May 2023 Barrie Upcoming Events




National Youth Week

Monday, May 1–Sunday, May 7, 2023 | All day
Event Type: City-hosted
National Youth Week starts Monday, May 1, and runs until National Child and Youth Mental Health Day on Sunday, May 7, 2023. During this week communities recognize and celebrate youth and their positive contributions to the community.

Whether it is recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, art, volunteerism or leadership, everyday young people are involved in meaningful activities. National Youth Week is a time to honor their involvement!

Public Stakeholder Meeting re Development Charges & Community Benefits Charges

Monday, May 1, 2023 | 2:00–3:00pm
Event Type: City-hosted
Location: Virtual
Website URL: barrie.ca/DevelopmentCharges
All interested parties are invited to attend this virtual public stakeholder meeting, led by Hemson Consulting Ltd., the City’s consultants. The purpose of this session is to provide the following, prior to the statutory public meeting scheduled for May 10, 2023:

An update to the Development Charges (DC) and Community Benefits Charges (CBC) process
The results of the DC Background Study and CBC Strategy
The DC and CBC calculations
To attend, please request admission details for this meeting by contacting developmentcharges@barrie.ca before 4pm on April 28, 2023 to ensure access.

Youth Appreciation Night

Monday, May 1, 2023 | 4:00–7:00pm
Event Type: City-hosted
Location: Peggy Hill Team Community Team Centre
Address: 171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie
Calling youth aged 11–17! Come out to the Youth Centre for drop-in food, fun, games and more! We’ll also be kicking off our 2023 Licence to Ride Program.

This event is featured as one of many free or low-cost National Youth Week activities happening from April 28 to May 6.

Outside of National Youth Week, the City hosts events and programs at the youth centre at the Peggy Hill Team Community Centre, and at the Lampman Lane Community Centre on an ongoing basis, offering individuals aged 11 to 17 in Barrie opportunities for creative development, exploration, personal growth and play. For information about youth programs at the City, visit barrie.ca/YouthRecPrograms.

55+ Parkview Karaoke

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 | 10:00–11:30am
Event Type: City-hosted
Location: Parkview South Room
Cost:55+ Centre membership or day pass required
Address: 189 Blake Street, Barrie
Organization: City of Barrie 55+ Centre
Contact: Heather Kenehan
Phone: 705-739-4220 ext 5685
Email: Heather.Kenehan@barrie.ca
Website URL: https://www.barrie.ca/SeniorsCentres
Join us every Tuesday morning from 10–11:30am for karaoke at the Parkview Centre, 189 Blake Street. Sing for yourself. Sing like the stars. All skill levels welcome.

This is a recurring 55+ recreation program. We feature select occurrences in the City’s events calendar to help raise awareness about recurring programs. Check out the 55+ PALS monthly newsletter or refer to the Monthly Calendar to stay up to date on what’s happening.

About Barrie’s 55+ Centres
There’s no age limit on staying active in Barrie. The Allandale 55+ Centre and the Parkview 55+ Centre offer quality in-person recreation, education and fitness opportunities along with events and workshops for individuals 55 years of age and better. Learn more at barrie.ca/SeniorsCentres.

Surface Water Treatment Plant Public Tour

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 11:00am–12:00pm
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 | 11:00am–12:00pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 11:00am–12:00pm
Event Type: City-hosted
Location: Surface Water Treatment Plant
Cost: Free
Address: 20 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie
Organization: The City of Barrie
Contact: Water Operations Branch
Phone: 705-792-7920
Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution
Take a tour of Barrie’s Surface Water Treatment Plant!

Tours will start promptly at 11am and will last approximately 1 hour. Please arrive 5–10 minutes before the tour begins. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Operations Branch at 705-792-7920.

Affordable Housing Symposium

Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 4:00–8:00pm
Event Type: City-hosted
Location: Southshore Community Centre
Address: 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie
Organization: The City of Barrie
Contact: Jennifer Roberts, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Analysis, Development Services
Phone: 705-739-4220 x4705
Email: jennifer.roberts@barrie.ca
Website URL: https://www.buildingbarrie.ca/affordablehousing
As part of the City’s effort to tackle the affordable housing crisis, an Affordable Housing Symposium will be held on May 4 from 4 to 8pm. This event is open to everyone and features the following:

a screening of the documentary Searching for Home, including a question and answer session with the people featured in the documentary, as well as Dr. Naomi Thulien, the lead researcher on the film
a panel discussion with guests from across the housing spectrum, including an urban planner/designer, social and community services representation, and local developers
a showcase of some of the work done on the City’s New Foundations initiative
a number of booths featuring housing advocates and organizations
public consultation opportunities on the City’s Affordable Housing Strategy Update

Visit BuildingBarrie.ca/AffordableHousing for more details.


