What’s on in and around Newmarket
Weekend events include a bike lending library, Aurorapalooza, jazz festival, lakeside charity concert
Thursday August 18
TD Music Series: The star of Newmarket’s free summer concert series, ABBA Revisited, pays homage to ABBA, with the opening of Blush, 6-9 p.m. at Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr.
Music in the alley, Thursdays in August: Downtown Aurora BIA presents free live music Thursday in Machell’s Alley at 15217 Yonge St., Aurora from 7-9 p.m., weather permitting. August 18 Joe DeLima and JD Brass.
Movies at Aurora Town Park: look Dennis threatens her on a giant inflatable screen at 49 Wells St., Aurora. Movies are free; prior registration is not required; bring your own lawn chairs. Arrive early to create your own comic starting at 8 p.m. The movie starts at 9 p.m.
East Gwillimbury Farmers Market: Every Thursday from 2-7pm until October 6, the market is held at the East Gwillimbury Civic Centre, 19000 Leslie Street, Sharon.
Friday August 19
Sean Kelly at Market Brewing: Newmarket’s Sean Kelly plays live from 7-10 p.m. at Market Brewing at 17775 Leslie Street, Unit 4. The acoustic singer-songwriter plays a unique mix of covers spanning over five decades. He plays an eclectic mix of classic rock, modern pop and a whole lot of hit wonders you forgot you loved.
TD Markham Jazz Festival, August 19-21: The award-winning jazz and jazz music event with over 30 free performances returns in person, with the main event taking place August 19-21 on Main Street Unionville.
Saturday August 20
Bike lending library: Borrow a bike and other bike accessories for free using your Newmarket Public Library card at the Newmarket Cycles Community Bike Hub at 621 Timothy St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reception hours are once a week. Check website for dates. All welcome times follow with a one-hour group ride around Newmarket. For more details on group outings, click here. Bikes can be borrowed for two weeks and returned to the Newmarket Cycles Community Bike Hub during opening hours. Items cannot be held and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ground Burger Bar Twangsters: Enjoy Pure Rock ‘n’ Country from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 352 Doug Duncan Drive, Riverwalk Commons.
Glenn Marais and Craig Riley at Old Flame: 6-9pm at the Brewery at 140 Main St. South, Newmarket in the Main Street Music Hall.
York Region Poker League Charity Rebuy Tournament: The $50 buy-in for 2,000 starting chips (80 big blinds) includes a $10 bonus chip. Open to ages 19 and up at 7 p.m. sharp, check-in at 6:30 p.m. at the Newmarket Inn, 18667 Old Yonge Street, Holland Landing. For more information, click here.
AuroraLooza: Returning for the third year to Aurora’s Town Park is an evening of local music, art and food. Artists include Yellow Magnolia, Long Black Cadillacs, Floral Park, Peter Serrado, Emily Schultz, Julia Fedec and Vi. Pre-show performers are Bianca Rollo, Ruby Anderson and Billy Stirling from 2-4pm at Tipsy Goose. For tickets, $20, visit aurorapaloza.com. This is an event for ages 19 and up.
Charity concert at the lake: Benefit concert for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation from noon to 7 p.m. at Miami Beach Hall, 546 Lake Dr. South, #538, Keswick. Bring a blanket and enjoy live music, dance and laugh with stand-up comedians. Tickets are $10.
TD Markham Jazz Festival: The award-winning jazz and jazz music event with over 30 free performances returns to Main Street Unionville. The only ticketed event is an opening concert at the Markham Museum featuring the exhilarating musicality of Juno winners Manteca with vocalist Lyne Tremblay.
Newmarket Farmers Market: Farmers, vendors and volunteers create a hive of activity reminiscent of the town’s early years as a new market. A place to buy farm-fresh produce, homemade pastries, artisan crafts, and a great place to catch up with friends for breakfast or lunch. At Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aurora Farmers Market: Saturdays at Town Park, 64 Wells St from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday August 21
TD Markham Jazz Festival: The award-winning jazz and jazz music event with over 30 free performances returns in person, with the main event taking place August 19-21 on Main Street Unionville.
