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March Madness in Kingston in 2020!

March in Kingston in 2020 is just a great month with so many excellent events taking place.

Plus we DO have our own “March Madness” in the form of the Harlem Globetrotters at the end of the month! Always a fun show.

We of course have the Brier. The Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Kevin McDonald! Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic. Miz Cracker. And oh so much more.

A great time to live in Kingston with such an awesome variety of events. Let’s hope the weather is nice so we can go out without our big coat and boots to some of these events.













Feb Fest 2020 In Review

Feb Fest 2020 is underway in Kingston and I just wanted to take the time to say what a great job the City of Kingston has been doing in regard to Feb Fest.

Up until 2017, Feb Fest was only a weekend event. It would take place over the course of 3 days. It was fairly basic with hockey, skating, snow forts, a slide and a maze.

Heck does anyone remember the 2016 Feb Fest disaster? The weather was brutal that weekend but not in the way we are used to. There was no snow! So all the plans for Feb Fest 2016 that involved snow, such as the snow sculpture competition and the ice slide? All had to be canceled!

2018 was the first year that the city realized “Hey – February lasts a whole month so why can’t we?”

So instead of just a weekend long event, we have a month long event. And as the years have passed, we have seen more and more additions to it.

The evolution of Feb Fest in 2020 however is fantastic and I hope the city keeps this up going forward.

Theme skate nights every Tuesday is a great idea. Disney Theme Skate on February 11th for example. This is the type of thing that will bring out different audiences and that’s smart.

Then the Toast to Tapas where every week it’s a different event. Week 3 is Beer Theme Week for example. Week 4 is Bacon Theme Week. Something that brings people out of their element.

It’s been fun walking downtown and seeing people enjoying the Wagon Rides on Saturdays. Then we’ve had events such as the Maple Leafs Fan Zone and the entire Hockey weekend and Hockey Day in Kingston. Or events to get people into new things such as learning to skate, come play shinny etc.

I really like that they incorporated Family Day into this on the 17th. It’s good to have more Family Day events around the city. As a father myself with two kids I’ve found it tough at times over the years with only a few family day events, they are always busy. Now with more events such as Family Day activities in Feb Fest, I have the option of going to that or knowing that more people will be attending that, leaving there to be more events at other events around the city.

Family Day for Feb Fest 2020 is an excellent event for those who aren’t aware of it – it’s all focused on 10am-2pm. There are numerous activities and games, roasting marshmallows, a family skate of course, wagon rides and my personal favourite – Improbable Escapes games.

I do think they can do more for Feb Fest however it is always evolving and I hope that continues to evolve. I know it’s difficult to do outdoor events with the weather but it’s also good to encourage people to get out. The weather has been hit or miss in February but there have been some warm days as well where there has been no problem getting out.

It’d be nice if there was some sort of warm tent set up where people could take a break from the cold weather for a bit. Maybe just full of art for the kids to do, some online slots UK for the adults or some books to read. I know the library is close by so it’d be cool if they could get involved in it in some manner.

Either way, Feb Fest 2020 has been a heck of a success and I am looking forward to seeing what the city brings us next year.

Notable February 2020 Events in Kingston, Ontario

I feel like February is always a sleeper month in YGK.

The weather is not good and people aren’t motivated to go out. However we end up with a lot of great events that some may not be aware of.

This month for example we’ve got Feb Fest which is all month long, and the Reelout Queer Film Festival. We’ve also got individual events such as the great magician David Johnson, Gerry Dee and the Not So Newlywed Game.

We’ve got some great events for kids such as Mini Pop Kids and the Frozen Valentines Craft.

Here’s a look at just some of the great events taking place in Kingston this month:












January 2020 Events in Kingston

If you ever want to run an event in Kingston and are worried about the competition, then run it in January! Trust me on that.

January is always the quietest month for events going on in Kingston.

However there’s still quite a few solid events taking place.

The highlight of the month for me is Kingston Magician David Johnson who will be running TWO shows. Be sure not to miss them.

