Here are the spring and summer events that are making a comeback in Windsor-Essex
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, many of Windsor-Essex’s notable spring and summer events are back.
Since March 2020, numerous festivals and events have been canceled by organizations across the city and county due to spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases or strict public health restrictions. But with all of the COVID-19 measures set to be lifted by the end of April, many are moving forward with plans to bring back many of the region’s beloved events.
“Tourism was the first hit, the hardest hit and was going to take the longest to recover,” said Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI).
Orr said in 2020 all events were canceled, but last year organizations tried to run hybrid events — making many of them virtual when they could.
“The signal this sends that we will be hosting in-person events again is another step forward on the road to reopening,” he said.
According to a list compiled by TWEPI, more than 35 events have already been confirmed with more being approved every day.
Anne Rota, tourism and culture manager for the city of Amherstburg, told CBC News that all events in the city — many of which have been canceled since 2020 — are set to go ahead this year.
This includes Amherstburg Uncommon, a new festival that was hugely successful when it launched in 2018.
“I think everyone is virtual and zoomed out. We tried our best, but nothing beats the real thing, which is why we’re so excited about it,” Rota said.
She added that this year’s Uncommon festival will have more artists, such as aerials.
Rota said the city has submitted three funding applications to the government and hopes to receive support for these events.
Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) executive director Vincent Georgie said his organization was also working hard to plan events. At this time, they are already turning to the annual autumn festival.
WIFF held its first in-person screenings since March 2020 last week.
“The response was resounding, ‘we’re grateful to be back and thank you for putting this on for us’, and also this, ‘we feel comfortable with this, let’s take it one step at a time. , but let’s go back,'” he said.
Georgie added that organizers need to pay attention to the needs of their audience and the planning schedule.
Here are some notable events that have been given the green light
- Bird Festival: from April 30 to May 23.
- Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration: May 21-22.
- Pelee Island Vineyard Half Marathon: June 4.
- Art in the park: June 4 to 5.
- LaSalle Strawberry Festival: June 9 to 12.
- Ford Fireworks: June 27.
- Hogs for Hospice: July 29-31.
- Ouellette car cruise: August 12.
- Harrow Fair: September 2-4.
- Amherstburg Uncommon Festival: September 16-18.
There are about 40 events from May to September 21 that have yet to be confirmed, according to TWEPI.
Only two events are canceled at this time: The Island Unplugged and Tecumseh Corn Festival. Both were canceled in anticipation of COVID-19 restrictions.