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Discover Brantford's May 2017 Events

Discover Brantford's May 2017 Events

Warmer weather calls for outdoor fun and an array of annual events that are sure to impress. History buffs can celebrate Museum Month on the Brant Museum Crawl, families will enjoy a FREE event at Glynhyrst for Family Arts Day, and Brantfordians can discover our incredible local talent at The Breath of Fresh Air Talent Show. Don't forget to treat mom on her special day at one of our fabulous restaurants! Have fun exploring the many wonderful ways to enjoy May in Brantford!


Artist Speaker Series: Pavlo

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

8:00 p.m.

Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford

Admission: $25.00

For being all instrumental, Pavlo’s Mediterranean music speaks for itself. Pavlo has come full circle since he introduced his Mediterranean brand in 1998. Pavlo continues to tour worldwide performing over 150 shows per year and will tell us his story.

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Spring Mineral Madness

Friday to Sunday, May 5-7, 2017

Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Robert Hall Originals, 138 Sugar Maple Rd., St. George

Robert Hall Originals has over 3000 handcrafted lead free pewter designs created in his studio and displayed in his showroom studio in St. George, Ontario. This is the home of the largest worldwide rock collection in Ontario. To celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, Canadian Minerals will be featured for this event. Learn all about: Thunder Bay Amethyst, Native Silver and Native Gold, Marcasite, Selenite, Fluorite, Calcite, Barite, and more!

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Whimsical Players presents When Dreams Come True

Friday, May 5 and 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

Saturday, May 6 and 13, 2017 at 2:00pm

Admission: Adults $12, Youth (4-17) and Seniors $8, Family Pass (2 adults and 2 youth) $30

Sydenham Street United Church, 120 Sydenham St., Brantford

Step into a magical story book factory and meet princes and princesses from across the lands, an absent-minded fairy Godmother, and an evil witch set to ruin everyone’s happy endings! This original production was written by Duncan John Robert and is fun for all ages!

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Breath of Fresh Air Talent Show

Saturday, May 6, 2017

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford

Admission: $30.00

The Breath of Fresh Air Talent Show brings the most exciting, show-stopping, eclectic local acts to the stage of The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. The show is named a "Breath of Fresh Air," not only because the acts on stage are going to be a breath of fresh air to the industry, but also because funds raised will go towards The City of Brantford's Tree Planting Program; to plant much-needed trees in our community. Make sure to be in attendance and help us decide which incredible act walks away with the $5000 Grand Prize and will be the next "Breath of Fresh Air."

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Hike for Hospice

Sunday, May 7, 2017

11:00 a.m. Registration,  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hike begins

St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre, 99 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford

Registration: $20.00

All monies raised will go toward the programs and services Stedman Community Hospice offers to patients at end-of-life and their families.

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HERitage Exhibition

May 9, 2017 to June 30, 2017

Brant Museums and Archives, 57 Charlotte St., Brantford

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, 395 Blue Lake Rd., St. George

Admission: $15.00, includes both locations

Preserving Our HERitage is a shared exhibit about the Women’s Institutes and how they have recorded and preserved history. Each location has its own unique collection and focus for the exhibit. Participants are encouraged to visit both locations to experience the exhibit in full. On Tuesday, May 23, both locations are featuring a discounted admission of $10 as part of Brant Museum Crawl.

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Community Guitar Orchestra Spring Concert

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2:00 p.m.

Brantford Public Library, 173 Colborne St., Brantford

Admission: Free

The Guitar Society of Brantford is partnering with The Brantford Public Library once again to present Future Stars Of The Guitar Recital Series!  These performers come to us from across Canada and around the world.  They are currently pursuing graduate performance degrees and competing at national and international competitions.

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Eliza Bell’s Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 14, 2017

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Bell Homestead, 94 Tutela Heights Rd

Admission: $30 per person, Children (8 and under) $15.00

Enjoy a unique Mother's Day experience at the Bell Homestead National Historic Site.  A delicious homemade buffet brunch awaits at the Homestead Cafe, featuring fresh salads, traditional brunch fare including our signature pancakes, and an array of scrumptious desserts.

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OLG Presents Elton Rohn with Piano Man for the Ontario 150 Launch Event

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford

Admission: FREE with submission of photo

Celebrate Ontario 150 when the OLG Presents Ontario-based Elton Rohn and his 11-piece band at the historic Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The event begins with important announcements about the performers for Brantford's Ontario Day 150 Celebration and Brantford's Canada Day 150 Celebration. After, Piano Man takes the stage before Elton Rohn closes off the concert and officially launches the Brantford Celebrates 150 Tour.

Access to this concert is completely FREE by showing us what Ontario means to you! All you have to do is submit a photo to our contest of your favourite Ontario memory with family or friends and include a 50 to 100 word explanation. The submissions will be included in the Made In Ontario Exhibit at Brantford’s Ontario Day 150 Celebration on Friday, June 30 and Brantford’s Canada Day 150 Celebration on Saturday, July 1. Once your photo submission has been approved, you will receive an email confirmation informing you that your tickets will either be ready for pick up, or will be mailed out to your address. The top ten judged entries will be awarded an awesome prize basket with Canada S.W.A.G and some other appealing gifts included.

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May is Museum Month Open House

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bell Homestead National Historic Site, 94 Tutela Heights Rd., Brantford

Admission: Free

Celebrate May is Museum Month at the Bell Homestead with a free tour of Alexander Graham Bell's 1870s family home.  A great opportunity to explore the home of the invention of the telephone and Canada's first telephone office! Last tour of the day is at 3:45pm.

