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March 2023

12 Insta-worthy nights out

in Durham Region

Need a night out that’s next level? Whether you’re catching up with the girls, going for after-work appetizers or planning date night, there are lots of picture-perfect Durham Region hot spots—with the right vibe—for your next night out. Featuring crafty cocktails, drool-worthy appetizers, dancing and live music, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities to capture the best night ever.

Click here to read the full blog post on DurhamTourism.ca.

2023 Durham Region maple syrup festivals

As winter winds down, the longer days and rising temperatures make way for many families and friends to get out and enjoy the maple syrup harvest in Durham Region. Maple syrup festivals and events kick off in March and run through May. Check them out in the listings below.

Brooks Farms Maple Sugar Festival

Dates: Weekends and every day during March break (March 13 to 17). Tours at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

Location: Brooks Farms, 122 Ashworth Road, Uxbridge.

Price: $12.99 plus HST (children under the age of two are free). Tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Pefferlaw Creek Farms Maple Syrup Festival

Dates: March 4 and 5, March 11 and 12, March 18 and 19, March 25 and 26, April 1 and 2, April 15 and 16, April 22 and 23.

Location: Pefferlaw Creek Farms, 12300 Concession Road 6, Uxbridge.

Price: $5 per person or $20 per family. Booking ahead is not required.

Purple Woods Maple Syrup Festival

Dates: March 10 to 12, March 15 to 19, March 25 and 26, April 1 and 2.

Location: Purple Woods Conservation Area, 38 Coates Road East, Oshawa.

Price: $8 per person (children under the age of two are free). Tickets can be purchased in advance online. On-site entrance fee is $11 per person and availability is limited.

Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival

Dates: April 1 and 2.

Location: River Street along historic downtown Sunderland.

Price: Free admission and parking.

Bowmanville Maple Fest

Date: May 6

Location: Historic downtown Bowmanville.

Price: Free admission and parking.

For more information on these events, read the full blog post on DurhamTourism.ca.

Winter in Brock Township

Whether you find yourself with or without snow this winter, the Township of Brock has plenty for you to do all season long!

When you’re ready to get outside and enjoy the crisp fresh winter air, the Township of Brock has a variety of outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy. When it’s time to warm up, the areas cafés and shops are the perfect indoor setting to relax and unwind.

There are plenty of great spots to spend time at this winter in Brock Township, but we’ve narrowed down the list to five great options for you to try.


Read the full blog post on ChooseBrock.ca.

Discover what's on Whitby's table

Whitby boasts some incredible restaurants that will satisfy any appetite. Explore the local craft brewery scene, indulge at award-winning restaurants and discover unique menus through the Great Taste of Ontario – Whitby Passport.

The Great Taste of Ontario Passport is a digital collection of passports and stories presented by the Culinary Tourism Alliance that will inspire you to explore food across the province. For every five chick-ins, you’ll be one step closer to receiving a $25 Feast On gift voucher to use at more than 150 local restaurants in Ontario.


Looking for more inspiration? Dig into Whitby’s Digital Food Guide. From local, field-to-fork cuisine, pub fare or comfort food, and multiple ethnic cuisines, to say Whitby is diverse in its food choices would be an understatement. No matter what your tastes are, you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy.

An image of a stone wall with 13 tiles mounted on it. Each tile has a different colour frame around art created by students.

New public art at

Regional Headquarters

You can expect a more colourful and inspiring welcome at Durham Region Headquarters, thanks to a

new public art installation. Created by Durham College Fine Arts students, as part of a community collaboration program, the artwork has been installed along the stone wall at the north entrance of 605 Rossland Road East in Whitby. The pieces represent the themes of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) hosts free film screening on March 3

The ‘DRIFF in a Jiff’ spotlight on short films returns this month to RMG Fridays at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG). Catch these two wonderful short films on March 3 in The Lookout at the RMG in Oshawa. Screening times are 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. 

This month's film duo hails from Iran:



(15 minutes, Persian with English subtitles, director Sajjad Shahhatami)


Without a single word being uttered by the protagonist, the actor and director draw us into a struggle with identity few of us can imagine.


Boiled Tea


(15 minutes, Persian with English subtitles, director Chai Jooshideh)


The family is getting ready to celebrate Samaneh’s birthday, but a pack of tea changes everything!


For more information visit DRIFF.ca.

New issue of ArtScene newsletter available online

PineRidge Arts Council produces an online publication six times a year called ArtScene featuring members' upcoming events and interesting articles about the arts in Durham Region.

The latest issue is available online at PineRidgeArts.org.

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