A full calendar of events and festivals is expected to attract up to a quarter-of-a-million people to the Brampton’s downtown core this summer. Highlights in the schedule include two new special events, the IFFA Buzz Brampton Festival and The Brampton Global Jazz and Blues Festival.
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Buzz Brampton Festival will move into Downtown Brampton June 18 - 19. Coinciding with the opening of the Brampton Farmer’s market and the annual Flower City Parade, which will be South Asian themed featuring floats that include Bollywood stars, the festival will include entertainment, food vendors and merchant booths setup in the downtown. The Brampton Walk of Fame will also be unveiled as part of the festival weekend. With three downtown locations IFFA Buzz Brampton could attract as many as 100,000 people.
Other IIFA Buzz events are being held across Brampton including outdoor Bollywood movie screenings. A full schedule of events can be found on the City of Brampton’s website.
The Brampton Global Jazz and Blues Festival will take place from August 11 to 14. Downtown Brampton will become a jazz village for the weekend of music featuring internationally acclaimed artists. Presented by Art of Jazz the festival is expected to attract over 25,000 visitors to the downtown core. Please visit www.artofjazz.org for more information on the event.
Prior to those events, the Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll will kick off downtown’s summer season May 27-29 in Gage Park. The annual event offers some of the best ribs in town and provides a full line-up of entertainment.
The Brampton Downtown Development Corporation (BDDC) offers visitors a number of reasons to visit the core this season. Classic Cars & Legendary Stars will once again take place July 15 – 17 in Downtown Brampton. In addition, the BDDC will again host their regular Thursday night concert series in Gage Park, beginning on June 16 and running until September 1. More information on the BDDC’s summer events can be found at their website www.bramptondowntown.com.
The Brampton Farmers Market, running every Saturday June 18 through October 8 from 7am until 1pm, typically draws 70,000 people a year to the core. Each Saturday Main Street in Downtown Brampton is closed to traffic and turned into a vibrant outdoor marketplace. Visitors can buy the fresh local Ontario produce, hand-made crafts, preserves, baked goods and much more from more than 40 vendors. Several special event dates are planned for the Farmers’ Market can be found on the City’s website.
In July and August the Rose Theatre’s outdoor season featuring the Flower City Festival includes many popular events to be held in Garden Square outside the theatre. Concerts will be held Thursdays from 12pm until 2pm and Friday nights from 8pm until 10pm. Shakespeare in the Square is back featuring The Twelfth Night July 12-28 and Romeo and Juliet August 2-27. The Rose Theatre patio will be serving food and refreshments, Tuesday to Saturday 4-11pm and Sunday 1-10pm. In addition, The Rose will be screening movies in the square every Tuesday and Saturday nights beginning at 7pm. More information on the Rose Theater’s summer season is available by visiting www.rosetheatre.ca.
Collectively these and other events are expected to draw over 250,000 people. Visitors are encouraged to take Brampton Transit, walk or bike. Free parking is also available on weekends at all municipal lots, however due to the scope of some events may be limited or restricted.