Summer 2019 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:

MARCH 2 – for early April thru mid June
MAY 11 – for Mid June thru mid September
AUGUST 10 – for mid September thru mid December
NOVEMBER 3 – for mid December thru early April

Art Galleries/Exhibitions

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

June 5 – 29 - A SENSE OF PLACE; Julie Withrow Painting and Barbara Allport Painting. Opening reception June 7, 7:30pm

July 3 – 27 – HOLLY EDWARDS PAINTING (mostly figurative); opening reception July 5, 7:30pm

July 31 – Aug 31 – THIN PLACES; Carol Westcott painting; opening reception Aug 2, 7:30pm


Open Tues to Sat 10 to 4

July 9 - Sept 7 - One by One Show and Sale: - A gallery filled with 12″ x 12″ paintings. All paintings sell for $100 each.

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

June 7 – July 11 - Students of Claudia McCabe’s Open Studio present “Confabulation II”. Gallery One

June 7 – July 11 - “Nocturnal Reflections” is a series of oil paintings by Duoro artist Rob Niezen. Gallery Two

Opening reception for both shows June 6th from 6 – 7:30 pm

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

June 12 - Aug 24 - Natural Reflections:  An Exhibition and Sale featuring Sheila Romard [Oils] and Gregory Maude [Watercolours] in the Main Gallery.  To be joined by Wire Artist, Iris Casey whose colorful hummingbirds will adorn the Gallery Windows and the Trenton High School students whose artistic talents can be found in the Display Cabinet. Opening Reception:  June 15, 1 - 3 pm Public viewings: TWT: 10-7; F&S: 10-3.


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

JUNE 30 – AUG 31: THE WORKS OF ROCKY GREEN AND HENRY GORDON. 613-338-3134 also on Facebook.

Art Events

July 19, 20 & 21 - MADAWASKA VALLEY SUMMER STUDIO TOUR, 10am – 5pm.

July 26, 27 & 28 – ART SALE & EXHIBITION – presented by Friends of Bon Echo Park. Photography, stained glass, paintings, and pottery. Live music., BBQ. 10 am- 4 pm Friday & Saturday, 10 am- 3 pm Sunday. Location: South Beach (new location this year) FB @BonEchoFriends, 613 336-0830.

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 3 & 4 — 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

Sept 7 & 8 – NORTHUMBERLAND HILLS STUDIO TOUR – 10 am – 5 pm. Free self guided tour.

Sept 21 & 22 – APSLEY AUTUMN STUDIO TOUR – 24 artists, 12 studio locations. 10am – 5 pm

Sept 21, 22, 28 & 29— 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 28 & 29– 22nd ANNUAL TWEED & AREA STUDIO TOUR - 10 am – 5pm. Free Admission, Studio map and artist information /

Theatre/Live Entertainment

BELLEVILLE THEATRE GUILD - Pinnacle Playhouse, 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville

Tickets: or 613-967-1442

Aug 28-31 - 6th ANNUAL EVENING OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, 8pm. Six original short works by local playwrights. You can bet you won’t be bored! Tickets $10 online or at the door.

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

Aug 8 - 24 - SHREK THE MUSICAL – YOUNG COMPANY ; Based on the successful movie, this musical was a smash hit on Broadway! Here in Stirling, all of your favourite creatures will be live on stage: Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, Pinocchio and many, many more. 11 am, 2 pm & 7 pm   Main Stage Tickets  Youth (18 & under) $19   Members $28  Seniors (65+) $30  Non-Members $32 Family 4-Pack (2 Adults, 2 Youth) $79  *Plus HST.


TWEED & COMPANY THEATRE, Tim Porter, Artistic Director,, The Marble Arts Centre, 13 Bridgewater Road, Actinolite, On

July 10 – 14 - STAG & DOE - Bonnie and Brad are having a party to raise money for their upcoming wedding—the cost of which has secretly gotten out of control. By turns wildly funny and unexpectedly touching Stag and Doe offers a look at a distinctly rural Canadian prenuptial tradition…and shines a light on the nature of love, marriage, and weddings. Mild mature content, fun for the whole family! Tickets: In Person at the Tweed News or Adults $25.00 Adults, Seniors $20, Student/Youth $15

Other Events

June 16 – SONG OF MYSELF MARATHON READING - a live rendition of Walt Whitman’s epic poem to celebrate the poet’s 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the “Old Walt” dedication. 1-3pm Location: Amphitheatre. – presented by Friends of Bon Echo Park. FB @BonEchoFriends, 613 336-0830

June 22, & July 27 – SOUTH-CENTRAL/EASTERN ONTARIO, COIN, POSTAGE STAMP & POSTCARD Events - King Edward Community Centre, 75 Elizabeth Street (Hwy. #2 East), Brighton. 10:30am–3:30pm 

June 29- SCIENSATIONAL SSSNAKES! Learn more about the amazing reptiles we have in Bon Echo from Sciensational Sssnakes staff. Two interactive presentations on snakes and other reptiles to help us understand why it is so important to protect them. Ontario snakes will be featured with a hands-on session so you can hold some of these fascinating reptiles. Times: 11 am and 1 pm Location: Amphitheatre. Presented by Friends of Bon Echo Park. FB @BonEchoFriends, 613 336-0830

July 1 – CANADA DAY BELLEVILLE – Family activities, events, and music that everyone has come to enjoy. West Zwick Island Park, 10 Bay Bridge Road, Belleville. 4pm – 10 pm. Free shuttles, free admission $5 donation for parking

July 1 – CANADA DAY MAMORA & LAKE – Parade, children’s games and fun activities in the park. At night there are fireworks.

