Chair’s Message

Unionville Festival 2015

 Another year and thousands more smiles! The 2015 Unionville Festival is over and plans for 2016 are already underway. Unionville is a special place and the Unionville Festival has a special place in the history and culture of the village and the City of Markham. The 2015 team has been privileged to keep the tradition alive, to celebrate this unique physical place and its place in our lives.

From PechaKucha to the parade, an incredible diversity of food, crafts and other offerings, the many musical performances, Family Fun Day in Crosby Park and even an electric car show, all under a bright, but mercifully gentle, sun, the 2015 Festival will go down in memory as a wonderful party.

It was my privilege to chair an incredibly dedicated and skilled group of volunteers on the organising committee to stage the Festival. We were joined over the weekend by over 100 more volunteers to ensure that all our thousands of guests had a safe and enjoyable experience. All deserve a huge thanks for their hard work.

And now on to 2016. We've begun to analyse the hundreds survey cards that many festival attendees were so generous to complete. We will be taking their feedback into serious consideration as we plan for next year - though an initial analysis seems to show that we are already very much on track.

Almost certainly 2016 will require more financial resources for us to be able to maintain, let alone grow the Festival. We are working on that already. If you or anyone you know would like to show their support for the community through a sponsorship of the Festival (and get access to 50,000 or more potential customers!) please email me at In particular we are committed to bringing back the fireworks -- but we can only do it with the help of sponsors.

And as always events like the festival don't just happen. They take the hard work of dedicated volunteers. Naturally each year some move on to other things and there is always room for new organisers. If you would like to contribute to your community through the Festival please don't hesitate to contact me, again at

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who attended the festival. That's who we do it for. The smiles of our attendees are the best feedback of all. We look forward to greeting you again, June 4-6, 2016 on Main Street Unionville.

Reid McAlpine
Unionville Festival 2015





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PechaKucha Markham
     7:30-10:30pm @ Varley Art Gallery
     Admission: Free Ticket required
     Starts at 10:00am
York-Durham Heritage Train Rides
     11:00am-4:00pm (dependent on availability)
Krazy Kraft Race
     12:30pm-2:00pm at Toogood Pond
Market Vendors on Main Street
     All Day
Fun Zone
     All Day

Funky 5K Run/Walk
     8:30am (Pre-register)
Funky 2K Family Walk
Family Day in Crosby Park
     11:00am - 3:00pm
Market Vendors on Main Street
     All Day
Treasure Hunt
     11:30am - 1:00pm

See Event Schedule for details on all events