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Discover Brantford May 2018 Events

Discover Brantford May 2018 Events

Discover Brantford May 2018 Events 

Spring is finally here and we can’t wait to take full advantage!  Did you know that May has been designated 'Museum Month' by the Brantford City Council? From the annual Family Arts Day at Glenhyrst, to spring cleanups and festivals, there’s so many reasons to get out and visit Brantford this May!
 
The 3rd Annual Brant Museum Crawl 
Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 31, 2018
Various Times and Locations
Octopus Red presents this highly anticipated annual event in close partnership with the Brant Historical Society and Tourism Brantford. The various events take place at the wonderful museums, galleries and National Historic Sites located throughout Brantford, the County of Brant, and Six Nations of the Grand River.
 
Sanderson Centre Presents "Greg LeRock "Interactif!" 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
10:15 a.m.
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford 
Admission: $10
Gregg LeRock is Canada’s best-loved performer of French music for kids. A three-time JUNO nominee, Gregg has “Le-rocked” and inspired hundreds of thousands of kids all across the country. His high-energy, motivational theatre concerts feature pop, reggae, hip-hop, folk, blues and Cajun styles, guaranteed to get every kid shakin’ and singin’ … en français! 
 
Glenhyrst Art Gallery Presents 'Campfire Sessions' in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford
Admission: FREE
Join this group discussion on “What is Art?” in an environment where everyone is encouraged to participate “around the campfire” in an intimate, laid back and friendly space with a live music and refreshments (including s’mores!)
Click here for more information
 
Move with the Beat Competition
Friday, May 4, 2018 at  8:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts,  88 Dalhousie St., Brantford 
The first competition to combine dance, circus and aerial acrobatics.  Studio's from Toronto to London and surrounding areas.  Categories include, aerial acro (hoop, silks, trapeze etc), acrobatics, contortion, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, song + dance, traditional etc.
 
Whimsical Players presents ‘The Swan Princess’
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Sydenham United Church, 120 Sydenham St., Brantford
Admission: Adults $12.00, Children/Senior/Student $8.00, Family Pass $ 30.00
Whimsical Productions is a family based company focusing on family friendly entertainment.  Join them as they present ‘The Swan Princess’ – an enchanting tale is about the forces of good evil with romance and a touch of humour.
 
2018 Heritage Walking Tours Presents ‘Dufferin Terrace Walk’ in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Park, 230 Brant Ave., Brantford
Admission: Free for BHS Members, $5.00 Non-Members
Wander through the neighbourhood and learn how it evolved while discovering various architectural styles on this 75-90 minute walk.  This walk starts at St. Andrew’s Park at Brant and Palmerston Streets and is rated Easy (relatively flat and 2 km of walking).
 
Museum Crawl to The Paris Museum and Historical Society, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
The Paris Museum and Historical Society, 51 William St., Paris
Saturday, May 5, 2018
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: By Donation 
Research volunteers will give a tour and talk about the archives, what is available, and how to research family and local history.
Seating is limited, so please RSVP ahead of time by visiting Brant County Branch, The Ontario Genealogical Society at 118 Powerline Rd., Brantford, phone 519-753-4140, or email brantevents@ogs.on.ca 
 
Brant Music Festival
Monday, April 30 to Saturday, May 5, 2018
Various Times
Various locations including: Church of Nazarene, Fairview United Church, and St. Mark’s Anglican Church, W. Ross MacDonald School
In hopes of following in the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival’s footsteps, this will mark the first year of the Brant Music Festival.  Enjoy classical music in the form of piano, strings and vocals. 
 
Spring Mineral Madness
Friday, May 4 to Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Robert Hall Originals, 138 Sugar Maple Rd., St. George
Admission: FREE
Come celebrate the official spring opening of the outdoor rock yard at Robert Hall Originals! There will be many intriguing displays of mineral art & décor, new floating stone sculptures, fossils, and more!
 
Jane’s Walk
Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
Various Times and Locations
Admission: FREE
Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.  Walks now take place in hundreds of cities around the world! Dust off your running shoes and join one of Branford’s Jane’s Walks.
 
Woodland Cultural Centre Presents 'Survivor Series' in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Monday, May 7, 2018 
Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St., Brantford
Admission: $10 per person 
Come listen and experience a Mohawk Institute Survivor share their experience and stories of living in The Mohawk Residential School. 
Pre-registration is required for thie event.  To register, please email tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca or by calling 519-759-2650.  
 
"The Mother of All Mother’s Days" in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Monday, May 7, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 14, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless National Historic Site, 359 Blue Lake Rd., St. George
Admission: By Donation 
Come celebrate how Mother’s Day began with a “tell all” open house on May 7 and May 14. Enjoy light refreshments and a gift for the mother in your life.
 
