5 Can’t Miss Events in October 2014

Well we are now officially in Fall. We had a nice end to September with a weekend of sunshine, but we’re starting to see that lovely Kingston fall weather. The leaves are turning, and it won’t be too long before we get the rakes out!

Events wise, October is a jam packed month. We’re going to cover just some of the Can’t Miss Events in October – this is a combination of our personal opinion, as well as the popularity of events on the site, as well as a couple of notable events.

Fort Fright:

It’s Baaaaaaaaaaack! You know it’s Halloween when Fort Fright returns at Fort Henry. This event takes place on certain days all month in October, and is something you need to go see! If you’ve never been you’re really, really, REALLY misisng out.

New this year – not only can you STAY overnight but there’s also a safe pass for children so they won’t get too scared. Awesome stuff – all the details here.

Slimebone City 2nd Annual Horror Film Festival:

October is a really great time to be in Kingston with the Slimebone City Horror Film Festival returning. You can head to the Screening Room to see the movies – and we highly recommend buying the VIP Festival Pass so you can see all 9 films.

More details.

Russell Peters:

Russell Peters is a great stand-up comedian, and he comes to Kingston on October 5th, 2014. The K-Rock Centre is the location, and this will be a great show. More details.

Carnival Diablo:

Carnival Diablo at the Grand Theatre is an event you won’t want to miss. It’s the ultimate sideshow, with the likes of glass walking, razor blade swallowing and so much more. This is a unique show that is going to be awesome, and it’s one night only. October 21st, 8pm. More information.

Election Day:

Probably the most important event of all – it’s time to vote! One thing we really like is that with social networks such as Facebook being so much bigger these days, we’re seeing a lot more candidates using that medium to discuss events.

We know sometimes it can be tough deciding who to vote for – and some people we know don’t vote because “they’re all the same”. But that’s what is great about the likes of Facebook – we’re seeing them out of their typical political venue and element, and getting to see real people and how they interact.

More details on Election Day here.

Of course there’s more events such as QPOP!, GOB, The Blues Brothers and more. For everything, please see

Top 10 Kingston Events in September 2014

Wow – is it really September already? This has been one of the fastest Summers we’ve ever felt.

It’s probably mainly due to the weather – but it really has just flown by. We only made it up to Picton twice this year compared to previous years where it was at least once per week.

Of course for many parents – one of the top events this month is probably the kids going back to school! As someone who works from home I had a big grin on my face that I just couldn’t wipe off, as I took the kids to school yesterday. Of course then you come home and the place feels just empty.

We’ve got a lot of events coming up this month. Highlights include a couple of different food fests, sports events and some great events for the kids. Let’s get to it:

September 5th-7th: Ribfest & Craft Beer Show

This is the 2nd annual Ribfest, and a great place to go on the weekend. There are some great breweries there, and also some delicious ribs. Finish off the week in style by heading to the Memorial Centre for Ribfest – it begins on Friday, September 5th and is on the Saturday and Sunday too. All the details: Ribfest.

September 6th: Golden Gaels vs Ottawa Gee Gees

If you’re a Queens football fan then you’ll be going to Richardson Stadium no doubt for the Golden Gaels home opener, where they face the Ottawa Gee Gees. The Gaels kicked off the season with a big 39-30 win over Windsor, and they’ll be hoping for a repeat result over Ottawa. All the Details.

September 11th-14th: Kingston Fall Fair

This is the 184th Kingston Fall Fair, and it takes place from September 11th through September 14th. There’s a food court, petting zoo, magician, reptiple zoo, horse shows and much more. For more information, read our entry on the Kingston Fall Fair.

September 13th: Three Decades of Elvis

This has been getting great reviews, and at the Grand Theatre on September 13th you can go and see Three Decades of Elvis. This is a great Elvis tribute, and one that fans of Elvis, or music in general, shouldn’t miss. Prices are very fair too for what is about 2 hours of entertainment. More Details.

September 20th: The Rocking Horse County Fair

Be sure to head downtown on Saturday, September 20th. As part of the Princess St Promenade we have the first annual Rocking Horse County Fair. There’s popcorn, a pie eating competition, lego building contest, prizes, various games and much more. Here’s more information on that and be sure to spend all day downtown for the Promenade, always a great event.

And if you want to read more information about it, here’s our page on The Princess St Promenade.

September 24th-28th: Kingston Writersfest

Featuring the likes of Ian Coutts, Stephen Brunt, Wally Lamb and more – Kingston Writersfest is a great event. There are 57 separate events taking place over the 4 days, with a great selection for everyone. Here is all the details on Writersfest as well as ticket prices.

September 25th: The Creepshow

The Mansion always has some great music going, but the highlight this month is without a doubt The Creepshow. This is going to be a packed and great show, featuring the likes of The Rotted Roots Ramblers and Pint Nite as well. Full details.

