Four festivals in the greater Kawarthas region have made the list of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario.
A non-profit organization that has been representing the festivals and events industry in Ontario for 30 years, Festivals and Events Ontario received submissions from its members last fall, which were then judged by an independent panel of judges.
Hike Haliburton Festival, Tweed & Company Theatre, Port Hope Arts Festival, and Port Hope Candlelight Festival were among those presented with the award at Festivals and Events Ontario’s annual conference on March 8th in London, Ontario.
Established in 2003, the Hike Haliburton Festival is Canada’s largest hiking festival. The main festival takes place in September, with a winter edition happening in February. Along with hikes throughout Haliburton Highlands, the festival integrates arts, culture, heritage, and foodie experiences to showcase the area.
Located in Hastings County, Tweed & Company Theatre owns and operates the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed and also operates The Village Playhouse in Bancroft. along with a new outdoor stage in Tweed that will officially open in May.
The Port Hope Arts Festival is an annual festival taking place in downtown Port Hope during August, which is arts month in Port Hope. The Port Hope Candlelight Festival is an annual holiday festival taking place from late November to early January that include projections and light displays, outdoor vendor markets, music, wagon rides, and more.