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Resolution Run

Held early January

Location:  Royal Military College


Kingston Road Runners annual 8 km New Year's race. The race starts and finishes at the RMC Arch, and the course covers parts of the RMC campus, Fort Henry Hill and the Fort Henry heights residential area.


Winter Adapted Games

Held end of January

Location:  Queen’s University
613 533-2000

The Winter Adapted Games (WAG) is a fun-filled day held at Queen’s University. Its primary goal is to provide children with identified special needs who are currently attending elementary school in Kingston and surrounding areas the opportunity to participate in a day of non-competitive games and activities. The purpose is to promote the importance of physical activity and having fun in a supported social environment. Each participant will have the opportunity to share this experience with a university buddy from Queen’s.




Valentine's Lantern Snowshoe Hike & Evening Skate  

Held on Valentine’s Day (February 14)

Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

The Lantern Snowshoe Hike starts at the Outdoor Centre at 7:00 p.m. with an evening journey through marsh, field and forests and end with a warm drink by the fireside in the West Hall. Bring your sweetheart or bring the family for a lovely Valentine's evening of either skating or snowshoeing or both.


Live at your Library Recital Series

Held mid February

Location:  Central Branch Library


Admission Charged

The Kingston Jazz Society presents Kingstonians with a chance to JAZZ up their winter! Expect a wide variety of jazz, including classic swing to warm ballads. Presented in an intimate setting in the Wilson room, audience members are given the opportunity to discuss jazz with the performers.




Kingston Canadian Film Festival  

Held late February – early March

Location:  various venues
One of the world's largest stand-alone showcase of feature films from across the country.



ReelOut Kingston’s Queer Film and Video Festival

Held mid March


Call for specific information

Come and celebrate quality LGBT film in Kingston!


Maple Madness

Held mid March

Location Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Throughout March Break, take a tractor-drawn wagon back to the sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the past and how it is made now.


French Canadian Heritage Day  

Held mid March
Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

613- 546-4228

Join the education staff and special guests of different ages for presentations at the Outdoor Centre to learn French Canadian songs, dances, and vocabulary.


St. Patrick’s Day Guided Tours

Held March 17

Location: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Wear green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Guided tours of the sugar bush are featured throughout the day.


Presqu’ile Waterfowl Festival

Held mid March

Location:  Presqu’ile Provincial Park
Come celebrate the return of spring at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. Volunteer naturalists will help you identify over 25 different species of ducks, geese and swans. View Poster Contest displays and waterfowl carving displays and participate in daily children's programs.




Good Friday Concert

Held on Good Friday

Location:  Chalmers United Church

Performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor at Chalmers United Church; with the Melos Choral Ensemble and the Choir of Chalmers United Church.


Sunday Flea Markets  

Held every Sunday from 8am – 4pm during the last two weeks in April
Location: Frontenac Mall's Parking Lot
Are you always listening to bargain hunting stories? Want to tell some of your own? Well, now you can when you visit Frontenac Mall's Sunday Flea Market! You'll find all kinds of bargains on books, videos, cd's, furniture, fresh food and more!


Birds Returning

Held mid April

Location:  Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Kick off National Wildlife Week with the Kingston Field Naturalists leading a birding hike.


Greater Kingston Chocolate Cake Bake Off
Held late April

Location: St. George Cathedral Great Hall

Admission Charged
In search of the best chocolate cake in Kingston. Contest categories: professional baker, non-professional baker, children aged 7-11, children aged 12-16. Includes cake social, coffee, tea milk, cake auction and wonderful entertainment. All proceeds benefiting the Children's Fund of the Frontenac Children's Aid Society.


Spring Arts & Crafts Show  

Held late April – early May

Location: Frontenac Mall


Spring Arts & Crafts Show featuring fine local and area crafters.




Ontario Senior Games

Held mid May

Various locations in Kingston


For everyone 55+! Area Senior Games include euchre, cribbage, contract bridge, darts, floor shuffleboard, golf, horseshoes, carpet, lawn, 10-pin and 5-pin bowling, walking, swimming & tennis.


Haunted Walk of the Fort

Held late May

Location:  Fort Henry


Admission Charged

Reservations required

This tour takes place at Fort Henry National Historic Site, Kingston's spooky 19th century fortress. Those who are brave enough to enter find that the Fort has become home to many active ghosts and some shocking darker history as well.


Queen Victoria Celebrations

Held May 24

Location:  Fort Henry


Join Fort Henry celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Victoria with a special 21 Gun Salute, Feu de Joie and the daily Garrison Parade. Guided tours of Fort Henry will be offered throughout the day along with activities for children of all ages.


Lennox & Addington Fringe Festival  

Held late May

Location: Napanee Market Square next to Town Hall

613- 354-3042

An outdoor artisan festival being organized by the Napanee Artisan Guild. Includes artisans and craftspeople from L&A and the surrounding area selling their wares to the public. There will also be acoustic musicians throughout the weekend.


