This Weekend in London

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Summer is in full swing and summer in this city never looked so good. Get out and enjoy!

SUNFEST

Running from today, July 9 until this Sunday, July 12 in Victoria Park, Sunfest is a celebration of world music, dance, art, and cuisine. The festival is free to the public and is family friendly.

THE ABBA SHOW

The ABBAsolutely fABBAulous show is coming to Centennial Hall this Friday, July 10 at 8:00pm. Tickets are available through the Centennial Hall box office. Enjoy the live music, dancing, and costumes of the real ABBA experience.

VICTORIAN TEDDY BEAR PICNIC

Bring your favourite bear to Fanshawe Pioneer Village for a delightful day of songs, games, puppets, and snacks with your bears. Don’t forget your picnic basket! Admission is $7.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The historic Labatt Park has another home game this weekend when the London Majors take on Guelph this Friday night at 7:35pm. Tickets are available at the gates or online.

 

 

 

Sunfest

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For the 21st consecutive year, Sunfest is coming back to London this July. Running from this Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12 in Victoria Park, this is a festival dedicated to showcasing the arts from around the world. It’s a celebration of music, dance and artwork! Bring the whole family downtown to see everything from Cuban salsa to Celtic traditional folk music.

THE DETAILS

Thursday, July 9 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 6:00pm until 11:00pm.

Friday, July 10 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 12:00noon until 11:00pm.

Saturday, July 11 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 11:30am until 11:00pm.

Sunday, July 12 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 11:30am until 11:00pm.

ADMISSION to the festival is FREE for everyone!

In addition to the music and dancing, there will also be vendors selling crafts and artwork from around the world and amazing cuisine.

 

Canada Day in London

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Tomorrow is the day when we all gush red and white and proudly wave our maple leafs. Canada Day brings out the best in our country and our communities. If your family is looking for some way to celebrate your true north, strong and free, here is what is happening in London:

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Children’s Museum will have lots of great Canada Day activities like Canadian yoga, creating a Canadarm, and learning about basketball, our constellations, and Alexander Graham Bell.

PALASAD

Palasad North and South are celebrating Canada Day with 1/2 price classic pizza, 1/2 price jumbo wings, and loonie bowling games.

FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

Fanshawe is celebrating Dominion Day the way it was back on the first Dominion Day in 1867. Join them from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Come dressed in red and white for $1.50 off your admission!

FIREWORKS

BYRON SPORTS COMPLEX

The Byron Optimists are hosting their annual Canada celebration and fireworks. Gates open at 6:00pm, donations accepted.There will be music, face painting, speeches and fireworks, of course!

HARRIS PARK

Downtown comes alive with Harris Parks fireworks over the Thames River. This annual event is a classic.

SOUTH LONDON COMMUNITY CENTRE

Events begin at 2:00pm and end with fireworks. There will be entertainment, food, and lots of fun!

EAST LONDON OPTIMISTS

The Optimist Club of East London will be putting on a show at Argyle Arena. The party begins at 11:00am and continues into the night with a fireworks show.

GRAND BEND

What could be more beautiful than fireworks on the beach? Live bands and family-friendly entertainment will have you rocking on this Canada Day.

ST. THOMAS

Both St. Thomas and Port Stanley will be having Canada Day activities during the day, then head over to Pinafore Park for fireworks in the evening.

This Weekend in London

June

School is out today for all kids in the LDCSB and the TVDSB which means it’s time for some fun! Celebrate the end of school by getting out and having some fun!

STORYBOOK GARDENS GRAND OPENING

This weekend is the official Grand Opening of Gnorbert’s Garden at Storybook Gardens. Come to Storybook to explore their new urban farm and butterfly garden to learn about planting and be inspired to start your own at home! Get those little green thumbs growing into the earth young. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions from the young and old.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

The London International Food Festival is this weekend in Victoria Park. Come downtown between 11:00am and 11:00pm on Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28 to enjoy the entertainment, the exhibitors and of course, the over 50 food booths to choose from. Come hungry!

OPA GREEK FESTIVAL

OPA! The Outdoor Greek Festival runs this Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Admission is free for everyone to come an enjoy live music, dancing, and of course the food! For the full schedule and all information, see HERE.

