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!

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

June

The first weekend in June is loaded with excitement isn’t it? It’s the last month of school and the weather is out of excuses – it has to be warm! To celebrate, London has some incredible things going on.

ED SHEERAN

If you were one of the lucky ones to get tickets, tomorrow night, Friday, June 5 at the Bud Gardens is going to be amazing! The concert begins at 7:30pm with Foy Vance opening.

GATHERING ON THE GREEN

For 33 years, London’s oldest community festival has been taking place in Old South. Join the party on Saturday, June 6 on The Green (the field beside the old LDCSB building at 165 Elmwood Ave) for live entertainment, food, so many kids activities, and over 90 local craft and plant vendors. The event runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm. A full itinerary can be found HERE.

CITY OF LONDON OUTDOOR POOLS

Can you believe it’s time for the City of London’s outdoor pools to open? The spray pads have been open for a few weeks now, but as of this Saturday Thames Pool, Stronach Pool, East Lions Pool, and Westminster Pool are open for weekends only. For more information, see HERE.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The Majors are playing this Friday, June 5 at Labatt Park against Kitchener at 7:35pm. They are playing again this Sunday, June 7 at 1:05pm against Barrie. Tickets for both games are $8 for adults, $6 for kids and seniors.

LONDON FRINGE FESTIVAL

The London Fringe Festival is on now until June 13. Forty-five theatre companies will be performing 350 times along with 35 visual artists at nine venues over twelve days. See HERE for all of the shows on stage, HERE for the visual artists, and HERE for all of the ticket information.

 

This Weekend in London

may

Can you believe it’s already the last weekend in May? This month has flown by! Get out and enjoy the beautiful weekend in our gorgeous city!

GRICKLE GRASS FESTIVAL

The Grickle Grass Festival is this weekend! Saturday, May 30 during the day is for the family, but at night the London Children’s Museum becomes an adult-only night of entertainment and fun. Join Growing Chefs! Ontario, the London Children’s Museum and celebrate sustainable living.

LONDON MAJORS

The London Majors are on a winning streak! See if it can continue this Friday, May 29 at 7:35pm against Brantford at the historic Labatt Park.

HOBBY AND TOY CENTRAL GRAND OPENING

London’s newest toy store is opening beside Costco north and they’re having their grand opening event this Saturday, May 30. There will be over $1200 worth of raffle prizes! The store is open from 9:30-6:00pm with festivities beginning at 10:00am.

WORTLEY VILLAGE DOG WALK

Have a dog? Love dog people? Head on down to The Friendly Groomer for a beautiful walk through historic Wortley Village. This event is FREE, but donations in support of Montego Bay Animal Haven will happily be accepted. This takes place Sunday, May 31 at 11:00am.

ARTHUR FORD PUBLIC SCHOOL FIREBIRD SPRING FESTIVAL

Arthur Ford Public School is raising funds for new playground equipment and are hosting a day of food, fun and entertainment this Saturday, May 30! It begins at 2:00pm and goes until 8:00pm. Come for the live entertainment, the bike rodeo, decorated bike parade, and the family baseball game! The event is free, but donations are welcome!

NOR’WEST OPTIMIST GARAGE SALE & COMMUNITY SHOWCASE

This Saturday, May 30 from 8:00am to 1:00pm at the West Park Baptist Church, the Nor’West Optimists are holding a garage sale and community showcase. There will be a BBQ, face painting, raffle, and door prizes!

 

 

London Majors Baseball

Baseball may be America’s national sport, but Canada definitely steps up to the plate! London is home to The London Majors, members of the Intercounty Baseball League. The London Majors have a short season from May through July, so don’t think too hard about whether or not you’d like to take your little ball fans to a game – do it now, before you miss out!

THE SEASON

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TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or in advance online. Tickets are only $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. Season passes are also available for all of their home and away games. They are currently onsale: $99 for adults, $79 for students/seniors, $189 for a family pass (2 adults, 2 students).

BIRTHDAYS

Your child can celebrate their birthday with all of their friends at the ball game! If you have a baseball fan in your family, this would be the perfect summer party!  See HERE for all of the information.

BASEBALL CAMP

Do you have a child ages 7-12 who would want to play baseball where the professionals play? The London Majors host a baseball camp to learn the fundamental skills and drills to become a top baseball player. Camps run weekly in July and are $185/week. For more information, see HERE.

