John Galt Day celebrates Guelph’s civic holiday in Market Square

Free entertainment and fun offered for the whole family

On Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyone is invited to Market Square in downtown Guelph to celebrate John Galt Day.

The celebration offers free activities and entertainment such as face painting, hands-on crafts and a community stage featuring local performers. A variety of Guelph Farmers’ Market craft and food vendors will also be on site.

“It’s a great mid-summer opportunity to gather friends and family for some lighthearted entertainment, food, crafts and water play in celebration of our city and community,” says Ella Pauls, manager of Cultural Development. There will be free parking at the Fountain Street parking lot for the duration of the event.

Guelph Civic Museum, just steps from Market Square, will also be offering free festivities, including the John Galt Day lecture Should we still be reading John Galt’s fiction? by historian Dr. Gil Stelter. The lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. with an introduction by former Guelph mayor, Norm Jary. The museum’s Saturday Art Break will be offered in the morning, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and in the afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.

About John Galt

John Galt was a prominent Scottish novelist who founded Guelph in 1827. As the superintendent of The Canada Company, a large land company in London, England, he conceived the idea of building a town to stimulate and direct the agricultural settlement of the area. Galt planned the community with its distinctive radial design, quite different than the gridiron plan of most cities, making Guelph a unique and special place. Visit

For more information

Dana Keller
Event Coordinator
Culture and Tourism
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2556

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