Festivals and Events

Dysart provides a fabulous environment for year round entertainment.  Festivals and events like the Rotary Carnival, the Rails End Art and Craft Festival, ColourFest, the Trash to Treasures sale, the Frost Festival, and fishing tournaments, fill Head Lake Park with activity.    The Maple Syrup Festival at the Haliburton Highlands Museum dogsleddingtakes advantage of the environment in Glebe Park.  While the Municipality coordinates events like the annual Frost Festival on Family Day Weekend and the BIA helps coordinate the Annual Colourfest event, it takes many volunteers, businesses and not-for-profit groups working collaboratively to make these events the success that they have become.  The local service clubs always seem to be a part of every local event, lending their volunteers and expertise. 
Rotary Music in the Park

The Haliburton County Farmers’ Market runs from the Tuesday following Victoria Day through to the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving. Look for the market in Head Lake Park, adjacent to Highland Street.

Communities like Harcourt and West Guilford also host events like Canada Day Celebrations and baseball tournaments.  Don’t miss the fireworks display at Pine Lake as part of this event.

Private businesses also offer entertainment like the Forest Festival at Haliburton Forest.  The Haliburton County Folk Society also hosts regular events.  The Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion offers a full range of entertainment, everything from plays to opera to film.

The links on the sidebar provide detailed information about local events and festivals that take place in Dysart et al.  In some cases, events don’t have their own web presence, so we’ve also provided links to the associations, and service clubs that host the events as their websites generally include information about things that are going on locally.   The Dysart et al Facebook page (link in the top right corner) is another source of information as is the Harcourt Community Centre Facebook page linked on the sidebar.

If you want to book either Head Lake or Glebe Park for an event or festival, please contact Andrea Mueller, Recreation Program Coordinator for information.


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