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Canada Day Parade

A great way to celebrate Canada’s birthday with the Peterborough Canada Day Parade. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate Canada Day on July 1st each year. The pre-parade ceremonies begin at 10:00 am and include music, speeches, and birthday cake at the front of City Hall at 500 George Street north. For more information contact Terri Lynn Johnston at 705-742-7777 ext. 1829

Civic Awards

City Council recognizes outstanding individuals, teams or groups for their notable community contribution for the previous year in Peterborough.  The event is held in June of each year.  For more information on nominating a person or attending the event, contact 705-742-7777 ext. 1820.   

Classic Car Cruise Nights In Ontario

On Saturdays in Peterborough the classic car show comes to Heritage Plaza. Right next to the country style on Landsdowne from 6 pm to 9 pm. If you enjoy old car come out and take a look!

Doors Open Peterborough

In 2000, the City of Toronto launched the first Doors Open event in North America. In 2002, the Ontario Heritage Trust launched Doors Open Ontario, the first province-wide event of its kind in Canada.

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across Ontario. From April to October, residents and visitors are invited to discover first-hand Ontario's hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public. Peterborough generally holds their Doors Open Event in October of each year.  For more information contact 705-742-7777 ext. 1489.   

Downtown Farmers Market

Couple buying fruit in a marketThe Farm Gate Sales Association hosts the Downtown Peterborough Farmers Market located at the Louis Parking Lot on Charlotte Street. It takes place May to October. This is a small, high quality farmer’s market selling only locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, and other farm produce as well as handmade crafts. For more information call the Peterborough Green Up at 705-745-3238.

Dragon Boat Festival

The dragon boating experience has been described as a "floating support group" for women with breast cancer.  It all began with a study involving one boat and 25 women.  In 1996, Dr. Don MacKenzie, a sports medicine physician at the University of British Columbia, launched Abreast in a Boat.  The Dragon Boat Festival is a time for the community to come together and take part in an exciting event for a great cause.  The fundraising even sponsored by Survivors Abreast and their partners is to help raise awareness, support research and improve local facilities.  This event is held each year in June.  For more information contact www.survivorsabreast.com

Free 9-Hole Disc (Frisbee) Golf CourseMan playing frisbee in a park by the water

Located right next to the Peterborough Riverview Park and Zoo. This is a great free activity for the whole family. Bring your Frisbee and play the 9-hole course. The game is played by the same rules as golf but instead of hitting the ball into the hole, you throw the Frisbee into a specially designed basket.

For more information check out their website at www.peterboroughdiscgolf.ca

Free Market Collective

A free market in the basement of Sadleir House, located at 751 George St. North. Choose from a large selection of clothing, books, shoes, music, toys, furniture, electronics, art and so much more. Everything is completely free and no exchanges are necessary. For more information call 705-741-1208.   Hours of operation are Wednesdays 3 to 5 pm and Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 pm.

Habitat for Humanity

Man on roof fixing soffitsHabitat for Humanity Peterborough and District (Habitat) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged persons through home ownership and to the belief that decent, affordable housing is a basic human need. It is their mission to eliminate poverty housing in the Greater Peterborough and District Area in partnership with volunteers, donors, sponsors and the homeowners themselves. Anyone who has left over building supplies that are not going to be in use Habitat for Humanity will come and pick them up free of charge as a donation to the work that they do for our community. For more information visit their website at www.habitatpeterborough.ca or call 705-742-8572.

Lansdowne Place Mall

If you are looking for interesting community events, there is always something going on at Lansdowne Place Mall! For a list of current events, please visit the website

Multicultural Day - Canada Day Event

On July 1st in Del Crary Park, the New Canadians Centre hosts a celebration that includes stage performances, and annual international food tent and craft vendors celebrating Canada's and Peterborough's diversity.  Children can enjoy the face painting, henna tattoos and field games at the Kids Zone.  The event provides food vendors with reusable plates and utensils to reduce the environmental impact of Canada Day.  Event attendees are encouraged to bring their own dishes and cutlery to the event.  The event takes place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For more information contact 705-743-0882 or www.nccpeterborough.ca

PARNCheering crowds surrounding track

In September the AIDS Walk for Life is a fun-filled family event to raise funds and awareness about HIV/AIDS. Call PARN at 705-749-9110 or visit their website more information.

Peterborough & District Farmers Market

There are a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and more at the Farmers Market, open all year round. Outdoor season (May-Oct) Memorial Centre parking lot. Indoor season (Nov-Apr) Morrow Building. For more information contact 705- 742-3185 or visit our website www.farmersmarketsontario.com.

Peterborough Snofest Winter Carnival

Kids in sleigh race on snowy dayPeterborough Snofest takes place in January each year at the Peterborough Museum and Archives. This is a month-long event filled with a variety of activities such as Bingo and Euchre tournaments for seniors, Snopitch tournament, Snofest Idol and much more. The main event is the Carnival on the Hill; this is a day full of fun for the whole family. This is held at the Peterborough Museum and Archives and the canal below the Peterborough Lift Locks. For more information visit the website www.peterboroughsnofest.ca or contact Terri Lynn Johnston at 705-742-7777 ext. 1829.

Ribfest

Ribfest is a huge BBQ held in Millennium Park in July. There are lots of BBQ ribs and microbreweries set up as well as live music. This event is where professional "ribbers" come to compete. Come and sample some of the best sauces in North America and vote for your favourite team in the Peoples Choice Awards. For more info contact: Peterborough DBIA http://peterboroughbia.com/ or contact 705-748-4774

Riverview Park and Zoo

Spider Monkey clinging to branchThis is a unique recreational facility offering attractions for all ages. Located just north of Downtown Peterborough. The zoo is open year round during daylight hours with free admission and free parking. CAZA accredited with a collection of approx. 150 animals. There is also a large children's playground, splash pad, and picnic areas that are open during the summer months.

For more information check out their website at www.peterboroughutilities.ca/park_and_zoo.htm

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in Peterborough involves attending the fun filled parade. The fun starts at City Hall and goes all the way to Del Crary Park. For more information please contact Tim Burke 705-740-2084.

Santa Claus Parade

This is a holiday parade sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough. The parade involves service clubs, businesses, and many community organizations to celebrate the holiday season. The parade travels south on George St. starting at City Hall heading toward the Memorial Centre. For more information please contact the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough at 705-743-3544 or www.peterboroughkinsmen.ca.

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