2016 Aurora Chamber Street Festival

An event for businesses and families alike!

21st Annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 11 am to 5 pm
Yonge Street, Aurora

The Aurora Chamber Street Festival is a fun-filled family event for all ages with over 500 vendors, fantastic “Street Performers”, music, food galore and so much more. It is held annually the first Sunday in June in Aurora.

A section of Yonge Street, between Wellington Street and Murray Drive is closed to traffic, allowing vendors and visitors full access to the street. Come rain or shine!  Parking and admission are always free.

Be sure to attend York Region’s largest community event.
See how much fun everyone had at our previous Street Festivals!

Do you have a question? We have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions for your information.  If you require additional information, please contact Sandra Watson at 905-727-7262 ext. 23.

Would you like to participate as a vendor at the Aurora Chamber Street Festival?  Please review the 2016 Aurora Chamber Street Festival Complete Application Package below.  Once you submit a completed application with payment, we will send you an email confirmation.  In mid-May, we will send you a move-in package that will detail your location at the Festival, a map and final Festival information.

Click here for the 2016 Aurora Chamber Street Festival Complete Application.  Applications will be accepted beginning at 7:00 am Thursday, January 14th.  

York Region Public Health Information:

Click here for the York Region Public Health Food Vendor Application

Click here for the York Region Public Health Event Guidelines for Food Vendors 

 

Concerns Surrounding the Exotic Petting Zoo at the 2016 Aurora Chamber Street Festival

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the citizens of Aurora for sharing their concerns with us by phone, email and social media regarding the Tiger Paw Exotics petting zoo and pony rides hosted in the Law Insurance Brokers Limited parking lot during the 21st Annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce does not condone animal cruelty under any circumstances and did not hire Tiger Paw Exotics to be an official entertainer of the festival. The petting zoo and pony rides were organized by an independent local business and took place on private property.

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce took immediate action to address this issue. Law Insurance Brokers Limited will no longer utilize Tiger Paw Exotics, nor will they host a petting zoo or pony rides during future Aurora Chamber Street Festivals. Please read their official statement here.

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce has updated our Street Festival vendor policy to ensure a situation of this nature does not arise again. Our updated vendor policy, effective immediately, will not permit animals to be on display in any capacity at the annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival, or any event hosted by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce going forward.

In addition, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce contacted the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to discuss the concerns expressed by attendees of the Street Festival. We noted that the Aurora Chamber is taking this issue very seriously and recommended a full inspection of Tiger Paw Exotics. OSPCA inspector Brad Dewar confirmed that the complaints will be addressed by zoo inspectors on staff this week. The Aurora Chamber has requested a follow up from the OSPCA regarding the outcome of the inspection.

If you attended the Aurora Chamber Street Festival and would like to voice your concerns regarding the animals under the care of Tiger Paw Exotics, please contact the OSPCA at 310-SPCA (7722), 1-888-668-7722 ext. 327, or email cruelty@ospca.on.ca. Mr. Dewar noted that the OSPCA enforces, but does not create, legislation surrounding animal cruelty. He recommended that citizens contact their local government representatives to express concern surrounding the current legislation and to advocate for change.

Contact information for government representatives in Aurora:
Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora: cballard.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 905-750-0019  
Kyle Peterson, MP Newmarket-Aurora: kyle.peterson@parl.gc.ca or 905-953-7515
Leona Alleslev, MP Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill: leona.alleslev@parl.gc.ca or 905-773-8358

Thank you again to the concerned citizens of Aurora for bringing this issue to the attention of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. We value feedback from the community and look forward to continuously improving our services.

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Law Insurance Brokers Limited has issued a statement regarding the concerns expressed by Aurora citizens regarding the exotic petting zoo in their parking lot at the Aurora Chamber Street Festival on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

Read the statement from Law Insurance here.

 

With thanks to our 2016 sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor, St. Andrew's College

Presenting Sponsor, St. Andrew's College

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