Events & Festivals

There is always something exciting going on our vibrant communities. See below for some of the most popular annual events in Oxford County.

Check out Information Oxford for a full listing of the awesome events going on in Oxford County this season!

Many of our festivals and events are listed on the Ontario’s Southwest: Shaped by Nature website. Take a look for more information on events and festivals in Oxford and South-western Ontario.

Here are some of the biggest events going on across Oxford county this year:

Youth Business Challenge

Youth Business Challenge is an opportunity for youth ages 12 to 14 who want to learn all about owning and operating a small business. Our "business owners" design a product or service, create a mini business plan, and pitch to a "Dragon's Den".  Every camper is given a $20 business loan to launch their business at the Ingersoll Kiwanis Farmer's Market.  Come out and experience real life business ownership, meet local entrepreneurs and network with new friends.  For more information and registration contact the Fusion Youth Centre at 519 485 4386 or email

Embro Highland Games

The towns of Zorra and Embro are host to the oldest Highland Games in Ontario. The Embro Highland games have been held annually since 1937.

The festival features pipe bands, highland dancers from Canada, the U.S., Scotland and other countries, and Canada's largest tug-of-war. There is a caber toss, other Scottish athletic events, and a road race. Scottish vendors sell a variety of wares. Clan displays showcase the region's Scottish history.

Join us for a day of fun for the whole family.

Admission: Adults $12.00, 18 and under $5.00, 6 and under free.

Date: July 1, 2012

Canterbury Folk Festival

The Canterbury Folk Festival is an annual festival of music, dance, arts and crafts for the enjoyment of the people of Ingersoll, Oxford County, Ontario and surrounding area. It provides opportunities for families, young people and senior citizens to, participate in and enjoy festival activities, all for free.

Admission: Free!

Dates (2012): July 13 - July 15


Visit the festival website for directions, schedule and information on being a performer, vendor, or volunteer at the festival.

Canada's Outdoor Farm Show

Each year, Woodstock hosts Canada's premier outdoor agricultural showcase, Canada's Outdoor Farm Show. Farmer come from across the country to shop and view cutting edge innovations in agricultural products and services.

Check out the promo video here!

Dates (2012): September 11 - 13

Admission: Adults $17.00, Youth (6-17) $5.00, Children (Under 6) Free


Ingersoll Harvest Festival

The Ingersoll Harvest Festival is a Town of Ingersoll event and runs annually during the 4th week of August.

The Festival features harvest dinners, food and wine tasting, contest, sidewalk sales, entertainment, a classic car show, children’s games, and the Ingersoll Harvest Run.

Dates (2012): Wednesday, August 22 - Sunday, August 26

Visit the festival website for schedule and information on being a vendor, or volunteer at the festival.

Tillsonburg Turtlefest

Tillsonburg’s ‘turtle-tastic day of fun events for the entire family’ celebrates the town’s founding by George Tillson. The festival features arts, entertainment, historical and nature exhibits.

Date (2012): Saturday, June 16

Visit the festival website for schedule and information on being a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer at the festival.

Drumbo Fall Fair

The Drumbo Fall Fair is the best place to meet friends on a September weekend. Enjoy entertainment, a Children’s village, horse shows, prizes, and a talent search.

Dates (2012): Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

Visit the festival website for schedule and information on events, donations to the festival, rentals, and volunteering.


Concerts, a soap box derby, strongman competition, cow milking contest, Champions of Wrestling exhibition, and a skate park Thrill Show.

Dates (2012): Friday, August 12 – Saturday August 13

Visit the festival website for schedule and information on events, sponsors to the festival, and how to get involved.

Oxford Studio Tour

The Oxford Studio Tour takes place the first weekend in May. The Tour is a chance to discover local artists and artisans from throughout Oxford County.


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