The 2021 Cobourg Waterfront Festival has been cancelled


For the second year in a row, one of Cobourg's perennial favourites is being cancelled. The Cobourg Waterfront Festival will not be held this year.


The Town of Cobourg, Cobourg Lions Club and Rotary Club of Cobourg have announced that due to the ongoing uncertainty presented by the coronavirus and COVID-19, the very difficult decision to cancel the Cobourg Waterfront Festival for a second year has been made.


During the next year, look for a variety of innovative fundraising events being held by both the Cobourg Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Cobourg. There are still lots of ways for you to help us, help others.


Thank-you to all who have attended the festival in years gone by. Thanks also to our crafters, merchants, artists, sponsors and the legion of Rotary and Lions club members and volunteers who have made this annual event the largest in Ontario. We are already planning for the 2022 event and hope you will plan to be with us then. Stay safe.


The roots of the festival go back 53 years ago when a small art and craft show was held on beautiful Victoria Beach for Canada Day in 1967. The event included a fireworks display put on by local fire fighters to celebrate Canada's Centennial.


In 1987 the Cobourg Waterfront Festival was formally launched when the Cobourg Rotary Club and the Cobourg Lions Club became involved along with a volunteer committee of town citizens. Now, 33 years later, the 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.


Victoria Hall by Jean Simard

We hope you'll visit us in 2022. 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.