Port Hope hosts an abundance of festivals and events year-round. In the spring, when the ground thaws and maple syrup starts to flow, you can visit the Ganaraska Forest for Maple Syrup Day followed by the exciting and eclectic Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny river race in April.
In summer, warmer weather brings garden tours, artisans & craft shows and a variety of unique local events. Canada Day celebrations include a parade, music, live entertainment and fireworks. Enjoy the beautiful fall colours in the great outdoors by attending the annual Port Hope Fall Fair, or take in the annual Cultivate: A Festival of Food and Drink. Christmas in Port Hope is a busy time of year with the Festival of Lights and Trees at the Capitol Theatre, a Candlelight Walk that finishes with the lighting of the Christmas lights in Memorial Park and, of course, our Santa Claus parade.
Read the below annual event descriptions and use the Calendar of Events to plan your next visit.
To commemorate a devastating flood that inundated Port Hope’s downtown in 1980, the annual Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny river race is an exciting ten-kilometer race on the Ganaraska River, drawing crowds of up to 15,000 spectators. Participants range from serious paddlers navigating the cold, fast moving water in kayaks and canoes, to the very entertaining “crazy craft” paddlers, floating any combination of materials down the river in an attempt to reach the finish line. Entertainment, food and fond memories are always in store for anyone attending Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny. Be sure to highlight this event in your calendar.
For full details visit the Float your Fanny Down the Ganny event listing
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) Port Hope presents the Biennial Garden Tour. Held on a splendid summer’s day every other June, this tour attracts hundreds of visitors and features a diverse selection of magnificent local gardens.
For full details visit the Garden Tour Event Listing
Port Hope’s annual Canada Day celebrations kicks off with the Canada Day Parade through our authentic downtown. Immediately following, the Kinsmen Club of Port Hope hosts celebrations in Memorial Park, with live entertainment, food, cake and activities for all ages. Closing out the fun-filled day is Port Hope’s annual firework show, starting after dusk on the East Beach.
For full details visit the Canada Day event listing
The Annual Arts Festival is held on the lawn behind Town Hall the second Saturday in August. This festival features up to 35 local artists, artisans and Farmers’ Market stalls. Shop for handcrafted jewellery, paintings, pottery, carvings, hand-made clothing, local produce and more. The Festival features music and entertainment for the children in Memorial Park.
For full details visit the Port Hope Farmers' Market Arts Festival event listing
There’s no better way to usher in autumn! The Port Hope Fair is one of Canada's longest running fall fairs, held every September at the Agricultural Park. Attractions include the midway, antique car and tractor shows, horse shows, dog agility trials, demolition derby, blacksmithing and milking demonstrations, exhibitions, stage entertainment and much more.
For full details visit the Port Hope Fair event listing
Cultivate is a family-friendly festival celebrating the best in Northumberland’s food, drink, art and culture. At this three-day, ticketed event you’ll enjoy local food, craft beer, live music, educational seminars, kids’ play-space, art workshops and more, all in Port hope’s beautiful Memorial Park.
For full details visit the Cultivate event listing
The annual Port Hope House Tour features attractive and unique heritage homes and buildings, presented by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO). Inaugurated in 1964, this tour is one of Port Hope’s most popular tourist attractions every fall. Tickets sell out fast, so visitors are recommended to buy their tickets in advance.
For full details visit the ACO Port Hope House Tour event listing
The Vintage Film Festival presents film classics from the early 20th century, held annually at Port Hope’s acclaimed Capitol Theatre. This three-day festival begins with a gala reception on opening night, and features a unique theme each year. Money raised by the festival goes to the Marie Dressler Foundation.
For full details visit the Vintage Film Festival event listing
Port Hope’s seasonal celebrations begin with the annual Candlelight Walk and Lighting Ceremony. Participants and spectators alike sing together as the candlelight procession makes its way down to Memorial Park for the annual park lighting ceremony. The illuminated display will be up until early January.
For full details visit the Candlelight Walk & Lighting Ceremony event listing
Port Hope’s annual Santa Claus parade features an exceptional procession of bands, floats and displays from many local businesses and community groups. Join Santa and kids of all ages for this fun-filled march through downtown. Watch out for the postal workers along the parade route collecting those all-important letters to Santa.
For full details visit the Santa Claus Parade event listing
Each year, The Capitol Theatre sets up a magnificent display of decorations including thousands of lights, and many beautifully decorated trees available to be won by raffle.