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May 2022

Happy Mother's Day!
Mother’s Day is May 8, and many local businesses are preparing delicious menus, sweet treats and quality experiences to help you celebrate!

Give the gift of local by shopping hundreds of items from Durham-based businesses on the Shop Durham Region Online Marketplace. Shop by community, collection or vendor and find something distinctive including a selection of artisan jewellery.
For brunch, dinner and gift ideas, check out ToDo Canada’s 35 places for mother’s day brunch, dinner and gifts in Durham Region blog.
Follow Durham Tourism on Facebook for more #ShopInDurham Mother's Day ideas.
Give your home a glow up! 47 downtown
home décor shops in Durham Region
Nothing says “there’s no place like home” like sprucing up your space with things that reflect your personality.
Whether you’re looking for seasonal pieces that spark joy, cozy cushions for kicking back with a coffee, or art that brings your walls to life, there are so many local shops and businesses in Durham’s downtowns to explore.
And everyone knows that shopping pairs best with food, so while you’re out exploring Durham’s downtowns, don’t forget to fuel up with this list of Nine Places for Healthy Eats in Durham’s Downtowns.

Spring sport action in Durham Region!
As the spring weather begins to heat up, so does the sport event action across Durham Region. We’re so excited for the return of the sights and sounds of outdoor sports in our community.

Get ready to help us warmly welcome and host thousands of visitors to compete in a variety of sports over the next month. Click here for a list of upcoming spring sport events on DurhamTourism.ca.
Great Taste of Ontario - Oshawa Passport
Presented by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, The Great Taste of Ontario is a collection of digital passports and stories to help you fall in love with the food and drink of Ontario again, and again.

Each season, you can download one of 40 passports to help guide your planning and inspire you to explore our big, BIG province. Then, hit the open road to visit the growers and makers who make Ontario so special. Each time you check-in along the way, you’ll be one step closer to redeeming some sweet Ontario-made prizes—all while supporting communities across Ontario!

How it works:

Each time you check-in to a location on a passport, you’re on your way to some pretty sweet rewards! For every 10 check-ins you collect, you can redeem one $25 Feast On Gift Voucher. A Feast On gift voucher opens the door to amazing experiences at over 150 local-focused restaurants across Ontario.

This year, Durham Tourism is welcoming you to Oshawa; a most delicious destination! Explore Oshawa’s cultural marvels, historical roots, and discover diverse and exciting dining and craft beverages.

Celebrate spring at Bowmanville Maplefest!
Visit historic downtown Bowmanville on May 7 to celebrate the start of spring at Maplefest! This highly anticipated festival showcases local syrup producers who offer up the best of the region. Find treats such as maple donuts, cheese, candy, nuts and fudge and enjoy live music and kid-friendly activities. Stroll through Bowmanville's downtown to explore items from local vendors or visit the many independent restaurants and shops.

Learn more about this free event at Bowmanville.com/Events/Maple-Festival.
Artfest is back in-person beginning May 28
The City of Pickering and PineRidge Arts Council are excited to welcome back Artfest in Esplanade Park! New this year, the artist market has been extended. Shop from more than 50 different artists and artisans on May 28, June 4 and June 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kick-off celebration on May 28
  • More than 50 artists and artisans selling and showcasing their work
  • Live entertainment by Pickering Community Concert Band, Lexy the Rapping Dad, Need Some Koi, InCirque, and Zahra School of Dance
  • Hands on activities from PineRidge Arts Council, Station Gallery, Pickering Public Library, and Pickering Camps
  • Drawing lessons from artist Judith Jewer
  • Charity barbeque by The Canadian Progress Club and Durham Region Women
  • Plant sale by the Pickering Horticultural Society
  • Student art display by Durham Catholic District School Board Schools

Artist market on June 4 and 11
  • More than 50 artists and artisans selling and showcasing their work
  • Live entertainment                                                  
  • Charity barbeque by The Canadian Progress Club Durham South
For event updates follow @PickeringEvents on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.
Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) 'DRIFF in a Jiff'
is back!
The first DRIFF in a Jiff screening of 2022 returns May 6. Catch some great short films for free at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in Oshawa, happening every RMG Friday throughout the season. Opening night on May 6 will feature local music artist Dizzy to kick things off with screenings of 'The Best Orchestra in the World' and 'This Garden is Yours' in Arthur's on the 4th.

For full details and to watch the trailers visit driff.ca/Driff-In-A-Jiff.
Springtide Music Festival wristbands on sale now!
Springtide Music Festival is back July 21 to 23—bigger and better than ever—with a collection of more than 12 live music shows happening in a variety of intimate venues throughout downtown Uxbridge. Venues include restaurants, bars, shops and a brewery beer garden.

Springtide launch party
Reserved seating at Uxbridge Music Hall on July 21

Friday wristbands
Access to all venues on July 22
(free for kids 12 and under)

Saturday wristbands
Access to all venues on July 23
(free for kids 12 and under)

Weekend wristbands 20 per cent off
Access all venues on July 22 and July 23
(free for kids 12 and under)

Get your tickets now at SpringtideMusicFestival.com.
Uxbridge Huck Finn youth fishing days is now a two-week festival!
Families will now be able to fish at Elgin Pond at their leisure until May 14. Enter for your chance to win daily prizes by submitting pictures on social media of you and your family fishing, of your catch, or of fun around the pond using #HuckFinnUxbridge.

For information on events during Huck Finn days and daily contest rules visit Uxbridge.ca/HuckFinn.
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.