25 Things to Do This Summer in Kingston

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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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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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!

Movies in the Square 2019 Lineup

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.

15 Best Kingston Events in June 2019

There are 200+ one-time-only events in Kingston, Ontario this June! Here’s our Top 15 festivals to check out in the limestone city!

Kingston’s Summer Music Festivals Guide | Visit Kingston

“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…

Best Places to Fall in Love with Kingston (again)

Looking for the perfect backdrop for your Christmas card couples photos? Want to take a unique housemates photo that’s one for the books? Look no further!

Who else LOVES the waves, the sunsets, and the twinkly Christmas lights downtown? Our pals over at BlogKtown just published a few of their favourite things about Ktown, in the form of a pro-tip-worthy locations guide! Looking for the perfect backdrop for your Christmas card couples photos? Want to take a unique housemates photo that’s one for the books? Look no further!

It’s time to start living your best life – with the backdrop of our beautiful city! Here’s a sneak peek of the locations that made the list – and make sure you check out their full blog post here! #iloveygk #weloveygk

#2: Agnes Etherington Art Centre

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#7: Downtown Kingston, especially City Hall *swoon*

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#11: The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts aka Lake Ontario

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#14: Starbucks Patio at Johnson & Division

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#15: Secret Location (between James Reid Furniture and the Grocery Basket) 

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Click here to read the full list…

Kingston’s Best Patios

This week is the perfect time to start exploring downtown Kingston’s many bars and restaurants. But how do you know which ones to go to? Where do you even start? Here’s a shortlist of places you’ve got to try when your friends are all, “Let’s go drink outside!”

“Where Everybody Knows Your Name”

1. The Mansion  

506 Princess Street  |  Weekdays 11 AM-2 AM. Weekends 10 AM-2 AM.

Featuring fresh, local ingredients, this sports pub/live music venue close to Queen’s has such friendly staff and such stellar weekend specials, like $4 Caesars & Screwdrivers and $6 breakfast every Saturday & Sunday, that you’ll quickly find yourself feeling at home here. Bet you didn’t know they have a beach volleyball court in the back! They’ve also got an HD TV on the patio, so you can watch the Jays game in the shade while enjoying one of their legendary Schooners of beer. View Website.

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2. Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill 

330 King St E  |  Daily 11 AM–midnight. Weekends until 2 AM

Jack Astor’s large rooftop patio offers stunning views of City Hall, the water, and beyond to Wolfe Island. Friendly servers with a knack for humour make this a popular destination for young professionals. On sunny days, the patio often gets busy – something to keep in mind if you’re short on time. View Website.

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“Internationally Inspired Patios”

3. Tango Nuevo Tapas & Wine Bar  🇪🇸 🇹🇷

331 King St E   |  Mon.-Wed. 3 PM-11 PM; Thu. 3 PM-midnight; Fri. & Sat. 11:30 AM-midnight; Sun. 11:30 AM-11 PM.

Embracing the Spanish tradition of “tapas” or small plates, Tango Nuevo serves a wide variety of cold and hot tapas great for sharing, complemented by carefully selected Canadian & Prince Edward County local wines. Perfect for those that love excellent food and exceptional wine. View Website.

4. Le Chien Noir 🇫🇷

69 Brock St  |  Daily ~11:30 AM–9:30 PM, until 10 PM on weekends.

This French bistro is known for its classic French cuisine and modern “Farm to Table” local food served in an upbeat, comfortable atmosphere. Their stunning courtyard terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy one of 10 beers on tap, 20 Wines by the glass, Micro-Brews or a seasonal cocktail. A great place for an afternoon meeting, since from 3:00 PM–5:00 PM drinks are $5 and appetizers are 50% off. View Website.

5. Amadeus Café 🇩🇪 🇦🇹

170 Princess St  |  Daily 11:00 AM–9:30 PM. Weekends until 10:00 PM. Closed Sunday.

Authentic German and Austrian cuisine served in the “biergarten” patio at Amadeus will have you believing you’re at an outdoor café in Europe. Delicious schnitzel and succulent sausage prepared from age-old family recipes, are complemented by one of the best beer selections in the city. View Website.

6. Olivea Restaurant 🇮🇹

39 Brock St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–4:30 PM & 5 PM–9 PM.

A little taste of Italy in historic downtown Kingston! Olivea has a fun, urban atmosphere and open concept style. Their patio looks out over Market Square — a perfect spot for eating, drinking and people-watching! View Website.

