Festivals and Events

Upcoming 2024 Festivals and Events 

From music and food festivals to car shows and fall fairs, we have something for everyone. Discover our 'must see' events below.

For a detailed list of events in Wellington County, visit the Festivals and Events Calendar or subscribe to our e-Newsletter.

Spring Rural Romp

Saturday, May 25, Across Northern Wellington County

The Spring Rural Romp is a free, self-guided farm and food tour that allows you to experience local agriculture up close and learn about how your food is grown and prepared. Rompers have the opportunity to meet local farmers, visit farm animals, participate in tours and activities, and purchase seedlings, flowers, plants, spring produce, and other local foods. Be sure check out each location’s ‘Must Taste’ item!


Raleway Festival

Saturday, June 22, Palmerston

The Raleway Festival is coming full-steam ahead! The third annual Raleway Festival will be an afternoon for Rails and Ales, including Ontario beer, cocktails, spirits, and local food. Enjoy the picturesque and heritage-rich Railway Museum in Palmerston and treat yourself to beverages from local breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, with local food to accompany your beverages. There will be outdoor games, handcar rides, and live entertainment!


The Elora Festival

Friday, July 5 - Saturday, July 20, Elora 

For three weekends in July, the village of Elora will resound with live music once again, with performances by The Elora Singers, international guest artists, and celebrated Canadian musicians. Our line-up of over 30 concerts is second-to-none and showcases a variety of musical styles, ranging from solo artists to world music and small ensembles to mainstage attractions.


Wellington County Multicultural Festival

Saturday, July 13, Fergus

The County of Wellington is thrilled to bring back its Multicultural Festival for a second year! The festival is a one-day free, family friendly festival celebrating diverse people, cultures, and communities. The event will feature live cultural performances, music, food, games, and activities.


Mount Forest Fireworks Festival

Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21, Mount Forest

The Mount Forest Fireworks Festival is back for four fun-filled days! While fireworks are front and centre at the festival, it is much more than that, with multiple days of events leading up to and during the fireworks festival including ribfest, retro roller skating, demolition derby, midway, food, drinks and entertainment among other things!


Hillside Music Festival

Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21, Guelph/Eramosa

The Hillside Festival is an annual three-day, five-stage summer festival occurring in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, hosting musicians, spoken word artists, workshops and more. The Hillside Festival occurs in late July on Guelph Lake Island.


Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Friday, August 9 - Sunday, August 11, Fergus

The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is an annual three-day event that celebrates local Scottish heritage and features world-renowned talent and entertainment in the beautiful town of Fergus, Ontario. This year’s festival features heavy events competitions, pipe band competitions, highland dancers, over 50 clans and a heritage village, whisky tasting, McKiddie’s Centre, Celtic musicians and international vendors featuring Scottish wares and fares! 


Riverfest Elora

Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18, Elora

Riverfest Elora is the town’s annual celebration of community and music. The festival is held along the beautiful banks of the Grand River in downtown Elora. Get ready for three days of art, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, community - and of course, music! 


Eden Mills Writers' Festival

Sunday, September 8, Eden Mills

Every September since 1989, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival has been offering readers a showcase of established and emerging Canadian writing in the village in Eden Mills. The festival presents more than 60 established and emerging Canadian writers every year including fiction writers, poets, nonfiction writers, playwrights, spoken word poets, young adult and children’s authors.


Fall Rural Romp

Saturday, September 28, Across Southern Wellington County

The Fall Rural Romp takes place in Southern Wellington County and is a free, self-guided food and farm tour, and your chance to get up close to your food. Experience a day in the countryside, meet local farmers, eat, learn about food and experience the local bounty. At each location, you will find farmers and business owners who are passionate about bringing real taste and local food to you. Stops include farms, markets, distillery, brewery, cidery and more!


Upcoming Fall Fairs

Fall fairs are a great tradition here in Wellington County where many different towns host fair events including rides, games, car shows, petting zoos, music, and much more!

Drayton Fall Fair - August 9 - 11

Palmerston Agricultural Fair - August 23 - 25

Arthur Fall Fair - September 6 - 8

Aberfoyle Fall Fair - Dates TBA

Harriston-Minto Fall Fair - September 13 - 15

Fergus Fall Fair - September 13 - 15

Erin Fall Fair - October 11 - 14 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

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