Community Events in Barrie & Simcoe County – February 2023



Marsh By Moonlight: Snowshoe Series Event

Location: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
Date: February 3, 4, 2023, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Cost: $75.00 per participant
Who: Participants aged 12 and older.
Note: Rental of snowshoes and a memento is included in the price. 

For this encounter, kindly leave your pets at home.

Enjoy the sights and sounds while snowshoeing through our routes at night. After learning about the Marsh through hoots, chatter, coos, yips, and howls at night, unwind by the fire with a nice snack and beverage. As we prefer to keep group groups small to offer the best chance for wildlife encounters, space is limited.

There is a 48-hour cancellation policy. If you need to postpone or cancel your experience, please call 705-526-7809.

Pre-registration can be done by clicking the following link: https://www.wyemarsh.com/Marsh-by-Moonlight-Snowshoe.

Please contact events@wyemarsh.com or 705-526-7809 if you need more information or assistance. Depending on availability, we might not be able to switch dates for you after making a purchase, so please make sure you are choosing the exact date.


Witness the Steal’n Hearts Drag Show

When: February 11, 2023, 7:00 PM to February 12, 2023, 1:00 AM EST
Where: 5357 County Rd 9, New Lowell, L0M 1N0

Come out and take in this spectacular Valentine’s Day concert for a fun evening filled with fantastic entertainment!

The moment has arrived! The New Lowell Legion is hosting New Lowell’s first-ever drag show, and it features three incredible drag queens who are just waiting to win your hearts.

The tickets are VERY AFFORDABLE; however, you should plan to bring some additional cash with you in order to tip the QUEENS for their performance.


Screen One Film Series – “Living”

Show Time: 4pm and 7pm

Dates: 01 Feb - 01 Feb 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Dr
Website: https://barriefilmfestival.ca/programs/screen-one-series/
Phone: 705-481-1004

1953. A London shattered by WWII is still recovering. Williams (Bill Nighy), a veteran civil servant, is an impotent cog within the city’s bureaucracy as it struggles to rebuild. Buried under paperwork at the office, and lonely at home, his life has long felt empty and meaningless. Then a shattering medical diagnosis forces him to take stock – and to try and grasp fulfilment before it goes beyond reach.

LIVING is a reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s IKIRU, and is directed by Oliver Hermanus (Moffie, The Endless River) from a script by Kazuo Ishiguro (author of the novels The Remains of The Day and Never Let Me Go). While the heart of the film is Nighy’s understated lead performance, equally as masterful is the profound sense of time and place created by the craft elements, notably production design by Helen Scott (Mothering Sunday), and costume design by the multiple Oscar-winning Sandy Powell. It’s all captured on screen by cinematographer Jamie Ramsay (Mothering Sunday), who impresses with his creation of beautiful images filled with light. Deeply affecting and an utter treat for the senses, LIVING is as timeless a film as the message at its core.


TIFT Presents ‘La Bête’

Dates: 02 Feb - 11 Feb 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop Street West
Email: admin@tift.ca
Website: https://www.tift.ca/   Phone: 705-792-1949

In a comic whirlwind of high style, La Bête tells the story of Elomire, a 17th-century French playwright, and his touring acting troupe who have come to lead the high life due to the patronage of the fickle Prince of Conti. Sparks fly when Valere, a swaggering braggart with delusions of artistic grandeur, becomes the Prince’s choice to join Elomire’s troupe. It is a battle of wits and witticisms as the two face off in this outrageous commentary on the nature of art and the artist in society.

Show Times & Admission: Visit tift.ca


The February Blues Festival

Dates: 03 Feb - 26 Feb 2023
Location: Barrie & Simcoe County - Various Venues
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.barriejazzbluesfest.com/

Shake off cabin fever at the annual February Blues Festival, featuring Blues and Jazz music performed by some of Canada’s most brilliant artists in venues throughout Barrie and the area.

