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  • Double wins for Newmarket at Festival & Events Ontario, including back-to-back wins for Municipality of the Year in special events

    Created: Thursday, February 29, 2024

    Every year, thousands of Newmarket and GTA residents experience unforgettable events hosted by the Town of Newmarket, including Tim Hortons Canada DayTD Newmarket Music Series, and the Town’s newest addition, Ice Lounge on Main presented by Mercedes-Benz Newmarket. This week, for the second consecutive year, the Town of Newmarket was recognized by Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) as the Municipality of the Year for its Special Events in the mid-sized municipality category (population of 50,000 to 150,000) highlighting the Town’s dedication to connect the community through exceptional experiences.

    In recognition of the Town’s successful collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Newmarket, the Town also won an FEO Achievement Award for Sponsor of the Year ($100,001 to $500,000 Sponsor Category). Building strong partnerships with sponsors allows the Town to elevate the experiences that are offered to the community with free admission, entertainment and activities.

    “Newmarket is a dynamic town with so much to offer and we are continuing to set the bar even higher,” says Mayor John Taylor. “Winning Municipality of the Year from Festivals & Events Ontario for two years in a row is a rare feat and underscores the creativity that Newmarket continues to showcase when it comes to music, arts, and local events. Thank you to all the staff members who deliver high caliber events for the community near and far to enjoy. I’d also like to thank Mercedes-Benz Newmarket for their continued support in helping create memorable experiences and for their commitment to community engagement.”

    Municipality of the Year is a coveted distinction that reflects how Newmarket continues to lead the way with innovative events and initiatives as a growing community that welcomes many new residents each year. Festivals and events help foster community building and enhance the lives of Newmarket’s residents, businesses, and visitors by offering opportunities to celebrate and gather year-round.

    Mercedes-Benz Newmarket’s sponsorship with the Town includes naming rights for features and events at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons, including:

    In addition to the special events that the Town hosts itself, the Town supports countless local events and gatherings throughout the year hosted by the Central York Chamber of Commerce, sports organizations and community groups through partnerships, facility rentals and grant distribution.

    2024 Event Lineup

    As part of Newmarket’s commitment to delivering extraordinary places and spaces, The Town continues to offer an award-winning lineup, save the dates* for these events and stay tuned for more details:
    • Community Cleanup presented by TD | Saturday, May 4
    • Tim Hortons Canada Day daytime event and evening fireworks | Monday, July 1
    • TD Newmarket Music Series | Thursday nights from July 4 to August 22
    • Moonlight Movies presented by TD | August 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28
    • New’bark’et presented by Global Pet Foods| Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8
    • Haunted Halloween Trail presented by telMAX | Thursday, October 24 to Saturday, October 26
    • Santa Claus Parade | Saturday, November 16
    • Frozen Fridays presented by Mercedes-Benz Newmarket | Friday, December 6, 13, 20, and 27
    • Tim Hortons First Night | Tuesday, December 31
    *Dates are subject to change. For details and the most up-to-date information about the Town events, visit Sign up for the Recreation, Programs & Events E-Newsletter to stay up-to-date on event details.

    About the Festivals & Events Ontario Annual Awards:

    Festivals & Events Ontario recognizes Ontario’s finest events and festivals through its annual awards program. The awards include the Top 100, a select group of well-known and respected celebrations in the province; Service Excellence highlighting the accomplishments of festival and event suppliers; Achievement Awards that highlight top sponsors, social media campaigns and more, and lastly, the coveted Municipality of the Year which showcases the most active municipalities in the province for providing fun activities for their communities.

    This is the second time the Town of Newmarket has won Municipality of the Year for its Special Events and the first Sponsor of the Year award. In 2021 the Town received Achievement Awards for Moonlight Movies, Santa Claus Candy Cane Lane and the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place 46th Annual Turkey Luncheon.

    For a complete list of the Festivals & Events Ontario awards winners, click on the announcements: Municipality of the Year presented by OLG2024 Achievement AwardsThe TOP 100 Festivals and Events in OntarioVolunteers of the Year and Hall of Fame Inductees.