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5 Things to See and Do Before the End…of Summer 2010

Kingston Tourist attractions, best events in KingstonI don’t want to be a buzz kill here, but did you realize that there’s only 20 days left until Labour Day.  That’s right, you have less than one month to clear off the bucket list before the kids (or you) go back to school.  Without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s Kingstonist’s top 5 things to see and do before the end of summer 2010.  Special thanks to Scott* for today’s photo.

  • Downtown Patios: there’s something magical about enjoying a meal outside, and thankfully downtown Kingston has over three dozen patios that offer everything from coffee to fine dining and frosty beverages.  Whether you’re looking for a hopping night spot, quaint hideaway, or a place that has WiFi, we’ve got it all.  Just remember to soak it all in before they close for the season.
  • Fort Henry’s Sunset Ceremony: on the 18th and 25th of August, the Fort Henry Guard will be performing their legendary Sunset Ceremony, complete with military drill and manoeuvrers, music, cannon fire and a fireworks finale.  With tickets ranging from $16 (kids) to $22 (big kids), the Sunset Ceremony is affordable, offering just the right mix of history and entertainment.
  • Movies in the Square: if you’re like me, you probably have fond memories of going to the drive-in as a kid.  If you’ve never been, Movies on the Square is a great, free way to get acquainted.  Bring your own lawn chair and your snacks and check out one of the remaining films: Finding Nemo (19 August), Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl (26 August), and The Princess & The Frog (2 September).
  • Limestone City Blues Festival: whether your a fan of the blues or not, this annual festival is sure to please.  From 26 to 29 August 2010, headliners including Hubert Sumlin, Bryan Lee, Matt Anderson and Carlos del Junco will perform at select downtown locations in an open air setting.  Take it all in for a mere $10, and enjoy it from the comfort of your lawn chair.
  • Fare on the Square: with the recent closure of our Prison Farms, the necessity for supporting the local food movement has never been greater.  On September 4th, Fare on the Square showcases local restaurants serving locally sourced food, bushels of seasonal produce, as well as live entertainment.  This event is free, unless you decide to treat yourself to a little something.  We recommend trying a little bit of everything!

What’s filling up your dance card before Labour Day? Please be sure to drop some comments off below and spread the word about other essential activities and events going on in the Limestone City.

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5 thoughts on “5 Things to See and Do Before the End…of Summer 2010

  • August 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm
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    I'm ashamed to say that I haven't made a trip to Wolfe Island yet this summer. I'd love to bring the bike over and maybe grab a bite at the Island Grill. Where's your favourite spot to swim on the island?

  • August 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm
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    Two corrections with the Fort Henry recommendation:
    1. prices are listed as
    Adult – $30.92
    Senior (65+) – $28.88
    Youth (5-18) – $22.51
    Child (2-4) – $6.78
    2. You listed it as 'affordable'. File that under 'get real'.

    • August 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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      That is really strange, as the numbers that I quoted when I wrote the piece were found here, however they've either changed or I misread them. In any case, whether you're paying $30 or $22 (adult prices) for a unique, historical, local attraction, I consider it an both affordable and money well spent. You can't drive to Toronto or Ottawa and back for that price, let alone do something while you're there. However, if you want to gripe about a few extra bucks, that's your prerogative. I am sure the difference adds up if you are buying for an entire family. I'm not, so perspective is everything I suppose.

  • August 18, 2010 at 10:19 am
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    Seeing as it's $20 to tour the fort anyway ($14.25 to get in plus $5 for parking) another $10 for the sunset ceremony seems reasonable to me. That's a good 4 hours of entertainment. No one ever blinks an eye about paying that at the movies but you know we all do…sometimes a lot more.

  • August 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm
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    My family of four would be $111.86 so not just a 'few extra bucks', but quite a few.

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