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June 2017

After a rainy spring, the flowers are blooming, the temperature is rising, and everyone is ready to say hello to summer! Get out and enjoy the summer sun and fun this month at one of the many events taking place across Durham Region. From festivals to races, to super summer jams, there are so many ways to get into the summer spirit!

On June 18, we celebrate that special guy in our lives. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! Make it an extra special day by planning something amazing. You can find tons of great ideas for the perfect weekend outing on

Watch for an upcoming special edition, dedicated to Canada Day and Canada 150 activities in Durham, coming to your inbox in mid-June!

To find out what's happening in your community this month, visit the  Durham Tourism events calendar .
What's on this month?
Peony Festival

See what's blooming at the 13th annual Oshawa Peony Festival on June 10 and 11. Enjoy more than 300 types of peonies in the gardens and Children's Arena at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.

Artisans, food, live music, and gardening seminars
are just a few of the highlights to take in this year.
The festival celebrates its fifth consecutive year as one of Ontario's Top 100 Events and Festivals. Admission is free.

Durham Pride

Durham Pride Week 2017 takes place May 29 to June 4 Visit to see the lineup of events taking place throughout the week, concluding with a parade and celebration at Memorial Park in Oshawa on June 4.
On June 2,  RMG Fridays celebrates Pride2017 , embracing our complete society. PFLAG and Durham Pride join the RMG as partners
for an evening of art and stories from the LGBTQ community. 
Fantastic food festivals

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington for the 18th annual Spring Food, Wine and Beer Festival on June 3. Enjoy an afternoon of delicious food, beer and wine tastings, as renowned chefs and brew masters from across Durham Region come together to explore the marriage of culinary arts, winemaking and brewing. Event takes place at the Newcastle Community Hall & Garden. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Purchase advance tickets by calling 905-623-6646 or from the following locations:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarington at 23 Scugog Street, Bowmanville.
  • Towne Gallery Village Card and Gift Shoppe at 7 King Street East, Bowmanville.
  • iGreek at 196 King Street East, Bowmanville.
  • The Old Newcastle House Taps & Grill at 119 King Avenue West, Newcastle.
On June 24, celebrate the diversity and flavours of the islands at the Durham Caribbean Festival . Street performers, singers, and dance, cultural and heritage groups come together at Ajax Downs to celebrate the Caribbean vibe. Experience the unique foods, music and traditions of the Caribbean, while getting to know the community!
All aboard!

Hop aboard the York-Durham Heritage Railway this month for some summer fun. On Father's Day, dads ride for half price when accompanied by a child!  

Enjoy a ride in a heritage coach from the 1950s or
the doors open baggage car. Trips are available on June 411, and 18 departing from Uxbridge Station at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and from Stouffville at noon. Tickets can be booked online at
On June 25, the trip includes a Passenger Appreciation BBQ. Enjoy a hamburger or hot dog, compliments of the York-Durham Heritage Railway, at the Uxbridge station from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Race to the finish

Are you ready to get muddy? Spartan Race Canada's obstacle course races return to Brimacombe on June 24 and 25! Test your fitness in an exciting, outdoor environment where having fun and getting dirty is mandatory! Whether you are an elite or junior athlete, or just a first-timer, challenge yourself on the slopes of Brimacombe in the Spartan Race Sprint 5 km+, Super 13 km+, or kids Junior 0.8-3.2 km races .

Check out the first of three events in the Overdrive Race and Relay Series on June 10. This road bike endurance race features six-hour and 12-hour rides, travelling the grand prix circuit at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Riders can race in solo or relay teams of two, four or eight.
Scugog Summer Jam
Are you ready to rock out? The Scugog Summer Jam music festival takes over the Port Perry Fairgrounds, from June 30 to July 2. Celebrate Canada's birthday in style as Scugog welcomes a great lineup of rock and country acts, including:
June 30 - Big Wreck with special guests The Pick Brothers Band and The Bomb.
July 1 - Juno nominee Aaron Pritchett with special guests Brooklyn Roebuck and Marshall Dane.
July 2 - Local, live entertainment and special events.
Fans will enjoy visiting vendor booths, food trucks and the Waterloo Brewing Company before joining fellow concert goers under the special event canopy to see their favourite artists.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate, or purchase a two-night ticket combo for $60! Tickets are on sale through and available at Vos Independence in Port Perry. 
Film Durham's sizzle reel -  our locations, your next film!

Film Durham's new promotional video puts the spotlight on the region's film-making industry with its unique locations, creative cinematography and filmmaker interviews. This sizzle reel proudly focuses on Durham as a key player in all aspects of Ontario's film and television industry.

With its choice settings and close proximity to Toronto - the second largest production centre in North America - film production activity in Durham has been growing steadily, increasing in value from $19.7 million (2012) to $29.8 million (2015). Due to the growing need for diverse settings, as well as a decrease in the availability of film locations in Toronto, the region provides location managers with a vast number of ideal sites for filming.

This video was created in collaboration with Central Counties Tourism and Durham Region's Economic Development and Tourism division. It will be used to market Durham's existing natural and cultural heritage assets, as well as local film talent, to grow film production in the region and enhance film tourism.

If you are interested in showcasing your place to production companies please contact Eileen Kennedy, Film Durham Liaison at 905-668-4113 ext. 2617 or 289-927-7119. 
Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF)  film submission deadlines have been extended

To meet filmmakers demand, the regular deadline for DRIFF film submissions has been extended to June 15 and the late deadline to June 30

DRIFF celebrates interesting films from around the world. The festival's focus provides a platform for filmmakers to showcase your creative work, excite audiences and receive recognition for excellence in the arts. Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, comedies and student film projects are all invited for submission. For more details and to submit your film, visit:
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