Acton was once home to the largest leather tannery in the entire British Empire! The leather (and fur) industry was the first large-scale industry in Canada, shaping the modern world as we know it today.
Leathertown Festival is a celebration of our history in this pioneering craft and of Canadian craftsmanship as a whole.
The Leathertown Festival started in the 1970’s as Acton Days, an event to help raise funds for the old Town Hall Building restoration. In 1991, Acton Days evolved into what we now know as the Leathertown Festival. The festival has been an annual event has run every year since with the exception of the Pandemic years. We’re back and better than ever!
Acton, Worth the Drive Since 1844! Shop, Eat & Play Local!
The Acton Leathertown Festival is Sunday, August 13th from 11am to 5pm and takes place on Mill Street East, Acton ON.
Those registering for the Car Show should show up to the Leathertown Festival early (10am) the morning of (August 13th). Motorcycles wanting to participate are also welcome to arrive early. Participants for both shows should contact the Acton BIA in advance of the Festival at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Those wishing to volunteer should email email@example.com or call the Acton BIA at 519-853-9555.
This is a FREE event produced by your local Downtown Acton Business Improvement Area. There is no admission.
Acton has a public Green P Parking Lot located just across from the Giant Tiger plaza on Main Street North, a parking lot at the corner of Church Street East and Willow Street South, and some street parking along the downtown side streets for those coming out of town.
For locals, the best way to get to the Leathertown Festival is to walk or ride your bike in to the downtown area.
For those driving, Highway 7 West from Brampton / Georgetown will bring you into the top end of Acton and the Festival. Highway 25 North from Highway 401 / Milton will bring you onto Main Street in Acton. Both are very direct routes.
The Downtown Acton Shops and Restaurants will be open! Many of our Downtown businesses participate in the festival each year.
The shops and restaurants have their own hours of operation, which are listed on their websites, and can be found here: www.downtownacton.ca
Pets are allowed and welcome! Please keep all pets on a leash. Many of the local shops do provide water bowls to keep your pet hydrated.