August 1, 2023:

Your Guide to a Long Weekend in Barrie

If you're seeking a perfect blend of natural beauty, recreational activities, and a charming urban buzz this August long weekend, look no further than Barrie, Ontario. Nestled on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie is a fantastic getaway, especially for those craving an escape from the daily grind over a long weekend. Barrie has everything from exploring craft breweries to attending vibrant local festivals. Here are our top picks for long weekend activities in this delightful city. 

Embrace the Outdoors at Kempenfelt Bay


Kempenfelt Bay is a treasure trove of outdoor activities. If you love the water, consider renting a paddleboard or kayak to explore at your own pace or indulge in a refreshing swim. If you want to add fun to their day, check out Splash ON Water Parks. It's a fantastic option for families and groups of friends, offering water-based activities catering to all ages and skill levels. Pack a picnic basket and unwind amidst the picturesque views if you're in the mood for a leisurely afternoon. The tranquillity of the environment and the beauty of nature offer the perfect setting for a memorable outing this weekend.  

Get Groovy at Kempenfest 


This Friday, Aug 4th, 2023 to Monday , Aug 7th, the heart of Barrie is going to be transformed into a bustling celebration of music, food, and local culture during Kempenfest. This festival is a must-attend event with a lively atmosphere and diverse musical line-up from The Midway, the Kids Village, Jade Eagleson and so many more. From rocking out to popular bands to discovering new indie talent, Kempenfest is a music lover's paradise. Enjoy delicious food from over 24 local vendors and browse 350 arts, crafts and antique exhibitors alongside the tunes. It's all waiting, just for you, this August Long weekend! 


Explore Barrie's Craft Beer Scene 

If you're a fan of craft beer, you're in luck! Barrie is home to a thriving local beer scene. Visit the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery for a taste of innovative, award-winning brews, or take a tour of the Barnstormer Brewing and Distilling Co. to learn about the art of making beer and spirits.  

Discover Local Art at MacLaren Art Centre 

For art lovers, the MacLaren Art Centre offers an exciting array of contemporary Canadian art. The Centre hosts permanent and rotating exhibitions, so there's always something new to see.

Visit the Barrie Farmers' Market 

Farmers Market

Start your Saturday morning at the Barrie Farmers' Market, a local tradition since 1846 taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Browse over 70 tents with fresh produce, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and enjoy the live music. It's a perfect opportunity to savour local flavours and bring home a piece of Barrie's culture with you.  


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