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Kempenfest Weekend – Barrie’s Waterfront Festival

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Looking for something to do in Barrie this weekend? Check out the 44th annual Kempenfest. This festival runs each year during the August long weekend along Barrie’s magnificent waterfront.  Join the community of Barrie for a weekend of art, music, antiques, entertainment, fun for the kids and many food and drink vendors! This year will feature over 400 exhibits for you to check out all weekend long. Here are some of this year’s highlights:


As part of this year’s entertainment lineup, the festival will feature some incredible buskers. Featured acts include Dream State Circus (returning for a third year) and The Funny Waiter. Both shows take place in the treed glade across from the permanent playground in Centennial Park. Shows are every hour starting at 10am.

Kempenfest Bay Swim

Join the City of Barrie lifeguard team as they host this 2000-metre swim competition! It will be leaving from Centennial Beach on Saturday August 2nd at 9am. Check out the details, entry information and rules and regulations.

The Grey Cup

The Grey Cup will be on display at Kempenfest for Saturday August 2nd and Sunday August 3rd from 1pm to 4pm each day. Drop by Dr. Oetkers’ booth on the South Shore near the main stage to snap a photo beside the CFL’s prize trophy!

Kempenfest Mobile App

The Kempenfest Mobile App is the best way to stay informed and up to date with everything happening at Kempenfest! It’s available for free download from the iTunes store or the Google Play store.

As always, this is a free event with plenty of parking on and off site. Here’s where you’ll find various Kempenfest concert times and exhibitor details. Have a great long weekend!


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