Summer in Brantford is full of warm nights and award winning city parks and gardens and outdoor live music.
Here are 3 Brantford summer traditions that I feel are blog worthy- hopefully you agree and partake in some new Brantford summer traditions of your own. If you have an event you think we should talk about let us know!
Warm Nights - Perfect For Ice Cream
Dairee Delite has been the ‘go-to’ spot for ice cream in Brantford for years. The small shop’s unique history has earned it a heratige site designation- it’s original location was said to be in the former Wool-Co (now WalMart) plaza, and was then won in a poker game and moved to it’s current location in the Home Hardware plaza. If you drive by and see the line up across the parking lot don’t worry- that’s part of the fun, too. Waiting with the buzzing crowd, watching the cars go by, and when the sun goes down the iconic sign lights up the strip. My ‘go to’- Twist Delight: twist (chocolate and vanilla) ice cream, hot fudge, whole peanuts. Totally worth the wait.
City Parks, Trails, & Gardens
Did you know that Brantford has been awarded with the title “Best Bloomin City”? It’s parks and trails are well used by hikers, runners, bikers, and families to enjoy at any pace. There are endless ways to spend time being active and surrounded by nature. A favourite of our family is the SC Johnson Trail that follows the Grand River and snakes in behind Glenhyrst gardens. It’s easy to park and get the kids to the trail and back, and you can bring a stroller or bikes, as the trail is wide and maintained. Glehyrst is also well known for it’s summer events. I remember going to Family Day (May 24) when I was young- the gardens were full of families spending time together and with the oppourtunity to meet friends and share in a great day. And face painting! And cotton candy! The Taste of Glenhyrst is one of Brantford’s most culturally supportive events- there are local restaurants, wineries and breweries along with silent auctions and live music, and proceeds go towards it’s many children’s programs, exhibits, community events and workshops. Attendance is growing each year, definitely the ‘place to be’!
Live Music Indoors & Out
In my opinion, nothing beats live music on a warm summer night. Growing up we would head downtown to Alexander’s or Poor Folks to get our fix of loud, live music. Harmony Square is now a favourite family destination Friday nights, with lots of room for dancing and playing- bring your lawn chair! The huge Canada Day celebration is becoming a classic Brantford event, and it’s FREE! Every year on July 1st Lion’s park is full of proud Canadian families who are looking for a party. This year’s line up hasn’t been announced yet, but traditionally there is no shortage of classic Canadian rock. Could there be anything better?! WTF. No, not that. WTFest. Brantford’s newest live music festival that will also be held at Lion’s Park June 13-14, but with new rock music on the stage. This year is the first for the new fest which no doubt will turn into a successful annual event. Hedley and Big Wreck are the headliners, but it’s a jam packed weekend with up and coming indie bands like Dear Rouge, Lights, and USS, crowd favorites The Trews, and local bands (Mark Wilson will make you DANCE!). Tickets are only $39 for Saturday, $49 for Sunday, or – get this- $59 for BOTH DAYS. WTF? Yes, that. The only thing really you need to decide- What kind of music do you like?