Things to do in and around Kingston July 2024

With summer officially underway, there’s no lack of things to do in and around Kingston in July 2024. Photos by: Adam Correia (far left), Kingstonist file photo of ArtFest (top right), Michelle Price-Miller (middle right), and Garrett Elliott (bottom right).

The first full month of summer is nearly here, and the Kingston area is fairly buzzing with plenty of things to do. We’ve spent some time looking for low-cost and free events in the area for July — take a look:

Canada Day

Photo by Adam Correia.

The first holiday of the summer, Canada Day, will be a busy one in the Kingston area. Take a look at our previous coverage of events in and around Kingston on Monday, Jul. 1, 2024:

2024 Canada Day celebrations to take place in and around Kingston

ArtFest

The 13th annual Artfest Kingston festival will take place over the Canada Day long weekend.

According to organizers, the three-day event will feature over 150 artists and vendors from across Canada, displaying and selling their original works of art in a variety of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, glass, wood, metal, and more.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the long weekend, rain or shine. Learn more on the Artfest Kingston website.

Kingston Buskers Rendezvous

Photo by Garrett Elliott.

Taking place from July 4 to 7, 2024, the annual event is introducing new programming this year, according to organizers, including a Buskers Bootcamp in Confederation Park where kids can learn to juggle, beatbox, and more from the performers themselves. 

“The RCAF mini planes will be set up on Market Street on Saturday and Sunday. Kids are invited to grab their boarding passes and go for a FREE ride,” the Downtown Kingston BIA stated.

“But the biggest addition is Buskers After Dark.”

On Saturday, Jul 6, 2024, from 8 to 11 p.m. in Springer Market Square, Buskers After Dark will feature performances by Montreal-based DJ Truwayz, Toronto’s Dr. Draw and the Strange Parade with NorthFIRE circus, and local graffiti artist EronOne. The BIA noted the event is licensed, with Daft Brewing on site for the occasion. 

Read more about what to expect here.

Princess Street Promenade, Part Two

This year, the Downtown Kingston BIA has plans for four Princess St. Promenade events. The second will take place on Saturday, July 20.

This event sees the closure of Princess Street to vehicular traffic, to allow merchants and community groups to gather in the roadway and celebrate the summer season. According to the BIA, Promenade is a one-day festival that promotes active living and community involvement in the downtown.

Over 100 businesses and community groups will reportedly be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a day of family fun and discovery as they bring their interesting wares, exciting activities, exclusive sales, and more to Princess Street. Learn more here.

Book Signing and Laughs with Deborah Kimmett

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On July 24, join Deborah Kimmett at Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a book signing event. Her new book Window Shopping for God was published earlier this year and has been named 2024’s Books With Buzz.

Kimmett said the evening will feature a book signing and conversation, as well as snacks and laughs. Learn more and RSVP here.

Rockin’ the Square

On Friday, July 26, head down to Springer Market Square to catch the annual Rockin’ the Square event. This year, Crash Test Dummies will take to the stage, as well as Kingston’s own Piner.

Kingston Transit will be free from 6 to 11 p.m., so plan your trip and be at the square for 8 p.m. when the music starts! Find the details here.

Canadian Little League Championships

Image via the Kingston Baseball Association website.

From July 28 to August 8, 2024, join Little League Canada and the Kingston Baseball Association in City Park for the annual tournament celebrating Canada’s top Little League teams.

The schedule is yet to be announced. Get more details on the Kingston Baseball Associate website.

Exploration Days

Throughout the months of July and August, Loyalist Township invites everyone to explore the Township’s history every Thursday and Friday, through fun, interactive learning experiences at the Bath Museum and Visitor Centre and the historic Babcock Mill.

Find more details on the free activities during Explorations Days here.

There are always things to do at Kingston Frontenac Public Library

KFPL offers plenty of events and programs for people of all ages to enjoy. Here are a few upcoming events in July:

  • STEM Storybook Exploration: Every Monday in July, 6:30 p.m. For ages 6-10. Register to join “Let’s Talk Science at Queen’s University” for interactive STEM-based learning activities based on a storybook! All supplies included.
  • Make It Happen – Build an assistive writing aid: Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m. For ages 14 and up. Join KFPL in the Gather/Create Space to learn a useful hands-on skill taught by a community expert. No previous experience necessary.
  • Trans-Formative Voices: Monday, July 15, 4 p.m. Learn how to train your voice safely with Find Your Voice Music Therapy. For ages 14 to 25.
  • Drag Storytime: Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. For children and families. Drag entertainer Rowena Whey will showcase books promoting the messages of diversity and inclusion and acceptance. Registration required.
  • Uke-Along for Adults: Swiftie Night: Thursday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. For graduates of Uke Can Do It and others with uke experience. Meet at the Isabel Turner Branch to learn and play a new beginner-level song each month.
  • Storytime with Makwa, Waabooz & Paapaase: Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. Join Vicki from Kahwa:tsire Indigenous-Led Child & Family Programs for a family storytime featuring the Makwa (bear), Waabooz (rabbit) & Paapaase (woodpecker). Songs, stories and learning together.
Photo via KFPL.

Visit the KFPL programs page for a full listing of what’s coming up at your local branch!

Take a trip to the Museum of Lennox and Addington

The Museum of Lennox and Addington is a self-described “inspiring space” for everyone to experience the past, present, and future with wonder. Take a trip to Napanee to explore the museum, or for some low-cost events:

  • Collecting Stamps with Kingston Stamp Club: $3 fee. Tuesday, July 9, 1:30 p.m. All ages event. “Join us for an interesting talk all about stamps with the Kingston Stamp Club! What are they? How do you start your own collection? What are the best stamps to collect? And so much more. Get inspired by the stamps you’ll see in order to draw a stamp of your own. Please bring your own seating.”
  • Drop-In Museum Artifact Scavenger Hunt: Free. Friday, July 12, 10 a.m. Looking for something fun for your children to play at the museum that will help them learn more about the museum and its displays? Drop by and learn about the different counties that make up Lennox & Addington. “Discover the stories of our communities and the people who contributed to our amazing collection.  It’s a fun way to discover more about the museum and a great opportunity to closely examine some displays that you may have been passing by. Search the galleries for the hidden artifacts and collect a prize.”
  • Drop-In Trains @ the Museum Free. Friday, July 19, 10 a.m. Drop in to the museum and join the Belleville Model Railroad Club as they showcase some of their fantastic trains. With both the kid and brio layouts on display this is an event not to be missed!
  • Drop-In Chalk Fun: Free. Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. Head outside the museum and unleash your creativity with sidewalk chalk. Create your own creative character or leave a motivational message. Transform our pavement and sidewalk into a colourful canvas with your dynamic drawings and games.

The museum is located at 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee. Some events take place at different sites. Be sure to get all the details at the links provided above.

Know of any other events or happenings going on this July? Leave them in the comments!

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