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Festivals and Celebrations

There is always lots to see and do in North Kawartha. Below, is a chronological listing of various fun, exciting, and informative events. Beyond this page, you will find additional information and listings on the following pages: AttractionsWhat's Going On and in the North Kawartha Directory.

Apsley Lions Club Winter Carnival

Each year, on the fourth Saturday in January (Saturday, January 27, 2018), the Apsley Lions Club hosts the Winter Carnival at the NKCC.There is plenty to see and do throughout the day. Beginning at 9 am, indoor and outdoor events may include: Face Painting, Food Booth, Clowns, Zoo to You, Science Activities, Open Mic, Snow Sculpture Contest, Lasagna Dinner, Apsley Minor Hockey Tournament, North Kawartha Knights Jr. C hockey game, and more!  

Kawartha and Haliburton Trappers Carnival

On the first weekend in March each year (Saturday, March 03, 2018), the Trappers Carnival takes place at the NKCC. First held in 1976, the Carnival is a fun and interactive way to promote education, and increase awareness about fur harvesting and trapping. 

The carnival features all-day fur handling demonstrations, door prizes, games, and numerous skills competitions including trap-setting, pelt preparation, nail-driving and more. In addition, guests can access services such as on-site knife sharpening, fur remodeling and repair, new and custom fur creations, trapper information, and numerous vendors offering a variety of trapping and hunting-related equipment and supplies.

North Kawartha Skating Club Annual Skating Show

Each year in late March (Saturday, March 17, 2018), the North Kawartha Skating Club presents its Skating Show. This is a chance for the skaters to showcase the new skills they have learned, and practiced all season. The show is always highly entertaining, with a choreographed musical theme, charming costumes, wonderful back-drops and the infectious enthusiasm of the participants. In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary, the theme for this year's (2017) show was "Nashville Comes To Canada" celebrating music originating in Nashville, but enjoyed everywhere.   

National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD)

At 7 pm on April 19, 2017 we celebrated Canada's 150th anniversary by watching a great Canadian film - and it was free! The film shown at the NKCC was "My American Cousin". National Canadian Film Day is an annual day-long celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations (both on and offline) across the country. It's a way for Canadians to come together around the great cinematic stories we tell one another, and have some FUN!

National Canadian Film Day is presented by REEL CANADA and supported by CBC, Cineplex, Telefilm, and a host of film festivals (such as TIFF), movie clubs, schools, broadcasters and industry organizations. The Township of North Kawartha and the NKCC were proud to be one of the 150 free screenings to audiences across Canada, during this one day event. Click here for additional information about National Canadian Film Day.

All-Ways Apsley Motorcycle Rendezvous

All-Ways Apsley Motorcycle Rendezvous is an annual, family-friendly, motorcycle event held the first Saturday in June (Saturday, June 02, 2018) at the NKCC. The event features a "Show n' Shine", Games, Awards, food concessions in support of Apsley Minor Hockey, numerous community vendors, and a one-hour guided ride of the North Kawartha "Twisties". The area is widely known as a top-rated motorcycle tour destination. In 2017, for the first time, All-Ways Apsley featured Jason Thorne's Freestyle Motocross show!    

Canada Day Parade and Celebrations

On July 1st each year, the Apsley Lions Club hosts the Canada Day Parade and Celebrations. The Parade starts at 4:00 pm at the Apsley Public School and ends at the Lions Park where the festivities continue. A Bouncy Castle, games, music, and the Lions food booth are just a few of the things that make this day great. Starting at dusk, the fireworks show begins. Come on out and celebrate Canada!

The Lakefield Literary Festival

Each July, on a weekend close to Margaret Laurence's birthday (July 18, 1926), Lakefield celebrates its rich literary heritage and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield. This year's festival was held July 14-16, 2017.

