Published on May 3rd, 2017 | by Rael Tooch


Top 8 Ontario Festivals to Enjoy in May.

May is upon us and so are the numerous festivals. There is a lot to enjoy, so take the family and have a great day out.

Ottawa PoutineFest.
May 4-7, 2017, at Poutine Plaza, Ottawa City Hall.
With over 100 kinds of poutine to try, this festival is sure to get your mouth watering and your stomachs rumbling. Besides the Canadian delicacy, there will also be live music, face painting, a kids fun zone, live entertainment, a poutine eating contest and the best in Traditional, Exotic and Extreme Poutine.

Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby.
May 5-7, 2017, at Centennial Park, Trenton.
This major event is not only the largest Walleye Fishing Derby in the world, but it’s also a favourite attraction for kids of all ages. With $260,000 in prizes to be won, who wouldn’t be excited? And the money raised goes to youth in the local community. There are over 3,000 anglers, hope you’re one of them. If not, take the family and enjoy a day out.

Frankford Riverfest.
May 19-21, 2017, at Frankford Tourist Park, Frankford.
It’s a weekend jam-packed with loads of fun for the whole family. There are cardboard boat races, a sandcastle competition, a petting zoo, rides, games, live and interactive entertainment, an antique car show and fireworks. It’s sure to be lots of fun for all.

Canadian Tulip Festival.
May 12-22, 2017, Ottawa.
To celebrate spring, the Canadian Tulip Festival showcases over a million tulips in bloom. What an amazing and beautiful sight! It’s no surprise that this festival – the largest in the world – attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe each year. In addition, there is tulip art, interactive family programming, culinary experiences, fireworks and vintage military displays.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, over 200,000 red and white tulips – called the Canada 150 tulip – will bloom in public places throughout Ottawa this year.

Ribfest & BBQ Dash.
May 18-21, 2017 at Yonge & Dundas Square, Toronto.
Mouthwatering, tantalizing, succulent and yummy – just some of the words to describe this event. Go hungry and ensure you don’t wear white because you’re guaranteed to make a mess. But that’s part of the fun! Other things to enjoy include live music, line dancing lessons, cooking lessons, face painting and a whole lot more.

Sing! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival.
May 23- 28, 2017, Toronto.
If you love acapella and listening to wonderful talent, then this is the festival for you. Not only will you get to see and hear professional Canadian and international singers and emerging artists, but there will also be educational workshops and free outdoor concerts.

May 26-28, 2017, Niagara Falls.
The name says it all. That’s why over 30,000 people come out each year – because it’s a fun-filled weekend with lots of great food. Local restaurants and vendors ensure that you will enjoy the best culinary delights, exceptional wines and entertainment galore.

Barks By The Bay Canine Festival & Trade Show.
May 27, 2017, at Centennial Park, Trenton.
It wouldn’t be fair to only have human festivals, so here’s one for your furry friend. In fact, it’s really for your whole family. What will you see? There will be various breeds and breeders, canine accessories, pet food stores and groomers. This festival also showcases something that could be very useful for you and your dog – training aids and techniques. Plus, there will be plenty for your dog to do. Test his agility at the DogLoversDays lure obstacle course or try out his dock diving skills.

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