COMMUNITY CPR DAY

The City of London is hosting another Community CPR Day on June 27 and June 28. This is an opportunity for all to earn their CPR-A certification. Whether you have small children at home, have aging parents, or work with populations of people, CPR is a vital skill that all people would benefit from knowing. This is great on a resume for all teens and babysitters as well! Only $5 per person for the 2.5 hour clinic.  For dates and times and to register, see HERE.

MOVIE TIME

If you’re wanting to get out and see a movie this weekend to celebrate summer, there is a lot playing for kids! Saturday at 11:00am, Silver City Masonville has the classic Popeye for their Family Favourite Presentation. The fantastic animated film Inside Out is playing at the Mustang Drive-In on one side and Jurassic World on the other.

Beer and BBQ Show

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Nothing says summer like a cold drink by the BBQ, am I right? This weekend is all about doing just that – only better! The London Beer and BBQ Show is coming back to the Western Fair District, Canada Building this weekend. There will be lots of beer, wine, spirits, and food, as well as entertainment and demonstrations on how to make your backyard BBQ the place to be. Many craft beers from across southwestern Ontario will be represented and paired with some delicious BBQ. Come hungry and thirsty!

THE DETAILS

The Beer & BBQ Show is open today from noon to 10:30pm and tomorrow from noon until 5:00pm

Western Fair District, Canada Building

THE LINEUP

Saturday has a lot of entertainment the whole day through, beginning with an Oktoberfest Keg Tapping, a Media Cook Off, live bands, and Farm Boy reps to show how to cook the perfect steaks.

Sunday will also have live music on stage, grilling demonstrations, and Chef D to show everyone how it’s done.

For the full schedule, see HERE.

ADMISSION

Admission is $15 per person at the door

This is a 19+ event, no babies, toddlers or children will be admitted.

 

 

Father’s Day Events

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Looking for something special to do for Father’s Day weekend? Here are a few things happening around town:

WESTMOUNT SHOPPING CENTRE

Father’s Day Kids’ Club on Saturday, June 20 near Carlton Cards. Kids 3-12 years old can stop by between 1:00 to 3:00pm to make something special for Dad!

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Dads and Grandpas get into the park free on Sunday, June 21. Bring your water guns and get ready to get wet with lots of water balloon and water fun!

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

This weekend, the London Children’s Museum has some GROSSOLOGY for you to share with Dad! On Sunday, June 21 all dad’s get in for free with their kids. Saturday and Sunday you can dissect a squid with the Biology Department from Western and then make a Father’s Day card for Dad with squid ink!

PALASAD

Dad’s can head over to Palasad all weekend for half price bowling, billiards, and laser tag when they come to play with their kids!

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

June

Welcome to Father’s Day weekend! We hope you didn’t forget or accidentally celebrate it a week early (why does it feel like it should’ve been last weekend?)! If you are looking for some last minute ways to celebrate, the city is here to deliver. So much going on, so much fun to be had. Get out and enjoy some of it!

BEER AND BBQ SHOW

Beer. BBQ. A match made in summer heaven. If you’re in agreement, head on over to the Western Fair District, Canada Building. There will be beer, wine, spirits, BBQ, food trucks, live entertainment, demonstrations, seminars, and so much more! This is a 19+ event – no babies, toddlers, children or underage teenagers will be allowed in the show.

SHANIA TWAIN

A new block of tickets has just been released! This is Shania’s big Rock This Country tour with all of her biggest hits and new music. She’s just finished her two year gig in Las Vegas and is now bringing the music across North America. She will be at the Budweiser Gardens for two shows – Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 7:30m.

NORTH BY NORTHWEST WAREHOUSE SALE

North by Northwest is having a huge sale at the Western Fair District Progress Building this weekend. All swimwear, clothing, footwear, outerwear, and accessories will be 30-70% off. For all of the dates and times, see the link above.

LONDON’S KIDS EXPO

The London’s Kids Expo is this weekend in Victoria Park. This event has free admission! There will be food vendors, exhibits, crafts, live performances, and so much fun! There will also be carnival rides – a ride all day pass is only $20 for kids and adults ride with them for free!

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by spending it on the ball field with your favourite men. The London Majors are playing two games this weekend: Saturday at 7:35pm against Hamilton and Sunday at 1:05pm against Brantford. Play ball!

 

 

 

 

London’s Kids Expo

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This weekend is the London’s Kids Expo in Victoria Park. This annual event is perfect for families, catering to children ages 3 to 15 years old. There will be carnival rides, entertainment, food, exhibitors and more!

