What to do this Canada Day long weekend

First, watch as Queen’s graduate and NASA Commander Drew Feustel (PhD’95, DSc’16) leads O Canada from the International Space Station and is joined by other well-known Queen’s graduates, including singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, musical siblings Jill and Matthew Barber, and singer/actress Elena Juatco, whose career began on Canadian Idol.

Happy Canada Day, Kingston!

As you’re planning out your red and white wardrobe, we hope you’re also planning for a jam-packed weekend – there are certainly no shortages of fun things to do! Here’s a list of some of the fun, family-friendly events happening over the long weekend, and a few reminders of what to expect due to the holiday.

Friday, Jun. 29

Rockin’ the Square

Head down to Springer Market Square for the first installment of Rockin’ the Square this year – and one that’s sure to have the whole audience singing and dancing. Classic Albums Live will create a note-for-note, track-by-track performance of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Beginning at 8 p.m. and free of charge, this event is open to all ages, and a great way to kick off Canada Day weekend.

Saturday, Jun. 30

Artfest Kingston

This festival featuring over 200 artists and artisans from across Ontario kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m., not only Saturday, but Sunday and Monday, too. With live music, a craft beer and wine tent, food trucks, and a number of different art-centric attractions, Artfest will surely be an easy way to spend a whole day no matter which day you attend over the long weekend.

Canada String Art

Create your own tribute to Canada with Canada Day String Art, beginning at 10 a.m. at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. Staff on hand will help participants create string art pieces depicting a maple leaf framing a heart, perfect to display for Canada Day. Each kit costs $10, and all supplies are included, and admission to the Museum is free. Stop in at Grass Creek Park afterwards for a picnic lunch, or to enjoy the breeze off the water.

Sunday, Jul. 1

Whether you’re lacing up for the Limestone Mile, heading out to Grass Creek Park for a full day of activities, or joining in the Red and White People Parade that departs from Metro parking lot on Barrie Street at 10:45 a.m. and ends at City Hall, just make sure you have plans for where to take in the City’s fireworks display at 10 p.m. (we hear Confederation Park has prime viewing real estate). Have fun, enjoy everything happening around the city, and stay safe.


We won’t tell you what to do with your holiday Monday (though you should likely get some R&R in there after such a busy weekend), we should remind you of a couple of things: all public buildings will be closed (libraries, municipal and provincial services, City arenas and recreational centres), all Ontario LCBOs will be closed (so stock up early), and Kingston Transit will be running on a Sunday schedule. Also remember that garbage, recycling and green bins will be collected a day later than your usual schedule.


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