The South Simcoe Theatre presents “Side By Side By Sondheim
Dates: 04 May – 21 May 2023
Location: Cookstown
Address: South Simcoe Theatre, 1 Hamilton Street
Website: https://www.thesouthsimcoetheatre.com/shows
Phone: 705-458-4432
Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of the late, great Stephen Sondheim and a must for diehard fans. In this revue of his earlier work, some of the most lush, unforgettable songs from this musical theatre master are presented in one magical evening. Featuring music from Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures, as well as classics written with musical theatre giants, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, this dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs will thrill musical theatre lovers of all ages.

Event Time: Thurs, Fri and Sat – 8pm; Sun – 2pm

Take Back The Night

Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 6:00–8:00pm
Event Type: Other
Location: Barrie Rotunda at City Hall
Address: 70 Collier Street, Barrie
Organization: Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre (a program of Huronia Transition Homes)
Contact: Amanda Wagner
Phone: 705-737-2884 ext. 2230
Email: comdev@rosewood.on.ca
Website URL: https://www.huroniatransitionhomes.ca/
Take Back the Night is a protest march and rally, demanding an end to sexual assault and violence against women and gender-diverse people.

Cinco De Mayo at Friday Harbour!

Friday, May 5, 2023 | 2:00–8:00pm
Event Type : Other
Location : Friday Harbour
Cost :FREE
Address: 3999 Friday Drive, Innisfil
Organization: Friday Harbour Resort
Contact: Emma Hamilton
Phone : 705-812-8880
Email : marketing@fridayharbour.com
Website URL: https://www.fridayharbour.com/events
Join us for a festive celebration of Cinco de Mayo at Friday Harbour Resort! This community event is open to all and promises to be a day filled with Mexican-inspired cuisine, music, and fun activities for the whole family.

Live mariachi music and dancing
Group salsa performance and salsa lessons
Mexican-inspired food and drink specials
Complimentary tequila tasting (19+)
Free admission and parking. Visit FridayHarbour.com/Events for details.

Cinco de Mayo (Youth 11–17)
Friday, May 5, 2023 | 4:00–6:00pm
Event Type: City-hosted
Location: Peggy Hill Team Community Team Centre
Address: 171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie
Youth aged 11–17 are invited to come out and participate as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with games, food and laughter. Plus, learn about opportunities for youth entrepreneurs through Invest Barrie.


Barrie Wellness Fair
Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 8:00am–12:00pm
Event Type: Other
Location: Barrie City Hall
Cost: Free
Address: 70 Collier Street, Barrie
Organization: Barrie Police Service, Barrie Public Library & Barrie Farmers’ Market
Contact: Shannon Calladine
Phone: 705-725-7025 ext. 2923
Email: scalladine@barriepolice.ca
The first week in May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Week, Children’s Mental Health Week, as well as Youth Week. In recognition, the Barrie Public Library and the Barrie Police Service are hosting the 2nd Annual Barrie Wellness Fair at the Barrie Farmers’ Market.
The Wellness Fair is an opportunity to reach a wide range of community members, and share information on resources and services available within our area, to support wellness. Over 30 community agencies will be in attendance.


Home Runs for the Hungry
Saturday, May 6, 2023 | 2:00–4:00pm
Event Type: Other
Location: Barrie Community Sports Complex
Cost: $15.00
Address: 2100 Nursery Road, Midhurst
Organization: In Support of the Barrie Food Bank
Contact: Craig Nixon
Phone: 705-333-2625
Email: kcnixon@outlook.com
Website URL: https://homerunsforthehungry.godaddysites.com/
A Celebrity Charity Softball Game with all proceeds going to the Barrie Food

Quayle’s Brewery Spring Market
Dates: 06 May – 07 May 2023
Location: Coldwater
Address: Quayle’s Brewery, 4567 12 Line North
Website: https://quaylesbrewery.ca/
Outdoor spring market featuring 50+ local vendors, enjoy farm fresh beer, delicious food, live music and more.

