The last Festival was in 2019 but the Festivals for the next two years were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Like a lot of activities that are resuming, the Festival may be less exuberant than previous Festivals because some people are still reluctant to venture out. This includes vendors – judging by the pleas coming from the Lions for vendors, there will likely be fewer participants. With no sales for 2 years, it’s likely that some vendors are out of business. But the Entertainment has been booked (program below), a Midway is promised, the beer tent is organized and the Rotary Tent planned. The three day event on the Canada Day long weekend is jointly run by the Lions and Rotary with the Town organizing Canada Day celebrations.
Although the event is a big draw for tourists, many local people also enjoy it.
What we know so far
The Weekend starts on Friday July 1st and runs to Sunday July 3rd.
- Canada Day will include a Parade along King Street, speeches at the Bandshell, Entertainment in the afternoon and Fireworks in the evening
- The Rotary Club will have large tents housing their “HarbourArts” vendors which they describe as including “painters, sculptors, weavers, custom jewellery designers, potters, ceramists, woodcarvers, photographers, metal and stained glass artists, clothing designers and folk artists”.
- The Midway will once again be in Victoria Park and will be open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm July 1st and 2nd, and until 6:00 pm on July 3rd.
- There will be two places to get a beer: 1) The Bistro on the corner of Division and the Esplanade – enjoy craft beers there. 2) The Lions Beer Tent not far from the Bandshell so you can enjoy the Entertainment (see also map).
- The Lions and Rotary areas will be fenced but not the Midway
- Parking will be no problem if you go to Donegan Park, the Community Centre or the Mall and catch the free shuttle (more on Parking below). Download a map of Road closures and Shuttle details here.
- There’s also a Strawberry Social and Craft Beer evening in the Lions beer tent a day earlier (Thursday June 30).
Thursday – June 30th Craft Beer Event
|7:00 pm to 10:00 pm||Madman’s Window (Beer Tent)|
Canada Day – Friday July 1st – in the Bandshell
|1:00 pm||Opening Ceremonies|
|2:00 pm||Multicultural Cobourg Extravaganza|
|3:00 pm||Busker Brothers|
|6:30 pm||Madman’s Window|
|7:45 pm||The Spirits|
Fireworks are usually at 10:00 pm
Saturday – July 2nd – Victoria Park Bandshell and Beer Tent
|12:00 pm||Lorn Brown (Bandshell)|
|1:15 pm||Justin Cooper (Bandshell)|
|2:30 pm||Cale Crowe (Bandshell)|
|4:00 pm||Justin Cooper (Beer Tent)|
|4:45 pm||Big City Lights (Bandshell)|
|6:00 pm||Justin Cooper (Beer Tent)|
|7:00 pm||Classic Seger – Bob Seger Tribute (Bandshell)|
Sunday – July 3rd – Victoria Park Bandshell
|12:00 pm to 1:30 pm||Jeff Biggar & Kyle Tapscott|
|2:00 pm to 3:45 pm||The Buzz|
|4:00 pm to 6:00 pm||Madman’s Window|
Parking at the waterfront is different than previous years – go here for a full explanation of Cobourg’s new parking rules but here is the short version:
- No Parking on King Street on Friday, July 1 from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
- If you are lucky, find a meter or pay & display location at $5 an hour – maximum $40. (Here’s a map)
- Park at Donegan Park, the Mall or the Community Centre and catch the free shuttle.
- Park on Residential Streets east of Victoria Park with a $40 permit available online here (but the $40 visitor Daily Waterfront Pass is not yet available! This despite a large number of resident passes having already been sold.)
- See this page for more – On Official web site.
Access to the beach is free and there will be lifeguards but no canteen. Instead two food trucks are available.
This Post is repeated on the Cobourg Entertainment web site here.