Events and Family Fun this Summer in Newmarket!

Tim Hortons Canada Day 2018 Kanata Festival - July 1 
Celebrate Canada Day at the annual Kanata Summer Festival with neighbours, family, and friends. Finish your Canada Day with fireworks at George Richardson Park (off Bayview Parkway). There is a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at the Community Centre and Lion's Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive). 
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., fireworks at George Richardson Park from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 


Canada Day Open House - July 1
Join us at the Elman W. Campbell Museum for our Canada Day Open House. Special displays, demonstrations and lots to do in the downtown core. Admission is free. 
Location and time: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Kids Downtown July 10, 17, 24, 31 
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Join us on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. for Kids Downtown. This child-oriented entertainment show allows you to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the evening’s entertainment. Check closer to the date for more details. Sponsored by TD Canada Trust. In the case of inclement weather conditions, the show will be moved inside the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall.
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive), from 7 to 8 p.m. 


Music in the Park - July 8, 15, 22 and August 12
Come out to Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) every Sunday starting in July for Music in the Park, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This event will feature free musical performances from local entertainers showcasing their talents. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

Sunday’s shows are as follows:

  • July 8 – Aspiring Legends
  • July 15 – Presented by Culture Bridge Festival  
  • July 22 – Jason Maxwell
  • August 12 – The Newmarket Citizens’ Band and York Harmony Chorus

Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 


TD Newmarket Music Festival - July and August 
The TD Newmarket Music Festival Summer Series starts with the Music at Riverwalk Series (MARS) every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. MARS will present top tribute bands like the Beatles, Shania Twain, The Stones, Garth Brooks and more. There will also be a meet and greet with the stars after their performances from 9 to 9:30 p.m. at local restaurants. It’ll make for the perfect photo op!

Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 7 to 9 p.m. 


Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival - July 25 to 29
After the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival is back, celebrating our country’s diverse voices and regional perspectives. The Town of Newmarket offers artists from across this great country; a national “new market” for their stories, and a national stage for their regional perspectives. This year’s festival runs for five days, from July 25 to 29 and will feature some new surprises! 
Location and time: Newmarket's Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) 

Family Camping - July 21 and August 11 
The Town of Newmarket invites you to our summer family camp out on Saturday, July 21 at Environmental Park (Woodspring Avenue) and on Saturday, August 11 at Fairy Lake Park (Water Street). Whether you are an experienced camper or this is your first time, come spend the night. Pop your tent, eat a traditional camping dinner, have fun, play games, sit around the campfire eating s'mores and sleep under the stars. Cost is $15 per person. Finish your camping experience by waking up with the sunrise and enjoy breakfast around the campfire. In partnership with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. 
Location and time: Environmental Park (Woodspring Avenue) and Fairy Lake Park (Water Street), beginning at 1 p.m. 


Busker Festival - July 28 
Come and be amazed by incredibly talented and unique street performers who will provide a full day of entertainment for the whole family! 
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 3 to 10 p.m. 

Moonlight Movies - August 
Moonlight Movies are back for another season. Enjoy a free outdoor movie on a large inflatable screen under the stars. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket and snack to enjoy. Free popcorn will be provided by the Newmarket Scouts. Movies will be announced closer to the date. The movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:15/8:30 p.m.). Sponsored by TD Canada Trust.

Garlic is Great Festival - August 18 
Bring your friends and family to Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) and join us for the annual Garlic is Great Festival! Take part in the annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest. At the festival, visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and garlic vendors at the Newmarket Farmers’ Market.
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Heritage Art Contest Winners - On display until July 31   

Winner: Radial Railway Arch by Ave Richardson. 
Honourable Mentions: Botsford Street in Black and White by Malcolm Watts and Back Door, William Stickwood House by Sheila Dalton. 
View the entire exhibition at the Municipal Offices. 
Location and time: Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive), Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For up-to-date weather and cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, please call 1-877-PLAY936 (1-877-752-9936) on the day of the event no more than two hours prior to the start time. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Please contact the Town at 905-895-5193 or visit for more information.

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