Summer - Sandcastle Festival


Summer events are abundant in Northumberland!  To kick off the summer season, the Cobourg Highland Games celebrate Scottish heritage with highland dancers, pipes and drums, Celtic entertainment and of course the heavy athletic events!

Summer heats up with the Cobourg Waterfront Festival celebrated over Canada Day weekend.  If you prefer enjoying small town charm over the Canada Day weekend, visit celebrations in Campbellford, Port Hope, Hastings, Brighton and Warkworth. 

Love being on the waterfront? Be sure not miss the Cobourg Sandcastle Festival, Lakeside Antique & Classic Car ShowNorthumberland Ribfest, Incredible Edibles Festival on the Trent Canal in Campbellford,  or the Hastings Waterfront Festival.

While touring the beautiful hills of Northumberland this summer check out the Roseneath Car/Truck/Tractor Show N' ShineChrome on the Canal, and the Warkworth Long Lunch.

Fish Northumberland's lakes river and streams, license free, during Family Fishing Week. A great family fishing experience is the Bob Izumi's Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire Fishing Days in Hastings, Campbellford, and Port Hope. For the more serious anglers, the Great Ontario Salmon Derby takes place along Lake Ontario and has charters in Port Hope.

As part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative, all Ontario Parks are offering free admission mid July in order to promote healthy living and mental health.  Connect with nature or try a new experience.

A salute to the end of summer on Labour Day weekend is the famous Shelter Valley Folk Festival. Enjoy a musical, family weekend including arts, fine foods, wellness, and sustainable living.  Learn about monarchs and migrant birds on the same weekend at Presqu'ile Provincial Park during Monarchs and Migrants Weekend. This event includes bird banding, monarch tagging and guided nature walks during fall migration.  Then at the end of September, Cultivate - A Festival of Food & Drink is something you'll want to add to your plate.

For even more summer events in Northumberland County, be sure to check our calendar of events for detailed listings, including musical and theatrical performances.