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.

 

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.

Free Movie Night in the Park

The City of London is once again offering free movie nights in Victoria Park! Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, a snack and your family and head down town for a family adventure. This year, the movies are on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. All of the movies are family friendly and begin at sundown (approximately 9pm).

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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

 

 

2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Torch Relay

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The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are coming to Toronto this summer! This is a very exciting time for Canadians and especially those of us in southwestern Ontario who haven’t otherwise had the opportunity to attend games at this level.

WHAT ARE THE PAN AM/PARAPAN AM GAMES?

The Pan-American Games are held every four years, one year before the summer Olympics. The Parapan-American Games follow immediately after the Pan Am Games and are for people with physical disabilities. Forty-one countries from the Americas will be competing in summer sports for the Pan Am Games and twenty-eight will be competing in the Parapan Am Games.

WHEN/WHERE ARE THE GAMES?

The Pan Am Games begin in less than one month on July 10 and go until July 26. The Parapan Am Games begin August 7 and go until August 15. They will be held in venues all over the Greater Toronto Area including Toronto, Markham, Oshawa, Whitby, Milton, Mississauga, Hamilton, Niagara, and Simcoe County.

TICKETS

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for events and celebrations. Most tickets are under $45 and some are even as low as $20. Tickets are half price for kids under 16 and seniors over 65. All tickets include FREE public transit to and from the event.

TORCH RELAY

Just like the Olympics, the Pan Am Games have a torch relay leading up to the games. The torch left Mexico where the last games were held and began making it’s way across Canada on May 30. This Wednesday, June 17 the torch will pass through London. Canadian decathlete Damian Warner will be carrying the torch through London and stopping at Victoria Park. The celebration begins at 5:00pm in the bandshell. There will be performances and entertainment until approximately 8:00pm.

Forest City Road Race

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Sunday, April 26 is the date for this year’s Forest City Road Race. It may seem like a long way away, but now is the time to get registered for the race and save a lot of money doing it! The best registration rates are on right now until January 31, 2015.

FOREST CITY ROAD RACE

Every year, the FCRR happens in the early spring as a fundraiser for Thames Valley Children’s Centre here in London. TVCC serves more than 7000 children in the southwestern region of Ontario with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorders. Their clients range from newborn right up until young adulthood. The FCRR raises funds for programming that allow their clients to participate in their homes, communities, and schools to the best of their ability. It also provides programming for siblings of children who are clients of TVCC and support for their parents – invaluable services for so many families in London and area.

THE RACES

There are four events at the FCRR – the 5K open run/wheelchair, the 10K open run, the half-marathon, and the Fun Run for kids – an all ages run around Victoria Park on a safe, closed course.

REGISTRATION

Registration is open now for all events and online registration will be open until the Thursday before the race. Save $15 on registration, get a personalized race bib, and a tech shirt by registering before the end of January.

VOLUNTEERING

Not a runner? Not a problem. Volunteering for the event is a lot of fun for everyone involved. Get a group of friends together to man a water station and cheer on the runners, sign up to be a court marshal or hang out at the finish line to celebrate at the end of the race. Students can count the race hours toward their volunteer hours for graduation, so bring your teens along for the fun.

New Year’s Eve for the Adults

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Did you manage to score a babysitter for New Year’s Eve? All dressed up and still looking for somewhere to go? Here are a few suggestions:

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

Victoria Park is all lit up and ready for the big annual, FREE, outdoor event. Bring the kids to skate on the rink, visit with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from My Perfect Princess Party, watch some great musical performances, have some hot chocolate and then watch a special firework show at 9pm before sending them home. For the grown-ups, the big party starts after the early fireworks with Hangar 18 and Platinum Blonde hitting the band shell. A great fireworks display over City Hall will finish off the night and welcome in 2015.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Aeolian Hall

The Aeolian Hall is having their annual celebration to ring in the New Year. This catered event begins at 8:00pm, doors opening at 7:00pm. After Four is performing and there will be complementary champagne at midnight. Tickets are $85 per person for reserved seating. Tickets are nearly sold out! Purchase online HERE.

New Year’s Eve in the District 

The Western Fair District has three different parties going on to welcome in 2015. If you feel like dancing, put on your party dress and join the 80′s Dance Party in the Carousel Room. It begins with a prime rib buffet dinner from 7:00 to 9:00pm, followed by dancing from 9:00 to 1:00am. There will be party favours and champagne at midnight. Call 519-438-7203 x 252 to purchase tickets.

The Top of the Fair restaurant also begins with a prime rib dinner buffet from 7:00 to 9:00pm. There will be live harness racing and live music brought to you by Just Ed. Call 519-438-7203 x 252 for reservations.

Yuk Yuk’s will have you laughing into 2015! The prime rib buffet dinner will be served from 8:30 to 10:00pm followed by a comedy show from 10:00 to midnight. Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased online HERE.

German Canadian Club

The German Canadian Club is having a great celebration with options for dinner or just the party. Dinner will be served from 6:00 to 8:00pm with reservations and the big party begins at 8:00pm with a light buffet, dancing, and champagne at midnight. Tickets are available in advance only by stopping by the club or online HERE. The celebration is $50 for members, $60 for non-members.

Hilton New Year’s Eve Party

The Hilton Hotel is holding their 10th Anniversary New Year’s Eve Party. This sell out event begins with dinner in the dining room and then moves over to the Ballroom for the big party. Doors open at 8:30pm, dress code is in effect and this is a 19+ event. Tickets are $60 per person and can be reserved by calling 519-430-6412 ex 3121.

London Music Hall

The Penthouse at London Music Hall is hosting an exclusive, formal event for New Year’s Eve. The doors open at 9:00pm for this 19+ event. Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres will be served and champagne at midnight. Tickets are $30 per person or $650 for a reserved booth with admission for 8 and bottle service. For tickets or reservations click HERE.

 

This Weekend in London

Nov 27

London is going to be a busy place this weekend! Get the kids in the van and get out there!

LIGHTING OF THE LIGHTS

Friday, November 28 in Victoria Park there will be the annual Lighting of the Lights ceremony to mark the beginning of the Christmas season in the downtown core. Events run from 6:15 to 7:00pm.

HYDE PARK SANTA CLAUS PARADE

This Saturday, November 29 beginning at 10:00am behind Sherwood Forest Mall. Bring canned good donations for the elves to collect and dress warmly!

A FEW GOOD MEN

The legendary movie turned Broadway sensation will hit the McManus Stage at the Grand Theatre from November 25 to December 6. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Grand Theatre box office or online HERE.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

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