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Mayor Drew Dilkens outside Windsor City Hall in 2018 

September 2019 | Open Streets + Opportunities

As the summer wraps up and fall kicks off, it’s a great time to take advantage of some of our community’s amazing opportunities to get healthy, active and involved.

If you haven’t yet visited Peche Island, now is the time! Approximately 2,000 people visited the island as part of our 2018 tours. This year, despite some challenging weather and water conditions, we’ve enjoyed helping more guests explore the island’s native forest cover, beaches, ruins and more. Tours require favourable weather conditions to operate.

Willistead Manor teams up with its caterer, Thyme To-Go to host the 1st Annual Willistead Manor High Tea & Garden Party on September 15. Guests will be treated to hot and cold teas at a tea bar, a delicious menu and a guided tour of the Paul Martin Gardens with Landscape Architect Stefan Fediuk. 

Be part of something amazing with the return of Open Streets Windsor (2019 Best of Windsor Essex Award Winner for "Best Festival – Street Event") to our community. This exciting event takes place Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 8 km of open streets from Sandwich Town to Ford City. Visit to learn about the route, hubs and activities. Follow us and tag photos #OSWindsor.

Windsor will be accepting online applications for the Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program until September 20, 2019. Since 2014, the ACHF has awarded $479,600 in grant funding to 201 arts, culture and heritage projects in Windsor. We’re also seeking applicants to serve on the ACHF Jury for the 2020 funding rounds. Details at

Culture Days takes place September 27-29, 2019. The City of Windsor, through the Cultural Affairs Office, is co-presenting two free events. The Cultural Showcase at Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens (September 28, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) offers live performances celebrating Windsor’s diversity through music; while Windsor’s Historic Places, a Community Storytelling Event (September 28, 7 p.m.) takes place at the Chimczuk Museum and features real stories told by local residents. Museum Windsor offers free admission on September 28 to help celebrate. It’s a great opportunity to see the Chimczuk Museum’s new exhibit, Navigating Our Way – Maps of Windsor and Essex County.  

On September 28 at 1 p.m., the Windsor Public Library hosts a Grand Opening of the John Muir Branch at 363 Mill Street. Located at the site of the old Fire Hall, the heritage building has been repurposed to provide modern library amenities, while saving an historic element of John’s favourite place – old Sandwich Town. Everyone is invited to attend.

Windsor Sculpture Park Art Cart Tours​ continue this month, helping guests discover the outdoor collection with a free guided tour. Tours leave from the foot of Ouellette Avenue at the Great Canadian Flag. Visit the sculpture park section at for details of the public and private tours, dates and times available.

Calling All 2019 Windsor Centenarians! If you or a loved one is celebrating the milestone of 100 years or greater in 2019, I want to hear from you. You have stories to tell. Please reach out to my office at We’ll be releasing a list of names of all those who respond sometime in September. Throughout the fall, I’ll visit with some of these incredible people to thank them for being part of Windsor’s Story.

Check out my Mayor’s Minute video series at for an in-depth look at some of the places, spaces and people that make our city incredible. A recent highlight includes a look inside the Paul Martin building. If there is something or someone in our city that you would like to learn more about, reach out to us at

While the Windsor Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2019-2020 Season of Music Beyond Borders this month, it’s also the last chance to catch the Kenneth Saltmarche: Dedicated Visions and 401 West! Portrait of the Region exhibi​tions on at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Visit and for details. 

To learn more about the events and activities coming to Windsor this September, visit, (new fall programming is posted),,, and our Fall 2019 Activity Guide​.

Mayor Drew Dilkens,

City of Windsor