Looking for fun summer entertainment? The Huntsville Festival of the Arts has you covered!

From summer sounds and sing-alongs to belly laughs and more, the 32nd Huntsville Festival of the Arts summer season delivers an exciting tapestry of music, art, and community spirit to suit every taste!

Get your summer groove on

From local bands to household names, the HfA summer season guarantees a toe-tapping, sing-your-heart-out good time.

Beatles fans will love the Art of Time Ensemble Performs Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Featuring a 12-piece orchestra and vocals from Canadian pop icons Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies founding member), Chris Murphy (Sloan), Andy Maize (Skydiggers), and Jeremy Fisher (JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter), you can re-experience what Rolling Stone calls “the most important rock and roll album ever made.”

Continue your adventure through musical history as The Piano Men featuring John Witter bring you the timeless classics of Billy Joel and Elton John; take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with Dreaming of the ‘80s, featuring Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies and violin virtuoso Hugh Marsh; celebrate Broadway classics like West Side Story, Chorus Line, and Les Misérables at Some Enchanted Evening; or listen to local talent Christina Hutt channel The Spirit of Patsy Cline, one of music’s most unique voices. And if you love to sing along to Madonna, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, or Prince in the car, the shower, or anywhere else, you’re going to love Choir! Choir! Choir!’s Epic ‘80s Sing-Along.

Piano Men

Prepare to be dazzled when the art of drag meets the serenity of cottage country at Cottage Country Drag Weekend! Drag kings and queens take the stage during this can’t-miss event.

Plus, Canadian stars like the Jim Cuddy Band and Natalie McMaster & Donnell Leahy take to the Algonquin Theatre stage this summer, too, with all of your favourite tunes.

And there’s even more! Check out the full music lineup at huntsvillefestival.ca.

Awesome arts and culture adventures

The Huntsville ART CRAWL is back for another year, with hundreds of artworks to discover. This free self-guided art tour in and around downtown Huntsville takes you through local businesses, galleries, and studios, which feature exhibits by local artists. Check out weekly interactive experiences like the Walkabout Wednesday Gallery Tours, mural painting, and Saturday demos to meet some of the artists in person.

You can also engage with local artists as they continue the legacy of iconic Canadian painter Emily Carr in River Mill Park while they paint seven canoes en plein air with reproductions of her work. Chat with the artists between June 10-15 while you watch the beautiful paintings come to life! Once completed, the canoes will remain on display in Downtown Huntsville as part of the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery Tour and will eventually be auctioned off in the popular Algonquin Outfitters Paddle Art Auction.

Take in an afternoon of cultural richness at the free National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Huntsville’s River Mill Park on June 21. Enjoy live Indigenous music and a ribbon skirt fashion show, captivating storytelling, and peruse the wares of arts and crafts vendors. Métis rocker Amanda Rheaume is a must-see to close out the day!

The highlight of this month-long event is the En Plein Air Art Market in River Mill Park on June 22, featuring local artists, outdoor painting, live music, and a live art auction. If you love art, this is the place to be!

Bring on the laughs

Rotary Dockfest is back, better than ever, with its signature — and hilariously entertaining — bathtub derby on Saturday, June 29. Kick off your Canada Day long weekend celebrations with this fun-filled family event. The excitement gets underway with a parade of bathtubs along Main St. starting at 10 a.m., followed by the derby at the Town Docks, and an afternoon concert in River Mill Park with Funkestra. Plus, there will be games, buskers, art activities, and more!

Bathtub Derby

Keep the laughs going with Yuk Yuk’s On Tour, in Huntsville for three shows this summer, and Girls’ Nite Out Improv, featuring a cast of Canadian Comedy Award winners, Second City alum and CBC comedy darlings, hosted by Elvira Kurt. Some of Canada’s funniest ladies will have you in stitches!

Fun after the sun goes down

You’ve been to the drive-in … but how about the boat-in? Movie on the Docks offers you the unique experience of watching a movie on the big screen — from your boat or floatie! Head to Huntsville’s scenic downtown waterfront to catch a classic film on a double-sided screen. Don’t have a boat? Watch from the docks for a unique under-the-stars experience — don’t forget a chair and a blanket or sleeping bag. Best of all, it’s free!

And perennial fan favourite Nuit Blanche North — the ultimate street festival — returns July 20. This bold, interactive multi-arts festival takes over the streets and parks of Downtown Huntsville for one night only. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Huntsville’s core comes alive with buskers, interactive artistic activities, and exhibits. It’s free to attend!

Aerial Performer at Nuit Blanche North

Make your summer spectacular

Check out Huntsville Festival of the Arts full 2024 summer season here. Insider tip: purchase a Friend of the Festival membership for just $100 to get 15 per cent off all Festival shows, a free ‘bring a friend’ perk, and more!

There’s too much fun to be had in a single day — so, why not make a summer getaway out of it? Plan a trip and book your stay here to have summer fun right at your doorstep.

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