Limestone City Blues Festival, August 25 to 28, noon
to 2 a.m. daily. This festival, celebrating the best of
blues, returns to Kingston for its 20th year. Enjoy four
steamy days and nights of iconic musicians and performers
who embrace the spirit of the blues and take
it to new heights, playing a variety of indoor and outdoor
Downtown Kingston, multiple locations,
THOUSAND ISLANDS PLAYHOUSE
Into the Woods, continues to August 13, various
times. Fairy tales come to life in this musical about
finding one’s purpose in the most unlikely of places.
To reverse a curse put on them by the witch next door,
the baker and his wife must go into the woods to find
four magical ingredients. On their journey, they meet
Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and
Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish of their own.
Explore what happens when “happily ever after”
doesn’t unfold quite as planned.
In a Blue Moon, August 12 to 28, various times. A
story of love and family. After her dad dies, six-yearold
Frankie and her mom move to an old cottage
where they meet Frankie’s uncle Will, a freelance
photographer. Over time, a tender and unlikely love
story emerges as the three discover a new understanding
of family. Poignant and touching, heartfelt
and hilarious, In a Blue Moon is a brand new play that
you won’t soon forget.
Springer Theatre, 185 South St., Gananoque,
THE KICK & PUSH FESTIVAL
The Kick & Push Festival, continues to August 13,
various times. A new style of summer theatre that
presents a compilation of engaging events — challenging
audiences to go beyond passive observation.
Now in its second year, Kick & Push is dedicated to
innovative performing arts experiences that create a
community atmosphere and throw open the doors
of cultural spaces. In addition to master workshops
and panel talks, there will be 30 days of live theatre
with six different stage productions: Beneath Our
Feet, Ambrose, Stubborn Stone, Overlooked, Chicago and
Taming of the Shrew.
The Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St.,
Movies in the Square, throughout August, Thursdays
at 9 p.m. Check out a movie in style at Movies
in the Square. Films will be projected onto an inflatable
screen. Shows begin at dusk and feature great
family-friendly selections. This year’s lineup
includes Hook, UP, Matilda, Big Fish, Jurassic World
and more. Don’t forget to bring your own chair and
Chef Cooking Demos, throughout August, Saturdays
at 12:30 p.m. See Kingston’s best chefs come together
with local producers to share their knowledge and
passion for great food with the public. Every weekend
at the public market, different chefs from some of the
city’s best restaurants will share insights into what’s in
season and how to pick the best products. They’ll also
demonstrate simple recipes that can easily be recreated
Springer Market Square, King and Brock streets,
GRASS CREEK PARK
Kingston Sheep Dog Trials, August 5 to 7, various
times. Held in beautiful Grass Creek Park, the Kingston
Sheep Dog Trials attracts close to 10,000 spectators
over the three-day festival. Visitors and handlers from
all over the globe make their way to Kingston for the
competition. Bring your canine friend along to play
and socialize, and enjoy other live entertainment
alongside the trials, including sheep shearing, K-9
demonstrations and a handmade marketplace with
Grass Creek Park, 2991 Highway 2,
CORK SAIL KINGSTON
International Optimist Regatta, International Sail
Canada Youth and Senior Board Championships,
and Raceboard North American Championships,
August 11 to 14, various times. Spectators are invited to
watch as 150 youth optimist sailors and 30 board sailors
compete in these international events.
International Sail Canada Youth Championships
and 29er North American Championship, August 14
to 18, various times. Watch as more than 400 sailors
compete in these events for International and North
American championship titles.
Olympic Classes Regatta – Sail Canada Senior
Championships and Finn Eastern Championship,
August 19 to 24, various times. Spectators are invited
to watch sailors compete on the waters of Lake
Ontario in this thrilling six-day event.
J22 World Championship, August 19 to 25, various
times. Spectators are invited to this exciting event as
120 sailors compete for the world championship right
here in Kingston.
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St., www.cork.org
World Heritage Sunset Ceremony, throughout
August, Wednesdays 8 to 10 p.m. A core event that
features Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Square and
Artillery Detachments in a period interpretation of
1860’s military music and drill with a simulated battle.
Engaged audiences will follow the story of a soldier’s
journey to his new post in the Kingston Garrison with
vivid imagery and drama. The weekly show ends in a
beautiful display of fireworks.
Fort Henry, 1 Fort Henry Dr., www.forthenry.com
AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTRE
Dig: An Exhibition, throughout August, various
times. A presentation of six inventive contemporary
art practices from Kingston, this exhibition draws
together works of striking material intensity that
break up paths of ordinary sense and action to expose
uncommon potential. Featured works include stone
sculpture by Chaka Chikodzi, wall assemblages by
Ben Darrah, Pat McDermott’s distilled figurations,
sculptural pilings and swells by Joan Scaglione, Su
Sheedy’s encaustic colour quarries, and Sharon
Thompson’s shimmering oil and sand paintings.
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University Ave.,
COMING IN SEPTEMBER
KINGSTON SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION
Fall Book Fair, Sept. 7 to 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
and Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This annual
Kingston Symphony fundraiser is an ideal event for
the bookish at heart. Peruse thousands of fiction and
non-fiction titles, sheet music and books on CD.
Find your next great literary treasure and help a
good cause in the arts.
Kingston Symphony Warehouse, 785 Sir John A.
Macdonald Blvd., www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca
Chilifest, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Can you handle
the heat? Chilifest is back this fall, serving up tasty and
creative takes on the iconic dish from over a dozen
local restaurants, seasoned chefs and spirited community
groups. Linger in the park over live entertainment,
children’s activities, musical performances and
horse-drawn wagon rides as you rank your favourite
chilis. Proceeds support Hospice Kingston.
Confederation Park, across from City Hall,
KINGSTON DERBY GIRLS
Season Finale, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. Catch the last bout
of the summer season with a front-row spot to catch
the players in heated action at the rink. Both home
teams have bouts – the Disloyalists face off against the
Atom Smashers while Skateful Dead battles the Motor
Memorial Centre, 303 York St.,
Celtic Kitchen Party, Sept. 10, noon to 10 p.m. Get in
touch with east coast roots and savour the last days of
summer as Celtic music fills the South Hill of Fort
Henry, overlooking Lake Ontario. This larger-thanlife
kitchen party features a series of live entertainers
to celebrate Celtic culture and traditions, including
highland and step dancing. There will also be good
eats, a pop-up market, a Celtic craft area for the kids
and whiskey tastings for the adults. Musical performances
by Breabach, The Dardanelles, The Peelers,
the Rob Roy Pipe Band and more.
Fort Henry, 1 Fort Henry Dr., www.forthenry.com
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