What to Do This Weekend in Kingston: May 26-28
May has just flown by! We’re super stoked to round out the end of the month with a stellar line-up of 30+ events in 3 days! Take a look at the links below for more info!
Friday, May 26
🗣 4pm Dr. Mary Forhan: “Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease” @ BioSci 1101
This presentation will highlight rehabilitation research and clinical practices that address issues identified by persons living with obesity including weight bias and stigma, access to quality healthcare and participation in the activities of everyday living.
Thursday and Friday evening (May 25-26), and Saturday afternoon, (May 27), you can Escape the Pump House, with Improbable Escapes. They’ll be waiting for you in the pump room. Sign up online
🗣 6pm 3 Musketeers Stand-Up Comedy show @ Portuguese Cultural Centre of Kingston
The Portuguese Comedy Champion: Mike Rita, who’s been seen on Just For Laughs, The Debaters, CBC’s Accent on Toronto, and winner of The Brantford Comedy Festival Competition. Currently on tour across North America in English and Portuguese.
Galleries in Downtown Kingston will open their doors from 7pm to 10pm on Friday, May 26. Join us for this free event and see the best art Kingston has to offer!
♫ 7:30pm Songs from Les Miserables and Miss Saigon @ Grand Theatre
The next best thing to seeing a Broadway Show! The Broadway Concert Series Experience brings Canada’s top musical theatre talent to your door step.
🗣 8pm Canadaland: Guide to Canada Podcast Recording (19+) @ The Mansion
Canadaland‘s Jesse Brown delves into the dark side of Canadian history in this show consisting of a series of stories accompanied by slides, short films and highlights of Canadian film and tv from a satirical angle. Host Jesse Brown has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting.
♫ 10pm The Tom Savage Trio (19+) @ The Toucan
Saturday, May 27
♫ 9am-6pm Kingston Scottish Festival @ Rideau Acres Campground
A day with Highland dancing competitions, solo piping and drumming events. Food, beer, vendors all on-site. Admission is free, parking $5.
🦆 9:30am-4pm OPEN HOUSE @ Kingston & District Trap Skeet and Sporting Clays Club
Experience clay target shooting and see what skeet, trap and sporting clays are all about. Try 5 free targets of your own under supervision. No experience necessary! Demos starting at 10:15am and a BBQ for lunch.
🛒 10am-4pm Annual Spring Artisan Market @ Grass Creek Park
We will have a cottage full of handmade and vintage goodies as usual as well as outdoor vendors excited to show off their hardwork to GCC regular shoppers and newbies as well.
🚣 10am-4pm Paddling Demo Day @ Douglas Fluhrer Park
Thinking of buying a kayak or stand up board? Join us on the water at Douglas Fluhrer Park to take a “test drive” of one of our kayak and SUP board fleet. The day officially launches our paddling season at Trailhead, sample a taste of our spring and summer paddling clinics!
♫ 10am-4pm Music Lovers’ House Tour @ various homes in the Kingston area
Come and tour some of the most interesting, well-designed, eclectic, and spectacular homes in the Kingston area. With the purchase of a passbook, you will receive entrance into each home as well as a light lunch at one of the churches on the tour.
🗣 10am-4pm Sherlocked! Mini-Conference @ City Hall
Celebrate Arthur Conan Doyle and his best known character, Sherlock Holmes, in this one-day mini-conference!
🚶10am Kingston Walk for ALS @ Confederation Park
Ω 12pm Garden Yoga and Treats @ Hochelaga Inn
Enjoy a yoga session in the garden of a historical bed and breakfast led by a certified instructor Rebecca Smith. Vegan desserts by Top Tier Bakery will be served along with tea and refreshments after the session, which you are welcome to have on the patio or inside the formal dinning room.
🗣 12pm Meet author Vicki Delany @ City Hall
Vicki Delany, author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, will talk about the challenges of creating a Sherlockian character in a modern young woman and the joys of creating a fictional bookshop dedicated to all things Sherlock Holmes. She will read from Elementary She Read, the first book in the series.
Bring your gang and escape the historic pump room at the Pump House Steam Museum. Improbable Escapes will be there to lock you in (and let you out, if necessary). Solve the puzzles and gain your freedom.
