Canada 150 - Cobourg Logo

Includes all events in Cobourg – some occur each year, others are just for 2017, all have a 2017 celebration theme The organization of the committee managing these events was explained in this post.

All events listed below are free.

Will be updated as changes or additions occur. Completed events removed.

Calendar for 2017

Date Event Location
Mar 9 - Apr 5 Then and Now - Rug Hooking in Canada - A Canada 150 Exhibition will display contemporary and vintage hooked rugs at the AGN. It will include an interactive rug hooking station in the main gallery that invites the public to explore this Canadian heritage craft. OPENING RECEPTION Thursday March 9th 7pm. More at Art Gallery web site. Victoria Hall - AGN
Mar 31 – Apr 15 Waiting for the Parade by Canadian Playwright John Murrell Firehall Theatre
April 19 Two screenings of the Canadian film The Sweet Hereafter as NFS helps the Toronto TIFF CIRCUIT celebrate their Canada On Screen Day 2017. At 10:00 AM and at 1:00 PM. Rainbow Theatre
April 20 Cobourg Harbour - A Story of Small Town Ontario - Official kick-off of an online Community Memories Project produced by the Cobourg Museum Foundation and the Virtual Museum of Canada. Citizen's Forum, Victoria Hall.
 Apr 29  and 30 A Portrait in Documentary Film – presented by the Marie Dressler Foundation  -  Documentary Films from 15 minutes to 60 minutes from the National Film Board, CBC and National Archives of Canada will be shown and will feature a range of documentary films spanning Canada’s 150 years. 
Full program here.
Apr 30 Rug Hooking Display and history of Rug Hooking in Canada – 2017 Annual Conference – displays open to the public Sunday (10a.m. – 3p.m.) Cobourg Community Centre
May 6 Canada 150 – A CelebrationNorthumberland Orchestra and Choir Port Hope United Church
May 6 150 Years of Fashion –– a Fashion Show modelling costumes from 1867 to present day. Victoria Hall, Concert Hall
May 13 – 21 RBC Cup Cobourg Community Centre
May 26 – June 11 Once Upon a Rocking Chair  by a local playwright Firehall Theatre
May 27 Between Friends:  Northumberland Kids Sing for Canada  Join SONG and the Westben Youth Choir as they celebrate Canada's 150th birthday through music.  Trinity United Church
May 30 A Celebration of the Canadian Flag  – presented by the Cobourg and District Historical Society Concert Hall - Alison Torrie Lapaire. Presentation will be followed by entertainment and refreshments. 7:00pm Victoria Hall
June 16/17 Cobourg Highland Games  – exciting Canada 150 plans to be unveiled Victoria Park
June 18 Strawberry Social on the Lawn (1867) -– 1p.m. – 3p.m. Music and people in 1867 costume St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
June 24 PRIDE Cobourg Inaugural Parade King Street
June 26 – Aug 7 Street Pianos 2017 – 180th Birthday of Cobourg - Theme “Strong Proud and Free – Canada Cobourg
June 1 - July 8 Canada Day through the Years -  A local history display of Canada Day in Cobourg through the years that will showcase historical images and news clippings. Cobourg Public Library
June 14 New Ventures Annual Concert Salvation Army
July 1 – 3 Waterfront Festival Cobourg’s Waterfront
July – Aug Canada 150 Painter’s PortraitsArt Gallery of Northumberland  - features a rare collection of prints entitled “Painter’s Portraits” - 12 prints from the portfolio of 12 of the best known painters in Canada. Art Gallery of Northumberland
July 1 Canada Day & Parade – THE CELEBRATION King Street
July 1 – 8 Canada Week
Downtown Cobourg
June 30 – July 8 Canada Day Through the Years – A local history display of Canada Day in Cobourg through the years that will showcase historical images, news clippings etc. Cobourg Public Library
