It’s a big weekend in Collingwood as Canada celebrates 150 years and downtown Collingwood celebrates 40 years! There are celebrations galore happening across the town, under the official title of the Collingwood Festival for Canada. It doesn’t just happen on July 1st either – the partying begins on June 30th and goes all weekend until the 2nd of July.

Friday’s fun and festivities

Head downtown from 4pm until 10pm to the parking lot at Pine Street and Second Street, where food, entertainment and so much more will be happening. Revelers are going to party like its 1977, so everything is going to be 70s themed, including trivia and music. There will be a cash bar as well, so plan to get a ride home or take a cab! Families will enjoy a free family swim at the Centennial Aquatic Centre from 7pm until 8pm, then head home for some rest, as Saturday is a big day!

Saturday’s celebrations

At the town hall, be greeted by local celebrity chefs serving up a delicious pancake breakfast that’s fun for all ages. There is a kid’s fishing derby in the harbour, where kids of all ages can learn to fish and there are prizes available for different types of catch. The bike parade is definitely a kid favourite. Dress up your bike in patriotic decor and then get ready to be the star of the show, starting at 10am. You’ll undoubtedly be hungry again after all that fishing and biking, so check out the anniversary BBQ starting at 10am and then head back to the Centennial Aquatic Centre for another free swim.

The afternoon brings just as much fun. The lumberjack show is definitely a sight to be seen and so is the annual rubber duck race. Kids will love getting their faces painted and having balloon creations made for them at the kids’ activity centre, as well as meeting Princess Emilie. There is a fashion show for all the aspiring fashionistas in Collingwood. Be sure to watch the Canada150 reaffirmation ceremony, which is definitely a touching event to be at. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge is fun and educational for the kids and we won’t tell when you give them a big piece of the free Canada150 birthday cake.

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Your evening begins with a sunset over the water, while you devour a free picnic meal compliments of Loblaw! This picnic starts at 7pm at Millennium Park and allows you to get a good seat to watch the fireworks and the many live acts that will be performing.

Sunday’s sunshine

The party isn’t over yet, as you can get up nice and early to watch the Georgian Bay Cup race at 7am, plus if you missed it the day before, the lumberjack show will happen once again. There will be another children’s activity centre as well. But, the best part of Sunday will have to be the farm to table street feast happening on Simcoe Street in the evening. One very long community table will take up room on Simcoe Street, which will be turned into a pedestrian-only space for the day. There are two seatings of up to 150 people and the food is made in collaboration with local chefs. You can also go watch a short film at the Simcoe Street Theatre between seatings and then had to the Shipyards Amphitheatre to watch the Mudmen.