3 Things to do in Windsor-Essex this weekend
Whether you're a nature lover,music fan or wine connoisseur, there's something for you this weekend in Windsor-Essex.
CBC Windsor's Mike Evans has been scouring the region, looking for fun and interesting things to do.
He's found a hot spot for watching migrating raptors, an indie music festival and a bike tour down Essex county's wine highway.
1. Phog Phest 5
Phog Fest 5 is a celebration of live indie music.
It began five years ago with a stage in the street and a second in the bar. It later moved to a parking lot.
This year, 40 bands will play at Phog and in the Capitol Theatre.
"We have the space and the ability to stagger and have 40 bands," said Phog Lounge owner Tom Lucier.
The event begins at noon Saturday and the bands, because the event has moved indoors, can play until last call.
Young Galaxy, the Suuns, the Fisher Kings, Leighton Bain and the Blue Stones are all on the bill.
2. Wine Trail Ride
The Wine Trail Ride is a bike tour along the coast of Lake Erie.
Riders tour the county and see up to three wineries, where they stop for a tasting.
At the end, there's a dinner made of all local foods.
This is the second ride of the season. The first was held in May.
A support vehicle rides along with the bikers. Staff manage all of the bikers' purchases, so they don't have to worry about a thing other than biking to the next stop.
The route is mystery until a person is registered. That's when a map will be emailed to the cyclist.
The ride is Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Prices start at $60.
Folks can register online at Windsor Eats' website.
3. Festival of Hawks
One of the stops on the Wine Trail Ride tomorrow is going to be the Festival of Hawks at Holiday Beach.
Holiday Beach was recently selected as the best hawk watching site in Canada.
There are days on which bird watchers have spotted more than 90,000 hawks passing through Holiday Beach.
Zoo to You, banding demonstrations, arts and crafts are all part of the festival.
It runs Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 21 and 22, as well.
A full schedule of events is on the Essex Region Conservation Authority website.
Mike Evans, who feels it's his responsibility to make sure you have fun things to do on the weekend.
To hear his column from Friday's Windsor Morning, click the audio box.