Don’t let Elora’s small-town charm fool you, there is lots to do in this little town. In addition to all of the great outdoor opportunities for hiking, picnicking and cycling, Elora is hosting a number of summer festivals that you’ll want to be sure to put on your calendar. Our preferred property management company Williams and McDanielhas put together this guide to summer festivals in Elora to keep you busy.
The Elora Writers’ Festival is just around the corner on May 25. This annual festival celebrating Canadian writers will include readings from Scott Chantler, Susanna Kearsley, Andrew Pyper, Brad Smith, Anita Stewart and Mary Swan.
Get to know Elora and Fergus a little better during Doors Open on June 21. This annual festival encourages local landmarks to open their doors to the public for one day. Many sites include guided tours or supplementary activities to teach you a little more about our community. There are five sites in downtown Elora including the Charles Allen Homestead and the Elora mill, which are all just a short walk from the Sandstone Apartments at 120-122 David Street East.
If you’re in town on July 1, head to Metcalfe Street for a Canada Day parade. The Dominion Day celebration will kick off with a Firemen’s pancake breakfast, followed by a soap box derby for the kids and live riverside entertainment all day.
No matter your musical taste, you’re sure to find something you’ll love on the Elora Festival calendar. This annual music festival runs from July 13 to August 5 at venues around Elora and will include classical, jazz, international and contemporary music.
Summer in Elora isn’t complete without a trip to the Fergus Scottish Festival. This celebration of the region’s Scottish heritage will have everything you expect: Highland dancers, Celtic music, feats of strength and a beer tent. This festival regularly attracts visitors from around the province, so definitely mark your calendar for August 8-10.