Emancipation Festival

August 1st is Emancipation Day. Every year since 1862 it has been celebrated in Owen Sound, ON where families, friends and local residents gather to celebrate on the August long weekend. This has evolved into a 3-day festival with a variety of events and activities to celebrate those who settled in Bruce & Grey counties from the Under Ground Railway.

Friday, August 2nd at Grey Roots Museum & Archives @ 7 p.m. is a Speaker's Forum featuring best-selling author Wayne Grady.

Saturday, August 3rd at Harrison Park, Owen Sound, ON @ 9:30 a.m. is the Ancestors' Breakfast. At 10:30 a.m. is the Cairn Ceremony. From 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. is the Picnic and Festival Jam with kids' games & races, vendors, food and live music

Sunday, August 4th is Gospel in Moreston Village, Grey Roots @ 11 a.m. with music that will uplift and invigorate you featuring David Sereda & the Song Circle and Michael Dunston & Friends, followed by a BBQ Lunch by Jeffrey Anthony of Kirkharle Farms. At the annual Festival Art Show inside of Grey Roots Museum -Tony Kenneth Miller of Bliss Studio will exhibit - "1862 to 2019 Time Passages". Brooke Blackburn of the Blackburn Brothers will perform on solo guitar and vocals throughout the afternoon.

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 6:30pm to Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 3:30pm
Event Location Address: 
102599 Grey County Rd 18
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6
Dorothy Abbott
Event Driving Directions: 

Social Media Links

Share this content.