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Courtyard Classics

7. Chez Piggy Restaurant & Bar

68R Princess St (entrance in Rocheleau’s Court, the alleyway beside The Toucan) |  Daily from 11:30 AM. Sunday from 10:00 AM

Located just off Princess Street in a majestic courtyard, Chez Piggy offers a dining experience that blends grace and gusto, taste and imagination – a prime destination for Kingston’s food lovers. View Website.

8. Kingston Brewing Company   

34 Clarence St  |   Daily 11:00 AM–2:00 AM

The Kingston Brewing Company is Ontario’s oldest brew pub with a hearty menu and a wide selection of craft beers. A covered courtyard patio in the back, a street-front patio, as well as a banquet room upstairs (known as the Dragon’s Lair), make this pub a must-visit for folks that love craft beer. View Website.

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9. Musiikki Café and Whiskey Bar

73 Brock St |  Open Daily noon-2:00 AM

This quaint café is one of Kingston’s best kept secrets – just wait until you see their courtyard. Twinkly lights in a beautiful magnolia tree surrounded by beautiful limestone and brick, live music nightly from 8pm-11pm and a relaxed vibe combine to make Musiikki a secluded paradise and must-see venue for fans of live indie music. View Website.

10. Pan Chancho Bakery & Café   

44 Princess St  |  Daily 7:00 AM–4:00 PM

Pan Chancho is known throughout the city for their fresh, artisan breads baked daily. The full service café and backyard patio serve scrumptious brunch options. Wednesday evenings in the summer, the patio is transformed into a Big Band live music venue. View Website.

11. Woodenheads Gourmet Pizza  

192 Ontario St  |  Daily 11:30AM–12:00AM

This trendy gourmet pizza restaurant is a Kingston favourite. Delectable dishes, delicious wine pairings, and decadent desserts. Fantastic service on the street side patio, or try the hidden courtyard patio – beautiful during the day or evening. Definitely call ahead, because they’re usually full! View Website.

12. Lone Star Texas Grill   

251 Ontario St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–10:00 PM. Weekends until 11:00 PM

Lone Star Texas Grill is famous for their award-winning fajitas, ribs, mesquite-grilled steaks and authentic Tex-Mex. Their large outdoor patio – known as “Margaritaville” – is an experience you have to try at least once. View Website.

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Sidewalk Splendour

13. The Grizzly Grill   

395 Princess St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–2:00 AM

True Canadian fare in a warm and inviting atmosphere.  Menu features a wonderful selection of appetizers, grilled meats & seafood, complemented by an array of garden fresh salads, pasta dishes, gourmet wood-fired pizzas featuring Seed to Sausage meats, calzones, flatbreads & classic comfort food. Plus, they have pool tables upstairs! View Website.

14. Harper’s Burger Bar   

93 Princess St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–9:00 PM. Weekends until 10:00 PM

Kingston’s local burger joint, recently featured on an episode of Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!” Menu features handcrafted chicken, turkey, veggie and wild salmon burgers, hot & crispy hand cut fries and cool & crunchy salads. Try one of their premium shakes and watch the world go by from their sunny sidewalk patio. View Website.

15. Red House   

369 King St E  |  Daily 11:30 AM–2:00 AM.

Reclaimed wood, limestone walls, and a cozy atmosphere are what you’ll find behind the signature red door at Red House. The bar inside picks up as the sun goes down, and their street side patio offers blankets to patrons on cooler summer evenings. They also have a location in Kingston’s West End. View Website.

16. Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse   

195 Ontario St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–10:00 PM

Dianne’s combines a classic East Coast kitchen with the flavours of Mexico. Think fish n’ chips, lobster rolls and chowder along with guacamole, tacos & ceviche. From the bar there are craft beers and local wines along with the city’s largest tequila & bourbon collection. Enjoy a street side patio overlooking the harbour. View Website.

17. Atomica Gourmet Pizza & Wine Bar   

71 Brock St  |  Daily 11:30 AM–10:00 PM

Fresh Italian food & contemporary cocktails. Relax on the sunny sidewalk patio with a glass of wine or a cocktail from the city’s most creative drink list. Specialties include: a “build your own” antipasto board, pizza, salads, pasta, panini, entrées and delectable desserts. View Website.

18. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar   

300 King St E  |  Daily 4:00 PM–11:00 PM

Quality, comfort and value. The Keg’s menu features tender, juicy steaks, slow roasted prime rib, succulent shellfish, the freshest of salads, irresistible desserts and an outstanding wine list. The covered patio and knowledgeable servers make this restaurant a great go-to meeting destination. View Website.

