Things to do in and around Kingston in March 2024

*This article was originally published on Kingstonist.*

March is often the month when our thoughts start to turn toward spring. While we wait for the warmer weather to come and stay, there are plenty of low cost events and activities that might put you in a spring frame of mind this month!

Take a look:

Kingston Canadian Film Festival

Running from February 28 to Mar 2, 2024, the 24th annual Kingston Canadian Film Festival draws film and cinema audiences from across North America. Kingstonist has the rundown on opening night events, more about local filmmaker Jeremy Larter’s film Who’s Yer Father, and details on Kingston-born filmmaker AJ Edmonds’ documentary on human trafficking along the Highway 401 corridor, Dark Highway.

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF) has announced the opening night events for the 2024 festival, which include Canadian actor and filmmaker Fawzia Mirza’s The Queen of My Dreams (second from left) and Montreal post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor (third from left). Images (L to R): Opening night of KCFF 2018 via KCFF website, still image from The Queen of My Dreams via Fawzia Mirza’s official website, Godspeed You! Black Emperor performing live via Wikicommons, and opening night of KCFF 2023 via KCFF website.

For full festival details, visit

March is Kingston Gets Active month

Image via KGA website.

Every year, Kingston Gets Active partners and other organizations in the KFL&A region come together to offer FREE activities every day in March. Activities range from being in-person, live virtual, or pre-recorded, for outdoors or at home, the organization said on its website.

The 2024 calendar of free activities is not available just yet, but visit the Kingston Gets Active website for more information.

Share The Love: Swab To Save Lives

On Friday, March 8, visit the The Queen’s Centre (QC), 284 Earl Street, to learn about and join the stem cell registry.

“Knowledgeable members of Queen’s University Blood Team (QUBT) will be present to answer attendees’ questions regarding stem cell donation and the importance of joining the registry,” the Alma Mater Society said about the event.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. More details here.

I am working on a March Break things to do piece, and will include the link here when that is published!

Visit a sugar bush

The trees are waking from their long winter slumber. Maple Syrup season usually begins in mid-to-late-February if the weather is typical. You’ll have to venture out of town to take advantage of this seasonal fun, but visiting a sugar bush was a yearly tradition for me when I was a kid!

Here are a few not-too-far-away options:

On March 23 and 24, sugar bushes across Prince Edward County open their doors for pancake breakfasts with fresh maple syrup, taffy on snow, and more. Learn more on the Maple in the County website.

Did you know Lanark County (to our northeast) is the maple syrup capital of Ontario? Visit the Lanark & District Syrup Producers Association to learn more about maple syrup producers in eastern Ontario. I lived in Smiths Falls for my teenage years, and visited many sugar bushes in the area, always with delicious results!

And don’t forget about Maple Madness at Little Cataraqui Creek conservation area. The conservation area has its own sugar bush and pancake days. There are stations set up showing the ways syrup was made in the past. A big kettle over a fire, a wooden trough where hot rocks are used to heat the sap, and of course their evaporator are all on display during the Maple Madness event.

Registration is required to attend Maple Madness, which runs every weekend in March and throughout March Break. Learn more and register here.

Read more about Maple Syrup fun in my past piece here.

Poster via KASSI website.

Seedy Saturday

Join KASSI (Kingston Area Seed System Initiative) on Saturday, Mar. 9 for Seedy Saturday. Share seeds, learn about seeds and seed saving, and connect with other plant-minded locals.

This annual event will be held at Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church, at 200 Norman Rogers Drive and features their seed swap table and informal teaching and learning circles throughout the day. This year KASSI will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Seed Rematriation.

Find all the event details here.

Art and Found Day

Local artists have original works of art ready to go for this free treasure hunt style event. This year marks the fourth annual day when thousands of free artworks from artists all over the world will be placed within their local communities for neighbouring residents to find.

On Tuesday, March 12, artists in Kingston, Napanee, and around the world will be hiding original works of art for community members to find. Read more about the event, and some of the artists participating, here.

AWEC Indoor Market

All Women Entrepreneur Circuit Canada – Kingston is bringing together “diverse women-owned brands from Kingston and the area — a celebration of local artistry and craft and convergence of multicultural products from women micro-entrepreneurs,” according to organizers.

This indoor market will offer handcrafted jewellery and collectibles, crystals and gems, woodcraft items, arts & crafts, eco-friendly items, artisanal candles, and other lovely collections from local women-owned businesses.

Visit the Rehearsal Hall on the second floor of the Tett Centre on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see the local entrepreneurs and their wares.

Image via the Tett Center website.

Learn more at

There are always things to do at 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 March:

KFPL March Break program details will be available in the upcoming March Break events article. I will provide the link when that article is published.

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

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 with suggestions.

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