Here’s a look at what else is going on in the month:



New Years Eve 2019 / 2020 in Kingston

In this article I’m going to cover what is going on at New Years Eve in Kingston.

This will be of course the evening of December 31st, 2019 and then January 1st, 2020.

If there is something you are looking to attend be sure to check with the venue first! Events are subject to change or they may be selling tickets only.

This will cover any bars who have announced what bands are playing, or any other festivities going on as well as anything else that is open at that time.

If a bar or venue isn’t listed it’s because we haven’t been able to find out what’s going on there. If you have anything to add to this list, fire it over to ygkevents@gmail.com so we can add it.

You may want to check with each venue in case they require or recommend reservations. I will update this page as new events come in.

K-Town Countdown: Hosted by the City of Kingston. It takes place at the INVISTA Centre. Free activities from 5pm-9pm are public skating, a DJ Skate party, ice dancing and figure skating performances, and self-guided visits of the Original Hockey Hall of Fame.

There will be various activities and performers such as a hypnotist, glitter tattoos, magic shows, and a mobile hair salon.

There will NOT be fireworks downtown by the City of Kingston this year due to their focus on the events at the INVISTA Centre.

There is a New Years Eve Gong Meditation at Kopi-Fit Studio.

Here’s what’s going on at other venues in YGK:

  • Ambassador: Ambush
  • Blu Martini: Best NYE Bash in Town wiith Funkyard.
  • Curling Club: NYE Rock and Roll Dance Party
  • Italo-Canadian Club: New Year’s Eve Gala
  • Little Texas: All Country New Year’s Eve featuring Rob Donaldson Band, Jordy Jackson, Courtney Kane.
  • Merchant: DJ T-Max.
  • Musiikki: New Years Party
  • Raxx: NYE Bash with Rudy & Saddle Up
  • RCHA: New Years Leave. Tango Group, Hat Trick, David Hurley.
  • Red House: NYE Dance Party (See their Facebook for Tickets)
  • Spearhead: Casino Night
  • Toucan: NYE with China Cat Riders.

If a bar or pub isn’t listed above it’s still likely they are doing something for New Years. They just haven’t announced it that we can see yet. If you know of anything help us out by e-mailing ygkevents@gmail.com with details.

You could always make your way out to the casino in Gananoque which will be open, although haven’t announced what promotions are going on there yet. Or if you feel like gambling but don’t want to leave the house, check out some of the recommended online casinos at ThePogg.com.

Let’s get the biggest list possible of New Years Eve events! E-mail me or send me a tweet @EventsYGK

December 2019 & Christmas Events in Kingston

Welcome to the December 2019 listing of what is happening in Kingston, Ontario.

Obviously there are a lot of events taking place for the holiday season. The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, the Holiday Market and so much more. I’m looking forward to checking out Elf: The Musical.

I thought what we would do this time around is list all of the events related to Christmas etc, and then a separate section below that for other events. And if you know of any events we aren’t listing please send them to ygkevents@gmail.com

Here’s the key events taking place in YGK in December 2019:

Festive Events














Other Events:




New Years Eve Events:

November 2019 Featured Events in Kingston

November in Kingston is always a good time. The weather isn’t too bad yet usually and with the holiday season just around the corner, there’s lots of great events such as markets taking place.

Always a great time being able to support local artists and businesses in that way.

We’ve also got live music, the Santa Parade, comedians, many great Christmas themed shows, some great kids shows and much more.

Here’s the highlights of what’s taking place in Kingston in November 2019:



















Best Escape Rooms in Kingston, Ontario

Escape Rooms are something very fun to do – whether it be with friends, family or complete strangers.

While I usually attend escape rooms with friends or family, occasionally I’ve participated in escape rooms with strangers. If I’m visiting a city and have time to kill for example. And it’s surprisingly fun.

I’ve been to escape rooms all over the world. They’re something I have found very fun to participate in and I usually try one out when visiting anywhere.

