Taste of Haldimand Tour - November 1st through November 30th

Over the last 10 years, River Arts Festival has offered a Culinary Arts Night, showcasing four sensational local restaurants every year. This year, we're doing something a little different - our Dinner Event has evolved into a month-long self guided culinary tour! 

During the month of November, visit any participating restaurant during regular business hours and ask about the Taste of Haldimand Special. A portion of every ToH Special purchased will go back to Haldimand Art Works in support of River Arts Festival. 

Participating Restaurants Include

Debb's Cuisine on Queen

Lambshank Special

Tomato and juniper braised lamb shank, with rosemary garlic mash, and chef's vegetables. 

109 Queen St., Dunnville ON

Lunch, Dinner & Bar Service

Sunday. Tuesday & Wednesday - 11am-8pm

Thursday-Saturday - 11am-9pm

Fisherville Hotel and Tavern

Yorkshire Beef Bowl Special 

Enjoy fresh and tender roast beef in a fluffy yorkshire pudding bowl with root vegetables and cabbage.

2 Erie Ave S, Fisherville, ON 

Lunch, Dinner  & Bar Service

Open 7 Days a Week

Sunday-Wednesday -11am-9pm

Thursday-Saturday -11am-10pm

Flyers Bakery and Cafe

Local Pancake Special

3 fluffy pancakes with apple topping made from local apples, topped with maple syrup from Houser's Farm and two slices of turkey peameal from Lakeview Turkey Farms.

144 Queen St., Dunnville, ON

All Day Breakfast & Lunch - Licensed

Monday-Saturday - 8am-2pm

Sunday - 8am-noon

Other On-Going Events and Attractions for the month of November

Walking Art Tour - FREE

Various Locations throughout Downtown Dunnville

Browse storefronts of over 20 local businesses and view over 200 pieces of art submitted by 60+ local artists. 

Locations to include: 

The Main Gallery at Flyers Bakery and Cafe; 

The Children's Gallery at LVW Creative Barracks; 

The Youth Gallery at The Minga, 

The Group of Six Collective Exhibit at Dunnville Library, 

The Seniors Art Showcase at Grandview Lodge 


William Biddle Gallery; 

Art Rocks & Yoga, and more TBA! 

Stay tuned for a full venue list and tour map, coming Fall 2018.


The Sloth - presented by Dunnville Community Theatre 

by Jane Manning and Cy Young

Produced with Special arrangement by Samuel French Inc.

Directed by Jordan Heron

Place: Dunnville Hunters and Anglers Club

237 McLaughlin Rd, Dunnville, ON N1A 2W7

Dinner and Theatre: Nov. 10, 17, 24 

Tickets are $40 (Groups of ten or more $35) 

Doors 5:30, Dinner 6:00pm and Curtain at 8:00pm

Dinner Theatre tickets must be paid in advance.

Show Only: Nov. 9, 16, 23
Tickets are $18 (Nov. 9 - $15 for students and seniors)
Doors 7:00pm, Curtain 8:00pm

Tickets are available at Art Service Supply Queen Street Dunnville. Show only tickets may be purchased at the door on show nights, if available. 

Saturday November 3rd, 2018

Children's Gallery Opening Event 

10:00am-12:00pm @ LVW Creative Barracks - FREE ADMISSION

Join artist Lacie Williamson in celebrating the creative minds of our local children with interactive activities, a gallery full of children's art and special guests including children's author and Jenny Tansley (York).

Youth Improv Workshop/Rehearsal

1:00pm-2:00pm @ LVW Creative Barracks - Ages 8+ - FREE

Join Lacie Williamson of Improv Niagara for a one hour improv workshop and rehearsal. Students who participate in the rehearsal are welcome to perform in the RAF Variety Show on Nov. 15th (see Festival Schedule for details). 

Guided Studio Tours 

1:00pm-4:00pm - PWYC

Meet at our Main Gallery, 144 Queen St. Dunnville, at 1pm to enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Studio/Galleries:

Haldimand Art Works Main Gallery

William Biddle Gallery

Art Rocks by Audrey O'Mara

LVW Creative Barracks

Wine and Cheese Opening Ceremonies 

7:00pm-9:00pm @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe - FREE ADMISSION

Join River Arts Festival Committee Members, Exhibiting Artists, Sponsors and Donors in celebrating the beginning of our 13th year of River Arts Festival! 

Enjoy four varieties of wine from Bonnieheath Estate Winery and Lavendar Farm, craft beer from Concession Road Brewing Company and a variety of artisan cheeses prepared by Udderway Artisan Cheese Company while taking the first look at our 2018 Juried Exhibition and Art Sale. 

