Welcome to another exciting weekend in Simcoe County! As spring blooms and the promise of new beginnings fills the air, we’ve curated a delightful selection of events to add vibrancy to your weekend plans. From the artistic flair of the Barrie Artisan Market – Easter Edition to the celebration of local harvests at the Sweetwater Harvest Festival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Dive into gardening and sustainability at the Innisfil Seedy Saturday, or immerse yourself in the colourful festivities of the 7th Annual Barrie’s Holi Festival. This weekend promises enriching experiences for all!

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Sweetwater Harvest Weekend

The Sweetwater Harvest Weekend at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre isn’t your typical maple syrup festival—it’s been much more since 1991! As the center’s largest annual event, attendees can enjoy various activities. They can browse the Sweetwater Harvest Arts & Crafts Market, join historical scavenger hunts, and try delicious cornbread. There are also opportunities to engage in Indigenous games, make clay pots, and learn about traditional fire-starting methods. New additions this year include “Barefoot” fun, a Make’N Take craft station, and a Scavenger Hunt. Visitors can explore the Sugar Bush, witness maple syrup-making, and warm up by an open fire. It’s a weekend not to be missed for those seeking an immersive outdoor experience! For more information, click here.

Barrie Artisan Market Easter Edition

Bring the whole family out to the Barrie Artisan Market – Easter Edition for a day of fun and local support! Peruse the unique handmade items and treats local artisan vendors offer while the kids revel in the craft zone and ball pit play area. Don’t forget to say hello to the Easter Bunny and join in the excitement of an Easter Egg Hunt! Plus, the first 25 attendees will be treated to swag bags filled with small gifts generously donated by local artisans. It’s an event where community, creativity, and Easter joy unite perfectly! To learn more, click here.

Innisfil Seedy Saturday

Join the 7th Annual Innisfil Seedy Saturday, where seasoned gardeners and newcomers unite alongside community members with a shared passion for mindful gardening, food security, and environmental stewardship. This vibrant event hosts diverse activities, including seed vendors, garden-related community groups and businesses, and the much-anticipated season opening of the Innisfil Seed Library. Dive deeper into gardening knowledge with expert talks covering various topics. This Seedy Saturday promises to be an enriching experience for all who attend, fostering community connection and a deeper understanding of sustainable gardening practices. For more information, click here.

7th Annual Barrie’s Holi Festival

Get ready to celebrate the vibrant spirit of Holi, the Festival of Colours, right here in Barrie with your loved ones! Hosted by the Barrie Indian Association and sponsored by Georgian College, the 7th Annual Barrie’s Holi Fest promises an unforgettable experience. Holi, celebrated worldwide to welcome spring and embrace the humanity in us all, will be commemorated with an afternoon filled with colour, joy, and inclusivity. As participants come together to revel in a spectrum of hues, they’ll also embrace the festival’s deeper meaning: eliminating differences and recognizing that everyone is equal. Join the community for this lively and culturally enriching event in the heart of Barrie, where the colours of Holi unite us all in celebration. To learn more, click here.

These gatherings offer opportunities for fun and relaxation, foster community connections, and celebrate the richness of local culture. So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and make the most of what this weekend offers in Barrie.

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