What's On in Stratford and Area Wednesday June 26, 2019 to Thursday June 27, 2019
VAN GOGH AND JAPAN (IN THE GALLERY)
“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.  

Cost: $15/Non members, $13/Members

When: Thursday Jun. 27th, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Stratford City Hall, Stratford, 1 Wellington Street
Contact: info@queenofthesquare.ca
http://queenofthesquare.ca/production/in-the-gallery-van-gogh-japan/
OPEN KITCHEN | GET COOKING! | VEGAN CURRY
In this class with instructor Eli Silverthorne learn how to prepare and present tasty and hearty meatless main dishes using local seasonal ingredients complimented by lots of exotic spice! Then, take off your apron and savour the results of your labour with a glass of wine. Perfect for the beginner to intermediate home cook! Recipes: Chickpea Masala Spinach Paneer Dal – Lentil Curry Sweet Potato Korma Potato Cauliflower Curry Whole Wheat Roti For more information and to register, please go to: www.universe.com/vegancurry_19 View other vegan dates:  Thursday, June 6 | 6 pm – 9 pm and Tuesday, September 17 | 6 pm – 9 pm   Safety regulations require students wear closed toe shoes when participating in any cooking class. This class has a maximum capacity of 16 students. Classes are for students 16 years and older. Participants will be provided with an apron and all necessary tools and equipment. Menus, recipes and instructors are subject to change as required. Help us help the environment! In the off chance we cook too much, please bring a container with you to help take home any leftovers. (One 1 litre container is recommended). If you need to cancel a class, it is possible to get a refund (less the service fee) up to 7 days before the date of the event via your universe.com account. A credit note may be issued for cancellations received by email (admin@stratfordchef.com) a minimum of 48 hours before the event. Please note that there are no credit notes or refunds for missed classes or classes cancelled less than 48 hours before the event. * All Open Kitchen classes purchased online or by credit card are subject to a 5% service fee. Our ticketing service hosted by universe.com includes this fee in the total listed price.  

Cost: $75/Per person + a service fee

When: Thursday Jun. 27th, 2019
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Where: Stratford Chefs School Kitchens, Stratford, 136 Ontario Street
Contact: 519-271-1414
https://stratfordchef.com/open-kitchen/
BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH LIVE AT REVIVAL HOUSE
Formed nearly two decades ago, and named after Israeli dub artist/producer Badawi’s 1996 release of the same name, Bedouin Soundclash debuted in 2001 with the album Root Fire. Their acclaimed sophomore release Sounding a Mosaic (2004) featured the hit single, “When the Night Feels My Song” and was produced by legendary punk-hardcore royalty Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains. The album earned Bedouin Soundclash their first JUNO Award in 2006 for Canada’s ‘Best New Group.’ Their follow-up album, Street Gospels (2007) also produced by Jenifer, earned a “Pop Album of the Year” nomination and “Video of the Year” nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 JUNOs as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burn in the Sun” in 2009. In their long career, the band has shared the stage with the likes of The Roots, No Doubt, Ben Harper, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Damian Marley, Gogol Bordello and Thievery Corporation, among others. In 2010, the band released their fourth studio album, Light the Horizon, which included the singles “Mountain Top,” “Elongo,” and “Brutal Hearts”– the latter featuring French-Canadian singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. This was the band’s inaugural partnership with Philadelphia-based musicologist King Britt whose technical theory-based precision and legendary deep house grooves ran throughout the album. And now, after a seven year hiatus, the band re-emerges ready to release their fifth studio album +MASS- set for release in 2019. The album is a powerful experience that spans two communities, recorded in New Orleans with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at the St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy. Limited seating available with dinner reservations 519-273-3424   

Cost: $40/Per person

When: Wednesday Jun. 26th, 2019
Time: 8 pm - Doors open, 9 pm - Concert begins
Where: Revival House, Stratford, 70 Brunswick Street
Contact: Revival House
www.revival.house
20 ON THE TRESTLE -- FREE YOGA CLASSES
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic Grand Trunk Trail with a series of free and imaginative events! Free yoga classes will be taught at sunset on the spectacular trestle -- all ages and abilities invited! Please bring your own mat and wear appropriate clothing. Weather permitting. Parking available at Wellington Street trail access.

