Upcoming events in Halton, Ontario
Acton Leathertown Festival
Celebrating a History in Leather!
Join us for the famous 2019 Leathertown Festival! The Acton Leathertown Festival is a family street festival located in beautiful, historic Downtown Acton, Ontario.
The Leathertown Festival features a wide variety of street vendors including some of the region’s best in crafts, food, arts, and exhibitors. The festival has gained a reputation for its excellent music & entertainment, and draws visitors from Acton, Georgetown, Caledon, York Region, Glen Williams, Limehouse, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Rockwood, Erin, Guelph, Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto, Cambridge and the Niagara Escarpment!
Halton’s biggest block party features something for everyone, from food, to face-painting, a classic-car show, children’s activities & entertainment, and did we mention FOOD? Ice Cream, BBQ, Pies, Jams, food trucks and so, so much more! We welcome you to join us for the perfect summer day in Historic Downtown Acton, Ontario. After all…It’s worth the drive!
For more information, go to our website: www.leathertownfestival.com
History of the Festival
Acton adopted the theme of 'Leathertown' in recent years and with good reason. The tanning industry began in 1842 under Abraham Nelles. By 1865, the Beardmore Tanning Company, a Hamilton tanner since 1844, purchased the business and became an integral part of the village. They built employee housing, tennis courts, a bowling green, a golf course, boathouse, ran a co-operative store, and the village outdoor arena on Frederick Street. At one time the tannery proclaimed itself as the largest in the British Empire. Canada Packers purchased it in 1944, operating under the Beardmore name until they closed it on Sept. 12, 1986.
The Olde Hide House', still is a living legacy of the history that Acton, Ontario today represents. The commitment to quality, pride, and most of all a sense of community involvement makes Acton, Ontario, The Olde Hide House, and the people who make Acton, Acton truly a place to visit at least once in your lifetime. The festival is a distinct event that allows the community, businesses, and people of Acton to show why 'It's Worth The Drive to Acton!' We hope you will continue to support the event and pass the tradition down through generations to come.
- Location: Downtown Acton
- Date: Sunday August 11, 2019
- Time: 11am – 6pm