June Festival & Event Highlights

Dive into a vibrant celebration of diversity and creativity this June on Ontario’s West Coast! From the electrifying Huron County Pride Festival to the profound Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story, and the rich cultural tapestry of the Huron Multicultural Festival, there’s something for everyone to revel in.

Huron County Pride is holding the second annual Pride Festival on Saturday, June 8th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Goderich’s Courthouse Square Park. The lineup includes sickening drag performances, live musical performances, line-dancing, and belly-dancing lessons. There are even more ways to celebrate 2SLGBTQ+ fabulousness this year with a weeklong slate of events including Burlesque Show, Pride Walk, and a Trivia Challenge chance to show off your knowledge of all things queer.

Huron County lost an icon in May with the passing of Nobel Laureate for Literature, Alice Munro. No better way to celebrate her work and her legacy support for Canadian writers than by attending this year’s Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story, June 5-9. This year’s festival includes readings by a stellar lineup of authors working in the short-story and novel format. The festival honors Alice’s support for emerging writers by offering masterclasses with the presenting authors. Of particular interest this year is the inclusion of the play “Post Alice” by Taylor Marie Graham and produced by Here for Now Theatre Company. The play inspired by four haunting characters from four iconic Alice Munro stories, Post Alice is a stunning new contemporary play which asks the question: what really happened to Mistie Murray? And what happens to all our missing girls? The play has three performances at Blyth Festival’s Harvest Stage June 5, 6, and 8th.

Huron Multicultural Festival

Entry The popular Huron Multicultural Festival has expanded this year to be a two-day event, June 28 & 29th. The event starts with a kick-off to Canada Day concert in Goderich Courthouse Square with performances by Digging Roots and Drives the Common Man. Tickets are free but must be booked for entry to the concert. Entry includes access to food trucks and a licensed beer garden by Cowbell Brewing Co. This is a 19+ age of majority event. The free family-friendly festival takes place on Saturday, June 29th from 12:00 – 6:00 PM with a full stage schedule of folk dances and music from around the world. You can try purchasing international dishes at the outdoor food fair and enjoy a Square Brew beverage in the licensed area. Community booths and artisan crafts.

Huron Waves Music Festival returns with a superb program of music and art running throughout most of June. Highlights of this year’s Festival include Trailblazers: Honouring Outstanding Canadian Women June 9-22nd at Trivitt Memorial Church in Exeter. The exhibit celebrates the lives and accomplishments of forty-one Canadian women, all Trailblazers, with emblematic neckpieces, researched and designed for each honoree by Canada’s leading goldsmith/designer, Donald Stuart. Presented with portraits of each woman by the distinguished B.C. artist, Susan Benson, and with bilingual biographies. Huron Waves welcomes Susan Aglukark, an Inuk musician and three-time Juno winner, as the Grand Finale to this year’s Festival with a concert celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day. Tickets are $40 and include admission to the Trailblazers exhibition.