July 5 Concert by Coup de Ville - old time rock n roll band Victoria Park
July 9 Canadian Movie - Title tbd - by Northumberland Film Sundays. At 10:30am Rainbow Cinema
July 13 – 22 Anne of Green Gables -   A Canadian Classic to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday!!  Presented by the VOS   Victoria Hall at Concert Hall
July 2, 16 and Aug 6, 20 A Celebration of Canada 150 through Film Northumberland Film Sundays  A complimentary celebration of Canada's 150th throiugh film. Rainbow Cinemas
July 12 Concert by Kim Doolittle - Blues Victoria Park
July 15 Movies on the Beach Cobourg Beach
July 16 Lakeside Antique and Classic Car Show (TBC)
Victoria Park
July 19 Concert by Cedarail - Pop, Blues, Country Victoria Park
July 23 Canadian Movie - Title tbd - by Northumberland Film Sundays. At 10:30am Rainbow Cinema
July 26 Concert by Greatest of Ease - Rock Victoria Park
Aug 2 Concert by Cale Crowe - Pop, folk, R&B Victoria Park
Aug 3 – 6 Downtown Cobourg Sidewalk Sale and Music Festival  Downtown Cobourg
Aug 5 Sandcastle Festival  (150 THEME) Cobourg Beach
Aug 5 Movies on the Beach Cobourg Beach
Aug 7 James Cockburn Day Victoria Hall
Aug 9 Concert by Jason Maxwell - Country Victoria Park
Aug 12 Movies on the Beach Cobourg Beach
Aug 13 Canadian Movie - Title tbd - by Northumberland Film Sundays. At 10:30am Rainbow Cinema
Aug 9 Canoe/Kayak Canada – Western Ontario Division –- Display of traditional canoes from 150 years ago (exhibit) at the regatta TBD
Aug 18 – 20 Northumberland Ribfest Victoria Park
Aug 23 Concert by Urban Angel - Blues Victoria Park
Aug 27 Canadian Movie - Title tbd - by Northumberland Film Sundays. At 10:30am Rainbow Cinema
Aug 30 Concert by Don Murdock - Country Victoria Park
Sept 9 Bike Up Northumberland Cobourg
Sept 16 Harvest Festival (TBC)   Downtown
October 15 Antiques Road Show - 12noon - 4:00p.m.  The Antiques Road Show will mirror the television production but Cobourg's items will represent local history and many antiques spanning 150 years. Market Building.
Oct 30 Cobourg Day – Details TBA Cobourg
Nov 11 Remembrance Day Parade King Street
Nov 19 Santa Claus Parade King Street
Nov 24 Christmas Magic Lighting up Ceremony (150 theme) Waterfront
Dec 15 Early Canadian Christmas   – (150 theme) – An evening of food and entertainment with a Canadian historic theme. Victoria Hall
Dec 31 First Night - Details TBA TBA


Other Projects

Throughout the year

  • The 150 Challenge – Cobourg Public Library – challenge the community to read as many Canadian books as they can over 150 days.  The list of books will be displayed at the CPL.  Prizes.
  • History of Sports in Cobourg – over 27 sports in Cobourg are being researched and written.  Watch for displays at the CCC etc.
  • Celebrating 150 years: Discovering Cobourg’s Heritage – presented by the ACO Cobourg & East Northumberland. (Summer 2017) Signs will be placed outside all building and houses that were standing in 1867 within the Town limits.  Photographs and historical information will be linked with each building on a mpa of Cobourg (available online) – potential walking and bike tours of these buildings
  • ARTSTOWN Cobourg – Downtown Cobourg – empty Storefronts will become pop-up galleries
  • Paint the Town Red - Red and White Flowers, Canadian Flags etc.
  • Canada 150 Cobourg 2017 CD – Music from the ages with the Concert Band of Cobourg – will be debuted on Canada Day
  • Book Signing – Be a part of the 2017 Guest Book – Victoria Hall lobby
  • Communities in Bloom
  • Sifton Cook Heritage Centre

Above Information supplied by Lara Scott of Cobourg’s Tourism Department.

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