32 Sensational September Events in South Eastern Ontario

Sweet September! Fall is just around the corner and South Eastern Ontario has so many brilliant events to usher in a new season. Move beyond back to school and experience local farms, live music, cycling, studio tours, stargazing and even some classic good times at fall fairs. Read on for 32 events to look forward to this September.

Bay of Quinte

1.Belleville Downtown Blues Fest

Get your toes tapping at this epic blues fest that takes over Downtown Belleville on Saturday, Sept. 9! With workshops and special performances in market square and on the main stage it’s sure to be hit. Admission is free with donations of cash or food to Gleaner’s Food Bank, Quinte.

2. Open Farm Day at Dahlia May Flower Farm

Ever wanted a behind-the-scenes peek at a working flower farm? This is your chance! Dahlia May Flower Farm is opening up its private two acres flower fields for guests to roam and appreciate the blooms on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the freedom of self-guided tours on the farm, visitors can take photos and enjoy a pop-up flower shop on site stocked with field grown flowers. There is an admission fee of $19.95 and kids under 12 are free.

3. Belleville Porchfest

This free, family-oriented event sees porches in the city sparkle with live music on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. Presented by the Rotary Club of Belleville, join in for a neighbourhood celebration of music where East Hill residents perform on front porches to an audience that moves from house to house. Belleville Porchfest is now in its 14th year and has become a beloved fall event. Enjoy a tune or two!

Prince Edward County

4. Live in the County

Love live? Prince Edward County is worth checking out. The County has a swoon-worthy live event scene from laugh-out-loud comedy to soul-shaking music, and from thought-provoking art to inspiring dance. Take a look at the sensational September live events coming up in the County that will warm your heart and cool your jets.

5. PEC Studio Tour

The numbers don’t lie: more than 40 artists in 30 studio locations celebrating the brilliance of local artists during the 30th year of the Prince Edward County Studio Tour. The free tour sees studios open their doors to the public Friday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Map out a route and have fun exploring art in the County!

6. Film & Food at Littlejohn Farm

Entertaining and engaging short documentaries, accented by a delicious meal embracing local Canadian ingredients inspired by the film! Little John Farm in partnership with Beyond Culinary Canada, is bringing together Film & Food on Sept. 24, 2023 – showcasing Ontario Wines and Ontario Farms with guest speakers, Rebecca Mackenzie from Culinary Tourism Alliance, Magdalena Kaiser rom VQA and Dan Sullivan of Rosehall Run Vineyard and Winery.

Lennox & Addington

7. Discover L&A Ride

An unforgettable route and fun stops along the way make the Discover L&A Ride a favourite cycling event! Set this year for Saturday, Sept. 9, this cycle tour of Lennox & Addington is in its 7th year and welcomes thousands of cycling enthusiasts to enjoy the local food, wine tastings, live music and post-ride brews at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company.

8.Wynn Farms Corn Maze

Be enchanted by this years’ corn maze theme at Wynn Farms!  Each year, the theme changes, but the quality and challenging fun for visitors of all ages remains the same. September is a busy month at Wynn Farms with the flower farm still blooming, the apple orchard in full swing and the corn maze delighting visitors. For a special treat, look here for Moonlight Maze days on Fridays and Saturdays throughout September.

9.Stargazing at the Dark Sky Viewing Area
You’ll have stars in your eyes! See the night sky as it was 100 years ago – remarkable views await at Ontario’s most southerly point to offer a clear night sky unobstructed from light pollution! From dusk til dawn, the Dark Sky Viewing Area opens up a world of wonder. The popular laser-guided stargazing tour on September 15 and 16 at 8:30 p.m. is a great way for novice stargazers to get to know the night sky, or reserve a spot to get up close with the moon on Sept. 23! That’s when Tim Trentadue will be at the Dark Sky Viewing Area to teach visitors about the moon and provide a look at the surface of the moon through his high powered telescope.

10.Pick your own
Local orchards are bursting with apples! Discover the sweetness of September in L&A County the apple by attending some family events happening during the harvest season. Be sure to visit the horses at Spring Meadow Farm while picking, a farm that has been operating since 1969. Try an apple cider donut! At Janssens Orchards the passion for apple is everpresent – especially growing heritage varieties. Of course, Wynn Farms is also the apple of your eye, with apple picking at the orchard and fun family activities on the calendar throughout the fall.


11.Open Farm Days

Celebrate farming and food in Frontenac and Kingston! From Sept. 1 to Oct. 15, 2023 learn about farms first hand by touring local farms with the farmers themselves! Walk to rows of veggies and flowers during harvest or enjoy a delicious culinary experience. Get a deeper understanding of where food comes from and appreciate the connection to the land.  Join Haymakers Coffee Co.’s roaster and creator for a hands-on roasting session, or get up close to grazing animals during a walking tour at Maple Ridge Farm. Experience a hopyard at harvest at the Wolfe Island Hopyard or visit the participating farms, markets and greenhouses to chat with local growers. See all the Open Farm Days events and plan your month!

Looking for more to do in Frontenac? Check out 25 things to do in South Frontenac!


12.Katarokwi Indigenous Art & Food Market

Springer Market Square comes alive with local Indigenous art and music every Sunday in September from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marvel at handcrafted art, jewellery and clothing and savour freshly made food complemented by different artist demonstrations each week.

13.Kingston Fall Fair

Set for Sept. 14 to 17, the Kingston Fall Fair is sure to delight young and old. Celebrating 191 years, the Kingston Fall Fair is synonymous with autumn in the city. Look for a large midway, games, agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, monster trucks, demolition derby, motocross thrill riders, live entertainment, the popular Country Singing Showdown competition and much more! See the full schedule and plan to attend.

14.Kingston WritersFest

Known as one of the top festivals in the country, Kingston WritersFest tells its tale from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2023.The lineup for the 15th annual festival if exciting no matter if your go-to genre is food writing, fiction, social issues or spoken word. The aim is to inspire and engage at this readers’ and writers’ festival. More than 60 top Canadian and international authors offer readings, conversations, performances and even master classes in 45 events during the five-day festival. Discover the lineup!

15. Art After Dark
Light up the night with Art After Dark, when galleries and art-enthusiastic businesses in downtown Kingston showcase stunning art for a super night of art, live music, shopping and connection. Be inspired on Friday, September 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Art After Dark!

1000 Islands Gananoque

16. Lyndhurst Turkey Fair

Gobble gobble! The Lyndhurst Turkey Fair struts into town on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is set to make you shake a tail feather! This free day of family fun sees thousands of people come to Lyndhurst to experience free Voyageur canoe rides, antique cars, prize draws, silent auction, pony rides, petting zoo, crafts, a reptile show and so much more!

17.Furnace Falls Farm Fall Harvest Feast of the Fields & Concert

Savour everything that the fall harvest is offering at the Harvest Feast of Fields & Concert at Furnace Falls Farm featuring Dead Root Revival with Tom Savage. Attend the dinner and show or just the concert only on Sept. 16. The show takes place inside the large and beautifully refurbished rustic barn. The venue is an experience unto itself!

 18. Pump Gan Fest
Pumpkins galore! Carving, crafts, goodies and more take over Town Park in Gananoque on Sept. 30, 2023 to celebrate the orange sign of autumn. Join in the family fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. put on by the Gananoque Lions Club.

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways

19. Cloud 9 Electronic Music and Eco Art Festival
Experience a multi-sensory celebration of a sustainable future! Now in its second year, the festival at No. 9 Gardens in Rideau Lakes is organized by youth, for youth to foster inspiration and creativity. On Saturday, Sept. 9 the day will be filled with live music, workshops, local food vendors, a pop-up craft and merch market, an outdoor eco-art exhibit and the chance to contribute to an interactive mosaic sculpture. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect – be sure to get tickets early as only a limited number are available.

20. Leeds Grenville Fibre Extravaganza
Fibre is good for you! On Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Fibre Extravaganza, visitors will find handspun and dyed yarns, specialized tools and accessories, and local producers experienced in spinning, weaving, rug hooking, felting, and more. Shop for beautiful hand-dyed fleeces, yarns, and wool and rediscover the timeless crafts of knitting, crocheting, and more. Find the Extravaganza at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville. Admission is $7 or bring a dozen crocheted/knit poppies or a scarf, toque, socks or mitts and save $2 on your entry.

21. Fall in Love with Maple North Grenville
Enjoy a fall drive and then immerse yourself in a sugarbush forest experience, complete with a pancake breakfast, maple syrup production tours, live music and more! Happening on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kemptville Campus, Agroforestry Centre and hosted by On The Bend Sugar Shack and the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association. Be sure to reserve your table!

22. Westporch Festival
This popular event returns for another year where front porches become a showcase for regional artists, musicians, activities and treats. Set for Saturday, Sept. 23 in Westport, it’s a free outdoor walking tour of the village with fabulous live music enlivening 15 porches with entertainment throughout the day.  Experience this village-wide, family-friendly, happy event by taking a look at the artists performing and planning to attend. Tips, donations and purchases are welcome.



23. Tincap Berry Farm Sunflower Stroll and Pick Your Own Pumpkins

  1. Sunny days are here again! The Tincap Berry Farm is bringing the sunshine this season with its sunflower strolls in mid-September. Fall photo ops and pick-your-own sunflower area make this an experience to remember. Cut a stem or a pail of blooms to bring home! Also look for the perfect pumpkin in the pick-your-own pumpkin patch to make your home festive for fall – or for carving legendary jack-o-lanterns! Stay tuned for available dates for both.

24. Hall’s Apple Market Pick Your Own

Nothing says fall like picking apples. Hall’s Apple Market is ready to welcome your family for the traditional pick your own experience with some surprises! Pick your own opens Sept. 2 2023 and runs until Thanksgiving. The kids can enjoy a playground, wagon rides, fresh cider, exploring a country store, and savouring baked goodies. The farm is even dog-friendly if leashed, so your furry friend doesn’t have to miss out!

25. Fulford Place Ghost Tours

The spooky season is almost upon us! Head over to Fulford Place in Brockville for ghost tours Sept. 6 and 13, as well as throughout October in this historic mansion along the former millionaire’s row. Stories swirl of after-hours hauntings here – discover what secrets lay behind the big doors of Fulford Place! Be sure to reserve your tickets.

SDG Counties

26. Iroquois Apple Fest

How do you like them apples? We like them a lot, actually! The Iroquois Apple Fest is a bushel of fun for the whole family. With a night parade, “cutest apple dumpling” baby contest, Iroquois’ Got Talent competition, baking contests, chicken dinner, live music, car show and much more, it’s bound to be a good time on Sept. 16. An apple a day…

27. Wood Fest at Wood Brothers Brewing

Beer. Live music. Food. Need we say more? It’s going down on Sept. 23 from noon until 10 p.m. Be there or be square.

28. Harvest Wine Tasting and Food Pairing at Tranquility Acres

Touring of the property, meeting the farm animals, and enjoying live music and bar service while shopping local vendors in the afternoon, followed by a wine tasting and food pairing and a buffet, music and dancing! Sounds like an epic day.  Combine that with playing lawn games, roasting marshmallows, and making an afternoon of it at Tranquility Acres, before the ticketed pairing event begins in earnest at 7 p.m.


29. Akwesasne International Pow-Wow

Witness the best Native dancers, drummers and artisans from the region during this vibrant cultural experience! Taking place Sept. 9 to 10, 2023 at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island, the Akwesasne Pow-Wow is the place to enjoy a one-of-a-kind music and dancing, to shop the beautiful creations of talented First Nations artisans and enjoy great food and great company.

30. Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival

One day festival celebrating the stinking rose! If you’re a garlic enthusiast, join in the fun at the Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cornwall Civic Complex to meet garlic growers, taste wares from food artisans, enjoy live music, learn from workshops, as well as have some family fun, dinner and even dancing on the waterfront! The Garlic Gala will round out the day from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. providing a farm to city culinary experience.

