Hastings Highlands residents, businesses and community organizations make this area unique and lively. Here are some of the yearly events that locals and visitors enjoy together. Many events are organized by Maynooth and Hastings Highlands Business Association (MHHBA) members and a host of community minded volunteers. http://maynooth.on.ca/events.html
Every Labour Day weekend Maynooth Madness Arts and Heritage Festival brings people home to Maynooth. Over the years this festival has featured Logger’s Games and Mud Dawgs and currently comes together as a street festival with a focus on arts, heritage, and children’s activities. This 30-year tradition is brought to you by MHHBA in partnership with Maynooth Farmer’s Market, North Hastings Garden Club, Municipality of Hastings Highlands, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation, and North Hastings Children’s Services.
Brighten the Night Christmas Parade & Kids Party
Brighten the Night Christmas Parade & Kids Party brings the main street of Maynooth aglow with lights and excitement. This community parade begins at the close of the Christmas Market and features DIY floats including local performers. This event is produced by MHHBA in partnership with Home Again, the Municipality of Hastings Highlands and the OPP.
Southern Ontario Ice Festival (facebook)
Started in 2016 by Peter Hoang, Josh Smith and Andriy Kolos this event has become a yearly celebration of a gripping winter sport. Using The Arlington Hostel/Bar as a home base, climbers of all ability levels come from far and wide to practice on nearby ice cliffs.
Easter Egg Hunt
Every year, for the last 25 years, the kids look forward to the Easter Egg Hunt, hosted and sponsored by MHHBA.
Citizen of the Year and Volunteer Recognition Awards
Each Year the MHHBA organizes and sponsors a Citizen of the Year and Volunteer Recognition awards evening where citizens are acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to our community.
Maynooth Pride Parade
Joey Shulman and Barry Siegrist (Wildewood Gallery) have been organizing this yearly event since 1990. Taking place the first weekend in August the events around Maynooth Pride have grown over the years to include local businesses and community members and in 2018 we had our first family pride event, Fay and Fluffy Story Time, at the local library. August is Pride month in Maynooth!
Maynooth Farmer’s Market (Facebook)
This locally run Farmers' Market offers up local produce, plants & flowers, maple syrup, homemade breads, infused herb & berry vinegars, other preserves, meats, baked goods, jewelry, clothing, crafts and more. Open every Saturday 8 am - 1 pm, May through October, at the Old Community Centre on Hwy 62 & Yonge Street. Winter Market is held monthly at Emond Hall, November-April.
Garlic Festival (Facebook) (Website)
Started in 2017 by Bancroft Stewardship Council, this event has been a huge success in our community. This event partners with the local Farmer’s Market and features performances, art works, market vendors, and garlic!
Studio Tours (Bancroft Website) (Madawaska Website)
Ontario’s Highlands are home to many talented and innovative artists. When the leaves start to turn, head to the hills and explore the studios of local artists and artisans showing their work. Studio Tours in Bancroft/Hastings Highlands and in the Madawaska Valley include painters, stained glass artists, potters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, chocolatiers, and more.