10 May 2024

Summer in Peterborough: Team vanRahan’s Top 5 Free Events

As the sun warms the city of Peterborough, Ontario, it’s time to embrace the vibrant energy of summer.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor exploring this charming town, Team vanRahan has curated a list of five fantastic free events that promise fun, entertainment, and community spirit. From music to cultural celebrations to furry friends, Peterborough has something for everyone this summer.



1. Riverview Park and Zoo Special Summer Concert Series

WHERE: Riverview Park and Zoo Gazebo, 1300 Water Street

WHEN: Bi-weekly on Sundays beginning May 26th. 2:00-4:00 pm

Kick off your summer Sundays at Riverview Park and Zoo with their Summer Concert Series. Every other Sunday, from May 26th onwards, the gazebo comes alive with the sounds of local artists and musicians from 2-4pm. Check out the schedule here

While you’re there, don’t forget to explore the zoo’s exhibits and take a scenic train ride through the park. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon with family and friends. The summer operating season kicks off May 18th, and the train will operate daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, weather permitting. 


2. Dragon Boat Festival

WHERE: Del Crary Park, 100 George Street North

WHEN: June 8th, All day event

Paddle your way to Del Crary Park on June 8th for a fun day at the Dragon Boat Festival. Not only is it a thrilling event to watch with 57 teams participating, but it also serves an important cause as a fundraiser for the PRHC Cancer Foundation, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. With food vendors, a family fun zone, and a beer garden, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Dive into the festivities and support a worthy cause! Take a look at their website here


3. Pet Fest at the Peterborough Animal Care Centre

WHERE: 1900 Technology Drive, Peterborough Animal Care Centre

WHEN: June 22, 10:00-2:00

Calling all animal lovers! Join the festivities at Pet Fest, held at the Peterborough Animal Care Centre on Saturday, June 22. Bring your family, friends, and pets! From 10:00am to 2:00pm, enjoy a day filled with fun, featuring local vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, and live music. This is a pet-friendly event that you won’t want to miss. Check this and other events out here


4. Peterborough Folk Festival

WHERE: Nicholls Oval Park, 725 Armour Road

WHEN: August 15-18

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Peterborough Folk Festival from August 15th to 18th at Nicholls Oval Park stage. While the festival kicks off with ticketed events on the 15th and 16th, the free festivities on the 17th and 18th promise enchanting performances against the backdrop of beautiful Nicholls Oval Park. Join fellow music lovers in creating unforgettable memories under the summer sky. Get details here


5. Veg Fest

WHERE: Millenium Park, 131 King Street

WHEN: September 15th, 11:00-4:00

Wrap the summer up with Veg Fest at Millennium Park, where the community comes together to celebrate plant-based living. Indulge in delicious vegan delights, and engage in enlightening conversations about compassionate living. This family-friendly festival is a perfect opportunity to explore the thriving vegan scene in Peterborough and embrace a healthier lifestyle.


Summer in Peterborough is bursting with life, and these free events are the perfect way to soak up the sunshine and create unforgettable memories with friends and family. Mark your calendars!