10 Events This June You’ll Wish Occurred Every Weekend

Karen KesselDowntown Guelph, Special Events

Guelph Market Square

It’s already June! Can you believe it? 

Summers in Guelph are always an absolute pleasure. While it’s not officially summer until the Summer Solstice on June the 21st, who doesn’t love to begin their summers early and use every excuse possible to check out events that are happening in and around their city. There are just simply so many phenomenally organized events hosted by the city. It’s only Wednesday, but the Guelph and District Multicultural Festival is quickly approaching. You don’t want to miss this! It’s this Friday, June 5th beginning at 5pm. Hosted at Riverside Park, it is an annual celebration of community and culture that showcases multicultural performances, food, international marketplace and children’s activities.

Also this weekend, the Guelph Dance Festival provides a variety of entertainment celebrating 15 years of dance in Guelph. There’s on-stage performances, workshops, dancing in Exhibition Park and more! Check out last year’s photos and grab the full program brochure here. It kicks off this Thursday and runs through into Sunday.

If dancing and culture isn’t your cup of tea I’d also highly recommend checking out the weekly Guelph Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday morning from 7am to Noon, the Guelph Farmers Market is an awesome opportunity to purchase fresh local produce, flowers, art, gifts, and more. If you’ve never been, I suggest you head on over this Saturday morning and start your day off on a great note.

The following weekend is what really has something for everyone!

For the adventurous: The 2Rivers Festival will be held June 9th through June 14th with 11 free, river-related events to check out. The festival is set to showcase the importance of the rivers’ ecology and the importance of both the Speed and Eramosa Rivers to the city of Guelph. There’ll also be canoeing, kayaking, hiking, cycling and more! If you’re willing to make a difference in the community, there’s also the 2 Rivers Cleanup Saturday, June the 13th from 9am to Noon. These events are all happening on the banks of the Speed and Eramosa Rivers.

For the more reserved: World Knitting in Public Day is being enjoyed this Saturday the 13th at the Guelph Public Library. Bring a friend or two and enjoy some time knitting and catching up in celebration of the World  Wide Knit in Public Day.

For those who love their gardens: Gardenscapes 2015 is happening Sunday, June 14th from Noon until 6pm. What is it you may ask? Gardenscapes is an annual fundraising garden tour that features 9 gardens around Guelph which have been spruced up to be made open to the public. There are master gardeners on site who can provide expert gardening advice and information to Gardenscapes attendees. Last year, the tour attracted almost 400 people and raised over $7000 in fundraising. Click here for more information.

And lastly, for those with kids and a mind for creativity: The Exhibition Park Neighbourhood Group (EPNG) is hosting their first annual Creativity Picnic Sunday June 14th from 1pm to 4pm in Exhibition Park. Hopefully it’s a beautiful afternoon, because the EPNG has numerous games and activities planned. It’s sure to be fun for all ages!

We’re not done here yet!

The 10th Annual Taste Real Guelph Wellington Local Food Fest is Sunday, June 21st at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. There’ll be local food, cooking demonstrations, workshops and more.

Last couple worth mentioning:

Every Sunday June through into October, there will be historical walking tours hosted by the Guelph Arts Council. The walking tours cost $5, begin at 2pm at the McCrae House on 108 Water St, and last about 1 hour. Walking tour booklets are also available from the tour guides.

Hosted by the University of Guelph, every Wednesday night at 7pm there is a walking tour beginning at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre in the Arboretum. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the Arboretum and to discuss the different weekly subjects that change from walk to walk.

So there you have it. Some of the key events that are happening this month in Guelph and the surrounding area. For more information, there’s an events calendar at VisitGuelphWelllington.ca.