From early spring to late fall, Chatham-Kent is home to some of the best-rated festivals in Canada.
One of many car-themed festivals celebrating this region as Classic Car Capital of Canada, Retrofest, in May, is a nostalgic celebration of the 1950s and ‘60s featuring classic cars and themed events in Historic Downtown Chatham.
Late June brings the Blenheim Classics Autoshow, displaying unmodified cars that are 25 years and older. Don’t miss the Old Autos Bothwell Car Show and WAMBO, which both take place in August.
In late June, the Tilbury Family Funfest offers three days of live music, a midway, sidewalk sale, and children’s programs.
July is packed with festival activity across Chatham-Kent.
Food lovers enjoy the Blenheim Cherry Fest and Sidewalk Days for carnival rides, fantastic sidewalk sales and cherries served up in many ways.
At the Ridgetown Festival of Porches & Verandahs, visitors enjoy an elegant lunch served on fine china set in several Victorian porch settings. Period entertainers drop by for a chat, including Her Majesty, Queen Victoria!
In July, Wallyfest draws thousands to Wallaceburg for a day of fun and unique activities for kids, shopping at specialized vendors and a farmers’ market.
Civic Holiday weekend is celebrated at Boot Hill Country Jamboree, featuring big name country music and camping.
The annual Wheatley Fish Festival is set in one of the finest fishing spots in North America, and features parades and a Saturday night fish fry.
All ages appreciate the unique antique fire equipment, emergency response vehicles and exciting safety demonstrations that are at the centre of FireFest, held in mid-September.