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 FairIMG_7224 Horse Cantering, Middleville Fair 2016
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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    1augAll DayCarleton Place 200 Celebration ParadeTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Community Events

    1aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmFact or Fiction Trivia Tours with the Smiths Falls Heritage House MuseumTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    1aug7:00 pmMovies in the Park - Mississippi MillsTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Community Events

    1aug7:00 pm- 11:00 pmSmiths Falls Movies Under the StarsTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Community Events

    2augAll DayCarleton Place Classic Car ParadeTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Community Events

    2aug - 4All DayGoodwood Music FestivalTownship:BeckwithEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events

    3augAll DayBridge St. Summer FestTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Community Events

    3aug5:30 am- 11:30 pmSummerfeastTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Community Events,Food & Drink,Fundraising

    3aug10:00 am- 2:00 pmMarket & Music Days at the Smiths Falls Heritage House MuseumTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events,Food & Drink,Heritage

    4aug11:00 am- 3:30 pmCarleton Place Picnic in the ParkTownship:Carleton PlaceEvent Type:Community Events

    4aug2:30 pm- 4:00 pmCemetery Tours with the Smiths Falls Heritage House MuseumTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    6augAll DayClassic Dinner Theatre: Androcles and the Lion (Every Tuesday from June 4th to August 27th, 2019)Township:PerthEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Food & Drink

    6aug10:00 am- 3:00 pmChildren's Day Camps at the Heritage House Museum in Smiths FallsTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    8augAll DayPerth Citizens' Band ConcertTownship:PerthEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    8aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmMurder Mystery & Ghost Walk Tour with the Smiths Falls Heritage House MuseumTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events

    9aug - 11All DaySmiths Falls Community Theatre: NarniaTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    9aug - 11All DayBarnDoor Productions: MacBethTownship:PerthEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    10aug - 11All DayPerth Garlic FestivalTownship:PerthEvent Type:Community Events

    10augAll DayNaismith 3 On 3 Basketball FestivalTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Sports

    10augAll DayRace the Runway at Russ Beach AirportTownship:MontagueEvent Type:Community Events,Signature Event

    15aug - 18All DaySmiths Falls Community Theatre: NarniaTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    16aug - 17All DayLive at the FallsTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events

    16augAll DayClassic Theatre Festival: Ira Levin's Deathtrap (August 16th to September 8th)Township:PerthEvent Type:Arts & Culture

    16aug7:00 pm- 8:30 pmTheatre Organ ConcertTownship:PerthEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events,Fundraising,Recreation

    17aug - 18All DayFreedom FestTownship:PerthEvent Type:Community Events

    17augAll DayPaddle Power in Otty LakeTownship:Tay ValleyEvent Type:Community Events

    17aug - 18All DayRideau Ferry RegattaTownship:Drummond/North ElmsleyEvent Type:Community Events,Signature Event,Sports

    17augAll DayPerth Kilt RunTownship:PerthEvent Type:Signature Event,Sports

    17aug8:00 am- 1:00 pmWatershed Discovery DayTownship:PerthEvent Type:Community Events

    17aug9:00 am- 4:00 pmPakenham FairTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Agricultural Fairs

    18augAll DayCivitan Classic Cruisers: Mike Bowes Memorial Cruise-InTownship:Drummond/North Elmsley,PerthEvent Type:Community Events

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

    24aug - 25All DaySilver Lake Pow WowTownship:Tay ValleyEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Heritage

    24aug - 25All DayTrainfestTownship:Smiths FallsEvent Type:Community Events

    24augAll DayNorth Lanark Highland GamesTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Community Events

    24augAll DayBarns, Farms and Wicked ChefsTownship:Tay ValleyEvent Type:Food & Drink,Fundraising

    24augAll DayMaberly FairTownship:Tay ValleyEvent Type:Agricultural Fairs

    24aug - 25aug 2410:00 amaug 25Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust: Festival of the Wild ChildTownship:Mississippi MillsEvent Type:Community Events

    29augAll DayGlen Tay Block RaceTownship:Tay ValleyEvent Type:Sports

    30aug - 2sepAll DayPerth FairTownship:PerthEvent Type:Agricultural Fairs

    30aug7:00 pmOld Time Talent NightTownship:Lanark HighlandsEvent Type:Community Events

    31aug - 2sepAll DaySundance Artisan ShowTownship:Tay ValleyEvent Type:Arts & Culture,Community Events,Signature Event

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