31. Shorty Jenkins Classic

A curling bonspiel like no other! See world-class curling in a small-town club setting. The Shorty Jenkins Classic welcomes world champions, Olympic athletes and top athletes from Canada, the US and Europe. It’s happening Sept. 20 to 24, 2023 and this year is welcoming some of the world’s best women’s curlers – including the four-time defending world champions – as well as a men’s lineup that includes world champions, Olympic gold medallists and top four ranked teams in the world! Be at the Cornwall Curling Centre to see it all go down.

32. Apples and Art Studio Tour
Be inspired by art in the spaces it’s created! The Apples and Art Studio Tour encourages visitors to meet the artists, chat and see their work in a natural setting across Cornwall and SDG Counties. This two-day event is taking place from Sept. 23 to 24 and features artists working with batik, sculpture, acrylic and oil, serigraphy, watercolour, wood, graphite on paper, metal jewellery, glass, body painting, 3D printing and so much more! Take a look at the brochure to plan your self-guided route.

September is sure to be a smash hit with creative events in abundance like the harvest in South Eastern Ontario.

52 August Events to Make Your Summer Memorable

Summer is in full swing and that means hot events across South Eastern Ontario. This month is full to the brim with brilliant activities. Whether it’s live music, haunted tours, fantastic food, sunflowers, friendship days or even night markets, August promises events to remember. Make the most out of the remaining days of summer in South Eastern Ontario!

  1. Belleville Caribbean Festival A Caribbean adventure in the heart of Downtown Belleville! Set for Aug. 19 from noon to 11 p.m. the festival will see pulsating rhythms of reggae, soca, calypso, and more with live music, exceptional Caribbean cuisine and a lively street parade with hundreds of dancers.
  2. Tyendinaga Traditional Pow Wow: Tsitewatsiró:ten: Rekindling Our Fire The 36th annual Tyendinaga Traditional Pow Wow takes place Aug. 12 to 13 in Tsi Tkerhetoton Park. Enjoy traditional dancing, beautiful regalia of participants and learn more about various Indigenous cultures – and of course indulge in wonderful food! Also look for more than 70 Indigenous craft vendors selling handmade art and jewellery.
  3. Concerts in the Park Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy outdoor live music during the Quinte West Summer Concert Series! This series takes place in Frankford Tourist Park every Wednesday, and in Fraser Park each Friday and Sunday until September. Check out the schedule and make an evening of it! Various dates throughout August.
  4. Festival of Lights Kick Off  Christmas is just five months away – but it’s going to feel a lot closer on Saturday, August 5 in Belleville Market Square! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in town for their summer holiday during a special Festival of Lights fundraising event. Join them from 10 a.m. to noon for face painting, live music, holiday activities, selfie station and more.


  1. Dragonette at The Hayloft Dancehall  Get ready to live. Juno-winning artist and sought-after songwriter, Dragonette, is performing at The Hayloft Dancehall on Friday, Aug. 11, bringing her special brand of electro-pop to Prince Edward County after scoring numerous global hits.
  2. Base 31 Live Music The Drill Hall at Base 31 in Prince Edward County sets the scene for live music this August – on a big stage in a remarkable, historic setting! Iconic Canadian band, 54•40, is performing at The Drill Hall at Base 31 in Prince Edward County on Saturday, Aug. 5. For over 40 years, 54•40 has carved out a legacy of gold and platinum albums and awesome live performances. Next up at The Drill Hall is rising Nashville star Josh Ross performing on Aug. 12. Debuting as a chart-topping artist, Ross has quickly made a name for himself and garnered loyal fans along the way. Check out many more shows also happening in August at The Drill Hall!
  3. Graveyard & Gallows Walking Tour A tour of mystery and intrigue! The Graveyard & Gallows Tour takes place every Friday night in August, allowing visitors to explore the grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park with an experienced guide. Stroll through the neighbouring graveyard at Reverend William Macaulay’s former church and spot a famous tombstone before discovering the local courthouse, jail cells, and even the gallows.
  4. Dusk, Dance & Drones Experience it to believe it! Prepare for a fun night out making memories with family or friends. Set for the evenings of Friday, August 4 and 18, as well as Sept. 1, in partnership with Illumin and Base 31, the night sky will be lit up by a fleet of drones, dancing and weaving to create a stunning display of light and colour to fill all ages with wonder. Unique and impressive!
  5. PEC Yoga Fest Sand & Pearl’s Full Moon Yoga Fest is back for a sixth year from Aug. 11 to 13, bringing together five yoga communities from across Ontario. Classes, musicians, food, lots of love and a family friendly atmosphere make this a favourite event.
  6. Art of Charcuterie and Wine Workshop Explore the art of charcuterie design, as well as wine and cheese pairing! Hosted by Broken Stone Winery, Bark Woodshop & Studio and Farm Board Canada on Aug. 13, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn – and then savour your design.
  7. PEC Jazz Festival Much anticipated and always elevated! The PEC Jazz Festival is back for its 23rd year from Aug. 15 to 20 and showcases another award-winning line-up including JUNO-award-winning headliners, Caity Gyorgy, Hilario Duran (with Adis Rodriquez), and Marc Jordan; JUNO nominee, Alison Young; the uber energetic and crowd-pleasing Big Smoke Brass; inventive clarinetists Virginia MacDonald and Todd Marcus, and more!
  8.  The Grange of Prince Edward – Visa Infinite Dining Series event Picture this: a delicious evening of the freshest and most seasonal local flavours paired with spectacular wines, among the vines at a long-table winery dinner in Prince Edward County. Join in to witness star chefs sparkle at The Grange of Prince Edward – Visa Infinite Dining Series Event on Aug. 12. Prepare for a remarkable evening.
  9. Craft Chocolate Tasting Workshop Sign us up! The third part of a Craft Chocolate Tasting Workshop series takes place on Aug. 13 at Base 31, hosted by Certified Chocolate Taster and Educator, Christy Conte, focuses on the intricacies of dark chocolate.
  10. Yiddish Soul: Socalled & Venuti String Quartet Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is known for his genre-bending collaborations and passion for Yiddish music. This highlight concert of the Big Lake Festival is taking place on Aug. 22 at the Regent Theatre in Picton. It features a ground-breaking and heartbreaking programme of Yiddish art songs, lullabies, theatre music and folk songs newly arranged for string quartet.  Look for the whole schedule of world-class musicians at Big Lake Festival from Aug. 18 to 26 at various venues in the region and enjoy a celebration of all things grounding, nourishing and holding steady to who we are.
  1. Napanee Fair The Napanee Fair is back for its 190-year milestone! This year’s fair features a midway, live music, agricultural exhibits, tractor and horse pulls, a petting zoo, demolition derby and more. Set for Aug. 4 to 7, 2023 Napanee is ready to roll out a good old country welcome for visitors and locals alike. There’s nothing like a summer fair!
  2. Livestock Craft and Music Festival Bring the family to meet the animals at this all-day fundraiser for Second Chance Ranch! The Livestock Craft & Music Festival takes place on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, pigs, goats, chickens, ponies, alpacas and donkeys on site and raises money to help rehabilitate, rehome or provide a forever home for horses in need.
  3. Discover L&A County MEGA Geocaching Did you know that Canada’s largest annual geocaching event is held in Napanee? That’s right! More than 1,000 visitors from across North America, Europe and beyond come to Napanee on Aug. 19 to take part! With a water cache canoe and kayak cruise, night sky stargazer tour, kick off events and more than 1,500 geocaches in L&A County it’s a fun-filled weekend!
  4. Back to the Farm The ultimate beer and music festival! Back to the Farm at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company in Bath has grown to welcome thousands of people to revel in awesome live music and enjoy quality craft beer brewed on site. Party down home style on Sunday Aug. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to close and hear The Blue Stones, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Paul Langlois Band, Boston Levi and many more!
  5. Breakfast on the Farm Come hungry! Our mouths are watering even thinking about this all-Ontario breakfast. What’s more, there will be interactive educational displays, farmer a meet and greets, tours of a working farm and even family photo ops. Set for Aug. 26 at Ripplebrook Farm, Napanee which is home to 280 animals and a lot of heart.
  1. Wolfe Island Lobsterfest Celebrate tasty crustaceans at Hotel Wolfe Island’s Patio Lobsterfest on Saturday, Aug. 12. Chef Andrew Dillon is preparing a feast with fresh, delicious lobster sourced sustainably. Think cocktails, live music, lobster and good times! Three seatings; reservations strongly encouraged.
  2. Art in the Sawmill   Add some art to your summer and your home on Aug 5 & 6. This juried show features a collection of over 25 local artists & artisans for a two day show & sale in Verona in the historic Sawmill. – celebrating its 10th year anniversary!
  3. Music in the Park  Each month Music in the Park is at one of the beautiful beaches in South Frontenac. This August enjoy live local music at the beautiful Point Park in Sydenham on Saturday August 19th, from 1pm – 3pm. Bring a picnic and lawn chair, and enjoy toe-tapping music on the shores of Sydenham Lake.
  4. Haymakers Coffee Co. Roasting Tour  Treat yourself to a trip Wolfe Island side to explore the coffee roasting process along with the breathtaking landscape and water views that kick off the 1000 Islands. Each roasting session is limited to 8 coffee-loving humans in order for you to truly dig in to learn where coffee is grown, sourced and roasted. Various dates in August.
  5. Maple Ridge Farms – Mindfulness Journey & Bloom Bar  On August 18th experience a 90-minute immersive mindfulness journey to awaken your senses, nourish your soul, and deepen your connection with the world around you. Once you are all relaxed and feeling Zen, take some time on the farm to handpick a vibrant selection of blooms and create a stunning hand-tied bouquet that will serve as a beautiful reminder of your transformative experience.
  1. Sunset ceremony at Fort Henry  A sunset event you won’t soon forget! Fort Henry’s Sunset Ceremony combines the talented Fort Henry Guard’s impressive marching manoeuvers, drills, music and cannons with a stunning fireworks finale. Held once a week throughout August – tickets required
  2. Sun Harvest Flower Fields The Flower Fields at Sun Harvest are open and blooming. Wander through the cutting garden and enjoy the beauty of more than 8,000 flowers. Get your cutters and fill a jug with your favourite blooms to bring home a slice of summer! A fantastic activity for friends, co-workers, families, or even just solo for some meaningful me-time. 
  3. Katarokwi Indigenous Art and Food Market Sundays in August and Sept. 24, find local Indigenous artists, artisans and musicians selling handcrafted jewelry, art, clothing and enjoy fresh food and live demonstrations showcasing different artists! Located in Springer Market Square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  4. Kick and Push Festival Rave reviews for this innovative performance festival keep the crowds coming back year after year. The Kick and Push Festival in Kingston is a professional, three-week festival featuring award-winning Canadian performers and award-winning work in venues all over the city. Taking place until Aug. 18, the Kick and Push Festival pushed the boundaries of what traditional theatre can be!
  5. Princess Street Promenade Take a stroll down Princess Street and revel in this popular festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  on Saturday, Aug. 5. The promenade closes Princess Street to vehicles from Barrie Street to Ontario Street making for the perfect opportunity to enjoy Downtown Kingston. Walk about and visit local shops, grab a bite to eat at downtown restaurants, and spend the day downtown!
  6. Women’s Art Festival Did you know that Kingston is home to the longest running Women’s Art Festival in Canada? The event celebrates women’s creativity in the arts with free community programming, live music, local eats, art installations, children’s tent and an enthralling marketplace. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Art Festival so mark your calendar for Aug. 12 and 13 at City Park.
  7. Greek Festival Presented by the Kingston Greek Community, the Greek Festival kicks off Saturday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Join in the fun at the Greek Banquet Hall on Johnson Street, with Greek dancing, food, and drinks – as well as a live Greek band. Admission is a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the Partners in Mission Food Bank!
  8. Limestone City Blues Festival  An event like no other! The Limestone City Blues Festival is a go for Aug. 24 to 27 this year, showcasing four days of “raw, gritty and unrestrained live performances” in venues across Downtown Kingston and two main stages in Springer Market Square and Confederation Park.  New this year, look for food and artisan vendors, as well as a licensed area!
  9. Doors Open Kingston & Area   Ever wonder what was behind those doors? Then Doors Open is for you! This intriguing free event is running over three dates this year and allows access to dozens of spaces, places and stories that shape the communities of Kingston and surrounding area. Discover the participating sites and explore at your own pace. Upcoming date of August 26 sees places like the PumpHouse, Murney Tower National Historic Site, HMCS Cataraqui, Agnes Etherington Art Centre and more open for learning from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See you there!
  1. 1000 Islands Gananoque Poker Run & Shootout Weekend Feel the need for speed – marvel at the power on water as performance boating returns to the 1000 Islands region! Poker Runs America and Power Boating Canada are bringing the excitement to the St. Lawrence River on Aug. 26 and 27 in Gananoque to thrill spectators and poker runners.
  2. Summer in the Islands Free Waterfront Concerts  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and prepare to be entertained with free summer concerts at Joel Stone Heritage Park in Gananoque each Friday and Saturday evening until Sept. 9. Artists like Abbey Stewart Band, Trevor Walsh Band, Healey & Orr and more will be performing starting at 7:30 p.m. against the stunning backdrop of the St. Lawrence River.
  1. Lombardy Fair You can’t beat a country fair! The atmosphere, the sights and sounds. The Lombardy Agricultural Society is celebrating 157 years of country hospitality with something for everyone from Friday, Aug. 4 to Sunday, Aug. 6. Look for a demolition derby, exhibits in the barn, monster truck show, the midway and ever-popular annual 4-H Club Dairy Achievement Day.
  2. South Grenville Bluegrass Festival Get ready for picking and grinning! The South Grenville Bluegrass Festival is ready to heat up the Spencerville Fairgrounds from Aug. 10 to 13 with lots of remarkable bluegrass talent from as far afield as Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. With workshops, open mics, band scramble, a choir, music all afternoon and evening and even a mouth-watering chicken barbecue, this is one event not to be missed!
  3. St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare against the beautiful backdrop of the St. Lawrence in Prescott! The only professional outdoor theatre in the St. Lawrence Seaway area is current on stage with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Importance of Being Ernest until Aug. 5 after which the gorgeous venue on Prescott’s waterfront is home to special performances by the Guild Festival Theatre with Alice in Wonderland, and a Company of Fools performing Hamlet.
  4. Live music in Rideau Lakes It’s summer and that means Rideau Lakes is all about the music. Make a weekend of it at the end of August! The Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall will be rocking on August 26 with its next installment of the annual summer concert series, welcoming Red Fox, an Indie-folk band with acoustic roots and electric sound. Also that weekend, the popular Bach on the Beverley returns, a fun and informal free event, with donations accepted for local organizations. The event on Aug. 26 is at Kendrick’s Park near Lyndhurst and the event on Aug. 27 is at the Red Brick School in Elgin. Bach on the Beverley invites participants to experience active listening to the chamber music of Johann Sebastian Bach, with a brief explanation of each selection and listening suggestions for musical ideas, with background.
  1. Music on the Veranda at Fulford House Get swept away by summertime on the grand veranda at Fulford Place in Brockville. Weekly music every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. Look for Pat Johnson on Aug. 9 and 30, as well as Issabel on Aug. 16 and Jennie Marshall on Aug. 23. Free to attend, but donations to Fulford Place are welcome.
  2. 1000 Islands Kingston Poker Run stop in Brockville See the boats up close! The 1000 Islands Kingston Poker Run is stopping for lunch in Brockville from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. One of the largest waterfront festivals in Canada, this run has more than 40,000 spectators lining the shores of the St. Lawrence along the route to catch a glimpse of the most powerful boats around – and it’s stopping in Brockville! It’s a great opportunity to see the boats along Blockhouse Island.
  3. Brockville Ribfest A real taste of summer! This three-day festival from Aug. 10 to 13 is in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds Grenville and has mouth-watering ribs, chicken and more. It wouldn’t be Ribfest without fun for the whole family, so check out the kids zone, live entertainment, Cops and Kids fishing derby, rib eating contest, beach volleyball, vendor village and even a beer tent for the adults!
  4. Poutine Feast Brockville A travelling poutine festival?! Sign us up! Poutine Feast showcases the best poutine vendors from across Ontario. Set to roll into Brockville at Centennial Park from Aug. 17 to 20, and then the North Grenville Municipal Centre Aug. 24 to 27, visit Canada’s largest touring poutine fest and find your favourite! Vegan and gluten free options available.
  1. Glengarry Highland Games Music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry and tradition in Maxville! The Glengarry Highland Games is a huge crowd pleaser from Aug. 4 to 5 with a long history dating back to 1948 as one of the largest games in the world. Witness massed bands and Highlands Fling, heavyweight competitions, whiskey tasting, clan parade, Wee Bairns activity area, Celtic entertainment, Highlanders’ tug-o-war and so much more. The Glengarry Highland Games draws thousands of people to experience this impressive event – come see why!
  2. Upper Canada Village: Canadian Music and Horse Lovers Authentic buildings, historic interpreters in period dress, heritage livestock at work, and activities throughout the site transport visitors back to the 1860s. But this living history museum doesn’t stop there! Upper Canada Village also hosts special events throughout the summer. Celebration of Canadian Music Event is on Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and brings to life 18th century sing, dance and instrumental music. 
  3. Upper Canada Playhouse Summer season The summer season at the Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg is in full swing and two plays are on the bill for August. Buying the Farm – a country comedy by Shelley Hoffman and Stephen Sparks runs until Aug. 13 while Drinking Alone is a classic heart-warming comedy by Norm Foster and runs Aug. 17 until Sept. 3. The Upper Canada Playhouse is celebrating its 40th season this year as a delightfully charming historic building that has been transformed into a community center point for culture and the arts.
  4. Fields of Gold Sunflowers as far as the eye can see! Stroll through the stunning mellow yellows at Fields of Gold in August to capture the perfect summer photo. Book a sunshine walk, private photo pod or pick-your-own flowers to elevate your golden experience this sunflower season.
  5. Winchester Dairy Fest  Moooove on over to Dairy Fest in Winchester from Aug. 11 to 13 for music, dancing, classic car show, tractor parade, bouncy castles, firefighter games, hearty breakfast, roller skating, beer garden and vendor market – and don’t forget to get in the grooooove at the dairy dance!
  1. Akwesasne Friendship Day Join in Native North American Travelling College’s annual Friendship Day on Saturday Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Enjoy performances by Bear Fox, Crosswinds, DMiinus Savage, Mikayla Francis and MC Raienkonnis Edwards. Also look forward to art wars for children, teens and adults, pie bingo, lacrosse demo, canoe journeys, and much more!
  2. Pride Festival and Parade Be a part of an amazing community celebration! Diversity/Diversité Cornwall is set to host the 2023 Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, Aug. 12, featuring a parade and day of fun activities in Lamoureux Park.
  3. Cornwall Chaos Fan of loud music? Take part in Cornwall Chaos on Aug. 19 – a full showcase of heavy metal artists from the Cornwall, Ottawa and Montreal areas. It’s free, it’s outdoor and it’s at the Cornwall Lions Club Bandshell in Lamoureux Park.
  4. Cornwall Night Market There’s something about a night market that just seems magical. Cornwall’s second such market can be found on Aug. 18 in Downtown Cornwall with dozens of vendors, offering everything from vintage to beauty products to plants to beadwork and intricate intrigues! To really make a splash, downtown businesses will also be open late and patios will be in full swing for dinner and drinks. Make a night of it!
  5. Cornwall Triathlon The Cornwall Triathlon is ready for Aug. 26 and 27 this year – but did you know it has raised more than $300,000 for local charities in the past? This year, the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG. Kids Day in Saturday, Aug. 26 where young champions are offered an initiation into the sport in a fun, non-timed environment. Then on Sunday, Aug. 27 the adult events take place, including a 5K run, duathlon and triathlon events. The Cornwall events are unique in that they offer traffic-free courses in the city’s core on both days. Everyone welcome: athletes, volunteers or spectating!
  6. Doors Open Cornwall & SDG Counties Free access to amazing historical and cultural sites in Cornwall and SDG Counties? Yes, please! Doors Open Cornwall & SDG Counties is a two-day event Aug. 19 to 20 where visitors enjoy admission to some of the most noteworthy buildings and places in the community. Have fun exploring and discovering local places and spaces!

