Summer 2018: Events in Hastings County

Summer 2018 events in Hastings County

To submit your community, arts or non-profit event, free of charge, for print and online publication, please fill in our online form (at the bottom of this page) or email us your listing. DEADLINES to submit events as follows:
FEBRUARY 26 – for early April thru mid June
MAY 6 – for Mid June thru mid September
AUGUST 5 – for mid September thru early December
OCTOBER 28 – for early December thru early April


Art Galleries/Exhibitions

 ART GALLERY OF BANCROFT, 10 Flint Avenue, Bancroft, 613-332-1542,

July 4 – 28 – Moses Amik – Exhibition of Works - Opening reception July 6, 7:30pm.

Aug 1– Sept 1 – Paul Chester – “Landscape Reflections” Exhibition of Works. Opening reception Aug 3, 7:30pm.

Sept 5 – 29 – Rocky Dobey – “Etchings”: Intaglio Prints with guest collaborator Rocky GreenOpening reception Sept 7, 7:30pm.


M. PARROTT ART GALLERY, 254 Pinnacle St, Belleville, (613) 968-6731,  

 July 19 - Aug 23 – Joanna McFarland – Acrylic - Gallery 1, Susan Moshynski - “Cottage Country (Near & Far) – Gallery 2 Opening reception July 19, 6-7:30pm.


STIRLING LIBRARY ART GALLERY, 43 Front Street, Stirling, 613-395-2837,

June 6 - Aug 25 – Samsun Van Spronsen -“A Stroke of Impression” watercolours & acrylics. Opening reception June 6, 4-6pm.


WILDEWOOD GALLERY, 33012 Hwy. 62N Maynooth, 613-338-3134.

June 23 – Henry Gordon opens SPIRIT, meet the artist 1–3pm.


Art Events

July 12 – ART WALK - In partnership with Gallery 121 and other art galleries, restaurants and businesses in downtown Belleville, the Parrott Gallery is participating in an Art Walk, which will take place once a month on Thursday, 4pm – 7pm. Parrott Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville,

July 21 & 22  & Sept  29 & 30– MADAWASKA VALLEY STUDIO TOUR, 10am – 5pm.

July 28 – Aug 6– INDIGENOUS ARTISTS’ EXHIBIT & SALE — Paintings, photography, sculpture, fibre art, beadwork, prints, art cards, flutes, rattles, leatherwork, calligraphy, & CDs. – 10am – 4pm.  Macaulay Heritage Park Museum, 23 Church Street, Picton. 613-476-2148 or 2521.

Aug 4 — TWEED ART IN THE PARK presented by Tweed & Area Arts Council. Paintings, photos, craft products, pottery, printed products, calendars, etc. Memorial Park, Tweed. Bonnie 613-478-1777,

Aug 4 - 5 — ANNUAL BANCROFT ART AND CRAFT GUILD’S SUMMER ART & CRAFT SHOW — Millennium Park, 166 Hastings Street N., Bancroft, Over 50 artists and artisans.  10am – 5pm/4pm. 613 338-5431

Aug 10 & 11 – FOOD FOR THOUGHT ART SHOW & AUCTION 2018 – Gala opening Fri. Aug 10 – 6:30 – 9 pm. Show Sat. Aug 11 – 10 am – bids close at 3pm. Arts Centre Hastings, 230 Durham St. S., Madoc. Donated paintings, photographs, woodworking and pottery. Proceeds to Central Hastings Support Network.

Sept 22 & 23 – 21st ANNUAL TWEED & AREA STUDIO TOUR, 10 am – 5pm. Free Admission, Studio map and artist information /

Sept 22, 23, 29 & 30 — BANCROFT & AREA AUTUMN STUDIO TOUR — Self-guided tours. Brochures available at local businesses & Art Gallery of Bancroft. 10am – 5pm, or Elaine Butikofer, or 613-332-0790.

Sept 29 & 30  & Oct 6 & 7— HALIBURTON COUNTY STUDIO TOUR – Self-guided tours  Over 25 local artists.


Theatre/Live Entertainment

STIRLING FESTIVAL THEATRE, West Front Street, Stirling 613-395-2100, or 1-877-312-1162.

Aug 9 - 25 – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: SFT YOUNG COMPANY SUMMER MUSICAL — The tale as old as time! Belle is a girl dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced “affections” of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle’s father, causes the two to meet. 11am, 2pm & 7pm shows.


TWEED & COMPANY THEATRE, Tim Porter, Artistic Director,

HASTINGS! THE MUSICAL ON TOUR – A hilarious, foot stomping irreverent retelling of the history of Hastings County. Written by the Tweed & Company Ensemble with the assistance of the Hastings County Historical Society, this show features music from several up and coming and established Canadian composers. Suitable for all ages, fun for the whole family!

