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January

Niagara Icewine Festival

The Niagara Icewine Festival is a great way to warm up on those chilly January days, and you can experience the Falls in a totally different way than in warm weather. The Festival includes various regional wineries along the Wine Route, featuring ice bars, fabulous culinary offerings, ice skating and great wines. Head to Niagara Falls for this annual fest.

March

Around the Bay 30K

This race is the oldest marathon in North America! Whether you choose to run or watch, it’s great fun. Plan to check out the Health and Fitness Expo at Copps Coliseum while in Hamilton. It’s about a 1.5 hour drive from London, and there’s plenty to do while visiting this large city.

April

The Fourth London Gay Wedding Show

The Best Western Stoneridge Inn hosts this show, where you can see all the current trends in wedding design. The information is geared towards the gay and lesbian market.

May

Battle of Longwoods Reenactment

The first week of May brings the annual Battle of Longwoods reenactment. Head for the Longwoods Road Conservation Area to experience the roars of the cannons and pops of muskets, as the historic battle from the War of 1812 comes alive before your very eyes.

The Met A Weekend Artisans Market

Beginning in May and extending through the end of the year, you can visit a weekend artisans’ market to peruse beautifully handcrafted art pieces as well as rare and vintage items. The market is open Saturdays and Sundays.

June

Double Decker Bus Sightseeing Tour

June through Labour Day, tours of London’s sights are offered emanating from the Downtown Tourism London Info Centre (corner of Wellington St. & Dundas St.). Catch the bus at 10 a.m., and you will have 2 hours to learn about this city.

July

TD Sunfest

Music and dance are celebrated at the annual TD Sunfest, second largest of its type in Canada, where attendees enjoy grooving to live bands featuring a variety of music genres. You can enjoy lots of food, crafts and artwork at the festival, held in Victoria Park. Better yet, admission is free.

London Celebrates Canada

Help London celebrate Canada’s birthday by joining in on the festivities at Harris Park. Heroes are honored, local talent is cheered and fireworks are amazing.

Ribfest and Craft Beer Show

Finger-licking ribs and chicken accompanied by tasty craft beers. Add in live entertainment, and you have it all at Ribest! An adjacent Midway provides lots of fun for the kiddies. The fest is held in Victoria Park.

Summer Shakespeare

‘Tis noble to attend the summer productions of William Shakespeare’s plays at the University of Western Ontario. The UWO Department of English Theatre Company produces and stars in a play each summer, on several dates, in an outdoor courtyard.

August

Festa Italiana

All things Italian are enjoyed at this festival, held at Covent Garden Market in downtown London. You can dance under the stars to a live orchestra, watch cooking demonstrations, enjoy fabulous singers and then there’s the lasagna, cannoli, pizza and gelato!

Springbank Gardens Sunday Summer Concerts

August through September, you can relax and enjoy superb concerts in lovely Springbank Gardens. Each Sunday afternoon brings a different performance, so check the website beforehand. Springbank Park also offers biking and hiking trails plus picnic areas, so plan to stay awhile.

September

Western Fair

Every September, Western Fair offers thrill rides, concerts, rodeos, horse shows, craft competitions and lots of good fair food. Ten days of family fun is what this Fair is all about! Located in the Western Fair District.

Fall Fest

Victoria Park is the site of London’s annual Fall Fest – this is a biggie! Lots of food booths, a beer garden, dozens of live bands, all kinds of exhibitions plus carnival rides – what more could you ask for?

Native Harvest Festival and Pow Wow

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology hosts a yearly festival celebrating the culture of Canada’s First Peoples. Enjoy traditional singing and drumming, art workshops and demonstrations and try native foods.

Lambeth Harvestfest

A London neighborhood called Lambeth hosts yearly Harvestfest, jam packed with activities, including golf and horseshoe tournaments, dances, a craft show, parade and fireworks.

Western Homecoming Celebration

The end of September brings the annual University of Western Ontario’s Homecoming festivities. Days of events include a parade and other alumni activities, culminating in the Western Mustang’s football game at TD Waterhouse Stadium.

October

Fall On The Farm

Fanshawe Pioneer Village lets you experience how farmers in the 1800’s harvested their crops and got ready for the coming wintertime.

A Haunting We Will Go

Trick or treat with your youngsters at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. Bob for apples, munch on goodies and be sure to wear your favorite costumes!

November

World Diabetes Day

Celebrated on November 14, World Diabetes Day is significant in London, Ontario because one of its renowned residents,  Dr. F. G. Banting, was a co-founder of insulin. Tour Banting House, a National Historic Site, and don’t miss the adjacent Square’s statue.

Dickens Dinner

You can dine on a traditional Christmas dinner at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, and listen to a recitation of his tales as well.  A limited number of November and December dates are available, so check the website for reservations.

December

Winter Wonderland in Victoria Park

Come to Victoria Park to be dazzled by over 75,000 twinkling lights in the trees, along with holiday displays featuring Santa and the reindeer, the Nativity and more. On the hour Carillon Bells enhance this annual experience, great for families. Bring a letter to mail at Santa’s mailbox, and enjoy free ice skating.

April to November

Stratford Shakespeare Festival

This popular annual festival runs from April to November, offering various Shakespeare-penned plays along with others. Stratford is about an hour’s drive northeast of London, and this city welcomes visitors with plenty of accommodations and things to do. It’s worth the drive!

 

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