Show Time: Various Times (Please visit the website for a full schedule)


Hardwood Ski and Bike “Moonlight Snowshoe Fondue”

Dates: 04 Feb - 04 Feb 2023
Admission: $99; 19 years+
Address: Oro Medonte - Hardwood Ski and Bike, 402 Old Barrie Road West
Website: https://hardwoodskiandbikeinc.regfox.com/2023-moonlight-snowshoe-and-fondue
Phone: 705-487-3775

Event Time: Arrival & Check-In - 6:15pm; Guided Hike Starts - 7pm

Enjoy an evening you will remember for years to come. Your night begins with check-in where you’ll be grouped together by speed/experience, and be guided to The Lookout. Enjoy the fire and best view with a hot drink and a treat. Make the journey back to the Chalet, which has been transformed into a spacious dining room with live music.


Barrie Winterfest

Dates: 04 Feb - 05 Feb 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Heritage Park & Downtown Barrie
Website: https://www.barrie.ca/community-recreation-environment/community-events/barrie-winterfest
Phone: (705) 739-4285

Grab your mittens & celebrate winter with us on February 4 & 5, 2023!

The City of Barrie proudly presents Barrie Winterfest, a community tradition and one of the top winter festivals in Ontario. Enjoy spectacular ice & snow sculptures, lumberjack shows, polar bear dip, family entertainment, drop-in activities, skating & much more winter fun.

Winterfest 2023 Programming Coming Soon!


51st Annual Barrie Train Show & Sale

Dates: 04 Feb - 05 Feb 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery, 4346 County Road 90
Phone: 705-722-8364

Event Time: 10am – 4pm. Admission: Adults: $8.00 Children under 6: Free

The 51st annual Barrie Model Train Show will be taking place the weekend of Feb 4th – 5th at Bradford Greenhouses! Largest model train show in Central Ontario. Several layouts and almost 40 vendors.


Become a Winter Camping Chef at Wye Marsh

Dates: 04 Feb - 04 Feb 2023
Location: Midland
Address: 16160 Highway 12 East
Email: events@wyemarsh.com
Website: https://www.wyemarsh.com/

Are you ready to expand your camping pallet beyond hotdogs and oatmeal? Learn how the trippers serve gourmet meals in the backcountry, there’s so much more than dehydrated soup.
This workshop runs from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and costs $25 per person.


Clay Sculpting at Wye Marsh

Dates: 04 Feb - 04 Feb 2023
Location: Midland
Address: 16160 Highway 12 East
Email: events@wyemarsh.com
Website: https://www.wyemarsh.com/

This is an introductory class for clay sculpture. There is something special, healing, and fun about molding clay with your hands. Discover the gratification that comes when imagination takes shape in physical form. This a great class for artists of all skill levels. Materials provided.
This workshop runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and costs $65 per person. Pre-registration is required.


KCP Presents “We Will Rock You”

Dates: 09 Feb - 19 Feb 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Georgian Theatre,1 Georgian Drive, Building C
Website: https://kempenfeltplayers.com/project/wwry/

Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including ‘Another One Bites the Dust,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Killer Queen,’ ‘We Will Rock You,’ ‘Somebody To Love,’ ‘We Are the Champions,’ ‘Don’t Stop Me Now,’ and many more, WE WILL ROCK YOU follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world. In an age where algorithms predict our every preference, WE WILL ROCK YOU is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality.

Show Times: Thursday – Saturday: 8pm; Saturday – Sunday: 2pm
Admission: For tickets, visit https://kempenfeltplayers.com/project/wwry/.


Snow Valley – Torchlit Self-Guided Snowshoe Hike

Dates: Feb 11th, 14th & 18th
Location: Minesing
Address: Snow Valley Ski Resort, 2632 Vespra Valley Road
Website: https://www.skisnowvalley.com/community/events/2023/2/11/torchlit-self-guided-snowshoe_feb-11/
Phone: 705-721-7669

Enjoy a self-guided Torchlit Snowshoe hike through the forests of Snow Valley. Over two hundred torches will light your way through a 2.6 km looped trail. Halfway through your adventure, you will be greeted by the glow of the campfire, the crackle of the fire, and nature’s own music greets you. Cozy up with your friends next to the bonfire to enjoy some complimentary tasty treats and drinks as the fire paints yellow and orange kaleidoscopes in the forest.

This adventure takes approximately 1 – 1.5 hours to complete, depending on your walking pace.

This includes your Trail Pass / Snowshoe Rentals and Head Lamp.

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2023; Click https://www.skisnowvalley.com/community/events/2023/2/11/torchlit-self-guided-snowshoe_feb-11/ to register.


