Are you in the full, lazy summer day mode yet? Over here we’re in the sleepy, lovely baby mode. My daughters have gone to visit their grandparents so it is just me and my baby at home. The newborn stage is one of my favourites so I’m just soaking up this time with him while I have the chance. This means slow mornings, walking everywhere, folding tiny things and eating with one hand! And of course, lots of cuddles and napping.
Are you planning on being in the city this summer? If you happen to live in Kingston, be sure to check out some of the fabulous events that are happening throughout the summer. Below, I have listed my favourites (some have already passed but keep them in mind for next year). Do you have anything to add? What are your favourite festivals near and far? Any quirky festivals or summer events that I should try to get to?
1. Skeleton Park Arts Festival (June 21-25, 2017)
This is a free event held annually in McBurney Park around the solstice. This year, my family and I planted a blanket with friends and watched Fred Penner (hello, child of the 80’s!) in the morning. The children got their faces painted, ate hotdogs, drank lemonade and ran around the park with the loads of other children there. In the evening, my husband and left the children with my in-laws and listened to the lovely Sarah Harmer. A perfect way to kick off summer.
2. Artfest (July 1-3, 2017)
Held annually at City Park, Artfest is a family friendly event that encourages visitors to hang around for the whole day. After browsing and possibly buying some items from creatives and makers, there are food trucks, a licenced drinking area, live music and lots of shade to take a nap in. If your children get too overwhelmed by the vendors, you can easily take them to the park or splash pad to burn off some energy. We visited on Canada Day and it was a sea of red and white.
3. Movies in the Square (all summer long!)
On Thursday summer nights, movies are shown in Springer Market Square as soon as the sun goes down. Visitors should bring their own chairs, blankets, snacks and drinks for this event. Check the movie guide to make sure that it is a family friendly movie before heading out.
4. Kingston Buskers Rendezvous 2017 (July 6-9, 2017)
There are performances and shows held throughout the downtown. There is also a whole host of restaurants involved in the weekend event by providing small bites. Children will enjoy the performances as well as face painting.
5. Princess Street Promenade (Saturday, August 5, 2017)
Princess Street is shut down for the day to celebrate the community and support local businesses. Last year there was a petting zoo, cookie decorating and a bouncy castle. It’s fun just to wander the street and people watch as well.