With so many remarkable events happening across South Eastern Ontario in August, it’s easy to fill your calendar to enjoy summer to the max!

24 Classic Experiences to Heat Up Summer in South Eastern Ontario

Summer is for experiencing life to the fullest! These classic things to do in South Eastern Ontario are the ones returned to time and again for summer fun in the sun. Read on to add some unique experiences to your bucket list this season!

1. Quinte West Pop Ups
Now in its third year, Quinte West Pop-Ups overlooking the Trent River features eight wooden cabins and five food truck stations, to entice visitors with everything from ice cream to a beverage bar and a bakehouse. This year, Mini Pop-Ups are also on-site, featuring essential oils, totes, bows, and much more. Look for the Pop Ups from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am. To 7 p.m.  in Centennial Park.

  1. Hotel packages elevate city experience
    There’s so much to see and do in Kingston, it can take a few days to explore! Relax while discovering this unique city with hotel packages, showcasing attractions paired with the perfect places to stay. There is a package for everyone! Go behind the scenes at Canada’s most notorious prison with Kingston Pen Tours, then stay the night in comfort. Immerse yourself in history at Fort Henry and stay the night in the city that was once Canada’s capital! Enjoy a wellness retreat and rejuvenate with The Refinery Spa and Social House, or treat your taste buds and feast on the city’s culinary scene with Kingston Food Tours. Rover tagging along? No problem! Pamper your pooch dog packages with Green Acres Inn. Sip the afternoon away with a delightful afternoon tea package with the Secret Garden Inn. Rejuvenate with the Glow Skincare Spa Retreat and feel rested after your time away. Fondue? More like fun-due! Everybody’s favourite social meal is reimagined with this package through Secret Garden Inn.
  2. Improbable Escapes: Wonderland (West-End)
    Inspired by storybooks and fairytales, the games at Improbable Escapes Wonderland in the west-end of Kingston are fully immersive puzzle-solving adventures! With themes like Seven Dwarves: Mining Mission and Neverland: Heist on the High Seas, these escape rooms promise family-friendly fun while still being challenging. Did you know all games at Improbable Escapes are fully designed in house by their development team? That’s means that set designers, illustrators, electrical planners, game designers and more work together for more than six months per game to bring new adventures to life!
  3.  Sherlock Escapes
    Become a detective! Choose a case to crack and dive into these story-driven escape rooms. Virtual rooms and Unsolved Mysteries are also available.

5. Freshwater Diving and Snorkelling
With exceptionally clear river waters and home to world-renowned freshwater scuba diving, Brockville is the perfect place to explore underwater! Intriguing shipwrecks and Canada’s first underwater sculpture park with more than 45 statues make diving even more enticing. Personalized charter boats run daily for offering access to world class shipwrecks in the St. Lawrence River. Visit Dive Brockville for an unforgettable diving adventure in the 1000 Islands!