Aug 7 – 11 – The Village Playhouse Bancroft - 613-332-8014

Aug 14 & 15 – The Studio Theatre, Perth - 613-267-7469

Aug 17 & 18 – The Empire Theatre - 613-969-0099


MINERAL CAPITAL CONCERTS – Every Wednesday, Millennium Park, 166 Hastings Street N., Bancroft.
July 4 – August 29 – 7pm



July 3 - 26 – CHILDREN’S SUMMER DROP-IN PROGRAM – fun and games, special guests and more, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3pm. Queensborough Community Centre, 14 Barry Road, Madoc. Joan Sims, 613-473-1087 or FB page,

July 6 -8 – WHEELS, WATER & WINGS FESTIVAL – Bancroft – Midway, Classic car show, free concert, Paddle the York River challenges, soap box derby, RAT ROD/HOT ROD show & shine, fly-in breakfast at the community airport, and motorcycle show and shine.

July 6 – 8 – SHAKE THE SHIELD – Annual Motorcycle Rally – This event is an excuse to meet up and travel almost 400km of the most beautiful roads in the region  while raising money for a worthwhile cause, “Kids In Need.” Info & registration:

July 7 – A TOWN & COUNTRY GARDEN TOUR – Eight gardens to visit with host gardeners to answer questions. Includes lunch, raffle table and more. 10am – 4 pm (rain or shine). St. Thomas Anglican Church, Belleville. Tickets $25,

July 7 – CROWE LAKE PIKE ONLY CATCH ‘N KEEP FISHING DERBY – Enjoy a day of fishing for pike with loads of prizes. All fees returned as prizes. Fun for the whole family. Registration at Chris’ Live Bait on Hwy 7 east of Marmora. 613-472-2832, 

July 7 & 8 – PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY QUILTERS’ GUILD QUILT SHOW – 300 quilted items, judged competition, quilt sales, raffle quilt, guest artists, demonstrations, members’ boutique, 20 vendors, Women’s Institute café and more. 10am – 5 pm/4pm. The Wellington Community Centre, Essroc Arena, Wellington, ON, Admission $8. Info: FB page - or website:

July 7 & 8 – YORK RIVER PADDLE CHALLENGE – A variety of racing challenges await you on the beautiful York River in Bancroft! or, 613-334-2385.

July 12 – 15 – BELLEVILLE WATERFRONT & ETHNIC FESTIVAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY – Midway, vendor marketplace, main stage entertainment, ethnic food village, canine watersports and so much more. Admission is FREE! Parking donation $5. Susan Walsh 613-962-4597, Ext 3 or

July 14 – 5th ANNUAL CAMPBELLFORD INDREDIBLE EDIBLES FESTIVAL – Situated along the banks of the Trent River. Low-cost samples of unique local specialties from 35+ vendors.  Children's tent, Birds of Prey demonstrations, craft beer and cider, live music. 10am – 4pm – Free admission. Saskatoon & River Road, Downtown Campbellford.

July 14 – CROWE LAKE WATERWAY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Join us while we update you on local issues, what the lake association is working on, along with informative speakers. 9am. Curling Club, 2 Crawford Drive, Marmora.

July 14 – TURTLE FEST – presented by Friends of Bon Echo Park.  FB @BonEchoFriends, 613 336-0830

July 19 – KIWANIS CLUB OF TWEED ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ – A generous serving of on-site BBQ chicken, baked potato, roll, coleslaw and a drink. Lunch 11am - 1:30pm, dinner 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Eat in or take out. Tweed Kiwanis Pavilion, Memorial Park Victoria Street S., Tweed, Ontario. $15.00 per meal. Advance tickets from any Tweed Kiwanian recommended.

July 19 - 21 – FESTIVAL ON THE BAY – Sidewalk sale with a Kinsmen pancake breakfast daily. Trenton Dragon Boat Festival, Art in the Park, Bay of Quinte boat cruises, live local bands, bankers bed races, the Trenton Big Band Festival, TMH Street Dance featuring Ambush, a fireworks show    a Kids’ Corner with the Quinte West Library    bouncy castle, and visits from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo! 8:30am. Visit festivalonthebay FB page.

July 27-29 – ART SALE & EXHIBITION – presented by Friends of Bon Echo Park.  FB @BonEchoFriends, 613 336-0830

Aug 10 & 11 – FOOD FOR THOUGHT ART SHOW & AUCTION 2018 – Gala opening Fri. Aug 10 – 6:30 – 9 pm. Show Sat. Aug 11 – 10 am – bids close at 3pm. Arts Centre Hastings, 230 Durham St. S., Madoc. Donated paintings, photographs, woodworking and pottery. Proceeds to Central Hastings Support Network.

Aug 17 - 19 – STIRLING AGRICULTURAL FAIR – Stirling Fairgrounds.

