Whether it’s the place you call home or a vacation destination, we can all agree that summer in the city of Kingston is unforgettable. No matter your age, ability, or interests, Kingston has something for everyone – especially throughout the summer months. If you’re new to the city or would just like to see a full list of city events, check out Kingston Region and YGK Events. Some annual events have become staples in town that everyone looks forward to each year, and new businesses have also started their own traditions, bringing fresh and fun ideas to the city.
Buskers Rendezvous - July 6-9 (Free – By Donation)
Each year this event takes over the downtown core and immerses visitors with fantastic performances. Enjoy some of the wildest and wackiest street performance you’ll ever see, and be prepared to be pulled into the show!
Taste of Kingston - July 30 (Food Tickets $1 Each)
This is the 19th year for this annual food festival located in Confederation Basin that celebrates local cuisine and live entertainment. Don’t forget to stop for a photo-op with the recently installed “KINGSTON” sign!
Princess Street Promenade - August 5 | 10am – 5pm (Free)
A true shopper’s paradise and a great chance to get to know local businesses downtown. You can certainly spend an entire day picking through great sale items, grabbing some locally-made snacks, and participating in a variety of fun activities.
1000 Islands Poker Run – August 18-19 (Free)
Another incredible annual event that takes place in Confederation Basin! Tour the docks and check out the boats on Friday night, then watch the stunning power boats take off for their journey around the 1000 Islands on Saturday morning.
Limestone City Blues Festival – August 24-27 (Bracelets $15)
Get ready to be blown away by Blues Fest! Enjoy endless hours of amazing blues music with concerts in Springer Market Square and on Princess Street. Your festival bracelet also allows you to redeem “Blues Bucks” at various businesses downtown.
Movies In The Square – Every Thursday At Dusk (Free)
Bring friends, family, and lawn chairs down to Springer Market Square to enjoy some great films on the big screen:
- July 13: Rogue One
- July 20: The Parent Trap (1996)
- July 27: Elf
- August 3: Finding Dory
- August 10: Ocean’s Eleven
- August 17: Beauty & The Best (1991)
- August 24: Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
- August 31: X Men – First Class
Milestones Live Music –Tuesday’s | 7pm – 9pm
You’ll go for the great food and stay for the live music. With a sexy atmosphere and special drink prices on Tuesday’s, it’s a great place to unwind after a long day at work or just to chill out with friends.