Mission Statement

To provide an entertaining and safe event that showcases our friendly rural community, and its many attractions. We welcome families and friends from near and far to foster continued prosperity and new traditions.

Lynn River Music and Arts Festival!

As you approach Simcoe’s Downtown parks, it’s hard not to become captivated by the festivities and strolling crowds enjoying the beauty of Norfolk County. Hosted at two adjacent parks bordering the Lynn River, you are guaranteed to experience many of the sights, sounds and talents that can ONLY be found at the Lynn River Music and Arts Festival.

Laughter fills the air, as buskers and musicians entertain shoppers looking for that one-of-a-kind art, craft or hard-to-find antique. Start your day with a ‘Pancakes In The Park’ breakfast or sample scrumptious treats served by our many food vendors. Live entertainment, a Kids Fun Zone and daily Special Events will make every day unique!


The Festival started in 1967 as The Simcoe Friendship Festival, and since then, there has always been a Festival in the beautiful parkland of downtown Simcoe, Ontario on the Civic Holiday weekend! 

In September 2005, The Rotary Club of Simcoe sponsored the Festival, and re-named it The Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival.  In 2014 the Rotary Club of Simcoe changed the name of the Festival to the Lynn River Music & Arts Festival, to better reflect the new focus of the Festival, which is Music and The Arts. 

In January 2017, The Port Dover Board of Trade was pleased to announce that it is the new Title Sponsor of Lynn River Music & Arts Festival, and is honoured to be entrusted with the overall management of the Festival.

Building a legacy has required tireless hours from many dedicated volunteers. The community is grateful to the many generations of The Lynn River Music & Arts Festival volunteers for their endless commitment.