Year, New You

Winter events across Ontario’s Highlands that will help you keep your New Year’s Resolutions.

Hit the Slopes This Winter

Discover the ski and snowboard hills in Ontario’s Highlands that both beginners and pros will appreciate.

Winter? Bring it!

Discover your love for the season with a classic Ottawa Valley winter.

The Best Baked Goods

Discover some of the best bakeries in Ontario’s Highlands and their tasty treats.

Where Am I?

Visit Winterdance in Ontario’s Highlands and discover a love of winter from some of its biggest fans.

Where Am I?

Discover Calabogie Peaks Resort, a well-known gem, through new eyes.

Alight in the Night

Discover the best Christmas lights and celebrations across Ontario’s Highlands that make this season the most wonderful.

Concerts with a Community

In September each year, the spirit of community comes alive all across Ontario’s Highlands when the Festival of Small Halls rolls in.

Buffalo Thrills

Discover good food and great memories at the Ontario Water Buffalo Company.

Where Am I?

Stand tall and marvel at the views from the top of historical attraction, the Dorset Lookout Tower.

Autumn Jubilee

Celebrate fall with these can’t-miss festivals and events in Ontario’s Highlands.

Where Am I?

Step back into nature at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve to celebrate sustainability in this unique place.

Quirky Festivals & Events

Embrace the incredible spirit and wonderfully ‘different’ themes at events across Ontario’s Highlands this summer.

The Memory Maker

I’m a Memory Maker. I wander to celebrate traditions with loved ones and create lasting memories. I enjoy visiting the same place, annual festival, or seasonal tradition year after year.

Fun with Music Festivals

From rock to folk, these Ontario’s Highlands summer music festivals will keep you coming back year after year.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Where Am I?

Mazinaw Rock, a hidden gem in Ontario that’s ironically, hard to miss.

Parks Worth the Admission

Visit these 8 Ontario Parks’ campgrounds in Ontario’s Highlands and discover why they are worth the admission.

Where Am I?

Make memories as you discover one of the Province’s most intimate hidden gems, The Haliburton Forest Festival.

Finding Imperfect Moments

Sometimes it is the imperfect moments that matter the most. Become inspired to roam without the burden of worrying about everything going according to plan.

A Different Kind of Detour

Take the road less traveled through Ontario’s Highlands to these unique festivals that are sure to leave a lasting impression.