Kingston Summer Theatre Guide 2019

“Like Netflix, but in real life” – that’s the way I sometimes describe seeing live theatre. I always loved going to musicals as a kid, but have only started to see plays as an adult. Every time I do, I feel refreshed. The actors, scripts, productions – everything is always better than I expect it to be.

Although Stratford is known for its Shakespeare festival, Kingston is quickly becoming well known for its innovative theatre – you may be surprised at how many companies there are. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a sample of what each can do…?

Be transported to new places with award-winning performances of 25 unique productions over 24 days in Kingston!

Mark your calendars, because you won’t want to miss a second of The Storefront Fringe Festival and The Kick & Push Festival – starting Friday, July 19th until Sunday, August 11th!

Keep reading for a quick overview. Continue reading “Kingston Summer Theatre Guide 2019”

45+ Events in Kingston this Weekend: July 12-14, 2019

Whether you’re here for a day, a week, or the entire summer – you HAVE to go to at least one event this weekend, because there’s so much to choose from!

Discover more events in Kingston by visiting our Events Calendar!

Friday, July 12 events:

Live Music:

5pm-7pm – Jazz/Soul: Bél & Quinn @ Musiikki Café (all ages) – FREE – Original songs in English, French and Creole in addition to jazz standards, pop and soul songs.

6pm-9pm – Moira & Megan Sing Crying Songs @ The Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront (all ages) – FREE

7pm-8pm – Big Band Fridays ft. The Big Phat Horn Band @ Springer Market Square – FREE

8pm-11pm – Acoustic: Alexa Goldie + Bon Evans @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages) – BY DONATION

9pm – Folk-Punk concert @ The Mansion wine cellar (19+) – Tickets $5-$10 at the door.

9:30pm – Indie rock: Scattered Clouds + The Stilt Homes + Mark ii @ 12CAT ARTS COLLECTIVE (all ages) – BY DONATION

10:30pm-1:30am – Taming Sari @ The Toucan (19+) – FREE.

Theatre & Film

7pm-9pm – Film Screening: “Wild Rose” / Blue Canoe Fundraiser @ The Screening Room (all ages) – Tickets $12 General, $8 Screening Room Members, $6 Youth ages 17 & Under.

7:30pm-9:30pm – “The Dressing Room” comedy @ Domino Theatre – Tickets $20. By local playwright Peggy Hallett.


Ontario Street – a vibrant spaces project @ outside City Hall – FREE:

6pm-7pm: Pilates (bring your own mat)
7:30pm-8:30pm: Bollywood dancing
9pm-11:30pm: A Night with the Stars
9:05pm-9:50pm: The McDonald Institute
10pm-11:30pm: Queen’s University Observatory

Saturday, July 13 events:


11am-12pm – Local Chef Cooking Demo @ Springer Market Square – FREE

12pm-3pm – Queen’s Africa & Caribbean Diaspora BBQ @ Lake Ontario Park

1:30pm-7pm – Shinerama Tiki Party Fundraiser @ The Mansion – Tickets: $5 at the door.


10am-11am – Music in the Park – Silly Sounds on Sydenham *FOR KIDS* @ outside Balzac’s – FREE

12:30pm-1:30pm – FREE Music in the Park ft. Geoff Hinch Boogie & Blues Band @ Confederation Park

1:30pm-2:30pm – FREE Sounds on Sydenham @ outside Balzac’s Kingston

8pm-11pm – Psychedelic rock: Holy Wow @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages) – by donation.

9pm – Blues: The Angelina Hunter Trio @ RCHA Club (19+) – Tickets $10 cash at the door.

9:30pm-2am – ALL THAT! Summertime Warehouse Party @ 12CAT Arts Collective (all ages) – Tickets $5-$10 sliding scale

10:30pm-1:30am – Jazz/Funk: Relatively Minor @ The Toucan (19+) – FREE cover.

11pm-2am – Country/rock: Scott Owen @ The Brass Pub (19+) – FREE cover.

