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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 - Oct
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: Manda Blakeley - mblakeley@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

Join in the fun this June for a BIA-sponsored event 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. Unique Lanark County Flavour food vendors/restaurants participate with the creation of lamb dishes. Don't miss it!

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


Graham Beasley Triathlon Duathlon
Motto: Compete hard, play fair and applaud and respect fellow participants

This event offers something for everyone: from the "Try a Tri" for the beginner or recreational participant, to the "Super Sprint Triathlon" for the speed people. The Olympic Triathlon, and the Iron 113 Tri or Du include one of the most awesome bike rides you will find in Ontario.

Look too, for the SwimCycle and Swim races. The SwimCycle race concept will be offered in the Sprint and Iron 113, for those whose legs don't like running, or who are preparing for a longer event and just want to test themselves. The swim will be over the Iron 113 1.932km distance.

Note: The swim portion of the Graham Beasley is very popular because of the shallow clear water of the Mississippi River. If you are a bit leery about swimming in a group or in open water this one is for you - you can actually stand and rest if you need to!

Event Highlights

  • Official performance certificate available online
  • Medals to all finishers presented at the finish line
  • Personalized participant bib numbers
  • A wide range of abilities from beginner to expert participating together
Events and Distances
  • Iron 113 Triathlon and Relay - 1932M Swim / 90Km Cycle / 21.1Km Run
  • Iron 113 Duathlon - 2Km Run / 90Km Cycle / 21.1Km Run
  • Iron 113 SwimCycle - 1932M Swim / 90Km Cycle
  • Iron 113 Swim - 1932M
  • Olympic Triathlon and Relay - 1500M Swim / 40 km Cycle / 10Km Run
  • Olympic SwimCycle - 1500M Swim/90Km Cycle
  • Sprint Triathlon and Relay - 500M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  • Sprint Duathlon - 2Km Run / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
  • Sprint SwimCycle - 500M Swim / 20Km Cycle
  • Try A Tri - 200M Swim / 20Km Cycle / 2Km Run
  • Super Sprint Triathlon - 200M / 20Km Cycle / 5Km Run
What : All abilities triathlon/duathlon events
Where: Bridge St. in downtown Carleton Place
Canoe Club Regatta
An exciting weekend at the historic Carleton Place Canoe Club featuring canoe and kayak races on the Mississippi!

It involves participants in numerous age categories from all canoe clubs from the eastern Ontario division, including: Canoe Club Regatta

Carleton Place
North Bay
Sydenham and
Cascades from Quebec.

The first day features kids in the Atom and Peewee categories. Bantam and up compete on the Sunday. War canoes make an impressive finale for this annual tradition that draws throngs of athletes, supporters and spectators along the banks of the Mississippi.

The club is an excellent training ground for athletes - three paddlers are currently on the Canadian national team (Victoria Tuttle, Andrew Willows and Ryan Cuthbert), with Andrew and Ryan participating in the 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing!

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


Sponsored by the BIA, 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
Info: http://www.fall400.com/

Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

A day of golf and fun in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Association at the Mississippi Golf Club.

What : Golf Tournament
Where: Mississippi Golf Club

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 - mblakeley@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