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We hope you safely enjoy your experiences in Durham Region. Remember to follow Durham Region Health Department guidance: Stay home if you are sick, wear a mask when required, and wash your hands. Please respect the health and safety rules of any venue or facility you visit. For more information please see the COVID-19 case and contact information hub.

September 2022

Fall for Durham!

Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games

The Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games is less than five months away! Our Games Organizing Committee—made up of mostly community volunteers—is hard at work planning to welcome nearly 550 participants, including more than 300 athletes, from February 3 to 5, 2023.

To help support our mission to deliver the best Ontario Parasport Games yet and to grow our community legacy initiatives, we're looking for more community partners. We’ve made sponsorship accessible with opportunities ranging from $25 to $15,000.

For more information about partnership opportunities, please contact our Sponsorship Committee at partnerships@DurhamRegion2023.ca.

For general information about the Games, please contact us at


Earlier this month, we launched our Games website. We encourage you to explore the site, learn about the 11 sports being showcased and where they will be played, and to come back to visit as new information will be added as it becomes available.

Follow us Sport Durham on FacebookTwitterInstagram and watch for content on our Games TikTok coming soon! 

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO): Tuesday Talks with FEO

Festivals and Events Ontario presents Festivals Helping Festivals. On the first Tuesday of every month for one year, FEO will host an open mic on Zoom to discussing specific festival topics, raise concerns and find resolutions, share idea’s, and celebrate successes.


Your interaction and sharing of experiences will support the industry as a whole. Questions will be answered by your peers and guided by industry expertsco-hosts Marnie Lapierre of Northern Events and Tourism Consulting and Debbie Mann of FEO.


Upcoming FEO festival exchange topics:

  • Entertainment and Suppliers – October 4
  • Security – November 1
  • Working with Municipalities – December 6
  • Finance – January 10, 2023
  • Alcohol, marijuana and mental health issues - February 7, 2023

Register in advance at: TickePro.ca.

Find your flavour during Gates Open

Durham Tourism, in partnership with Durham Farm Fresh, is counting down to Durham Region’s Gates Open: Find Your Flavour event, taking place on October 1 and 2.

Gates Open: Find Your Flavour is a region-wide farm tour celebrating the region's natural resources, cultural heritage and diversity. Enjoy this self-guided tour where you’ll learn about farm life, watch farm demonstrations, take part in fun family friendly activities, and have a chance to sample (or purchase) farm fresh products and treats. The event will highlight a number of Durham Region’s finest farms and provide an opportunity for visitors—from near and far—to learn about agriculture and immerse themselves in hands-on educational experiences about life on the farm.

Confirmed host farms include:

Admission to Gates Open is free. Visit GatesOpen.ca for more information on participating farms and activities to plan your agricultural adventure.

The Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) is coming!

After two years of online and drive-in screenings, the Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) returns to venues across Durham Region from September 29 to October 1. This will be followed by a week of virtual screenings on a soon-to-be unveiled DRIFF On-Demand platform that'll be revealed at a media launch on September 21.


DRIFF offers affordable $10 tickets for each of the four in-person programs over the three days of the festival. A limited number of day passes for the final day at the Biltmore Theatre will be available for only $15 while supplies last. The pass includes a foley (the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to films) workshop, a behind-the-scenes industry panel, a homegrown shorts program, a feature presentation with a preceding short film and an awards ceremony. 

A panel of independent judges will award cash prizes to four films in the following categories during the awards ceremony: Best Student Film, Best Short Film, Best Feature Film, and Best Regional Film. The film winning the People’s Choice Award will be announced on driff.ca and DRIFF’s social media platforms (@CatchTheDriff) following completion of the virtual screenings on October 9.


Tickets and program information are available now at driff.ca.

Scugog is your Ontario Culture Days Hub

Ontario Culture Days—a celebration of arts, culture and heritage taking place across Ontario from September 23 to October 16—is returning to Scugog on September 24 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy arts and crafts demonstrations and workshops, music and live performances, Indigenous arts and culture, culinary arts, literary readings, garden tours and so much more!


Scugog Arts and other organizers will be hosting several different events all day and into the evening. Ontario Culture Days takes place primarily on Queen Street, but activities will be held at other venues including the Scugog Arts Space, Scugog Memorial Public Library, Old Flame Brewing Co., Lavender-Blu, and the Side Roads of Scugog. Visit each hub location to participate in events and activities for free! Live music and fun events will continue into the evening at the Port Perry Street Party on Queen Street, hosted by the Port Perry Business Improvement Area.


For a sneak peek of what to expect, visit ScugogArts.ca/Culture-Days.

Tourism Association of Ontario (TIAO)

2022 Tourism Summit

Join TIAO for the 2022 Ontario Tourism Summit on October 25 and 26. This year's summit will be hosted at Deerhurst Resort under the beautiful backdrop of Muskoka, and is also being offered to guests to attend virtually.

TIAO will welcome tourism professionals from around the province to gather, share, and collaborate as they focus on 'Reinvigorating Our Industry'. As this year has allowed us the forward motion of opening back up, we recognize that there are still challenges of repairing, rebuilding, and refocusing. 

This year's summit is about Localization, Innovation and Confidence. Join TIAO as they recognize the areas of focus that are impacting our industry and our decisions, how our industry is embracing change and trying new things, and how to have confidence in the opportunities that this change provides. 

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For unique trip ideas or to plan your perfect day, visit DurhamTourism.ca, or call 1-800-413-0017. If this information is required in an accessible format, contact Durham Tourism.