Apsley and District Lions Club Giant Flea Market

On the third Saturday in July, each year (Saturday, July 21, 2018), the Apsley Lions Club hosts the Giant Flea Market, which features bargain prices on everything from toys to TVs, furniture, appliances, sporting goods, and all manner of things you didn't know you needed. There are also vendors and auctions (silent and otherwise). This is a one-day-only event, so plan your strategy, and be prepared to line up around the NKCC, early in the morning, to have a chance of getting the best bargain. There is bound to be something for everyone. Don't miss out!

Apsley Firefly Band Dinner and Concert 

Each year in August (Tuesday, August 14, 2018) at the NKCC, the Apsley Firefly Band hosts a dinner, followed by a concert, which showcases the talents of the musicians who comprise the Apsley Firefly Band. The evening is a fundraiser for the Apsley Central School music program and for Trinity United Church.

North Kawartha Skating Club Presents Yuk Yuk's 

Each year in late summer, the North Kawartha Skating Club presents an evening of professional comedy, delivered by the Yuk Yuk's stable of touring comedians. This is an age of majority event and there will be barbecued food available. The show takes place at the NKCC and proceeds benefit the North Kawartha Skating Club. Next year's event is held on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Doors open, refreshments and meals available at 6:30 pm. The first of three comedians takes to the stage at 8 pm. This year's (2017) event featured Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald! A great time is had by all! 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride (2016) 

The RCMP Musical Ride is a spectacle known and performed throughout the world. It consists of a full troop of 32 riders and their horses, executing intricate figures and drills, choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and co-ordination. Movements are formed by individual horses and riders, in twos, fours and eights, at the trot and at the canter. Months of training, practice, and many kilometres/miles around the riding school, make horse and rider one. On Sunday, May 15, 2016 the Musical Ride was in England, as part of the Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations.

The RCMP receives thousands of requests from communities, small and large, to host the Musical Ride in their town or city. In 2016, North Kawartha was fortunate and honoured to have been chosen as one of the select few to host the Ride. This was largely due to the efforts of the Apsley Lions Club and in particular, retired RCMP officer, Lion Jack Nelson. This very special event took place at Lions Park on Labour Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. To view video of this once-in-a-generation event, as it occurred in Apsley, please click here.

Apsley Autumn Studio Tour

The Apsley Autumn Studio Tour is renowned for the quality of the artists working in a variety of disciplines. Located in the North Kawarthas, many of the studios are tucked away in beautiful, scenic locations where our local artists and guests present new and exciting works created specifically for this annual event.

From the molten heat of the glass furnaces to the cool, smooth feel of carved stone and all points in between, our self-guided tour is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists in person.

This year's tour includes 17 studio locations presenting 24 artists and artisans whose work encompasses a wide spectrum within the disciplines of painting,  jewellery, glass art, sculpture, fabric art, pottery, assemblage, felting, papier maché, and metalwork.

Immerse yourself in a weekend of interesting and engaging art set against a backdrop of beautiful fall colour. Come for a day or for the weekend; stay in local accommodation and enjoy a leisurely tour of our countryside and a warm welcome at our studios.

The annual tour takes place the third weekend of September; this year's dates are Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017.  

North Kawartha Food Bank Loonie Auction 

Each year in late October (Saturday, October 14, 2017) at the NKCC, the North Kawartha Food Bank hosts a dinner, followed by a "Loonie Auction". The auction features all manner of items which you "bid" on, by purchasing tickets for a dollar a piece.The ticket that is drawn "wins" the item. You can purchase more than one ticket for any item, but it is possible to get something of considerable value for just a Loonie! The evening is a fundraiser for the North Kawartha Food Bank. Lots of fun, great items, and a worthy cause.

Christmas Santa Claus Parade and Celebrations

The Apsley Lions Club hosts the annual Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Party. This year's parade will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017. The Parade starts at 6:00 pm at the Apsley Public School, continues along Burleigh Street to Wellington, then along Jack Lake Road to the North Kawartha Community Centre, where more festivities ensue. Inside the NKCC refreshments are served along with "Loot" bags for kids 10 and under. If everyone has been good, there just might be a visit from Santa himself! Come on out for a great time!