Things to do in and around Kingston May 2024

April showers bring May flowers, right? While April may not have been a great ‘outdoor activities’ month, we’re moving into the spring-y-est month of them all.

From Mother’s Day to Victoria Day, and the last frost date of the season, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate May. And we’ve put together some ways to do just that.

Take a look at some free or low cost things to do in and around Kingston in May 2024:

Mother’s Day markets

May means Mother’s Day, and to help you find the perfect gift, here are some of the Mother’s Day sales and markets happening early this month:

Mother’s Day Craft and Vendor Sale at Molly Brant – Friday, May 3, 2024, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Molly Brant Elementary School, 30 Lyon Street. No fee for admission, but bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. All proceeds from this sale will be allocated to the graduating grade 8 classes to subsidize their year-end celebration trip, according to organizers. Find more details here.

Mother’s Day Maker’s Market – Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hard Way Cider Co, 748 Development Drive. Details here.

Image via Facebook Events page.

Mother’s Day Market Napanee – Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lions Hall Napanee, 38 Original Road, Napanee. A list of confirmed vendors is available here.

Spring Market on Mother’s Day Weekend – Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tett Centre, 370 King Street West. Organizers said there will be 80 local vendors between both the Tett and the Isabel Bader Centre, who will be celebrating Spring, Mothers Day and all things local and handmade. Details are here.

More Mother’s Day gift ideas from local businesses can be found here.

Rustic Wedding Show

Planning a wedding? Head out to Harrowsmith on Sunday, May 5 for South Frontenac’s First Annual Rustic Wedding Show. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. vendors will be set up at Harrowsmith Brewing Co, 4143 Camden-Portland Boundary Road. Entry is free and there are door prizes to be won. Learn more here.

Before the Summer Art Show and Sale

This annual art show and sale showcases local art and artists at Gananoque’s Firehall Theatre. Browse the collections at 185 South Street in Gananoque from May 10 to 12, 2024. Admission is free and there is a cash bar on site.

See who will be there, and find more details at https://www.beforethesummer.com/

Science Rendezvous

Image via Science Rendezvous.

Since 2010, Science Rendezvous Kingston has captured the hearts and minds of kids and grown-ups alike as one of Canada’s longest-running and successful pop-up science, technology, engineering and mathematics discovery centres.

Hosted by Queen’s University, the free, family-friendly annual science festival will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Slush Puppie Place, 1 The Tragically Hip Way. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., take in some, or all, of the 60 booths featuring topics ranging from wildlife conservation to robotics and climate change.

Learn more about the event here.

Touch a Truck

Photo via South Frontenac Township.

South Frontenac has invited everyone to “Touch a Truck” at a new location this year. On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, the up-close-and-personal event will take place at The Point Park in Sydenham from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Get all the details here.

UPDATE!
The Touch-A-Truck event, scheduled for the evening of May 8, 2024, has been postponed, South Frontenac Township shared on social media:

“Touch the Truck is POSTPONED! ???
Due to the forecasted thunder and lightning storms, we are postponing the event until tomorrow! Please join us on Thursday, May 9th from 4 pm – 7 pm. Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbours! We’ll see you tomorrow!”

Family Fishing Day on Amherst Island

On Saturday, May 11, 2024, Loyalist Township is holding Family Fishing Day at the Stella Bay Dock and Park at 5220 Front Rd in Stella. Everyone is welcome – there will be fun games, crafts, face-painting, live music, cash BBQ and, of course, fishing from the dock. Read more about the event here.

Spring Plant Show

Gardeners know that May is the month for planting. For those interested, locally grown plants will be available to purchase at two spring plant shows in the Kingston area.

Suzanne’s Plants will be hosting sales on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1910 Keeley Road in Sydenham, and on Saturday, May 11, at 162 Mowat Avenue in Kingston for native plants and locally grown vegetables.

More details are available on the Facebook event page, here.

KGC’s Mini Spring Market

The Kingston Grandmother Connection is holding a Spring Mini Market at St. John’s Church, 41 Church Street in Portsmouth Village on Saturday, May 25, 2024. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a wide variety of items will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Help Lesotho – two organizations which support African grandmothers and their families.

“At this market you will find the things you love — African baskets and crafts, pre-loved ladies clothing and jewellery, plants, eco products, nature photo cards, sewing and baking!” said Barb Thompson, a volunteer with the Kingston Grandmother Connection (KGC).

Learn more about the Kingston Grandmother Connection on their website, and follow their Facebook page for news and updates.

Summer Music Kick Off

Image via South Frontenac Township.

On May 25, 2024, South Frontenac is holding a Summer Kickoff Music Festival. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., find live music, local vendors, craft beer, food trucks, and fun for kids of all ages at 4500Centennial Park Road in Harrowsmith. Admission is free, and donations will be gratefully accepted at the gate.

Full details and music line up available 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 May:

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: Watercolour and Salt Saturday, May 4, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dive into the magical world of painting with watercolors and salt in our exciting children’s workshop. Watch as the salt works its magic, absorbing moisture from the paint to create fascinating textures and patterns that will make your artwork come alive.
  • Museum Teen Takeover: Teen Watercolour and Salt Art Saturday, May 4, 3 to 4 p.m. Experience the enchanting fusion of watercolor and salt in our immersive workshop! Discover how the simple addition of salt transforms your watercolor paintings into mesmerizing masterpieces. 
  • Our Artistic Journeys: Artist Talk with Gary Barnett and Joanne Kells Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m. $3 per person. Take in an inspiring night at the Museum with local artists and active members of the Greater Napanee & Area Arts Association: Gary Barnett and Joanne Kells, as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the GNAAA!
  • Swinging Tunes with Andy Sparling Friday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Included with museum admission ($3). Enjoy the fun and whimsy of classic jazz and swing with well-known trombone artist Andy Sparling. Whether you want to come out and experience some old favourites, or would like to introduce your kids (or grandkids) to some of the best music from the 20th century’s great songwriters, this little concert is for everyone.

The museum is located at 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee. Visit their website for more details.

Know of any other events or happenings going on this May? 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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