Uxbridge Attractions & Annual Events

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Ontario, Uxbridge offers a charming array of attractions that captivate both locals and visitors alike. Nature enthusiasts can explore the the many parks, with their pristine trails winding through lush greenery and diverse wildlife. The vibrant Uxbridge Historical Centre invites history buffs to step back in time and discover the town's rich heritage through its interactive exhibits and preserved heritage buildings. Art and culture thrive here too, with the Artists of Uxbridge (a local art group established in 2005 to bring artists together promoting and supporting art in our community.) and galleries showcasing the talents of local artists. Quaint shops, cozy cafes, and a warm community spirit make Uxbridge a delightful destination, where every corner tells a unique story and every experience leaves an indelible impression.

 

Uxbridge received the federal designation of being “The Trail Capital of Canada” in 2009.   The Trans Canada Trail runs right through the town. The town itself boasts over 220 kilometres of managed trails on over 8000 acres of protected greenspace running through or nearby forests, streams, ponds, meadows and wetlands.  One of the larges areas is the Countryside Preserve.  The preserve consists 6km of trails running through 140 acres of meadows, forests and wetlands.   There are many parks throughout the township.  Elgin Park right in town is the site for many activities throughout the year.  Uxbridge Fall Fair,  Rib Fest, Art In The Park, Hits Fest and the Fantasy of Lights are just a few of the big events held every year.

Uxbridge Music Hall

ATTRACTIONS

Uxbridge Public Library

9 Toronto St S, Uxbridge, ON

Uxbridge Public Library

The Uxbridge Public Library stands as a hub of knowledge, community, and enrichment in the heart of Uxbridge, Ontario.

Opened on December 9, 1887, the library offers a diverse collection of books, digital resources, and multimedia materials that cater to readers of all ages and interests. Beyond its literary treasures, the library hosts a range of engaging programs, workshops, and events that foster learning, creativity, and social connection. Whether it's a cozy corner for reading, a space for research, or a gathering spot for community engagement, the Uxbridge Public Library plays an integral role in cultivating a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of belonging for the residents and visitors of Uxbridge.

Uxbridge Music Hall

16 Main St S, Uxbridge, ON

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Known for its superior acoustics, the Uxbridge Music Hall is a thriving cultural centre. Widely used by theatrical groups such as: OnStage Uxbridge, uxperience, Ryleepuss Productions, Uxbridge Youth Theatre, VIP Productions, Uxbridge Dance Academy and music groups such as the Pineridge Chorus, the Uxbridge Music Hall is an outstanding specimen of the local heritage.

The interior of the hall has been restored and the original opera chairs are still in the balcony encircled by the beautiful carved iron railing. In the centre of the building is the original cut glass chandelier with a diameter of approximately three feet. This beautiful historical facility is air conditioned, making it an ideal facility for spring/summer.

Uxbridge Historical Centre

7239 Concession Rd 6, Uxbridge, ON

Histotrical Centre

Established in 1972, the Uxbridge Historical Centre (UHC) preserves the history and heritage of the Township of Uxbridge through exhibitions, programs, workshops, camps, tours, and more.  Located on a 5-acre site that overlooks the beautiful Uxbridge Valley and Oak Ridges Moraine, the UHC consists of 10 buildings and more than 10,000 artifacts and archives.

The UHC connects today's audiences with the rich heritage of Uxbridge Township through the collection, preservation, interpretation and display of artifacts, documents and photographs, and related programming that illustrate the history of the Uxbridge area and the former Townships of Uxbridge and Scott.

Thomas Foster Memorial

9499 Durham Regional Rd 1, Uxbridge, ON

Thomas Foster Memorial
Thomas Foster Memorial
More than a Mausoleum the Memorial stands as a testament to the triumphs of Thomas foster a local boy who went to the city and found his fortune. He was a MP & Mayor of Toronto and left several legacies. It is an unique artistic treasure hidden in the rural Uxbridge Country Side. The memorial is inspired by the Taj Mahal mixed with Byzantine Architecture, with solid bronze doors, stain glass windows hand painted and fired. The floors are rich coloured terrazzo and marble mosaics wrought in symbolic designs fashioned by some of the finest artisans of the time
-taken from the Thomas Foster Memorial website

Train Station

9 Railway St, Uxbridge, ON

Uxbridge Train Station - York-Durham Heritage Railway
Uxbridge Train Station - York-Durham Heritage Railway

The Toronto & Nipissing Railway built the first Uxbridge station in 1870.   For many years the station was operated by the Grand Truck Railway and in 1904 the station we know today with its “witch’s hat” roof was built

The first passenger train came into town in 1871.  In 1920s the line became part of the Canadian National Railway and serviced the town for many more years.   In 1978 the station was closed to passengers while freight service continued until the 1980’s.

