August 19, 2017 until September 2, 2017
All Day

A celebration of rhythm inspired by the awesomeness of drumming in community.

Activities begin August 19 and continue for two weeks right into Labour Day Weekend! Daily Schedule to be posted here as activities are confirmed.

August 19 to 31  daily afternoon demonstrations, workshops and family activities with our Community Arts Animators

Friday September 1 there will be an intimate evening of music, rhythm and story in our Main Gallery. (admission fee)


Saturday September 2 is a full day of activities for all ages. Join the drum procession, don a costume, decorate your face and body, learn about percussion and drumming!

Enjoy lunch from a local food vendor, experience the sounds and vibrations of our outdoor sound garden in anticipation of the afternoon concert in Head Lake Park where we present a diverse lineup of performances. FREE

After the concert we invite everyone to join in a circle of sound and rhythm on the shores of Head Lake. Come, experience the awesomeness of drumming and rhythm at Haliburton DrumFest 2017.

We thank Haliburton County Development Corporation for its financial support; the Canadian Museums Association and Canada Summer Jobs for staffing grants and our Volunteer Organizing Committee for their vision and creative inspiration. 

Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre’s Drum Committee thanks project partners CCE (Caribbean Community Engagement) and Abbey North Drummers for joining us. 

Check in again for details closer to the event. This is a family friendly affair and everyone is welcome to participate.

Volunteer for Haliburton DrumFest

There are many ways to get involved, get to know people and make a contribution to Haliburton DrumFest this year.

Contact Laurie Jones, Curator, Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre at or call us 705-457-2330

Haliburton DrumFest