With the Province re-opening, we can hope that more local entertainment venues will open since with Step 3, 50% capacity is allowed. That means cinemas, theatres, museums, Art Galleries etc. can open and operate. But in Cobourg, not all venues have announced any change. The Concert Hall at Victoria Hall is still closed; the Firehall theatre is closed; the Cobourg Community Centre is partially closed; there are no events at the United Church; the Learning connection is not holding live events; the Cobourg Lions Centre and Columbus Centre are not holding events – at least not yet. BUT, some venues are now open and providing entertainment. There is a page on the Cobourg Calendar site that tries to list all entertainment in the “Covid-19 era” – see links below.
In fairness to live theatre operations, it must be said that most live shows need to fill their theatres to pay for the production and Covid-19 spacing or occupancy rules mean they cannot do that – so many will stay closed for the time being.
Cobourg venues providing entertainment or entertaining events
- Highland Games Pop-Up Patio & Ceilidhs. A Fund raising initiative to support the Cobourg Highland Games, and to help our struggling local musicians get back to what they love doing best, performing. Starting on July 22nd the Highland Games organizers will be opening Pop-Up Patios on the concrete pad, next to the Canteen, down by the beach, in Victoria Park. More details here
- Northumberland Players – Pop-up Theatre. Northumberland Players normally has a full calendar of plays – a dinner-theatre at the Best Western, major plays at the Concert Hall, smaller ones at the Firehall and a Musical at the Capitol in Port Hope. None of these have been happening for 18 months but in the next few months (July through September), there are four “pop-up theatre” events at outdoor venues. First one is July 30. Because they are outdoors, there are a lot less restrictions although some are still in place. More details here.
- Cobourg Ecology Garden Celebrates 25th Anniversary – a one time outdoor event on July 24
- Northumberland County Mini Art Galleries – the Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) has been holding virtual events but have also set up a way for everyone to participate. Details here. Otherwise, the Art Gallery is closed.
- Film Access Northumberland (FAN) – A new group has been formed to promote local film making and appreciation. Their first event the “Eye2Eye International Film Festival” will be held in Victoria Park on August 29. There is more detail here. This will also involve other Cobourg Arts groups and venues (e.g. the Loft)
- Rainbow Cinemas The local cinemas at the Mall have been open whenever they have been allowed and they re-opened July 16. Their program is limited but includes the popular Black Widow – more details here. Film Sundays screenings remain on hold.
- Cobourg Loft Cinema. After receiving some financial help from supporters, the Loft will re-open on July 20 with a full program. Loft Web site. There is no word yet on dates for Les AMIS classical concerts but they are expected to resume in September.
- Sifton-Cook Museum. This popular Museum will re-open on July 23 – details here. They will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Other museums listed here have not yet re-opened.
- Port Hope Drive-in – on Theatre Road (of course). It opened for Step 2 and is now fully operational. Their web site is here. The Port Hope Drive-in is one of only 16 left operating in Ontario
- Cobourg Library Now open: Monday to Wednesday from 12-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10-2 p.m., Saturday from 10-5 p.m., Closed on Sundays.
The usual calendar sites are mostly empty or not operating (Snapd, Experience Cobourg, radio stations, Concert Hall box office etc) so people don’t go to them. That makes it hard for organizers to get the word out. I suggest trying the links below. Note that for major sports events such as Hockey (Cobourg Cougars) and Lacrosse (Cobourg Kodiaks), I would think fans don’t need this blog to provide updates but I see that the Cougars expect to start their season October 1st.
- Cobourg Calendar – Covid-19 entertainment – events happening despite Covid-19 restrictions
- Cobourg Calendar – a source for finding Entertainment in normal times
- Clubs in Cobourg – most accept new members and most are currently operating via Zoom or another virtual tool.