Good morning and happy Friday, AND happy first day of summer!
Yes, summer arrives today, and this first day of summer is shaping up to be a pretty lovely one. Skies are clear and blue, and the sun is doing its thing. Happy summer indeed!
When you think summer what’s the first thing to come to mind for you? It might be lazy days at the beach or the park, or road tripping to a northern cottage or campground. It might be time off work and school and the ability to just be a tourist right where you live, poking around shops and boutiques you’ve always wanted to check out but never had the time. Summer also, of course, means festivals. And today we are rounding up a few for you so you can plan accordingly!
Outdoor festival season is always a good one and in Ontario, there is a LOT to choose from. And if you think festival = music, well you’re right, but think outside the musical festival box, too. You might just find a new favourite!
First up, let’s talk Fringe. Hamilton Fringe Festival happens every summer and this year you can make plans to keep July 17-28 open to take in some amazing performance theatre right here in the city. There is a lot more information on their website, and you can find more about Fringe right here.
Perhaps books and reading are more your thing? Most of us no longer qualify for the public library’s summer reading program (although they do exist for adults at some libraries!) We don’t always think of literary festivals as the thing to do in summer, but 49th Shelf offers us a list of what’s happening in the literary world for summer 2019.
And, of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about music festivals because those truly are a summer staple! Hamilton has a couple of great ones, of course – It’s Your Festival arrives next weekend, and of course Festival of Friends happens in August – but if you are willing to go a little further afield, be sure to check this link from To Do Canada to find music festivals happening all over Ontario. And, if you’re super adventurous, broaden your search out to include other provinces or the entire country! You could probably fill every weekend and then some, honestly.
Part of the fun of summer festival-going is the planning. So whether it’s books, theatre, or music, get started making your plans and make this summer one to remember! It starts today and goes until September 23, so make the most of the weeks we get. Summer always feels like the shortest season here in Ontario. Make memories that you’ll be able to reflect on forever.
Enjoy the weekend everyone! If you’re headed to Pride in Toronto, we wish you an amazing experience! Stay hydrated, apply and reapply sunscreen as needed, and celebrate, celebrate, celebrate! We’re with you all.