The 2nd Annual Essex Summer Music Series kicks off on June 8th.
Sixteen musical acts are set to perform over the course of 25 evenings at two outdoor locations, Mondays at Colchester Harbor Park in Colchester Centre and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre.
“This year’s lineup is incredibly diverse,” says Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services. “Musical genres range from classical to Celtic, country, rock, folk, blues and jazz.”
What’s Up Doc opens the music series in Essex Centre on Wednesday, June 8th during the Essex Rocks and Rolls event, a car and motorcycle cruise-in starting at 5pm in the parking lot behind The Dollar Tree on Wilson Avenue.
The first show in Colchester takes place on Monday, June 13 and features Catharine, an indie rock band from St. Catharine’s, Ontario.
The full schedule is posted on the Town’s online events calendar at www.essex.ca
Be sure to bring your own chair or blanket. Concerts begin at 7:30pm
Essex is home to many festivals and special events. At all times of the year there’s always so much to do!
Spring begins with the Maple Syrup Festival at John R. Park Homestead in March and ends with Fly a Kite Day and the Colchester Walleye Fishing Derby (both on June 11) and the McGregor Music Festival (June 12).
For over 160 years, the Harrow Fair (September 1-4), one of the oldest agricultural fairs in Ontario, has closed out the summer. This year the Fair is celebrating its 162nd birthday!
Visit our Community Calendar to find out more about what’s happening in Essex.
100 Jackson Street
Colchester, Ontario N0R 1G0
T. 519-738-3238 (May 1 to Oct 30) or 738-6801
Longitude and latitude
Lat: 41° 58.941 Long: 082° 55.913
Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Colchester Harbour is a busy fishing and boating location. Dubbed the Walleye Capital of Canada in 2007, the harbour also plays host to the Colchester Guardian Rescue, an all-volunteer Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue unit.
During the boating season – May 1st until Thanksgiving weekend – the harbour offers charter, monthly and seasonal dockage for water craft up to 45 feet in length. Pleasure Craft Operators required to operate power-driven boats and watercraft in Canada. Find out more on our Boating page.Harbour amenities
Colchester Harbour offers the following amenities:
- 82 slip locations (see Colchester Harbour Slip Layout map)
- Serviced (water and hydro) and non-serviced dockage
- Launching ramp and dock attendants to assist
- Fuel (price varies based on market price)
- Sewage pump-out
- 24-hour security and camera surveillance during boating season
- Boater’s lounge, including male and female washrooms
- On-site bait and tackle shop
Beach area, pirate ship playground and splash pad
The Town of Essex takes great pride in its beautifully groomed beach. Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Colchester Beach is one of Essex County’s cleanest and most attractive beaches.
As part of Colchester Harbour, the beach is adjacent to a Pirate Ship Playground and Splash Pad. An outdoor concession stand, new washroom facilities and beach volleyball net are close at hand.
Recreational activities include boating, fishing, swimming, beach volleyball, sandcastle building, sunbathing, picnicking and so much more.
Beach water quality
To ensure that water at public beaches is safe for swimming, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit monitors Colchester Beach on a weekly basis throughout the summer.
Beach Water Quality Results are updated weekly online. You can also call the Beach Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 426 (H20) for updates.