August in the Highlands

By Jenn Watt

Published July 26 2106

The civic holiday long weekend is here marking one of the busiest times in the Haliburton Highlands. The summer is half over but there’s still much to look forward to in the coming month.

Some of the season’s most enduring and enjoyable traditions happen this month. There are also some new events that sound enticing.
Here are a few of the events you need to check out.
Midnight Madness: Haliburton’s annual street festival and sale the Haliburton Echo/BIA event marks the beginning of the long weekend with music performances food and deals throughout downtown Haliburton. Don’t miss it this Friday July 29.

Haliburton Rotary Carnival: Haliburton Village has the Rotary Carnival which includes a midway parade and fireworks. On Wednesday Aug. 3 the festivities take over the town drawing large crowds. This is also your last chance to get a ticket for the car draw!
Wilberforce Summer Carnival: Those nostalgic for Country Good Times – and those fond of a traditional country carnival – will want to swing by the hamlet of Wilberforce July 29 30 and 31. There’s a midway car show flea market and on Saturday night a concert by Train Wreck X.

Festival of the August Moon: An evening of light and a celebration of Japanese culture the night in Minden Thursday Aug. 18 offers a chance to create and float a lantern down the Gull River. There are also performances music calligraphy food and more.

Music in the Park and Music by the Gull: Two incredible outdoor music programs continue through August. Music in the Park runs every Tuesday night in Haliburton at 7 p.m. at the bandshell. Tuesday July 26 is Zoe Chilco; Tuesday Aug. 2 is Rick Fines and Tuesday Aug. 9 is Dark is Our Danger. In Minden Music by the Gull is Friday evenings at the corner of Bobcaygeon and Water streets. Chad Ingram is playing this Friday.

Haliburton School of Art and Design: The college keeps a packed schedule of fantastic music and speakers. Every Wednesday afternoon features an art talk and each Thursday is a musical performance. This year Robert Bateman is teaching at the college and there are several opportunities to connect with him.

Tour De Forest: The summer art tour is sure to offer some incredible work as always. With 14 venues 26 artists and lovely scenery it’s the perfect way to tour the Highlands on the long weekend.
For those looking for music concerts are taking place across the county – Pinestone’s starting a Sunday series the Dominion Hotel in Minden has an impressive roster.
And there’s so much more!
Check out our Summer Guide on newsstands (and on our website) the paper’s events listing and the county’s tourism site: