Celts, Scots, Volkswagens, puppets and basketball.

Almonte has a bit of a thing about summer festivals. Which means we’ve learned to do them pretty well. Here are the main ones:


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.

Website: http://almonteceltfest.com/Almonte_Celtfest/Home.html

Puppets Up

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

How does a little town like Almonte manage to attract some of the best puppet troupes from around the world? Abracadabra! It’s Magic! This year, It’s Magic! is the theme as the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival celebrates its 8th season. On August 11 and 12, Puppets Up! will once again present a two-day festival of wonder and amazement...

Website: http://puppetsup.ca/

Photo: Puppets Up website

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.

Website: http://www.almontehighlandgames.com/

Photo: Bernard Walker on Flickr


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

Website: http://busfusion.com/almonte/

Photo: Jenn Farr on Flickr