Summer in Collingwood is always fantastic, no matter which way you look at it. But even more fantastic are Sidelaunch Days. Sidelaunch Days is Collingwood’s annual harbour festival and it is held every August. This year Sidelaunch Days happens on August 6th and 7th.
There are some truly amazing events happening during Sidelaunch Days. These include:
- Stand up paddling races and demos
- Sailing regatta
- Imagination playground
- Endurable I dockside tours
- War canoe and kayak trials
- Kites over Collingwood
- Kids kite and kraft centre
- War canoe tug of war
- Live and original encore concert
- Promenade market
- Parade of lights boat parade
- Harbour boat tours
- Bard by the Bay theatrical production
- Waterside yoga session
You’ll want to check out all of their events on their website, because the entire event is going to have fun for the whole family.
While there are too many events to get into the specifics of each one, the biggest event happening each year at Sidelaunch Days is the SUP races and demos. SUP has exploded in the last few years as it is a great workout and so much fun. The races are sure to entertain and there will be four different races occurring in the harbour, so all skills levels can enter and try out. If you’ve never tried SUP, there will demos throughout the weekend to show you what you need to know.
The Collingwood Sailing School Sidelaunch Regatta is also a not-to-be-missed event, which happens at 2pm on August 7th and you can watch from the shore. You can hear live commentary from the Amphitheatre.
Occuring from 12pm to 4pm each day, the Imagination Playground and Drinking Water Exploration station is sure to delight the kids where the live demonstrations don’t. If that doesn’t pique the kid’s interests, maybe the kids kite and kraft centre will. Located at the waterfront promenade, they can decorate a complimentary kit and get their faces painted.
Located at various spots in Collingwood’s harbour, Sidelaunch Days’ events occur at Millenium Park, the Side Lunch Dockside Bar, the Sidelaunch Basin and more. There is also a shuttle so you don’t need to park at the water.
If you want to be a vendor, that is very simple as well. Simply download the vendor application form to get your chance to be a part of this great event.
Sidelauch Days is a great event for both residents and visitors to the Collingwood area.