Community Events

Fall guide

The Fall 2019 Recreation Guide is Now Available 

It can be read here:

Each issue of the Recreation Guide is available in a convenient page-turning format on Zoom in or use the search tool to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Program Registration

The Town of Essex is making an effort to convert the guide to an accessible PDF format to assist those with visual impairments. If you require an alternative format, please contact us. 519-776-8992

Print copies of the guide are distributed through the Essex Free Press and are also available at the following public facilities: Town Hall, Essex Centre Sports Complex, Essex Recreation Complex, Essex Community Centre, Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre, and McGregor Community Centre.

Register online at, or call 519-776-8992. Be sure to check out all the programs being offered in Colchester and Harrow centres.


Seniors Monthly Social @ Knights of Columbus Hall
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm

Seniors DMonthly Socail every 3rd Wednesday of the month.  2-6 PM all over 55 welcome

Music by Gord Ciniska, free popcorn.  Cost $10.00.  Dinner Served at 5:15pm

Informational High School Event for Families Living with Disabilities in Windsor-Essex @ Atonement Family Centre
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

High school and post-secondary can get overwhelming; hear from families living with disabilities who’ve been there.

Does your student live with a disability? And is he or she heading into high school or in high school now? Come out and listen to families from Windsor-Essex share their stories, and pick up some tips and resources to help you with the process.

Join us Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM for a FREE learning event.

Location: Atonement Family Centre, 2940 Forest Glade Drive, Windsor.

To register, go to the Windsor-Essex Family Network website’s Upcoming Events page at or email us at

Register by November 14th to reserve your spot. Dinner will be provided.

Explore the Shore Returns with Christmas Market @ Colchester Community Centre & Christ Church Colchester
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – Nov 24 @ 4:00 pm

The popular Explore the Shore event returns with another holiday offering designed to promote local businesses along County Road 50.

The Explore the Shore Christmas Market, which happens on November 23 (10am to 4pm) and November 24 (11am to 4pm) will give shoppers the perfect opportunity to buy goods from a wide range of artisans and local vendors.

This is the second Christmas Market hosted by the Explore the Shore group, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of its popular summer event this year.

“We had a great turnout at this year’s Explore the Shore, and we know our visitors are always looking for new opportunities to buy local while taking in the incredible sights and sounds of County Road 50,” said Carol Quick, event organizer and owner of Quick’s Wicks in Colchester.

This year’s Christmas Market builds on the success from 2018 and has expanded to two locations: the Colchester Community Centre (100 Jackson Street) and Christ Church Colchester (190 Bagot Street).

The event will also feature a decorated path between the two venues, as well as horse and carriage rides on Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 (weather permitting). The Christmas Market also coincides with EPIC Wineries’ Taste of the Season event.

“This is a great chance to finish some early Christmas shopping while enjoying the incredible businesses and wineries that call County Road 50 home,” Quick added.

The following vendors are participating in this year’s Christmas Market:

· Red Lantern Coffee
· Quick’s Wicks Soy Candles/Melts
· The Fruit Wagon
· Sweetlegs with Cori
· Do Terra with Jenny
· Wreaths & Florals by Janice
· Everyday Pretties by Lesley
· Drexler Diving
· The Glass Garage
· Epicure with Kathy
· Mrs. Santa’s Helper
· 2 Chicks Glass Studio
· Oxley Farmacy
· Designs by Debbie
· Anderdon Bee Co.
· Blue Front Magnetics
· Harrow True Light Books
· Paint Escape
· John R. Park Homestead
· Oxley Beach Golf Course
· Country Rose Preserves
· LRRR Designs
· Canada Heals Haiti
· The Basket Lady
· Christ Church Colchester (Cabbage Rolls)
· Harrow United Church (Apple Crisp)
· ThirtyOne Gifts

*Images below belong to Explore the Shore

Explore the Shore Christmas Market

Explore the Shore Christmas Market

Explore the Shore Christmas Market

Explore the Shore Christmas Market

Kinsmen Christmas Parade
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm
Kinsmen Christmas Parade

Come out and see Santa Claus along with many other Christmas floats! If you and/or your company wish to enter a float this year, please contact Pat Cox or any other Kinsmen member.

Parade starts at 7pm.

Floats should arrive 45 minutes prior to start.

Grand prize for best float!



Pat Cox

Seniors Monthly Social @ Knights of Columbus Hall
Dec 18 @ 2:00 pm

Seniors DMonthly Socail every 3rd Wednesday of the month.  2-6 PM all over 55 welcome

Music by Gord Ciniska, free popcorn.  Cost $10.00.  Dinner Served at 5:15pm