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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 in late January (Saturday, January 28, 2017), 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: a Bake Sale, Face Painting, Clown Balloons, a Silent Auction, Antique Snowmobile Displays, Pony Rides, Zorba Balls, Science Activities, Kids and Adult Talent Shows, BBQ, Snow Sculpture, Dinner, Apsley Minor Hockey Tournament and more!  

Kawartha and Haliburton Trapper's Carnival

On the first weekend in March each year (Saturday, March 04, 2017), the Trapper's Carnival takes place at the NKCC. The Trapper's Carnival is an opportunity to see and experience the traditional skill of trapping. 

North Kawartha Skating Club Annual Skating Show

Each year in late March (Saturday, March 19, 2016), 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. 

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 03, 2017) 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". This area is a top-rated motorcycle tour destination.  

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 BBQ are a few of the things that make this day great. Starting at dusk, the fireworks show begins. Come on out for a great day!

To put a float in the parade, please contact the Lions Club or your local Lions Club member.

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 15-17, 2016.

Apsley and District Lions Club Giant Flea Market

On the third Saturday in July, each year (Saturday, July 15, 2017), 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!

The Northern Art Show

The Northern Art Show features some of the finest artists from the area and beyond. Fine art originals are presented in oil, acrylic and watercolour. Meet the artists and marvel at a live butterfly release at 1pm on both days of the show. This annual event takes place at the NKCC in early August (Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, 2016).

Apsley Firefly Band Dinner and Concert 

Each year in August (Friday, August 12, 2016) at the NKCC, the Apsley Firefly Band hosts a dinner, followed by a concert, which showcases the talents of the musicians who comprise the 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. This year's event is held on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Barbecue and doors open at 6:30 pm. The comedians take to the stage at 8 pm. A great time is had by all! 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride 

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. North Kawartha is fortunate and honoured to have been chosen as one of the select few to host the Ride this year. This is largely due to the efforts of the Apsley Lions Club and in particular, retired RCMP officer, Lion Jack Nelson. This very special event will take place at Lions Park, 335 McFadden Road in Apsley, on Labour Day, Monday, September 5, 2016. Beginning at 10:00 am, it will also include music by Montana Sky, prizes, and lots of good food. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy! Please: no pets, smoking, or drones.There will parking across the street at the NKCC, as well as lots of free parking around the village of Apsley, with a free shuttlebus to get you to Lions Park. Click here for parking and shuttlebus locations.    

Apsley Autumn Studio Tour

The Apsley Autumn Studio Tour is renowned for the quality of the artists working in a variety of disiplines. Many of the studios are tucked away in beautiful, scenic locations where more than a dozen local artists and guest artists will present new and exciting works created specifically for this event. The annual tour takes place the third weekend of September; this year's dates are Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016.  

North Kawartha Food Bank Loonie Auction 

Each year in late October (Saturday, October 15, 2016) 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 19, 2016. 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 mght be a visit from Santa himself! Come on out for a great time!

To put a float in the parade, please contact the Lions Club or your local Lions Club member.