Weekend Talk

It’s Summer Festival Season in London

 Local Events Listing London Ontario

My favourite time of year is here; Festival Season at Victoria Park!

Living so close to this 18-acre oasis in the heart of the city affords us the opportunity to visit all the great summer festivals with ease. You can often find us at each of the festivals multiple times in one weekend. It’s just so much fun!

The first summer festival at Victoria Park is taking place this weekend. Here are the details for the Kids Expo, as well as a list of the other festival taking place.

Happy summer!


When: June 14 to 16, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (each day)
Where: Victoria Park, London
What: Food, crafts, games, rides, music, all for the kids!
Cost: Free admission, cost for rides per ticket, or $20 All Day Ride Bracelet (parents ride free)
For more info: canadasbiggestparty.com


When: June 21 to 23, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm (each day except Friday which starts at 6:00 pm)
Where: Victoria Park, London
What: Many international food choices including Portuguese, Mexican, Italian and Polish, carnival rides, beer, wine, coolers, music and dance.
Cost: Free entry, cost for rides per ticket, or $20 All Day Ride Bracelet (parents ride free)
For more info: canadasbiggestparty.com


When: July 4 to 7, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (each day, Thursday starts at 6:00 pm)
Where: Victoria Park, London
What: Sunfest is a non-profit community arts group dedicated to promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding of the arts across a range of disciplines, such as music, dance and the visual arts. There will be over 275 food, craft and art exhibitors as well as many international and local music performances.
Cost: Free admission
For more info: sunfest.on.ca


When: July 19 to 21, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (each day)
Where: Victoria Park, London
What: Some of Canada’s finest songwriters will perform and provide three afternoon workshops sharing the stories behind their songs, juried crafts showcase and 30 different food vendors
Cost: Admission by donation
For more info: homecounty.ca


When: August 1 to 5, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (each day)
Where: Victoria Park, London
What: Ribs, ribs and more ribs…you be the judge, who serves the best ribs. There will also be carnival rides, 75 bands and 250 exhibitors.
Cost: Free entry, cost for rides per ticket, or $20 All Day Ride Bracelet (parents ride free)
For more info: canadasbiggestparty.com


When: August 30 to Sept. 2, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm (each day)
Where: Victoria Park, London
What: Lasso a steer, carve a pumpkin, navigate a hay maze and enjoy a saloon style bar and 75 food and retail vendors.
Cost: Free entry, cost for rides per ticket, or $15 All Day Ride Bracelet (parents ride free)
For more info: canadasbiggestparty.com


Though I am partial to the Victoria Park festivals (it’s my hood ya’ll) there are a plethora of great summer festivals and shows throughout the rest of the city.

Check out The Beer & BBQ Show at the Western Fair Agriplex, The Pride London Festival, and the Festa Italiana at the Covent Garden Market.

As always, please feel free to share any local festival-type events in a comment below.

Have a fun and safe summer!

City Mom

Entertainment, Environment & Art

Hey London..what a great weekend we’ve got coming up with the Artfusion Festival and Car Free Sunday  and City Mom has all the details:

Artfusion Festival – Sept. 25th & 26th
Featuring an outdoor art gallery with a 4600  sq. ft.  live art mural on an exterior wall.  Located at 196 Dundas Street with parking  located off Clarence and Queen Street.  The event will also feature artists spray-painting the murals, live music, a film screening and lots of food vendors. The festival runs from 12pm – 11pm each day.

Car Free Sunday – Sept. 26th
This exciting event takes place on Dundas Street between Wellington and Ridout and involves NO CARS! (Sorry for stating the obvious.) This event coincides with the Artfusion Festival and will include fun events for children such as face painting & sidewalk chalking. Running between 12pm and 4pm the idea is to allow Londoners the opportunity to use the street for something other than driving.   This is the second time that this event will take place in London and attracted over 7,000 pedestrians last April. 

Check out this video from the last Car Free event of the Forest City Flash Mob where Dundas Street was turned into a giant dance floor.