Don't Rock the Boat

Held late May

Location: Collins Bay Marina


Admission Free

Win a prize, test paddle a Canoe or kayak, join in the Great Kay-duck Race, try the windsurfing and sailing simulators, enjoy the Fashion Show, see many different rescue demonstrations and see CFB Trenton 424 Squadron perform an on water helicopter rescue. Fun for the whole family, with special activities just for children, face painting, colouring, knot tying and games.




Canadian Forces Day Celebration

Held early June

Location: MacNaughton Parade Square



The Andy Fund of Kingston Golf Tournament and Pig Roast  

Held mid June

Location:  The Landings Golf Club next to Norman Rogers Airport





Kingston Buskers Rendezvous
Held mid July

Location:  various venues in Kingston

613-548-4415 or 888-855-4555
Street performers with talents ranging from fire eating, to sword swallowing, to comedy, perform for crowds of thousands.


Twin Otter Skydiving Boogie

Held early July

Location:  258 Airport Road


Book your tandem jump to join groups of 22 skydivers jumping from 13,500 feet! That extra altitude gives you up to 50 seconds of freefall!



Held early July

Location: Confederation Park


Admission Free

FanFayr is a juried arts and crafts show featuring exhibitors from across southern Ontario and southern Quebec.




Live Steam Festival

Held: Late August 29 to September 1.

Location:  Pump House Steam Museum


Call for additional information


2004 Sheep Dog Trials

Held early August

Location:  Grass Creek Park

613- 546-7998

One-hundred border collies and their handlers descended on Grass Creek Park - a 52 acre 'paradise' located along the St. Lawrence River - for the annual Kingston Sheep Dog Trials. The trials offer a unique opportunity for spectators to learn about and to watch these hard working dogs. It's fascinating to watch them as they try and outrun, fetch, drive and pen a herd of Waupoos sheep.


Kingston Women's Art Festival  

Held mid August

Location:  Kingston City Park



Limestone City Blues Festival

Held late August

Location:  Downtown Kingston


Every August Downtown Kingston gets the beat as chords of great blues music fills the air!


Silver Lake Traditional Powwow

Held end of August

Location: Silver Lake Provincial Park, Mayberly ON


Admission Charged, children under 12 are free

Call for additional information


Canadian Olympic-training Regatta -CORK

Held for two weeks in August

Location:  Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and additional venues

In August of each year, sailors come from around the world to participate in one of international yacht racing's premier events, which features over 20 classes and drawing more that 1,000 sailboats, more than 2,000 competitors and coaches from many countries as well as over 10,000 tourists and site-seers. The CORK venue spans the City of Kingston from its headquarters at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (the site of the 1976 Olympic Sailing events). CORK's Racing takes place on six courses which extend from the St. Lawrence River well out into Lake Ontario and cover a geographic area of over twenty square miles.



Kingston Fall Fair  

Held mid September

Location:  Downtown Kingston



Dragon Boat Festival  

Held end of September

Location:  Kingston Rowing Club on Kingston's inner harbour


In addition to the racing itself, the Kingston Festival is a celebration of events on land; including Chinese cultural shows, a food fair and exciting events for the whole family.




Kingston United Music Festival  

Held end of November


Call for location and details


Dickens of a Festival - Festival of Trees 2002

Held end of Nov – the month of December

Location:  Portsmouth Olympic Harbour


Transport yourself back to the days of Charles Dickens. Stroll through the streets of a charming Victorian village, showcasing one-of-a-kind designer creations. A 10-day community event in support of Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Providence Continuing Care Centre and the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre. You won't want to miss the unique shopping opportunities, live entertainment and a variety of exciting children's activities the festival has to offer.


Santa Parade

Held end of November

Location:  Downtown Kingston

Hours:  starts at 5pm




Jingle Bell Walk

Held early December

Location:  City Hall to City Park

Join in a walk to witness the lighting of the trees in City Park


Craft Creation Christmas Craft Show  

Held mid December

Location:  Portsmouth Olympic Harbour



Rockin’ at the Clock

Held December 31

Location:  In front of City Hall


Admission Free

Bundle up and celebrate the New Year with the whole family in front of city hall with hot chocolate, a host of local entertainers, and a spectacular fireworks finale.





Kingston Symphony Association
77 Brock Street

Kingston ON K7L 1B2

Call for performance schedule

Over 25 concerts of Orchestral and choral music are presented each season.


Grand Theatre
218 Princess Street

Kingston, ON K7L 5C8


Call for performance schedule

The Grand Theatre is an 820 seat performing Arts Facility located in downtown Kingston in an historical building. It is the home of The Kingston Symphony, which provides a variety of concerts and stage productions appealing to a wide audience.


Thousand Islands Playhouse

690 Charles St. South
Gananoque, ON K7G 2T8 (20 minutes from downtown Kingston)


Live, professional theatre in a picture-perfect riverside location. Dock at our front door! Comedy music and drama from mid-May to early November.




Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Memorial Centre

303 York Street

Kingston, ON


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