Things to do in and around Kingston in April 2024

*This article first appeared on Kingstonist.*

After the cold, wintery end of March, we’re ready for the nicer weather to come and stay!

This April, an extra-special event is taking place in the Kingston region. A total solar eclipse will darken the day on Monday, April 8, and Kingstonist has created a guide with everything you need to know about this once in a lifetime event. See it here.

Now, on to the monthly listing of low cost things to do in the Kingston area in April 2024.

Visit the Archives of Lennox and Addington

Enjoy free admission to the Archives’ Reading Room from Monday, Apr. 2 to Friday, Apr. 5, 2024, as part of Archives Awareness Month.

The Archives Reading Room at the Museum of Lennox and Addington. Supplied image.

According to a release from the Museum of Lennox and Addington, visitors can gain insight into the lives of Lennox and Addington County residents through the Archives’ collection of photographs, letters, diaries, maps, newspapers, land records, government records and genealogical sources.

Explore the Archives’ online resources at https://countymuseum.ca/explore/archives/, and take a trip to the museum, located at 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee. The museum said visitors are strongly encouraged to book an appointment with the Archivist, Heather Wilson, in advance of their visit at archives@lennox-addington.on.ca.

“This will allow the Archivist to pull relevant materials from the vault that will be ready for you,” the museum stated.

Kids Creativity Club at the Tett

This Saturday morning activity runs throughout the school year. It’s a great opportunity for kids to get creative (and possibly messy) in a location that is not your home.

The Club is a drop in artmaking program catered to families with children aged 10 and under. Sometimes local artists make an appearance, and it’s staffed by volunteers.

Kids can get creative the first Saturday of each month (in this case April 6, 2024) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King Street West. A $5 donation is suggested at the door. It’s a popular event, especially for families who are already at the Tett for dance classes or other artsy activities. When my daughters were dancing we spent a significant amount of time checking out the art supplies there!

Find out more at the Tett website.

Musiikki Merch Market

The Musiikki merch market showcases the talents of Kingston’s very own local musicians and makers. The atmosphere always buzzes with good vibes, cozy drinks, and an impressive array of seriously cool local merchandise, organizers noted.

On Saturday, April 6, stop by 73 Brock Street from 4 to 6 p.m. – every penny you spend goes directly to the talented artists, supporting their growth and creating more magic!

Take a look at the event on Facebook.

Kingston ComiCon

On April 13, bring $5 and a non-perishable food item to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560 at 734 Montreal Street, and check out Kingston ComiCon.

According to the Eventbrite listing, a variety of vendors will be selling comic books, new and vintage toys, jewelry, DVD’s, anime, manga, prints, and a variety of other awesome geek stuff.

The Kingston Ghostbusters will be at Kingston ComiCon. Image via Ghostbusters Kingston on Facebook.

“There will even be some Artists & Authors present with their own art, books and comics. Visit their booths and get some unique items and even some free autographs!!”

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and children under 12 are free. Get more details here.

KEYS Annual Job Fair

Employers and jobseekers, take note! The KEYS Annual Job Fair is reportedly the largest recruitment event in Kingston, Ontario; connecting job seekers with employers from throughout the Eastern Ontario region.

The job fair will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on Tuesday, April 9. More details, including the agenda for the day, are available here.

Inverary Spring Market 2024

Image via the market’s Facebook event page.

Bring your family and friends for some retail therapy at the Inverary Spring Market.

Taking place at Ken Garrett Memorial Park on Saturday, April 27, the annual market will feature many vendors and lots of fun, according to organizers.

Find all the details on the Facebook event page.

There are always things to do at Kingston Frontenac Public Library

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) offers plenty of events and programs for people of all ages to enjoy. Here are a few upcoming events in April:

Image via KFPL.
  • Stock up on a wide assortment of used books at KFPL’s Spring Book Sale, April 5 to 7 at the Isabel Turner Branch. Details here.
  • Robots at the Library!  Saturday, Apr. 6. For ages 8 and under. Families are invited to drop in at the Central Branch for a robot-themed mini-storytime followed by hands-on fun with our collection of robots!
  • Art of Illustration Tuesday, Apr. 9. For ages 8 – 13. Explore the art of picture book illustration. Discover techniques used by contemporary illustrators and unleash your inner artist!
  • Sing & Stroll at City Park Thursday, Apr. 11. Best for under 3 years. Dress for the outdoors, and meet library staff at City Park for a socialization gathering with other parents/caregivers. “We will stroll and sing some favourite tunes!” KFPL stated.
  • Big Box Build! Saturday, Apr. 20. “Build ‘em high, build ‘em long. Is it a tower? A rocket? A train? Be inspired by stories about building with boxes and blocks, then work together to make a wonderful whatnot!”

Visit the KFPL programs page for a full listing of what’s coming up at your local branch!

Know any other events or happenings going on this April? Leave them in the comments!


Jessica Foley is a freelance content writer, the Assistant Editor and Lead Content Writer at Kingstonist, and has spent many years finding fun things to do in the Kingston area with her family. In this monthly column, she will share what she knows, and she’s always open to learning about more area events and happenings. Email her at jessica.foley@Kingstonist.com with suggestions.

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