Best Date Ideas in Kingston this weekend: Nov 17-20, 2016

It might be worthwhile to go outside your house/your room/the library for a couple of hours this weekend and take in some fresh air… and maybe a parade, a play, a concert, or some visual art?

Here’s a look at the best date ideas for Nov. 17-20, 2016 including what to do if you’re flying solo or if you’re going out as a group!

It might be worthwhile to go outside your house/your room/the library for a couple of hours this weekend and take in some fresh air… and maybe a parade, a play, a concert, or some visual art?

Thursday, Nov. 17

The Tea Room: Teas for Trees

Best Date Idea: The Tea Room: Teas for Trees – This week, when you buy a coffee or tea from The Tea Room, you’ll be helping to reduce carbon emissions! For every 5 coffees/teas sold, The Tea Room is buying 2 trees to plant at a local conservation area! Everybody knows that socially-aware and environmentally-conscious people are HOT! This date basically sets itself up for greatness. The Tea Room is open 8am-7:30pm Monday-Thursdays and Friday 8am-5:30pm.

Best Solo Idea: Back from Abroad: IPO Student Panel About Exchange – Going on an international exchange can be one of the best choices of your life. Find out about the ever-growing options in your program at this tell-all info session. You can learn more about international education, hear amazing stories about studying abroad, and chat with like-minded people. The panel starts at 5pm in the QUIC (beside Queen’s Pub in the JDUC).

Best Group Idea: OneMatch: Get Swabbed Event – Did you know that in Canada, fewer than 25% of patients who need stem cell transplants are able to find a match within their own families – meaning 75% have to rely on the generosity of volunteer donors? The Queen’s University Blood Team will be holding Get Swabbed events this Thursday on-campus where you can join the registry in just 10 minutes! Events are happening across campus, so go to whatever fits in your schedules: 9:30am-12pm in Jean Royce Hall (West), 9:30-5:30 in ARC & BioSci, 5:30pm-8:30pm in Vic Hall, Leonard & Ban Righ

Friday, Nov. 18

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Best Date Idea: Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene) Concert On-Campus – Sway side-to-side and bust a move because taking your date to see a legend of Canadian indie music in the gezellig atmosphere of The Grad Club will give you major coolness points. Listen to his stuff here to get a sample and this CBC interview before you go. Make sure you arrive between 9pm-10pm Friday night to get a good viewing spot before the show begins. Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm at The Grad Club, 19+. Tickets $15-$18 each

Runner-Up Best Date Idea: Krief + Fleece Concert On-Campus – Couldn’t get into The Grad Club (or was it sold out?) Try your luck down the street at Clark Hall Pub, because they’re also putting on a rad concert Friday night, featuring Montreal singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Krief and Psychedelic Rock/Grunge/Jazz-inspired indie rockers Fleece. Doors open at 9pm, show starts 9:30pm at Clark Hall Pub, 19+. Tickets $10 each at the door, if not sold out.

Best Solo Idea: QYourFuture – Want to stop getting anxious when people ask you what you’re going to do next year? This event is for you. The people who work at Career Services are some of the most helpful that you will meet during your time at Queen’s. Their goal is to help you find your path. Invest in yourself by visiting the QYourFuture booth on Friday in the ARC to speak with Career Cousellors and Student Alumni Reps about your next steps. Find them 11:30am-1:30pm in the ARC

Best Group Idea: Opening Reception: “Reveal” – Get cultured this Friday night at a free event on-campus that includes food and drinks! Join the Union Gallery in the launch of the new exhibition, Reveal, focusing on submissions from Queen’s students. The artists in Reveal explore what influences or determines one’s sense of self, alongside the socially and culturally-constructed nature of identity. Pretty freaking cool. Reception begins at 5pm in The Union Gallery, main floor of Stauffer Library. All welcome, free admission.

Saturday, Nov. 19


Best Date Idea: Santa Claus Parade – It’s a holiday tradition, and pretty much everybody in the city is going to be there this Saturday night! We recommend calling ahead and booking a window seat at one of the restaurants along Princess – and bringing extra blankets to wrap yourself with as Santa Claus makes his way to Springer Market Square for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! 5pm-7pm, Princess Street to Market Square.

Best Solo Idea: BFA Open House (Visual Arts) – It’s one of the most-photographed buildings at Queen’s, with its spiral staircase, but have you ever actually been inside Ontario Hall? This Saturday morning is your chance to see behind-the-scenes in the Fine Arts department. If you’ve never been, you’re in for a real treat. Queen’s has got some serious talent – you might even think you’re at a museum! Open house runs 10am to 2pm in Ontario Hall

Best Group Idea: The Russian Play – Queen’s students from 5th Company Lane Productions bring the characters in The Russian Play to life, with shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Support student-run theatre and add some culture to your weekend! 7:30pm at Baby Grand Theatre, tickets $15.75 each

Sunday, Nov. 20

Best Date Idea: [TONE DEAF] Ultrasonic Sound Sculptures: Opening Reception – Add some culture to your Sunday evening with this mesmerizing sound performance, kicking off the annual Tone Deaf Music Festival which celebrates the weird and wonderful. There will be a reception with drinks and snacks prior to the live performances. Sure to be there is the who’s who of Kingston’s arts scene. Reception starts at 7pm, performances begin at 8pm. Tickets are $12 each at the door. Modern Fuel Artist-Run Gallery is located in the Tett Centre, beside the Isabel.

Best Solo Idea: Home for the Holidays Gift & Craft Fair – Start your holiday shopping early on Sunday morning at this craft fair uptown. Proceeds from the fair will be used to build homes for local families in the area with Habitat for Humanity. 10am-4pm at Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre (near the VIA Train Station, you can take buses #18 or #502 free with your student ID to get there)

Best Group Idea: Diwali Formal – Diwali, the Festival of Lights, celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. People from all over the world gather with their family and friends to exchange presents, eat good food, light fireworks and enjoy the festivities. Bring your Queen’s family to light up the night this Sunday, enjoy performances, delicious Indian food, sparklers, and dancing! Formal is in Grant Hall from 5pm-10pm, open to all ages.

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