Kempenfest's 50th Anniversary Celebration Postponed to 2021

Barrie ON - The Kempenfest leadership team has been meeting with municipal, provincial and federal governments on a regular basis to monitor the COVID-19 crisis.  Following the strict guidelines from the Health Minister and health professionals, it has been decided to move the 50th anniversary celebration to 2021.  The festival was set to take place in Barrie, Ontario from July 31 to Aug 3, 2020.  This is the first time in history that the event has been cancelled.
The number one concern of government officials and Kempenfest is the need to protect the health and safety of volunteers, vendors, guests and partners.  “It is the right decision to protect the health of the Kempenfest community," states Louise Jackson, General Manager.  "We want our visitors and participants to know that the show cannot go on as planned this year and that safety is our number one priority."
Kempenfest has a local economic impact of approximately 12 million dollars to the community and supports multiple charities across the region.  Kempenfest is comprised of not-for-profit organizations that collectively own the name Kempenfest.  These charities include; The Kiwanis Club of Barrie, The Barrie Chamber of Commerce, The Knights of Columbus, The Optimist Club of Barrie, The Rotary Club of Barrie, The Barrie Art Club along with associate members Tourism Barrie and the City of Barrie for direction and support of land use during the festival weekend.  "This was a very tough decision as these charities rely on this money each and every year for their commitments back into our community and that money simply won’t be there this year," says Todd Tuckey, Chair of Kempenfest.
While festival goers will not be able to enjoy Kempenfest with the crowds on the lakeshore this summer, organizers are already planning exciting and innovative ways to join in some fun.  Follow @kempenfest on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & for up to date information.
Kempenfest is Barrie’s signature summer event that brings thousands of visitors to our region annually to enjoy a day on the waterfront it is a summer tradition to so many people that will be missed this year. Tourism Barrie looks forward to working with Kempenfest on its plans to keep the festival top of mind and be ready to support it when it comes back in 2021 to celebrate its 50th anniversary” comments Kathleen Trainor, Executive Director of Tourism Barrie.
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Kempenfest presented by RBC is North Americas largest outdoor arts and crafts festival. The not-for-profit organization comprised of a number of local service clubs, including The Barrie Art Club, Rotary Club of Barrie, The Optimist Club of Barrie, The Barrie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Barre who join forces to create the amazing weekend you enjoy each year for the past 50 years. The weekend represents thousands of hours of volunteer planning and execution of the event. In the past 50 years, it is estimated that Kempenfest has helped raise over ten million dollars for local charities. 

Kempenfest 2021

Kempenfest 2021. Barrie's Waterfront Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival.

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Kempenfest is recognized as one of the largest outdoor arts and crafts festivals in North America. It is held each year on the August Civic Holiday weekend on the beautiful shores of Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. It attracts nearly a quarter million visitors from across Ontario and the northern United States. 

Kempenfest is much more than just an arts and crafts festival. While its roots exist in the arts and crafts community, over the past 47 years the event has grown to include an antiques show, top-notch Canadian entertainment, and food galore.

Kempenfest is an incredibly valuable vehicle for six non-profit groups and service clubs in the Barrie area to utilize for what is likely their most intense and valuable fund-raising effort the entire year.  Kempenfest is on the FEO Top 100 list of Ontario events.


Sudbury Poutine Fest takes home Ontario's Best New Sponsorship Award

Sudbury Poutine Fest received the Best New Single Sponsorship Achievement Award at the annual Festivals & Events Ontario Awards 2020.

Thornloe Cheese became the presenting sponsor of the third-annual Sudbury Poutine Fest in 2019, the results of which overall produced the best ROI and relative economic growth figures for both the festival community and sponsor alike.  With much success in 2019, festival organizers and Thornloe Cheese are now looking forward to bringing the same great cheese curd experience to this years’ fourth annual Poutine Fest at Bell Park in Sudbury, Ontario in late August 2020.

“We’d like to thank the Poutine Fest team for bringing a lively, high-energy event to the City Of Sudbury, to ultimately create a successful festival under the umbrella of poutine!"  Comments Pamela Hamel, Brand Ambassador at Thornloe Cheese.  “Cheers to all who have made the festival an event to be marked on the calendar for that very special annual adventure in Poutine land.”

The annual Sudbury Poutine Fest takes (produced by Ernabüs Concessions) takes place at Bell Park, Sudbury in late August.  The event features an array of poutine options along with arts, crafts, live music, a kids-zone, beer gardens and evening entertainment with touring musical headliners for patrons 19+ after 8pm on both Friday & Saturday evenings.  Sudbury Poutine Festival offers daily admission for only $3 (or $5 per pair of patrons), free for children 12 and under.

To learn more about:

Sudbury Poutine Fest, visit
Thornloe Cheese, visit
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO), please visit


Sudbury Poutine Fest 2019 returns to Bell Park!

One of Sudbury Ontario’s biggest annual events is returning to Bell Park, August 23-25 2019. Organizers of the 3rd annual Sudbury Poutine Fest are expecting over 25,000 attendees across the three-day festival.

Festival organizers say that two-years of highly successful attendance has lead to a much greater interest among poutine vendors and brand partners from all across Ontario, seeking to participate in the growing festival. Organizers have confirmed that vendor space is close to sold-out for 2019.