These are two great events for London and  I hope to see you out!


This Weekend in the L-dot

We’ve got a pretty exciting weekend coming up starting as early as Thursday with the first events of LOLA fest. Check out the full schedule of events here.

Not sure what it is? Here’s a brief description:
“LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts) is a free four-day multi-disciplinary excursion into visual art and sound. Our aim is to transform London’s downtown core through subtle spectacles of the seen and heard.”

This weekend also brings Doors Open London running on Sept. 18th & 19th. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and recognize London’s numerous, significant landmarks. Check out the full listing of DO London locations.

You can also print a copy of the DO London Kid’s Guide which includes a Passport that kids can bring with them to get a stamp at each site location as they track their Doors Open London journey. Admission for all sites is FREE!

And last, but not least it’s the last weekend of the Western Fair and the weather looks like it is going to be beautiful!

Hope to see you out at some of these great events this weekend! Enjoy!

Mambo Italiano

What an exciting weekend at the Covent Garden Market. This weekend brings the Festa Italiana to downtown London. This three-day celebration of Italian food, art, music and dance will be bringing in over 35,000 people to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of the culture of Italy.  This event takes place on August 27, 28, and 29.

Here are some of the activities you will find at the festival:

  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Story-telling
  • Italian art exhibits
  • Patio Bar
  • Fashion shows
  • Italiana Farmer’s Market
  • Music by Orchestra Italiana London
  • Children’s activities
  • Amazing Italian cuisine

The festival runs from 11am – Midnight each day (11pm on Sunday).  Hope to see you there!


Dog Days of Summer…Literally

What’s going on this weekend in London?  Well for dogowners and lovers alike the place to be is Pawlooza!

What is it?:Ontario’s most unique and dog-friendly festival experience.
When is it?:  Saturday August 21st from 10 AM – 6 PM.
Where is it?:  Plunkett Estate 9282 Elviage Drive London, ON N6K 4N5
Cost: Admission is free. Parking costs $10/car and proceeds go to the two Pawlooza charities, Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario & Leads
What You Can Expect: “Take your dog dock diving, go trailwalking, go swimming in the Pawlooza pond, test your dog’s agility in the FunZone, get trick advice, get obedience advice, get readings from a pet psychic, learn about pet first aid, watch agility demonstrations, watch the Jack Russell races… shop from 100 vendors, load up on free samples, watch dozens of doggie demonstrations and events happening throughout the day. We’ve packed as much fun into one day as possible… there isn’t a better place to spoil your dog! “1

For the little ones (children I mean) there is an all day children’s area where the Children’s Museum will be hosting a variety of activities which include arts & crafts contests, prizes etc.

Hope to see you there! :)

1. www.pawlooza.com

Mmm Ribs!

What’s ooey-gooey, sweet but salty, meaty but tender and comes in all sorts of varieties? Well my friends, the answer is RIBS and you can eat them to your heart’s content this weekend at VP’s Annual Ribfest running from July 29th to August 2nd.  What better way to celebrate the Civic holiday and the summer’s second-last long weekend? 

The Annual London Ribfest is operated by the Boys’ & Girls’ Club of London  and is supported by Childcan.  It is the second largest festival of its kind in North America!  How lucky are we to have this right at our doorstep?

Here’s what you can expect at this year’s festival:

  • Ribs…go figure!
  • 100 live performances
  • Chicken wing competition
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Wagon Rides
  • Crayola Kids Play & Craft Pavilion
  • Karaoke Stage
  • Face Painting
  • 100’s of Vendors
  • Beer!

Londoner’s get to have their say too with the People’s Choice Awards.  Ribfesters can vote on who they think is the best vendor in categories like Best Ribs, Best Beverage and Best Entertainment Act.  You can get ballots at the festival in one of the two beer gardens or the festival office.  You can also watch as the judges select the Best Ribs, Best Wings and Best BBQ Sauce on Sunday at 3pm.  This is a huge deal for rib enthusiasts.

Hope to see you there!  Have a happy and safe weekend :)

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