The Township of Uxbridge purchased the station and is now the home of the York-Durham Heritage Railway (YDR).  Since 1996 the YDR has operated the station and runs historical train rides between Stouffville and Uxbridge.

Quaker Meeting House

6800 Concession Rd 6, Uxbridge, ON

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The present board and batten meeting house ( 1820) is the oldest building in Uxbridge Township. An interior partition in the centre created separate areas for men and women. Around 1881 the partition was moved and a small Sunday School area was created at one end. During the renovation the west door and window on the South wall were switched, changing the architectural symmetry of the building.
The hand hewn pine pews are of 2 types; open backs to accommodate a woman's bustle and closed backs for men.

The main source of lighting was from a centre hung brass lamp with small coal lamps around the perimeter. A wood stove in the middle of the room (since removed) supplied heat.
In 1995 the building was raised and a concrete block foundation was installed.

from the Quaker Meeting House Website

Leaskdale Manse National Historic Site, Home of Lucy Maud Montgomery

11850 Durham Regional Rd 1, Leaskdale

Home of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Home of Lucy Maud Montgomery

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911 in Prince Edward Island. Her three children were born at Leaskdale, and she wrote close to a dozen books while she was living in the Leaskdale Manse before the Macdonald family moved to Norval, Ontario in 1926. Maud died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and was buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island.

– taken from http://www.uxbridge.com/people/maud.html

Historic St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

11850 Durham Regional Rd 1, Leaskdale

Former St. Paul's Church - 11850 Regional Rd 1 - Circa 1906

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church is where Lucy Maud Montgomery's husband, the Reverend Ewan Macdonald, served as pastor from 1911-1926.

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The Roxy Theatres of Uxbridge

46 Brock St W, Uxbridge, ON

The Roxy Theatre
The Roxy Theatre

The Roxy Theatres of Uxbridge was restored, redesigned, and reopened on December 13th, 1996.

It represents a true “labour of love” by a couple of crazy film buffs named Mark and Cathy Christoff. “We love our community but the only thing missing is a movie theatre. A place for folks to meet on a Saturday night, have some great popcorn with real butter in a clean and comfortable environment reminiscent of days gone past with movie nostalgia surrounding them but still with state-of-the-art digital projection and sound equipment. We want a place where the kids can go and meet their friends for a night out, where families can head to the movies on a Saturday afternoon and feel it was a great time spent together, where seniors can walk to the movies and feel comfortable in their hometown seeing a movie at an affordable price, the way it should be – non-threatening and friendly. We want this theatre to be a place where people take pride in knowing this is their theatre, in their town, and it’s special. That is our goal and I think we have accomplished it so far and will continue to provide this service to our community.”

- taken from the Roxy website

ANNUAL EVENTS

March

MapleFest

Brooks Farms - 122 Ashworth Rd, Mount Albert, ON

Weekends in March, plus the March Break.

April

Easter-Fest

Brooks Farms - 122 Ashworth Rd, Mount Albert, ON

Photo courtesy of Brooks Farms

Weekends in April until Easter

Huck Finn Fishing Day

Elgin Pond - 180 Main St S, Uxbridge, ON

April 22 Huck Finn

Saturday April 22 - Saturday April 29, 2023

The annual Huck Finn Fishing event for youth is now an 8-day festival!

April 22nd-29th, 2023 at Elgin Pond in Uxbridge

Families will now be able to fish at Elgin Pond at their leisure between Saturday April 22nd and Saturday April29th. Daily prizes to be won by submitting pictures on social media of you and your family fishing, of your catch, or of fun around the pond etc. with the hashtag #huckfinnUxbridge. Participants 15 years of age and under will be eligible for daily prizes! Random draws for prizes from submitted pictures to be made by Hits105.5fm radio. REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED!

May

Uxbridge Farmers Market

14 Victoria St, Uxbridge, ON (Second Wedge Parking Lot)

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Every Sunday, May 7 - October 29, 2023

9:00am - 2:00pm

Come celebrate the best locally grown at our award-winning market!