Cost: Free

When: Thursday Jun. 27th, 2019
Time: 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Where: Grand Trunk Trail and trestle, St. Marys, 86 Water Street, North
Contact: 519-284-2340, ext. 249
www.townofstmarys.com/20onthetrestle
VAN GOGH AND JAPAN (IN THE GALLERY)
“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction. After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.  

Cost: $15/Non members, $13/Members

When: Thursday Jun. 27th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: Stratford City Hall, Stratford, 1 Wellington Street
Contact: info@queenofthesquare.ca
http://queenofthesquare.ca/production/in-the-gallery-van-gogh-japan/
THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
In the late 1950’s Rock and Roll hit the music scene in Canada. In Stratford it was the inspiration for a group of boys to form their own band, The Rebels. Later known as The Revols, it launched the careers of three young musicians who went on to play with some of the famous bands in the world. Richard Manuel, John Till and Ken Kalmusky honed their skills performing with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, and many other Canadian and American artists. Richard Manuel went on to become one of the founding members of The Band. John Till was an original member of the Full Tilt Boogie Band, Janis Joplin’s band. Ken Kalmusky founded Great Speckled Bird, the band that backed Canadian musicians Ian and Sylvia. This year the famous 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary. Till and Manuel performed at the pivotal event in music history. Created in conjunction with the artists’ families, this exhibit celebrates the careers of these three musicians, and includes background stories and rare personal memorabilia. It also highlights some of the influences that are part of Perth County’s rich music history. Features include a look back at the Dance Halls of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, as well as a view of Stratford in the ‘60s through the lens of the Perth County Conspiracy (Does Not Exist). The exhibit opened June 21 and runs until the end of November, 2019.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH 12 and under, $20/Family (two adults and two children) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jun. 21st – Nov. 30th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 5 pm daily
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
http://www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
A MEMORY OF WAR EXHIBIT
Learn how the First World War was remembered in communities across Perth County in the 1920s and 1930s. Please note that we are closed between 12 pm and 1 pm.

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Jun. 3rd – Jun. 28th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca
SUMMER EXHIBITIONS AT THE CLAY&GLASS
Join us at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery for the opening reception of our summer exhibitions at 2 pm on Sunday, July 7. The opening remarks will be followed by a talk and tour from artists Nurielle Stern & Nicholas Crombach. This event is free, all are welcome. Summer exhibitions include: The Eye of the Beholder June 1 to September 8, 2019 Artist: Joon Hee Kim From the Collection: Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day June 19 to September 8, 2019 Artists: Carl Beam, Ann Beam, Anong Migwans Beam, Michael Robinson, Nick Sikkuark, Steve Smith, Leigh Smith Whale Fall July 2 to September 8, 2019 Artists: Nurielle Stern & Nicholas Crombach En Route : Sculptural Ceramics and Glass Emerging from Manitoba July 6 to September 8, 2019 Curated by Sheila McMath and Grace Nickel Artists: PJ Anderson, Gayle Buzzi, Grace Han, Terry Hildebrand, Monica Mercedes Martinez, Alana MacDougall, Christopher Pancoe, Mary Stankevicius, Peter Tittenberger To learn more, visit the website: www.theclayandglass.ca Image: “In Your Hands” (Detail), 2019, Glazed Ceramic, Gold Luster. Joon Hee Kim.

Cost: Free Admission

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Jun. 3rd – Sep. 6th, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, 25 Caroline Street North
http://www.theclayandglass.ca/
AVON BOAT RENTALS
Paddleboat not for you, then how about a canoe?   Canoes have been on the river for over 135 years - why not see why with a quiet paddle down the Avon River?   More adventurous than a paddleboat or a canoe, why not then try one of our kayaks?  

