Tillsonburg Turtlefest

Turtlefest is Tillsonburg’s biggest community festival. Held every Father’s Day weekend, this three-day event encourages people from all over Ontario to come out of their shell and experience small-town living at its finest. 

Email: info@turtlefest.ca

Phone: 519.983.2748

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Other Events

Turtlefest is all about celebrating our community and the people and places that make it special. Here are some additional venues that will get you in the Turtlefest spirit. Contact event organizers for details.

Annandale National Historic Site 

Friday, June 14
Saturday, June 15

30 Tillson Ave.

519.842.2294

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Annandale National Historic Site was built by E.D. Tillson, first mayor of Tillsonburg—and son of Tillsonburg's founder, George Tillson. It is considered the best surviving example of the Aesthetic Arts movement, popularized by Oscar Wilde. During Turtlefest, you can tour the property, plus enjoy a variety of activities inside and outside the home. This is a FREE event!

Events

Note: All events are FREE

FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH

 

Outdoor Movie

Bring your blanket or your lawn chair and enjoy The Lego Movie 2 on the lawn at the museum.  Running time of film 1 hour 47 minutes.

Time: Starts at Dusk On the Lawn

 

Sponsored by Annandale NHS

SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH

 

 

Scales Nature Park Turtle Display

Come see live turtles and talk to the staff of Scales Nature Park to learn all about the turtles you can find in Ontario.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm    On the Lawn

 

Sponsored by: Scales Nature Park

Turtle Games

Come and join us for a “turtley” good time while playing fun lawn games and winning prizes.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      On the Lawn

 

Sponsored by: Annandale NHS

Turtle Hatchlings Kids Area

Turtlefest is a time for everyone to come together. For all of those tiny turtles, join us in our “Turtle Hatchlings Area” with lots of entertainment for the young ones.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      On the Lawn

 

Sponsored by: Annandale NHS

Turtle Crafts

Make your very own foam turtle to take home compliments of  – While supplies last

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      On the Lawn

 

Sponsored by: Annandale NHS

Skunk Haven and Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation

Join Laurel A. Beechey of Skunk Haven who’ll bring educational licensed Scooter the Skunk to the lawn, along with Carol Clark of Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation who’s bringing educational licensed Chance the screech owl and Butch the Skunk.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      On the Lawn

 

Partner: Skunk Haven & Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation

Face Painting & Turtle Tattoos

Come get a temporary Tatoo or your face painted.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      On the Lawn

Children’s Book “Never Give Up”  by Jan Everett

Can’t get enough of Turtle Stories – don’t miss Jan Everett reading her very own Turtle Tale and showing us how to help our turtle friends.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm     On the Lawn

 

Partner: Janet Everett

Annandale Kindergarten Story Walk® and Lemonade Stand

Have fun walking around the lawn of Annandale House as you discover the story of Mossy by children’s author Jan Brett – end your walk at the lemonade stand where the proceeds help to buy playground equipment for the kindergarten area of Annandale Public School

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      On the Lawn

Sponsored by: Friends of the Annandale Kindergarten Classes

Turtle Pursuit

Oh no! Our turtles have decided to take a stroll through the Annandale House, and we need your help to count them all. Come join us in a scavenger hunt. Winners to find all of the turtles will receive a prize!

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      Throughout Annandale House

 

Sponsored by: Annandale NHS

Turtlefest Frozen Tea Party

Enjoy a nice cup of ICE TEA with Princess Anna as she visits Turtlefest for the very first time.

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      Program Room

 

Sponsored by: Annandale NHS

Yertle the Turtle Stacking challenge and Stories

The Tillsonburg Public Library while they share turtle stories, test your skills with a "Yertle the Turtle Stacking Challenge", and to send you home with your very own turtle! While you're visiting, be sure to pick up the information about this year's Summer Reading Club, and don't forget to fill out a ballot for the chance to win some “turtley” awesome prizes!

Time: 10 am-3 pm      On the Lawn

Partner: Tillsonburg Branch of the Oxford County Library

Tillson Tales &  Games

It’s story time with Tillsonburg’s founders. Grandpa George and Grandma Tillson tell tales of settling Tillsonburg almost 200 years ago and the origins of Turtlefest. Geared to children

Pioneer Playground – Fun and games Pioneer style. Discover children’s games that were popular long before computers and TV.

   

Time: 10 am – 3 pm      On the Lawn

 

Partner: Tillsonburg Pioneer Performing Troupe

Station Arts Centre  

Saturday, June 15

41 Bridge Street W.

519.842.6151

The Station Arts Centre, located in two historic train stations in downtown Tillsonburg, is the community's creative arts hub, and home to the weekly Tillsonburg Farmers' Market. During Turtlefest, the Station hosts the Turtley Treats Baking Contest. Admission is always FREE.

Event Highlights

Turtley Treats Baking Contest

Farmers' Market (8:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

Galleries and Exhibits

Baggage Room Artisan Craft Shop

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