Happy Canada Day, ygk! We hope you’re out enjoying the fun things Kingston has to offer on this first official holiday of the summer. Princess Street is open for business after Phase 3 of The Big Dig and the Red and White People Parade takes place at 11:30. It will be followed by The Civic Ceremony and Awards at City Hall at noon, not to mention a ton of great, free live music at Confederation Basin. Grass Creek Park is also offering a family beach party with live music, games, food vendors, face painting and more. End the day with a bang with fireworks at Confederation Basin at 10pm.
Wow, so much going on in just one day but July has plenty more to offer. So much so that it was especially tricky narrowing down this month’s Top Five Things to See and Do, but we think we’ve come up with a pretty great list:
Artfest, July 1-3: Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston, 150 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for three days starting Canada Day and running until Sunday, July 3rd. Walk the shady paths throughout the park, enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre, poetry and more! New to the fest this year is a craft beer & wine tent. The fest runs from 10am-8pm on Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.
Buskers Rendezvous, July 7-10: The annual Buskers Rendezvous is a four-day cavalcade of juggling, dancing, singing and magic tricks! Princess Street, Sydenham Street and Market Square serve as the backdrop for live entertainment throughout the day and donations are gratefully accepted by the hardworking and high-flying buskers when the hat is passed. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Kingston’s Buskers Rendezvous, take a leisurely stroll to see what it’s all about. Pro tip: be sure to take in the Saturday evening Fire Show at 10pm in The Hub. It’s a definite must-see.
I Feel The Winds Music Festival, July 11-14: This festival of organ music is presented by the Royal Canadian College of Organists and runs from July 11th-14th. Public concerts and events featuring internationally recognized artists will take place at various locations in Kingston. Tickets are available at Novel Idea (156 Princess St.), Renaissance Music (1057 Midland Ave., service charge applies), The Church Book Room (90 Johnson St.), St. George’s Cathedral Office (129 Wellington St.), online, and at the door. Festival passes are also available for $60.
Kick and Push Festival, July 15-Aug 13: Blue Canoe Productions, Single Thread Theatre Company, The Cellar Door Project, Lowlit Aerial Arts, Driftwood Theatre Company and Refraction Theatre Collective have teamed up to bring us six unique productions (Chicago, Ambrose, Stubborn Stone, Beneath Our Feet, Taming of the Shrew, Overlooked), classes and workshops, late night panel talks, weekday camps and more! This year, Theatre Kingston will add the inaugural Storefront Festival to the mix. In its second year, The K&P strives for innovation, telling old stories in new ways, new stories in old places and giving audiences a glimpse into cultural and historical spaces, in hopes they will see it in a new light.
Princess Street Promenade, July 30: The annual Princess Street Promenade is back and will take place on July 30th. The street festival concept is designed to make Princess Street a lively, fun, pedestrian-friendly, commercially active location. The festival promotes downtown businesses, community involvement and the sustainability of active transportation (walking, biking, etc.). The newly finished Princess Street will be closed from Ontario Street to Division Street, with all cross streets closed to traffic with the exception of Ontario St., Bagot St., and Barrie St. Roads will be closed at 6am and re-open again at 5pm and the promenade runs from 10am-4pm.