The Muskoka411 Party Patrol will be there.
The Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst will be a hub of activity this weekend as the
Elexicon Dockside Festival takes over this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Wharf Activity Field will be filled with more than 100 vendors, musicians, food
trucks, live animal shows and a full slate of events for all ages.
“It’s always a lot of work but it’s worth it when we get to see it come together,” says
Sandy Lockhart, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, which organizes
Dockside. “We have a full musical line-up, children’s activities throughout the
weekend and a huge cross-section of vendors.”
Now in its 28th year, the show has a number of returning vendors but also a full
slate of new additions. There are artists specializing in everything from
watercolours to alcohol ink, glasswork, metal and woodworkers and a range of fine
This children’s activities for the weekend include a visit from Sciensational Snakes,
Metafit classes with the YMCA, face painting, learn to paint and draw, a visit from
Scales Nature Park and other activities.
A bevy of musical talent will be on stage, including Tobin Springs, Sean Cotton,
James Grey, Papa John Witterick, Sawyer Lance and Jess Sevier.
“It’s really a great musical line-up this year. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been
able to secure some of the best musical talents from across Muskoka,” says Chris
Hammar, the Chamber’s sponsorship lead. “The Chamber’s been putting this show
on for 28 years now and the only reason we’ve been able to do it is we’re fortunate
enough to live in a community with such strong community support. Our sponsors
make it possible and we’re thankful to have them on board.”
This year’s sponsors include Elexicon Energy, The Muskokan, GBS Contracting, the
Town of Gravenhurst, Unique Muskoka, Sawdust City Brewing Co., Kubota North,
Black River Cheese, Tali Towels, Hunters Bay Radio, Muskoka Boat Rentals,
Muskoka Springs, Leaf Filter, Jewel 88.5, Country 102 and Muskoka 411.
The Elexicon Dockside Festival of the Arts runs from 10 am – 6 pm, August 16 and
17 and from 10 am – 4 pm on August 18 with admission by donation. The Chamber
of Commerce also uses the funds generated to create a bursary for a graduating
student from Gravenhurst High School who is studying the arts.
For additional information regarding the festival please visit
www.docksidefestival.com or follow us on Facebook @DocksideFestivaloftheArts
and Instagram @gravenhurstdocksidefestival. The Elexicon Dockside Festival of the
Arts is organized and coordinated by The Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce, and
is supported by local businesses, volunteers, and event sponsors.