CARP Brantford Chapter 17 Presents the 2018 Senior Resource Fair
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Brantford Civic Centre, 79 Market St. S., Brantford
Admission: Is FREE and entitles you to a chance at door prizes!
The Brantford Chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) is pleased to present its annual Senior Resource Fair. Come and join your friends at the fair where we will bring together over 70 exhibitors involved in providing services to seniors in the Brantford/Brant County area. Exhibitors include representatives from our local community agencies; service providers for health care, recreational, financial and personal and home care products. Enjoy the entertainment of Shawn Mulrain, get involved in Tai Chi and seniors’ exercise demonstrations and learn about the new seniors’ wish list program.
For more information, please contact brantford@carp.ca by email, or call 226-920-6248 and speak with their President, Ron Singer. 
 
Dance Canada 2
Friday, May 11, 2018
Time TBD
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford 
Admission: Free to view competition
Come check out the Annual Dance Canada 2 competition, in one of Brantford's most opulent theatres. What a great way to watch some amazing talent, for free! 
 
Personal Computer Museum: 12th Annual Spring Cleanup
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Personal Computer Museum, 13 Alma St., Brantford
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE
The Personal Computer Museum is only open on select dates. Come and visit Brantford’s first computer museum, unique in all of South Western Ontario, Canada.  They not only have computers, but a large software library (with many video games), magazine and book collections and other interesting artifacts.
 
Colonization Road Film Screening, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Saturday, May 12, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St., Brantford
Admission: Pay what you can 
Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon explores the history of colonized roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”
Click here for more information 
 
Eliza Bell’s Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Bell Homestead National Historic Site, 94 Tutela Heights Rd., Brantford
Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Admission: $35.00 per person (children 8 and under $15, all prices include taxes/gratuity).
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.  Two seatings are available, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Reservations are required.
You'll also enjoy an entertaining tour of Eliza Bell's 1870s home with the Grade 12 Canadian History students from Brantford Collegiate Institute. (Admission for the tour is by donation.)
 
'Salmon Girl' in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Sunday, May 13, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St., Brantford
Admission: Pay what you can 
Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon. Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world. 
 
May is Museum Month Reception, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Monday, May 14, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Personal Computer Museum, 13 Alma St., Brantford
Admission: By donation 
Tour Canada's largest collection of video games and computers during guided tours with Canada's computer and video game historian, Syd Bolton. Light refreshments will be served.
Click here for more information
 
The Founding and Development of St. James Anglican Church in Paris, in part of Brant Museum Crawl 
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The Paris Museum and Historical Society, 51 William St., Paris
Admission: By donation 
Is planning and building a church a simple procedure? Enjoy a humourous journey through the complications caused by the challenges of the earliest days in Paris and the drama between two of the leading proponents.
Click here for more information 
 
Heritage Excursion Day: Brant Historical Society’s Heritage Tour, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:00 a.m.
Meet at the Brant Museum & Archives, 57 Charlotte St., Brantford
Admission: $45 for BHS members/$55 for non-members
Join the Brant Historical Society on their scenic heritage tour of Paris. Visit the Penmarvian, the Arlington Hotel, our mystery location, and so much more. 
Click here for more information
 
Open House at the Canadian Military Heritage Museum, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Thursday, May 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Canadian Heritage Military Museum, 347 Greenwich St., Brantford
Admission: FREE
Come experience history through preserved displays of artifacts pertaining to the military history of Canada, and especially Brantford.
Click here for more information
 
Classic Albums Live Presents Led Zeppelin 1
Thursday, May 17, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford 
Admission: $40
May is Museum Month Open House, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Friday, May 18, 2018
Bell Homestead National Historic Site, 94 Tutela Heights Rd., Brantford
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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 3:45 p.m.
 
Six Nations Tourism Tour Season Officially Opens for 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, 301 Mohawk St., Brantford
Chiefswood National Historic Site, 1037 Hwy 54, Oshweken
Six Nations Tourism Tour season will officially open May 19th, 2018.  Tours of Chiefswood National Historic Site and Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks will be open again 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These tours are also part of the Brant Museum Crawl.  
 
Brant Historical Society’s Loyalist Settlement Walking Tour, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Meet at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, 301 Mohawk St., Brantford
Admission: $5 for non-members (free for BHS members)
Come learn about early settlement from 1784 to 1807 when Joseph Brant died.
Click here for more information
 
Bread and Cheese Parade
Monday, May 21, 2018
Gaylord Powless Arena, 1738 4th Line, Oshweken
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Join in downtown Ohsweken for the annual Bread and Cheese Parade! The parade will end at the Gaylord Powless arena. 
 