Bonner Boys Cruise-In Car Show

Elgin Park - 180 Main St S, Uxbridge, ON

Bonner Boys Cruise In

Every Thursday, May 18 - September 28, 2023

Gates open at 4:30pm

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Udora Leaskdale Lions Canoe River Run

Zephyr Road 2Km West of Durahm Regional Road 1

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Saturday May 6, 2023

Udora Leaskdale Lions Club Canoe River Run fundraiser all profits will go to the Uxbridge Hospital Foundation 14 Km Canoe from Zephyr Road to Pefferlaw Dam. $30.00 Per paddler Min. Download sponsor sheets from our web page http://UdoraLeaskdaleLionsClub.ca Great prizes for the most money raised. 1st Prize a new smoker
Please remember You are required by law to have a lifejacket or PFD (Personal Flotation Device) on board for each person on a watercraft including human powered watercraft

June

Springtide Music Festival

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June 7 - 9, 2024

ASpringtide Music Festival is a two-day celebration of music and community, featuring a wide range of musical talent from Uxbridge and beyond in a diverse set of downtown venues.

Gardens of Uxbridge - Annual Self Guided Tour

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Saturday June 24, 2023

10:00am - 5:00pm

Join us for a day trip to the Uxbridge Countryside and enjoy a garden experience.  Discover the many benefits of gardening and get some ideas for your own gardens by visiting the beautiful private gardens on the Gardens of Uxbridge  self-guided garden tour.

The Gardens of Uxbridge relies on the kindness and generous support of our sponsors and volunteers to organize and fund our annual garden tour.  All proceeds from the garden tour go to The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario (LMMSO) which operates a National Historic Site in the nearby hamlet of Leaskdale, Ontario.  If you are interested in volunteering or being a sponsor please email  info@gardensofuxbridge.org.

Run For The Diamond

Run for the diamond

June 25, 2023

About

The Run for the Diamond will take place June 25th 2023 and will include a 10K and a 5k run. Net proceeds benefit the Uxbridge Hospital. All entrants, 16 years and over, will be entered into the Diamond Draw automatically. Some unique features of the event include:

  • 5K and 10K Run and Walk
  • Unique course in the Trail Capital of Canada!
  • Bib-tag timed for all events
  • Warm up at the Elgin Park stage
  • Finisher medal
  • wicking shirts
  • free parking
  • bag check
  • Post-Race Massage
  • Breakfast included

Strollers, bikes, in-line skates and animals are prohibited on the course.

July

Canada Day

Elgin Park - 180 Main St S, Uxbridge, ON

Canada Day

Saturday July 1, 2023

August

Uxbridge Lions Present - Art In The Park

Elgin Park - 180 Main St S, Uxbridge, ON

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August 19 & 20, 2023

Presented by the

Uxbridge Lions Club

Come stroll through the beautifully wooded park. Enjoy fabulous works, with some of Ontario’s finest artists artisans / crafts people. Talk with the artists and watch as some will be demonstrating their talent. Take the children to the children’s play/art and performance area. All this, with FREE admission and parking. This event is a fund raiser, and is sponsored by the Uxbridge & District Lions Club

September

Uxbridge Fall Fair

Elgin Park - 180 Main St S, Uxbridge, ON

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September 8, 9 & 10, 2023

About the Uxbridge Fair Event

Uxbridge Fair is an annual event hosted by the Uxbridge and Scott Agricultural Society.  Originally, agricultural societies would meet on a regular basis to discuss various concepts of agricultural improvement, such as livestock development and increased grain yields.  Often the Society would collectively purchase a bull or seed grain, made available to members only.  The fall fair would then be an opportunity for the farmers to compete by showing off the fruits of their labour.  Due to increased technology and rapid communication, agricultural societies no longer find it necessary to provide this service.  The Uxbridge Fair continues to create the forum known as the fall fair.

Homecraft, Crops, Livestock Competitions and Entertainment

Uxbridge Fair occurs annually on the weekend after Labour Day, and hosts upwards of 8,000 attendees.  Approximately 1,000 exhibitors will enter more than 2,000 items, judged and put on display during the Fair.  Promoting excellence through competition in this way makes fairs unique compared to other events.

In addition to the competitive displays of our fall harvest, the community is further brought together to enjoy various forms of entertainment such as horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides, livestock shows and displays of farm animals.

Art On The Fringe

Uxbridge Historical Centre - 7239 Concession Rd 6, Uxbridge, ON

Art on the Fringe

September 16 & 17, 2023

Presented by the

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Artists of Uxbridge is a local art group established in 2005 to bring artists together promoting and supporting art in our community.

