Almonte has a bit of a thing about summer festivals. Which means we’ve learned to do them pretty well.



This is a dandy event, held each July in the attractive setting of Gemmill Park. From the Celtfest website:

Celtfest is a free weekend of Ottawa Valley and Celtic entertainment, performed in the natural amphitheatre of Gemmill Park in the heart of Almonte. It is a time to share the historical Celtic traditions with today’s local performers. Celtfest also presents a select group of unique artisans and vendors of specialty goods with a Celtic flair.


Puppets Up


This one is amazing, a major destination for the world-wide puppetry community each summer. From the Puppets Up website:

Providing great entertainment for families with children of all ages, many of the festival’s shows and street entertainers are designed for the very young, while others will keep older kids and adults fully engaged.


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North Lanark Highland Games


From the Games website:

The Games offer a traditional format and size attracting about 6,000 visitors. Twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers and champion heavyweight athletes combine to present what is recognized as one of the Ottawa valley’s premier summer events.

With mini games organized for kids and the picturesque Mississippi as the backdrop, the Almonte games have a reputation not only as having the prettiest site but also as being the friendliest games on the Ontario circuit.




This is a “gathering of the tribes” for VW bus owners from around North America. Colourful, low-key and a must-see for VW enthusiasts.


Photo: Jenn Farr on Flickr