Fretting about having the kids home all summer with nothing to do? The summer is packed with fun festivals and events in the Bay of Quinte area. There is something for everyone almost every weekend of the summer season. From car buffs to foodies, summer in the Bay of Quinte region is action packed!
Art in the County, June 26 to July 12: One of Ontario’s finest juried art exhibitions and sales is the highlight of the season in Prince Edward County. It attracts international attention. Over 100 pieces will be unveiled at Books and Company in Picton.
Pride in the Park, July 4: The main Pride in the Park Celebration is at the Lion’s Pavilion and the Ethnic Village (Zwick’s Park), Belleville ON. All are welcome to this free event that includes community booths, free food & entertainment, and more. These events are safe and positive spaces for LGBTQ+ people.
Canadian Independent Music Festival, July 9: The Concert Event of the summer in the Quinte Region is kicking off The Belleville Waterfront Festival and sure to rock the Bay Shore. Headlining the Event is Treble Charger. Whisky Rocks finalists, Rye and Silence, who are known for their national hit “I’m Still Smilin’” have also been confirmed.
Belleville Waterfront and Ethnic Festival, July 9-12: Summer fun for kids and adults; three days of family fun at the Belleville Waterfront Festival with fireworks, contests, craft show, food and live music.
Belleville Community Dragon Boat Festival, July 11: The Belleville Dragon Boat Club is partnering with Three Oaks Foundation to host the 14th Annual Belleville Dragon Boat Festival in Victoria Park, Belleville. The Festival will be part of the Belleville Waterfront and Ethnic Festival.
Incredible Edibles Food Festival, July 11: An amazing day complete with local food vendors, demos and workshops, live music, speakers, children’s activities and of course, FABULOUS FOOD!! Up to 50 vendors will showcase their unique foods and flavours and recipes in downtown Campbellford.
Pres’quile Point Lighthouse Festival, July 17-19: This event is a fundraiser to restore and maintain the historic lighthouse in Presqu’isle Park, Brighton. Events include a Bingo game, pancake breakfast, yachting regatta, a Fun Run, Dragon Boating and more.
Napanee Country Jamboree, July 23-26: Four days of great country music. Over 40 entertainers. A 50/60 dance and dinner on July 24. All weekend camping or day passes available.
Wheels on the Bay, July 24-26: Canada’s premier car, truck and bike show at Centennial Park, Trenton. Awards, prizes, cash prizes, and goodie bags for first 1000 registrants. Special guest appearances. Burnout pit presented by LaFarge and hosted by Arm Drop Drag Racing, a Rev-UP competition hosted by The Run Aways Car Club, and a poker run (apples, chocolates and wineries).
Tweed Stampede, July 30 – August 2: One of the largest single events in the area with animals & agriculture, family entertainment, live music, food and shopping. Trudeau’s Park in Tweed is excited to announce that The RAM Rodeo Tour will make its return this coming August Long Weekend.
Belleville Ribfest , August 7-9: Celebrate the 9th Annual Quinte Ribfest at Zwick’s Park, hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties. All proceeds from the event are used to support programs and services which benefit children and youth in our community. Some of the best Ribbers in the world will serve you their mouth watering ribs, pulled pork and chicken. You can even taste their sauces!
Stirling Art in the Park, August 8: Henry Street Park, Stirling. An outdoor art festival held in beautiful Stirling, Ontario. Vendors can sell art, paintings, prints, photographs, crafts, food, anything artsy.
Tyendinaga Pow Wow, August 8-9: At Tsi Tkerhitoten Park, 275 Bayshore Road. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy Mohawk traditional culture – with thanksgiving address, dancing, water drums, food, crafts and more.
Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival, August 21-23: Elvis tribute artist competition, classic car parade and show, down town Tweed merchants’ specials and a Rising Star youth competition. This year’s theme is Elvis’ Christmas in August.
Madoc Ribfest, August 22: Hosted by the Madoc Kiwanis and Lions clubs, this family friendly event will be held rain or shine at Centre Hastings Park. Beer tent and musical entertainment included.
Trenton Scottish-Irish Festival, September 11-12: The 25th anniversary of this event is two-days of promoting and celebrating Celtic culture and heritage. There will be a parade through the downtown, with music and dance, art, jewelry, clothing & costumes, ancestry, strongman challenges and games at Centennial Park.
Water Buffalo Food Festival, September 19: Come to Mill Street, Stirling and sample dishes created with water buffalo meat and cheese, local wine and craft brews. It’s your chance to meet a water buffalo and calf face to face!
Downtown Trenton Festival on the Bay, July 16-19: Enjoy a full weekend of pedestrian friendly events and sales downtown Trenton, as the street is transformed for foot traffic only. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks display! Trenton DBIA: 613-394-4318
Check the event websites for more information on each activity.