Explore Dufferin Guide

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Explore Dufferin Guide 2024-2025

2024 Signature Events

Orangeville Rotary Ribfest

July 19 – 21 (Friday 4 – 10 pm, Saturday 11 am – 10 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm)
Alder recreation Centre Parklands, 275 Alder St. Orangeville

The 15th annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest will be held on July 19th, 20th and 21st. Ribfest is one of the biggest summer family events in Orangeville with 20,000+ expected to attend. Besides 6 award-winning ribbers, and vendors and food trucks offering fabulous food and merchandise, there will be a terrific entertainment line-up on the big stage! The Ribfest Classic Auto Show will return on Saturday, and we have some great events lined up for Kidsfest on Sunday. Proceeds from Ribfest will be directed to the reconstruction of Rotary Park in Orangeville, and other worthy projects in Dufferin and beyond.

2024 Orangeville Ribfest Logo

Dufferin Film Festival

August 9 – 10 (Friday evening and all day Saturday)
Downtown Orangeville

Experience the excitement of Canadian cinema at Dufferin Film Festival! Dive into captivating screenings, engaging workshops, and exciting social events; meet the filmmakers and join us for an unforgettable celebration of film in Dufferin County!

Dufferin Film Festival Logo

Taste of Orangeville

August 17 (11 am – 4 pm)
1 Mill Street, Orangeville

The best in local food will be served under the big white tent on Mill Street at during Taste of Orangeville, Dufferin’s premier food tasting event. Come with an appetite and sample delicious food from Orangeville’s best restaurants and food creators while you enjoy great live music and social atmosphere. After lunch, take a stroll to Shop the Sidewalk on Broadway and beyond.

People plating food at Taste of Orangeville event

Dufferin Farm Tour

September 28 (9 am – 4 pm)
Various farms around Dufferin

Since 1999 Dufferin farmers have opened their doors for one day in the fall to show people how farming really happens. Each year a different section of the county is chosen and the tour takes visitors to several different farms, making each tour a totally unique experience. The tour is a self-guided tour and is open to the public. The host farms offer a glimpse of the diversity of agriculture in the area. Our farmers are excited to share their farming knowledge and the day to day operation and challenges of farming. There will be many animals to see, farm-related activities, commodity displays, local produce to purchase. You will end your day with an appreciation for local farming and the commitment of the farm families. Admission is a non-perishable food donation or cash for the Local Food Bank. (Donation of non-perishable food donation or cash to the Local Food Bank).

a goat poking head out of the fence looking into the camera


October 12 (All Day)
Natasha Peterson Memorial Park Gordon St, Shelburne

After a very successful first event in 2023, Pumpkinfest will be returning to Natasha Paterson Park this Thanksgiving weekend, on October 12, 2024, along with the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Shepherd’s Cupboard Food Bank.

This year we are excited to spotlight local business people and artisans through our live performances and vendor market!

There will be something for the whole family with face painting, balloon making and magic tricks, a fall themed photo op set up, a train ride and lots more!

On top of all that there will be inflatables including a fun house maze, XL big bounce, midway carnival game, velcro wall, 28′ obstacle run, and 18′ rainbow slide!

Come out and join the fun!

More details coming soon!

Pumpkinfest Ad

3R's Christmas Bazaar

November 9 (10 am – 4 pm)
Monora Park Pavilion, 500 Monora Park Dr, Mono

Seasonal local vendor craft fair. Something for everyone. Start your Christmas shopping early! Unique, one-of-a-kind gifts!

red pick up truck with a large green Christmas tree in the trunk

Christmas in the Park

December 1 – 31 (5:30 pm – 10 pm)
Kay Cee Gardens near 29 Bythia St, Orangeville

Get in the holiday spirit with a visit to this spectacular display of lights in Kay Cee Gardens, every night in December.

a bright lit pathway with lights and decorations