Cost: $24/hr/Paddleboats, $25/hr/Canoes, $16/hr/Kayaks, $40/1.5 hours/Rowboats (Includes all equipment and taxes)

When: Open Daily from May. 18th – Sep. 15th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
RAILWAY CENTURY EXHIBITION AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
This exhibit tells the story of Stratford as a railway hub, and highlights the prosperity that Perth County’s extensive railway links brought to farmers and businesses in the region. The Locomotive Repair Shop, operated by the Grand Trunk Railway and later the Canadian National Railway, was the driver of Stratford’s early economic development. Agriculture, dairy, furniture making, and knitting mills, now connected to the world by rail, were just a few of the industries that made Perth County one of Canada’s most prosperous counties. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
A JUBILEE OF SILVER EXHIBIT
All that glitters is not gold. This year at Castle Kilbride it is SILVER! Castle Kilbride museum is celebrating its silver anniversary.  This fun and whimsical exhibit that displays some traditional silver artifacts, but will also features items with a twist on the name silver. Curious? Come celebrate with us.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (2 adult and 3 children)

When: Open Sun., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from May. 1st – Aug. 31st, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Castle Kilbride, Baden, 60 Snyder's Road West
Contact: 519-634-8444
www.castle.kilbride.ca
STRATFORD FESTIVAL EXHIBIT AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
A new permanent exhibition that celebrates the early days of the Stratford Festival: Such Stuff As Dreams. The exhibition tells the theatre’s story – from the dream of Tom Patterson, through its humble beginnings in a tent but buoyed by the likes of Alec Guinness and Tyrone Guthrie, to its current position as one of the premier repertory theatres in the world. Exhibit hours extend May through September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH 12 and under, $20/Family (two adults and two children) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
STRATFORD FESTIVAL THEATRE TOURS
Delve behind the scenes and discover the magic of how a show is created. *Tour may be challenging for those with restricted mobility. Closed-toe shoes, rather than sandals, are recommended for your safety.

Cost: $10/A, $8/SR, $6/ST

When: Open Sun., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. from Jun. 5th – Nov. 3rd, 2019
Time: 9:15 am AND 9:30 am
Where: Festival Theatre, Stratford, 55 Queen Street
Contact: 1-800-567-1600
www.stratfordfestival.ca
EVERY HEART CAN GROW BIGGER: A PRINT INSTALLATION BY LIBBY HAGUE
In assembling her installation, Hague prints off multihued  versions of these diagrammatic sheets with slight variations to capture the complexity of the pervasive data-streams.  Instead of drowning us in the overflow of information, she harkens back to the earliest forms of graphic communicaiton, creating hieroglyphs to still the tumult and give us space for reflection in the midst of this pandemonium.  She traces a path through the rapids and records the journey for posterity - or as a cautionary tale.  This particular arrangement of her materials (the figures, the prints, the words, the emblems) will be dismantled, only to be remounted in different ways on different walls.  What remains amidst the change is the enduring river.  

Cost: By Donation

When: Open Daily from Jun. 9th – Oct. 6th, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
https://www.facebook.com/events/297207564519176/
SUMMER EXHIBITION AT AGORA GALLERY
Agora Gallery's popular Summer Exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photography by some of Stratford's finest artists, including: Marion Anderson, Susan Benson, Patsy Berton, Linda Brine, Tom Campbell, Allan Davey, Mary Anne Dente, Scott Fillier, Renata Fitzgerald, Luc Forsyth, Kathryn Friis, Jacob Grodzinski, Antony John, Paul Johnston, Gloria Kagawa, Chris Klein, Antonie Los, Tanya Lyons, Terry Manzo, John Pennoyer, Kathi Posliff, Stacey Stuart, Elizabeth Van Den Broeck, Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick and more. The exhibition will evolve throughout the summer: as pieces are sold, new artworks will be put on display, so visit often to see more work by your favourite Stratford artists.  Join us Sundays @ 11am to hear exhibiting artists talk about their work.  

