Where do the summers go? I hope you found some fun things to do in my Summer in Kingston post. I know we do quite a few of the events around town every year! Now it’s time for me to highlight some of the events that happen each fall in Kingston.
Fun Things to Do Every Fall in Kingston
RibfestThe Memorial Centre will host the Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in September. It’s free to attend but you have to pay to eat (and/or drink.) Check out their website for more information and a list of Ribbers and Breweries. There is always great local talent to entertain you while you’re sampling all the delicious foodstuffs!
Fall FairThe Kingston fall fair is always great family fun. It happens around Emma’s birthday every year. (Her birthday is the 12th of September.) The schedule of events for the fair can be found on the website. I like looking at the agriculture exhibits, the girls love seeing the livestock and going on the rides, and my hubby likes the demo derby – there’s something for everyone!
Kingston WritersFestThe Readers & Writers Festival runs in late September. Most of the venues are downtown, with a few events happening at the Isabel Bader Centre. From the website: Kingston WritersFest, a charitable cultural organization, brings the best of contemporary writers to Kingston to interact with audiences and other artists for mutual inspiration, education, and the exchange of ideas that literature provokes. Through readings, performance, onstage discussion and master classes, Kingston WritersFest fosters intellectual and emotional growth on a personal and community level and raises the profile of reading and literary expression in our community. I have never attended WritersFest, but my employer sponsors this festival every year – and attends as many events or talks as he can. They also have child-specific events. There are a ton of things to see and do with this festival. It really promotes an appreciation of the written word.
ChilifestSeptember is a great time to sample chili in a downtown park! The venue sometimes changes, but downtown Kingston will have local restaurants and community groups preparing their delicious chili for sampling. From their website: Enjoy a spectacular day featuring local restauranteurs and chefs struttin’ their hot stuff along with a Fabulous Children’s Activity Area, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides.
Princess St Promenade, Fall EditionThe second Promenade of the season often happens in late Sept or early October. It’s nice to have a fall promenade because some years the summer one is a very hot day! Merchants will take to the streets, and community groups set up tables or tents to share their information with you. Often Kingston Transit is free on the days of the Princess Street Promenades.
Culture DaysMany of the events above are also listed when you search for Kingston on the Culture Days website. Culture Days (which is a cross-Canada initiative) runs late September through early October. The link to local Kingston events is here. There are a lot of free events as part of Culture Days – the purpose being they want everyone to be able to access these concerts, readings and multicultural events. More events will be added to the page as the days get closer. I encourage you to click through and look at all the events on offer.
Kingston Public MarketMarket square downtown hosts the Kingston Public Market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until November. Right now it’s very hustle bustle with corn, peaches and other seasonal delights. Soon we’ll see pumpkins and squash, fall flowers, apples (and cider) and tons of handmade crafts and textiles. I’ve been sitting in market square on my lunch breaks from work and it’s so nice to see the market busy every day!
Fort FrightFort Henry, every October, creates a Halloween themed walk between the outer walls of the fort and the inner for wall. Often this spooktacular set up continues right into the fort and the parade square. I’ve been – check out my FB live, then visit the website and book your tickets! (This event is still too scary for my kids, especially my 7 year old. But I know tons of other people who take their kids every year and they love it. Know your kids for this one!)
Santa ParadeI know that, in everyone’s mind, this is a Winter activity. The reality is that it happens in mid November so it’s still technically fall. Kingston’s Santa Parade starts at 5pm at the Invista Centre and travels straight down Princess St. We go every year (weather permitting) in our snowsuits with blankets and sit downtown. The farther up Princess st you are, the earlier you’ll see the parade. Afterward Santa swings around to Market Square to light the giant tree the city installs in the Market Square fountain. That’s why we sit downtown – so we can get to the square in time to see that spectacle. Often the Mayor will say a few words, and then Santa throws the switch. It’s a great evening!
Special mention goes to the Haunted Walk of Kingston – they run through all seasons but winter (I think!) but the fall is by far the spookiest time to take a walk full of haunted stories of Kingston’s past.
There is also the option of taking the Ghosts of the Fort tour (by the same company) while Fort Fright is on. The darkness falls earlier, and the mood is just that much better!
I hope you find the time to attend a few of the fun events that happen each fall in Kingston. I know there are likely many more things to take in that I don’t know about.
If you have an event, or know of a great event, please leave it in the comments below. I don’t want to leave anything out! And if you’re attending any of these, let me know that too! Our fall is going to fly by, just like our summer did, but I hope we can get to a few of these events!
Enjoy your fall in Kingston, readers!
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