THE EXPO

Kids Expo has been coming to London for 20 years. This year they are bringing carnival rides with a Ride-All-Day pass for $20. Parents ride free with their children! There are also 25 food vendors on site to keep your bellies full, 65 retail exhibitors, crafts, live performances, a bike track, and lots of fun activities. See HERE for a full itinerary of events.

THE DETAILS

Friday, June 19 from 11:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday, June 20 from 11:00am to 9:00pm

Sunday, June 21 from 11:00am to 7:00pm

Admission is FREE

 

 

Fiesta London!

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Fiesta London is bringing the sounds, culture and taste of Mexico to London this weekend! Come to the Covent Garden Market on Sunday, June 14 from 11:00am to 9:00pm for a beautiful cultural experience for the whole family.

This year, there are five fun ways for you to get involved: the chihuahua parade, the jalapeno eating competition, the taco eating contest, the Mexican charro scream contest, and the burrito eating challenge. There are great prizes for the winners! If you are interested in being a part of any of their contests, please register in advance HERE.

The schedule is jam packed with live music, dancing, folklore, pinata breaking, and even a chihuahua dog parade! There will be food and lots of entertainment. All are welcome to this family event.

IME ACTIVITY PERFORMED BY Presenter
11:00am Opening Event
11:05am CHIHUAHUA Dog Parade Reliance Home Comfort
11:45am Piñata Breaking Liliana Lara, All-Risks Insurance
12:00pm Mexican Folklore Adolfo Ranchero & Ana De Mexico
12:20pm Piñata Breaking Collége Boréal
12:45pm TACO Eating Contest Start Communications
1:00pm Mariachi Music Mariachi Viva Mexico London Heritage Council
2:00pm Opening Ceremony
2:30pm Mexican Ballet Le Ballet Mexicain de Montreal CIC Canada
3:15pm EL GRITO Mexicano Adolfo Ranchero Elencanto Salon Spa
3:45pm BURRITO Eating Contest Quesada Burritos & Tacos
4:15pm Piñata Breaking Carranza LLP
4:30pm Mexican Ballet Le Ballet Mexicain de Montreal London Heritage Council
5:30pm Mariachi Music Mariachi Viva Mexico CIC Canada
6:30pm JALAPENO Eating Contest La Jornada Hispanic Newspaper
7:00pm Piñata Breaking RONA
7:30pm Colombian Folklore Ritmo & Café
8:00pm Argentine Tango, Salsa Juan Marin, Tango Studio
8:15pm Fushion Bellydance Sol & Luna
8:30pm Mexican Folklore Adolfo Ranchero & Ana De Mexico
9:00pm Closing


This Weekend in London

June

Are you counting down the days until school is out? We sure are! Some schools are out tomorrow, some have another week, and the rest will be done on their heels. The end of school lunches is near, and that’s a pretty good reason to celebrate in my mind. This wonderful city seems to be in agreement because there is a lot going on this weekend! Festival season has officially begun with a bang.

TOUCH A TRUCK

The Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre is hosting their 7th annual Touch a Truck event at Rona North this Saturday, June 13 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Admission is $5 per person. See a collection of amazing vehicles, from the driver’s seat! Honk the horns, push the sirens, and speak with the drivers. Food, refreshments, and children’s activities will be provided.

TVCC FAMILY FUN DAY

If you have a child who is a client of Thames Valley Children’s Centre, you are invited to a day of fun and adventure at Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre on Sunday, June 14. This is a free event for all family members which includes a family swim, entertainment, pizza, treats, face painting and more! Please RSVP HERE by the end of TODAY.

LONDON FRINGE FESTIVAL

The London Fringe Festival is alive and running through this weekend. There are still plenty of great shows and artwork to take in, including Nuit Blanche on Saturday night. For a full list of theatres and performances, please see the above link.

DUNDAS STREET FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 13 is London’s car-free street festival along Dundas Street from Ridout to Wellington. The festival begins at 10:00am and will have live music from noon until 11:00pm and vendors all day long.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The London Majors are playing the Toronto Maple Leafs this Friday, June 12 at 7:35pm. Bring the family and enjoy the historical Labatt Park.

FIESTA LONDON

Sunday, June 14 is Fiesta London! the Mexican Festival at the Covent Garden Market. The festival runs from 11:00am to 9:00pm and will be featuring a whole day of events, Pinata’s, Taco eating contest, music, dancing, folklore, and more!