Top Five Things to See and Do in Kingston in October 2017

Fort Fright, Kingston Symphony Nearly New Sale, Mini-Oktoberfest, Kingston Memorial Centre Farmers' Market, VegFest, Kingston Zombie Walk, Kingston, OntarioFort Fright, October 1-30: Fort Henry’s Fort Fright is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year and is scarier than ever. This year’s theme is dreams and nightmares with promises of more scares and more interactivity. Visitors are challenged to witness the living nightmare of little Sarah and the horrors that took place throughout her town. The only way to escape the nightmare is to make it to the end. This year’s Fort Fright also includes opportunities to try your hand at an Escape Room, take a ghost tour in the underground tunnels with guides from Kingston’s Haunted Walk and there is even the opportunity to spend the night in the fort. General admission is $20, $16 for military members, $18 on Thursdays and the Group Rate is $16 (20 people or more). Fort Fright runs Thursday-Sunday, 7pm-9pm.

Kingston Symphony Nearly New Sale, October 12-15: The Kingston Symphony is holding one of their most popular fundraising events of the year at the symphony warehouse located at 785 Sir John A Macdonald Blvd., Unit 7A. The Nearly New sale offers items of all kinds including antiques; fall and winter clothing, accessories and footwear for the whole family; cookware, home decor, clocks, tools, electronics, china, crystal, small appliances, lamps, art, fabric, sewing notions, crafting supplies and more. The sale runs from 4pm-8pm Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday; 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-2pm Sunday.

Mini-Oktoberfest, October 15: The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market’s Mini-Oktoberfest is exactly what it sounds like – a little Oktoberfest party on a Sunday afternoon with sausages, pretzels, sauerkraut, mustard…and beer! Head down to the market between 11am and 2pm to enjoy a tasting platter of sausage, mustard, kraut, pretzel & potato salad for $10. Vegan options are also available. McKinnon Brothers will also be there serving up mini-sized beers for $5 each. All proceeds will go to support the market’s Entertainment & Kid’s Activities fund.

Veg Fest, October 21: Kingston VegFest was founded in 2016 and focuses on health promotion, animal advocacy, social justice and community building. The festival, which takes place at St. Lawrence College from 11am-4pm, is a celebration of vegan food and physical and mental health and well-being while connecting community of people on plant-fueled journeys. VegFest will feature vendors, cooking demos, delicious food and a myriad of vegan-friendly products for all to enjoy. Admission is free.

Kingston Zombie Walk, October 21: This year marks the 9th annual Kingston Zombie Walk in downtown ygk. Hoards of zombie wannabes of all ages get decked out in their best and bloodiest zombie attire – pets included – and meet at Skeleton Park before heading out to shuffle and moan their way along the streets of downtown Kingston. Anyone can participate in this mission for braaaiiinnnsss and, since zombies don’t mind getting wet, the event happens rain or shine. Meet at the park at 1pm. Non-zombie observers are welcome!

Photo credit to wiserbailey, The Hamster Factor, Nicolas Nova, Brett, and Beth Jusino.

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