Where is the Essex Fun Fest?
The festival fairgrounds is located at 60 Fairview Avenue West in Essex, ON.
From Leamington, take Highway #3 North-West to County Rd. 23 (Gosfield Townline/Arner Townline). Turn Right on Gosfield Townline and just before the lights at Talbot Street, turn left into parking lot on Max Miller Way.
From Windsor (Option 1) , take Highway #3 South-East to Victoria Avenue/Malden Road. Turn Left on Victoria Avenue and make quick Right onto South Talbot. South Talbot runs along Highway #3 and thru the stop sign and around the bend it turns into Fairview Avenue. Follow Fairview Avenue to Essex Centre Sports Complex and fairgrounds are on your right hand side. Parking on side streets, only.
From Windsor (Option 2), take Highway #3 South-East to Gosfield Townline/Arner Townline. Turn Left on Gosfield Townline and just before the lights at Talbot Street, turn left into parking lot on Max Miller Way.
There is NO parking at the arena.
What time does the festival start and end?
Thursday, July 4th
Gates open at 4:00pm (No Admission Charge)
World's Finest Shows: 4:00pm-10:00pm
Youth Talent Showcase: 6:00pm
- Libro Credit Union Main Stage
Molson/Coors Bavarian Entertainment Gardens: 8:00pm-Midnight
Friday, July 5th
Gates open at 4:00pm
Kids Zone: 4:00pm-8:00pm
World's Finest Shows: 4:00pm-Midnight
Libro Credit Union Main Stage: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Molson/Coors Bavarian Entertainment Gardens: 8:00pm-1:00am
Saturday, July 6th
Gates open at Noon
Kids Zone: Noon-7:00pm
World's Finest Shows: Noon-Midnight
Libro Credit Union Main Stage: 3:30pm-10:00pm
Molson/Coors Bavarian Entertainment Gardens: 8:00pm-1:00am
Sunday, July 7th
Gates open at Noon and Close at 6:00pm
Kids Zone: Noon-6:00pm
Pony Rides: 12:30pm-4:30pm (FREE with paid admission into fairgrounds subject to availability)
World's Finest Shows Noon-6:00pm
Libro Credit Union Main Stage: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Molson/Coors Bavarian Entertainment Gardens: 11:00am-4:00pm
Where do I park?
There is limited free parking on side streets and public parking lots around the arena fairgrounds and NO on-site parking. Visitors are encouraged to get dropped off at the gate, walk or ride their bikes to the festival. There is an area at front gates to leave your bikes.
Parking is prohibited in the baseball diamond parking lot off of Fairview Ave., however only NOT on Saturday, July 6th due to the fireworks. This parking lot is attended.
Fun Fest Committee and the Town of Essex are looking into additional parking in and around the fairgrounds area for your convenience. We will update when necessary. Until such time, there is NO PARKING AT ARENA FAIRGROUNDS UNLESS AUTHORIZED AND HAVE PERMIT
Is there a shuttle service?
At this time the Essex Fun Fest does NOT offer any shuttle service.
What if I need a cab?
There is no licensed taxi service in Essex Centre. Uber is an option.
Where is the entrance into the park located?
There is two entrances into the park this year. Main entrance is at the foot of the drive into the arena off Fairview Avenue. The back entrance is located off Gosfield Townline at Max Miller drive, near the front of the arena.
Where is the ATM located?
Last year there were two ATM Machines located on site. It is the committee's intention to have two ATM machines on site again. World's Finest Shows also provides a debit service.
Where is the entrance to Main Stage located?
Entertainers and persons required in support of entertainers are to enter only via the baseball park entrance at Fairview Avenue and Westlawn.
Where is the entrance into the park for Vendors located?
Vendors are to enter only via the baseball park entrance at Fairview Avenue and Westlawn. Vehicles must check in at gate. Parking is only permitted closest to the road and NOT behind your booth/spot.
Is there an admission to get into the park?