This years’ festival will offer attendees more than just poutine, with the inclusion of arts, crafts, live music, a kids-zone, beverage sampling and evening beer gardens for patrons 19+ after 8pm (Friday & Saturday). Poutine Fest offers daily admission for only $3, or $5 per pair of patrons, free for children 12 and under. Evening headliner concerts will soon be announced..

The 2019 festival is being scaled to encompass multiple areas of Bell Park including Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. A slight change to the festival layout has been proposed, aimed to accommodate a growing number of vendors. Vendor and brand partner contact information is available on the festival website at

Catch the 3rd annual Sudbury Poutine Fest at Bell Park, Aug 23-25.  More festive, more poutine, more fun!


New Winter Themed Music Festival announced for Sudbury, ON

Sudbury Frost Fest, a brand new two-day winter themed concert featuring both country and rock artists at Caruso Club, will offer patrons a unique winter-concert experience with both indoor and outdoor programming.

The inaugural Sudbury Frost Fest includes two days of live music performances between February 15-16, 2019. Friday February 15th’s 'Country Night' will feature Aaron Pritchett with special guests Kira Isabella and David James, presented by KICX 91.7 FM. Saturday February 16th’s 'Classic Rock Night' will feature internationally renowned Glass Tiger with The Spoons and special guests presented by 92.7 ROCK FM. The 19 plus event will take place at Caruso Club in Sudbury, with doors opening to indoor concert performances at 7pm on both evenings.

Early-bird tickets are on sale this Friday November 2nd at 10am, available at Lockerby Confectionary (1513 Paris Street, Sudbury) and online at


Sudbury Poutine Fest returns for second annual, Aug 24-26!

The French-Canadian classic dish was a huge hit at last years' (2017) inaugural Sudbury Poutine Fest, which drew over 21,000 people over the festival weekend. Organizers have expanded programming efforts for their second annual Poutine Fest, while moving the event to Bell Park at 900 Paris St, Sudbury, Ontairo.

This years' 2018 event features multiple poutine vendors servings a wide variety of poutine options, whom will be sourcing most of their ingredients locally. Patrons can also indulge in arts, crafts, axe throwing, a kids-zone, face painting, live music and evening headliner concerts featuring Friday night country headliner Jason Blaine, and Saturday night classic-rock headliners Goddo with special guests The Kings.

Saturday night of Poutine Fest is host to an 80’s themed party that will award best 80’s outfits, with a number of prizes including an iPad.

Admission to the food and licensed entertainment grounds is only $2 before 8pm (free for children 12 and under), $5 thereafter for evening headliner concerts. Evening concerts are 19+ after 8pm. An optional VIP reserved seating upgrade for evening concerts is also available on the festivals website.

For full festival details, visit


Preliminary line-up for Budweiser New Music Fest 2018

The 11th annual Budweiser New Music Fest recently announced its preliminary line-up, consisting of Juno Award winning co-headliners The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck & James Barker Band with Juno Nominee and CMAO winners Cold Creek County. The festival takes place September 14-15, 2018 at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park, Sudbury, Ontario. Additional special guest performances are soon to be announced.

The all Canadian, award winning lineup has gained New Music Fest its biggest initial response to date in Sudbury. "The on-sale campaign has received the largest early-bird ticket sales response that New Music Fest has had in 11 years”, comments Festival Director, Paul Fairley. “This is very likely going to be our biggest year yet."

New Music Fest began in 2008 within small venues in Barrie, ON. The festival has since expanded to larger outdoor venues and hosted annual music festivals in Barrie, London and Sudbury, ON, commencing in 2012.

Limited early-bird tickets for New Music Fest 2018 are still available while quantities last.

More festival details and ticket info is available at


Sudbury Summer Festivals now accepting Artist & Vendor applications for 2018

Some of Sudbury’s biggest summer events are being held at Bell Park this year, including Feast Fest, Sudbury Poutine Fest and Budweiser New Music Fest, which are now accepting artist and vendor application submissions for 2018.

Feast Fest (June 15-17) and Sudbury Poutine Fest (Aug 24-26) are both in their second year (2018), which organizers promise a much bigger overall festival program for each, including more food options, vendors and family friendly programming. Each of these festivals will offer patrons an array of arts, crafts and live music, a kids-zone, beverage sampling and of course food & beverage options for all tastes.

Both food festivals will offer daily admission for only $2 (children 12 and under free). Evening concerts will be 19+ after 8pm, which details of are yet to be announced. In 2017 these Sudbury food festivals collectively included headliner performances by Honeymoon Suite, Jojo Mason and Bobby Wills.

Budweiser New Music Fest (Sept 14-15, 2018) will be offering both a country and rock night as part of the two-day music festival, now in its 11th year since its inception in Barrie, ON. Past NMF’s in Sudbury have included performances by Tim Hicks, Big Wreck, Aaron Pritchett, Monster Truck, Moist, River Town Saints, The Glorious Sons, Arkells, Mother Mother, USS, The Trews and many more. All ticketing and artist info is yet to be announced for 2018.


Early-Bird Vendor Application incentives are available until Feb 23rd. For more festival information, please visit respective festival websites:

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