Unionville Festival is just around the corner, and it’s a major event that you won’t want to miss. From June 3-4, take a stroll down Main Street Unionville for an endless list of activities. Enjoy a weekend filled with music and a street full of vendors in one of Markham’s biggest festivals.

 Unionville Festival kicks off with bands, floats and marchers of all ages as they make their way down Main Street Unionville for the annual parade. You can even discover more music at the Millennium Bandstand with a wide variety of acts lined up. This year, families can also expect to find over-the-top activities at the festival, including a rock climbing wall, hot air balloon rides and a circus obstacle course.

 An event to look out for this year is the annual Krazy Kraft Race. With up to $1,000 up for grabs, teams will paddle around Toogood Pond and race to the finish line in their own floating innovation. Whether you’re a competitor in the race or cheering along the sidelines, this is an event that you won’t want to miss.

 “I always promote it as a fun community event. It’s a chance to get together and do some team building,” said Jeff Ross, event coordinator of the Krazy Kraft Race. “Over the years we had different groups of people from an office, a hockey team, or a baseball team. There are all kinds of different groups that will get together and do it as a team building thing. In the past couple years, we’ve also had big participation from neighbour groups.”

 Unionville Festival is bringing back some crowd favourites for this year’s event, including the Funky 5K marathon to support Markham Stouffville Hospital, and the York-Durham Heritage Railway. This historic tourist train will take festivalgoers on a trip through unused railway tracks that date back to 1986. On this trip, train trekkers can dig deeper into Canada’s history while enjoying the scenery of Oak Ridges Moraine.

“The Unionville Festival is for the whole community to enjoy. No matter who you are, or where you’re from. It’s not a sports team, it’s not a religious group, it’s not any one interest group. It’s the entire community. That’s why I think the Unionville Festival is so wonderful,” said Ross.

For details and the full festival schedule, visit www.unionvillefestival.com.