Georgina Farmers Market: The weekly market features around 30 vendors from local farmers and artisans, with live music, yoga in the park and other events at The Link, 20849 Dalton Rd. on Sundays from 9am-2pm
Newmarket TD Music Series offers free concerts every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the Bandstand at 200 Doug Duncan Dr. at Riverwalk Commons.
- August 25, Blushing Brides (tribute to the Rolling Stones); the opening of Glenn Marais and the Mojo Train;
- September 1, Sounds of Motown (the greatest songs of the Motown era); opening David Toms.
Newmarket’s Moonlight Movies, presented by TD: Throughout August, free family movies take place at various parks in Newmarket. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch a movie under the stars on a large inflatable screen.
- Tuesday, August 23, Jungle Cruiseat Dr. Margaret Arkinstall Park, Sawmill Valley Drive
- Wednesday, August 24, Encanto, at Environmental Park, Woodspring Avenue,
- Tuesday, August 30, LUCAat College Manor Park, College Manor Drive
- Wednesday August 31, Monsters Inc.at Dennis Park, Cane Parkway
Aurora concerts in the park offers free concerts on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the municipal park (donations from the food bank welcome).
- August 24, the Mudmen (Celtic rock)
- August 31 with Epic Elton: A Tribute to Elton John.
Music in the alley, Thursdays in August: Downtown Aurora BIA presents free live music Thursday in Machell’s Alley at 15217 Yonge St., Aurora from 7-9 p.m., weather permitting. August 25 Ryan Ainsworth and Manny DeGrandis.
Richmond Hill Live! On the square – Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Join the Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts this month for a revamped summer music series featuring local artists performing in the outdoor theater plaza on the street Yonge. Tuesday nights feature artists from various musical genres and Wednesdays are Open Mic nights.
Brew HAHA at Old Flame, Thursday, August 25: RyGuy Comedy presents Brew HAHA, a beautiful marriage of delicious craft beer and hilarious comedy. Each ticket includes a 12oz beer (19+) or soft drink, courtesy of Old Flame Brewing Co. at 140 Main St. South, Newmarket. Doors open upstairs in the event space at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance / $25 at the door (if available).
Main Street Pub Experience, Sunday August 28: Join an afternoon celebrating some of Main Street Newmarket’s dining establishments, including Cachet, Hungry Brew Hops and Old Flame Brewery, with a bonus stop from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. You will spend an hour at each establishment to get food and drinks. to each one before moving on to the next! Tickets, $112, include: food and drink; loot bag; lanyard pass; live music in some places.
Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays, September 8-11: The annual festival features a variety of plays and performances, including world and Canadian premieres, from Thursday, September 8 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street. For tickets and more information, go here.
191st Annual Sharon Temple Illumination, Friday, September 9: Since 1831, the Children of Peace have organized a celebration on the first Friday of September, lighting all the candles in the temple, and organizing a concert and almsgiving. During the illumination, the ground floor of the temple is lit with beeswax candles and filled with music. Refreshments will then be served on the lawn. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the Marion Singers at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit sharontemple.ca/
Board games: Join local board game fans every other Friday at the Cardinal Press Espresso Bar at 200 Main St. Newmarket at 6 p.m. Games are provided and teachers are available, or you bring your games to teach others. Note from the organizers: We don’t tend to play a lot of “traditional” board games such as Monopoly, Clue, Sorry! Let them know what you’d like to play when you reply and they’ll bring those games.
English country dancing, Saturdays: Join the dance at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Ave. at Main Street, Newmarket from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Beginners welcome; all dances taught; you don’t need to bring a partner. Admission by donation; your first lesson is free. Join the group on the first, third and (if there is one) fifth Saturday of the month.
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