Cost: Free

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from May. 25th – Sep. 28th, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Agora Gallery, Stratford, 17 Market Place
Contact: 519-508-8700
agoragallery.ca
JUSTIN BIEBER EXHIBIT 2.0 AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
Steps to Stardom 2.0 is the 2019 relaunch of the story of Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise from busking on the steps of the Avon Theatre to becoming one of the most popular pop stars in the world. Dozens of new items have been added to the exhibit, with the assistance of Justin and his family. The exhibit has been extended until November 2019 (daily hours extend May until September). Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details. The exhibit, created by the Museum in conjunction with Justin and his family, was given access to hundreds of items – awards, clothing, pictures, credentials, personal letters and even running shoes and we are now in the process of choosing the items for exhibit. In addition, a number of things have come forward from Stratford residents that have also been offered to the Museum — team pictures, hockey jackets, drum sets that were used by Justin long before he was an international pop star. The exhibit tells the story of the Stratford native’s career from those early years – busking in Stratford and performing in local talent shows – to the largest venues and stages in the world. Photo credit:  Stratford Perth Archives, The Beacon Herald collection.  July 2002.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH 12 and under, $20/Family (two adults and two children) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd – Nov. 30th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
2019 CONCERTS IN THE PARK
The Wednesday and Sunday summer evening concert series are provided by the Kiwanis Club of Stratford and the Stratford Concert Band and take place in the beautiful setting of Upper Queen's Park.  Bring your family and friends and lawn chairs to experience the live performance of music!   

Cost: Donations greatly accepted

When: Open Sun., Wed. from Jun. 26th – Aug. 28th, 2019
Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Upper Queens Park Bandshell, Stratford, 1 Richard Monette Way
www.stratfordconcertband.com
DUFFY DENT - A SOLDIER'S ART EXHIBIT - STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
Capt. John “Duffy” Dent served in the Perth Regiment during WWII. He was an accomplished artist who captured moments of military life, its conditions and situations, in his striking black and white drawings. Dent redesigned the Perth Regiment hat badge, was the editor-in-chief of “The Perthonian,” and an illustrator for the Royal Military College Journal. This exhibition displays samples of his work and personal memorabilia. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH (12 and under), $20/Family (Two adults and two children) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
BLACK SWAN RUNNING CO.
Join Black Swan Running Co. every THURSDAY evening @ 7PM for a fun run. Leaves the brewery at 7 and returning for a celebratory pint! All abilities are encouraged!

Cost: FREE

When: Open Thursdays from Jan. 17th – Dec. 19th, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Black Swan Brewing Co., Stratford, 144 Downie
Contact: 519-814-7926
www.blackswanbrewing.ca
IN THE BIG LEAGUE EXHIBIT
This exhibit explores the 60-year history of the St. Marys Lincolns hockey team. Notable Lincolns alumni who played in the NHL are featured.  Please note that we are closed between 12 pm and 1 pm.

