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Iron Horse Festival

August 17-20 2017

Thursday August 17th  |  4:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday August 18th  |  2:00pm – 11:00pm

Saturday August 19th  |  11:00am – 11:00pm

Sunday August 20th  |  11:00am – 6:00pm


The following rules and information are provided to create a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors during the four-day Festival. Your cooperation and consideration of others is appreciated.

Festival Grounds

The Iron Horse Festival is held on the Elgin County Railway Museum lands in historic downtown St. Thomas. Admission to the Festival grounds is free; however, paid admission is required to various Festival attractions including main stage concerts and midway rides.





Iron Horse Festival makes every attempt to be accessible to those with special needs. The Festival continues to invest in improvements at the new Festival site. Suggestions are welcome. Here are steps we’ve taken so far:

  • Handicap Parking: Located at the CASO Station. Enter through Talbot Street entrance.
  • Volunteers are available to assist those with special needs enter and leave the Festival site.
  • Handicap portable restrooms are available on Festival site.
  • The Festival site has been scraped to make it as level as possible. Packed gravel ramps have been added in several locations to improve mobility.
  • Special needs seating areas – blue tarp areas – are available at all stages available.

Smoking Policy

The Festival follows all City of St. Thomas smoking bylaws. Several designated smoking areas have been provided on site for your convenience. There is absolutely no smoking in licenced food and beverage areas or near children play areas. Please observe all posted No Smoking signs.

Use designated butt bins.

Pets and Animals

We ask that pets and animals not be brought to the Festival, with the exception of properly harnessed service animals, for the convenience of visitors and pets alike.


Portable toilets and wash stations are located in a number of designated areas on the Festival site.

Handicap washrooms are also provided.

First Aid

A First Aid Station is located (TBD) and open daily until the close of the festival.

The facility is equipped to handle minor injuries and accidents.


Security personnel are on duty around the clock throughout the grounds during the Festival. Your full cooperation with them is appreciated. Please report any incident requiring attention to either a Security Officer or to Event Staff.


As the Festival is a public event, we will be taking pictures and video for promotion and security purposes.


  • Free Festival Parking: available at the corner of Talbot Street and Ross Street and the southeast corner of the Festival site. For southeast parking, enter through the Elgin Country Railway Museum entrance at 225 Wellington Road.
  • Downtown Parking: Street parking and Municipal Parking Lots are within walking distance.
  • Handicap Parking: Located at the CASO Station. Enter through Talbot Street entrance.

Please follow all parking directions, signs and volunteer staff instructions.

Vehicles are the responsibility of the owner. The Festival is not responsible for any vehicles that may become stuck, or for damage or theft should it occur.
Note that parking areas at commercial, business and residential locations are private property and controlled by their owners.


On-site Services

Family area (Kids Junction), food and beverage concessions, wine and beer sales, artisan village, merchandise sales, lost & found, first aid, washrooms, recycling.

Garbage & Recycling

Please put your compostables, recyclables and garbage in appropriate bins provided.

Please help us keep the site clean!

Know Where Your Kids Are

Do not leave children unattended. Keep your kids with you after sundown. Direct lost kids to the closest stage or volunteer so that an announcement can be posted.

What Should I Bring?

  • Casual clothing. Rain gear based on weather forecasts.
  • Practical footwear.
  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray and any other supplies you need.
  • Something to sit on: tarp, blanket or chair.

What Should I NOT Bring?

  • Alcohol or drugs (beer and wine are sold on site)
  • Glass containers (exception baby food and bottles)
  • Video or audio recording equipment
  • Offensive weapons or anything that may be considered to be an offensive weapon
  • Fireworks, flares, laser pens or laser equipment