I’m proud to say that although Kingston only has a couple of escape rooms, they go all out and are right up there with the best of the best.

In this article I’ll list in alphabetical order the escape rooms in Kingston.

Improbable Escapes: Improbable Escapes was the first escape room in Kingston and have consistently offered up a phenomenal experience. Their escape rooms are family friendly and for everybody to enjoy.

They strive to have as many games as they can be fully accessible, although can’t promise that for all games.They are always coming up with new games and have ran themed escape rooms at Fort Henry and Murney Tower, as well as various other locations. For more details on Improbable Escapes, see their website.



Sherlock’s Escapes: Have you ever wanted to be Sherlock Holmes? Then you can try at Sherlock’s Escapes. Their games are always themed in that regard and can be related to each other.

They also have ran themed escape rooms in the past at other locations, such as at Spearhead Brewery where you would do a 30 minute escape room, get a brewery tour and a beer. They accomodate birthday parties as well. For more details, visit their website.

Note that the Improbable Escapes teams are expanding, and in November 2019 will have a new escape room at the West End entitled Wonderland Escape Rooms & Board Game Lounge. I’l update this article when it launched.

So while we only have a few escape rooms, we don’t really need more for a city this size. The escape rooms in Kingston are an excellent experience, and well worth visiting. Much better than sitting in your basement playing slots all night long isn’t it?

So grab some friends and go experience one of these escape rooms. If it’s your first time don’t worry – the staff at these locations are great at welcoming beginners and teaching them the ropes. Most people who attend escape rooms are first timers, and they’ll be sure to give you full instructions and help you out when needed.

Good luck!

October 2019 Featured Events in Kingston

Welcome to October in Kingston!

Always a good time with the most notable annual event being Fort Fright which goes hand in hand with the Haunted Walk at Fort Henry.

We’ve got many other great events too such as Mick Foley coming to town again; The Wiggles; Gem Storm and more.

Here’s the notable events taking place in YGK in October 2019:













Kingston Fall Fair 2019 Review

View of the Fair from the Bleachers

The Kingston Fall Fair hit #YGK over the weekend of September 12th-September 15th. The fair seems to be one of those odd events where a lot of people do attend it, while many plan on attending it each year but never do.

To be honest that is probably for the best! The fair often gets packed and if more people attended it would be unbearable.

I’ve had some people ask me for my review of the event and so thought I would do a quick blog post providing a review of the fair.

Unfortunately I didn’t think about doing this while at the fair. So the pictures I took were ore the casual pictures one takes at an event like this, as opposed to when you go there with the purposes of doing a review.

I also didn’t check out too many events there other than the rides themselves. So I’ll cover what I did experience, answer questions people have asked me and then next year I’ll make sure to do a more thorough review.

Lineups / Was It Busy?

I was at the fair twice. I went on Saturday, September 14th from 11am until 10pm and then again on Sunday from 9am until 3pm.

I was there with my two kids aged 12 and 16. They also had friends with them.

The one area they really need to improve upon is distributing tickets. There are a couple of booths set up where you can purchase tickets or an all day pass. The lines for these were brutal at all times of the day. I’d estimate at least a 20 minute wait in line which is really unacceptable when it’s mostly young kids.

During the day Saturday was great. We could get onto most rides almost instantly. Food lineups for different booths weren’t bad at all. I stood in line at 5 different places for food and drink and didn’t have to wait more than a couple of minutes.

Saturday night was very busy but that was to be expected. If you aren’t a fan of crowds avoid Saturday. Sunday wasn’t too bad at all.
If you waited in line for a ride, you’d have to wait at the most 2 turns of the ride before you could go on.

That was impressive considering it was expected to rain later plus it was the last day.

Any Issues with Staff?

None really. The staff members who attempt to get you to play the carnival games really weren’t as in your face as they previous were which was nice. Most of them were friendly too. I did have one issue with the staff member at the rope ladder. He didn’t explain the rules then waited until my daughter was right at the top before telling her she can’t lay on her stomach. And one staff member at the slushie booth struggled in regard to giving change or giving the correct change. However that was it. Overall no problems with the staff. They seemed friendly and approachable.