  1. Archie’s Golf
    Unleash your inner child! Archie’s Golf has been a fixture on the Cornwall scene since the 1950s. With a driving range, 9 hole course, 18 holes of mini golf adventure, and 9 holes of foot golf, there’s something for everyone. Be sure to indulge in a sweet treat from Archie’s beloved Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop!
  2. Cornwall Community Museum
    Step back in time at the Cornwall Community Museum – check out the new temporary exhibit, Cornwall and the Crown, which showcases Cornwall’s intriguing relationship with Queen Elizabeth and the Crown. Discover archival materials, displays of textiles, household items and furniture as well as children’s games to enhance the museum experience for the family.
  3. Guindon Park BMX Track
    BMX enthusiasts, this one’s for you! One of the longest sanctioned BMX tracks in Ontario is the Cornwall BMX Track located at Guindon Park. The track hosts more than 50 racing events a year and draws visitors from Ontario, Quebec and the United States, including a provincial qualifier this summer which sees top riders in the province compete! Guindon Park itself is a hidden gem, with access to the city’s off-road bike trails and the St. Lawrence River, as well, as walking trails.
  4. Cornwall Motor Speedway
    Get your motor running at the Cornwall Motor Speedway! Hear the roar of the engines at this fun summertime tradition; the speedway promises several feature races every Sunday on the quarter-mile dirt track. Check out the upcoming events as the track often heats up with special races throughout the summer and fall as well, such as a Canada Day Spectacular and the Canadian Super Dirt Weekend in the fall.

SDG Counties

  1. Avonmore Berry Farm
    Nothing says summer like berry picking! Strawberries and raspberries complement 20 different varieties of veggies, as well as apples and pumpkins in the fall.  Bring the whole family to enjoy children’s play areas with sandboxes, tire swings and hay mow and slides. Peek into the panty to take home some more produce from the farm, baked goods, ice cream or jam.
  2. Fields of Gold
    It’s like a dream: strolling through sunflower fields then picking your own fresh bouquet of stunning zinnias, dahlias and mixed sunflowers. Make memories last by booking a private photo pod. The gardens create a colourful and whimsical backdrop for photos. A sunny day to remember!
  3. Crysler Park Marina
    This is a full-service marina where little extras make it unique! Crysler Park Marina offers mooring, waterfront camping and cabins, fishing, watersport rentals and even recreational areas to toss some horseshoes, play soccer or ball with the kids or spend some time on the swingset. A great homebase for exploring the 1000 Islands area around Morrisburg.

Spotlight on Merrickville

With a brilliant combination of history, art and places to eat, Merrickville is a one-stop shop for a summer day along the Rideau Canal.

1000 Islands Rideau Canal Waterways

  1. Blockhouse Museum
    This is a rare opportunity: go inside one of the few blockhouses built on the Rideau Canal! This National Historic Site was the largest blockhouse built on the Canal and dates back to 1832. It was originally a defensive building to protect the Rideau Canal from possible invasion. Eventually repurposed as the home of the lockmaster and his family, it now tells the story of the Rideau and Merrickville through displays and interpretive activities. Open daily for most of the summer!
  2. The Locks at Merrickville
    The unique configuration at Merrickville is an impressive example of locking through on the Rideau. The Merrickville locks feature three manually operated locks separated by two basins. Dating to 1830, they have a combined lift of more than seven metres. Visitors from across the world come watch boats going through the locks and stroll along the Parks Canada lock station. Fun fact: the locks are located at the earliest mill site on the Rideau River.
  3. Intriguing Architecture and The Depot Friends of the Rideau Depot Visitor Centre is open throughout the summer season and offers maps, info and souvenirs, as well as public washrooms. It’s located in a charming historic building dating to 1900 that was once used as a storehouse. It’s a good pit stop while enjoying the famed historic architecture of Merrickville. In fact, the community is home to more designated heritage buildings than any other Ontario community of a similar size! Be sure to check out the Merrickville walking tour for a full history!
  4. The Ruins
    Telling of a time when Merrickville was an important industrial community, the Merrickville Ruins show remnants of a woollen mill from the mid-19th century. According to the Merrickville walking tour, it’s part of an industrial complex that grew around William Merrick’s original sawmill. In that vicinity there were flour and grist mills, as well as a major foundry and the woollen mill. The Ruins provide an intriguing chance to explore history on foot, as visitors can walk through the site.

Art along St. Lawrence Street in Merrickville

Merrickville is a mecca of artisan creations at studios and shopping nooks. Plan a trip through the artistic haven and meet local artists to find your next eye-catching piece. One stroll along St. Lawrence Street in Merrickville provides your art fix!

17 .Rowland Leather
The real deal! Michael Rowland has been making leather goods of incredible style and quality for more than 40 years, winning awards for his designs and expertise with leather. Look for the famous Rowland original bags, keytags, eye glass cases, cell phone holders and coin purses all handcrafted one piece at a time in Michael’s studio. Available in store or online.

  1. Monsky Creations Gallery
    These internationally-coveted, highly collectable works are created by artist Monica Viola, a multi-disciplined artist working with clay, glass, painting and fabric
  2. Anarchy Gallery
    This is a boutique unlike any you’ve seen before, featuring Angelina Wrona’s internationally acclaimed paintings. Then head to Abel Mountain to find trendy fashions and cute must-haves for your home.
  3. Gray Art Glass
    Witness creativity in motion at this gallery and studio which has been a fixture in Merrickville for decades. Featuring tree of life balls, witch balls, glassware, vases, workshops, memorial glass and much more, Gray Art Glass pieces are available in the shop and online.

Cure your appetite in Merrickville

  1. Violets on Main
    The little place with big taste! Imagine buttertarts, fresh bread, custom cakes and that delicious bakery smell wafting out the door. That’s Violets in Main – goodies made with heart in Merrickville.
  2. Pickle & Myrrh
    Well-loved artisan sea salt caramel shop in Merrickville, with a fairyland twist this season! Pickle & Myrrh has recently upped their offering of locally made pottery and paintings, as well as the variety of products available. Also a brilliant go-to for gift baskets and special market events throughout the year!
  3. Stella Luna Merrickville
    This European style café is known for its excellent gelato made with passion and savoured with gusto.  The gelato is prepared on site, from scratch daily, using only fresh and quality ingredients with no artificial colour or flavour. That recipe created top-notch gelato that has won over locals and visitors alike! 
  4. Yellow Canoe Cafe
    Food that soothes the body and soul? Yes, please! Think local with a view at this licensed café and bakery where everything is made fresh and in house. Soups, desserts and sandwiches are all made from scratch in the Yellow Canoe kitchen and served in the dining room or patio. Yes, there really is a yellow canoe here! If visiting in the summer, be sure to snag a spot on the garden patio as it overlooks the Merrickville blockhouse and historic locks on the Rideau Canal.   

Marvel at the tried, tested and true gems while discovering classic experiences in South Eastern Ontario this summer!

29 Can’t-Miss Events This July In South Eastern Ontario

Street fairs, food festivals, and more summertime fun in South Eastern Ontario

Ah, Summertime. If we’re not kicking back on a patio, you can find us at one of these awesome events across South Eastern Ontario.

It’s time to draft your ultimate summer bucket list and start ticking off those incredible experiences waiting for you. Whether you’re yearning to unleash your inner dance machine at an open-air concert or tantalize your taste buds at an outdoor festival, we’ve got you covered! Prepare yourselves for a guide to the hottest July happenings in South Eastern Ontario.

1. Prescott Pop-Ups, Prescott

Every Weekend from May to September, 2023

Get a full day’s shopping experience in one beautiful spot at the annual Prescott Pop-Ups retail experience happening every weekend all summer! Cruise the lakefront while you check out local shops’ goodies including B’s Bubbles Handcrafted Bath and Body Care, Forwarder’s Antiques and delicious snacks like anything on the menu of Judy’s Wooden Spoon!

2. Kemptville Street Piano Concerts, Kemptville

Every Saturday from June until August, 2023

Music has a way of speaking to the soul, and nothing can take your breath away quite like the talents of a pianist. Make your way to Kemptville on a Saturday this summer to the North Grenville Public Library, where you will be serenaded by musical talents including artists like Alanna Sterling. Do you like to play a little bit of piano? Jump on the keys as this free event is open to anyone.

3. Katarokwi Indigenous Art & Food Market, Kingston

June 4th – September 24th, 2023

Celebrate the beautiful indigenous culture that is rooted in Kingston’s history at this year’s Katarokwi Indigenous Art and Food Market at Springer Market Square in downtown Kingston. Each Sunday local Indigenous artists, artisans and musicians will set up shop to share their creative talents with the public. Vendors include 4 Crazy Crows, Miigwans Creations, Turtle Island Snacks and Fine Foods, just to name a few.

4. Travelling Bricks: A Larger-Than-Life Exhibition of LEGO Bricks, Brockville

Everyday from June 17th to August 20th, 2023

Your kids (and children at heart) are going to be obsessed with this exhibition because it is chalked full of lego fun! There are over 100 incredible models created by professional lego builders that will have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Kids can get creative too with an interactive playzone that holds over 200,000 legos to play with! This year’s themes are ships, trains, aviation and space and it’s all happening at the Centennial Youth Arena in Brockville!

5. Night Watch at Base 31, Picton

Weekly Thursday to Saturdays from June 22nd to October 28th, 2023

Become one with the night in a new way by joining your friends for a Night Watch at Base 31. Explore the historic site that has been adorned with art and adventure to interact with as you walk two kilometres through the grounds. Keep the kids at home as this event is for everyone 18 years and older!

6. 1000 Islands Regatta, Brockville

June 30th – July 2nd, 2023

Are you ready to rock? Get your aviators on and throw on your best pair of boots for the epic annual 1000 Islands Regatta! You can enjoy the sounds of Juno award winner Loverbody, Healy & Orr and Bourne to Rock on Friday, June 30th, come back for more on Saturday with Road Apples, Hell in Back and Dead Root Revival and finish up the weekend with a battle of the bands on Sunday all while watching some exciting hydroplane races on the St. Lawrence River.

7. Live Music at Base 31, Picton

Various Dates In July and August

Serious talent is coming to Base 31 this July and you won’t want to miss out on these incredible shows! Base 31 is a newly opened and unique air base turned music venue in The County. This July they are bringing you the best of the best with a lineup of incredible musical talents including Serena Ryder on July 8th, Arkells on July 15th, Lights on July 22nd and The Sheepdogs on July 29th!

8. County Stage, Bloomfield and Picton

Various Dates in July, 2023

Comedy, theatre and music, can you ask for more? County Stage has it all this July with musical talents Hailey Gillis and Andrew Penner coming July 21st and 22nd, Comedians Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath headlining on July 1st and the hilarious Tony Award-winning show ‘The 39 Steps’ happening on various dates throughout the month.

9. Live Music at The Cove, Westport

Various Dates in July, 2023

Perfect for all music lovers, you can attend a live music show nearly every single day this July at The Cove Inn in Westport. The first week of July is jam-packed with some great local talents including Head over Heels, Nolan Hubbard, Eric Uren and Beghan Balogh, Shawn McCullough and Spencer Evans Trio!

10. Hotel Wolfe Island, Wolfe Island

Various Dates in July, 2023

Keep your eyes peeled on their events page for updates on upcoming events, musical guests and comedy shows! Each Wednesday you can show the world your talent by taking the stage for open mic night, then sit back and relax for their first July event on Saturday, July 1st, the Canada Day Reggae Spectacular!

11. RiverWalk, Prescott

Thursday Nights in July, 2023

Walk along the shoreline while experiencing everything that Prescott has to offer, as retail fuses with local arts all month long! Enjoy local attractions including the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Fort Wellington and Riverwalk Park, shop ‘til you drop with local galleries, boutiques, bazaars and more and then grab a snack or sit for a meal with local restaurants like Tim’s Fish and Chips and The Outpost Cafe.

12. Artfest Kingston, Kingston

July 1st – 3rd, 2023

Head over to City Park in Kingston on Canada Day Weekend for this year’s Artfest! ‘Art Blooms’ is the theme and includes activities that everyone can enjoy including poetry, Indigenous art, live music, children’s centres, live theatre, local food and more. This year’s new floral theme is going to make it a sight to behold.

13. Endless Summer, Belleville

July 5th – 6th, 2023

Whether you are a golf lover or just looking for a fun day to enjoy, the Endless Summer Abrams Concert and World Long Drive Golf Championship happening in Belleville is a great time for all! With your ticket to see the talented group The Abrams you also receive entry to watch the Canada’s Premium World Long Drive Championship Finals the next night where players fight for the title by hitting their golf balls over 400 yards!

