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Ahh! The summer saison is the season that brings the warmth. In the brewing world, a saison is a seasonal beer with summery, fruity notes that is brewed in the spring with the intention of full consumption in the summer months. It’s no coincidence that beverages with these notes, whether a craft beer or cider, sparkling wine or a cold sparkling water with fresh citrus, is usually consumed with groups of friends. The summer saison not only brings us out of the house, it also brings us together and we’ve been brewing our own event version of a summer saison that you’re sure to enjoy!

Our long-standing festivals will be kicking the season off over the Canada Day weekend with Promenade Days. This festival is in its 46th year and brings our downtown businesses out of their stores and onto a traffic-free Dunlop Street. New this year is the two-day Barrie Airshow with the CF Snowbirds flying over Kempenfelt Bay. A special showing of Top Gun at Meridian Place with the CF Snowbirds pilots will top off Saturday evening! And don’t miss the Canada Day fireworks over Kempenfelt Bay on Monday night!

The following week, the Craft Beer & BBQ Festival will be taking place at Heritage Park and Meridian Place. This is downtown Barrie’s ‘backyard BBQ’ that turns our sparkling waterfront into a huge smokin’ BBQ showcasing our local and regional Craft Breweries led by Downtown Barrie’s Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.

With our Lawnchair Luminata event series hosted at Meridian Place we provide a sampling of mid-week and evening offerings including our Wednesday Night Outdoor Movies and Thunder Classics car show along with our Friday Night Live Music Series. Additionally, small samplings of local emerging artists will be performing throughout the downtown area at various times of the day and week.

Beyond these downtown events, our local businesses are always planning activities and opportunities to come together with each other and share in comradery. We’ve been brewing the last few months inside and now it’s time to get out and enjoy! Come enjoy a ‘summer saison’ brew in downtown Barrie!