Aug 18 – THE MAYNOOTH GARLIC FESTIVAL – Live music featuring the Bad Breath Blues Band and friends … foods featuring garlic, art featuring garlic, children’s crafts and more garlic. 8am – 4pm. Rain or shine … admission is free. Maynooth Farmers Market, 33090 Highway 62, Maynooth.

Aug 22 & 23 – HASTINGS COUNTY PLOWING MATCH AND FARM SHOW – 300 exhibitors of agricultural technology and services, woodlot info, and demos, crafts, family programs, antiques, Queen of the Furrow and entertainment, 9am – 4pm. Hosted by Scott & Angela, 302 Stoco Road, Tweed. Harry Dunford, 613-395-5177.

Aug 24 - 26 – 8TH ANNUAL TWEED TRIBUTE TO ELVIS FESTIVAL is pleased to offer its Elvis tribute artist competition. Classic car parade & show, rising star youth competitions, and much more.

Aug 25 – 11TH ANNUAL SHOW ‘N SHINE AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW – Dash Plaques (First 100) and People’s Choice Awards. Food, refreshments, markets, games, music, and lots of fun. Admission by donation. 10am – 2pm. Lion’s Hall Hwy. # 41 in Griffith. Hosted by Denbigh-Griffith Lions Club. Rain Date: Aug 26    Jan at 613-333-1748 or Hall 613-333-1423

Aug 31 – Sept 1 – 12TH ANNUAL MAYNOOTH FALL FAIR – Flower arranging contests, veggie contests, kids only contests, photo contests, pickling and preserving contests. Check Bancroft Horticultural Society FB page for categories and times. The café will be serving drinks and sweet nibbles.

Sept 1 – 29TH ANNUAL MAYNOOTH MADNESS – takes over the downtown with kids activities, live music, huge farmers market, Show & Shine, talent contest (Friday night at The Arlington) and demonstrations too.

Sept 1 – WELLNESS ON THE WATER – A day of healing discovery for body, mind, and soul.    Mini sessions offered by gifted practitioners, using alternative healing methods. Psychic readings, vendors with crystals, jewelry, essential oils & more. Kiwanis Pavillion, Tweed Memorial Park, 45 Victoria Street S., Tweed. 10am – 4pm. Free Admission. Ellen Williams 613-478-1524 or

Sept 8– BANCROFT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE – at Seniors Club 580, 10am – 12pm, Millennium Park, Bancroft.

Sept 8 – CYCLE BON ECHO – presented by Friends of Bon Echo Park.  FB @BonEchoFriends, 613 336-0830

Sept 9 – OUR BACKYARD FEAST FROM FARM – A culinary event celebrating local food producers paired with professional chefs. Taste testing food, demonstrations, music, breweries and wineries, farmers market, and much more. 11am – 3pm. Tickets: $5/taste testing or $20 for five. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the Municipality of Tweed office or Moira River Food Company. Hosted by the Municipality of Tweed at Tweed Memorial Park.

Sept 14 – 16 – MADOC FALL FAIR – Established in 1905. Experience animal shows, live entertainment, horse pulls, tractor pulls, home craft & school displays, midway, great food, one of the best demolition derby's and more! 35 Cooper Road, Madoc.

Sept 15 – DOORS OPEN QUINTE WEST – TRENTON HALL – 1861 Heritage & Cultural Centre. 10am – 4pm. 55 King Street, Trenton. Laura 613-394-1333, or   


Clubs, Lectures, Meetings

BANCROFT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Seniors Club 580, Millennium Park, Bancroft.

Aug 28 –ECOSYSTEMS OF THE SOUTHEAST USA – Guest speaker Paul Yungblut.

HASTINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Hastings County Historical Society will be unveiling historical bronze plaques to commemorate local history in the following locations throughout Hastings County:

Thomasburg (Spring) – Saturday, June 23 @ 2pm

Chisholm’s Mill – Friday, July 6 @2pm

Bancroft Hotel – Saturday, July 14 @ 2pm

Corbyville (Distillery) – Thursday, July 18-21 @5pm

McKenzie’s Mill (Madoc) – Saturday, July 28 @ 11am

Lonsdale – Saturday, August 8 @ 2pm

Marmora (Miners) – Saturday, Aug. 14 @ 5:30pm

Each event will include brief speeches, light refreshments following the unveiling. The public is invited to share in these local celebrations, and is advised to check their local media to confirm dates, times and exact locations in each community closer to the date of each event.

To submit your community, arts or non-profit event, free of charge, for print and online publication, please visit and fill in our online form ) or email us your listing to

2018 DEADLINES to submit events as follows:
MARCH 2 – for early April thru mid June
MAY 11 – for Mid June thru mid September
AUGUST 10 – for mid September thru early December
NOVEMBER 3 – for early December thru early April