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Mon. to Fri. from Jun. 3rd – Jun. 28th, 2019
Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Where: St. Marys Museum, St. Marys, 177 Church Street South
Contact: 519-284-3556
www.stmarysmuseum.ca
RETROSPECTIVE OF THE PERTH REGIMENT - STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
Perth Up! A Retrospective of Duty and Valour Exhibition traces the history of the Perth Regiment from its inception in 1866 to present day. The theme of duty, sacrifice, valour, brotherhood, and remembrance are used to highlight the development of the Regiment from its earliest days as a volunteer militia company fighting in the Fenian Raids, through to its role in the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II. This exhibit showcases objects, letters, photos, and personal stories from throughout the regiment's history. Why "Perth UP"? The Maple Leaf "UP" was an ubiquitous marker during the Second World War pointing the way to Canadian front lines. "61" represented the Perth Regiment. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH (12 and under), $20/Families (Two adults and two children) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
CONTROLLED CHAOS: ABSTRACT PAINTING IN CANADA. WORKS FROM THE GALLERY STRATFORD PERMANENT COLLECTION
Abstraction arrived late to Canada. Prior to the Second World War, it was dominated by the Group of Seven who worked to develop a distinctly “Canadian” artistic style. Taking Canada’s vast wilderness as their inspiration, the Group of Seven created abstracted landscapes using bright blocks of colour and thick applications of paint. Following the war, abstraction in Canada expanded and became a collection of regional groups and movements; each drawing inspiration from unique sources and developing different techniques. This exhibition brings together 28 abstract paintings from Gallery Stratford’s extensive permanent collection including work from Canada’s largest abstract art movements such as Montreal’s Automatistes and Toronto’s Painters Eleven, alongside contemporary artists continuing their traditions. Collectively, these works demonstrate the vast history of abstract painting in Canada as well as the continued desire to push the envelope. This exhibition also represents the diversity and strength of Gallery Stratford’s permanent collection, as well as their continued devotion to its care so future generations may enjoy the controlled chaos of abstract art.  – Jessica Sealey  

Cost: By Donation

When: Open Daily from Jun. 9th – Sep. 22nd, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
https://www.facebook.com/events/335839470411322/
JULIET III CRUISE BOAT TOURS
The Tour Boat, running every half hour, is a great way to spend the afternoon on the River.  There have been a few tour boats over the years spanning from the mid 1800's up to today. Officially their has been the Juliet I, II, and now III, but predating this there has also been a Juliet tour Boat back in the mid 1800's as pictured below. Countless tours have taken place over the years and proudly for more than 50 years the Herr family has carried on this tradition. Come enjoy a relaxing ride down the river and discover why this has been a tradition for many year and many more to come.

Cost: $8.50/A, $7.50/SR, $3.50/CH (12 and under), $5.50/Youth (13-18 years)

When: Open Daily from May. 18th – Sep. 7th, 2019
Time: 10:30 am - 5 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca
REMEMBERING THE FOREST: A NEW COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION
 

Cost: Admission by Donation

When: Open Daily from Jun. 9th – Oct. 6th, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
VIGNETTES OF PERTH COUNTY AT THE STRATFORD PERTH MUSEUM
You Are Here: Vignettes of Perth County Exhibition This exhibit offers a glimpse into the history of Stratford and Perth County from settlement in the 1830s to today. Drawing on the museum’s collection of photographs, artifacts, and archival documents, the exhibit highlights the people, businesses, organizations, and events that make Perth County the vibrant destination that it is today. At You Are Here, experience a unique mix of poets and politicians, parades and plowing matches, settlement and sport history, and more that you can find here at the Museum and all across Perth County. Daily hours extend May to September. Visit stratfordperthmuseum.ca for details.

Cost: $7/A, $6/SR/ST, $5/CH, $20/Family (Two adults and two children) + HST

When: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd, 2019 – Dec. 31st, 2020
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Where: Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, 4275 Line 34
Contact: 519-393-5311
www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca
STRATFORD BACON AND ALE TRAIL
Bacon and Ale - two of life's greatest creations!  You'll gain a whole new appreciation for your favourite obsessions.  This self-guided walking trail includes vouchers that you can use at 5 stops.  Each voucher will entitle you to a "tasting" of a unique bacon and ale inspired treat and the chance to speak to Stratford and area's culinary stars while visiting our unique restaurants and retail locations.  This trail is offered year round and is valid for one week (7 days) from the date of purchase.  Bacon and Ale Trail gift certificates are great for birthday and anniversary gifts, which can be redeemable at a later date.  Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.  

