Grand Bend is the hot spot this weekend as the weather heats up as well.

Opening celebrations are being held Saturday and Sunday for the new band shell at the main beach.

The opening of the band shell heralds a return of the dance hall spirit that made Grand Bend's beach a popular destination 100 years ago.

A special reception will be held Saturday, with the band shell's observation deck turned into a licenced patio for the weekend.

Local bands will provide 16 hours of free music. Juno Award-nominated Emm Gryner is one of the performers scheduled.

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend raised $320,000 to build the stage.

Officials remind people to bring umbrellas and lawn chairs to the festivities.