Have fun by the bay!

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There’s so much to see and do while in Norfolk County.

Come visit Port Rowan, located minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Long Point, the world famous United Nations Biosphere environment, wineries and lakeside vistas.

Every year, Port Rowan hosts Bayfest, our annual Labour Day celebration which has been celebrated for more than 30 years. Originally known as Tomato Fest, the name changed to Bayfest in 2001.

Bayfest features three days of activities, many for kids, with a fantastic parade Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. and fireworks that night. Join us for a midway, rides, food, vendors and great entertainment found down by the waterfront and in town. Plus there are plenty of other fun events, such as build-a-boat races, hula-hoop contests, a plastic frog toss, soap-box derby in town and additional events held at nearby Long Point.

Come for the day or stay for a while. There’s a lot to see and do in the area!

Bayfest 2021 Update

We have had a lot of questions surrounding Bayfest on Labour Day weekend. As much as we were hoping to be able to bring the community together, there will be no organized Bayfest from the Bayfest Committee this year.

With an event like this, there are many steps in the planning process. We need to have applications submitted at a certain time. That time for us was before we entered Stage 3. With the unknown capacity limits/public health restrictions and COVID-19 protocols at the time of submission, we determined we could not put together a safe and enjoyable weekend for our community.

It’s unfortunate, but we are hopeful for a great return in 2022. We have been fundraising for the past two years and we can’t wait to get back to our Labour Day traditions!

Just because there is no Bayfest planned, doesn’t mean you need to skip over Port Rowan on Labour Day. We are planning a fun contest for Port Rowan and have heard of a few things happening in town. We have lots of great shopping, restaurants and plenty of things to see do! Stay tuned on our Facebook page, we will be sure to share weekend happenings as we hear them!