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What’s Going On… In Downtown Barrie

Courtesy of the BIA

2023 Troubadour Festival!
This year’s FREE Troubadour Festival is taking place at 3 locations in the heart of downtown Barrie, the main thoroughfare (Dunlop St) will be closed to traffic for the entire day in conjunction to Open Air Dunlop.Recent Grammy winner (Best Latin Pop Album) Alex Cuba headlines the Meridian Place stage at 8pm.Live music begins at 9am at the Homestead Cafe, along with daytime performances at the Muskoka Brewery Beer Garden. Refer to the schedule below to see the artists, locations, and times of performances.The Main stage kicks off at 5pm!!!Enjoy the show
Come down this Saturday for the seasons second (2) Open Air Dunlop!
Dunlop Street will be closed to cars from Maple Avenue to Mulcaster Street, to make way for community. You can roll and stroll, shop and patio hop. There’s lots of fun planned including… 8:00am Free Yoga Class with True You Studio, meet in Meridian Place9:00am to 1:00pm Visit the Barrie Farmer’s Market at City Hall. Shop spring produce such lettuce, scapes, and early berries are in season9:00am to 1:00pm Free Art Activity, Play with clay and make a mini pinch pot with Days Eye Ceramics. Find Heather in Meridian Place9:00am Troubadour Festival Kicks off, enjoy the music at Homestead Bakery including Harpacash, Julianna Jones, Michael Costantini, JD Crosstown, James Gray, Zachary Lucky, Josh Bogert, and a Songwriters Workshop with Danny Michel and Lindy Vopnfjoro9:00am to 3:00pm Forgather Flower Stall pop up outside of Bohemia. Pick your own bouquet 10:00am Free Yoga Class and Drum Circle with Nook Yoga at Meridian Place 10:00am to 2:00pm Free Life Drawing featuring a live model with Drawing house in Meridian Place. Drop by and try your hand at sketching11:00 am Help us celebrate the Fab Tray Project. The alleyway between CIBC and P_ZZA has been brightened and beautified by 16 local artists, taking inspiration from the Fab Trays, which were handcrafted in Barrie in the 60’s & 70’s. Stop by and meet the artists12:00pm the Troubadour Festival Beer Garden Begins at Meridian Place. Enjoy cold beer, delicious eats from Jimmy Chew’s Pizza, and great music12:00pm to 4:00pm Free Art Activity, make a mini fab tray with Jenn from Art with Purpose. Across from the Fab Tray Alleyway, near Meridian Place
Adopt planters on Maple Avenue (and plant them wiht perennial plants)
12:00pm to 4:00pm Pollinator Parade & Maple Mews Planting. Pollinate Barrie and the Maclaren Art Centre are teaming with Downtown Barrie to adopt planters on Maple Avenue and plant them with native perennial plants that’ll create a pollinator oasis. Drop by and see good things growing1:00pm Free Pilates Class in Meridian Place with Jim from Namaste North 1:00pm to 5:00pm Teachings, story telling and song at the Barrie Public Library. Elder Jeff Monague will share will share knowledge of 7 Grandfather Teachings followed by music with regional Indigenous musicians4:00pm Free Dance Class in Meridian Place with Uptempo Dance Studio 4:00pm Free Historic Walking Tour with Mary Harris of the Barrie Historical Archive. Summertime in the City from years gone by. Meet in Meridian Place at the top of the square5:00pm Music starts on the main stage for Troubadour Festival8:00pm Barrie Pride Glow in the Dark Bike Ride. Gather at the rainbow crosswalk and decorate your bike. Get your glow on and join a waterfront trail ride. Ride starts at 9:00pm
Lawn Chair Luminata – movies under the stars
Enjoy a Movie Under the Stars Next up in the Lawnchair Luminata season is a Pride Movie Night featuring Kinky Boots. This evening is brought to you by Flying Monkeys and the Queens. The movie starts at dusk (around 9:30). Arrive early for art activities starting at 6:00pm and checkout the Barrie Thunder Classics car show across the road in Heritage park Lawnchair Luminata is brought to you by; The Downtown Barrie BIA with the Barrie Film Festival and supported by Meridian Credit Union
Wondering where to park for all of the wonderful activities?
Refer to the Downtown Barrie Parking Map to find the best parking to fit your needs
A New Downtown Barrie Business!!! Located on Dunlop St. E stop by London Underground and say hello. Check out their fun summer fashions!!
Patricia Dent

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