Arts & Culture:

Ontario Street – a vibrant spaces project @ outside City Hall – FREE

  • 9:30am-5pm: Active fun and live DJ with on-site rock climbing wall.
  • 6pm-9pm: Drum Circle

11am-4pm – Second-hand Clothing Sale @ Open Studios Kingston

2pm-4pm – “Paved Paradise” Public Art Exhibition Launch @ outside City Hall – FREE

7:30pm-9:30pm – “The Dressing Room” comedy @ Domino Theatre – Tickets $20. By local playwright Peggy Hallett.


Open MIC/Karaoke Beers for Queers (19+) @ Monte’s in Tir Nan ‘Og – FREE

Learn something new:

11:30am-1pm – Yoga Masterclass @ Studio 330

6pm-9pm – Ontario Street On Tap – After Hours @ Pump Museum – FREE

    • 6:30 pm: Guided tour “Boss Ladies of Ontario Street” with curator Melissa Cruise
    • 7:30 pm: Guided tour “Rags to Riches to Rags” with curator Tom Riddolls
    • 6:30pm-8:30pm: Live, local music by The Goodnight Irenes – musical selections in front of a beautiful waterfront vista.
    • 8 pm: Brewer talk with Stone City Ales. Ron will speak about brewing and answer your beer-filled questions.
    • Baker Demonstration with Pan Chancho
    • Become a Metalmaker – Hands-on pendant making with Valerie Thomas, Instructor from the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club. Valerie will help guests create their own hammered copper pendant to take home.
    • Food by Tir nan Og Kingston – Come hungry for some scrumptious offerings!

9pm-11pm – Observatory Open House & Guest Speaker @ Ellis Hall, Queen’s campus – FREE – Learn about SPACE from an astronomer, then see it for yourself through a 14″ telescope! Guest speaker: Ben Tam, PhD student at Queen’s, on “Probing the Origins of the Universe”

Sunday, July 14 events:


9am-2pm – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market @ Kingston Memorial Centre (all ages) – FREE – Hot foods grown within 100km of Kingston, gifts/artisans, live music & kids activities.

2pm-4pm – High Tea by Top Tier Bakery @ Hochelaga Inn (all ages) – Tickets $45 on Eventbrite

4pm-6pm – Pickled Egg Eating Contest @ The Iron Duke (all ages)

Health & Wellness:

12pm-2pm – SGPS Running Group @ outside Stauffer Library, Queen’s campus (18+) – A fantastic way to get to know Kingston better, meet some fellow graduate students, and get active during the summer months. All levels welcome!

12pm-1pm – Men’s Yoga @ studio 330 – This 4 week beginner-friendly, pre-registered series for men will introduce you to a straightforward yoga practice to increase strength, range of motion and balance.

6pm-8pm – Chakra Yoga Workshop @ Symphony Spa & Yoga (all ages) – Cost: $35, registration required.


2pm-3:30pm – Inside Agnes @ Agnes Etherington Art Centre – FREE – Insider art talks, musical performances and tea.

3pm-5pm – Firebird Sessions: Female Jazz @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages) – FREE/by donation

3pm-5pm – Country: Honky Tonk Heroes ft. Jack Grace @ The Mansion patio (all ages) – FREE/by donation

7pm-9:30pm – Punk: Seaway + Bad Germs @ Inner Harbour Tattoo (19+) – Tickets $15 at the door.

Arts & Culture:

10am-12pm – Perfect Pineapple Watercolour Class (18+) @ Open Studios Kingston – Cost: $35

6pm-8pm – Outdoor Swing Dancing @ Macdonald Park gazebo (all ages) – FREE – Beginners welcome!

Learn something new:

2pm-4:30pm – Repair Cafe Kingston Meetup @ Unitarian Fellowship (all ages) – FREE – Bring your broken items and we will work with you to fix them on the spot with the help of our fixers.

