Summertime fun in Guelph’s Market Square

Free, family-friendly events and activities

Guelph, ON, May 29, 2015 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce its summer lineup of free events and activities in Market Square.

Back by popular demand are Movies in the Square, John Galt Day festivities, and Rock the Square. New this year is a National Aboriginal Day celebration hosted by the City.

National Aboriginal Day, observed annually on June 21, invites Canadians from all walks of life to celebrate the rich culture, unique heritage and notable achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada. Demonstrations, drum circles, music and dancing will take place in Market Square from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and all are welcome to share in the celebration.

This year’s Movies in the Square series offers a variety of family-friendly favourites. Taking place on select Fridays throughout the summer and beginning at 9 p.m., families, friends, and movie fans are invited to bring a lawn chair (and blankets if cool) and cozy up for a drive-in experience minus the car. The giant screen will show Madagascar on July 3, Despicable Me on July 17, The Mighty Ducks on August 7, Kung Fu Panda on August 21, and The Princess Bride on September 11. This movie series is sponsored by Meridian Credit Union.

John Galt Day is Guelph’s civic holiday and a chance for the community to celebrate its city. On Saturday, August 1, the public is invited to enjoy interactive entertainment, face painting and water play in front of City Hall, as well as walking tours to Guelph Museum’s historic Locomotive 6167.

Rock the Square will round out the summer programming on Friday, September 25 as a kick-off to Guelph’s Culture Days weekend.

All events, except Rock the Square, are rain or shine. The Market Square interactive water feature is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and will remain open throughout most activities and events.

Story Behind the Square

Guelph’s Market Square is a modern interpretation of the City’s original downtown Market Place district. Opened in 2012, this scenic gathering place is ideal for hosting events and celebrations and is the perfect place to meet up with friends. The central attraction is the interactive water feature (that is transformed into a skating rink in the winter) with eye catching lighting and plenty stone benches to sit and relax on.

For more information

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629