London Bluesfest Music Festival
Whether you're a local or a traveling tourist, finding some incredible music culture nearby is exciting. Many cities have a rich arts and performance base, and tapping into it can be an unforgettable experience. If you happen to be near London, Ontario around August 23rd to 26th, check out the annual London Bluesfest held at Harris Park. In the surrounding area, there are some great spots to enjoy while waiting for your favorite band to play.
Fire Roasted Coffee
Music and culture go hand-in-hand with a great cup of coffee. Fire Roasted Coffee's flagship location is at the corner of King Street and Talbot, serving up 35 different artisanal coffee types, 20 with single origins and several decaf and specialty blends. The ambience is perfect for reading a book or newspaper, or grabbing coffee and breakfast while shopping at the Farmer's Market housed in the same building. Fire Roasted Coffee also carries Habitual Chocolate bars, small batch crafted chocolate from small family farm sourced cacao beans in Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. It's the perfect treat to accompany your artisanal coffee.
Covent Garden Market
Music, art, and food are three cornerstones of culture. With the London Bluesfest, you can find troves of culture all around the event. Onsite is the Covent Garden Market filled with vendors, fresh meats and dairy, produce, dining, and more. The Covent Garden Market has been around since 1835, and while the venue has undergone some upgrades, the idea is the same. Currently, the Market offers fresh produce, gourmet foods, unique gifts, a Public Square, an ice rink, and hosts incredible musical and theatre events such as the London Bluesfest.
Fork of the Thames
This urban plaza marks the site of the Fork of the Thames, a center point of the development of downtown London on the Thames river. The architectural masterpiece includes a retaining wall, waterfront plaza, children's spray pad, and tasteful lighting, all providing a must-see experience when in London. The plaza is only one block away from the festival area, and should be on your list for site seeing.
The scenery along the Thames river is beautiful, and a great spot to enjoy the area is Harris Park just north of Queens Avenue, and only a short distance from the Bluesfest. Located along the banks of the Thames river, Harris Park offers trails, splash pads, and pavilions, all over looking the riverside. Enjoy a brisk walk, or sit and watch the river go by.
If shopping is your weakness, then head over to the Richmond Row shopping district. Located to the north-east of the Bluesfest, Richmond Row offers fine dining, shops and boutiques, and a vibrant nightlife. There's something for everyone in the shopping district, and Richmond Row is sure to deliver a stunning experience.
Budweiser Gardens is a sports and entertainment arena in London, Ontario. It is the largest centre in southwestern Ontario, and until 2012 was known as the John Lebatt Centre. Budweiser Gardens hosts sporting events such as hockey, figure skating championships, curling, and other ice-based sports. The facility also hosts concerts and Broadway theater shows. Check out their website for a list of events at www.budweisergardens.com/events.
If you find yourself in London, ON in August from the 23rd to the 26th, be sure to check out the London Bluesfest; while you're at it, don't miss all the amazing sites around the area to round out your visit to London.