12 Events to Hit in Hastings County this Summer

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Finally, life feels like it’s returning to normal. We don’t have to wonder if the Rockhound Gemboree will actually happen or if we should bother getting out our boots for the Tweed Stampede. Yes, events are definitely back across Hastings County this summer. And to help you get ready, we’ve put together this guide to 12 events you’ll want to put on your calendar. From Canada Day festivities to music festivals to Marmora’s 200th birthday — it’s time to get back out there.

Kegs, Corks and Curds

June 25, 11 am – 5 pm

Farmtown Park, Stirling

What better way to kick off the summer than with samples of local cheese, craft beer, cider, and wine? And what better place to do it than the home of the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage? This family-friendly event will also have live music, non-cheese food, and demonstrations from a lumberjill, a blacksmith, and a curd maker. Admission: $15.  


Canada Day in Deseronto

July 1, 10 am – 9:30 pm


The fireworks will be going off in communities across Hastings County on July 1st, so it may be tough to pick just one place to celebrate Canada’s 155th birthday. Deseronto is a good choice, though. The daylong festivities will include tons of vendors, food, music, and games at Waterside Market capped off by fireworks over Mohawk Bay once the sun goes down. Admission: Free.    


Heritage Day at O’Hara Mill Homestead

July 17, 10 am – 4 pm

O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area, Madoc

If you’ve ever wanted to experience what life was like here in the 19th century, head to Heritage Day at O’Hara Mill. The former homestead of the O’Hara family comes alive with interpretive staff and demonstrations of pioneer life, including sheep-shearing, spinning, hearth-cooking, period farming, blacksmithing, sawmilling, and more. There will be wagon rides and music too, as well as a food booth. Admission: Donation.   


Photo Source – Event Website

Palmer Rapids Twin Music Festival

July 21 – 24

Palmer Rapids

This mighty music festival is back to let the country and bluegrass blast through the hills and valleys of the Hastings highlands. There are two stages this year — one for country, one for bluegrass — and 17 artists on the lineup, including Jason Blaine, Eric Ethridge, and Edgar Loudermilk. Don’t miss the Palmer Rapids Idol Contest on the evening of the 21st. Admission: $40 – $60/day; $110 – $185/festival pass (includes camping).


Rockhound Gemboree

July 28 – 31

North Hastings Community Centre, Bancroft Curling Club, Bancroft

Calling all rockhounds: the country’s largest gem and mineral show is returning after two years away. Catering to both amateur and serious rock aficionados, the Gemboree welcomes about one hundred dealers from across the globe this year. They’ll be showcasing their gem and mineral specimens, jewelry, crafts, lapidary supplies, and other treasures. There will also be lots of mineral-collecting field trips, demonstrations, and workshops. Admission: $5 – $15/day; $20/two-day pass; $25/three-day pass; $35/four-day pass.    


Photo Source – Practically Hip Website

Marmora’s 200th Celebration

July 30, 10 am – 10 pm


Although covid meant the cancellation of Marmora’s 200th birthday last year, the town isn’t one to let a good chance to party go to waste. So, they’re celebrating this year instead. The day kicks off with a breakfast at the community centre, followed by a full day of family activities at the fairgrounds. Think bouncy castles, dunk tanks, games, a talent show, and a craft show. There will be a beer tent and food trucks, too. But the highlight should be at 8 pm, when Canada’s number one Tragically Hip tribute band, Practically Hip, hits the outdoor stage. Admission: Free.  


Off Road Comedy Show

August 6, 3 pm


If you love ATVs and stand-up comedy, the Off Road Comedy Show is for you. The Stirling Festival Theatre is behind this event that will have you riding your ATV on the trails of Stirling-Rawdon to a secret location. There you’ll find some of the country’s finest comedians doing their best to crack you up. Check the theatre’s website for an updated list of comedians and locations. If you can’t make August 6th, there will be two other shows — one on June 25th and one on September 10th. Admission: $30/ATV; $40/side-by-side.


Photo Source – Stirling Fair Facebook

Stirling Fair

August 12 – 14

Stirling Fairgrounds

The wafts of cotton candy and the sights of technicolour midways will be returning across Hastings County this summer. You’ll have lots of options, but the festivities in Stirling will be great ones to get a good dose of all things fair. From demolition derbies and carnival rides, to food and beer, to live music and beef and goat shows — this one has a bit of everything. Admission: $5 – $35; $40/weekend pass.    


Photo Source – Bancroft Village Playhouse Website

Mamma Mia!

August 17 – 28

Bancroft Village Playhouse, Bancroft

Any ABBA fans out there? This wildly popular jukebox musical tells the tale of a young woman’s search for her birth father. ABBA hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me” propel that story forward, bringing laughs and explosive dance numbers to a story about growing old, raising kids, and reconciling with the past. Featuring local talent and professional performers, it should be one of the most memorable shows at the Bancroft Village Playhouse this summer. Admission: $27.50 – $37.50.    


Photo Source – Jamboree Facebook

County Country Music Jamboree

August 25 – 27

Stirling Fairgrounds, Stirling

Get your dancing boots ready for this weekend of country music and good times in the great outdoors. The headliners include Eddie Eastman, Nelson Colt, Emily Clair, Becky Elliott, Scotty Gartshore, Deborah Lynn, Khloe Bertrand, Heartland Country, Dean James, and Big Tobacco & The Pickers. There will also be an open mic on Friday and Saturday morning with The Kawartha Country Drifters. Admission: $25 – $35/day; $70/festival pass (no camping); $100/festival pass (camping).


Photo Source – Elvis Festival Website

Tweed Elvis Festival

August 25 – 28

Tweed Fairgrounds, Tweed

Thirty years ago, there was a rumour going around that Elvis Presley wasn’t dead, but living in Tweed. It was never proven, but every August there are a rash of sightings at the Tweed Elvis Festival. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tribute fest to the King. Nine renowned Elvis tribute artists from Canada and around the world will perform, competing for a coveted spot at Memphis’ Ultimate Elvis contest. Admission: $30 – $55/day; $55 – $120/weekend pass; $100/festival camping pass (doesn’t include festival tickets).   


Photo Source – Tweed Stampede Website

Tweed Stampede and Jamboree

September 2 – 5

Trudeau Park, Tweed

Last, but not least, is this award-winning western lifestyle festival on the banks of Stoco Lake. The rodeo will feature pole bending, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. There will also be live country music all weekend long, as well as truck pulls, an arm-wrestling competition, mutton busting, a search-and-rescue demonstration, and fireworks. $45 – $90/festival pass; $380 – $420/festival camping pass (includes six festival passes).    


For more summer events ideas, stay tuned to hastings.ca/events.  


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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)