Are you planning your next trip to Blue Mountain? If so, you may want to coordinate your vacation around one (or more!) of these 8 must-attend Blue Mountain events! Though Blue Mountain is known for its ski slopes, there is so much to see and do all year round. If you are looking for the best accommodations as you attend one of these awesome events in the Blue Mountains, contact Blue Mountain Lodges today! Many of our accommodations are pet-friendly too so you can enjoy these fun events with your whole family!
Blue Mountain Events – Top 8 Must-Attend Events
There are so many Blue Mountain events that you won’t want to miss out on – no matter which season you prefer, there is something for everyone. See the listing below to learn a bit more about each event, when they take place, and how to get the most out of it!
1. Collingwood Elvis Festival Blue Mountain
The Elvis Festival Parade – Source: Brucegreysimcoe.com
One of the most iconic events to take place in the Blue Mountain area is the Collingwood Elvis Festival. The Elvis Festival began in 1994 and continued to gain popularity until it became the world’s largest festival of its kind! This past year’s Elvis Festival (2018) ran from July 26th – July 29th.
It’s the perfect way to enjoy the summer, listen to free music, and eat great food! If you want to get a feel for the festival before you sign up to go, check out this great video by the bloggers at Let’s Discover ON!
Thinking about attending this fun and unique event? Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your time there:
- Don’t miss the outdoor street party! There is often fun, live entertainment and interesting live chats. This past festival included a live storyteller chat about Elvis with Memphis Jones, Rosemarie O’Brien, and special guests.
- If you don’t have tickets to the semi-finals, you can still enjoy some great entertainment during the Outdoor Elvis Memories Party. This past year included another Storyteller Chat plus Elvis Tribute performances followed by the Memory Lane Street Dance.
- Choose a local hotel during your stay. Locally owned and independent hotels are often less expensive than national chains and are often more unique in design.
2. Canada Day Weekend Blue Mountain
Canada Day 150 Celebration in Blue Mountain – Source: allevents.in
Are you looking for the best place to celebrate Canada Day and spend the long weekend with your family? At Blue Mountain, we celebrate Canada Day together with tons of fun, family-friendly events. Best of all, this event is totally free and perfect for children and families of all ages!
If you visit Blue Mountain during the Canada Day long weekend, you will get to participate in the celebration of Canada with a memorial flag cake, the opportunity to listen to tons of live music all weekend long, go on guided hikes and other family-friendly activities, watch movies under the stars, and get to watch fireworks!
Some tips for enjoying the Canada Day Weekend in Blue Mountain include:
- Choose accommodations closest to the events – with events happening all weekend long, you won’t want to constantly be driving in and out of Blue Mountain! It’s best to find accommodations right where the action is happening so you can be involved in all the events as they happen.
- Don’t miss out on the fireworks! Fireworks are a staple for celebrations such as Canada Day, and you absolutely won’t want to miss out on the beautiful fireworks with your family.
3. Apple Harvest Festival
The Apple Harvest Festival – Source: Visitgrey.ca
If you prefer the cool evening breeze and orange and yellow leaves, then you may prefer visiting Blue Mountain in the fall. If autumn is more your style, you will definitely want to stop by for the Apple Harvest Festival. The Blue Mountain Apple Harvest Festival happens every year during the Thanksgiving weekend.
This event is free to attend and includes many activities that are perfect for couples, friends, and families! This event is not just located in Blue Mountain – it is a large event that spans from the Blue Mountain Village area to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Bundle up in your favourite fall sweater and enjoy activities such as live outdoor music, street performers, gallery tours, biking & hiking, and more!
Some tips for attending the Apple Harvest Festival include:
- Follow the official map and go on the beautiful Fall Colours Drive! There are two different maps available – the first is 1.5 hours, the second is 1 hour. Both maps will take you through beautiful scenic drives to let you get the most out of Ontario’s amazing fall colours.
- Keep the event schedule handy. There is SO much to do during the Apple Harvest festival, you probably won’t be able to do it all. However, keep your event schedule on hand and prioritize the events you want to go to the most.
4. Centurion Cycling Festival
The Centurion Cycling Festival – Source: Visitgrey.ca
If you are an avid cyclist or just love attending outdoor activities, you will want to check out the Centurion Cycling Festival. This cycling festival is one of the largest Gran Fondos in all of Ontario – meaning there are a lot of participants, both cyclists and those on the sidelines.
