Port Dover's Friday the 13th

ChristmasFest / Moonlight Madness

Saturday November 21, 2015  

Sponsored by  
Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Imperial Oil, Cobb & Jones LLP, R.E. Mann Brokers Ltd., Schofields Bistro, Tri County Insurance Brokers Ltd., McKiee & Farrar Limited, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover Board of Trade, Brimage Law Group, Norfolk Family Eye Care, Lower Lakes Towing

Shop, dine, give Santa your list, sing carols and watch fireworks over the Lake. 

The Christmas Parade, a visit with Santa at Lighthouse Theatre, Moonlight Madness Sales, a Christmas craft sale at Knox Presbyterian Church & St. Paul's Anglican Church, carolling around the bonfire on the beach and fireworks over the lake kick-off the Christmas season in Port Dover! Get there early to get a good spot to see the parade. 

Saturday & Sunday only receive a free entry ballot  for Christmas Gift Basket Draws.

Saturday Schedule of Events

9:00 am - noon Christmas Bazaar at Knox Presbyterian Church

noon- 3:00pm  Christmas Bazaar at St. Paul's Anglican Church

noon  Parade floats line up on Harbour St.

12:30 pm   Judging of the parade floats

1:00 pm   Santa arrives by fish tug escorted by the Canadian Coast Guard.

1:15 pm  The Christmas Parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus, marching bands, the horse & trolley and all the floats head up Main Street through downtown Port Dover to Nelson Street then back down St. George Street. Santa then arrives at Lighthouse Festival Theatre to greet the children. 

2:00-4:00 pm Visit with Santa at Lighthouse Festival Theatre and face painting. Vist the Port Dover Harbour Museum for a treasure hunt and Christmas craft making.

6:00-7:00 pm Warm up with hot chocolate at the community bonfire on the beach, join the carolling & watch the fireworks display over the lake. 

7:00 pm - ?  The bargins begin so shop 'til you flop!  The stores in town are offering great bargains all weekend in their annual Moonlight Madness Sale.

List of ChristmasFest 2015 Judging Categories

  • Best Christmas Theme Float
  • Best Commercial Float
  • Best Non-Commercial Float
  • Best Club/Organization Float
  • Best Float with children on board
  • Best Adult Walking group as a single entity (NEW for 2015)
  • Best Child Costume (up to 16 years) in Parade
  • Best Children Walking group (up to 16 years) in parade

Port Dover Lioness Christmas House Tour

December 2015  12:00 - 4:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon tour of beautifully decorated homes in Port Dover. Stop at St. Pauls Anglican Church Parish Hall at the corner of Market St. W. & St. George St. for Victorian Tea including fancy sandwiches & desserts.

Homes on the tour:

Tickets $20 ea for tea & tour are available at:
Dover Paint & Paper 519-583-3411
Tan Mar Shoppe 519-583-0979
& the Anglican Church the day of the event.

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for the New Year


Polar Bear Plunge & New Year’s Day Levee

January 1, 2016

Polar Bear Plunge

Start the New Year as a spectator or a participant at the main beach at 1:00pm then head to the Port Dover Harbour Museum for the Captain’s New Year’s Day Levee & Old-Time Fiddle Party!


18th Annual Perch Derby

April 23 - May 7, 2016

Perch Derby 1

Perch Derby 2010

Thousands of dollars worth of tagged fish to be caught over two weeks of fishing.  Junior and Adult division Early Bird, Daily, and Grand Prize Draws-- Just enter to be eligible to win. Tickets available at:

Bridge Yachts Ltd. - across from Tim Hortons

Stoney's Home Hardware - Main St. ,

Burcham Services - Main & Chapman St.,  

Fisherman's Catch Restaurant - Walker St.,

The Dove Dairy Bar - Main St.,

Dovercraft Marine Store - Bait & Tackle - Don John Blvd.

Wells Bait & Tackle - corner of Hwy #6 & and Hwy #24

and anytime during the derby at the Perch Derby Head Quarters at the pier open 7:00am - 7:00pm. Adults 18 & over $15 Intermediate (age 13-17) $10 and Juniors $5 ( age 12 and under)

Remember -  you have to have a ticket to win! Judges decisions are final.

Cast Off Party  - Community Centre - Friday April 22nd, 2016  6:30 PM   join in the family fun with music, wing buffet, games for the kids and Early Bird prize draws. Adult, Intermediate and Junior Early Bird  prize draws.

Early Bird Draws:

Junior: Bike -  donated by Port Dover Storage Solutions

Intermediate: Ice Cream Maker - donated by Port Dover Auto Pro

Adult: 32" TV, Patio Cooler, Patio Heater

Reel In Party  - Saturday May 7th doors open at 4:30 pm at the Royal Canadian LegionPort Dover. Enjoy a fish dinner, and the Grand Prize Draws and cheques presented to the winners of the tagged perch. 

