The Stratford Festival counts among Ontario’s most beloved daytrip destinations. It sits just a stone’s throw away from The Parlour and right in the heart of Stratford Ontario’s theatre district.
Since the Festival began in 1953, it has undergone a number of name changes that reflect its classical theatre roots. Tom Patterson, a local journalist-turned-theatre-producer, founded the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. (It has also been known as the Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival before finally getting its current name.) The festival’s success is responsible in large part for making Stratford the arts and culture center it is today.