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Festival at the Forty

Caption Large Left Image: Photo of Forty Creek (Friendly By Nature), Caption Top Right Image: Friendly by Nature with a sunflower (Friendly By Nature), Caption Mid Right Image: The 41st Regiment of the Foot Military Living History Group (Friendly By Nature), Caption Bottom Right Image: Main Street View from Grimsby Fire Department Ladder Truck (Friendly By Nature)

General Information

Looking for a great way to spend a sunny August summer day?  Then make your way to the Festival at the Forty in Grimsby, Ontario.  The Festival at the Forty is one of the largest single day festival in Niagara West and incorporates Green Living in Grimsby and Music at the Forty.  This one-day festival is filled with tons of family fun activities and entertainment that can be enjoyed in the beautiful Coronation Park and throughout the downtown of Grimsby.  


Each year more activities and entertainment are involved and everything from Magicians to buskers, and even a historic military presentation can take place at the Festival.  Looking to shop?  Take a stroll along Artisan Alley to browse local shops and products.  Make your way to the Farmers' Market just around the corner and taste some of the delicious local produce and foods.  Enjoy some tasty treats like gourmet lollipops and saltwater taffy, or some hearty burgers and hot dogs - all of which can be found throughout the Festival area.


The Festival at the Forty is managed by the Grimsby Downtown Improvement Area committee (DIA), a group that works to beautify, promote and revitalize the Downtown of Grimsby. When organizing the Festival, planning is aimed at supporting the downtown businesses to encourage local spending.  So take some time to browse through the many sidewalk sales of the downtown businesses and look for vendors that are setup throughtout park and within the rest of the Festival area. 


As the sun sets and festival activities and entertainment begin to wrap up, celebrate the end of the Festival by watching an amazing fireworks display that takes place in Centennial Park by late evening. 


Remember to mark your calendars and keep watch for the Festival at the Forty as there is always something for everyone to see, taste, learn, and enjoy!



Photo Gallery


Hours of Operation

The Festival takes place annually as a one-day event during the month of August, and runs from about 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.



The following directions lead to Grimsby - please note that many of the events and activities will take place in different parts of Grimsby.


From Hamilton:

Head east on the QEW


Take exit 71 for Maple Avenue and drive toward Christie Street / County Rd-12 / Ontario Street and continuing straight


Turn left at Christie Street


Take a slight left to stay on Christie Street and you will now be in the Downtown Area of Grimsby


From Niagara Falls:

Head west on the QEW


Take exit 71 for Maple Avenue and drive toward Christie Street / County Rd-12 / Ontario Street and continuing straight


Turn left at Christie Street


Take a slight left to stay on Christie Street and you will now be in the Downtown Area of Grimsby



The Festival at the Forty celebrates the beauty and pride of downtown Grimsby, and brings to life the natural and cultural attributes of the town.  Many local businesses, artists, and entertainers get involved and help make the celebration a huge success.  Some of the activities and entertainment that have taken place in previous years includes face painting, children games like mini jeeps and balloon typhoon, clowns and buskers like the Silver Elvis and Calvin the Magician, and military re-enactments from the 41st Regiment Foot Military Group.  Local artists are supported in the Centennial Park as shows and special performances are arranged - previous local artists include Chelsea Redford and Strings Attached.  The Downtown Improvement Area committee works hard at developing a new and exciting festival each year and successfully promotes local businesses and spending.


Further Information

Visit the following websites for additional photos and information on the Festival:

This web page was prepared by Kasey Pollard in December 2009. 





Admission Fee



Coronation Park and Downtown Grimsby
Main and Ontario Streets
Grimsby, Ontario



GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.193132
Longitude -79.560672
UTM easting 616949
UTM northing 4783267


The Merchants of Downtown Grimsby
Tel 905-945-1155
Email info@grimsbydia.com
Website www.friendlybynature.com

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