Though there are some very competitive rides to sign up for, almost anyone can enter this event! There is even a “Kids Ride” for participants 14 years old or younger. The event this year (2018) takes place in mid-September, which is also a great time to visit Blue Mountain. The days are still warm, but the fall leaves are often beginning to shine!
Some tips for enjoying the Centurion Cycling Festival:
- If you want to participate in any of the cycling activities, make sure you register ahead of time. Because this is such a popular event, you will want to ensure you secure your spot well in advance.
- Check out the event schedule, but be prepared for any possible changes that may occur. As with any outdoor activity, serious weather can hinder or alter plans.
- Choose accommodations close to the festival – after a day spent outdoors cycling, you will likely be exhausted by the end! You’ll want to pick accommodations close to the event so you won’t have to worry about a long drive after a long day!
5. Collingwood Frozen In Time Festival
Frozen in Time Festival Logo – Source: frozenintimefestival.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/
The Collingwood Frozen in Time Festival is an amazing way to make the most out of your winter visit to Blue Mountain. Of course, in the winter it’s a great idea to hit the slopes and try out some other outdoor winter activities. However, the Frozen in Time Festival is a wonderful way to take things a bit slower and spend time with your loved ones among the beautiful scenery.
Last year (2017), the event featured an awesome ice sculpture celebration, ‘Ice Carvers” chainsaw sculpting competition, old-fashioned wagon rides around the downtown area, a giant double slide made entirely out of ICE, free concerts and street performances, fun family games and activities, and more! If you are looking for amazing food, both exciting and laid-back events, and a place to create new memories with your loved ones, this festival is definitely a must!
If you think this Festival sounds like the perfect way to spend your next vacation, here are some tips to get the most out of it:
- Check out the official website to ensure you are up-to-date on all of the upcoming events
- Narrow down your itinerary. There are lots of events happening over the course of just a few days, so you’ll have to narrow it down to what you want to do the most, or you may find yourself rushing from place to place without any clear direction
6. Guitar Trail
Performer at the Guitar Trail – Source: Bluemountainvillage.ca
The Guitar Trail is a unique event that happens only in Blue Mountain! This truly one-of-a-kind event is a hiking/music combination, where you get to follow the music along a beautiful trail and listen to dozens of different musicians along the way! If you aren’t exactly sure what to expect, you can check out this Vlog by YouTuber My Ripped Jeans, as she and her family experience the festival on a rainy day!
If you love both music and hiking, this event might be perfect for you. Here are some tips for enjoying:
- If you would prefer a more laid-back experience and don’t want to hike all the way back down the mountain, you can purchase a scenic gondola ticket at the top! This is a great way to experience the festival and enjoy a fun, scenic ride!
- Don’t miss out on all of the vendors in the Blue Mountain village as you listen to music. There will be lots of different shops open and a wide variety of items to browse and buy!
7. Salsa At Blue
Salsa at Blue Festival – Source: YouTube video by David Dossett
If you are looking for a fun, free, summer activity filled with amazing Latin music, delicious food, and awesome kids activities and more, you won’t want to miss out on Salsa at Blue! 2018 was this festival’s 10th year running and attendees had a great time as always. This three-day long event is packed with tons of activities fit for the whole family.
If you would love to experience Salsa at Blue, here are some tips for enjoying the experience:
- Check out the schedule to see when and WHERE certain events are happening! Events are dispersed throughout the area, so you will want to know exactly when and where your favourite event is going to take place.
- Choose accommodations close to the festival – You will definitely want to make the most out of this awesome festival, and the best way to do that is to stay as close to it as possible and in the best accommodations possible!
8. Peak To Shore
Peak to Shore logo – Source: allevents.in
Peak to Shore is an awesome, five-day-long music festival. It spans over 10 venues and includes over 30 FREE concerts. This extensive event takes place in Blue Mountain Village, Thornburry, and Collingwood. The summer festival is a great place to hang with your friends during a holiday week, or just for a day or two.
If you’re up for a fun music festival experience, here are some tips to help you get the most out of Peak To Shore:
- Don’t miss out on the schedule for the event – this way, you will be able to pick your favourite artists and ensure you see them at the appropriate venue. Make sure you take note of the colour coding!
- Many people visit the festival from out of town or even further than just driving distance away from Blue Mountain. If that’s the case for you, check out this page to help you find transportation to and from the event.
- Choose your accommodations wisely – This is a longer festival and it may require some travelling to and from events, but at the end of the day, you’ll want a comfortable and safe place to rest.
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