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from Apr. 2nd – Dec. 22nd, 2019
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/bacontrail
OPEN STUDIO LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS
Drawing from a model each week, we will have a series of short poses in the first hour, two medium length poses in the second and a single long pose in hour three. As always, you are welcome to attend for whatever combination of times suits your schedule. Open Studio was started by the Gallery's first Director Robert Ihrig, the current program is hosted by Stratford artist Ken Nutt. Participants may also drop in and pay. Please bring your own drawing supplies.

Cost: $10/A/Two hours, $15/A/Three hours, $5/ST/Two hours, $10/ST/Three hours

When: Wednesday, 7:00 PM, year round
Open: Open Wednesdays
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
Where: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street, South
Contact: 519-271-5271
www.gallerystratford.on.ca
STRATFORD CHOCOLATE TRAIL
EXPLORING THE CHOCOLATE TRAIL BURNS CALORIES. GOOD THING. The Chocolate Trail is a self-guided tour that introduces you to our world-famous confectioners and bakers.  You’ll get to sample our decadent treats and meet the makers who craft these indulgences year round.   Purchase your Chocolate Trail Pass in person at the Stratford Tourism office, which includes vouchers that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour.  The Chocolate Trail is offered year-round and is valid for 1 week from date of purchase. You can also give a gift certificate that the recipient can redeem for a Stratford Chocolate Trail Pass — those can be purchased online or in person.  Limited availability on Sundays and Mondays.

Cost: $30/Per pass plus HST

When: Open Tue. to Sat. from Apr. 2nd – Dec. 22nd, 2019
Time: 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Pick up your vouchers at Stratford Tourism Alliance, Stratford, 47 Downie Street
Contact: 519-271-5140 or 1-800-561-7926
www.visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail
CASTLE CONCERT SERIES
On Thursday evenings, bring your lawn chair and enjoy unique music on the front lawn of Castle Kilbride.  Admission is by donation. Weather permitting. June 13- Elvis (Oldies) June 20- Dana K & The Remedy (R&B, Funk & Soul) June 27 – Twas Now with Mike & Diana Erb (Traditional Country & Folk Standards) July 4- Rantin’ Rovers (Celtic) July 11- Al Crawford (1940s-80s and everything in between) July 18- Onion Honey (Old-time Folk) July 25- Stetson Brothers (Classic Country) Aug 1- Shananigans (East Coast/ Celtic Rock) Aug 8- Corduroy Gordon (Bluegrass/ Folk/Pop) Aug 15-Tim Louis (Jazz) Aug 22-Smile ‘n Wave (80s New Wave) Aug 29-Festival City Big Band (Swing/Jazz)

Cost: Admission by donation

When: Open Thursdays from Jun. 13th – Aug. 29th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Castle Kilbride National Historic Site, Baden, 60 Synder's Road, West
Contact: 519-634-8444, ext 256
http://www.castlekilbride.ca
STRATFORD ART IN THE PARK
The Stratford Art in the Park Association celebrated its 50th season in May 2018. This group presents an outdoor juried fine art /craft show and sale along the banks of the Avon River between the Festival Theatre and Tom Patterson Theatre.   Meet the artists in this idyllic setting along the tree lined riverside every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting /10 am to 5 pm) throughout the Summer and into the Fall. Free Parking, Free Admittance & Handicap Accessible

Cost: Free

When: Open Sun., Wed., Sat. from May. 18th – Sep. 29th, 2019
Time: 10 am - 5 pm (Weather permitting)
Where: Lakeside Drive Park between the Tom Patterson and the Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford
http://artintheparkstratford.ca
BICYCLE RENTALS
Traverse the picturesque parklands of Stratford and take in the scenery at your own pace when you rent a bike.  Light lunches are available on the patio. Bicycle rentals include helmet and lock.  Great rates for 2 or more days, please enquire.

Cost: 1 hour/$16, Half Day/$25, $30/Full Day

When: Open Daily from May. 18th – Sep. 7th, 2019
Time: 10:30 am - 5 pm
Where: Avon Boat Rentals, Stratford, 30 York Street
Contact: 519-271-7739
www.avonboatrentals.ca