The Hespeler Village Music Festival (formerly the Forbes Park Music Festival) is an annual event 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 Hespeler Village Music Festival gained a purpose of its own and grew into something more. The event features many bands, both professional and amateur, and includes entertainment for children, as well as food and refreshments. Admission to the festival is free.
The Hespeler Village Music Festival begins with 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 hands-on art projects that happen during the festival, such as a large, community-made art piece made of strips of fabric woven together by festival-goers.
Music at the 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 Hespeler Village 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. Come enjoy a day with family and friends and experience the talent Cambridge has to offer!