Activities to do anytime:

  1. Eat, drink & be merry at Kingston’s Best Patios!
  2. Cool off at Kingston’s Pools & Beaches!
  3. Get locked up at the Kingston Penitentiary Tours!
  4. See the current exhibits at Agnes Etherington Art Centre! FREE
  5. Watch a movie at The Screening Room! See the schedule here.
  6. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding or Kayaking on Lake Ontario!
  7. Take the FREE ferry to Wolfe Island for patio drinks at the Wolfe Island Grill, ice cream at Café Tenango, or cinnamon buns from the Wolfe Island Bakery!
  8. Try Axe Throwing!
  9. Go rock climbing at the Boiler Room Climbing Gym and try to make it to the top of the Chimney (Canada’s tallest indoor rock climbing wall)!

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Check out 25 things to do in Kingston > Summer Bucket List

Kingston Summer Bucket List

The ultimate guide to what’s on in Kingston this summer. How many will you cross off?

✓ 1. Get locked up at the Kingston Penitentiary Tours

2. Visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre!

3. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding or Kayaking!

4. Watch a movie at the digital Drive-In Movie Theatre (they show current movies!)

5. Go to the beach! Grass Creek Park in the East End or Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area on Wolfe Island

+ Jump off the Gord Edgar Downie Pier (if you’re brave enough!)

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Ps. The new pier is amazing

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6. Go for a nature walk at Lemoine Point Conservation Area in the West End, along the K&P Trail or Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area north of the 401

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gotta love this sunset town

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7. Play Beach Volleyball with friends at The Mansion

✓ 8. Try an escape room game at Improbable Escapes

9. Put down Netflix and go to a live theatre show during FoldA Festival of Live Digital Art (June 12-15), The Kick & Push Festival (July 18-Aug. 11), or Storefront Fringe Festival (July 19-27)

10. Go to one of the many FREE events during Skeleton Park Arts Festival on June 19-23!

✓ 11. Bring your lawn chair downtown to watch Movies in the Square on Thursdays at dusk!

Movies in the Square 2019 Lineup

12. Make it over to Fort Henry for one of their Wednesday night Sunset Ceremonies

13. Wake up early and go to Sunday Morning Yoga at Battery Park!

14. Take the FREE ferry to Wolfe Island for lunch 7 days a week at the Wolfe Island Grill, ice cream at Café Tenango, or cinnamon buns from the Wolfe Island Bakery!

15. Go to a Saturday morning Local Chef Cooking Demo at Springer Market Square!

16. Try out Axe Throwing!

17. Go rock climbing at the Boiler Room Climbing Gym and try to make it to the top of the Chimney!

18. Eat local at the Memorial Centre Farmers Market on Sundays 9am-2pm and try FREE Tai Chi at 11:15am!

19. Experience “a mid-day musical interlude” at St. George’s Cathedral at lunchtime on Thursdays 12:15pm-12:50pm – pay what you can!

20. Visit a museum!

21. Go on a cruise of the Thousand Islands

22. Take a Pottery class at Amaranth Stoneware in the West End, or Clay with Linda near downtown!

23. Sign-up for a Thursday night Paddle and Pint kayaking lesson

24. Sign-up to Volunteer for a local organization or event!

✓ 25. Catch the Kingston Buskers Festival in action July 4-7!

Kingston Summer: Movies in the Square 2019

All movies are free – get there early, bring your lawn chairs and blankets, sit back and enjoy!

An eclectic lineup of classic movies will be projected on an inflatable screen in Springer Market Square on Thursday evenings.

Movies will begin after dusk, usually after 9pm for the June and July showings and closer to 8pm at we get closer to the end of August.

Thursday, June 20: Back to the Future (1985)

“Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.”

Stars: Michael J. FoxChristopher LloydLea Thompson

PG | 1h 56min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Thursday, June 27: Wayne’s World (1992)

“Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.”

Stars: Mike MyersDana CarveyRob Lowe

PG-13 | 1h 34min | Comedy, Music

Thursday, July 11: Top Gun (1986)

“As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.”