Discover how Dr. McDonald, a team of Canadian and international scientists, and SNOLAB unlocked the mysteries of neutrinos, redefined the basic laws of particle physics and won a Nobel Prize in the process. Admission is free.
✍️ 2pm SOLD OUT: Hand Lettering Workshop @ The Kingston Collective
Have a blast learning the art of handlettering!
♫ 7:30pm Cantabile Choirs present “Good Cheer” @ Sydenham Street United Church
Cantabile celebrates Canada 150 with the invigorating sounds of Bon Débarras. On their guitars, banjo, violin, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio creates musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages.
♫ 9pm Social Distortion Tribute BAD LUCK (19+) @ The Mansion
MusicFly presents Social Distortion Tribute band “Bad Luck” who will be performing and paying respect to the legendary PUNK ROCK band formed in 1978. Their career has spanned the decades and their music is alive and well and we can’t wait to have you enjoy Bad Luck’s renditions of their hits.
♫ 10pm Oakridge Ave. with Paper Ladies (19+) @ The Toucan
Sunday, May 28
🍏 9am-2pm Memorial Centre Farmers Market @ Kingston Memorial Centre
The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market is 100% producer-run. All products are grown and produced in the Kingston foodshed – within about 100km of the market. The MCFM aims to expand the market share of sustainably-produced food in Kingston. This market will get you eating and enjoying agricultural, craft and ready-to-eat products.
Ω 9:30am SMY at Moksha @ lululemon Princess Street
Moving with breath becomes like a dance, with detailed instructions and guidance. Don’t miss Martha from MYK this Sunday for a vinyasa style class in the hot room! This form of yoga offers a range of health benefits to those who practice it, as it encompasses all areas of mind, body and spirit. This class is reduced heat and led with music
🚶10am Kingston-Napanee Mandarin MS Walk @ Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute
The Mandarin MS Walk is a celebration of the power we have to change the lives of Canadians with MS. It’s about communities coming together to enjoy food, prizes, entertainment and, most of all, the feeling of being united by a common goal: a future free of MS.
♻ 1pm Merchant City Clean Up and Pub Crawl @ The Merchant Tap House
We will start at the Merchant for free brunch then head out to tidy up the streets and parks around our beloved downtown all while hitting up some of Kingston’s finest pubs.
🚲 2pm Position, Pressure, Pace Bike Workshop @ APEX Indoor Cycling Studio
Whether you ride inside, outside or not at all, this workshop is for anyone who spends time sitting anywhere! You will gain: – core strength – hip mobility – body awareness – new friends This workshop will teach you how to loosen your hips, tighten your core, and take your ride to a whole new level. Cost: $97
☵ 2pm CRCA Lake Monitoring Event @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area
You are invited by the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) to attend an event all about lakes. We are excited to connect with lake associations, lake residents, and lake enthusiasts of all ages. This event will be the official launch of the CRCA’s first ever Regional Lake Assessment Report.
♫ 2:30pm Taylor Angus Live @ The Alibi
FREE AFTERNOON SHOW! This could be the start of a residency at this magnificent live music venue so please make yourselves seen and grab some beverages!
♫ 4pm Children/Teen Choir Concert and High Tea @ St. George’s Cathedral
The St. George’s Cathedral Children’s Choir, directed by Michael Capon, and the Youth Group, directed by Alana Sargeant, will perform a concert on Sunday May 28 at 5pm in the Cathedral Great Hall. High Tea will be served starting at 4pm. Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected in support of the Choir program.
🎬 7:30pm Film Screening (19+) @ The Toucan Pub
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival hit is screening at The Toucan! Come see the hilarious film featuring John Dunsworth, famously known as Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, Spencer Rice of Kenny VS Spenny, Paul Spence ‘The Deaner’ from the cult classic FUBAR, Kathleen O’Hurley, @Slashleen, a largely popular twitter personalty from Toronto, and an ensemble cast of Kingstonians and other very talented Canadians. Come enjoy a pint or two in the very place some of the film was filmed!
🍺 8pm TRIVIA (19+) @ The Brooklyn
Test your obscure pop culture knowledge every Sunday night at The Brooklyn! Grab your teams of up to 6 people, and come early – doors open at 8pm, trivia starts at 9pm – to make sure you get a spot!