Tay Valley offers countless outdoor activities, which embrace all seasons. There are also a number of annual events and festivals which offer days of family fun, adventure, and learning.
For more information about our festivals or to find out what other events are happening within Tay Valley Township, please visit the Events Calendar.
Also check out the 2017 Lanark County Festivals Guide.
Located at Kiwi Gardens, on Harper Road, Art in the Garden is an annual festival that showcases local artists and crafts people among the beautiful floral displays that can be seen May through mid-September. For a small fee, anyone can stop by Kiwi Gardens on Father's Day weekend and admire the garden sculptures, blown glass, outdoor furniture, pottery and various other amazing art pieces that are on display. Food, beverages and live music are also a part of the show, making for a wonderful weekend stop. Even pets can enjoy the day, so long as they are on a leash.
Canada Day - Fallbrook
Come together as a community to celebrate Canada 150 this July! Fallbrook Community Association prepares an afternoon and evening of spectacular community events including a barbecue, music and live entertainment, with a grand finale fireworks show at dusk. There are family-oriented games and events for all ages.
Originally called 'The Spring Festival of Maple' this time of the year marks the end of the Maple Sap run and was initially started to bring the people outside to an event after a long winter hibernation. Visitors can experience maple flavored foods, maple taffy on snow, maple syrup, and a variety of local food vendors.
Celebrate the creative efforts of artists working in nature. New art installations are presented out in open fields and the site is open to the public daily, all year, free of charge. Just park and walk and experience the creative outlets in nature!
Since its inception in 2008, FIELD WORK has been run by a team of artists that volunteer their time and energy to make FIELD WORK a vibrant and dynamic destination for the creation and experience of site-specific artwork in and around a field in eastern Ontario, close to the town of Perth and village of Maberly.
The Heritage Mica Festival, which is run by the Friends of Murphy's Point Park, runs from the end of June until the fall and showcases the heritage of the provincial park. The festival is centered on the Silver Queen Mine and allows visitors to get a feel for what life was like during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Participants are able to learn about mica mining in Eastern Ontario as well as the Lally family whose homestead in located in the park.
Events during the summer long festival include voyageur canoe tours, spirit walks, dinner/theatre, and many other activities for the entire family.
Every year, the Maberly Agricultural Society hosts a fair at the fairgrounds which features a multitude of events for all ages. Here, visitors can view spectacular events including the Light Horse Show or Horse Pulls, enjoy musical entertainment and sample delicious food. There is a wide variety of events for children including petting farms, games, animal judging competitions, and intriguing displays. For more information on this annual event, contact the Maberly Agricultural Society President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Otty Lake Bio Blitz is a two day event that focuses on locating and identifying as many local species as possible over such a short time period. The event acts as a biological census, allowing organizers to collect data in a fun and involved way. With the information that is collected over the two days, scientists are able to determine whether biodiversity is increasing or decreasing in the area.
The Perth Garlic Festival, originally started by Beaver Pond Estates in 1997, features Garlic in every way imaginable. This festival offers Canada's Giant bouquets of the "Stinking Rose" in the same way cotton candy is sold at other festivals. The festival website even contains posts for garlic cough syrup recipes. Don't be averted by the fear of bad breath!
The Perth Autumn Studio Tour is held annually during the fall for three days with no admission fee and is located wholly in Tay Valley Township. Our local artists are acclaimed and recognized for their excellence. Visitors travel from artist's studio to artist's studio using signs and maps.
This Studio Tour showcases some of the best contemporary fine arts and crafts that Ontario has to offer, many of which are showcased in galleries across the province and country. Guest artists are invited to participate each year and add to the variety of choices for you to enjoy.
The Sundance Artisan Festival, located at the Fall River Pub and Grill, is an annual event. Spanning three days during the Labour Day Weekend, the festival includes contemporary and traditional artists, as well as local farm to plate cuisine and musical entertainment. Since the festival takes place at only one venue, visitors can sit down, relax, and enjoy everything that the weekend has to offer.
The festival focuses on being "green" since artists use as much reclaimed and natural materials as possible and the Fall River Pub and Grill has been called the "greenest restaurant in Canada".