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Get out of the house and enjoy some of the fun going on around this February. Here’s a list of some upcoming events in Downtown Barrie for you and your family to enjoy, and to blow away those winter blues.

Hot Cocoa Trail Every Weekend in February
Another delicious February Downtown Barrie tradition. Now in its fourth year, the Hot Cocoa Trail gives local businesses the opportunity to create unique and scrumptious hot cocoa features, and gives the public the opportunity to sample them — all while contributing to Barrie Out of the Cold. Two dollars from each cup of cocoa goes to this initiative, and the folks who participate in the Hot Cocoa Trail as consumers are entered for a chance to win a Hot Cocoa Prize Package. See this page on the Downtown Barrie website for more info.

 

Barrielicious January 19th – February 4th
Barrielicious 2018 is in full swing. Downtown Barrie has so much to offer when it comes to excellent dining choices, and the Barrielicious Festival lets you experience Barrie’s finest food for a fine price. Come out and support our local restaurants and enjoy fabulous cuisine with you friends and family. The Barrielicious website has all of the delicious details.

 

 

Winterfest February 3 – 4
Food, axe throwing, and lumberjack shows are just a few of the many reasons to bring your family out to Barrie’s Winterfest. Ranked as one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, Winterfest has a lot of entertainment to offer, including a few of the events mentioned in this list below. There is lots of parking downtown, and a free shuttle from Coulter Street behind the Bayfield Mall. For more details and a full list of events, visit the Winterfest page on the Barrie website.

 

 

Barrie Film Festival
For 20 years, BFF has been bringing the very best independent films to the city on the bay. With monthly events and the ten-day festival every October, film aficionados can enjoy year-round viewings of Canadian and international cinema. The BFF website has more info.

Barrie Film Festival “Reel Stories” February 2nd – 4th
Discover Barrie Film Festival’s latest documentary and fact-based films at the “Reel Stories” winter mini-festival. Relish in 9 films over three days at the cozy Uptown Theatre (55 Dunlop Street West). Tickets are only $10. Visit the BFF website for the details and to order tickets.

The February Blues February 1-4
The 21st annual February Blues, presented in partnership with Barrie Winterfest will bring a host of fine blues acts to venues around Barrie and central Ontario. For a list of locations and performers, visit the February Blues web page.

 

 

 

Polar Plunge February 10
“Freezin’ for a Reason.” As the name suggests, the Polar Plunge means like-minded people jumping into an icy lake! And it’s all for a good cause — all proceeds benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario. Come out to Centennial Beach on the 10th of February and support a plunger, or take the plunge yourself! The Polar Plunge website has all the details.

 

 

Support Local Talent
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take in these original artists. On January 26, Barrie Ford and Barrie Chrysler present Gord Downie Tribute Concert at Mavricks Music Hall, featuring local musicians in support of the Downie Wenjack Foundation, performing songs from the catalogues of The Tragically Hip and Gord Downie. On February 8th, acclaimed new artist Ariana Gillis will be playing Temple Lounge at Donaleigh’s Public House with her band. Folk music trio The East Pointers play Mavricks Music Hall on February 16th. More info and tickets can be found at the Inside the Music website.