With nice weather here to stay festival season is back in full swing. Here is a list of the top festivals, celebrations and parties happening in the City.
Bay of Quinte Pride Week May 31 – June 8
Pride Week is a series of events happening all over the Bay of Quinte Region. Pride week is a time for LGBTQ+ people and our allies to celebrate the diversity of our community and the contributions we make to society. The week’s events include an Opening Ceremony and Pride Market in Picton, Interfaith Pride Service, a Youth Summit at The Empire Theatre in Belleville, Pride Movie night at the Regent Theatre in Picton, Pride Coffee House meetup at The Brake Room and all ending with the fabulous Pride Parade through Downtown Belleville and the Pride After Dark Party at the Belleville Club. Come out and join in the festivities all week long and let’s celebrate the diversity that makes us so great.
Visit Bay of Quinte Pride for all the details
Downtown @ Dusk June 21
Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Downtown Belleville. Downtown @ Dusk lights up Front St with Live Music, Beautiful Patios, Local Artisans, Street Performers and of course Food. Come out and party in the heart of Belleville and enjoy the new pedestrian promenade while enjoying the best in food, arts, culture and musical talent that this region has to offer. This event looks to be the party of the year and the official kick off to Summer!
Follow Downtown @ Dusk event page to see all the details
Family Fishing Week June 29 – July 7
Anywhere on the Bay of Quinte
While Family Fishing Week isn’t a festival per say it is a great opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card. And there is no better place to take advantage of Family Fishing Week then on the Bay of Quinte. And just like a festival, this week provides a great opportunity to get outside, spend time with family, and enjoy or pick up a new hobby. Don’t know anything about fishing? Don’t own a boat, but want to get out and try? Look into one of our incredible local fishing charters for a great day on the water.
Canada Day Celebration July 1
West Zwick’s Park
Come celebrate Canada’s 152nd Birthday at Zwick’s Park, it’s the perfect way to end the long weekend. With a huge variety of entertainment and attractions we are sure to have something for everyone. You are going to love the pony rides, children’s performers, laser tag, axe throwing, buskers, food trucks, interactive displays and so much more. There will also be performances by Andy Forgie, Instant Rivalry and Carl Dixon’s The Guess Who tribute featuring 3 of the original members of the band. And you won’t want to miss North America’s longest running Wild West show with The Bishop Family. Running for over 100 years this show is an absolute must see. It’s got trick riding, roping, whip cracking, trained horse acts and so much more. And of course all this ends with an incredible fireworks display with the beautiful Bay of Quinte in the background.
Details still being released visit Belleville Canada Day for all the up-to-date information.
Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival July 11 – 14
West Zwick’s Park
The Waterfront & Multicultural Festival is the Bay of Quinte’s largest festival spanning 4 days where we celebrate; Food, Music, Multiculturalism and Family Fun. Voted as one of Ontario’s Top 100 events 5 years in a row, this event has something for everyone. Come for the food and stay for the entertainment. Local cultural groups come together to bring home cooked food from around the world to this incredible event. Once you’ve enjoyed your fair share of food (or more) you will want to enjoy some of the incredible musical acts that include top tribute bands, local artists, and performers from all around the world playing everything from reggae to jazz and rock’n’roll to pop. On top of great food and great music there is also; children’s performers, buskers, interactive displays, animal shows, a vendor’s village and a midway full of games and rides. Plan your holiday’s and vacations around this festival because it is fun for everyone ages 0 – 100.
Visit Belleville Waterfront Festival for all the details and schedule.
Wheels on the Bay July 26 – 28
West Zwick’s Park
Calling all car lovers! The 5th Annual Wheels on the Bay festival is coming back to Belleville. One of Ontario’s Premier wheels festival is set with the Bay of Quinte as a beautiful backdrop. This incredible car show gets bigger and bigger each year. Bringing out 100’s of cars from all over the province and beyond, every year is different. With so many vehicles ranging from classic trucks, low riders, hot rods, muscle cars, luxury, custom, imports and famous cars from your favourite TV shows & movies you will want to spend hours walking around the park. Participants also invade Downtown Belleville on the Saturday night with the Downtown Cruise. This is a great opportunity to enjoy beautiful Downtown Belleville while enjoying some beautiful cars & trucks.
Details still being released visit Wheels on the Bay for updates.
Belleville Poutine Feast August 1 – 4
West Zwick’s Park
What is more Canadian than a festival built around Poutine? The answer is nothing, thus the 2nd annual Belleville Poutine Feast. 4 days of family fun activities, games, a great DJ, tasty treats and of course some incredible poutine. If you love poutine (and I do) you will want to check out the Poutine Feast and see how many new styles of poutine you can try. There are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options that will be available.
Visit Poutine Feast for all the details.