Can’t help falling in love with the King of Rock n’ Roll? With two festivals to choose from (including the well-known Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival) and a host of vintage-inspired activities to fill out your weekend, here’s a handful of things to do for Elvis lovers in the Bay of Quinte region.
The Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival
The Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival is a three day competition held at the Tweed Municipal Fairgrounds to find the best Elvis impersonator around. Attracting competitors from as far away as England and Australia, 2016 marks the 5th annual festival spanning August 19th to 21st. The Tweed Elvis Festival is an outdoors event that goes on either rain or shine, so bring your lawn chairs, sunscreen, and a desire to have a great time! Gates open at 3:30 pm on the 19th to kick off the weekend’s “Elvis: The Early Years” theme. For more information regarding camping, tickets, vendors, sponsors, rules, and schedules, visit the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival’s website here.
Waupoos Winery Elvis Festival
That’s right: this region is home to not one, but two Elvis Presley tribute festivals. Waupoos Winery also celebrates its 5th annual Elvis Festival this year! From July 29th through 30th, shake, rattle and roll at this free event celebrating the music of Elvis. There are three scheduled performers to enjoy along with the winery atmosphere. Food can drinks will be available for purchase at the venue. Waupoos Winery is located at 3016 Prince Edward County Rd 8, Picton, and for more information on the event visit their website here. To contact Waupoos Winery for questions, you can call them at 613-476-8338.
Grab a Loonie Shake and Visit a Classic Cruiser Night
Classic Car Cruise nights happen throughout the Bay of Quinte Region every week during the summer. Some of the more popular locations include Belleville’s Cruise Night in the Bell Blvd A&W parking lot every Tuesday night, Madoc Village Classic Cruise Night every other Wednesday night, Picton Cruise Nite every Thursday night at 13321 Loyalist Parkway Picton, Marmora #7 Classic Cruisers every Thursday night just North of Highway 7, and the Trenton Cruise Night every Sunday night at Centennial Park. Shine up your wheels (or just your shoes) and get ready to meet new friends and visit with old friends, reminiscing over classic and vintage automobiles. For more locations and information regarding Cruise Nights in the Bay of Quinte Region, visit Quinte Car here.
Go Retro at a Vintage Shop
The Bay of Quinte Region is home to a host of under-the-radar vintage and retro shops. If you’re looking for a blast from the past, or even just looking to pick up some time period pieces for a collection, take a peek at this blog post, where we’ve compiled a full list of fantastic antique stops & shops in the area. Some local favourites include Karen Brown’s Antiques in Deseronto, Funk & Gruven in Belleville and MacCool’s Re-Use in Prince Edward County. If you’re seeking retro wear to show up in style at the Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival, don’t miss Boretski Gallery downtown Belleville.
Dine in Style at an Old School Diner
Fans of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives will be in their element in Bay of Quinte. Let the good times roll and let the good food be eaten at throwback locations – we’ve got a full list here. If checkerboard floors and chrome accents are as high on your list as a vanilla milkshake, don’t miss Heroes’ Diner in Trenton. Open everyday from 6am – 2pm, this 60s vintage-style diner is a great place to sit down and enjoy the vibes, as well as some tasty food!