Ribfest, floats and punk rock flea market: what to do in Durham the weekend of July 9 and 10

There are big events in Durham the weekend of July 9th and 10th – here are some options to check out.

Whitby Ribs Party

July 8, 9 and 10

Whitby GO Station parking lot, corner of Henry Street and Victoria Street

Organized by the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, Whitby Ribfest is an annual event that raises funds for local community organizations. There will be seven ribbers on hand for 2022, including Billy Bones BBQ, Sticky Fingers and Camp 31. Menus include ribs (of course) and other classic barbecue dishes like baked beans, coleslaw, brisket, pulled pork and cornbread.

Tank Saturday: Canada at War

Regimental Museum of Ontario, 1000 Stevenson Rd. N., Oshawa

Saturday July 9, gates open at 10 a.m., live vehicle exhibition at 1 p.m.

Admission includes access to the museum, which houses artifacts, medals, weapons, and uniforms spanning over 150 years of military history. The Military Vehicle Conservation Center exhibits more than 60 military vehicles and tanks. Buy your tickets online at ontrmuseum.ca

Leaskdale Loop Day

July 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Businesses in and around Leaskdale have created a one-day attraction to showcase local talent and unique destinations. Start your journey anywhere along the loop and see up to 20 locations, including artisans, farms, markets and historic sites – and live music along the way. Stops include Tindall Farm and Market, Greenmantle Pottery, Banjo Cider and River Ridge Farm Flowers. Visit leaskdaleloop.ca for more information.

Union Cemetery Tour

July 9 at 2 p.m.

760 King Street West, Oshawa

These popular walking tours are back for 2022 – join the Oshawa Museum for a tour of Oshawa’s largest cemetery. Guides share stories of well-known citizens and everyday people who have made Oshawa the community it is. The tour begins at the front gates of Union Cemetery and is $5 per person, free for members of the Oshawa Historical Society. The tour takes place rain or shine.

Eid al-Adha Bazaar

Saturday July 9 from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Chestnut Hills Developments Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering

Markham Bazaar presents Eid ul Adha Bazaar in Pickering. Dozens of vendors will be selling clothes, Islamic books, hijabs, jewelry, Eid decorations, sarees, rugs, and more.

Punk rock flea market

Sunday July 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Biltmore Theatre, 39 King Street East, Oshawa

The Biltmore Theater hosts a punk rock pop-up flea market with vendors from Durham and surrounding areas. Over 25 vendors will sell items like clothing, jewelry, pins and crests, books, household items and more. Vendors include Drop Dead Candles, Babys Basement Vintage, Spooky Sellables, Occultly Crafted, and Night Moves Atelier.

Diana J. Carleton