With the arrival of fall comes cooler weather, a deluge of pumpkin spiced things and a tendency to hide under flannel and binge watch Netflix. Although those glorious dog days of summer are now behind us, let’s not lose sight of the fact that there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy Kingston in October. From spooky favourites, to cool twists on one of our most cherished summer street festivals and the tastiest feel-good fundraiser, we’ve scouted five of the biggest, best and sure to impress events in Kingston this October. Try something new, embrace your sense of adventure and enjoy all that Kingston has to offer this month.
Fort Fright, 1-30 October 2016: as Fort Henry turns dark for the off season, it’s briefly transformed into one of North America’s top ten most haunted places. Fort Fright welcomes brave explorers who dare to enter, and attempt to navigate their way through the eerie passageways of the Fort. There you’ll encounter an army of possessed demons, un-dead scare actors and unbelievable effects that will make your skin crawl for days on end. Adventurers can crank up the scare factor even more by adding on a “burried alive” coffin ride, the “Hooded” escape experience, or an overnight stay that will forever haunt your dreams. Check Fort Henry’s website for hours and admissions information…if you dare.
Fall Princess St. Promenade, 1 October 2016: what better way to celebrate the arrival of fall than by reviving one of our favourite summer festivals. The pedestrian-friendly pop-up street festival is now in it’s sixth year, with this being the second iteration of the fall promenade. Obviously the lure of being able to meander up and down our newly restored main drag, in the middle of the street, has not lost its luster. With each promenade offering something a little bit different than the last, we’re eager to see what this one will offer on the big day. The street will come alive with expanded patios (enjoy them while you can), food, demonstrations, music and the energy of the community. Don’t miss out on the this.
Potted Potter, 3-4 October 2016: as muggles eagerly anticipate the next chapter in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, diehard fans in Kingston can get their fix of the boy who lived when Potted Potter apparates at The Bader. This critically acclaimed show condenses all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes, featuring a real life game of quiddich, a fire-breathing dragon, costumes, songs, props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Dumbledore or Dobby the House Elf, this family friendly live stage show is sure to make you laugh. Put on your favorite house colors, grab your wand and repeat after me: “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!”
Zombie Walk, 22 October 2016: The mindless herd marches on in Kingston’s annual Zombie Walk, featuring a cast of brain-thirsty undead. The hoard assembles in a semi-organized fashion at Skeleton Park, which is transformed into the epicenter of the zombie apocalypse. Kids of all ages, along with their zombified pets, are invited to bloody themselves and show off their best zombie-shuffle and moaning skills. Participants will compete for cool prizes such as best group, best couple, best child and best individual costume. At the very least, this gives us a head start on tinkering with Halloween costume ideas. As always, the Zombie Walk takes place rain or shine, because everybody knows zombies don’t mind getting wet.
Empty Bowls, 23 October 2016: Martha’s Table is a local, non-profit community center where people can go for nutritious meals and snacks. Their annual empty bowls fundraiser, now in its 17th year, generates much needed funds to keep their program going throughout the year. For $35, diners at this year’s empty bowls will enjoy a selection of homemade gourmet soups, served in handmade, one of a kind bowls, which are yours to take home after the meal. Empty Bowls also features various donated works from local artists, which you can take home via the silent auction. Tickets available at Martha’s Table, Tara’s Natural Foods and Carmalinda’s.