Known as the Dairy Capital of Canada, Woodstock has several events that’ll allow you to “milk” the fun out of spring and summer.
Also known as The Friendly City, Woodstock is a good place to mingle with people from the community while learning about the southwestern Ontario city. There are festivals, special events, and other notable happenings that will help you to experience Woodstock’s finer aspects, including a good dose of country fun. If you’re thinking about a road trip to Woodstock as you head into summertime, here are some key events you’ll want to add to your list.
Check Out the Wienerfest Home County Festival
At Pittock Conservation Area on June 22, you can join other dog lovers at the Wienerfest Home County Festival. As Canada’s largest breed-specific event, the Wienerfest Home County Festival showcases Dachshunds of all sizes. However, you are welcome to bring any dog to this event. Your dog will be considered an honorary Dachshund for the day. And, if you don’t have a dog, just bring the family and enjoy the company of some four-legged friends.
This free, day-long festival is open to all ages. All proceeds will fund pet rescue and raising awareness for abandoned and abused animals throughout Canada. The festival also works under the umbrella of Tiny Paws Dog Rescue, a registered national charity.
You can expect Dachshund races, costume contests, as well as photo opportunities with the “Wienermobile.” The Wienerfest Home Country Festival features over 100 exhibitors from Woodstock and across North America, selling products such as animal dietary products, clothing, pet services, and more. There will also be a veterinarian and a pet trainer on-site to answer your questions regarding your pets.
Many food trucks will be on-site as well. Bring your dog and loved ones out for this fun summer event in Woodstock.
Be a Part of the Summer Streetfest
From August 9–11, the Woodstock Business Improvement Area invites you to roam the streets of downtown Woodstock at the Summer Streetfest.
The yearly festival features buskers and street performers to keep you and your family entertained. You can also enjoy live musical performances and street vendors selling everything from crafts to food. Plus, there’s fun games and more for your children to partake in.
There’s also the Streetfest Cruise, which takes place following the festival, allowing you to meet people from this wholesome, hospitable community. Summer Streetfest lets you experience downtown Woodstock at its liveliest.
Visit the Cowapalooza
Events in Woodstock don't come more unusual and fun-filled than this one.
Taking place from August 16–17, Cowapalooza features Friday and Saturday night live concerts as well as park activities, all along Dundas Street in Woodstock. Acts span many genres, including rock music, Celtic music, and so much more.
Living up to the name, Cowapalooza features cow-milking contests. Looking for events in Woodstock where you can prove your agricultural skills while getting friendly with some of Woodstock’s best cows? This is the one. You can also watch live wrestling events through Smash Wrestling, where men and women battle it out.
For the kids, they can head over to the amusement area and go on some rides, visit the petting zoo, or ride ponies. You and your family can interact with animals, watch live shows, and enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences in this one-of-a-kind city.
Check Out the Woodstock Fair
Labour Day weekend is the Woodstock Fair, set for the Woodstock Fairgrounds and Agricultural Society from August 30 to September 2.
Local farmers bring their best produce to the fair to determine whose crops are the best, with winners getting ribbons and trophies. The fair also features things for the whole family to enjoy. There are cattle shows where you can check out the best local stock. You also find displays for local poultry, home crafts, horticulture, vendors, and lots more.
The fair has existed for over 150 years and is a signature event for the city to showcase the best of its culture and history. Food, family, and fun are the signature aspects that make the Woodstock Fair a must-see event every year. You should make it one of your top bucket list events in Woodstock this summer.
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