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16 Things to do in Kingston this Summer

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Queen's U chapter.

Staying in Kingston over the summer and not looking forward to it? Don’t worry, Kingston isn’t all that bad. There’s actually a lot of cool things to do in the warmer months that you wouldn’t be able to do during the school year! Here’s a short list of events and activities you can do this summer:

1. Cannonball Crush – June 9, 2018

Challenge yourself and friends to partake in Fort Henry’s Cannonball Crush! This obstacle course will test your determination, strength, and team spirit!

Link: http://www.forthenry.com/events/cannonball-crush/

2. YGK Craft Beer Fest – June 9, 2018

After having completed the Cannonball Crush obstacle race, unwind with some quality beer, wine, and ciders!

Link: http://www.forthenry.com/events/beerfest/

3. Take a nice stroll by Kingston’s waterfront

Go as far as taking a plunge into the water!

4. Music in the Park 2018 – June 14-September 1, 2018

Music in the Park is a summer-long program that features talented musicians and an array of genres performed. Don’t miss out on this cool music series in downtown Kingston this summer!

Link: https://www.downtownkingston.ca/enjoy/2018/music-in-the-park

5. Doors Open Ontario – June 16, 2018

This province-wide event unlocks many of Ontario’s heritage treasures to the public. “From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our communities.”

Link: http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/Events/Kingston.aspx

6. Take a little detour to Martello Alley

See where talented local artists showcase their pieces of work.

7. Skeleton Park Arts Festival – June 20-24, 2018

Celebrate summer solstice by attending this four-day multidisciplinary fest. Taking place at McBurney Park, the festival showcases artists from Kingston and around the world!

Link: http://skeletonparkartsfest.ca

8. Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2018

Check out Canada Day Celebrations at Grass Creek or Confederation park! The city plans great events every year from parades to live entertainment.

9. Take the ferry to Wolfe Island!

Spend a day cycling the island and explore all it has to offer – from the goods at Wolfe Island Bakery to the Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area.

10. Sunset Ceremony – July 4-August 29, 2018

Make your way over to Fort Henry on Wednesday nights for this cool event that features the Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad and Artillery Detachments!

Link: http://www.forthenry.com/events/sunset-ceremony/

11. Kingston Buskers Rendezvous 2018 – July 5-July 8, 2018

This festival invites buskers from around the world to take over the streets of Kingston  and perform a range of cool tricks and activities! This festival is now in its 30th year and is one of the best of its kind in Canada!

Link: https://www.downtownkingston.ca/enjoy/2018/kingston-buskers-rendezvous

12. Visit the Lemoine Point Conservation Area and immerse yourself in nature and the wild.

See if you can find a Chickadee or Blue Jay!

13. The Kick & Push Festival – July 19-August 12, 2018

Check out the Kick & Push Festival’s 4th annual immersive theatre, late night panel talks, masterclasses, and more!

Link: http://thekickandpush.com

14. Limestone City Blues Festival 2018 – August 23-26, 2018

Purchase yourself a bracelet that gives you access to numerous concerts over this blues-filled weekend!

Link: https://www.downtownkingston.ca/enjoy/2018/limestone-city-blues-festival

15. Cirque du Soleil – July 4-8, 2018

See Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo show and get carried away with its baroque circus acts!

16. Get on the water and rent yourself a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle from Ahoy Rentals.

Link: http://www.ahoyrentals.com

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