Yes, to offset the costs associated with many of the on-going changes the festival has made, there is a small fee to enter the park depending on the day.
Thursday - There is NO admission charge on this day
Friday - The fee is $5 per person each day. Children under 12 are free.
Saturday - The fee is $5 per person each day. Children under 12 are free.
Sunday - The fee is $5 per person each day. Children under 12 are free. Adults over age of 65 are free on this day only.
Admission fee is not charged after 9:00pm Friday and Saturday, or after 4pm Sunday.
Entrance into the Molson/Coors Bavarian Entertainment Gardens is free on Thursday and Sunday. Additional $7.00 per person after 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday.
What does my admission include?
Your paid admission into the park allows you to take advantage of many new, and exciting things this year at the Essex Fun Fest. You will have access to our many vendors which make our festival one of the best in the area, as well as the Kids Zone, Main Stage and Secondary Stage Entertainment, and all attractions other than World's Finest Shows rides. Admission into Bavarian Gardens is additional depending on date, and time, of day.
Is there any park policies I should know about?
Yes. These items ARE permitted inside the festival grounds:
- Lawn chairs (concert area and fireworks)
- Hand-held umbrellas (please be respectful to the people around you)
- Diaper bags, medical bags, etc.
These items ARE NOT permitted inside the festival grounds:
- Bicycles *
- Skateboards *
- in-line skates, roller skates *
*There is an area at the front gates to leave items not allowed inside the park.
- Outside food or drink, including Tim Hortons coffee or other
- Dogs or any other pets
- Backpacks, duffel bags, tote bags, oversized purses, coolers, etc.
We reserve the right to inspect all items.
In addition, the Essex Fun Fest has a Guest Conduct Policy which states we intend to provide all our guests with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere. Therefore, the festival committee has established the following rules for expected guest conduct. Those failing to abide will be subject to ejection and possible arrest.
- Guests wearing obscene or indecent clothing are not allowed on the fairgrounds;
- Guests interfering with other guests' ability to enjoy the festival will be removed from the fairgrounds by security;
- Guests using foul or abusive language or gestures will be removed from the fairgrounds by security;
- Guests displaying extreme acts of public affection will be removed from the fairgrounds by security;
- Guests displaying acts of intoxication will be removed from the fairgrounds by security.
Lost and Found?
Yes, during regular park hours, please go to the Fun Fest Information booth located in the middle of the park near the Picnic Area. For Bavarian Gardens (beer tent) related losses, inquire with security within the tent area for help.
Is the fairgrounds licensed?
Yes, in certain areas within the fairgrounds only. The Molson Coors Bavarian Entertainment Gardens and the Libro Credit Union Main Stage (outside). All ages in main stage area and at specific times in the Bavarian Gardens (Sunday, July 7th); All other times, you must be 19 years of age to enter Bavarian Gardens with proper I.D. Everyone entering and exiting the Bavarian Gardens and the Main Stage area is subject to be searched. Essex Fun Fest reserves the right to search pockets, purses, hand bags, jackets, etc. Two (2) pieces of photo I.D. will be required to be permitted in the Bavarian Gardens.
Is there any park security?
Yes. Paid security including Ontario Provincial Police throughout the weekend and including off hours. The Town of Essex and, the Essex Fun Fest committee, reserves the right, without refund or exchange, to refuse admission to or eject any person whose conduct is deemed disorderly or disruptive.
You'll need to butt out, again, this year at all sports facilities and fairgrounds in Ontario. As of Jan. 1, 2015, the Smoke-Free Ontario Bylaw is in effect.
For more information, visit http://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/smoke-free-ontario
The attendee assumes all risk and danger incidental to the fairgrounds area, and the Town of Essex and the Essex Fun Fest committee are not liable for injuries resulting from such cases.
All festival meetings are open to the public. Meetings are typically every 3rd Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted. Agendas and minutes are available to the public by visiting www.essex.ca.