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19. Milestone’s Grill + Bar  

27 Princess St  |  Daily 11:00 AM–11:00 PM. Weekends until 1:00 AM

Stylish, inviting and welcoming for all occasions. Milestone’s is a popular restaurant for socials among colleagues and clients alike. Ask to be seated on the spacious patio or in the dining room. View Website.

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Kingston Pools & Beaches

When you can’t take the heat, it’s high time to find a nearby swimming pool – and luckily, the City of Kingston has many pools and beaches for your enjoyment! Mark your calendars for a pool party or a beach day with friends! It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful Kingston summers!

When you can’t take the heat, it’s high time to find a nearby swimming pool – and luckily, the City of Kingston has many pools and beaches for your enjoyment! Mark your calendars for a pool party or a beach day with friends! It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful Kingston summers!

Indoor Pools

Outdoor Pools

  • Tomlinson Aqua Park, 303 York St. at Kingston Memorial Centre
  • Lakeshore Swimming Pool Association, 792 Henderson Blvd

Unsupervised Beaches

  • Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island
  • Breakwater Park, 200 King St. W.
  • Grass Creek Park, 2991 Hwy 2
  • Lake Ontario Park, 920 King St. West
  • Richardson Beach, 1 King St. East at Emily St.
  • Rotary Park, 1280 Cloverdale Dr.

Splash pads

  • Bert Meunier Park, 739 Augusta Dr.
  • City Park, 33 Bagot St.
  • Lake Ontario Park, 920 King St W.
  • Memorial Centre, 303 York St.
  • Ronald Lavallee Park Splash Pad, 53 Fourth Ave.
  • Shannon Park, 199 Wilson St. at Weller Ave.

Wading Pools

  • McBurney Park, 176 Ordnance St.
  • Victoria Park, 487 Brock St.

Source: Recreation and Leisure Services | One of the departments helping Kingston play

What You Need to Know about Kingston Pen Tours

A rare and unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison.

The City of Kingston in partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) will open Kingston Penitentiary (KP) for public tours this summer.

Tours will be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday. On Tuesdays, the tour will operate for local Kingston residents only.

  • The tour route lasts approximately 90 minutes.
  • General admission tickets are $25 per person (plus taxes & fees).
  • Kingston residents can take advantage of a special local Tuesday rate of $20 per person (plus taxes & fees). Enter the first 3 digits of your Kingston postal code in the Promo Code box (upper right hand corner) to access this special rate.

St. Lawrence Parks Commission will be the Operator for the tours. Tickets now on sale.

  • From June to September tours will operate every 20 minutes starting at 9am until the last tour at 7:40 pm.
  • A fall schedule will see tours available 4 days per week from Thursday to Sunday until October 31st.
  • Tickets will be available online only at www.kingstonpentour.com.

In an effort to manage inventory and accommodate visitor’s ability to secure tickets, inventory will be released as follows:

  • 50% of ticket inventory for the season will be released on June 6.
  • June 30 – remaining 50% of JULY inventory released.
  • July 29– remaining 50% of AUGUST inventory released.
  • September 6 – remaining fall inventory released.

Net proceeds of the tours will support tourism and destination marketing initiatives, as well as youth programs through the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.

Grand Theatre Tickets on-sale this Monday!

All Tickets go on sale Noon on Mon. Aug. 21, 2017 at Noon!

Bruce Cockburn – Graham Nash – Gordon Lightfoot – The Nutcracker –
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo – Gord Bamford – Louie Anderson – Tom Cochran –
Pinocchio – Rosanne Cash – Just for Laughs and many more!

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Presented by The City of Kingston, the Grand OnStage season is a curated selection of performances.

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Sunday Mornings in Kingston

Every Sunday, lululemon athletica hosts a complimentary yoga class from 9:30am-10:30am. It’s known locally as SMY, for Sunday Morning Yoga. In the summer, it takes place outside in Battery Park along the Lake Ontario waterfront. As it gets cooler, the class moves indoors. It’s free to attend – so bring your own yoga mat.

Every Sunday, lululemon athletica hosts a complimentary #yoga class from 9:30am-10:30am on the waterfront in Battery Park – follow Earl Street to the water, just past Ontario Street. It’s known locally as SMY, for Sunday Morning Yoga.

The class takes place year-round, rain or shine, and is open to all, including beginners.

In case of rain and in winter, class is held in the lululemon store (270 Princess Street, #KingstonOntario). The teacher changes every week, featuring the teaching styles of different yoga practitioners from across the city.