Things to do in and around Kingston June 2024

Princess Street Promenade (left; photo via Downtown Kingston BIA), the Skeleton Park Arts Festival (bottom right, photo via SPAF), Turtle Awareness Day (middle right, a painted turtle; photo by Chelsey Marques), and Kingston ComiCon (top right, a pile of Marvel comics; photo by Erik McLean) are just some of the many things to take part in during June 2024 in Kingston.

While summer doesn’t officially begin until the solstice on June 20, the weather sure has us thinking it’s already here! To help you get the most out of the beautiful days (and nights) to come, we’ve put together some happenings in the Kingston area throughout the month of June.

From festivals and fairs to sales and movies, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy this month. Take a look at these free or low cost things to do in and around Kingston in June 2024:

Turtle Awareness Day

Image via Turtles Kingston on Facebook.

On Saturday, June 1, join Turtles Kingston for an educational day at Confederation Park. From 1 to 3 p.m., visitors can learn about turtles, their habitats, and how we can help protect them.

“Enjoy a turtle identification challenge, how to move a turtle demonstrations, and even help us create a turtle sculpture for our upcoming art gallery and auction. It’s a perfect event for the whole family to enjoy and appreciate the importance of turtle conservation. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with nature and learn something new!” organizers expressed.

The third annual turtle awareness day is free. Follow Turtles Kingston on Facebook for news and events.

Inclusive Fun Fair

The Inclusive Play Project (IPP) is holding a community fundraising event to celebrate inclusivity and promote awareness of the importance of inclusive play and recreation within the Kingston community.

On Saturday, June 8, Shannon Park will be filled with 40 agencies dedicated to serving the special needs community, each hosting a fun fair game for families and children to enjoy. Additionally, the event will include a Kids Zone offering free activities such as giant inflatables, trolley rides, construction and fire trucks, fun fair games, and a magic show.

“We are thrilled to invite the community to join us for a day of fun, learning, and inclusivity at the IPP Inclusive Fun Fair,” said Rachel Doornekamp IPP Director of Operations at the Inclusive Play Project.

Bring some cash for the barbeque and explore a vendor market showcasing products from local artisans.

Shannon Park is located across from the Rideau Heights Community Centre on Macauley Street. Learn more about this event here.

Kingston Botanical Market

Image via the Tett Centre website.

On June 8 and 9, the Tett Centre will transform into an “enchanting realm of foliage and greenery” for the Kingston Botanical Market.

Hosted by Stone City Tropicals, the event will showcase not just an array of rare plants but also local artisans who share a deep-rooted passion for the botanical world, according to organizers.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and admission is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Kingston Humane Society and future market activities. The Tett Centre is located at 370 King Street West. More details are available here.

Pete Petersen Basketball League 70th Anniversary Celebration

This year, the Pete Petersen Basketball League turns 70 and invites everyone to the celebration. On June 15, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., stop by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Rideau Heights to recognize this milestone, and support LionHearts Inc. with a non-perishable food or cash donation.

“Although our hope is to bring former players and volunteers back, the event is open to everyone. We will have live music provided by ‘Whiskey Smoke,’ Kingston Fire and Rescue will have a static display, there will be games, Kelly’s Chip Truck will be on site, balloon animals, snow cones, and a ‘walk down memory Lane’ set up in the gym with memorabilia and photos taken through the years,” Roland Billings, League President, shared with Kingstonist in an email.

“The league was founded 70 years ago by Don Petersen when he was a 17-year-old caretaker at St. Pat’s School and this is also a celebration of the impact he had on our community and his legacy of giving.”

For more details, visit https://justforthefunofit.ca/ and scroll down to the Apr 12, 2024 post, or see the event details on Facebook.

Kingston ComiCon

On June 15, bring $5 and a non-perishable food item to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560 at 734 Montreal Street, and check out Kingston ComiCon.

