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Where is the Essex Fun Fest?

The festival fairgrounds is located at 60 Fairview Avenue West in Essex, ON.


Directions to the Essex Fun Fest?

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, the fairgrounds are on the left hand side.


From Windsor (Option 1) , take Highway #3 South-East to Maidstone Townline (Intersection to McDonalds/Canadian Tire). Turn Left on Maidstone Townline and make a right at the McDonalds/Tim Hortons onto South Talbot. Stay right and South Talbot runs along Highway #3. At the stop sign at Victoria Avenue, continue straight on South Talbot thru to the next stop sign at Brien Avenue. Continue straight on South Talbot, around the bend it turns into Fairview Avenue. Follow Fairview Avenue to Essex Centre Sports Complex and fairgrounds are on your right hand side. 


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 and just before the lights at Talbot Street, the fairgrounds are on the left hand side. 

Where is the entrance into the park located?

There are two entrances into the park this year.


Main entrance (Gate #1) is at the foot of the drive into the arena off Fairview Avenue.

Back entrance (Gate #2) is located off Gosfield Townline at Max Miller drive, at rear of the arena.

Where do I park?

There is limited free on-site parking. Parking is available in the baseball diamond parking lot off of Fairview Ave., when applicable. This parking lot is attended. There is parking on side streets and public parking lots around the arena fairgrounds. 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.

Is there a shuttle service?

At this time the Essex Fun Fest does not offer any shuttle service.

Does the festival accept touchless payment?

Yes, we offer touchless payments at all our gates including the Beer Tent. Once inside the gates, some vendors may accept touchless payment as well, but if not, ATM is available. World's Finest Shows also accept touchless payment if you wish to go on any amusement rides. Main stage area and beer tent area accept touchless payment in addition to cash.


What are the festival hours and Admission Price?

Thursday, July 7th

Gates open at 5:00pm

- Park admission FREE!

Friday, July 8th

Park hours 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Gates 4:00pm - 9:00pm

- Admission fee is $7.00 for ages 13 and older. No park fees after 9:00PM.

Saturday, July 9th

Park hours 11:30am - 11:00pm

Gates 11:30am - 9:00pm

- Admission fee is $7.00 for ages 13 and older. No park fees after 9:00PM.

Sunday, July 10th

Park hours 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Gates 12:00pm - 4:00pm

- Admission fee is $7.00 for ages 13 and older. Seniors aged 65-plus, FREE! Sponsored by Stephanie Winger Realtor. No park fees after 4:00PM.

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 to the Kids Zone, Main Stage shows, and all attractions, other than World's Finest Shows rides. Admission into the Beer Tent is additional depending on date and time of day.

What are the Beer Tent hours and Admission Price?

Thursday, July 7th

Sip N' Shop Wine Mixer 7:30pm - 11:30pm

- $30 advance ticket; $35 at the gate

Friday, July 8th

8:00pm - 1:00am

- $10 at Beer Tent gate

Saturday, July 9th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

- No fee

8:00pm - 1:00am

- $10 at Beer Tent gate

Sunday, July 10th

11:30am - 3:00pm

- No fee


What if I need a cab?

There is no licensed taxi service in Essex Centre. Uber may be an option.

Is there any park policies I should know about?

Yes. These items ARE permitted inside the festival grounds:

- Lawn chairs (concert area and fireworks)

- Blankets

- 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.

- Tents

- Outside food or drink is prohibited (Exception to families with small children in need of sippy cups)

- 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 Beer Tent and the Essex Fun Fest Main Stage area. All ages in main stage area and at specific times in the Beer Tent; All other times, you must be 19 years of age to enter Beer Tent with proper I.D. Everyone entering and exiting the Beer Tent 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.

No Smoking

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


Injury Disclaimer

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

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