Things to do in Durham Region in August

Things to do in August in Port Perry 

August is here and the summer weather is getting even better. There is a ton of fun things to do in Durham Region in August to ensure your summer ends with a bang. With the sun out in full force, there is no better time to grab your family and friends and head outside.

Heading into fall, the social calendar of the communities of Durham Region are in full affect. Whether you are into food, relaxing, enjoying nature, or good music, there is something for everyone.

Here’s our list of 10 things to do this August!

  1. Rib Fest in Port Perry – August 4-6th

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Port Perry RIBFEST

Who does not love the smell of barbeques and rib sauce? This long weekend, Port Perry will be jam packed with the smell of delicious ribs at Palmer Park, Port Perry Waterfront at Lake Scugog. The event will take place rain or shine (but fingers crossed for sunny weather!) and admission is free.

Hours are: Friday, Aug 4th (12pm -11 pm); Saturday, Aug 5th (noon-11 pm); Sunday Aug 6th (12pm-9pm)

2. Concerts in Palmer Park

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Music at Palmer Park – Every Sunday at 6:30

The free concert series at Palmer Park on Sundays is the best place to unwind before the weekend. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy the music. If you want to make a night of it, there are many restaurants in the area — grab something to go, like pizza, and enjoy the sunset and sounds. Concerts start at 6:30 and go until 9pm, and there is a park playground for the kids to enjoy.

August Schedule:


Aug 06 – Ribfest event – no concert

Aug 13 – Irwin Smith

Aug 20 – George Timms

Aug 27 – Blue Sky Flyers

Sept 3 – Grande Finale


3. Third Annual Craft Beer Festival – Saturday August 12th

An event for the adults, the Third Annual Craft Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity to escape the heat with a refreshing, cold brew. Get ready to sample Ontario’s own beers and ciders, with music and a cool breeze coming off the water.


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Port Perry Craft Beer Festival – Aug 12th

Event info:

Advance tickets: $20 (comes with 3 sample tokens)
At the door tickets: $25 (comes with 1 sample token)
Additional Sample Tokens: $2 each

4. Brits on the Lake – Sunday August 13th

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Brits on the Lake in Port Perry

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be British? Wonder no more when you attend the Brits on the Lake event, rain or shine. The classic motoring revival is something to see, with all kinds of cool, unique cars to explore and snap a photo with.

Event info:

11am- 2pm at Port Perry

Learn more about Brits on the Lake

5. Movie nights in Palmer Park – August 17 & 24

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Disney Beauty and Beast – Thurs. August 17th show time starts at 8:30pm

Bring your own blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a movie night under the stars on August 17 and 24th this month. On Thursday, August 17 they will be playing the newest Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, with the old school version of Aladdin we all know and love on August 24. The kids will be thrilled at the chance to watch a movie outdoors!

The movies will begin at dusk (approx 8:30) so bring some snacks, a sweater, and your family and friends to snuggle up and enjoy a show.

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Disney Aladdin – Thurs August 24


6. Pioneer Day – August 20th

Celebrate Pioneer Day at the Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives.

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Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives.

The entire family will enjoy taking place in unique pioneer games, watching performances, checking out the live demonstrations, and trying out the various activities and crafts that will transport them back in time. It is a great way to enjoy a piece of history in the middle of the summer. Make sure to follow them on Instagram.

Event info:

Sunday, August 20th from 11am until 4pm

7. Demo Derby at Blackstock Fair – August 26th

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Vroom vroom! Get ready for a loud weekend of fun at the Demo Derby at Blackstock Fair. Watching the cars smash into each other and drive around is a ton of fun, and it is a guaranteed fun time for everyone. This event is definitely going to be one of a kind.

Event info:

Derby begins at 7pm.

Adults: $10, Parking, $2


Also, the Blackstock Fair will be in full effect after the derby, with food, games, and tons of fun activities for the entire family.

8. Yoga in the Village – August 27th

Get your namaste on with Yoga in the Village, taking place at the Scugog Shores Museums: Village, Heritage Centre and Archives. Hosted by Port Perry Flowyoga Studio, there is no better way to enjoy yoga moves than under the shining sun. Bring your own yoga mat and towel and arrive early to claim your spot.

Event info:

9:45-10:00 am, Welcome, set up and sign in.

10:00-11:00am, Yoga Class with certified instructor from Port Perry Flowyoga.

11:00-11:30am, Complimentary coffee, tea and water social in the church

11:30am, Walk around and tour the Museum.

$10.00 per person OR receive 20% off if you pre-register before August 25th at 4:00 pm.

9. Annual Port Perry Fair – Labor Day Weekend

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Port Perry Fair – Labour Day Weekend

Who says Labour Day cannot count as August? The Annual Port Perry Fair is one of our favorites, and with the Canada 150 spirit still in full swing, there will be a ton of new and fun activities to enjoy. If you are up for the challenge, there will be a Tough Udder obstacle course event on the Sunday. Check out all of the events here.

Event info:

Adult (14 or over) $12 per day

Adult Weekend Pass $30 (All weekend INCLUDING concert!)

Child (5-13 years) $5 per day

Child Weekend Pass $10

Preschoolers (4 and under) FREE

Parking $3 per day

10. Take in the sunset during dinner – Anytime

As summer is winding down, there is no better time than August to take some time on a patio to enjoy a good meal and a drink. Whether it is date night or family night out, or a catch up with a friend, Port Perry offers tons of amazing restaurants to try out. Harp & Wylie’s Canadian Grill House has an incredible burger that is a must-try and Jester’s Court Pub & Eatery offers homemade meals that will fill your heart and stomach up.

If you are feeling spontaneous, walk along the water or the downtown core of your favorite small town and see where the summer night takes you!


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