In 2005, Hanover was a year removed from its 100th birthday. Like all good celebrations, one more reason to celebrate sprung up in the last Homecoming's wake. The first Sights & Sounds Festival took place in 2005, the first of many weekends over the next decade where downtown Hanover would be turned into a centrepiece for entertainment and activities. Every year, the Festival is the product of tireless volunteers and dedicated support from the community as Hanover's 'Biggest Block Party' hosts events for people of all ages to enjoy.
The first Sights & Sounds Festival began traditions that continue to today. Each year, artisans take to the street to showcase their talents. In particular, Sights & Sounds has been one of the locations for the members of the Saugeen Artists to show and sell their creations, for local musicians to play for the pleasure of Festival visitors, and the Kidz Talent Showcase which introduces Hanover to its talents of tomorrow, just to name a few.
Sights & Sounds is recognized not only by our community residents but also by summer tourists, international organizations and Festivals and Events Ontario. Our festival is the recipient of FEO Top 100 Festival 2008 to 2011, and was nominated in 2010 to appear on West Jet’s Fun ‘n’ Festivals contest.
The Hanover Sights & Sounds Festival has become a true cornerstone in our community and is the talked about event of the year. Now attracting over 6,000 visitors, regional and national attention, Sights & Sounds has established a loyal audience and a proven formula for success.
Hanover's Sights & Sounds Festival is back for its 11th year - cheers!