Summer Round Up: Six Events Not To Be Missed in 2019!

Amherstburg is renowned for its award-winning events, and this summer has no shortage of them in store!

Canada Day in Amherstburg

We begin the summer festivities with a big BANG! The Amherstburg Canada Day Festival and Fireworks is an event for those who would like to celebrate all things Canadian in a fun way. The day begins with the most patriotic run in all of Canada, the Canada D’Eh 5K Run. Participants have the rare opportunity to run through the streets of downtown Amherstburg in purely patriotic red and white attire. This is the time of year you want to pull that red tutu out of your closet, or bare our Canadian Flag as your cape and show your Canadian pride! Every year this run awards those that finish with a medal bearing a famous Canadian. Past medals have had the faces of Gordon Downie, Chris Hatfield, and John A. MacDonald, while this year it will be hockey legend Don Cherry. Finish your race with your medal coupled with the sweet treat of a butter tart.

Additionally, Fort Malden National Historic Site and Toddy Jones Park will be loaded with fun activities for the whole family. Live entertainment throughout the day, kids crafts and activities, mini-golf, pony rides, food trucks and so much more is an economical way to celebrate our Nation’s birthday. The day will be topped off by a concert and a fantastic fireworks finale.

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Shortly after Canada Day is Amherstburg Rotary’s Ribfest where professional ribbers will invade Amherstburg to tantalize visitors with mouthwatering fare cooked over open flames. It’s said award-winning ribs are courtesy their sauce, so be prepared to sample on a variety of flavours before deciding on a favourite. Will the people’s champ be the Ribs Royal, Dinosaur Ribs, or a newcomer? You get to decide while getting down and saucy to live entertainment and more.

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Get along little doggy! Dogs are welcome to bring their well-behaved humans to Woofa Roo Pet Fest – the summer’s furriest (and cutest) festival. Animal lovers from far and wide will witness some of the most obedient canines in North America as they are tested in agility, dock diving and luring courses, or can watch stunt dogs and dog races if preferred! There will be pony rides, specialty vendors, and charity contests as well. Just don’t forget to swing by the adoption circle, where a variety of good boys (and girls) will be waiting to find their forever homes. This is the region’s only pet and family-friendly festival!

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Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy Show

Just when you think Amherstburg has gone animal crazy, it switches gears. Amherstburg’s Gone Car Crazy Show is one of the most respected car shows in Ontario. Over 600 cars line the streets of downtown Amherstburg, from hot rods and classic vehicles to the historic variety of decades past – the quality of vehicles is extraordinary! While downtown, be sure to take in the sights and enjoy local food at one of the many downtown restaurants.

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To escape or not escape? That is the question! After much success in the first year, Fort Malden National Historic Site is hosting its second Escape Room and Games Festival. Escape rooms are set up at this historic site and accompanied by food trucks and live entertainment. After you have mastered your escapes, take up a challenger during a sumo match, try jousting, or any of the new games that await!

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The art of the escape then transforms to works of art at Art by the River Festival. Over 100 artists and artisans showcase their works of art the weekend before Labour Day Weekend each year. Enjoy food, live entertainment and glorious scenic views from the historic grounds of Fort Malden. You are sure to leave with an original art piece that speaks to you or would make a perfect gift for that hard to buy for person.

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