Festivals & Events in Lanark County

Come and see why this festival was named a provincial finalist for “Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year” by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance! Located at Beckwith Park (1319 9th Line Beckwith near Carleton Place), the annual event celebrates fine, local foods and lets you “Get Fresh with a Local Farmer”. You’ll find food seminars, tastings, children’s activities and local musicians. Get to know Lanark County producers and discover the best places to find local meat, cheese, honey, garlic, produce, maple syrup and more! Free admission!

Lambs Down Park Festival
Ewe need to flock to this annual event that celebrates Carleton Place’s important historical role in the distribution of lambs’ wool across Canada! This outdoor heritage festival takes place at the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers (CCWG) building in downtown Carleton Place (142 Franktown Rd.). The CCWG grades and markets close to 3 million pounds of raw wool each year, so the fibre is the focus. You’ll find dog and lamb demonstrations, sheep shearing, spinning, a petting zoo and pony rides, kids’ activities and much more. Free admission!

Rideau Ferry Regatta
Drummond/North Elmsley plays host to the biennial Rideau Ferry Regatta on the Rideau Lake. Scheduled to take place again in 2019 at the beautiful Rideau Ferry Conservation Area, the Rideau Ferry Regatta is a traditional race boat regatta that has been entertaining spectators for more than 120 years. Plan ahead for 2019 and watch vintage Grand Prix hydroplanes, along with other inboard and outboard race boat classes.  This event is not to be missed! Rideau Ferry boasts new public docks, a convenience store and a fantastic local restaurant only feet from the Rideau waterway. 

Middleville Fair
Come enjoy one of the most charming country fairs around! This small-town fair takes visitors back to the country fairs of yesteryear, where community was everything and the fair was the highlight of the year. In 2018, Middleville’s traditional agricultural fair celebrated its 167th year, and offered a celebration of rural life that includes agricultural exhibits, a pet show, light and heavy horse shows, and sheep and poultry shows. There are also children’s sports events, a teddy bear contest, children’s games, races, and more.  

CeltfestAlmonte Celtfest 2010
Experience traditional Celtic music in beautiful Gemmill Park in Almonte and satisfy your craving for everything Celtic! This three-day, family-friendly annual event has been running in Almonte for more than 20 years, and is a favourite for visitors of all ages. Visitors are invited to delve into historic Celtic traditions with local, regional and national performers like Celtic fiddlers, bagpipers, dancers and singers. Take part in workshops at the Celtic College and learn how to play a tin whistle, sing traditional Celtic songs or play the bodhran, and more! Drink in the Celtic culture during this fun event in the picturesque town of Almonte. 

Race the Runway
Speed on over to the Smiths Falls Russ Beach Airport in Montague Township for the region’s largest exotic car show and speed festival. This event features more than 80 extreme performance cars from across Ontario and Quebec participating in radar-clocked, half-mile runs down Airport Runway #6 – what better place to watch them compete for the top speed! Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini – spectators have a chance to see some of the biggest names in fast cars up close, not to mention hearing them roar down the runway. There is an excellent view as the cars hit top speed almost directly in front of the viewing area – but don’t blink! You’ll also be treated to more than 100 display vehicles, vendors and food, not to mention runway ride-alongs for spectators. Proceeds from this volunteer-run event go to charity. 

Stewart Park Festival
Stewart Park Festival is a must-attend for all lovers of music. This music-filled weekend in July is host to all kinds of talented performers from around the world. Whether you like soul, jazz, pop, or even Estonian folk, Stewart Park Festival has all your musical interests covered. Under a canopy of majestic maple trees the Stewart Park Festival in Downtown Heritage Perth brings together an eclectic variety of Canadian and International musicians for a great weekend of over 30 free outdoor concerts. The weekend has entertainment for everyone including children’s entertainment and an international food and artisans market. 

Sundance Artisan Show
Sundance Studio Tour is an Artisan Show held in hamlet of Maberly in Tay Valley Township. 40 artists converge at the corner of Hwy 7 and County Rd 36, behind Fall River Restaurant (along the beautiful Fall River) to present to you their latest creations. The venue gives visitors the opportunity to stroll along the booths of the artists, enjoy home-cooked food and music, sit along the river, compare what is offered and make a choice out of all the beautiful works. The show has been recognized far and wide for its unique venue, sustainable concepts and flare for good taste. Since the start this has been one of the finest exhibits of top quality artists in the Valley.


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    23aug - 6octaug 2311:00 amoct 6Reverie: Gayle Kells & Catherine Gutsche at Sivarulrasa GalleryTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    1oct - 2All DayAppleton Studio Fall Art Classes - with Adrian BakerTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    1octAll DayCarleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum Exhibit: Carleton Place celebrating 200 years (October 1st to 12th, 2019)Township:Beckwith,Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Heritage

    5oct - 6All DayRailway Museum of Eastern Ontario - Train RidesTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Community Events

    5octAll DayGolf and Curl BonspielTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Sports

    5oct1:30 pm- 3:30 pmLanark County Genealogical Society MeetingTownship:Carleton Place,Tay ValleyEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Heritage

    5oct7:00 pm- 9:00 pmApollo 11: The Quest for the Moon - Presentation by Frank HitchensTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events,Heritage

    6octAll DayWheels of Hope RunTownship:Lanark HighlandsEvent Type:Community Events

    6octAll DayMississippi Madawaska Land Trust: Fall Colours Hike at Blueberry MountainTownship:Lanark HighlandsEvent Type:Community Events

    10oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmCandlelit Ghost WalksTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events,Heritage

    11oct - 13All DayBarnDoor Productions: The Admirable CrichtonTownship:PerthEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    11oct - 17novoct 1111:00 amnov 17Canadiana II: Exhibition at Sivarulrasa GalleryTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    12oct - 14All DayPerth Autumn Studio TourTownship:Perth,Tay ValleyEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    12oct - 14All DayCrown & Pumpkin Studio TourTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    12octAll DayMississippi Valley Textile Museum Travelling Exhibit (October 12th to December 14th, 2019)Township:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Heritage

    13octAll DayFull Moon Walk - Carleton Place Community LabyrinthTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Community Events

    19octAll DayDowntown Carleton Place PumpkinfestTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Holiday Activities

    19oct5:30 pm- 11:00 pmGO WILD GALATownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Community Events

    24oct - 25All DayGhost Walk - PerthTownship:PerthEvent Type:Heritage

    25octAll DayBeckwith Community Halloween PartyTownship:BeckwithEvent Type:Holiday Activities

    25oct6:00 pm- 9:00 pmHaunted Heritage HouseTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Community Events,Holiday Activities

    25oct7:00 pmOld Time Talent NightTownship:Lanark HighlandsEvent Type:Community Events

    26octAll DaySpirit Seeds - A Celebration of Indigenous Beadwork at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (October 26th to December 14th)Township:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    26octAll DayFriends of the Tay Watershed Association: Lake Links Annual WorkshopTownship:PerthEvent Type:Community Events

    26oct12:00 pm- 3:00 pmFall Fun Day: Smiths Falls Turkey Fair RevampedTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Community Events,Heritage,Holiday Activities

    27oct4:00 pmLanark County Genealogical Society Presents: Stone Fence Theatre RoadshowTownship:BeckwithEvent Type:Community Events

    31oct12:00 pm- 8:00 pmHalloween at the Heritage House MuseumTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Heritage,Holiday Activities

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