DID YOU KNOW..?

Labatt Park, where the London Majors play was voted Canada’s favourite baseball field and is the “oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world”? They’ve been around since 1877 and had the Guiness Book’s award for it. Unfortunately, the folks at Guiness renamed a field in Clinton, Massachusetts the oldest baseball field in the world when it was discovered that Labatt Park’s home plate is not in the original position that it was in 1877 – though it stayed within the same field. Wherever home plate lies, the field is full of some wonderful history and is definitely worth a visit.

This Weekend in London

may

Lots of fun things to do outside this weekend! If you’re not gardening or building a fairy house, consider some of these ideas:

SUPERHERO RUN FOR EASTER SEALS KIDS

This Saturday, May 23 Easter Seals Ontario is hosting their second annual Superhero Run for Easter Seals Kids at Camp Woodeden in west London. There will be an 8km partial trail run, a 5km fully accessible run and a 1km family fun run with superhero activities along the way! There will be so much fun with Curiosity Box, the London Children’s Museum, Kids Learn & Play, superheroes, and even real life superheroes from the London Fire Department, Tactical Team and K9 Unit! The fun begins at 10:00am.

KIDS TRI 4 KIDS

Do you have an adventurous 3-13 year old? This Sunday, May 24 is the fifth annual Kids Tri 4 Kids triathlon to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area. Kids will swim, bike, and run in a safe, professionally designed course. The focus is all on fun – not who crosses the finish line first!

MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! is coming to the Budweiser Gardens this Saturday and Sunday for two amazing shows as part of their Broadway series. With the music of ABBA, this energetic and fun performance centres on a wedding, a mother, her daughter, and her three potential fathers. Set in Greece, this hit show will definitely entertain you!

REFOREST LONDON TREE SALE

Doing a little landscaping this weekend? ReForest London is having a tree sale this Saturday, May 23 from 9am until noon at Kiwanis Park (1499 Brydges Street).  Tree sales are organized through the Million Tree Challenge.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The London Majors have two home games this weekend: Friday, May 22 at 7:35pm against Guelph and Sunday, May 24 at 1:05pm against Burlington. Tickets cost only $6-8 per person, which makes this perfect for a date night or a family outing!

EAST PARK

East Park’s waterpark opens this weekend for the season! With seven water slides featuring a single and a double tube, the original mat slides and two speed slides (the bullet!). There’s also the accessible splash pad for all ages to play on if you need a break from the slides.

This Weekend in London

may

It’s the long weekend! Once upon a time, May 2-4 meant something entirely different than it does once you have kids. ;) So, your plans now may involve a lot more gardening than tanning on a beach, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun! Here is what is happening around town:

LONDON MAJORS

The London Majors are back in action at Labatt Memorial Park. Take your kids out to the ballpark and have some fun this Friday, May 15 for the Home Opener. The game begins at 7:35pm against the Hamilton Cardinals. Tickets are only $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook is open for the spring/summer season as of this Saturday, May 16! All amusement park rides are open and the park will be open daily for play. For hours and admission, see here.

FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

Fanshawe Pioneer Village opens for the season this weekend for it’s 56th season. It will be open Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm, admission is $7. Have a little historical fun this weekend!

PLAY ON! 4 ON 4 HOCKEY

Victoria Park and it’s surrounding streets will be host to the Play On! 4 on 4 hockey tournament this Saturday and Sunday. Registration is closed for the event, but spectators are welcome! Come cheer on your friends or see if you can spot the next hometown hero in action.

TOONIE SWIM

The May schedule for City of London Aquatics Toonie Swims is out and one is this weekend! Friday, May 15 from 7:15 until 9:00pm at the South London Community Pool. Admission is only $2.00 per person.

Pre-Teen Much Music Video Dance Party

Centennial Hall is hosting a Much Music Video Dance Party for all kids in grades 6 to 8 this Friday, May 15 from 7:00 to 11:00pm. Admission is $12 per student, photo ID is required (photo copy of health card or passport).

BOLER MOUNTAIN

Did you know that Boler is more than just a ski hill? Their Tree Top Adventure Park and Mountain Bike Trails are now open for the spring season. Reservations are recommended for the Tree Top Adventures and can be done online: http://www.bolermountain.com/treetop/

SPRAY PADS

The City of London Spray Pads (excluding Storybook Gardens) will be functional as of this Saturday morning at 9am!