Welcome to the 2018
Cobourg Waterfront Festival


The Cobourg Waterfront Festival began 51 years ago as a small art and craft show on beautiful Victoria Beach on Canada Day in 1967. The event included a fireworks display put on by local fire fighters to celebrate Canada's Centennial.


Fast forward to the 1990's when the Cobourg Rotary Club and the Cobourg Lions Club became involved along with a volunteer committee from the Town. Since that time, the Cobourg Waterfront 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. Here's our events-at-a-glance from 2017 and the the online version of the 2017 Waterfront Festival Guide (download PDF version is 25MB). Watch here for more information on the 2018 Festival as it becomes available.


We hope you'll visit us in 2018. 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.


Welcome message from the Mayor of Cobourg


Festival Admission


The 2018 Cobourg Waterfront Festival is Saturday, June 30th through Monday, July 2nd. Join the Town of Cobourg, the Rotary Club of Cobourg and the Lions Club of Cobourg to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend. We'll be there from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. July 1st and 2nd and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 3rd.


Rotary Arts & Crafts Show:
$5.00 day pass

Lions Canada Day Celebration - Bandshell Entertainment - International Marketplace
- Free Admission - All weekend




Parking is available at at Donegan Park, three blocks east of Victoria Park. A shuttle to and from the Waterfront Festival is available. We ask that you respect our neighbours in the area and not block driveways.  Details

Festival history...


From its modest start in the summer of 1967, Canada's Centennial year, Cobourg's Waterfront Festival has...


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Festival parking...


Can't find a parking space? Take a ride on the Festival Shuttle Bus from Donegan Park to the waterfront...


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Pay it forward...


The Cobourg Waterfront Festival is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club and Lions Club...


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An event like this doesn't "just happen". Our partners and sponsors play a major role...


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Cobourg Waterfront Festival Partners 2017

Lions Club of CobourgRotary Club of CobourgTown of CobourgCameco CorporationBell Canadaeagle.ca... Internet services since 1995