Kingston Events

Kingston is well-known for its year round activities, events, and festivals.  For a complete listing, please visit the Tourism Kingston website.

Buskers Rendezvous
A highlight of every summer in Kingston is the annual Buskers Rendezvous. Downtown streets are closed so that street performers from across Canada and around the world can entertain the crowds with their acts. This event grows each year and is the third-largest buskers festival in the country.

CORK: The Canadian Olympic-training Regatta at Kingston
Thousands of sailors from all over the world arrive in Kingston each August for the world's largest freshwater sailing regatta. CORK is based at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and the area's outstanding winds make for some exciting races.

Over 30,000 people are drawn to downtown Kingston each February for Feb Fest, the city's premier winter event.

Film Festivals
Kingston's annual film festivals include the ReelOut Queer Film & Video Festival and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

Kingston Dragon Boat Festival
Held in June, the Kingston Dragon Boat Festival combines dragon boat racing with Chinese cultural shows, musical acts, and dance companies.

K-Rock Centre
The K-Rock Centre is an award-winning downtown arena featuring premier sporting and entertainment events.  Previous shows have included Elton John, Bryan Adams, Cirque du Soleil, and OHL hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs.

K-Town Triathlon
One of the most challenging and exciting races in Eastern Ontario is the K-Town Triathlon.  It has taken place every year since 1985.

Limestone City Blues Festival
Every August, music enthusiasts converge on Kingston for the Limestone City Blues Festival. Hear the blues at a variety of downtown bars, pubs, and restaurants or watch the concert on the main stage beside City Hall.

There are several well-known performing arts venues in Kingston including the Grand Theatre, which is also home to the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and the Domino Theatre.  Currently under construction, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will open in 2014.

Wolfe Island Music Festival
The Wolfe Island Musica Festival is only a short ferry ride away from downtown Kingston.   This annual two-day August event features a jam-packed line-up of local and imported acts.