Uxbridge Studio Tour

Uxbridge Historical Centre - 7239 Concession Rd 6, Uxbridge, ON

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September 16 & 17, 2023

About the Tour

The Uxbridge Studio Tour is a juried art studio tour featuring a distinguished & award winning lineup of artists who call this beautiful region home. The jurying process means that all artists applying to be on the tour are judged by a dedicated artist committee judged on a range of criteria ranging from creativity, awards, and skill, along with studio access. Only artists exceeding the standards of the Uxbridge Studio Tour acceptance guidelines are accepted to take part as studio artists.

2022 marks the 37th  year of this fabulous weekend long event and will feature over 50 artists showcasing their work either virtually or at their unique studio locations. Each year our studio artists host multiple guest artists from across Canada.

What makes the Uxbridge Studio Tour unique is our dedication to giving visitors an exciting peek ‘behind the curtain’ to where art is created. This is not a gallery tour! This is a tour of remarkable and beautiful creative spaces around our region. With studios surrounded by forests, farmland, and beautiful historic towns visitors get a fascinating tour of spaces normally hidden behind closed doors.

Each year hundreds of dedicated art enthusiasts make their way to each of our studios. With so many different studio locations on our tour it’s just not possible to see them all in one weekend. We want to give visitors a great day or weekend out exploring the Uxbridge area.

Uxbridge Celebration Of The Arts

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September - November 2023

It all started in a local pub, the Hobby Horse Arms, one night in 1985. Owner Ron Tindley and musician Tom Baker, who played a regular piano gig there on Friday nights, cooked up the idea to showcase music, film, visual arts, and theatre. They created a team of local artists and art lovers to make the Celebration a reality. The mandate of the Celebration of the Arts was to bring professional artists and their art to Uxbridge. This would be an opportunity for local artists and art lovers to hear professional musicians and talk to “real” filmmakers in their own backyard.

The original three-day festival has grown to become a three week event, bringing visitors from well beyond the community. The schedule is packed with events of interest to all. The Uxbridge Studio Tour, included in the events each year, is one of the finest in Ontario. Our Juried Art Show attracts artists from all over Southern and Central Ontario. The Gala events attract world-famous musicians and performers. The Roxy Short Film evening features winners from the Worldwide Short Film Festival. Books and Authors Night has showcased writers who have been awarded many prestigious literary prizes. Truly this small-town event is a feast for the senses, cooked up a quarter-century ago by a far-sighted group of visionaries.

The incredible vision of the four founding directors continues in Uxbridge to this day. Countless volunteers contribute hundreds of hours to ensure the Celebration continues. Their perseverance over the past 25 years has resulted in a stellar arts festival. It has truly put Uxbridge “on the map” and transformed it into a town for the arts. People have moved here because they came to the Celebration and liked what they saw. They started friendships, choirs and collaborations as a result of the Celebration of the Arts. The arts community and the wider community of Uxbridge Town and Township has grown and flourished.

-compiled by Wynn Walters

The Book Drunkard Literary Festival

The Book Drunkard Festival

September 10 - November 15, 2023

Presented by

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After 33 years, putting Uxbridge on the literary map in Canada is not a stretch for Blue Heron Books. The store is long accustomed to bringing first-class literary talent to Durham Region.

Former Durham resident, Lucy Maud Montgomery once quipped, “I am simply a book drunkard” — relatable words for readers and writers. The Book Drunkard Festival captures the wonderment of the written word and its ability to intoxicate, transport, and transform; it is meant for all ages and myriad tastes.

The 2019 festival – an unprecedented success – featured literary legends, an exceptional chef, art, theatre, and musical masters, and the 2020 virtual festival delivered the same top-notch literary talent in a new, virtual format.

In 2021 & 2022, the festival kicked it up a notch with a variety of in-person and virtual events, including the Half-Pints Kids events, award-winning authors, much-anticipated book launches, Giller nominees, food, chocolate, beer, and astronaut Chris Hadfield!

As we get ready to kick off a new year with exceptional talent, 2023’s line-up will set you up for a season of exceptional author experiences as well as a great new stack of TBR (to be read) on the nightstand!

October

Brooks Farm Fall Fun Festival

Brooks Farm - 122 Ashworth Rd, Mount Albert

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Saturdays and Sundays

September to October

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Come out and enjoy the beautiful autumn season Brooks Farms style!

For over a decade, Brooks Farms hosts an awesome Fall Fun Festival that gets bigger and better every year. 

Fall Fun Festival runs weekends in September and October

Open Thanksgiving Monday!

Cooper’s 10 acre Corn Maze & Fall Harvest Festival!

266 Ashworth Rd, Zephyr, ON

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Saturdays and Sundays

September to October

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We are open on Saturday & Sunday for you to try your luck in our 10-acre maze. If you like to avoid the crowds that come with the fall enthusiasm, September weekends are the best for this as we are generally not as busy at this time.