14. Kingston Buskers Rendezvous, Kingston

July 6th – 9th, 2023

The annual Kingston Buskers Rendezvous is an event you won’t want to miss this July. Talented buskers from all over the world convene for one weekend in downtown Kingston where the streets are sectioned off to allow the public to gather and enjoy the incredible displays of art and talent. Check out jugglers, fire shows, magicians and plenty more for three full days in the sunshine.

15. Graveyard and Gallows Walking Tour, Picton

Every Friday from July 7th to August 25th, 2023

Get to know how Picton got its name while keeping an eye out for ghosts and ghouls as you traverse the historic estate of Reverend William Macaulay. You will venture through a graveyard, old courthouse and jail cells while you are filled with stories of long-lost fellows who may have not received the justice they deserved.

16. Luminous Long Sault, Long Sault

July 8th, 2023

There is something breathtaking about a light show at night, especially when it reflects over the serene waters below. Join your loved ones for a unique and beautiful event in Long Sault as drones create a beautiful light show with choreographed displays which are only enhanced by the light of local sailboards, canoes and kayaks on the water. During the day you can participate in canoe and kayak races, potato sack races, local food and beer and plenty more fun as well!

17. St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Prescott

July 8th to August 5th, 2023

Prescott holds one of the most unique theatre experiences along its riverfront with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, which is held in their classical outdoor amphitheatre right along the St. Lawrence River. This year you can grab a ticket to see one or more of their incredible shows including the always funny Shakespearean classic ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Hamlet’, Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and Oscar Wildes ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Check out their website for show times and details.

18. Ghosts of Upper Canada Village Walking Tour, Morrisburg

Saturday Nights from July 8th until September, 2023

You will want to get your tickets in advance for this popular event in Morrisburg! A spooky storyteller will guide you through the dark pioneer village while sharing stories of spirits beyond the grave that may still haunt the grounds to this day. Not for the faint of heart!

19. Dark Sky Viewing Event – Astro Photographers Assemble, Erinsville

July 15th, 2023

Whether you are a professional photographer looking to get some special shots of the starry night sky or simply a space enthusiast, you can attend a special evening at the Dark Sky Viewing Area in Erinsville for a clear night of stunning sky views. This event is free to all who would like to join, so gear up!

20. Twilight Tuesdays Makers Markets, Brockville

July 18th, 2023

Meet your pals at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, July 18th just outside of the famous Brockville Railway Tunnel to get ready for an evening of shopping! The Makers Market switches things up by having their vendors set up in the afternoon so it won’t affect your work day. Shop among plenty of great vendors including Charleston Botanicals and Shelly’s Jelly’s and Preservatives

21. Kemptville LIVE, Kemptville

July 20th – 23rd, 2023

Four days of festivities start Thursday, July 20th and feature huge musical talents including Blue Rodeo, Colin James and Melissa Ethridge. Camp out or just bring your own blanket or chair and an empty belly because there will be a ton of food trucks to try out as well. Enjoy craft brews, local vendors’ goods and other goodies in addition to fabulous music for all ages to enjoy.

22. Dark Sky Viewing Event – Laser-Guided Stargazing, Erinsville

July 21st – 22nd, 2023

Perfect for novice stargazers, the laser-guided stargazing event hosted at the Dark Sky Viewing Area is the best way to learn how to decipher the mysteries of the night sky. Starting just one hour after dusk, spend an hour and a half looking up and learning how to spot constellations, planets and plenty more. Bring your own telescope for even more special views!

23. Lansdowne Fair, Lansdowne

July 21st – 23rd, 2023

This year’s theme is apple pies and family! Grab the whole tribe for a fun weekend in the sun at the 159th annual Lansdowne Fair! This annual event has all the hallmarks of a great time including fair royalty, tractor pulls, a chainsaw challenge, car shows, horse shows and plenty more. Musical talent at this year’s fair includes Country music artists County Road 5 and Henry Norwood. 

24. Kick and Push Festival, Kingston

July 22nd – August 19th, 2023

Celebrating its 9th annual festivities, the Kick and Push Festival takes performance arts to the next level by including its audience all around the City of Kingston. Running for three weeks this summer, award-winning performers from all around Canada travel to Kingston to take part in this unique take on theatre. No matter what happens, just be prepared to expect the unexpected.

25. Fort Henry Tattoo, Kingston

July 22nd, 2023

Enjoy and learn about military traditions through performance arts in the enigmatic setting of Fort Henry at the annual Fort Henry Tattoo. Performers include the Fort Henry Guard, Desna Ukrainian Dance, Dancers of Kitigan Zibi, Navillera Korean Dance Company and many more and the entire night culminates with a beautiful fireworks show to take your breath away. Grab your tickets early to save your spot.

26. Cornwall Ribfest, Cornwall

July 27th – 30th, 2023

You might need to wear a bib for this drool-worthy event at the end of July. Enjoy every flavour from sweet to spicy to savoury with fall-off-the-bone ribs cooked to perfection by talented chefs. If the succulent meat isn’t enough to make you schedule a spot in your calendar, don’t forget that there is plenty more to enjoy including local performers, local vendors and a talent contest!

27. Belleville Jazz Festival, Belleville

July 28th – 30th, 2023

Transcend into the world of jazz music at the annual Belleville Jazz Festival with three days of excellent talent with over 30 performers lined up. Musical guests include Lenni Stewart and Michael Monis Duo, Brian Katz, Kate Cosco, The Dixie Demons and Howard Rees Trio, just to name a few.

28. Merrickville Festival of the Arts, Merrickville

July 29th – 30th, 2023

Gather one and all for the third annual Merrickville Festival of the Arts, located at Blockhouse Park right on the banks of the Rideau Canal. Every day from 10:00 AM on you can enjoy free admission for the whole family to witness talented artists including local musicians, poets, solo plays, painters, sculptors and much more.

29. No 9. Eco-Art Exhibition, Lyndhurst

July 29th – October 1st, 2023

As you near the end of July, the fun is just beginning! No. 9 Eco-Art Exhibition has used nature to its benefit to create stunning works of art with the natural surroundings among the grasslands, marsh and trails. Take some time out of your weekend to attend a guided tour or just pop in during their visitor viewing hours to take a look at the unique mesh of art and nature.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor from afar, these captivating celebrations offer an opportunity to connect with the vibrant communities of this region and create lasting memories. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and set off on an unforgettable exploration of South Eastern Ontario. Your epic summer escapade starts today, my friend, and let me tell you—it’s going to be unforgettable!

37 Unmissable Festivals And Events Happening In South Eastern Ontario This June

The month of June is brimming with excitement and vibrant festivities!

As the warm rays of the sun grace the picturesque landscapes, this region comes alive with a myriad of captivating events and lively festivals. From music enthusiasts to art lovers, foodies to adventure seekers, there is something for everyone.

It’s time to unleash your inner party planner. Grab your trusty calendar, grab a pen, and start marking down these can’t-miss shindigs happening in South Eastern Ontario. Let the countdown to the best sunshine season begin! 

1. The Katarokwi Indigenous Art and Food Market, Kingston
Sundays, 10 AM – 3 PM from June 4 – September 24

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of creativity as you peruse the finest handcrafted art, exquisite jewelry, and fashionable clothing, all lovingly crafted by local Indigenous artists. Feast on food that showcases the tantalizing flavours and traditional recipes of Indigenous cuisine. And while you savour these delectable treats, enjoy live music and engaging demonstrations. Each week, a different group of talented individuals takes the stage, showcasing their unique artistic expressions and mesmerizing performances.

2. Drag Shows, Various Locations
Several Dates in June 2023

Get prideful and ready for a fantastic time at one (or many) of the spectacular drag shows hosted around SEO this June! With shows sprinkled throughout the week and on weekends all month long, you will be sure to be entertained and impressed by the fashionable talents of drag queens like Ophelia Upp, Oktavia, Rowena Whey, Tyffanie Morgan and more!

3. Art in the County, Prince Edward County
Several Dates in June

Embrace the art of the county by attending the region’s largest group exhibition and sale, where over 100 pieces of artwork created by local artists are shared with the public. Enjoy the variety of mediums including watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and much more at the Lecture Hall between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm all month long.

4. Jackson Falls Country Inn, Milford
Several Dates in June

If you’re a fan of country music you’ll want to mark your calendar with the upcoming Country Classical Music Concert Series hosted at Jackson Falls Country Inn all throughout the summer! Starting in June, you can keep an eye on their website for upcoming musical talents, or get ahead of the game and book yourself a stay at this stunning countryside inn.

5. Live Music & Special Events at The Cove, Westport
Several Dates in June 2023

Prepare to be captivated this June with an impressive lineup of talent at The Cove. Brace yourself for unforgettable performances by Head Over Heels, Matt Dickson, Dukes of Darrowville, Shawn McCullough, and many more incredible artists! Don’t miss out on the magic of live music at The Cove.

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6. Adega Wine Bar, Consecon
Several Dates, 2023

Keep an eye out for upcoming events this June at the classic Adega Wine Bar in Prince Edward County. Not only do they provide divine drinks and food, but you can also join in on great fun for all your friends including karaoke nights, jazz nights and bingo.

7. Hotel Wolfe Island, Wolfe Island
Several Dates in June 2023

Formerly known as the General Wolfe Inn, this historic hotel has made a home for local musicians, artists and community members to demonstrate their talents. Check out their events page to see what’s happening! With open mic nights, pre-booked musicians and comedic acts happening throughout the week and on the weekends you are bound to find plenty of reasons to visit.

8. Andara Gallery, Bloomfield
Now – June 30th, 2023

Let your imagination explore the unique talents of Tara Wilkinson at her Photography & Imagination Solo Exhibition and Sale, a daily from April 1s to June 30th at the Andara Gallery. Ponder the view of the stunning photos of waters that have been enhanced with digital paintbrush strokes.

9. Frontenac Farmers Market, Harrowsmith
Now – October 2023

Head to Centennial Park in Harrowsmith on one (or many) Fridays between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM all summer long to take a peek at what the annual Frontenac Farmers Market has to offer this year! With a new look and vendors including Black Maple Farm, Elements Fitness & Wellness, Kingston Pickle Company and many more, you’ll be sure to find some goodies to take home.

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10. Travelling Bricks: A Larger-Than-Life Exhibition of LEGO Bricks, Brockville
Now – August 20th, 2023

Looking for an event that’s worth travelling for? Look no further than Travelling Bricks – the larger-than-life exhibition of LEGO bricks presented by The Aquatarium in Brockville! This summer, prepare to be amazed as you witness 120 stunning models crafted from 1,000,000 LEGO bricks by professional artists. These incredible creations bring to life 60 epic scenes that will leave you speechless. But that’s not all – the interactive playzone is a must-see for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages. With 200,000 LEGO bricks at your fingertips, you can let your imagination run wild and create your own masterpiece.

11. Humble Beginnings Brewery, Ingleside
June 3rd, 2023

Celebrate Humble Beginnings humble beginning five years ago to the day on June 3rd from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm! You can catch a ride on their shuttle bus at the brewery and make your way to Lunenburg for an afternoon of celebration, good drinks and delicious food. One ticket will include a drink token, a soft pretzel, a special celebratory cup and a donation to cystic fibrosis research. You can also purchase goodies from The Boulangerie Swiss Farmer Bakery while you’re there – yum!

12. North Grenville Pride Parade, Kemptville
June 3rd, 2023

Celebrate your pride at the North Grenville Pride Parade this June 3rd at 1:00 PM in Kemptville! Join early to be a part of the parade, or observe alongside the paraders and celebrate the beauty of the 2SLBGTQI+ community. 