Brant Historical Society’s Speaker Series 'Mr. Caroll’s Concoctions' in part of the Brant Museum Crawl  
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Myrtleville House Museum, 34 Myrtleville Dr., Brantford
Admission: FREE
Join our guest speaker, Lisa Anderson, who will talk about early medicine and the connection to the Good Family.
 
Annual Barn Sale, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Bell Homestead National Historic Site, 94 Tutela Heights Road, Brantford
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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 Exchange Cafe will also be on-hand with fresh coffee, tea and baked goods for sale. 
Have items you'd like to donate?  The Homestead gratefully appreciates any saleable items, including furniture, household items and electronics, children's toys and games, and clothing. 
 
Branford Farmer's Market Presents Their Annual Spring Fling 
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Brantford Farmers’ Market, 79 Icomm Drive, Brantford
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE
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, free samples, children’s activities, and of course, great shopping!
 
Woodland Cultural Centre Presents ‘Indigenous Art 2018’ in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Saturday, May 26 to Friday July 27, 2018
Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford
Free admission on Saturday May 26, donations accepted at the door
The Woodland Cultural Centre is a longstanding Cultural Centre of Excellence that promotes and supports the Visual Arts of Canada. Established in 1975, this exhibition is one of the longest running annual exhibits that provide established and emerging Indigenous artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell their work in gallery setting.  This open call and juried show brings together artists from across Turtle Island, showcasing Traditional Craft and Contemporary Art in all visual art disciplines.  The opening reception takes place on Saturday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m.
 
Woodland Cultural Centre Presents ‘Gichitwaawizi’igewin: Honouring’
Saturday, May 26 to Friday, July 27, 2018
Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford
Catherine Dallaire is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work possesses a unique form and energy, balancing elements and teachings from traditional Woodland art/Anishinaabe art/culture with contemporary techniques and subjects. With many works reflecting postcolonial messages, each piece aims to create synergy and harmony between these different stylings as a visual effort to build and maintain a balanced and peaceful relationship between her Anishinaabe and European ancestry. Many of her works strive to call to attention the importance of our connection to everything in nature, and respect towards it and all our relatives, particularly animals, plants and insects that are overlooked or whose importance and teaching have been altered by colonial attitudes and viewpoints. 
 
South Dumfries Historical Society presents A Heritage Walking Tour of St. George, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Meet at South Dumfries Historical Society, 36 Main St. S., St. George
3:00 p.m. (tour is 1.5 hours)
Admission: FREE (donations appreciated)
Come and learn about St. George's 200+ years of history conducted by SDHS Curator Cliff Jones. Share your memories and stories as we go! Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.
 
Family Arts Day at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Family Arts Day will be filled with 35+ booths with art activities for children and performers on stage throughout the day.  Many community businesses and local non-profit organizations are geared up to participate; each bringing their own personalized activity to the event.  Children’s activities include; canvas painting, clay, looming, duct tape creations, flower planting, oil pastels, chess and more.  There will also be a children’s book exchange. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and stay for the day.  Live performances from the Guitar Society of Brantford members, Avalon Music Academy Students and many more.  Family Arts Day is also the final event of the Brant Museum Crawl. 
 
Grand River Chorus Presents 'Handel’s Israel in Egypt'
Sunday, May 27, 2018
St. Pius Catholic Church, 9 Waverly Street, Brantford
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and show starts 3:00 p.m.
General Admission:  $25.00, Youth Admission:  $15.00
In collaboration with Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir, conducted by Alexander Cann,
Soprano by Andrea Ludwig and Countertenor Richard Cunningham, this event is sure to impress!
 
Speaker: Jenna Lemay, on Joseph Brant Family History Talk, in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Brant County Branch, The Ontario Genealogical Society Resource Centre, 118 Powerline Rd., Brantford
2:00 p.m.
Admission: Donations accepted
Researcher Jenna Lemay will give a preliminary report on researching Joseph Brant’s descendants. She is asking the public to contact her with any more information.
Click here for more information
 
Woodland Cultural Centre Presents 'Survivor Series' in part of the Brant Museum Crawl 
Monday, May 28, 2018 
Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk St., Brantford
10:00 a.m.
Admission: $10 per person 
Come listen and experience a Mohawk Institute Survivor share their experience and stories of living in The Mohawk Residential School. 
Pre-registration is required for thie event.  To register, please email tours@woodlandculturalcentre.ca or by calling 519-759-2650.  
 
Upcoming June Events:
 
Breath of Fresh Air Talent Show 
Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
June 1, 2018
 
Springtime in Paris
Various Locations
June 2, 2018
 
Find Your Spirit 10th Anniversary Celebrations of Harmony Square
Harmony Square
June 8 - 10, 2018
 
Sunset Wine & Cheese
Brantford Municiapal Airport 
June 16, 2018 

 

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