Entertainment provided by DJ Brize of Killer Beets Collective.

After Party Dance Event 

9:00pm-10:00pm @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe - PWYC

There's no better way to wind down a creative day, than a good night of dancing! Join DJ BRize of Killer Beets Collective for an hour of dancing in celebration of River Arts Festival! 

Sunday November 4th, 2018

Writing Workshop with Riverside Writers Group 

1:00pm-3:00pm @ Haldimand County Public Library - Dunnville Branch in the  Garfield Disher Room - PWYC

Join the writers, poets and storytellers of the Riverside Writers Group for an afternoon of sharing and discussion.

Washboard Workshop with The Vaudevillian 

2:00pm-3:30pm @ Grandview Lodge Auditorium, Dunnville

$25/person - reservations required


Spoon Playin' Workshop with The Vaudevillian

4:00pm-5:00pm @ Grandview Lodge Auditorium, Dunnville

$20/person in advance or $25/person at the door - reservations suggested


1930's Sunday Supper with The Vaudevillian 

5:00pm Dinner, 6:30pm Showtime @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe 

$45 for Dinner & Show or $25 for Show ONLY

Enjoy a Traditional Roast Beef Dinner, with all the fixin's, dessert, tea/coffee before a live performance by The Vaudevillian! 

Reservations Required


Monday November 5th, 2018

Art Exhibition Opening Reception 

2-4pm @ Grandview Lodge - FREE

featuring The Grandview Lodge Group of Seven & True Experience RACE Collective

Lest We Forget Painting Class for Kids

5:00pm-6:00pm @ LVW Creative Barracks - $25

125 Queen Street, Dunnville ON


Lest We Forget Painting Class for Adults

6:30pm-8:30pm @ LVW Creative Barracks - $25

125 Queen Street, Dunnville ON


Tuesday November 6th, 2018

First Class of 6 Week Improv Course for Youth 

6pm-7pm @ LVW Creative Barracks  -$10/class or $50 for 6 classes

125 Queen Street, Dunnville, ON


PRIDE Haldimand Norfolk presents "Pride" The Film  

Doors 7:00pm, Film at 7:30pm, @ Location TBA - PWYC 

Presented in partnership with Pride Haldimand Norfolk.  

A 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The alliance was unlike any seen before and was ultimately successful.  Socializing and snacks after the screening. 


Wednesday November 7th, 2018

Stay tuned for more announcements! 

Thursday November 8th, 2018

Youth Open Mic Night 

7:00pm-9:00pm @ Dunnville Secondary School Cafeteria - PWYC 

Enjoy a variety of acts, including musical performances and spoken word by local teens and students of DSS. Sign up in advance, or show up and go up! 

Friday November 9th, 2018

Comedy Showcase

8:00pm-11:00pm @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe - $10 ADMISSION - Reservations Advised

Enjoy the comedic stylings of Canadian comedians from Southern Ontario. 

Hosted by Lacie Williamson, featuring Headliner: Patrick Alexander and  Brenda Lennie, Bonez Poley, Al Val, Mike Payne, Levi Mann, Melanie Dahling and Kyle Bergstresser. Mature content


Saturday November 10th, 2018

Children's Creative Day 

10am-5pm @ Dunnville Secondary School- $5/FAMILY ADMISSION

Enjoy an event designed just for children and their families! Participate in a variety of scheduled workshops and activities such as story time, face painting, crafts, yoga, Zumba and more, or browse hand-made children's items by local vendors, or learn to make your own healthy snacks with a local nutritionist! More information coming soon!

Food and Beer Pairing Event

1pm-7pm @ Concession Road Brewing Co.

17 Talbot Street East, Unit #4, Jarvis ON

Chef Dan Burcher from Brewers Blackbird of Ancaster and Jeff Bunton from Concession Road Brewing Co. will guide you through a four food beer pairings. Where you will expand your palate and discover how food and beer pairing can come together to create a beautiful harmony.

Three seatings available:

Each session is limited to 20 people

Each ticket includes a 12oz welcome beer and a 4 - 5oz pours from Concession Road paired with a delectable dish from Brewers Blackbird. $30 + hst per person. Call (905) 928-5880 for ticket information. 

The Bae Beach Club in concert with The Erie Gales - $10 

Doors 7:30pm, Music at 8:00pm @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe 

 The Bae Beach Club is an indie surf rock group, playing songs about day dreaming, the sun, and love. From St. Catharines, their ultra-smooth guitar licks and catchy bass lines are sure to provide a quick escape to an intrinsic beachy dreamland. 

With guests The Erie Gales, an original three-piece 70's-style rock band from  Dunnville, Ontario.