13. North Grenville Pride, Kemptville
June 3rd – 4th, 2023

It’s a weekend full of pride in North Grenville this June! Start your weekend at the Pride Parade at 1:00PM in Kemptville, and then drop in (for free) at the Tallman Room at the North Grenville Public Library to share in community crafts, and relationship building during their ‘Glittery Crafternoon’ on the 2nd and 4th sunday of each month from 2:00PM to 3:45PM.

14. Spice Queens, Cherry Valley
June 9th, 2203

Calling all millennials! Get your Spice Girl to fix at the upcoming Spice Queens drag show at The Hayloft Dancehall from 7:30 PM to 1:30 AM on June 9th! These five iconic queens give an incredible performance you will be sure to love and emulate the soul of the Spice Girls perfectly. Plan ahead and grab a ride on their complimentary bus service, but make sure to get your tickets quickly before they sell out!

15. David R Maracle, Picton
June 9th, 2023

Celebrate the local indigenous talent and culture when you attend this unique musical event. David R. Maracle and Friends combine indigenous fusion music with the culture and storytelling we all know and love. As a local community member from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and a local activist, David is also known nationally for his award-winning multi-instrumentalist musical talents. Join him at the Sergeants Mess Hall at Base31 in Prince Edward County for a night you won’t forget.

16. Karl Estates, Wellington
June 9th, 2023

Warm up those pipes because you are the star of the show (for at least four minutes) at this year’s Karaoke at Karlo event! Get a bit of liquid courage with a nice glass of wine and then step up to the stage to serenade your friends with talent that will rock their world! Can’t make it June 9th? Not to worry – you can come back again on the 2nd Friday of every month all summer long.

17. Cannonball Crush, Kingston
June 10th, 2023

Do you think you have what it takes to crush the competition? Sign up for the annual Cannonball Crush at Fort Henry in Kingston to test your limits! Join in on a 5-kilometre race with 15 challenging obstacles to overcome in order to reach the finish line.

18. YGK Beerfest, Kingston
June 10th, 2023

Start your summer off the right way at the annual YGK Beerfest at Fort Henry in Kingston! You will enjoy plenty of delicious local foods from vendors including Smoke ‘N’ Barrel, Mio Gelato, Paradiso Pizza, local craft beer and cider from breweries including Hardway Cider, Mackinnon Brothers Brewing, Orleans Brewing Co., shopping from local artisans including The Cozy Company and By the Lake Crafts, live music and plenty more.

19. 5th Annual A Glengarry Affair, Alexandria
June 10th, 2023

Gather with your greatest pals for the 5th Annual ‘A Glengarry Affair’ at Stonehouse Vineyards. Enjoy an afternoon in the sun at the stunning vineyard to celebrate the season opening where you can enjoy fine wine, food, local art and music. Enjoy some wine tasting from local producers, and a vineyard tour, and finish up your afternoon with live music by the Ceilidh Drovers.

20. Chocolate Tasting, Picton
June 10th, 2023 (Additional Dates)

This summer is one for those with a sweet tooth as Base31 hosts the Craft Chocolate Tasting Workshop Series! With dates all throughout June, July and August, you will get a chance to dive into the science behind chocolate making with a guided tour by a certified chocolatier! In June you can attend their first session where the celebration includes sampling bars that represent diversity and sustainability, as well as deliciousness!

21. Kingston Pride, Kingston
June 11th – 18th, 2023

Kingston doesn’t mess around when it comes to celebrating Pride! Calling all pride people to join in on the fun all week long with plenty of great activities including a pride run/walk sponsored by Cher-Mere Day Spa, Queer Games Night at Kingston Gaming Nexus, Queer Volleyball, Movie in the Square at Springer Market Square, Queer Karaoke Night and much, much more.

22. North Grenville Pride Flotilla, Kemptville
June 12th, 2023

Come one, come all to the North Grenville Rainbow Youth Alliance’s Pride Flotilla! Pack up your paddle board, kayak or canoe and join in to bring the rainbow to Kemptville creek as you paddle down the watery parade in celebration of Pride!

23. Sam Roberts, Picton
June 17th, 2023

Twenty years since releasing his first album, Sam Roberts is bringing his talents to Base31’s Drill Hall in Prince Edward County. This massive venue gives the opportunity for hundreds to join in on this musical event with first come first serve policies for tickets! Whether you stay seated or decide to dance around in the standing hall you will be sure to have an incredible experience that won’t be forgotten.

24. Surya Yoga Festival 2023, Kemptville
June 17th, 2023

Don’t forget to care for yourself when you are diving into your busy summer plans. The perfect way to carve out some ‘you time’ is to sign up for the Surya Yoga Festival, where you spend the entire day in the sunshine attending yoga and wellness classes by master yogis. Don’t forget to pack your yoga mat!

25. Summer is NOT a Drag, Kemptville
June 17th, 2023

Sorry, kids, you have to be 18 or older to attend this fabulous event! For only $25 per ticket, you can join in on an evening of drag talent that will knock your socks off! A special event to raise funds for the North Grenville Rainbow Youth Alliance in Kemptville, attendees will be awed by the talents of queens including Tanya King, Phionna Kitty, Alynna Moore, Ostara and Oliver Twisted.

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26. Summer Solstice at Olde Magick Shoppe, Prescott
June 17th, 2023

Release the magic inside of you and learn to hone in on your power with the aid of the Olde Magick Shoppe in Prescott! For its 6th anniversary, Olde Magick is hosting a Summer Solstice Psychic Fair where you can meet with readers, mediums, and animal communicators, as well as do some shopping and enjoy prizes, snacks and goodies.

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27. Art Battle Brockville, Brockville
June 17th, 2023

Rap battle? Robot battle? No – it’s an art battle! Get together to witness this unique event where artists duel for the championship. The output of all three rounds of artistry can even be purchased by you as it is put up for auction during the event.

28. Fairies in the Park, Brockville
June 17th, 2023

There is magic in the air in Brockville this June as you head to St. Lawrence Park to meet wizards, mermaids, fairies and even Tinkerbell! If you feel like it, you can dress up to blend in with the fairytale crowd! There will be music, face painting, bounce castles, henna and more fun to do, with proceeds going towards GIRLS INC.

29. Fathers Day Car Show, Cornwall
June 18th, 2023

It’s the perfect way to spend the day with Dad this Father’s Day! Free for all to join in on, grab your pop and take him down to the Cornwall Road Warriors Car Club between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to check out their great lineup of sweet cars, win door prizes and vote on your favourite vehicle!

30. Art Walk, Cornwall
June 23rd, 2023

It’s an art lover’s perfect day in Cornwall this June at the annual Cornwall Art Walk from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Downtown Cornwall will transform into a street retreat for buskers, artisans, and musicians and plenty of fun for both kids and adults. 

31. SDG Historic Jail Paranormal Investigations, Cornwall
June 23rd – 24th, 2023

Get spooky this June by accepting the dare to join in on the SDG Historic Jail Paranormal Investigation. Phantoms of Yore investigators guide you through the centuries-old jail, sharing its dark and twisted history before you use special ghost-capturing devices to try and catch a glimpse of one of the many ghosts that live there.

32. Maxville Fair, Maxville
June 23rd – 25th, 2023

Whether you come to compete or just to spectate, the Maxville Fair is a ton of fun to be had to kick off summer. Having been hosted annually for over 100 years, they have perfected the art of throwing the best fair around! Check out their horse show, enter in the volleyball tournament, dive into a free pancake breakfast or just enjoy the live entertainment and petting zoo!

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33. 2023 Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Kingston
June 24th – 25th, 2023

Experience art in its rawest form at the annual Skeleton Parks Art Festival! This event is fun for the whole family, where you can enjoy all media forms of art including fashion, music, painting, and more. Musical talents include The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Bangerz Brass.

34. Night Market on Perth, Brockville
June 29th, 2023 – October 9th, 2023

Beginning on Thursday, June 29th, you can head down to the Night Market in Downtown Brockville Courtyard on Perth Street. Every Thursday until Thanksgiving from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM there will be local food, artists, and music to enjoy as the sun sets making for the perfect evening. Come again every week to see what new vendors are there to meet and greet.

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35. County Stage: Haymaker Comedy Festival, Picton
June 29th – 30th, 2023

Get ready to laugh until you can’t laugh anymore with this great lineup of comedians for this year’s Haymaker Comedy Festival. Hosted at the unique Base31, Haymaker is hosting the talents of Danny Martinello, Faraz NIafattah, Cameron Phoenix, Anjelica Scannura, Elvira Kurt, Lexa Graham, and Chris Lapointe over this two day weekend of hilariousness.

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36. Artfest Kingston, Kingston
July 1st – 4th, 2023

Once June has marinated you in all its sun and fun it’s time to get into what July has to offer! Gather at City Park to check out over 150 artists exhibiting their unique and beautiful art including glass, metal, jewellery, clothing, food, candles, and that’s just to name a few! There are exciting activities for all attendees as well with poet slams, live music, a mural project, live theatre and food galore! This year the theme is ‘Art Blooms’, so you can expect a beautiful floral theme to go along with this fun-filled weekend.

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37. Canada Day in Cornwall, Cornwall
July 1st, 2023

Oh, Canada! Celebrate the pride of being a Canadian this year at Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park. You can bring the whole family to take part in some live music, activities, food and stunning views of the St. Lawrence River, all while dressed up in red and white to show your patriotism for this great country.

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Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor from afar, these captivating celebrations offer an opportunity to connect with the vibrant communities of this region and create lasting memories. So mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and set off on an unforgettable exploration of South Eastern Ontario. Your epic summer escapade starts now!

33 Festivals and Events This May In South Eastern Ontario

Our Top Picks for What to See & Do

Spring is in full swing and it’s time to embrace the warmth and excitement of May! And what better way to do that than by attending some of the hottest festivals and events in South Eastern Ontario?

From music festivals and foodie events to outdoor adventures and cultural celebrations, we’ve got you covered with our list of 33 must-attend events this May. So get ready to explore the best that this region has to offer, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

1. Juvenis Festival, Kingston

Starts April 27th – May 7th, 2023

Back for its 8th season, the Juvenis Festival is one you won’t want to miss this April and May. Entertainment and talent including two musicals, dance performances, art galleries, storytelling and workshops take place throughout the week at a variety of places around the city. Enjoy a musical theatre dance fitness workshop at the Tett Centre or grab a seat for The Spongebob Musical at the Convocation Hall at Queens, just two of many fun activities to join in on this year.

2. Andara Gallery, Prince Edward County

May – June 30th, 2023

Let your imagination explore the unique talents of Tara Wilkinson at her Photography & Imagination Solo Exhibition and Sale, a daily from April 1s to June 30th at the Andara Gallery. Ponder the view of the stunning photos of waters that have been enhanced with digital paintbrush strokes.

3. Hotel Wolfe Island, Wolfe Island

Several Dates in May, 2023

Formerly known as the General Wolfe Inn, this historic hotel has made a home for local musicians, artists and community members to demonstrate their talents. Check out their events page to see what’s happening! With open mic nights, pre-booked musicians and comedic acts happening throughout the week and on the weekends you are bound to find plenty of reasons to visit.

4. The Cove Inn Events, Westport

Several Dates in May, 2023

The Cove gives you plenty of reasons to go for a visit this spring with their onslaught of local talent including musicians like Chris Murphy and the Young Petty Stones. Take a look at their events calendar to see what talent is coming up and grab a seat for a night of great music and even greater company.

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5. Hayloft Dancehall, Prince Edward County

Several Dates in May, 2023

Enjoy the charm of this century old barn as it is a hot-spot in the county to locals and visitors alike. Check out their events calendar and choose one or many weekends from their musical talent line-up all summer long! Events include Kojak and Feral Minks on May 19th, Oh Hayyyyyy! Drag Show, plenty of barn parties and so much more.

