Downtown Pembroke connects to many of the City of Pembroke’s greatest features: the marina and waterfront, the Pembroke Memorial Centre and Festival Hall for Performing Arts. Bookmark this page for events taking place throughout the year.

2019 Schedule

July & August
Kids Pop up Market, join us every Friday from 11 A.M. – 2 P.M. in Shamrock park where local young entrepreneurs will be selling their homemade items, busking and showing off their talents.

August 26-September 2
Pembroke Old Time Fiddling and Step Dancing Championships. Over $20,000 in prize money and trophies are awarded at this annual event. See the competition at the Pembroke Memorial Centre and stroll through Fiddle Park (Riverside Park) as it transforms into a musical showcase for the weekend. Call 613-584-3962.

September 5
Downtown Pembroke Shop Hop and Patio Party. Come enjoy an evening of shopping, dinning, and live entertainment! An afternoon event featuring some great music and the patios of our awesome restaurants in the Downtown. Plus, free parking!

September 28

Downtown Funk. Come enjoy live music, dancing, food vendors, photo booths, street performances, and more at Downtown Funk 2019. The event is free for all!

September 28
Dr. Kim Armstrong Turkey Trot. 5km and 10km races for adults and kids. Run happens Downtown.

October 21-25

Small business week. We have many events happening in Downtown Pembroke to celebrate small businesses. Check out these events open to all small businesses. Let’s Co-Work, Not Just an Oopsie Lunch, Women’s Networking Breakfast, #networkIN, Small business website 101 workshop.

October 25

Presented by The Ontario Digital Main Street Initiative on October 25 there will be a Small Business Websites 101 workshop! You will learn things such as how to choose the right website platform for you, how to set up an online shop, how to make your website secure and more! With lots to learn and connections to be made this is a workshop you won’t want to miss.

October 26

Pumpkin Treats. Trick-or-treat your way through our Downtown Pembroke businesses. Grab some treats and check out all the amazing shops and services available in the heart of the city. There will also be pumpkin painting and decoration activities!

October 26
The Zombie Thrill Run. A pre-Halloween fun run for kids and adults along the Ottawa River in Pembroke.

November 23

The Santa Claus Parade of Lights in Downtown Pembroke. Starts at 5:30pm. Enjoy the Downtown in the holiday season. Free to attend.

November 29 and 30

Downtown Pembroke Shop the Neighbourhood. Shop local and save big during our annual Shop the Neighbourhood event! Check out participating businesses and their exclusive deals during this event.

November 26- December 18

Shop Downtown Pembroke this Christmas season and you could win the Downtown Pembroke Christmas Tree Draw! With every $10 purchase or appointment at participating businesses between Nov. 26 & Dec. 18, get a stamp on your Tree Draw passport. Once you reach $100, you’ll be entered into the draw to win!

December 7

Merry Little Christmas Festival Pembroke’s first Christmas Festival experience presented by Paperback Events, The City of Pembroke, and Downtown Pembroke – Pembroke Business Improvement Area. No need to travel to a big city to get your holiday fix, this season we’re bringing all the magic of Christmas to Downtown Pembroke.
Taking place downtown on Pembroke St. W (between Mackay St. and Church St.). The festival will feature holiday activities, food + drink, shopping and a Merry Little Christmas experience for all ages.

Regular Events

Museums & Heritage
Take in the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village, the Murray L. Moore Hydro Museum or take a stroll around Pembroke for the self-guided Mural Tour. We have plenty of stories to share!

Culture & The Arts
Festival Hall is the region’s performing arts centre with plenty of shows booked throughout the year. Visit: to see what’s coming this way during the year. Tickets are easy to access and we look forward to welcoming you.

Waterfront Live (June-August)
Come out to the Riverwalk Amphitheatre in Pembroke along the shores of the Ottawa River for a series of local performers every night from June 16 to August 31. 7:00pm. Free to attend. See for details.

Pembroke Farmers’ Market (May-October)
The Pembroke Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:00am-1:00pm. Local farmers and crafters bring their fresh food and handmade wares to the farmers’ market. Open from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving.

Movie Nights (July-August)
Every Tuesday night in July and August is Movie Night in the Park presented by Bogie’s Bar. Movies are shown at 9:00pm at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre at the Pembroke Waterfront. Call 613-735-6821 x.1502 for details. See for a list of upcoming movies to be shown.