About the Festival


The very first Dunnville Mudcat Festival was put on 43 years ago. The Festival includes a parade, midway, strongman/strongwoman competition, street dance, Bavarian garden, live music, children’s entertainment, famous fireworks display, and much more.

The Mudcat Festival is named after Dunnville’s popular fish found in the waters of the Grand River. Dunnville has its own 50-foot Mudcat mascot, named “Muddy”, which many tourists love getting their photo with, since it is the largest Mudcat in Canada.

Over the 43 years of festivals, the crowds have grown tremendously to over 60,000 attendees over the weekend of festivities. Saturday always draws in the most people, with the parade in the morning, events throughout the day and a massive fireworks display at dusk. Many of the parade floats look forward to each year’s theme in order to decorate their floats accordingly. Different attractions are added each year in order to entice tourists and locals to continue to come out and take part in the festivities. Dunnville’s quaint small-town feel, and the beauty of the town is also a huge appeal to visitors. The festival has been told many times that the fireworks, put on by Kerr Boom Pyrotechniques (Ontario’s Number 1 Pyrotechican), are exceptional and unlike any they have seen before.

The town supports this event with an army of dedicated volunteers and the businesses who sponsor the festival. The festival would not be able to happen without this support. Not only locals, but many visitors come from all over Ontario and even from across the border to attend the festival. The festival crowds are able to see clubs, agencies, and businesses that set up in Central Park, along with food booths, and entertainment in the bandshell.

Events will be posted shortly, however here is a brief overview:

43rd Annual Dunnville Mudcat Festival

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!”

Thursday to Sunday: Midway

Thursday: TBA

Friday: Legion Perch Dinner, Teen Dance at St. Paul’s, Street Dance at Fire Hall (Band TBA)

Saturday: Children’s Entertainment in Central Park TBA, Car Show at Lion’s Park, Strongman/Strongwoman Competition, Paw Patrol Meet and Greet, Air Bounce Inflatable Jumping Castles in Central Park, Safari Niagara Shows in Waterfront Park and so much more! Also, back by popular demand, Dry County will play in Wingfield Park and we are excited to announce, The Celtic Mudman will be joining this year’s musical line up!


The band Dry County – Photo courtesy of drycountyband.com

Stay tuned for more details!