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Brant Museum Crawl

May 18 to 28, 2017

Various Locations in Brantford, County of Brant, and Six Nations

Brant Museum Crawl is a community wide initiative presented by local graphic design and marketing firm Octopus Red. In its second year, this 10-day event will showcase museums and galleries in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations from May 18th-28th. Events have been planned to support arts, culture, family programming and development. The week will end with a family day event happening on the grounds of the beautiful Glenhyrst Gardens with interactive displays and activities.

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Canadian Military Heritage Museum Open House

Friday, May 19, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Canadian Military Heritage Museum, 347 Greenwich St., Brantford

Admission: Free

Discover our nation’s military history from the War of 1812 to current. Come see what the museum has been busy working on all winter, including a special feature on Vimy Ridge for its centennial, and an incredible holograph of a WWI soldier writing letters to home from the trenches. Enjoy free admission and complimentary hotdogs and pop.

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Brant Theatre Workshops Presents Generations

Thursday to Sunday, May 18 to 28, 2017

Thursday, May 18-Sunday, May 21, Yogi's Barn, 2318 Chiefswood Rd., Oshweken

Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St., Brantford

Youth and Elders come together to tell funny and touching stories of growing up as young people adapt the remembrances of their elders. Directed by Cheyenne Williams and Jefferson Jacobs. 

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Guitar Society of Brantford Presents Marko Feri

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

7:30 p.m.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford

Admission: $25.00

A regular performer both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles in important music festivals in Europe, the United States, Mexico and Canada, Marko Feri has recorded several CDs. He teaches guitar at the Glasbena Matica “Marij Kogoj” in Trieste-Italy and gives masterclasses in Europe, USA, Canada, and Mexico. He is also the art director of the International Guitar Festival “Kras” (Italy/Slovenia).

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First Nations Art Exhibition

May 26 to July 28, 2017

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St., Brantford

Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (65+) $5, Students (5-18) $5, Children (under 5) free

Woodland Cultural Centre presents its annual juried First Nations Art Exhibition, which includes a variety of traditional and contemporary media. First Nations Art is one of the longest running annual exhibitions that provides established and emerging First Nations artists the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works in a fine art gallery setting. On Friday, May 26, join Woodland Cultural Centre for a free opening reception of First Nations Art starting at 7:00 p.m.

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The View From Here – Canada at 150 Exhibition

May 27 to July 23, 2017

Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford

Glenhyrst’s permanent collection exhibition highlights the special contributions made by local, regional, national, and indigenous artists from Canada. With the formation of the gallery in 1956, a strong collection of historical, modern, and contemporary artworks were brought together and continue to grow. Today, the Glenhyrst’s impressive permanent collection includes over 600 artworks from Canadian, indigenous, and international artists. This exhibition provides an opportunity to showcase some of the collection’s most exceptional works. From the historical landscapes and portraits of Robert Reginald Whale, the bold abstracts of Hortense Gordon, and the dynamic Woodland paintings of Blake Debassige, these artworks come to locate and define our identities, histories, and communities.

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Brantford Farmer’s Market Spring Fling

Saturday, May 27, 2017

7:00 a.m. – 2:00pm

Brantford Farmer’s market Spring Fling, 79 Icomm Dr., Brantford

Admission: FREE

On Saturday, May 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., join the Brantford Farmers’ Market for their annual Spring Fling event. Celebrate the local spring planting that will bring a bountiful harvest in the coming months. Enjoy a BBQ, face painting, samples, and lots of children’s activities. Brantford-based Bluegrass band Grass Tax will be providing entertainment, and there will be a number of draws throughout the day. Established in 1848, the Brantford Farmer’s Market is a historic icon of the community. The market is open year round with 33 indoor vendors and up to 25 outdoor vendors in season.

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Annual Barn Sale

Saturday, May 27, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bell Homestead National Historic Site, 94 Tutela Heights Rd., Brantford

Admission: FREE

For over twenty years, this annual event has provided funding to support the Bell Homestead's education programs and special community events. You'll find a plethora of terrific items, donated by members of the community, as well as our staff and volunteers. The staff of the Homestead Cafe will also be on-hand with fresh coffee, tea and baked goods for sale.

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Jim Walsh Bike Ride for Kids with Cancer

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Registration 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Ride begins at 9:00 a.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall, 12 Catharine Ave., Brantford

The ride consists of an 80km route to a designated turnaround point on Brantford’s gorgeous rail trail. Participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace and turn back at any point. The ride will finish at Knights of Columbus with a celebratory free barbecue. Proceeds from the ride are turned over to “Help a Child Smile,” a non-profit organization dedicated to children being treated for cancer at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

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Family Arts Day

Sunday, May 28, 2017

11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford

Admission: Free

Enjoy many activities for children including: looming, clay, acting, drawing, painting, arts and crafts, gardening, story telling, chess, and Jenga. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. A variety of entertainment is provided by local businesses including dance, music, and karate. Enjoy entertainment all day on our outdoor stage!

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Upcoming June 2017 Events


11th Annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament

Friday to Sunday, June 2-4, 2017

Steve Brown Sports Complex, 20 Edge St


Brant County Singers Present Spring Concert

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hope Christian Reformed Church, 64 Buchanan, Brantford


Brantford Downtown Jazz Presents Frank and Nancy DiFelice

Monday, June 5, 2017

8:00 p.m.

Sanderson Centre, 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford

Admission: $30.00


Grand River Chorus Presents Oh Canada, Our Home and Native Land

Saturday, June10, 2017

7:30 p.m.

Admission: Adults $25.00, Youth $15.00

Grace Anglican Church, 4 Pearl Street, Brantford



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