There’s so much to do, see, hear, eat and indulge in at The Royal!

The Royal is over a million square feet of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Check out some of the amazing acts and features happening at this year’s Fair and plan your visit today.

2022 Feature Performances & Activities

100th Anniversary Opening Ceremony Showcase Presented by SiriusXM

The Royal 100th Anniversary Opening Ceremony Showcase presented by SiriusXM will pay tribute to our vast and vibrant 100 year history with an evening of heritage and musical performances. Special features include a rockin’ rodeo-inspired performance, an equestrian show-jumping feature, and a tribute to Canada’s outstanding farmers, growers, producers and more. Emcee for the evening will be treasured Canadian personality Rick Mercer. Learn more here.

Royal Rodeo featuring guest emcee Amber Marshall

The Royal Rodeo brings together the best bull, saddle bronc and bareback riders from across the country. Guests will also get a chance to cheer on top barrel racers and pole benders and saddle bronc riders while enjoying entertainment.

The Royal K9-Equine Relay

This is a partnership of an International Rider/horse paired with a SuperDog. Each member of the team goes around their respective course – horses over horse jumps and dogs around dog obstacles. The fastest combined time wins. It’s a fast and fun event for the whole family.

Square Dancing

The final Sunday of the Fair is filled with fiddle music as partners take the OLG Entertainment Stage to compete in the Royal Square Dancing Competition. Cheer on entries both young and old as this traditional dance gets its time in the spotlight. Drop by the Lower East Annex (Hall F) from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Butter Sculpture

Visit the Gay Lea Butter Sculpture Display Trailer to see an artist sculpt a masterpiece completely out of butter. 

ORIGINS Day Presented by Indigenous Tourism Ontario

The first Sunday of the Fair is a celebration of the Indigenous cultures and peoples of this province, presented by Indigenous Tourism Ontario, which will showcase a variety of programming throughout the Fair. On Sunday, November 6th, stop by the OLG Entertainment Stage to see a line-up of entertainment from various local Indigenous performers!  


Special Attractions

Dairy Education Centre

Dairy Farmers of Ontario’s new Dairy Education Centre is an immersive dairy farming experience arriving just in time for the Royal’s 100th Anniversary. Guests can get an up-close view of dairy cow care, dairy calves, and the entire milking process.

Loblaw Sustainability Zone

Conserve. Decarbonize. Rescue. Welcome to Loblaw Sustainability Zone! Come learn how Canada’s largest grocer is helping eliminate food waste, reduce carbon and tackle plastic. Our 4,000-ft. square space doesn’t just teach you about the biggest sustainability issues facing Canadians — it puts you at the center of it.

Artisan Pavilion

The Made By Me Artisan Pavilion, a space dedicated to local, Canadian vendors to display their unique, hand-crafted products. In this space you will find an array of wares, ranging from woodcrafts, glass and pottery, to clothing, decor, pet products and artwork. Don’t miss our branded new pavilion at this years’ Fair! Interested in being a part of this years’ Made By Me Artisan Pavilion?

Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy

Every day the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy will feature notable chefs teaching their favourite recipes and highlighting amazing local ingredients. Space is limited so be sure to sign up today. $20 per session.

OLG Entertainment Stage

Experience live music and entertainment at the OLG Entertainment Stage! Some features for this year’s stage include Emerging Canadian Artists presented by SiriusXM and a range of Indigenous programming.

Education Ring

Learn from The Royal's animal experts with interactive demonstrations on farm activities and working animals. From sheep shearing to cattle care to the different breeds of livestock, in the education ring, there is something for everyone to learn.

Spotlight on Local: Presented by Metro

Spotlight on Local presented by Metro is a unique feature that celebrates the very best in local food being grown, produced and manufactured in Ontario. Come visit the Champions Showcase where many of our winning entries will be featured. Also on hand, we have Metro Grocery Stores showcasing many of the successful participants in their Locally Sourced Program which fosters new businesses trying to break into the grocery market and helps them find success.

Growth Hub Stage

RBC Future Launch has partnered with the Royal to create a robust content hub to help young Canadians with their next steps for both education and careers in the Agri Food space and beyond. Attendees can look forward to engaging keynote speakers, panel discussions, professional development tools and workshops, and networking opportunities that empower youth for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Future of Food – University of Guelph

Come check out University of Guelph’s exciting exhibit! Feeding the world sustainably might very well be the greatest challenge ahead, but the solutions to that challenge will be full of opportunity. To meet this challenge and create beneficial opportunities, University of Guelph is committed to research and innovation from agricultural fields and barns all the way to the family dinner plate, collaborating with industry and government partners, all the while training tomorrow’s leaders in agriculture, food, and so much more.

Animal Theatre

In the Royal's Animal Theatre, animals at work and play are the stars of the show. You will be inspired by the skills border collies herding sheep on command and the athleticism of the SuperDogs®.

Farm and Play Zone

The tactile farm inspired play area is perfect for children full of energy. With hands-on educational activities that mimic the activities of a working farm, little ones can run, climb and play while learning about grains, vegetables, and tractors!

Animal Encounters

In this newly designed space, visitors can get up close with real farm animals. The farmers will be on hand to answer questions about animal management and care, as well as other realities of life on a farm!