City of Cambridge
The Forbes Park Music Festival is an annual festival for the entire family to enjoy that has taken place in Hespeler since 1997. The festival was originally designed to act as a placeholder and keep the flame alive for the Hespeler Old Boys Reunion in the years when it did not occur. However, the Forbes Park Music Festival gained a purpose of its own and grew into something more. The event features many bands, both professional and amateur. The Forbes Park Music Festival includes many entertainment options for children, as well as food and refreshments. Admission to the event is free.
The first part of the Forbes Park Music Festival is dedicated to the children’s program, which features clowns, bouncy castles, games, and more. The festival has also included jugglers, a splash pad, a soapbox derby, and a photo booth. There are often art projects, such as a large, community-made art piece made of strips of fabric woven together by festival-goers.
Music at Forbes Park Music Festival features local bands, which change each hour. Past children’s entertainers at the festival include Hamilton-based children’s band Turkey Rhubarb, Crumbly the Clown, and The Relative Minors. For adults, acts that have performed in the past include The Outnumbered, a Cambridge-based five-piece progressive metal band; Exit 282 Band, a cover band for classic rock, blues, and country; and Seven Sundays Band, a cover band for the greatest hits of rock, including bands such as Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper.
Food and refreshments at the Forbes Park Music Festival are provided by vendors. There are many different options for food, as well as a beer tent serving domestic and local craft beer.
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