August 2019: Festival Fever & a Flighty Forecast

DowntownBrockville has been a busy month for festivals!

  • The Brockville Rowing Club held their 125 Anniversary Celebrations over the Civic Holiday weekend; as a proud pillar in our community we look forward to telling you more about their celebration and plans for the future when we meet with Chris Marshall soon after the Rowing Season cools down
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville saw nearly all the weather systems through August 8th - 11th this year as they held their annual RibFest Fundraiser in support of their Not for Profit organization. They were very thankful for the attendance of those near and far as the money raised stays local to help over 1800 children and teens,
  • We held our annual FunFest Sidewalk Sale & Street Festival on King Street, August 17th in support of our business members. Live Music, Buskers and activities lined the streets until the weather washed most of us away. Thankfully our buskers did an excellent job at keeping the remaining audience captivated and bringing the party back in the final moments.

There has been something for everyone throughout this month and we’re not done yet!

This weekend finalizes both the month AND festivals for the summer months as we gear up for our Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend starting Thursday, followed by, the last port of call of the TALLSHIPS Challenge® Great Lakes Tour 2019 from Friday to Sunday. Both festivals have joined forces to harmoniously offer you the opportunity to attend both venues!

Red Hot & Rockabilly is hosting their 13th annual festival and Brockville is celebrating the 4th anniversary of it being right here in Brockville. There will be a mixture of free and paid events throughout the weekend. Free events include live music at the Tunnel Plaza, Vintage Market & Antique Car Meet-Up during the day Friday, Saturday & Sunday (See Map for details). These events will entice you to keep the party going for their Friday and Saturday night Dance Parties, so you’ll want to grab tickets at Spitfire Cafe between 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday – Saturday of the event days OR through Snap’d Tickets ( for their must attend events being hosted at the Brockville Legion from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM: ROCK’N’ROLL DANCE PARTY on Friday and PROM NIGHT on Saturday!

TALLSHIPS 2019 begins Friday, August 30th, 2019 at 2:00 PM and is the 3rd time over 9 years that it has been hosted in Brockville. It has taken place every three years along the waterfronts of Centeen Park, Blockhouse Parkway and Hardy Park; this year it includes a mixture of paid and free activities.  According to their website… “Tall ships, including the Bluenose II, and other watercraft line the waterfront and the harbour while entertainment and vendors will be set up on land. Admission to the grounds to see these majestic ships is available with a $5 wristband for all three days, while deck tours of the ships will be available by purchasing a Festival Passport for $15 which grants each passport holder access to each ship one time (deck tours are available on Saturday and Sunday only). The passport has details on each participating ship and will be stamped after each tour, making it a great take home souvenir from the event. NOTE: your Festival Passport also gives you admission onto the grounds – you do not need to purchase both a passport and a general admissions wristband.”

Check out their website and follow their event page for up to date details as the festival continues to stay up to date on all things parking, changes and general updates!

Be sure to catch the Parade of Sail on Friday, August 30th starting at approximately 4pm – this is a festival favourite and the best time to take pictures of the ships at sail along the waterfront.

If you didn’t know already, you’re not too late:

The Tall Ships festival also wraps up a 10-day celebration called Big River Festival – a celebration of life in the 1000 Islands on the mighty St Lawrence and all the attributes of living in a river city. The Big River Festival has included so many fun options that aren’t finished until the 1st of September:

The screening of various films, live shows and music venues, walking tours; some creative things too like a Snowball Throwing Competition on Sunday from 10 AM – 1 PM followed by a fundraiser hosted by EXIT Realty Eastern Ontario in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds and Grenville! See more here:

In the meantime, click the image below to check out some of our retailers 

If you don't see the hours of your favourite retailer - please call them, chances are they were too busy to send hours before the weekend and we hope they are there for you!


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