Home County Folk Festival

Family fun this July in London {#LdnOnt}

 

I can’t believe it’s already July 6! I’m a bit behind but there are still lots of fun events ahead of us in July so get reading!

SUNFEST FESTIVAL 2012

When: July 5 – 8, 2012

Where: Victoria Park

Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm each day

What: It’s a non-profit event promoting cross-cultural awareness with a variety of music and artists from around the world.

Cost: Free admission!

For more info: Visit sunfest.on.ca

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR

When: July 5 – 8, 2012

Where: John Labatt Centre

Time: Various performance times see more info

What: Inspired by the hit movie you’ll get to visit a mythical world of dragons and Vikings in this live performance

Cost: Various ticket prices see more info

For more info: Visit johnlabattcentre.com

VICTORIAN TEDDY BEAR PICNIC

When: July 8, 2012

Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Time:  Story time at 11:00 am with various times for other events. See more info.

What:  Games, storytelling, a teddy bear parade and tea time all with your favourite friend

Cost: General admissions of $7 – children under 3 are free

For more info: Visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca

BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER 2012 – HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

When: July 9 – 13, 2012

Where: London Children’s Museum

Time:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Fridays

What:  Authentic NHL trophies, interactive games, the Legends of Hockey exhibit, road hockey games and the science of sport. And get your BlockBuster Summer 2012 Fun Kit at the front desk to enter to win great prizes like a family trip for four to Orlando, Florida!

Cost: Regular Children’s Museum admission

For more info: Visit londonchildrensmuseum.ca

BLUESFEST INTERNATIONAL

When: July 13 – 15, 2012

Where: Downtown London at the corner of King St. and Clarence St.

Time: Various times for performances. See more info. Note that this event is open to 19+ on Friday & Saturday and open to all ages on Sunday

What:  A world-class music festival featuring local and international Blues artists

Cost: Various costs for performances. See more information.

For more info: Visit thebluesfest.com and to order tickets visit ticketscene.ca

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

When: July 13 – 22, 2012

Where:  St. Thomas-Elgin Memorial Centre, St. Thomas

Time: Various times. See more info.

What:  Take a ride on a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine; participate in storytelling, art, crafts and more!

Cost: Various costs for events. See more info.

For more info: Visit ticketweb.ca and to order tickets visit here.

GARDEN GATES OPEN

When: July 21 – 22, 2012

Where: Various locations throughout London. Check here to view them all.

Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

What:  Tour some amazing gardens created by London home owners and discover some hidden gems and talents in our great city.

Cost: Free!

For more info: Visit gardengatesopen.web.com

HOME COUNTY MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL

When: July 20 – 22, 2012

Where: Victoria Park

Time: 

  • Friday: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: Noon – 11:00 pm
  • Sunday: Noon – 8:30 pm

What: Over 100 quality craft artisans, live music, family stage where kids can get up and perform whatever they’d like, children’s performers, face painting, and a privacy tent for nursing and changing and more.

Cost: Admission based on donation.

For more info: Visit homecounty.ca

2ND ANNUAL YOGA SHACK GIVES BACK

When: July 22, 2012

Where: John Labatt Centre

Time: Yoga class is at 10:00 am – 11:00 am with registration beginning at 9:00 am

What: Yoga Shack has teamed up with the John Labatt Centre for London’s biggest yoga class. It will be hosted by Taz from FM 96 and all funds raised will go to the Heart & Stroke Foundation

Cost: Donation based – $25 + will receive ballots towards great prizes

For more info: Visit johnlabattcentre.com

London is a big city and there’s always lots going on. The events listed above are just a snapshot of some of the most exciting events. As always, please feel free to share the info on any other family friendly events taking place in the city below.

Have a great July!

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Home County Folk Festival – This Weekend!

Have I mentioned how much fun we have been having at all these wonderful festivals VP hosts?  I am so, so impressed with the time and planning that must go into organizing these events.  I have never been more proud to be a Londoner as the heart of our city is truly pumping! 

Little S absolutely loves being out and about among the many people.  She has become a fanatic about face-painting (which is usually offered at these events) and loves investigating all the different vendors and their offerings.  This past weekend she scored a butterfly on her cheek and a colourful shell necklace at Sunfest, and I have to comment once again, that these activities are enhanced by our ability to walk to and from and to avoid the parking game (or war).

So, another exciting weekend is about to begin at VP with the 37th Annual Home County Folk Festival http://www.homecounty.ca/ .

This event runs from July 16th – 18th with many free concerts and some paid admission after-hours performances.  There is a long list of performers which can be found at http://www.homecounty.ca/festival10/artists/index.php .  I am excited about one performer in particular:  Kristin Sweetland http://www.kristinsweetland.com/ who performs on Saturday from 12:00 – 1:30 and at 6:15pm on the main stage.

This festival is sure to follow suit with the other festivals and will be offering a wide variety of food and craft vendors with lots to do for everyone.  Be sure to check out the  Children’s Small Folk Area. http://www.homecounty.ca/festival10/children/index.php where there will be many fun activities for the kids.

If you haven’t been out to one of this summer’s festivals yet, or you’re like us and just love them, you have many reasons to try this one out this weekend.

Enjoy!

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