And the first weekend off is a doozy. There is so much going on around the city, I’m not even sure what I’ll be doing this weekend. I’ve lived in Kingston for nine years now but have never spent a summer here until this year and I am so impressed with the high number of activities thus far. There is so much to do and see and the streets are overflowing with people. I love Kingston in the summer!
So now that school is officially done for everyone, here are some things to take in on your first true summer weekend.
Friday, June 27th
Join local act Sheesham and Lotus in Springer Square for a good old fashion square dance at 7pm. The event is free and there will even be horse-drawn wagon rides for kids of all ages.
Once the dance is done, tuck the kids in and make your way to the (193 Ontario, above Stoney’s) where you can catch some great fiddle music and some rockin’ original covers by Brian Flynn, Andy Love and Danielle Lennon. The dance floor is open and the bar is cheap! $3 at the door. The music will go till about midnight.
If fiddle isn’t quite your taste, there is a concert at St. George’s Cathedral at 8pm featuring Montreal violinist Helmut Lipsky and renowned Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc. General tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and $13 for students.
Saturday, June 28th
Minotaur is hosting the Canadian National Championship for The Settlers of Catan. Come play for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to GenCon in Indianapolis to play in the Catan World Championship.
The ToneKats will play at Legion 560 from 8pm-midnight.
Fanfayr is a high quality juried art show in its 26th year and will be held at Confederation Park from 10am until 7:30pm. There will be over 90 artists and craftspeople working in wood, glass, stone sculptures, jewellery, oils, acrylics, watercolour, pottery, small furniture, leather, metal, designer clothing, hats for children and adults and more. The show will continue on Sunday.
The 6th Annual Walk for ALS will take place at Lake Ontario Park starting at 10am. It is a 3km walk and 70% of proceeds will be used locally. There will be live music, a Bar-b-q, face painting and a silent auction. Come support this worthwhile charity!
Sunday, June 29th
Sweet Folk All promotes local talent and gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents. Performances are completely unplugged. Sign up for the open stage is from 7:30 – 8:00pm. The music starts at 8 pm. This month’s gathering features Jon McLurg. The event takes place at the RCHA and there is no cover! Come and play or just sit back and enjoy!
Trip the Off, Tea for the Voyage and The Day Before Next play at the Time to Laugh Comedy Club. The event is all ages and doors open at 7pm. Advance tickets are $7 or $10 at the door. Get your tickets at Brian’s Record Option, Renaissance Music and The Jungle.
FM 96 celebrates Canada’s birthday with a free concert by Trooper. 7pm at Springer Square.