Event Time: 11am – 5pm


Watercolour Painting at Wye Marsh
Dates: 06 May – 06 May 2023
Location: Midland
Address: Wye Marsh, 16160 Highway 12 East
Email: events@wyemarsh.com
Website: https://www.wyemarsh.com/
This is an introductory watercolour painting class. Participants can be inspired by the blossoms and new life all around us at Wye Marsh. Learn basic techniques, and a few tips and tricks, that spark your creativity. No matter your level of skill, you are welcome to share an afternoon of discovery with Lisa. Ideas and compositions will be relevant to artists of all skill levels.

All materials are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you would like.

You need only bring your enthusiasm!

This workshop runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and costs $55 per person. Pre-registration is required.


Hike for Hospice Simcoe
Sunday, May 7, 2023 | 9:30am–1:00pm
Event Type: Other
Location: Sunnidale Park
Address: 265 Sunnidale Road, Barrie
Organization: Hospice Simcoe
Contact: Jackie Fox
Phone: 705-722-5995
Email: jackie@hospicesimcoe.ca
Website URL: https://www.hospicesimcoe.ca
Join us at Sunnidale Park on Sunday, May 7 as we remember loved ones, celebrate friendships, and help raise funds to support Hospice Simcoe’s residence and community programs. To participate, register online via https://hospicesimcoe.ca/fundraising-events/


House of the Drag – A Cabaret Drag Show at The Five Points Theatre
Dates: 12 May – 12 May 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: The Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop St West
Contact: Ken Pham
Email: info@sincityillusions.com
Website: https://tprocob.ticketpro.ca/en/pages/COB_HouseoftheDrag
Come join us for a fabulous evening of drag at the iconic Five Points Theatre in Barrie! We have 4 of Toronto’s finest drag kings and queens to perform for you, and it will be a guaranteed fun time!

Your performers are:
Manny Dingo: Manny is a full time Drag King, an amateur dj, self-taught dancer, and seducer. He has been performing to packed audiences all over Ontario for 6 years.

Coyote Ugly: A Toronto-based drag king and witch, they have performed all over Toronto, and is very excited to be a part of our show.

Bekka Blake: A drag queen that has performed all over Ontario, Bekka brings a sassy and edgy energy to the stage!

Billy Blake: Your host for the evening. Billy is full of energy, fun, and crowd involvement. Get ready to get out of your seats and cheer!

Get your tickets now for the best selection! Those of you who are brave, be sure to get tickets closer to the stage! 😉 19+ recommended.

Monster Spectacular
Dates: 13 May – 13 May 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Sadlon Arena, 555 Bayview Drive
Website: https://tprocob.ticketpro.ca/en/pages/COB_MonsterSpectacular
Monster Spectacular, Canada’s sports and entertainment spectacle – mixing the thrills and spills of motorsports, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into incredible, action-packed live shows roars into the Sadlon Arena on May 13, 2023.

Excited in anticipation of sold out shows across the country, fans will get the opportunity to see some of the biggest, baddest monster trucks on the circuit. The adrenaline will be pumping as the drivers compete in high octane side by side racing, freestyle competitions and unique driver skill contests.

Monster Spectacular electrifies fans with breathtaking stunts and the awesome power of the world’s most popular monster trucks, including Overkill Evolution, Black Stallion and more! Joining this year’s lineup of monster trucks will also be fast, family-friendly events such as freestyle BMX. Plus the heart pumping excitement of a Motocross backflip!

For more information on Monster Spectacular, please visit monsterspectacular.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Barrie Hill Farms
Dates: 14 May – 14 May 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Barrie Hill Farms, 2935 Barrie Hill Road
Website: https://barriehillfarms.com/product/mothers-day-brunch-tickets/
Treat mom to a memorable Mother’s Day brunch and pick-your-own asparagus on May 14th! Get outside, enjoy the beautiful spring weather, support local and celebrate mom! Tickets are $17 each and include your “promise-to-pick” ticket and brunch!

You can choose from an 11:00AM brunch or a 12:30PM brunch.

Open Dance and Concert | Skyliners Big Band
Event Type: Other
Location: Barrie City Hall Rotunda
Cost: Free
Address: 70 Collier Street, Barrie
Organization: Skyliners Big Band
Contact: David O’Halloran
Phone: 416-346-6516
Email: davan33music@gmail.com
Website URL: https://skylinersbigband.com/
The Skyliners Big Band is comprised of 17 top musicians and the dazzling vocalist Jess Owen. The band performs big band era favourites, latin dance, and contemporary hits. The Skyliners Big Band has selections to keep everyone dancing and listening all night long.
The Skyliners Big Band thanks the City of Barrie and is proud to host an open dance and concert every 3rd Thursday of the Month from 7pm to 9pm at Barrie City Hall Rotunda. The event is absolutely free to the public.
For more info about Skyliners Big Band: https://skylinersbigband.com/


