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Windsor and its surrounding communities are full of museums that put on special exhibits, whether they are one-time-only or annual occurrences. Every May, thousands of nature enthusiasts from around the world visit Point Pelee National Park in Leamington for their Festival of Birds, as songbirds migrate through the area. (In September, the birding enthusiasts make their way to Holiday Beach Conservation Area for the extensive autumn migration, with special programming during their Festival of Hawks.) July, the Leamington Arts Centre hosts a weekend summer art exhibit, Arts @ the Marina , featuring all sorts of artwork and entertainment from various vendors. During the summer (June to October, inclusive), Windsor also hosts a downtown Farmers Market. The market is located at Charles Clark Square.
Windsor really shines during the summer, when festivals abound all over the city. The last three weekends in June herald the annual Carrousel of the Nations - the region's largest ethno-cultural festival featuring world music, food, dance, art & crafts. In late June or early July, the annual Windsor Summerfest takes place over about two weeks. The carnival, complete with rides, food and game booths, opens mid-afternoon on weekdays and at noon on weekends. Closing time is usually around midnight, but depends on the crowds. The spectacular highlight of this is a huge fireworks display that takes place over the Detroit River -- an event that celebrates the national holidays of Canada and the United States. The St. Peter’s Festival , also occurring around the same time, celebrates the city’s patron with displays, music, food and games. From July 18 to July 27 is the Windsor International Fringe Festival that ecompasses music, theatre, dance and the arts. Taking place in a number of Downtown Windsor locations, the Fringe includes: the Chalk & Chocolate Festival, the International Buskers Festival, Buskin' to the Beat, the Visual Fringe and the Theatre Fringe. In July, the Amherstburg Freedom Museum celebrates the annual Emancipation Celebration which includes a dinner and dance with live entertainment. In August the Freedom Museum hosts the annual Walter Perry Emancipation Golf Classic, named after “Mr. Emancipation” himself.
Other notable festivals that take place in Windsor are Art in the Park and the Lasalle Strawberry Festival in June, as well as Windsor Elvis Fest (end June/early July), Bluesfest Windsor (mid-July on the Riverfront Festival Plaza), Windsor Comedy and Wine Tour(August Civil Holiday Weekend)and the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival (September, at Fort Malden). Lots of county fairs, including Comber Fair in August, Harrow Fair over Labour Day weekend, and events that celebrate the rich agriculture here, like Leamington Tomato Festival and Tecumseh Corn Festival. The Windsor Craft Beer Festival takes place mid-October and there's even a Windsor International Film Festival, which takes place in November! Windsor Comedy Festival celebrating international comedy and entertainment takes place in December
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island has a great online calendar with further info on these and other events, as well as local theatre and performing arts and fundraisers. There are additional listings at Windsor 411 Windsor & Essex County Events Directory , and an even broader calendar which includes community events available through the Windsor-Essex Community Portal.