Sunday November 11th, 2018

Youth Improv Workshop

1:00pm-2:00pm @ LVW Creative Barracks - Ages 8+ - FREE

Join Lacie Williamson of Improv Niagara for a one hour improv workshop and rehearsal. Students who participate in the rehearsal are welcome to perform in the RAF Variety Show on Nov. 15th (see Festival Schedule for details).  

Blues Matinee with Kevin Hamilton and Friends 

1:00pm-4:00pm @ Shared Harvest Community Farm - PWYC

Featuring headliners Robert Davis and Jason Pollmann with special guests!
This Licensed event will feature local craft brews from Concession Road Brewing Company.

Monday November 12th, 2018

Teen and Youth Up-Cycling Fashion Workshop with Victoria Favron of Roaming Mama 

6:00pm-8:00pm @ LVW Creative Barracks - FREE

125 Queen Street, Dunnville, ON 

Youth and teens are welcome to bring their t-shirts and denim to up-cycle and re-purpose into new fashion items. Creative tools and materials such as fabric paint, ink, iron-on patches, and more will be provided for free. All welcome, no registration required!

Tuesday November 13th, 2018

Artists and Authors Open House

6:30-8:00pm @ Haldimand County Public Library - Dunnville Branch - FREE

Meet and greet a variety of local authors, artists and crafters in this free, open house event including:


Jim Durka – children’s author and philanthropist through knitting

Suzanne Hurley – young adult and cozy mystery author

Brad Smith – author, celebrating his new book “The Return of Kid Cooper”

Donna Wark – recycled book sculpture artist (Sculptures on display for the entire month of November)

Steve Hoedt – inspiring local photographer

Janet Roscovich – Stained glass artesian

Trudy Merigold – buttons, buttons, everywhere!

Krista Barlow – Handmaid jewelry of polished healing stones

… plus local history displays and more!

This will be the only opportunity to meet  local artist Mathew Vizbulis, a formally trained graffiti artist, practicing the graffiti style called Graffuturism, whose exhibit will be on display until November 30th. 

Wednesday November 14th, 2018

Ankle Biter Hour Pre-K Drop-In

1pm-2pm @ LVW Creative Barracks - $5

125 Queen Street, Dunnville, ON

Pop in for an hour of creative play time with your little one. Enjoy art, music, and more, all ages and families welcome.

Artisan Fashion and Wearable Art Show

7pm-8:30pm @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe - $10
Enjoy a night of fashion and music, with a full runway show and DJ Marinko live on location!
Featuring fashions from local retail stores, and handmade goods from local designers! Stay tuned, we'll be announcing our designers soon! 

Thursday November 15th, 2018

Variety Night  

7pm-9pm @ Dunnville Secondary School Cafeteria - PWYC

Magician Alex Kazam (Niagara Falls) will headline a night of performances featuring local musicans, poets, dancers and more! A great family night out for all ages! 

Friday November 16th, 2018

Open Mic Night 

6-8pm @ The Minga - PWYC

Join Chad Brown in an evening of folk-revival, bring your skills and your instruments and share up to two songs

Goon River presented by Improv Niagara 

8:30pm @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe - $10 admission, reservations suggested

No plot lines or scripts! Sit back and laugh as Improv Niagara Players craft two different stories about the demise of fictional small towns, based on audience suggestions. No two stories are ever the same, and no one makes it out alive. Come and enjoy a couple hilarious tragedies, as told by the characters improvised right before your eyes. 


Saturday November 17th, 2018

Wildwood Art Gallery & Studio Grand Opening

10:00am-4:00pm @ 24 Winnett St. North, Cayuga, ON - FREE 

Join local artist Kerry Walford, and her family in the celebration of opening Haldimand's newest art gallery! Featuring a variety of works by local artists. The first 20 visitors will receive a free gift! 

Beats Workshop for Teens and Youth

11:00pm-1:00pm @ The Minga - FREE

James Favron (Dunnville) and friends will teach participants how to manufacture their own beats using digital drum programming and hip hop production.

Chris Bell Musical Showcase 

8:00pm @ Flyers Bakery and Cafe - $10 admission - reservations suggested

Chris Bell headlines with performances by Rose Lamothe, Rob Lamothe, and more TBA.


Sunday November 18th, 2018

RAF's Second Annual Film Festival and Pajama Party

10:00am-8:00pm @ The Minga - $2/2 hour block or $10 for a day pass - FREE for Students
Enjoy a day in your pajamas, eating your favourite snacks, and watching a variety of films from local film makers such as  Barn 11 Productions, Black Carrot Films, JIM THE TREE, Motion Picture Enterprises, Whale Pranks Production, Windecker Road Films, and more!
Stay tuned for a full listing and schedule!