6. Frontenac Farmers Market, Harrowsmith

Fridays, May – October 2023

Head to Centennial Park in Harrowsmith on one (or many) Fridays between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM all summer long to take a peek at what the annual Frontenac Farmers Market has to offer this year! With a new look and vendors including Black Maple Farm, Elements Fitness & Wellness, Kingston Pickle Company and many more, you’ll be sure to find some goodies to take home.

7. Paranormal Investigations at the Historic SDG Jail, Cornwall

May 5th – 6th, 2023

Discover the dark and haunted history of the Historic SDG Jail with this exclusive Paranormal Investigations event. Hear the stories of the past and get briefed on the equipment and best practices before embarking on your 3.5-hour adventure inside the jail. You never know what you might uncover in the dark, so don’t miss your chance to investigate this infamous location. With limited tickets available, book your spot now for an experience you’ll never forget.

8. HomeGrown, Kingston

May 6th, 2023

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of The HomeGrown Live Music Festival to kick off the warmer season all while raising funds to support Joe’s M.I.L.L, a Kingston Instrument Lending Library. Great music is promised, so keep an eye on their web page for updates.

9. Treetop Trekking, Mallorytown

May 6th, 2023

Opening to the public on May 6th, Treetop Trekking is the perfect family adventure to get you in the mood for fun! Suitable for kids and adults of any age, you can enjoy the tree walk village, discovery kids course and even a Zipline Aerial Course if you have the need for speed!

10. FANATICCON, Brockville

May 7th, 2023

Grab your cosplay gear and get ready for a great time at this year’s FANATICCON in Brockville! You might even get to meet their guest of honor, Robert Bockstael, known for his roles in shows including X-Men, Robocop and North of 60. There will be plenty of exhibitors to check out including O.G Toys, Kurt Lehner Celebrity Artist and many more.

11. Science Rendezvous, Kingston

May 13th, 2023

Head to the Leon’s Centre from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to see the largest pop-up science discovery centre in Canada! The day will include swag bags, take-home activities, new discoveries made in labs, space and more!

12. Base 31, Prince Edward County

Starting May 13th, 2023

Home to galleries, retailers, artists, services and trades, Base31 is a unique experience, living on the site of a 70-acre World War II air training base. It promises to offer some of the hottest concerts in the area starting on Saturday, May 13th so take a look at their events to find what’s best for you!

13. Alvarium Fine Arts Showcase, Brockville

May 13th, 2023

Experience the exciting culture of Brockville by delving into their arts scene with the Alvarium Fine Arts Showcase. Check out dancers, painters, sculptors, musicians and photographers work their magic and even find something special to take home. Grab your tickets soon and get ready for a night full of artistic awesomeness!

14. Garden Party Market, Winchester

May 13th, 2023

If you are looking for a more intimate shopping experience, head over to Winchester for their monthly Garden Party Market, running once a month from May to October. This event promises to have lots of wonderful local vendors to check out including the event hosts, The Painted Arrow Flowers & Gifts.

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15. Kemptville Farmers Market Opening Day, Kemptville

May 14th, 2023

Get ready for the ultimate shopping experience! The Kemptville Farmers Market is back and better than ever, kicking off the season with a Mother’s Day celebration on May 14th.

From May 14th to October 29th, the market will host a staggering 50 vendors each week, featuring local veggie and meat producers, bakeries, specialty pastries, specialty coffee & tea, woodworking, candy and popcorn, artisan craft makers, locally grown flowers, local honey, specialty sauces and preserves, grab-and-go hot food vendors, and numerous other vendors to delight you with their creative wares.

16. Rock Dunder Early Access, Lyndhurst

May 14th, 2023

You will make mom feel extra special this Mothers Day when you take her for an early access visit to the beautiful Rock Dunder. Spend your day exploring the serene nature in the Rideau Lakes and get that quality one-on-one time you and your mom deserve.

17. Mother’s Day Brunch at Furnace Falls Farm, Lyndhurst

May 14th, 2023

What is better than a delicious brunch with the one who gave you life? Celebrate her with a Mother’s Day Brunch at Furnace Falls Farm where you can enjoy delicious goodies including farmhouse sausage patties, an omelet station, deviled eggs, crepe cake and more. Make sure to take your magnificent mother over to Wendy’s Country Market for their plant sale! Together you can choose a beautiful new plant to nurture and grow and make this mothers day an extra special one.

18. Mothers Day Dinner at Hotel Kenney Rideau, Elgin

May 14th, 2023

Treat mom to a special dinner just for her at the rustic Hotel Kenney Rideau, located in Jones Falls. Did you know that this hotel was actually featured on the popular show Salvage Kings? Learn their story and brag to your mom about this cool spot.

19. Martello Alley Jardin’art in the Garden, Kingston

Starting May 15th, 2023

Downtown Kingston is the place to be in the spring and summer, and Martello Alley knows how to take it to the next level with their Jardin’art in the Garden art installations located all throughout the downtown core. 

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20. Twilight Tuesday Makers’ Market, Brockville

May 16th, 2023

Beginning May 16th, you can meet just outside of the Brockville Railway Tunnel every 3rd Tuesday to enjoy the annual Brockville Makers Market all summer long! Shop among local vendors including Charleston Botanicals, Shelley’s Jellies and Preservatives, and Papillon Potions, just to name a few.

21. Travelling Bricks: A Larger-Than-Life Exhibition of LEGO Bricks, Brockville

Starting May 20th – August 20th, 2023

Looking for an event that’s worth travelling for? Look no further than Travelling Bricks – the larger-than-life exhibition of LEGO bricks presented by The Aquatarium in Brockville! This summer, prepare to be amazed as you witness 120 stunning models crafted from 1,000,000 LEGO bricks by professional artists. These incredible creations bring to life 60 epic scenes that will leave you speechless. But that’s not all – the interactive playzone is a must-see for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages. With 200,000 LEGO bricks at your fingertips, you can let your imagination run wild and create your own masterpiece.

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22. RiverWalk Promenade, Prescott

Starting May 20th, 2023

Starting on Victoria Day long weekend, you can find plenty of fun in the sun to enjoy at the RiverWalk Promenade for each long weekend during the summer. There are performances that include acrobatics, juggling and comedy, a local market, and live music to name a few fun things to look forward to!

23. Merrickville Picnic Party, Merrickville

May 20th, 2023

Celebrate a day of fun in the sun in the Victorian Village of Merrickville. Open from 10:00 Am to 3:00 PM, you and the family can enjoy shopping among small local vendors for unique items, pre-order mouthwatering picnic lunches, enter a best dressed contest to win a prize and simply enjoy the stunning surroundings of the gardens. This will be the second annual event hosted by Pickle and Myrrh.

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24. Kemptville Buskerfest, Kemptville

May 20th, 2023

Experience a day of entertainment at the annual Kemptville Buskerfest. Free for all, you can watch in awe at the street talent including street performers, comedians, musicians and more. There will be opportunity to shop local vendors and join in on fun activities for all ages. There is even free parking and a shuttle service, they really thought of everything!

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25. Prescott Pop-Ups, Prescott

May 20th, 2023

Go with a full wallet and an empty belly to the east end of Sandra S. Lawn Harbour and Marina, where retail cottages have been adorned with local vendors to offer their unique merchandise to visitors. Plenty of food trucks will be set up around the waterfront to serve delicious treats while you enjoy the beautiful views by the water.

26. Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, Prescott

May 20th, 2023

There is plenty of fun to be had at the annual Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market in Prescott! Every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM offers local goodies including fresh baked goods, jams, fruit and veggies as well as live entertainment and games to its guests. Keep an eye on the website for this year’s location!

27. Period Reenactments at Fort Wellington Historic Site, Prescott

May 20th – 21st, 2023

Learn what it was like to be a soldier in the 1800s at the Fort Wellington Historic Site. Starting on Victoria Day weekend, members of the Glengarry Light Infantry will be joining together to reenact what it was like to be a part of the war of 1812. Want more? Guided tours and experiences will be available all summer long starting the same weekend.

28. Market at Wolfe Island Commons, Wolfe Island

Starting May 21st, 2023

It’s the season to shop-til-you-drop and Wolfe Island is the place to be! Support the wonderful community by taking a ride on the Wolfe Island Ferry to meet some local vendors such as Island Candle Co. and the Wolfe Island Hopyard. The market is open every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM.

29. Prescott Poutine Feast, Prescott

May 25th – 28th, 2023

If you are a lover of fries, gravy and cheese then you won’t want to miss the Poutine Feast hosted in Prescott at the Prescott Pop-Up! Enjoy the delicious Canadian delicacy while playing games, listening to music, shopping and getting great views of the St. Lawrence River.

30. Terroir Run, Prince Edward County

May 27th, 2023

Dress up and run? What could be more fun? Meet up at The Old Third Vineyard between 8:30 and 9:30 AM to register and be brought to Rosehall Run to begin your trek on foot! Enjoy some post-run snacks and a local lunch with wine, beer and spirits to refresh your soul!

31. Family FUNfest: Spring Edition, Belleville

May 27th, 2023

Plan your day of fun with the whole family! This event has something for everyone, with tons of activities and entertainment for kids and adults alike. From carnival games and face painting to live music and delicious food vendors, you won’t want to miss out on this exciting event.

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32. Summer Kickoff Music Festival, Harrowsmith

May 27th, 2023

Kick off your summer with some great music, refreshing drinks and delicious food in South Frontenac. Fun for the whole family to enjoy with food trucks, craft beer and local musicians to entertain! A kids zone will be available for the little ones too, so bring them along!

33. Lilac Rides, Prince Edward County

May 28th, 2023

Join together at the Picton Community Centre Rotary Hall and bring your bicycle for a day of riding along some beautiful routes. Catch some great views of Big Island, Northport and Green Point with their 100km and 50km routes, and then finish off your day with a delicious BBQ to celebrate your accomplishments. 

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Start planning your trip today and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and natural beauty of this stunning region. We can’t wait to see you there!

14 Things To Do This April

Spring has sprung and the festival season has begun!

Here are our top picks for what to see & do this April. Check out one (or more) and be a part of the much-anticipated return of Spring.

1. Juvenis Festival

April 27th – May 7th, 2023

Calling all youth! What do two musicals, an art gallery, a creative storytelling event and workshops have in common? The Juvenis Festival, of course! The Festival is running from April 27 to May 7, 2023, and is specifically designed for youth from 13 years old to 30 years old. Fun fact: the festival is one of only two youth arts festivals in all of Canada! Young people involved in the Juvenis Festival can take free workshops to build on their skills and also to act, sing, dance, and perform to feature their talents!

2. Corks & Forks

April 21st – 22nd, 2023

Over 100+ Canadian wines will be ready for you to sip and sample while you meet the talented winemakers.  Take in seminars and masterclasses to learn from the country’s top Sommeliers, wine writers and industry pros. 

3. I Heart Beer & Taco Festival

April 29th, 2023

Beer lover’s rejoice! Attendees can expect a wide variety of sampling from 18 brewery and distillery vendors, board games, music, and more

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4. Maple Weekend SDG

April 1st – 2nd 

This is a province-wide event showcasing how Ontario Maple Syrup is made, but in SDG Counties there are producers who take Maple Weekend to the next level! The public is invited to tour sugar operations, taste the real syrup, walk sugarbush trails, enjoy pancake brekkies, and learn about all things maple. See which producers in SDG Counties are hosting events. Experience the traditional maple sugaring craft and taste why pure Ontario maple syrup is a favourite springtime treat!

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5. Karlo Estates

Various Dates

World’s first vegan winery. Need we say more? Whether in-house tastings are your thing, or wine by the glass or even munchies, simple pick up or a bottle shop consultation, Karlo Estates does it all with grace and great wine! Look here for fun events all spring from bubble brunches to karaoke to life drawing sessions to trivia and even weekly dinner jams.

6. Countylicious

April 12th – May 1st, 2023

Countylicious with delicious pre-fixe menus from restaurants you know, love, and have been dying to try! Discover participating restaurants and start making your Countylicious reservations using the link here.

