History of the Festival

History of the Festival 2018-03-16T14:57:45+00:00

HISTORY OF THE MARKHAM VILLAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Welcome to the 41st edition of the Markham Village Music Festival!  The Markham Kinsmen started the Markham Village Music Festival in 1978. Back then, it was simply called the Markham Village Festival. Since music is such a strong component of the Festival, the name was changed to the Markham Village Music Festival in 2001.

The Festival takes place on the third full weekend of June in Markham Village. Main Street Markham (a.k.a. Markham Road or Highway 48) is closed to traffic from Highway 7 north to Parkway/Bullock for this annual event.

Morgan Park will be bringing back the carnival rides this year. Good news – the rides will be running on Friday evening, all day Saturday and Saturday evening and new this year – Sunday from 12 noon to 8 pm. The Petting Zoo will be back on Saturday. Our entertainment stage will feature local children and teens on Saturday and Sunday. Check the Morgan Park tab for the updates and schedule.

Volunteers are the backbone of any community organization and this is true of the Markham Village Music Festival. The enthusiastic residents that make up the Festival committee meet starting in January to prepare for this annual event. New members are most welcome and we encourage you to participate in your community! Along with the Organizing Committee, volunteers are needed for the actual weekend. If you are an adult or a student looking for your community volunteer hours, we can use your help. Please visit our Volunteer Page to find out how you can become involved.

The Festival is supported by donations from the Federal Government, Provincial Government, the City of Markham, many local businesses, as well as corporations and individuals. Extra funds are raised through the rental of craft and food booths. In-kind donations are gratefully received. It truly is a party supported by our community!

Looking forward to seeing you at the Festival!
Judi McIntyre, Chair