Kick off your Canada 150 summer with the University of Guelph at SummerFest on the Green!

Sunday, June 25, 2017
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Johnston Green
At College and Gordon

Live Music | Food Trucks | Beer Garden | Fun stuff to do | Free admission | Everyone welcome


Get into the groove with these SummerFest acts:

Fred Penner - 11:00am

Iconic children’s entertainer Fred Penner brings his classic songs, new hits and unforgettable energy to entertain fans of all ages

BACA - 12:15pm

Bold performances, classic songs, awesome harmonies: this is BACA! Rock with this power acoustic trio’s take on classic and original songs.

Danny Michel - 1:30pm

This Juno-nominated singer-songwriter has made a name for himself in the Canadian music scene. Come find out why!

Midnight Shine - 2:45pm

Up and coming rockers Midnight Shine seamlessly blend roots, classic and modern rock for an unforgettable sound.


Have some fun in the sun and learn something new!

  • Sample Summer Sweetness – Enjoy the sweet life this summer with samples of specially made U of G vanilla ice cream dished up with edible candy spoons!
  • Pick a Favourite Flower – Check out some of the newest annual flowers from the University’s trial gardens. Which do you like best? Complete a short survey and take home a ‘Guelph Eclipse’ asparagus seedling for your home garden.
  • Colours of Summer – Unleash your inner artist! Create a masterpiece in our colouring tent and have a face painter give you a colourful new look.
  • Cross-Canada Road Trip – Take the ultimate summer road trip without leaving Johnston Green! Have your photo snapped at famous Canadian landmarks and share it with your friends.
  • Stuffie Wellness Check – Calling all future vets! Learn what happens when your pet goes to the vet. Student vets will perform a wellness check on your stuffie and will have a few on hand that are looking for new homes (limited quantities).
  • Animal Abodes – Be a junior zoologist and learn all about animal habitats. Figure out why birds have the beaks they do and how polar bears can survive in -40 C temperatures.
  • Let’s Talk Science – Explore the magic of science! Watch cool science demonstrations you can try at home.
  • Make a Scene – Shake your groove thing and try out Just Dance on Xbox. Look picture-perfect and get a printed postcard of you and your friends at famous international landmarks.
  • Canada for Kids – Little ones can play classic Canadian picnic games like potato sack races, hopscotch and bean bag toss. Get creative and make your own kite and playdough.
  • Curiosity Cruiser – Come test your trivia skills and learn how research at Ontario universities is transforming how we live, work and play. Show off your smarts and receive free giveaways from the Council of Ontario Universities!
  • Gryph-Zone – Get moving in the Gryph-Zone. Challenge your friends to big-ball volleyball, bubble soccer, peteca and even quidditch! Snap a selfie with Gryph the mascot.
  • Swing Your Partner – Learn some new moves with beginner square dancing lessons from a seasoned pro! Show off your slapshot at the Royal Night in Guelph hockey target to win prizes.
  • Your Living World – Come explore the science of summer with us! Play fun games, investigate with microscopes and pick up a fun summer giveaway. Don’t miss the exciting live-animal display!
  • Forever a Gryphon – Be one of the first 150 U of G grads to update your contact info at the Alumni Affairs tent and get a free U of G plastic tumbler, perfect for your favourite summer beverage. Stay connected to U of G alumni news that matters and get a chance to win an Apple watch.


Get the best summertime treats from:

Check back soon for beer garden details!


SummerFest is taking place on Johnston Green. The closest parking lots are:

  • P47, P51, P5 (2 accessible spots) on Trent Lane off College Avenue
  • P19 at College Avenue and East Ring Road
  • P64 (1 accessible spot), P67 (3 accessible spots) near the corner of College Avenue and Gordon Street
  • P25 (2 accessible spots) on McGilvray Street

Parking for SummerFest is free!

Please note: the parking lot by Macdonald Hall (P23) is closed for construction


Share your SummerFest memories on social media with #UofGSummerFest!

Share your favourite food memories with the Arrell Food Institute! While you’re enjoying SummerFest, keep an eye out for volunteers from the Arrell Food Institute. They’re creating an audio compilation of Canada’s Food Culture and would love to hear your food stories.


Email for more information.


Want to be part of the fun? 
Sign up as a SummerFest volunteer!

Volunteers are needed to help with:

Register as a SummerFest volunteer!


The University of Guelph invites you to join us as we celebrate Canada 150 and the important contributions the University has made to our country over the past 155 years. As part of this commemoration, the University of Guelph acknowledges that it resides on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron people and that it must continue to support the important work of reconciliation with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples.