Labour Day Weekend events and festivals in Kingston including festivals family activities, activities for kids, live music, performing arts & theatre and sports events.
Labour Day Weekend Events: August 30 to September 2, 2019
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I. Family Events and Festivals
Model TrainsVisit the Pump House to see a stunning collection of the best model railway trains. An elaborate multilevel O scale train can be set in motion by the push of a button, and the HO scale train set from the opening of the iconic CBC children’s show ‘The Friendly Giant’ is on display. There are also various model railway trains that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Details
April 6 – November 23, 2019
PumpHouse, 23 Ontario St, Kingston
Adult (25 – 64): $5.44 ; Child (0-2): FREE; Child (3-12)+: $1.86; Youth (13-24): $4.60; Senior (65+): $4.60; Family: $13.05
Kingston Woodturners Demonstrations
Using a lathe, Kingston Woodturners will demonstrate making bowls, kitchen tools, children’s toys and much more showing the craftsmanship behind wood creations. Many of these items are available for purchase in the Maclachlan Woodworking Museum gift shop. Details
Saturdays, August 31, 2019 at 11 AM
MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, 2993 Highway 2 East, Kingston
Tall Ships Brockville
Take a trip to Brockville and enjoy Brockville Tall Ships® Festival. Tall ships, including the Bluenose II, and other watercraft line the waterfront and the harbour while entertainment and vendors will be set up on land.
Don’t miss the Parade of Sail on Friday, August 30th starting at approximately 4pm – this is a festival favourite and the best time to take pictures of the ships at sail.
Some of the ships in attendance will be offering special day sail-outs and evening dinner cruises for an additional fee. Details
August 30 to September 1, 2019.
Brockville waterfront at Blockhouse Island Parkway, Centeen Park, and Hardy Park.
$5 wristband for all three days.
Deck tours of the ships will be available by purchasing a Festival Passport for $15 which grants each passport holder access to each ship one time (deck tours are available on Saturday and Sunday only).
II. Performing Arts
Music In The Park – Roar Shack
Enjoy an outdoor concert in the park. Details
Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.
Confederation Park, 6 Clarence St, Kingston.
The Big Phat Horn BandSpecial guest: Dympna McConnell. Amazing 10 pieces band with Michael K Myers on vocals, this is world class entertainment. The Big Phat Horn Band is a ten piece band featuring 6 horns and Vocalist Michael K. Myers. Their selection of music spans several decades with most material being Number 1 Hits. They have been performing together for 6 years. Details
August 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm.
RCHA Brigade Association, 193 Ontario St, Kingston.
Hot Chocolate Charity Concert
Come listen to live music, enjoy a free lemonade or iced tea (or hot chocolate, we’ll have that, too), and join us in raising funds for True North Aid! True North Aid is dedicated to serving and supporting northern Indigenous communities in Canada through practical humanitarian support. Details
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 2 PM.
Kingston Community House, 99 York St, Kingston.
PWYC (suggested $10).
Shawn McCullough will be playing all your country, rock, and pop favourites from Brian Adams to The Eagles. The Embassy exclusively serves locally roasted coffee from Cooke’s Fine Foods and Coffee. Details
Saturday, August 31, 2019 | 8:00 PM.
The Embassy, Live Music Cafe Kingston, 129 Wellington St, Kingston.
entry $5 – includes your first beverage and tasty snack.
Euro Cafe Duo
Vocalist Andrea Leyton and Accordionist Edward Leyton perform as Euro Cafe Duo in the ‘little alcove’ at Musiikki Cafe and Bar. Their repertoire includes primarily French, Italian and European music with many pieces from Latin, Romantic, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Easy Listening genres.
The digital accordion has a great variety of sounds in addition to standard accordion voices, providing a pleasing variation. Andrea’s voice has been described as ‘pure’ and ‘magical’. Details
September 2, 2019 6:00pm-7:30pm.
Musiikki Café, 73 Brock St, Kingston.
III. Other Events
Limestone City Car Classic
See classic cars, enjoy food, music and the beautiful grounds of the Park surrounded by Lake Ontario at this event organised by the Limestone City Car Club. Details
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM.
Lake Ontario Park, 920 King Street West, Kingston.
$10 Entry Fee/ Registration.
Classic Kingston Food Tour
Take a guided stroll through historical downtown Kingston as part of an intimate group led by a passionate local guide, helping you to discover Canada’s original capital city, and savouring the very best in local cuisine. The ‘Classic Kingston’ tour offers a local’s perspective into Kingston’s culture through its delicious food, history and unique architecture. The tour includes exclusive tastings at the very best local restaurants in downtown Kingston, while highlight points of interest to weave a seamless story of people and events that have made Kingston a premier destination for food, history and most of all, fun. Details
August 30, 31, September 1, 2019 | 11:00 AM.
209 Ontario Street, Kingston.
Adults $69.00 – Children (6-12) $59.00 + applicable taxes & fees.
Traditional High Tea
Experience High Tea by Top Tier Bakery in the beautiful setting of Hochelaga Inn. We work closely with makers and artisans from Kingston, Ontario to give you a true taste of this beautiful city. You will be served 4 desserts, 3 sandwiches, local jams and Damman Freres tea. The quality of the teas of this company and their know how have made them one of the finest tea companies in the world. Details
September 1, 2019 2:00 PM
Hochelaga Inn, 24 Sydenham St., Kingston.
Haunted Walk of Kingston
Calling all travelers fascinated by ghostly and gruesome histories, this haunted walking tour reveals Kingston’s historical monuments through the art of storytelling. A costumed guide leads you to the spookiest spots by lantern light and reveals chilling tales of grave robbing, restless souls, and tragic murders. Details
August 30 to 31, September 1 & 2, 2019 | 08:00 PM & 09:00 PM.
Haunted Walk Ticket Office, 200 Ontario Street.
$27.00, Youth: $22.60.
Panic at the PumpHouse
The PumpHouse and Improbable Escapes have partnered to bring Kingston a new escape game experience
A great fire destroyed downtown Kingston in 1840, and now it’s about to happen again. An arsonist is on the loose! They’ve sabotaged Kingston’s water supply and now they could strike the city at any moment! Local legend says that in 1840 the citizens of Kingston vowed never to let a fire sweep the town again. If the stories are true, they hid a series of clues in the old PumpHouse: if you can decipher them you might have a chance to find the location of a hidden water supply, turn the water back on and put a stop to the arsonist’s plan. Details
Tuesday to Sunday | 10 AM. to 5 PM.
PumpHouse, 23 Ontario St, Kingston.
$14 + tax.
The Art of African Ivory: Visitors will discover how Africans have used ivory to teach morality, convey social standing, heal wounds, safeguard communities and commercially profit.
Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer: Stepping Out proposes outfits and accessories that one might wear to an art museum—perhaps to an exhibition opening, at a children’s event, for a study session, or on a Sunday afternoon. Drawing upon the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress, the exhibition features clothing, from the 1860s to 1970s, stepping through gallery spaces and intermingling with contemporaneous works of art.
Between Chance & Order: Milly Ristvedt: Preeminent painter Milly Ristvedt presents a selection of recent abstract works in the inaugural exhibition in the Franks Gallery. Over her long career, Ristvedt has had over 50 solo exhibitions and her work has been included in major exhibitions in Canada and abroad.
Split Between The I & The Gaze: Peeping. Staring. Gazing. Glancing. This exhibition brings together a diverse range of works, each exploring different acts of looking. Artists use various strategies to draw attention to the ways in which we look, calling into question the assumed roles of passive spectator or active participant.Details
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 36 University Avenue, Kingston