According to event organizers, a variety of vendors will be selling comic books, new and vintage toys, jewelry, DVD’s, anime, manga, prints, and a variety of other awesome geek stuff.

“There will even be some Artists & Authors present with their own art, books and comics. Visit their booths and get some unique items and even some free autographs!!”

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and children under 12 are free. Organizers said cosplay is encouraged. Get more details here.

Princess Street Promenade

This year, the Downtown Kingston BIA has plans for four Princess St. Promenade events. The first will take place on Saturday, June 22.

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.

Skeleton Park Arts Festival

Image via Skeleton Park Arts Festival.

The 19th edition of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival (SPAF) will take place over the summer solstice weekend.

On the weekend of June 22 and 23, the festival will feature the rhythms of reggae, Caribbean, country, folk, Celtic, and Anishinaabe-Canadian, among many other genres from local, national, and international musicians. Besides music, organizers said that the programming on both Saturday and Sunday will feature local food vendors, community organization information booths, and the new partner arts organization, The Fat Goose Collective, which is in charge of the Artisan Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The event, which takes place in Skeleton (McBurney) Park is free to attend. Find more details here.

Movies in the Square

This Thursday night tradition starts on June 27 with ’10 Things I Hate About You.’ Bring your chairs or blankets and catch the film in Springer Market Square.

Running most Thursday nights through the summer, Movies in the Square is always a fun way to spend a summer evening. The movies start just after dusk.

Find more details and the movie line up for 2024 here.

Artfest Kingston

Artfest takes over City Park every Canada Day weekend. Photo by Steve Veale.

The 13th annual Artfest Kingston festival will take place over the Canada Day long weekend. We’ve included it here because it starts on June 29!

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 rain or shine 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.

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 June:

  • Bad Art Night: Monday, Jun. 3, 6:30 p.m. For ages 8-12. Enjoy a no-experience-necessary art extravaganza! The only requirement is that your masterpiece is far from perfect & you bring your creativity! All supplies provided!
  • Puzzle Swap Saturday, June 8, 2 to 4 p.m. Drop by the Isabel Turner Branch with a complete puzzle (no missing pieces!) in good condition, in the original vendor’s box. Exchange it for a new-to-you puzzle and enjoy!
  • Foraging for the Seasons Saturday, Jun. 29, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn how to identify herbs, greens, fruits, seeds, nuts and roots, followed by a hands-on outdoor exploration of forageable plants around the Calvin Park Branch.
  • Make It Mess Free! Monday, Jun. 17, 6:30 p.m. For ages 6-9. Enjoy a chance to create without getting your hands dirty! Design with water, stickers & wikki stix. Registration required.

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:

  • Museum Kids: Blow Painting with Straws Free. Saturday, Jun. 1, 10:30 a.m. Kids aged 4 and up will paint a fun marsh scene using straws to direct the paint. “Maybe you’ll be inspired by the Napanee River flowing by, or feel free to improvise and go wherever your artist heart takes you; fireworks anyone?”
  • Museum Teen Takeover: Rock Painting Free. Saturday, Jun. 1, 1 to 2 p.m. This event is for teens aged 12 and up. “Join us on the lawn of Macpherson House (subject to change due to weather conditions) where we’ll provide the materials but it’s up to you to get inspired by what’s around you. There are no wrong answers, just some rocking paintings!”
  • Where Fact Meets Fiction $3 fee. Saturday, Jun. 22, 1 p.m. Explore the local connections in a newly-released novel, Finding Home. At this talk, author Laurie Ness Gordon will be discussing the book, the processes she used for researching the book, and going into detail about where the concrete facts transition into historical fiction.  Kingstonist reviewed this novel in April.

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 June? Leave them in the comments!


Jessica Foley is the Assistant Editor and Lead Content Writer at Kingstonist, and has spent many years finding fun things to do in the Kingston area with her family. In this monthly column, she will share what she knows, and she’s always open to learning about more area events and happenings. Email her at [email protected] with suggestions.

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