Can’t-Miss Summer Events in the Bay of Quinte Region

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An epic street party, Downtown at Dusk, is one of many can’t-miss events taking place in the Bay of Quinte this summer. Photo by Madison Shannon.

Summer in the Bay of Quinte is chock-full of events this year. Plan your trip to spend some time taking in festivals, outdoor adventures, and relaxing waterfront patios.

Take a look at these can’t-miss festivals and events, mark your calendar, and start planning your visit!

Eyes to the sky for the Quinte International Air Show

The Quinte Air Show is returning to 8 Wing Trenton after eight years, and you won’t want to miss it! On Jun 29 and 30, 8 Wing opens its doors to the community to provide an immersive experience into the world of military and civilian aviation.

According to Captain Rachel Brosseau, Public Affairs Officer for 8 Wing Trenton, spectators will get a behind the scenes look into the activities at 8 Wing and throughout the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) that support operations in Canada and abroad. The event is part of the RCAF 2024 celebrations commemorating 100 years of service in Canada.

 “We are very excited to show the local community the work that we do here at 8 Wing in support of missions around the world,” Brosseau expressed.

“Hosting an air show requires an enormous amount of planning and support. Due to the operational tempo at 8 Wing, it was decided to put a pause on hosting an Air Show in the years following 2016. We are excited to once again be hosting the Quinte International Air Show during the RCAF’s Centennial!”

Spectators can also walk around and even inside of aircraft on static display. There will be a fun and interactive Kids’ Zone with lots of activities that will entertain your little (and not so little) ones! The STEM zone is a unique area with lots of great displays and new technology to try out. Dozens of food vendors will be in attendance serving up all kinds of delicious treats.

Learn more and get your tickets here.

Music lovers won’t want to miss Empire Rockfest

For three nights in July, musical acts will take over Belleville’s Empire Theatre. From July 18 to 20, the rain or shine event will bring crowds together to enjoy the musical stylings of the three headliners The Beaches, Dallas Smith, and Alan Doyle.

Tickets are on sale now for each night of Empire Rockfest. Get yours here: https://theempiretheatre.com/empire-festivals/

Make some time for Downtown Belleville

There’s something for everyone in the Downtown District! From music and festivals to patios and shopping, spending time in Belleville’s Downtown District is always worthwhile.

Make sure to be downtown for these special events:

  • Downtown at Dusk – On June 21, celebrate the summer solstice with an epic street party! Gather some friends and come experience an evening of live music, patios, enchanting street performers and an artisan market from 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Belleville Jazz Festival – The third annual Belleville Jazz Festival takes place all around Downtown Belleville this Summer from July 26 to 28.
  • Buskerfest – Downtown Belleville is gearing up to host its second Buskerfest on Aug 23 and 24. This vibrant festival will captivate audiences of all ages, showcasing the unique artistry of busking while creating an electric atmosphere that celebrates creativity, skill, and community.

Take part in a cultural celebration

Waterfront Festival Parade of Nations. Photo by Madison Shannon.

The Belleville Waterfront Multicultural Celebration will take place in West Zwicks Park July 11 to 14. Going strong for over four decades now, this festival celebrates cultures that make up the community through performances, activities, and the always popular multicultural food village where attendees can try a variety of foods from different countries. And, the midway is back this year!

Watch for more details here.

Join the party at the Belleville Caribbean Festival

For three days this summer, the Belleville Caribbean Festival will take over the streets of downtown Belleville. Come and experience reggae, soca, calypso, and other musical genres as talented musicians take the stage. Try some Caribbean foods, or join in the lively street parade full of vibrant costumes and feathered headpieces, showcasing floats in a new partnership with the Toronto Caribbean Festival.

The Caribbean Festival runs from August 16 to 18 this year.

With so much to see and do in the Bay of Quinte this summer, it’s time to plan your trip! In addition to these can’t-miss events, the region is full of waterfront patios, parks and trails, historic downtowns, and golf courses. Use Bay of Quinte’s vacation toolkit, which includes an interactive map of the region, accommodations, an event calendar and trip ideas to help fill up your stay!


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