Held each September on the Newmarket Fairgrounds, the North York Agricultural Fair was a landmark annual event, not only for residents of York Region, but also residents of Toronto who came in droves on the Metropolitan Rail Line.
With WWII looming over Europe, Newmarket would again answer the call to arms, as it did during WWI. The community would come out to support the young recruits of the Newmarket Basic Training Centre, seen here marching down Main Street.
From marching bands to local clubs to floats, the tradition of outdoor bandstands, marching bands and parades stretches back more than a century in Newmarket, with events having taken place annually on both the fair grounds and on Main Street.
The parade starts at the end of November at the corner of Lorne Avenue and Eagle Street and continues east on Eagle Street before heading north on Main Street to end at Ontario Street. Fun fact: from 1910 to 1912, the Toronto Santa Claus Parade started Friday Night in Newmarket.
Formerly the Newmarket Jazz+ Festival, this celebration of musical artistry takes place annually in August on Riverwalk Commons. Featuring a wide variety of local and visiting acts, a Creative Kids Zone, and Visual Artists expo, this event is not to be missed.
Get better acquainted with your food and your neighbours at York Region’s biggest and best Farmers’ Market. With a history stretching back over a hundred years, the market at Riverwalk Commons runs every Saturday from May until October, 8am to 1pm, rain or shine.
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