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Festival Opening & Welcome

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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Join us to kick-off our 2024 summer festival, including welcome, introductions and program highlights from our festival programmers.

Join us for a vibrant celebration of arts and culture, beginning with a warm welcome and a meaningful Land Acknowledgment. We’ll recognize our sponsors and government supporters and capture the moment with a group photo of speakers and organization representatives. We’ll wrap up with highlights from the day and extend an invitation to join us for the opening of Gallery in the Woods and a special book launch. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in creativity and community.

Teachings & Traditions by Wahta Mohawk Indigenous Elders

Join us for a special session on teachings and traditions led by Terry and Lucia Sahnatian during our opening ceremony on the connection to our lands.

The Wilding Book Launch

In poems shot through with both wonder and woe, Sandra Morris’s debut poetry collection, The Wilding, is a fierce consideration of wilderness amidst a changing climate — a love letter and offering to Muskoka and the natural world.

Sandra is thrilled to launch The Wilding at the Muskoka Chautauqua, in the place that inspired it. She will read a selection of poems from her debut collection — with music, photos, refreshments, and a small token of appreciation for participants and Muskoka to accompany this event.


NEW THIS YEAR! Enjoy a 10% discount on all food and beverage from Windermere House during the festival! Show your tickets to the staff for the discount to be applied. Enjoy!


August 2
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Muskoka Chautauqua: Theatre in the Woods
1039 Golf Avenue
Windermere Village, ON P0B 1P0 Canada