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, kid’s crafts and activities, mini-golf, food trucks, and so much more it is an economical way to celebrate our Nation’s birthday. The day will be topped off by a concert and a fantastic fireworks finale.
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.
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!