Snowshoe FUNdamentals at Wye Marsh

Location: Midland
Dates: 18 Feb - 18 Feb 2023
Address: 16160 Highway 12 East
Email: events@wyemarsh.com
Website: https://www.wyemarsh.com/

Discover the FUNdamentals of snowshoeing with this family-friendly outing. You will learn the basics of this lively winter activity, explore our winter wonderland, as well as participate in games and an obstacle course designed to engage all ages. Warm up with hot chocolate afterwards, and then spend the day on our trails soaking in some Vitamin N(ature) this family day weekend!


All Out of Love! A Yuk Yuks Comedy Show!

Dates: 18 Feb - 18 Feb 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop Street West
Website: https://tprocob.ticketpro.ca/en/pages/COB_YukYuks

Get ready to roll on the floor laughing, as LiveBarrie presents All Out of Love! A Yuk Yuks Comedy Show!

Right in the heart of downtown Barrie. The Five Point Theatre welcomes you to enjoy a night of laughter! Perfect for those post-Valentine’s Day highs and lows. Inside you’ll find…


Headliner Jeff McEnery

Show Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $50.70

Jeff McEnery won the prestigious “Tim Sims Encouragement Award” in 2005, “Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off” in 2006 and was named ‘Best Stand-Up Newcomer’ at the 2007 Canadian Comedy Awards. Since then Jeff has gone on to become a headliner for Yuk Yuk’s and has made multiple appearances at every major Canadian comedy festival including the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Halifax Comedy Festival. Jeff’s Comedy Now! stand-up special was broadcast on CTV in 2011. In 2015, he was nominated for ‘Best Male Stand-Up’ at the Canadian Comedy Awards and released his first solo comedy CD “Sunset Acres.”



Animal Tracking at Wye Marsh

Dates: 25 Feb - 25 Feb 2023
Location: Midland
Address: 16160 Highway 12 East
Email: events@wyemarsh.com
Website: https://www.wyemarsh.com/

Unlock the hidden stories left behind by wildlife as we trek through a variety of amazing habitats! Refresh the fundamentals of animal tracking before departing on a hike to discover the drama of animal’s lives left behind in their trails. Explore how the signs left behind, combined with natural history knowledge will tell you a wealth of information about ecosystem use and health and offers the opportunity to view wildlife interactions, even after they have left.


Free Programs For South Simcoe Seniors Range From Anti-Fraud Seminars to Gnome Painting

In the coming months, Contact Community Services will offer a wide range of no-cost activities for senior citizens that is both entertaining and educational.

The senior wellness programs for Keeping Connected will be available in South Simcoe at numerous sites. The subjects covered include workshops in home-based first aid, cooking, drumming, ukulele, meditation, yoga, flower design, and gnome painting.

The programs are funded in part by the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program and the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

For more information on the programs, dates and locations, or to register for a session, call, 705-435-4900 ext. 211, email joleen@contactcommunityservices.ca, or visit contactcommunityservices.ca/events.


Makerspace Grand Opening At The Orillia Public Library

The Makerspace at the Orillia Public Library will hold its grand opening on February 25th. Here are some highlights: 3D printing is free. You may create a unique plastic entity out of anything, including pets and fantastical creatures as well as everyday objects like phone stands. Create your own design or pick one out of thousands of ready-made ones to print it for free in 3D. Make stunning, personalized presents. Do you need a gift with a bit more meaning? Or would something special be for someone who has everything? Utilize the Cricut machine and laser cutter to make thoughtful personalized gifts such as T-shirts, tote bags, cutting boards, wall art, and more. Sew it together. For a professional appearance at a low cost, use the embroidery machine to embroider your logo on a T-shirt or apron. Freely convert your VHS home videos to digital files so you can share them across all of your devices with loved ones and friends. The helpful team at the Makerspace will guide you through each step and show you how to use the technology.


Penetanguishene Gearing Up to Celebrate 75th Winterama

Penetanguishene’s 75th Winterama is set to be bigger and better than it has been in years.

The popular winter carnival — the longest running in Ontario — will take place Feb. 18, 19 and 20 throughout town. A jam-packed schedule of events offers something for everyone.

For more details, visit https://www.penetanguishene.ca/recreation-and-culture/events/winterama/

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