Stars: Tom CruiseTim RobbinsKelly McGillis 

PG | 1h 50min | Action, Drama

Thursday, July 18: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

“Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past.”

Stars:  Lily JamesAmanda SeyfriedMeryl Streep

PG-13 | 1h 54min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Thursday, July 25: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

“A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit’s only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.”

Stars:  Bob HoskinsChristopher LloydJoanna Cassidy

PG | 1h 44min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Thursday, Aug. 1: La La Land (2016)

“While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.”

Stars: Ryan GoslingEmma StoneRosemarie DeWitt

PG-13 | 2h 8min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Thursday, Aug. 8: Incredibles 2 (2018)

“The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.”

Stars: Craig T. NelsonHolly HunterSarah Vowell

PG | 1h 58min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Thursday, Aug. 15: Beauty & the Beast (2017)

“A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.”

Stars:  Emma WatsonDan StevensLuke Evans

PG | 2h 9min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

Thursday, Aug. 22: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (2005)

“Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.”

Stars:  Tilda SwintonGeorgie HenleyWilliam Moseley

PG | 2h 23min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Thursday, Aug. 29: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

“An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed.”

Stars:  Daniel RadcliffeRupert GrintEmma Watson

PG | 2h 41min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Thursday, Sept. 5: FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

“The magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their home, which is threatened by logging and a polluting force of destruction called Hexxus.”

Stars: Samantha MathisChristian SlaterRobin Williams

G | 1h 16min | Animation, Adventure, Family

2019 Movies in the Square Line-up @ Downtown Kingston

Thursday, June 20 Back to the Future
Thursday, June 27 Wayne’s World
Note: No movie on Thursday, July 4 because it’s Buskers Rendezvous!
Thursday, July 11 Top Gun
Thursday, July 18 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Thursday, July 25 Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Thursday, Aug. 1 La La Land
Thursday, Aug. 8 Incredibles 2
Thursday, Aug. 15 Beauty & the Beast (2017)
Thursday, Aug. 22 Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
Thursday, Aug. 29 Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
Thursday, Sept. 5 Ferngully

Additional information

  • Popcorn, drinks and gelato will be available for sale on movie nights.
  • Find your place on a ‘first come, first served’ basis – we encourage low back chairs to allow for a good view for all.
  • In the event of a rain-out, please check on social media or on 98.3 FLY FM or Pure Country 98.9FM.

Sponsored by: Presenting Sponsor TD, City of Kingston, Trillium College, Gabriel Pizza and Mio Gelato. 
Our Media sponsor is Bell Media: FLY FM and Pure Country 99.

Movies in the Square is produced by the Downtown Kingston! BIA, an association comprised of, and funded by, 700+ downtown businesses and property owners. The association is dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of a vibrant and healthy downtown.

Kingston Summer: Music Festivals

“While Kingston is arguably the best city in Canada for live music year-round, in the summertime, Kingston plays host to a multitude of world-class live music festivals that draw people from across the province – and even across the border – out to celebrate the season.

From jazz and blues to buskers and beer, if you’re into live music, summer in Kingston is the perfect time to catch some of the best music festivals and live performances in Canada.”

Continue reading on Visit Kingston | Fresh Made Daily…

Open Mic Nights in Kingston

Here’s a list of some of the many places you can go in Kingston to test out new music, poetry, etc. in front of a live audience.

Musiikki Cafe – every Tuesday at 8pm-11pm

All ages! Sign-up sheet is posted in advance on Facebook each week

Rose & Crown every Wednesday at 8:30pm

hosted by Tom Savage – 19+

“and the journey continues” monthly open mic reading series – the first Tuesday of every month

hosted by Bruce Kauffman – All Ages!

The Royal Jam – every Thursday from 9pm to midnight

hosted by Gary Lavallee, Mark Taras, Mike Pacey & Rene Vermette – 19+

Unconfirmed Venues

These places occasionally hold open mic nights or have in the past.