Kiwanis Festival

Kiwanis Music Festival

Enjoy the musical talents of Durham Region’s youth at the annual Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival.

The festival has been operating for more than 40 years; providing local youth with the opportunity to perform their music for professional adjudicators and the public. Come and experience playoff concerts in piano, voice and instrumental, taking place from March 27 to April 7, in various locations throughout Oshawa and Whitby.

Visit the Kiwanis website for further details about the concerts and schedule.   

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Discover Durham Region with the all-new 2017 Discovery Guide

Durham Tourism’s all-new 2017 Discovery Guide is now available. The guide is designed to provide visitors and residents with a first-hand look at the many unique tourism destinations and attractions throughout Durham Region.

The free Discovery Guide features a calendar of events happening year-round, as well as information on Durham accommodations, local dining, agri-tourism, entertainment, shopping, outdoor adventures, sports and recreation, art, music, heritage, festivals and events, and so much more.

The annually produced Discovery Guide is a one-stop shop for planning your perfect visit to Durham Region. With its visually pleasing design, readers can enjoy browsing with ease through the special feature sections and comprehensive event listings section in this guide.

To order a copy of the 2017 Discovery Guide, or any additional tourism resources, contact Durham Tourism by telephone at 1-800-413-0017 or by email at You can also view and order the Discovery Guide online at

To stay up to date on events and activities happening in our communities, sign up for Durham Tourism’s monthly e-newsletter. Visit to learn more.


Family Fun in Durham Region

Family Day weekend is just around the corner! Take advantage of this special holiday to explore Durham Region’s incredible winter wonders with the whole family. Whether you head to one of the many events taking place throughout the community, or plan a cozy dinner, Durham is the perfect place to create family memories and traditions. Read on to find out what’s happening in your community this month. To see all of the events taking place on Family Day and in the month of February, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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Experience a local restaurant with your Valentine this month

With the finest chefs and the freshest ingredients, it’s no wonder so many people visit Durham Region to experience our unique culinary offerings.

Plan a date night with your special someone this Valentine’s Day at one of Durham’s many one-of-a-kind restaurants.

Whether you are a traditional romantic who enjoys fine dining by candlelight, or prefer a more casual approach, you’ll be sure to fall in love all over again, while savouring the flavours of Durham Region!

Check out the Durham Tourism Directory for a list of restaurants near you.


RMG Fridays: Birthday Bash

It’s hard to believe RMG Fridays have been taking place on the first Friday of every month, for the past six years! Time flies when you’re busy celebrating local creative talent.

Always buzzing with energy, RMG Fridays showcase live musical performances, interactive art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and more!

The 6th Birthday Bash is set for Feb. 3, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in Oshawa. It is free for all ages to attend. You won’t want to miss special performances by the Birds of Bellwoods and the O’Neill Collegiate Senior Dance Ensemble. See you at the celebration!

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Polar Plunge

Are you ready to take the plunge?

The Port Perry Polar Plunge is taking place Feb. 4 at Palmer Park, on the shores of Lake Scugog.

Take part as an individual or register a team! Hot tubs will be available to warm up in after you take your dip.

There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy, so be sure to arrive early to enjoy music, a fish pond for children, snacks, hot chocolate and more!

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Celebrate Black History Month

The 10th-annual Cultural Expressions Black History Month Celebration is taking place on Feb. 4, at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax.

This year’s theme is Together, One Canada Strong, and will feature a dynamic line up of performances by local musicians and dance groups.

This event is free to attend, and will also include an address from key note speaker Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese-Canadian musician, actor, former child soldier, political activist and former refugee.

Come and enjoy an evening honouring the beauty of African history!


See Blue Rodeo Live!

After selling more than four million albums over the past 30 years, and receiving countless awards, Blue Rodeo is touring once again!

The iconic Canadian band will be making a stop in Oshawa at the Tribute Communities Centre, for a show on Feb. 11.

The 1000 Arms tour will feature new favourites from the band’s 14th studio album, which was released in October 2016, as well as many of the songs we have all come to know and love.

Tickets are now on sale, and available for purchase on the Tribute Communities Centre website.


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Go wild this Family Day!

Spend the day with the kids at the Winter Wonderlearn festival, participating in interactive activities about animals and nature.

Special guests Zoo to You will be visiting the Clarington Public Library, Courtice Branch, offering free shows throughout the day.

Kids of all ages will love the chance to get up close to a variety of exotic animals, including chinchillas, lizards, tarantulas and pythons! This free event takes place Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year! Durham Tourism is wishing you health, happiness and plenty of adventure in 2017. There is no need to stay in and hibernate during the winter months here in Durham Region. From skiing, to curling, to ice-fishing and more, there are so many fun-filled activities to enjoy right here in our own snow-covered backyard. Grab your mittens and read on to find out what’s happening in your community this month. To get to know all of the family friendly events taking place in Durham Region this January, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.