It’s time for the Civic Holiday long weekend! The weather looks like it’s going to be great this weekend, and hopefully this weather holds on for the entire month, because we have a LOT happening in and around Brockville this August! Let’s have a look at all the festivals happening throughout the month.
Automotion – August 4th
Blockhouse Island, Brockville: 9am – 4pm
Brockville’s annual waterfront car show is returning for its 33rd year this year! Come check out these cars in beautiful condition at Blockhouse Island and take a chance on the Brockville Lions Club 50/50 draw. There will be music playing at the stage by the Brockville Tunnel between 1pm to 4pm, so bring a chair and settle in for a full day of entertainment. Gates open at 9am, so make sure you’re there good and early!
Admission Fee: $5
Children under 12 with an adult: Free
Annual Blueberry Social – August 4th
Tony Kall Park, Mallorytown: 1pm – 4pm
Bring a chair and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of live music and blueberry desserts with ice cream at Tony Kall Park, behind Mallory Coach House Museum. Banjo Bob and the River Road Ramblers will be performing, and the blueberries will be plentiful.
Brockville Ribfest – August 8th-11th
Hardy Park, Brockville: 11 am to 10:30 pm
Brockville Ribfest has been a local favourite for years! Ribbers from across North America will be visiting Brockville to compete for your votes. But even if you’re not a fan of ribs, there is something for you to enjoy at Ribfest! There will be a children’s fun zone including a bounce castle, and a fun zone for the grownups too with the beer garden! Throw in a fishing derby, volleyball tournament and loads of vendors selling different types of treats and goods, and you’ve got one of Brockville’s most anticipated annual festivals!
Downtown Brockville FunFest and Sidewalk Sale – August 17th
King Street, Downtown Brockville: 9am-4pm
Enjoy a day of fun during Downtown Brockville’s sidewalk sale and FunFest! There will be bouncy castles, buskers, live music, electric vehicle rides, games, and of course great sales! There will be summer clearance sale for many of the shops, and makes sure you enjoy some food from one of the many restaurants along King Street!
1000 Islands Poker Run – August 17th
Tall Ships Landing, Brockville: 12pm-2pm
One of the biggest and baddest festivals that Poker Run America runs will be racing through Brockville on Saturday, August 17th! Starting in Kingston, Brockville will be the lunch stop and the location of card 2. Come check out the boats as the racers stop for a quick break, and enjoy the thrill of the engines as the boats race off to their next stop!
Big River Festival – August 23rd – September 1st
The inaugural Big River Festival will be taking place during the last weekend of August in Brockville! There will be many events happening throughout the week, so let’s break down some of the major events that will be celebrating everything great about our beautiful St.Lawrence River!
Canadian Dock Jumping Championships – August 23rd – 25th
Hardy Park, Brockville
Opening the Big River Festival is the Canadian Dock Jumping Championships! Canine Watersports Canada is wet, wild, and most of all, wonderfully wholesome entertainment for every member of the family. Watch as dog-and-handler teams work together atop a 36-foot dock, adjacent a 45-foot-long pool filled with water. Dogs fly through the air and land in the water with a dramatic—and occasionally audience-drenching—splash, after which the longest jumper is deemed the winner in several disciplines and divisions. Competitors will be coming in from across the country for the chance to compete for the national title – Canada’s 2019 Elite Champion! There will be loads to watch and listen to, as well as food and vendors to keep you comfortable through the whole weekend, so bring a chair down to Hardy Park and come see these amazing dogs in action!
Red Hot & Blue Rockabilly Weekend – August 30 – September 2nd
Blockhouse Island, Brockville
The 50’s are alive and well in Brockville! Come to one of Canada’s biggest rockabilly festivals and enjoy the non-stop music and dancing, as well as a vintage market and antique car meet-up.
For the complete lineup, check the Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Weekend Website! Make sure you buy your tickets soon – https://www.rhbweekend.ca/tickets
Shootout Fishing League – August 31 – September 1st
Hardy Park, Brockville
The Shootout Fishing League will be hosting a professional bass fishing tournament in Brockville! After being named one of the best bass fishing locations in North America, Brockville should be a great place to see professional fishing in action. The boats take off at 7am, and weigh-in will be at 3:30pm.
Snolympiad: Summer Snowball Throwing Competition – September 1st
Fulford Park ball diamond
What is more Canadian than throwing a snowball? Brockville is hosting the first national snowball throwing championship, and the top male and female will be able to enter the world championships in Ottawa in 2020!
Competitors will be judged on:
Distance: Each participant throws 3 self-made snowballs for distance. The longest distance recorded in feet of the 3 qualified throws is scored. 1 foot equals 1 point.
Accuracy: Each participant throws 3 self-made snowballs. Each throw is measured on the accuracy of hitting the bulls eye target for 25 scoring points per hit.
Velocity: Each participant throws 3 self-made snowballs and the velocity of each throw is registered on the radar gun in Miles Per Hour. The highest velocity of the three throws is recorded for scoring.
Brockville Tall Ships® Festival – August 30 – September 1st
The crown jewel of the Big River Festival, the Brockville Tall Ships® Festival will be returning for 2019! These majestic ships will be arriving in Brockville on the Friday and will be available for tours throughout the weekend. On Friday afternoon, the Parade of Sail will take place, led by the Bluenose II, and is the best opportunity to get photos of the ships. make sure you check the special ticketed events as well, such as the dinner and the captain’s reception!
Tickets can be purchased at www.tallshipsbrockville.com/tickets or the Brockville Art Centre’s Box Office.
And those are just the major festivals! There are loads of events happening throughout the month, including weekly guided tours, daily boat cruises, and individual events happening within each of these festivals. For more details, make sure you check our Events Calendar, or even better, sign up for our weekly mailing list! Every Thursday, we provide a weekly breakdown of events happening throughout the Brockville area!