Over 30 Years of Incredible Community Spirit

Since 1984, a dedicated group of volunteers has ensured the Bala Cranberry Festival is an event that can't be missed. 

Our Mission

The Purpose of the Bala Cranberry Festival is to EXTEND the tourist season, and to IMPROVE the quality of life in our community by providing financial assistance to organizations and individuals in need.

Talk about putting a small town on a map,” said Nancy. “It’s really awesome that such a small group of volunteers can put on such a great event”
She and her mother think they have been to every festival since it started.
— Nancy Roper, Festival Attendee

What We've Achieved

  • estimated attendance of just over half million people over the last 32 years (not bad for a small town of 700!)
  • hundreds of local community groups and non-profit associations supported
  • over $100,000 in scholarships disbursed
  • over 125 local musicians have graced our main stage
  • over 5000 volunteer hours per decade
  • successfully 'moved' the end of the season to what is now called 'cranberry' 
  • awarded as a Festivals and Events Ontario Top 100 Event