DBIA announces 2019 Attractions

The new DBIA Events & Communications Coordinator Jenna Leslie has now announced the 2019 Downtown events with a few changes.  Gone is the Busker Festival on the second Saturday in June but in its place is “Saturdays on Second Street” for four Saturdays in June. The Art Walk in August returns with the same format but loses the accompanying Pub crawl.  In its place is a new OctoBEER pub crawl in October.  Also returning are favourites including the February Pub Crawl (I guess we like our beer!), the Girls Night Out in May, the Food and Music Festival the weekend after the Waterfront Festival, the Sidewalk Sale on the August long weekend, the Harvest Festival late September and in November, a one day Christmas event when the Town turns on the Christmas lights.

They don’t list the Santa parade – this is traditionally jointly organized by the Lions and the DBIA but I guess a Parade is not the same as the other events. And of course the Canada Day parade is also separate.

Anyway, here are the events – somewhat summarized from the full announcement which you can get from the Link below.

Cobourg DBIA 2019 events

Winter Brews – Saturday, February 23
Explore local pubs, bars and restaurants as you make new friends, try new places and soak up live, local entertainment. Local craft brews, Cobourg cocktails, signature snacks and more will be on the menu as you make your way along our downtown streets.

Entertainment at 2018 Art Walk
Entertainment at 2018 Art Walk

Girls Night Out – Friday, May 10
The fun starts at 5 p.m. as you and your besties visit 50 open stores with sweet one night only specials and savings until 9 p.m.! Stop in for cocktails, get your nails done, enjoy live music and so much more while waiting to see if your name is drawn in our fabulous hourly prize draws!
And, not to worry guys, we will have spots for you too to grab a drink, shop menswear and shoes, and see a show, while the ladies have the run of the town!

Saturdays on Second Street – June 1, 8, 15 and 22   *New event for 2019*
We will be closing off Second Street, right in the heart of town beside Victoria Hall, for live music, food and shopping with our local stores and visiting vendors!

Food and Music Festival – Saturday, July 6
Gather your friends and family and head join us on the streets of scenic downtown Cobourg from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a day full of music, eats, treats and ice-cold drinks!
Settle in at one of our fantastic local restaurants or pick up a delicious meal from a visiting food truck while strolling through downtown and visiting our outstanding shopping community. Once your belly is full, shake off those snacks with live performances from local and visiting acts.

51st Annual Sidewalk Sale – Thursday, August 1 to Sunday, August 4
Join the Cobourg DBIA as we host one of our biggest events of the year with street shopping, extended storefronts, vendors and food trucks! All four days will be filled with summer sales and summer fun! New events each day including bouncy structures for kids, live music and unbeatable deals from our local businesses.

Art Walk – Saturday, August 24th
Over 40 art windows to take in, local shops to visit, the Battle of the Brushes at the Art Gallery of Northumberland and new for 2019, Exotic Car show presented by Mercedes-Benz!

Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 28
Local stores and visiting vendors will flood the streets with amazing deals and quality products for your shopping pleasure. Live music will hang in the air as you ride the mechanical bull, take aim at axe throwing and stop and stare at the sensational scarecrow contest! And don’t forget to leave room for the return of the incredibly popular chilli cookoff!

OctoBEER – Saturday, October 19  *New event for 2019*
Our downtown Cobourg bars, pubs and eateries will all be open to serve you and your friends as you make your way from one end of town to the other sharing good food and good times! What better way to warm up during the fall season!

Christmas in Downtown Cobourg – Friday, November 22
The Cobourg DBIA is thrilled to partner with the Town of Cobourg as we light up the town with festive displays and holiday cheer! Enjoy extended shopping hours, live music and a visit from the man himself as Santa comes to downtown Cobourg!

For more on Entertainment see the Entertainment Calendar here. Or a summary of Cobourg’s Entertainment scene here.


DBIA Press release listing all events

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manfred s
5 years ago

It’s good to see that one of my concerns when I was a downtown merchant has been addressed, at least to degree. For years I tried to change the mindset of a few major events focused generally in the summertime each year to a more diverse list of smaller and more frequent events throughout the whole year. The main reason was weather issues that could wipe out any one or more events, leaving little to show for the considerable effort and expense each brings with it. Another issue was that if people who we were trying to attract to the downtown had conflicting personal plans for one or more of those few dates, which is highly likely in the summertime anyway, our event would be the discarded one. Again, a bad outcome almost sure to repeat itself again and again. But, with efforts and dollars spread out over numerous weekly events for much of the year, the percentage of patron attendance issues would be reduced over the year and have a far more positive customer attraction and experience outcome, as well as a far better return on the efforts and dollars being expended on them. Too bad it’s taken this long but Good for the DBIA executive in finally understanding and acting on that reality.

5 years ago