31st Annual Waterfront Festival

Waterfront Festival Map

There are lots of things to see and do at the Cobourg Waterfront Festival. The event stretches along the Cobourg waterfront from Third Street on the west to Church Street on the east, north to Queen/Albert streets.

Public washrooms are readily available, and there are two Visitor Information booths operated by the Town of Cobourg. If you still can't find what you are looking for, ask one of the many Rotary and Lions club members. We'll be glad to help.

About the Festival

The Cobourg Waterfront Festival began 51 years ago as a small art and craft show on beautiful Victoria Beach on Canada Day in 1967. The event included a fireworks display put on by local fire fighters to celebrate Canada's Centennial.

Fast forward to the 1990's when the Cobourg Rotary Club and the Cobourg Lions Club became involved along with a volunteer committee from the Town. Since that time, the Cobourg Waterfront Festival has become one of the largest summer festivals in Ontario, attracting tens of thousands of people to the community over the Canada Day long weekend. Here's our events-at-a-glance from 2017 and the the online version of the 2017 Waterfront Festival Guide (download PDF version is 25MB). Watch here for more information on the 2018 Festival as it becomes available.

We hope you'll visit us in 2018. While here, take some time to stroll downtown (just two blocks away) and visit our many shops and restaurants. Our magnificent town hall (shown above in a photo by Jean Simard), Victoria Hall, is a must see. We think you'll be impressed. Who knows... maybe you'll become one of the visitors to the festival who decides to set down roots in our extraordinary community.

Fri., June 29th

Strawberry Social - Northumberland United Way Fundraiser 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Craft Beer & Entertainment - Madman's Window - inside the tent 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Sat., June 30th

Grape Lady Falls 12:00 noon–1:30 p.m.
Marty & the MoJos 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Stone House 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Carbon 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
AC/DC Canada - Tribute Band 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Upper Canada Axe Throwing - try your axe throwing skills - by donation 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
The Lumber Company Lumberjack Show - with audience participation 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sun., July 1st — Canada Day

Opening Ceremonies and Birthday Cupcakes with special guest Magician David Johnson  
Sawmill Road
3:00 p.m.
Green River Revival - CCR Tribute Band
5:00 p.m.
Beach Party Boys
7:30 p.m.
Fireworks over Cobourg's Heritage Harbour 10:00 p.m.

Mon., July 2nd

Joyful Noise 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Spirits 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Urban Angel 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.