Spooky Saturday Trick-or-Treat Trail

Downtown Uxbridge at Participating Businesses

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Saturday October 28, 2023

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Spooky Saturday Map

 

Uxbridge BIA hosts the kick-off event to Halloween! Kids 12 and under, dressed in costume, and accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome to trick-or-treat at all participating businesses along Brock St. and at the Museum. Fun events and activities for the whole family!

November

Uxbridge Farmers Market Holiday Market

Uxbridge Arena & Recreation Centre

Farmers Market Holiday Market

Sundays in November

10:00am - 3:00pm

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Sundays in November, 10am to 3pm. 291 Brock St. W. Uxbridge Arena Hall. Indoor & Outdoor. Holiday Series Market featuring your favourite market Vendors and Event Vendors. Come fill your bags with local produce & products. One of a kind creations to check off your lists. Thank you for supporting local.

Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour

November 12, 2023

10:00am - 4:00pm

Presented by the

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Santa Claus Parade

Downtown Uxbridge

Santa Claus Parade

Saturday November 18

11:00am

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Be Part of Our Parade!

We are now accepting parade float and entry registrations for the 2023 Santa Claus Parade. Please complete our registration form online. You can also download a printable copy of our registration form.

All entrants must read, acknowledge and return a signed copy of the Rules and Regulations for parade participants. To complete a parade entry, a valid Certificate of Insurance must be provided. Please see the Registration Form and Rules and Regulations for more information about insurance.

For questions about parade entries please email smiller@uxbridge.ca, or call 905-852-9181.

The 2023 sponsorship package is coming soon. For questions on how to support the 2023 parade, please email events@uxbridge.ca.

Festive Nights at Brooks Farm

Brooks Farm - 122 Ashworth Rd, Mount Albert

Festive Nights Brooks Farm

Friday & Saturday Evenings

November 24 - December 23

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Join us this Festive Season to take part in a magical evening of lights in our new enchanted forest!

🎄Magically Lit Christmas Forest
🎄Holiday Displays and Plenty of Photo Opportunities
🎄Live Music Featuring Local Musicians
🎄Bonfires and Marshmallow Roasting
🎄Elsa, the Grinch and other Holiday Characters
🎄Story Time Wagon Ride
🎅🏼Visit with the REAL Santa!

🎄Craft Market with Local Artisans
🎄Christmas Gift for each child
🎄Hungry Hut serving Festive Treats & Eats!
🎄and so much more!

December

Uxbridge Optimist Fantasy of Lights

Elgin Park - 180 Main St S, Uxbridge, ON

Runs nightly 6:00pm - 9:30pm from Saturday December 2, 2023 to Saturday January 6, 2024

Uxbridge Optimist Fantasy of Lights

Presented by the

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This year’s Uxbridge Optimist Fantasy of Lights is going to be another special winter holiday! For the past fifteen years, it has been our honour and privilege to host this event put on by the people of Uxbridge for the people of Uxbridge. Our light display is one of the biggest exhibits of Christmas lights in Canada.

Drive through the path of light displays at the beautiful Fantasy of Lights at Elgin Park in Uxbridge.

There is no fee to enter, no ticket required. Simply show up during the open hours and drive through the park. We do gratefully receive donations (cash or tap) at the exit in whatever amount you’re comfortable with. All funds raised by the Optimist Club go towards supporting local youth initiatives.

People are coming from all around Ontario just to see the Uxbridge Optimist Fantasy of Lights. We exhibit over 85 light displays from community groups, businesses, schools, churches, families etc. from all around the Uxbridge area.

Holiday Trail

Downtown Uxbridge

Friday December 8th and

Saturday December 9th

Join the Uxbridge Tourism for live music, the Toonie trail, late shopping

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Uxbridge Hospital Tree Lighting Festival

4 Campbell Dr, Uxbridge, ON

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The event details, including dates, times, locations, and descriptions, are sourced from various organizers websites and social media pages. While we make every effort to verify the information before posting, changes, updates, and errors may still occur.

Therefore, it is essential to recognize that event details are subject to change without prior notice. Events might be rescheduled, postponed, or even canceled by the organizers for reasons beyond our control. We recommend that you always double-check the event information, especially as the date approaches, to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date and accurate details.

In the unfortunate event that an activity is canceled without notice, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused. We encourage you to reach out to the event organizers directly for any specific inquiries or concerns.

Thank you for being a part of our community, and we hope you have a fantastic time exploring and participating in the diverse range of events available. Should you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.