September 26th: Kingston Frontenacs vs Ottawa 67s

The Frontenacs are back! Their home opener is on September 26th, down at the K-Rock Centre. Be sure to be there to cheer on the Frontenacs. Here is the full Frontenacs schedule for all of their home games.

September 27th: Childrens Thrift Sale

It’s time for the 24th Bi-annual Children’s Thrift sale. If you have kids, this is one event you don’t want to miss out on. They have just an absolute incredible amount of toys, books, puzzles, hockey gear and so much more. These events are always PACKED too – just a warning if you show up at 8am there will be a massive line! Here’s all the details.

September 27th: Chilifest

We start the month off with Ribfest, and finish it with Chilifest. Chilifest is always a blast and it’s not just the food – there is lots of great entertainment for the kids as well and the prices are very reasonable. It takes place in Confederation Park, and here is all the details.

There are many more events in Kingston this month of course, including the Imagination Movers at the Grand Theatre. Check out the Kingston Events Calendar for it all.

Top 10 Events in August 2014

Weather wise, it’s been a rough Summer thus far here in Kingston, Ontario. With some beautiful sunshine for two days, followed by rain and thunderstorms for the next three days it’s been quite the brutal season so far.

All we want is some consistency, and hopefully in August 2014 we’ll get just that. There are a lot of amazing events going on in Kingston in August, and we wanted to highlight the top 10 events happening in Kingston in August right here.

If you’re looking for stuff to do in Kingston, be sure to check out these events:

August 2nd: Princess St Promenade

The annual Princess Street Promenade is back, and takes over downtown Kingston on August 2nd, 2014. Some great shopping opportunities, lots of fun for the kids, and a fantastic community event – be sure to head downtown on Saturday, August 2nd to take in the Princess St Promenade.

August 2nd: Kingston Jam Festival

If you’re a musician, you may want to bail out of the Princess St. Promenade and instead make your way to Zorba’s. Zorba’s is at bath road, and are hosting the Kingston Jam Festival. Musicians – Don’t Miss This.

August 8th-9th: Wolfe Island Music Festival

One of the best music festivals there is, is just a short ferry ride away from Kingston. Splurge on a weekend pass for $125 to camp out all weekend for the best experience. Headlined by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Shad and K-OS, this promises to be another great festival.

August 16th: Ceromonial Guard & Fort Henry Guard Joint Performance

The Ceremonial Guard from Ottawa will join the Fort Henry Guard on August 16th, 2014 at 7:30pm for what no doubt shall be a spectacular event up at Fort Henry. Click for details and prices.

August 21st-August 24th: Limestone City Blues Festival

Time goes so fast – this year we celebrate the 18th annual Limestone City Blues Festival. What a great month August is for music fans in Kingston! With the likes of Harrison Kennedy, Kim Pollard, Lincoln Durham and Tommy Castro & The PainKillers performing, this promises to be the usual fantastic event. See all the details.

August 23rd: 20th Annual Teddy Bears Picnic

Hosted by the fantastic Boys & Girls Club, at just $3 per person os $10 per family, the Teddy Bears Picnic is an excellent event and a great family outing. There’s always so much there that you will be able to spend the whole day and get your moneys worth – with a BBQ lunch, petting zoo, cookie decorating, bouncy castles and so many more great kid-orientated events.

It takes place at Lake Ontario Park so weather permitting – after walking around on this hot, hot day you’ll be able to cool off with the kids at the splash pad. Read more about the picnic.

August 24th: Paul Reddick

While we already mentioned the Blues Festival, we wanted to highlight this. Paul Reddick, the award winning singer from Lakefield, Ontario will be performing at the Tir Nan Og. Here are all the details.

August 24th: Golden Gaels Pre-Season

If you’re aching for some local football and just can’t wait for the season to start, then head on over to Richardson Stadium on August 24th. The Golden Gaels will take on the Concordia Stingers in their only home pre-season game. All the Details.

Various: Movies in the Square

Movies in the Square wraps up this month, so be sure to make your way down to Springer Market Square for at least ONE of the movies. The four movies airing in August 2014 are Free Willy, Jurassic Park, School of Rock and The Princess Bride. Full Schedule.

Various: Kingston F.C.

Still got the soccer bug after the World Cup? Then come out and support Kingston F.C. If you haven’t been paying attention then you may have missed out on the fact that Kingston actually has a damn good soccer team! Kingston FC have got two home games this month – August 3rd against the North York Astros and August 31st against London City.

Of course there is much more than just the above happening in Kingston – some great bands will be performing in Kingston this month like Against Me!, and the Arkells will be Rockin In The Square! Click here for the Full Listing of August 2014 Events in Kingston.