Bruce Trail Blue Mountains Annual End-to-End Hike
Saturday, May 27, 2023 | 6:30am–Monday, May 29, 2023 | 6:30pm
Event Type: Other
Location: Highlands Nordic
Cost: Price ranges between $70 to $90
Address: 1182 Nottawasaga Concession 10 S, Duntroon
Organization: Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Conservancy
Contact: Rob Johnston
Phone: 416-543-5100
Email: btcblueevents@gmail.com
Website URL: https://www.bmbtc.org/annual-end2end-2/
Join us this spring for the Blue Mtns Bruce Trail Club all new End-to-End hike event. This year we are offering a 2 or 3 day hike. Both hikes will wind their way through the beautiful and varied terrain of the Blue Mountains Club trails from Lavender to Swiss Meadows with checkpoint stations along the way.
For more information: https://www.bmbtc.org/annual-end2end-2/

Come Try Rowing Day at The Barrie Rowing Club
Saturday, May 27, 2023 | 9:00am–1:00pm
Event Type: Other
Location: Southshore Community Centre
Cost: FREE
Address: 205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie
Organization: Barrie Rowing Club
Contact: Barrie Rowing Club
Phone: 705-739-0874 (when the boathouse is open)
Email: barrierowing@gmail.com
Website URL: https://barrierowing.org
Saturday May 27 is National Come Try Rowing Day!
Drop by the Barrie Rowing Club (BRC) to learn more about the club and the sport of rowing. The boathouse will be open for tours to learn about the equipment, programs and how to get started, to try out a rowing machine (erg), and even to try out rowing on the water in a stable boat with an experienced rower.
Register here to take part in this event.


Barrie Waterfront Festival
Dates: 26 May – 28 May 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Centennial Park, 65 Lakeshore Drive
Website: https://www.barriewaterfront.ca/
The Barrie Waterfront Festival is back to bring Centennial Park to life with amazing musical acts, food trucks, a children’s fun zone and more!

The annual spring line-up will present live bands from a variety of genres. For your added enjoyment, free outdoor entertainment will be brought to the table.

Don’t miss this weekend with your family; eat, drink and have fun while sharing in Barrie’s terrific community spirit.


Cirqlesque: Bodies In Balance at Five Points theatre
Dates: 27 May – 27 May 2023
Location: Barrie
Address: Five Points Theatre – 1 Dunlop Street West
Contact: Kristin Nunes & Kathleen Salvador
Website: https://www.thecircuscompanyinc.com/ & https://www.katsmeowbb.com/
The marriage of Circus and Burlesque has never been sexier! Come and watch Cirqlesque: Bodies In Balance, the performance that showcases the amazing feats of the human body with talent and skill, while accentuating the sexy and the sensual.

Break down the boundaries of social acceptance and see what’s inside yourself. The use of Silks, Voice, Lyra, Hammock, Burlesque, Pole and hula-hoop will amaze and entertain you. It will make you feel, make you enjoy, and make you think.

Come and see the spectacle of Cirqlesque, the sexy variety show that has a dash of hilarity, a touch of humanity, and all the feels.

Admission: 19+ Event at Five Points Theatre in Barrie. Tickets on sale at https://tprocob.ticketpro.ca/en/pages/COB_Cirqlesque


Real2Reel Documentary Film Screening of “Traffick on 401”
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 | 6:30–9:30pm
Event Type: Other
Location: Five Points Theatre
Cost: $8.00 per ticket
Address: 1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Organization: United Way Simcoe Muskoka
Contact: Deborah Neary
Phone: 647-545-9703
Email: dneary@uwsimcoemuskoka.ca
Website URL: https://uwsimcoemuskoka.ca/traffick-on-401/
Join us for the second screening in the Real2Reel Documentary Film Festival presented by the RBC Foundation and United Way Simcoe Muskoka. The event will begin at 6:30pm with the film “Traffick on 401”; followed by a panel discussion.

Traffick on 401 explores the sex trafficking world in Ontario and Michigan by speaking to a survivor, the Windsor Police Service, and advocates. Victoria Morrison, a sex trafficking survivor, tells us her story of what she went through for three months with her trafficker in Winnipeg, Canada. You’re invited to engage in meaningful dialogue and help shine a light on the human trafficking problem in Canada.
To purchase tickets for the event visit: https://tprocob.ticketpro.ca/en/pages/COB_Traffickon401


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