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7. Brockville Railway Tunnel Opening

April 6th, 2023

Walk through Canada’s first railway tunnel and experience a light and sound show as you immerse yourself in the local culture! With free admission, the incredible Brockville Railway Tunnel is opening for the season in April and runs from Brockville’s waterfront, half a kilometre directly under the City. Experience a uniquely Brockville attraction!

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8. Maple Weekend in Kemptville

April 1st – 2nd, 2023

Get your maple on April 1 and 2 during Maple Weekend! This province-wide weekend is dedicated to nature’s gold – maple syrup. Check out the events happening at The Kemptville Campus – Agroforestry Centre, an 18-acre operating sugarbush. On the Bend Sugar Shack is partnering with the centre and the Peter Wensink Maple Forest to offer tours, pancakes, live music and taffy pulls! Be sure to bring home some on-site maple products. Springtime just got sweeter!

9. Delta Maple Syrup Festival

 April 15th – 16th, 2023

Get ready to celebrate the sweetness of spring! The Delta Maple Syrup Festival is set for April 15 and 16, 2023 in the village of Delta. This family-friendly festival has been bringing together maple lovers of all ages for 56 years to enjoy pancake breakfasts, fun competitions, children’s activities, a giant book sale, milling and blacksmith demonstrations, vendors selling all things maple and much more!

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10. Raisin River Canoe Race

April 15th, 2023

The Raisin River Canoe Race is one of the longest canoe races in Eastern Ontario. First started in 1973, the 30-kilometre race runs from St. Andrews to Williamstown. The race is always held during the spring freshest when water levels are high and flows are favourable for paddlers. The annual RRCA event has become an immensely popular rite of spring for both residents and visitors to the area.

11. CAPE (Cornwall & Area Pop Event)

April 22nd – 23rd, 2023

The Cornwall & Area Pop Event – or CAPE for short – returns on Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd with a full roster of celebrity guests, artists, cosplayers, exhibitors, panels and much more. The two-day comic and pop culture convention takes place at the Benson Centre.

12. Museum of L&A

Various Dates

Delve into the stories of Lennox & Addington and unravel interactive history at your fingertips. Share stories, browse exhibits and marvel at the extensive heritage on display at the Museum of Lennox & Addington, providing both regional and national context. A new exhibit, Letters Home, dives into an extensive series of letters as part of the Tamworth Red Cross collection written by soldiers from the village of Tamworth who were serving overseas during the Second World War. The letters share local soldiers’ lives in real-time during the chaos of serving in the war. Another new exhibit is Refuge Canada, which brings to light the challenges faced by people who came to Canada as refugees. The travelling exhibition created by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, draws on oral histories, archival images, artifacts and interactives to engage museum-goers and share the stories of refugees. 

13. Laser-Guided Stargazing Tours 

April 14th – 15th, 2023

It’s dark – except for the thousands of stars laid out above you. See the night sky like never before at the Dark Sky Viewing Area in Lennox & Addington. Known as Ontario’s most southerly dark sky site, thousands of visitors come to view a night sky almost completely unobstructed by light pollution. Last fall saw some construction upgrades to the site to make it more visitor-friendly – check it out at the first stargazing event of the season in mid-April!

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14. Bata Maples Sugarbush

April 1st – 2nd, 2023

Liquid gold anyone? Maple Weekend is set for April 1 and 2 across Ontario – and Bata Maples is ready to showcase sugarmaking! The only weekend of the year that they’re open to the public, the sugarbush and sap shack will be buzzing with activity. During Maple Weekend, Bata Maples will be hosting an open house with fresh product for sale.

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14 Things To Do This March

Our Top Picks for What to See & Do

Spring is full of promise in South Eastern Ontario. The sap starts flowing, light abounds and mermaids mix with museums to make unforgettable experiences that welcome the warmth and rejuvenate the soul. Read on for 14 events that will make your March soar in South Eastern Ontario!

When: Various Dates

World’s first vegan winery. Need we say more? Whether in-house tastings are your thing, or wine by the glass or even munchies, simple pick up or a bottle shop consultation, Karlo Estates does it all with grace and great wine! Look here for fun events all spring from bubble brunches to karaoke to life drawing sessions to trivia and even weekly dinner jams.

When: Every Saturday & Sunday in March

Maple enthusiasts get the calendar out: it’s PEC Maple Madness month! PEC Maple Madness celebrates the best of County life in early spring: visit and learn about a sugarbush, snowshoe through a winery, pet alpacas and celebrate all things maple. Taking place every Saturday and Sunday in March, Maple Madness also sees businesses highlighting maple syrup in a drink, menu item or another creative way. Don’t forget to grab some maple goodies for the ride home!

When: March 11th – 12th

The Winegrowers of Prince Edward County are showcasing winter in wine country! Happening March 11 and 12, 2023, the inaugural Elevage Festival sees visitors sample local wine and cider while touring through seven winery venues, sampling wine and cider from 22 producers. The tours come complete with culinary cues from local chefs paying homage to the County’s heritage of using preservation and fermentation.

When: March 25th – 26th

It’s the sweetest weekend of the year! From March 25 to 26, half a dozen sugarbushes in Prince Edward County will celebrate the first crop of the season. Find out which sugarhouses are open and running and indulge in all things maple in the County!

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When: March 11th – 19th

Enter a magical world at the Aquatarium and marvel at live mermaids! Watch your little one’s eyes light up witnessing swim shows in the aquarium pools, then meet the mermaids, play some mermaid games and more. Heads up: The Holiday Inn Express and Suites is offering 10% off all stays for those attending the Mermaid Experience! Be sure to book tickets.

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When: Various Dates

Delve into the stories of Lennox & Addington and unravel interactive history at your fingertips. Share stories, browse exhibits and marvel at the extensive heritage on display at the Museum of Lennox & Addington, providing both regional and national context. A new exhibit, Letters Home, dives into an extensive series of letters as part of the Tamworth Red Cross collection written by soldiers from the village of Tamworth who were serving overseas during the Second World War. The letters share local soldiers’ lives in real time during the chaos of serving in the war. Another new exhibit is Refuge Canada, which brings to light the challenges faced by people who came to Canada as refugees. The travelling exhibition created by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, draws on oral histories, archival images, artifacts and interactives to engage museum-goers and share the stories of refugees. 

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When: March 4 & 5 March 11 to 19 March 25 & 26

Wagon rides, maple activities, strolling through the sugar bush and stopping by the Sugar Shack for fresh pancakes with warm maple syrup. Could March get any better?! Maple Madness at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is marking 40 years this season and they’re ready to sweeten up your spring. Taking place all weekends in March, as well as during March Break, Maple Madness has become a tradition for many families during sap season. Please note that online registration is required.

When: All Month

Mouth-watering menus + local chefs + special events = a premier prix fixe culinary experience! Couple that with stellar stay packages and Kingstonlicious will warm your heart and delight your palate. 

Four mouth-watering events are ushering in spring in the city with the delectable Kingstonlicious. Events kick off on March 4 with a unique multicultural brunch: dim sum platter followed by a Trinidadian breakfast plate at Northside Espresso + Kitchen. Note: This is now sold out.

Next up is the Call to Action 83: What Does Reconciliation Taste Like? This celebration is all about exploration, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous chefs and beverage aficionados for a day of education, respect, collaboration and connection. It’s taking place at the Juniper Café (Tett Centre) and Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on March 18th with culinary and artistic activations from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Then on March 21st, get excited for an evening highlighting hand-crafted pasta, during a Michelin star-studded pasta soiree at The Everly, with guest sommeliers from Toronto’s Grape Witches. Note: This is now sold out.

Lastly, on March 26th, dig in and delight in a Montreal-style brunch with Whiskey & Rosé, Hey Darlin’ Diner and Rosewood Winery. This brunch will feature classics like Provisions’ popular house-made brisket, a breakfast version of croque-monsieur, and of course Montreal bagels – with a few other surprises.

Be sure to book tickets ahead for all events and keep an eye out for the new March menus! Pro tip: Get $100 when you book a Kingstonlicious stay package

When: March 2nd – 5th

Did you know that the Kingston Canadian Film Festival is the largest festival in the world dedicated exclusively to Canadian film? It’s set to impress again this year from March 2 to 5 as it transforms traditional and new venues in Kingston’s downtown into a refreshing experience of Canadian film. Look for screenings, events and activities that spark curiosity and ignite discussion. Get a front-row seat to filmmakers, producers, cast, crew, and more as they take part in post-show Q&As, chats, networking events, and other festival programming. This year, beloved Canadian comedian Kevin McDonald is coming to The Broom Factory, too! Explore the full lineup and grab your popcorn.

When: March 10th – 31st 

Interactive lights, sounds and stories combine in Confederation Park from March 10 to 31! The Northern Lights are brought to life along with one-of-a-kind art installations created by Indigenous artists and storytellers. Original art and audio tell Indigenous-inspired stories in this immersive experience that features the diverse population of Indigenous nations within the Kingston Indigenous community. Discover five art pieces placed throughout the park in Downtown Kingston.

When: March 13th – 17th

If fun discovery is on your agenda over the March Break, look no further. March of the Museums is a free, family-friendly, week-long festival of museums! Play, create and explore more than 15 museums in Kingston and surrounding areas – with added performances to bring even more excitement. Look at the long list of museums that are open with special events from March 13 to 17 and map out your route to an awesome March Break!

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When: All Month

Join in for a special month of arts and culture in March – watch the entire hotel open as a gallery during the day and transform to host concerts, films, talks and great food at night! March of the Arts is ready to inspire at Hotel Wolfe Island, the island’s historic landmark hotel and waterfront converting to a new community hub for live music, arts, sustainable fare and events.

When: Opening March

The newest exhibit here will make a splash! Diving Deep: A Tale of Whales Through Time is opening in March and showcases the evolutionary journey of whales, with life-sized whale skeletons, and much more. Set your course to wonder and awe about the world around you this spring and visit the Quinte Museum of Natural History – stay tuned for more exciting details about the new exhibit opening this month!

When: March 3rd – 12th

This international documentary festival is taking over screens in Belleville from March 3 through 12! The 12th annual festival includes more than 50 documentary films, as well as the annual gala film and concert at the Empire Theatre in Downtown Belleville. Be moved and inspired at DocFest! Plan ahead and look at the 2023 lineup here.

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Upcoming Events

When: April 1st – 2nd 

This is a province-wide event showcasing how Ontario Maple Syrup is made, but in SDG Counties there are producers who take Maple Weekend to the next level! The public is invited to tour sugar operations, taste the real syrup, walk sugarbush trails, enjoy pancake brekkies, and learn about all things maple. See which producers in SDG Counties are hosting events. Experience the traditional maple sugaring craft and taste why pure Ontario maple syrup is a favourite springtime treat!

When: Upcoming April 1st – 2nd

Get your maple on April 1 and 2 during Maple Weekend! This province-wide weekend is dedicated to nature’s gold – maple syrup. Check out the events happening at The Kemptville Campus – Agroforestry Centre, an 18-acre operating sugarbush. On the Bend Sugar Shack is partnering with the centre and the Peter Wensink Maple Forest to offer tours, pancakes, live music and taffy pulls! Be sure to bring home some on site maple products. Springtime just got sweeter!

Instagram Year In Review 2022

2022 was most certainly an excellent year for South Eastern Ontario – filled with fun activities, delicious foods, stunning artwork, and joyful celebrations. These unforgettable moments would not be possible without such a fantastic network of communities. Everywhere you go throughout this stunning region; you encounter an amazing culmination of people who continuously make South Eastern Ontario both a premier travel destination and a place we are very proud to call home.

As we say goodbye to 2022, and usher in a new year, we wanted to look back on the most memorable posts tagged by our amazing Instagram community.

What were your fondest memories of 2022?













Share your adventures with us on Instagram by using our hashtag #SouthEasternOntario. From the entire team at RTO 9 South Eastern Ontario,  stay safe and we’ll see you in 2023!