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Mayor Drew Dilkens outside Windsor City Hall in 2018

August 2019: Enjoy Summertime in Windsor

This August, I want to take a moment to thank all those who were involved in the City of Windsor’s Canada Day celebrations. Our community is enriched by its diversity, and it is always very meaningful to take time on our country’s birthday to reflect on all that is special about who we are and where we live.

Approximately 2,000 people visited Peche Island as part of our City tours in 2018. This year, we look forward to helping more guests explore the island’s native forest cover, beaches, ruins and more. Tours require favourable weather conditions to operate. Visit citywindsor.ca for up-to-date information and details.

Explore our Museum Windsor sites to view the exhibition, South Western Ontario Heritage Council: The Many Faces of Heritage, and other permanent and temporary exhibitions. The museum hosts a Christmas in August Sale from August 9 to 11 at the Chimczuk Museum Gift Shop. Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas items at special discounts and family-friendly Christmas themed crafts and activities in the Children’s Gallery. Visit museumwindsor.ca for more details.

Windsor Sculpture Park Art Cart Tours continue this month, offering guests a chance to discover the outdoor collection with a free guided tour. The Art Cart leaves from the foot of Ouellette Avenue at the Great Canadian Flag at various times and dates. Visit the sculpture park section of the City’s website for details of the public and private tours available.

Our community commemorates an important moment in our military history when we remember The Dieppe Raid on August 19. I encourage Windsorites to join us by attending the local gathering at Dieppe Gardens at 1 p.m. Windsor remembers ... always.

September will see 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 and an updated route. Interested volunteers – we need you! To volunteer or host an Activity Hub, email openstreets@citywindsor.ca or visit Open Streets Windsor.

Calling All 2019 Windsor Centenarians! Our Centenarians are important: they are residents that are part of a generation that helped define our community and are living links to the rich and varied history of our city. They are important contributors to what Windsor is today, and it’s a privilege to recognize their milestone 100th birthday. To help capture and share their stories, I’m asking residents to step forward. If you or a loved one are celebrating the milestone of 100 years or greater in 2019, I want to hear from you. You have stories to tell. Please get in touch with my office at mayoro@citywindsor.ca. We’ll release a list of names of all those who respond in September of 2019. Throughout the fall, I’ll visit with some of these incredible people to thank them for being part of Windsor’s story.

While the Windsor Symphony Orchestra hosts some amazing outdoor concerts throughout the summer, the Art Gallery of Windsor celebrates their 75th anniversary with ongoing exhibitions including Kenneth Saltmarche: Dedicated Visions and Look Again! The AGW Collection at 75 Years. Visit agw.ca for details and information.

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services (WFRS) presents “Hot Summer Nights,” with free family activities from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various city parks throughout the month. Meet the WFRS staff, get life-saving tips and reminders, check out the fire trucks, participate in hands-on activities, and more. Firefighters will be grilling hotdogs and providing water to those who attend (first-come, first-served). Check out the Events Listing or visit WindsorFire.com for further details.

The Windsor Public Library hosts a series of free Outdoor Movie Nights at various public parks this month. Dates, times and films vary. Bring your own lawn chair, blankets and refreshments. Check out the Events Listing in this month’s edition, or visit windsorpubliclibrary.com for further details.

Our friends at Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island have the new 2019-2020 Visitors Guide available throughout the community. Pick up a copy, and you’ll be impressed by how our region answers the question, Where Can We Take You? Explore visitwindsoressex.com to plan your end-of-summer adventures in Windsor-Essex.

To learn more about the events and activities coming to Windsor this August, visit citywindsor.ca, activewindsor.ca and snapdwindsor.com​, and check out our Summer Activity Guide. 

Mayor Drew Dilkens,
City of Windsor