2015 Grand Prizes 

Junior: Bike - donated by Gord Cooper Trucking

Intermediate: X Box 360 -  donated by Rick Mummery Painting, Port Dover

Adult: 10' Zodiac Club Cadet with trailer and Suzuki 9.9 outboard motor supplied by Bridge Yachts of Port Dover

View the Port Dover Maple Leaf Newspaper for more www.PortDoverMapleLeaf.com

Thank you for participating in this annual fundraising event.


Friday, May 13th, 2016

Friday the 13th, August 2010

The Friday the 13th tradition started in November, 1981. Founder Chris Simons, and approximately 25 friends, got together at the Commercial Hotel {The Zoo}, now known as Angelo’s of Dover. They had such a good time they decided they should do it every Friday the 13th, and a tradition was born.

Every Friday the 13th thereafter, the number of people coming to the event has increased. Chris has a suitcase full of newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Friday the 13th and he has become somewhat of a celebrity because of it. Everywhere he goes, people have heard of Friday the 13th in Port Dover.

Upcoming Friday the 13th celebrations

  • May 13, 2016
  • January 13, 2017
  • October 13, 2017
  • April 13, 2018
  • July 13, 2018
  • September 13, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • March 13, 2020
  • November 13, 2020

visit www.pd13.com


Lighthouse Festival Theatre

37th Season  May - September  2016

Lighthouse Festival Theatre Show 2015 - Stag and Doe

Stag and Doe, 2015

Actors: Lisa Norton, Andrew Fleming, Ferelith Young, Craig Pike, Katie Lawson and Iain Stewart

Professional Live Productions “Come to beautiful lakeside Port Dover and see some of the greatest live theatre experiences in all of Ontario!” Visit www.lighthousetheatre.com  for performance details, dates and tickets. "You'll love it.....Live."


Lake Erie Interclub Cruise June 2016

Interclub

June 25, 2016 - Sailboats race from Erie, PA to Port Dover

June 26, 2016 - Sailboats day race off Port Dover in Long Point Bay

June 27, 2016 - Sailboats leave Port Dover racing to Port Colborne

Since 1907, five days of sailboat racing draws over 60 craft and crew from Canadian & US yacht clubs on the eastern end of the lake. Visit www.erieinterclub.com for more pictures.


Canada Day

July 1 2009 - Peggy Jane

Port Dover has been celebrating Canada's birthday since confederation. Join the party for a day of family fun. 9:00 am - Soap Box Derby at Main & Chapman Sts. 11:00 am - Boat Parade in the harbour 2:00 pm - hour long Calithumpian Parade along Main St. get there early to get a good spot to see the parade. Early evening music and fireworks at Silver Lake Park. Between events, visit the Port Dover Harbour Museum for wonderful look at Port Dover's history as an important port in Canada's past. Enjoy a meal in any of the numerous  restaurants offering everything from hot dogs, burgers and  pizza to perch & pickerel, crepes, steaks and mid eastern food as well as gourmet pasteries, cookies and much, much more.  


Sunday Evening Concerts in downtown Powell Park  

Concerts in Powell Park

Concerts in Powell Park

Bring a lawn chair and relax under mature shade trees to a new musical group playing in the century bandstand every Sunday evening. 6:30 - 8:30 pm during July & August. Concerts are sponsored by the Port Dover Board of Trade Business Community.


Port Dover Merchant's Sidewalk Sales August 19 – 21, 2016

Sidewalk Sales

Bargains! Bargains! Bargains! Eclectic, unique, one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities, the stores overflow onto the sidewalks and streets, all over town.


Port Dover Summer Festival

Art in the Park 2013

"Art in the Park" - Artisans, Artists, and Antique Dealers set up midst the beautiful historical setting of Powell Park in downtown Port Dover as they have for over 40 successful years. For book lovers, visit our our humongous pre owned book sale and fill a bag for a donation. Shop, browse and enjoy the weekend! More:  www.portdoversummerfestival.com


Port Dover Board of Trade 14th Annual Golf Tournament

Monday September 12, 2016

Open Invitation to join in the fun at the annual Board of Trade Golf Tournament at Lynn Meadows Golf & Country Club. The day includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, perch & prime rib dinner and a great prize table. To sign up call the Board of Trade office at 519-583-1314.


Norfolk Studio Tour September 23 & 24 2016

Norfolk Studio Tour

Over 40 local artists invite you to their studios to browse, shop, and meet them in their working environment.  Look for the map & guide brochure in local stores. www.norfolkstudiotour.com


Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show 

The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show is the fifth largest fair in Ontario, with over 120,000 visitors each year. 

This fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art demonstrations, talent competitions, midway rides, demolition derbies, monster trucks, grandstand entertainment, and many added special attractions. For more, visit   www.norfolkcountyfair.com