How Were The Rides?

Excellent. I can’t remember if the Zipper was there last year or the year before but I don’t think it was. Either way that was a welcome return as I hadn’t been on it in years.

Had no concerns in regard to safety or anything like that on the rides. Even with the long days, the employees were always doing their jobs and checking everyone was strapped in etc.

Hopefully the slides make a return soon. Miss those! My favourite rides were the Zipper, Alien Abduction and Fireball.

In saying that – man I am old(late 30s). I was seriously hurting Sunday morning and if I didn’t have kids I’d be taking the day off. So if you’re like me in that regard, maybe plan a relaxing day after you go.

What Else Was There?

There was a lot of events taking place. Country Singing Showdown, Agricultural Displays, Motocross Thrill Show, Lane Tractor Races etc. I unfortunately didnt pay too much attention to them as I was more focused on the rides.

I did take a walk around the entire Memorial Centrea however. There was booths set up such as Improbable Escapes. You could see all the prize winners in the various contests and buy various local arts and crafts.

There was of course all the carnival games. However if I was looking to gamble, I’d head on over to Casino Bonuses Now and gamble on the houses money ha. They were also very expensive from what I saw. The rope ladder game was $10 for 3 attempts. Although I don’t blame them as most of these games can be beaten if you take a few minutes reading the internet.

My favourite event was a metal bar like a pull up bar where people simply had to hang for 2 minutes. I got a lot of amusement out of
people stepping up confident and then dropping down after just 30 seconds.

How was Security?

They had staff at the front gate where you had to purchase admission to get in. I had a backpack with me and they didn’t check it.
Personally I am happy with that – I’m a bit tired of how over cautious everyone is these days however you may feel differently – especially in light of the stabbing incident that occured in Kingston just a couple of days prior.

It could be selective screening too though – maybe they don’t screen a late thiirtysomething man with his young daughter but they do screen teenagers etc.

I did feel security was lacking somewhat on Saturday night. That’s when things get a bit rowdier and there was obviously some underage
drinking going on. Plus people of legal age who had snuck some booze in and were obviously slightly inebriated. I personally had no issues but I did hear from a couple of people who said they never go at night anymore due to that.

If that type of thing concerns you, or you’re going with young kids, I wouldn’t advise going on the Friday or Saturday night.

How was the Food?

Delicious. I had the usual carnival fair – funnel cake, deep fried oreos etc. There was a solid selection.

Interestingly the best selection wasn’t at the Fair area itself but in the parking lot at the West end of the Fair.

There was a lot going on over there and various other food options such as fish and chips. There was also a local vendor and unfortunately I didn’t get their name however they were doing a lot of great items. They were all very friendly too. I had a tremendous BLT from there:

I filled up on funnel cake Sunday which was a shame as I really wanted to try their jalapeno sausages.

Any Tips or Tricks?

They don’t seem to advertise it too well but go to the Memorial Centre in the weeks prior to the fair and get yourself an all day pass.
First of all an all day pass is crucial here as the individual ticket prices are brutal. Second you save money if you get it. It’s $30 as opposed to I believe $38 at the fair. Well worth having.

Overall Summary:

As a parent, the Fall Fair was a lot of fun. There wasn’t too many lineups for the most part and my kids had a blast. They were always
busy and never bored.

If I was an adult attending with fellow adult friends – I certainly wouldn’t stay as long. I’d still purchase an all day pass however as
it’s well worth it. Probably spend 1-2 hours on rides then go eat and be done for the day. Rides just aren’t as fun when you are an adult!

However there’s a lot to see and do there and I am impressed with how the fair seems to grow and get larger every year.

It will continue to be one of my favourite events of the year – at least until the kids grow up! Hopefully next year I’ll have my review
shoes on and be able to provide a more in-depth look at everything going on!