Festivals and Events
Spring onions at the Carleton Place Farmer's Market
Beads at the Carleton Place Farmer's Market
Seedlings at the Carleton Place Farmer's Market
Food vendor at Carleton Place Farmer's Market
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Festivals and Events

That's right! It is the mighty Mississippi that is the thread linking so many of the community's celebrations, and there is always something exciting happening here. Whether it's a big event (some of which are highlighted below) or a smaller activity, consider planning your visit around one or more activities, and check the calendar of events for updates on all the latest events throughout the year!
Enjoy the Carleton Place Farmers Market all Summer Long!


Established in 1991, the Carleton Place Farmers' Market opens for the season in May and runs through October at the corner of Beckwith Street and Lake Avenue. Featuring farm fresh produce and meats, home-made preserves and baking, as well as hand-made crafts and artwork, the Carleton Place Farmers' Market is the place to be! The market strives to have only local produce and craftspeople represented, giving you a taste and experience unique to Carleton Place.


When: May - October
What: Farmers' Market - fresh foods and crafts
Where: 2012 - the CPFM is located at Market Square (7 Beckwith Street)
Info: 613-253-3561, webiste: http://www.cpfm.ca/


Festivals and Events are organized below by the month in which they occur.


Wine'd Around Downtown

An afternoon to visit local restaurants to sample wines and delicious appetizers. Come out and see if your palette agrees! One ticket admits you to all venues, but book early as space is limited.
Where: Downtown Carleton Place
Info: Nicole Guthrie - nguthrie@carletonplace.ca, or call



Classic Car Show

If you love classic cars, visit Carleton Place in June for a Classic Car Show. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., boasts more than 200 cars along the banks of the Mississippi at beautiful Riverside Park. For the fifth year, old hot rods will be featured. Admission is free and there will be a barbecue at the site.

What : Classic car show
Where: Riverside Park on the Mississippi
Info: 613-257-8453 (Ken Ferguson)

Lambs Down Park Festival

Lambsdown Park

Marking Carleton Place's history as the distribution centre for lambs wool in Canada, this outdoor event, held at the Wool Growers located at 142 Franktown Road in Carleton Place, features dog and lamb demonstrations, sheep shearing, spinning, a petting zoo, knitting and displays.

What : Outdoor festival - sheering demos, kids activities and food
Where: Wool Growers 142 Franktown Rd.
Info: 613-257-8049, www.downtowncarletonplace.com



Canada Day Celebrations in Carleton PlaceCanada Day

Celebrations commence in Riverside Park and include lots of children's activities and entertainment for all ages. The day is topped off with the best fireworks in Lanark County, if not the Valley!

When: July 1st
What: Canada Day celebrations
Where: Riverside Park on the banks of the Mississippi




Canoe Club Regatta

An exciting weekend at the historic Carleton Place Canoe Club featuring canoe and kayak races on the Mississippi!

Canoe Club Regatta

What : Canoe Club Regatta
Where: CP Canoe Club at Riverside Park on the Mississippi
Info: 613-257-1838 or www.cpcanoeclub.com

Bridge Street Bazaar

This unique shopping experience in downtown Carleton Place features children's entertainment, music, local artisans, local merchants, Kids' Zone and lots of fun.
When: August civic holiday weekend
What : Bridge Street Bazaar - annual street festival
Where: Bridge Street in downtown Carleton Place



Dragon Boat Festival (Fall 400)

Not to be missed, this festival provides a close-up view of the dragon boats. The entire race is in full view from the banks of the Mississippi. Includes plenty of entertainment in Riverside Park over the lunch hour and face painting for the kids. Food and clean washrooms. Come cheer for your favourite dragon boat.

What: Dragon Boat Festival - a colourful day at Riverside Park
Where: Riverside Park on the banks of the Mississippi

Heritage Ball

This black-tie event hosted is held every September in the beautiful Town Hall Auditorium. Every year there is a different theme and different host. The evening includes formal wear, gourmet food and dancing. This event is a fundraiser that supports the Sister Cities projects in Carleton Place.
When: Last Saturday of September
What: Annual black-tie gala
Where: Carleton Place Town Hall
Info: Manda Blakeley - nguthrie@carletonplace.ca, 613-257-3822



Maskeraid Parade

Sponsored by the BIA in support of the Lanark County Food Bank. Business people and the community come in costume to celebrate Halloween. The community participates by walking, entering a float or by being a spectator. Parade begins at 7 p.m.
What: Community Halloween parade in support of the Food Bank
Where: Bridge St. in downtown Carleton Place


Santa Claus Parade

Businesses and citizens participate in the largest Santa Parade in the Ottawa Valley with 100 floats. Thousands of spectators come out to kick off the Christmas season in Carleton Place. The Parade is sponsored by the BIA.
What: Holiday parade
Where: Bridge St. in downtown Carleton Place, begins at Carambeck School