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U of G invites you to a big, free party this weekend

The University of Guelph SummerFest takes place on Johnston Green
Children's entertainer Fred Penner will be one of the entertainers at this weekend's SummerFest at the U of G.

The University of Guelph is having a party this weekend and we are all invited.

The University of Guelph SummerFest on the Green takes place Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Johnston Green, the large open space that borders Gordon Street.

The event celebrates Canada's 150th birthday and the contributions the U of G has made to it over the years.

Live music, food trucks, games and a beer garden are all part of the family-oriented event.

Best thing is it is completely free.

"SummerFest is for everyone. We have activities and Canadian musical artists that will appeal to all ages," said U of G Vice-President (External) Daniel Atlin.

"SummerFest is the University of Guelph’s way of kicking-off the Canada 150 summer. U of G wants to help make this summer memorable for the entire Guelph community and it's just one of the ways we’re showing our appreciation to the community and celebrating Canada 150 together," Atlin said.

"This is an exciting year for Canada. SummerFest celebrates both Canada’s Confederation and the relationship between the University and greater Guelph community. Summer is a beautiful time of year at U of G with all of our greenspaces and gardens, and we want to invite everyone to enjoy our campus themselves."

He said they expect around 1,000 people to attend the event "but we think we could get as many as 2,000" over the course of the day.

Scheduled entertainment includes renowned children's entertainer Fred Penner, acoustic trio BACA, Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Danny Michel and the classic/modern rock sounds of Midnight Shine.

Events include free U of G-made ice cream samples served up with candy spoons, pick a favourite flower and take home an asparagus seedling, an art tent, face painting, wellness checks on stuffed animals by veterinary students, a science talk, classic picnic games like potato sack races and bean bag toss, make your own kite, bubble soccer, beginner square dance lessons, Royal Night In Guelph slap shot competition and a live animal display, plus many other events.

Six food trucks will be on hand.

Parking for the event in various U of G lots is also free.

More information, including performers' schedule, can be found at





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