Top five things to do in Kingston this June

A moment captured at a previous Skeleton Park Arts Fest. Photo by Jon Nicholls

It seems there’s hardly ever a shortage of fun things going on in Kingston, and when the summer comes, it can actually become difficult to attend all of the events you want to, there’s so much going on. Below are five events you won’t want to miss this month.

YGK Craft BeerFest

Cold beer, great food, live music, and the best view in Kingston – YGK Craft BeerFest has all of that. Kicking off at noon, right after the Cannonball Crush, the music roster features musicians with Kingston roots, and some from across the province, and country. Take the whole family and enjoy some food while overlooking Kingston on Fort Henry Hill, and sampling some local and provincial craft brews.

Where: Fort Henry Hill

When: Saturday, June 9, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tickets and more information: www.forthenry.com/events/beerfest/

First Capital Day

Help Kingston mark its 177th anniversary as the first capital of a united Canada, and take a step back in time, as First Capital Day activities take over City Park. From training with broadswords and practicing drills with the Fort Henry Guard, to meeting with a variety of true-to-period reenactors and touring displays from a number of local museums, the day promises fun for the family, free of charge, which is both entertaining and informative. Get there early for Mayor Bryan Paterson’s opening remarks with the Town Crier, followed by ‘Paddling Puppeteer: Honest Frankie’s Shoreline Review.

Where: City Park

When: Friday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

More information: www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/city-calendar-events/feature-events/first-capital-day

Kingston Pride Community Fair and Pride Parade

Come together to celebrate Kingston’s vibrant diversity, while showing support for our LGBTQ+ community. The Kingston Pride Community Fair takes place at Skeleton Park (McBurney Park), where a huge variety of local community organizations set up booths to help inform, educate, inspire and celebrate a diverse Kingston. The Community Fair leads into one of the most fun and exciting parades to take over downtown Kingston annually, with the Pride Parade starting off at Skeleton Park and into the streets of the downtown core.

Where: Skeleton Park

When: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Fair) and 12 – 2 p.m. (Parade)

More information and addition events for Pride Month: www.kingstonpride.ca/events/

Skeleton Park Arts Fest

Every year it seems to be bigger, better, and more exciting than the last, and this year’s Festival looks right on par to follow that trend! A coming together of artists of all different backgrounds, talents set, and mediums that packs as much fun and festivities as possible into four days. Tour the myriad of booths from local and travelling artisans, community groups, and local food vendors. Or set up in front of the stage for a day of outstanding live music from artists you know and love, and those you’ll love to experience for the first time. Pepper in some theatre arts, drum circles, yoga, and children’s entertainment, and you’re set for the weekend. Canadian children’s entertaining icons Sharon and Bram are a must-see for those with young ones, or those looking to relive their youth. The always impressive Porch Jazz Parade around the McBurney Park neighbourhood is an experience unlike any other (and uniquely Kingstonian). And with headliners and Canadian rock royalty The Rheostatics certain to entertain, Skeleton Park Arts Fest is not to be missed – and all free of charge!

Where: Skeleton Park

When: Wednesday, June 20 – Sunday, June 24

More information: www.skeletonparkartsfest.ca/2018-festival/

Rockin the Square

Who doesn’t love a free concert? Who doesn’t love The Beatles? And who doesn’t love an evening in downtown Kingston? Rockin’ the Square brings all of these things together in this year’s first concert: Classic Albums Live presents Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Presented by the City of Kingston, Classic Albums Live will perform this iconic Beatles album note-by-note, track-by-track right in Springer Market Square. Grab some dinner before the show, bring the whole family, or hit the town afterwards – no matter how you make a night of it, it’ll be a great way to cap off the month and kick off the weekend.

Where: Springer Market Square

When: Friday, June 29, beginning at 8 p.m.

More information: www.downtownkingston.ca/events/2018/rockin-the-square

The incredible talents of Classic Albums Live will perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for this year’s first Rockin’ the Square. Submitted photo.
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