The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Celebrate creativity, culture and cuisine at the Durham Festival

WHITBY, ON March 10, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, Tourism Division, is thrilled to announce that they will be partnering with all eight local area municipalities this summer, to bring residents and visitors the first-ever Durham Festival—a celebration of culture and creativity in Durham Region. This region-wide legacy event will take place from Aug. 13 to 16.

Showcasing the very best of what Durham Region has to offer, this lively event invites people of all ages to experience delicious local food, music, art, culture and creative expression of all varieties.

“The Durham Festival celebration is built on four powerful pillars: connection, inclusion, collaboration and unity; designed to promote the diverse communities that make up our beautiful region,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “The spotlight will be shining on Durham Region during this event, which will showcase us as a vibrant and evolved tourism destination offering creativity, culture and exciting entertainment—both now, and for years to come.”

With the Durham Festival focused on highlighting the region’s diverse multiculturalism, it is expected to attract increased visitation from out-of-town guests, as well as encourage exploration by residents. The majority of events will take place along the region’s stunning Waterfront Trail, while the three northern municipalities will also be featured in the North Durham Village and driving tour map of Durham Region.

“Durham Tourism is proud to be partnering with all eight of our local municipalities to bring the Durham Festival to life,” said Kerri King, Tourism Manager. “We are inviting all residents and those planning to visit Durham this August to mark their calendars for the biggest event of the summer. Durham is a thriving culinary, art and cultural hub and we are looking forward to celebrating the best of what we have to offer.” 

Residents and visitors can look forward to the following confirmed events, and expect even more additions in the coming months: 

•            The Elevation2015 Cycling Conference in Ajax 

•            Picasso’s Picnic in Clarington

•            Woodland Disco and Glowfest in Oshawa

•            Whitby Harbour Days - Regional Festival

•            Taste Ajax

•            Performance in Pickering

•            North Durham Village

•            Ride4United Way Gran Fondo

For more information about the Durham Festival, or for a full list of confirmed events, visit or call Durham Tourism at 1-800-413-0017.

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