July 1 – CANADA DAY STIRLING-RAWDON – Don’t miss the celebrations at the Stirling Fairgrounds. Family evening of free fun including BBQ. Starts at 6:30pm

July 1 – CANADA DAY TWEED – There will be activities for all ages, including a 12:30 pm parade, games, food, fireworks and lots more. 12:30 - 4 pm .

July 2 – 25 –CHILDREN’S SUMMER DROP-IN PROGRAM – fun and games, special guests and more, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1- 3pm. Queensborough Community Centre, 14 Barry Road, Madoc. Joan Sims, 613-473-1087 or FB page,

July 5, 6 & 7 - THE WHEELS, WATER & WINGS FESTIVAL AND SHAKE THE SHIELD MOTORCYCLE MEET UP. Fun for all ages, this is a weekend packed with activities in the heart of Bancroft, ON. Concerts, dances, a midway, soap box derby, classic cars, hot rods, rat rods, motorcycles, canoe & kayak races, fly-in (or drive in) breakfast and more! and  Coordinated by the Businesses and Merchants of Bancroft.

July 6– 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 $30,

July 11 – 14 – BELLEVILLE WATERFRONT & ETHNIC FESTIVAL 41st ANNIVERSARY – Midway, vendor marketplace, main stage entertainment, ethnic food village, canine watersports and so much more. Admission is FREE! Parking donation $5.

July 12 - INCREDIBLE FARM LIFE EXPERIENCE TOUR: Guided bus departs downtown Campbellford at 9 am and will visit four farming destinations and a livestock auction and return at 4 pm.  Catered lunch Adults $45, children $25, $100 for a family of 4.  Jump into your rubber boots and get up close and personal to the sights, smells, and sounds of the farm!

July 13 - CAMPBELLFORD INCREDIBLE EDIBLES FESTIVAL: on the banks of the Trent River in downtown Campbellford!  Over 60 chefs and food producers serve up local, delicious, and unique low-cost portions.  All-day food demos, live music and entertainment and children's tent.  Free admission.  10 am - 4 pm

July 13--PIG ROAST & FISH FRY IN SUPPORT OF THE NORTH HASTINGS COMMUNITY FISH HATCHERY. Help the local fisheries by attending our 13th Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction. Doors open at 5 pm at the Bancroft Curling Club. Tickets available at Vance Motors or from any Hatchery Volunteer. Proceeds to the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery.

July 13 – TURTLE FEST –,Meet real-life turtles as part of the interactive presentation by staff from the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre and learn how you can help protect these reptiles. Face painting, games and more. 1-3pm Location: Children’s Program Area, presented by Friends of Bon Echo Park. FB @BonEchoFriends, 613 336-0830

July 19- BON ECHO HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE DAY 9:30 am Location: Pumphouse Beach FB @BonEchoFriends

July 25 & 26- LEARN TO FISH staff will be here both days from 10 am- noon and 1-3 pm to show you how to use fishing equipment and fish legally, safely, and sustainably. You will also learn some basic tips about fish identification and anatomy. Time: 10 am – noon & 1-3 pm Location: Bon Echo Creek, near park boathouse

July 27- IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GROUP OF SEVEN, Sue and Jim Waddington have been on a quest to locate places that inspired Group of Seven painters like Arthur Lismer. Find out about the painting sites they found in Bon Echo. 7 pm Location: Amphitheatre Saturday

Aug 3 – ART IN THE PARK/FISH FRY - at Tweed Memorial Park; artisans and vendors and children’s art area. 10 am – 5 pm. Our Famous Fish Fry – Mike Mundell’s Surf & Turf- 11:30 to 1:30 at the Kiwanis Pavilion, Tweed Memorial Park. Fish fry tickets ($15) at Bush Furniture, the Tweed News, from Board members or at the event. Free (Fish Fry Tickets Septarate, $15)

Aug 7- THE PADDLING PUPPETEERS - Kids have fun and learn about the history of our waterways while watching a puppet show by The Paddling Puppeteers.

Aug 10 - FALCONFEST -Friends Event Bon Echo is home to some special feathered friends, Peregrine Falcons. Learn more about the fastest bird in the world with fun activities like making falcon kites. Time: 1-3 pm Location: Children’s Program Area FB @BonEchoFriends

Aug 12- SPEAKING OF WILDLIFE - Would you like to see some wildlife up close? If you do, join staff from Speaking of Wildlife for a close encounter with some animals native to the Bon Echo area. 1 pm Location: Amphitheatre

Aug 16, 17 & 18 – STIRLING AGRICULTURAL FAIR – Stirling Fairgrounds.

Aug 21 & 22 – HASTINGS COUNTY PLOWING MATCH AND FARM SHOW – 200 exhibitors of agricultural technology and services, woodlot info, and demos, crafts, family programs, antiques, Queen of the Furrow and entertainment, 9am – 4pm. Hosted by Brian and April Thompson, 1207 Sills Rd, Centre Hastings. Contact: Harry Danford 613-395-5177 or Kim

Aug 23, 24 & 25 - ANNUAL TWEED TRIBUTE TO ELVIS FESTIVAL - Elvis tribute artist competition. Classic car parade & show, rising star youth competitions, and much more.

Aug 24 – ART IN QUEENSBOROUGH/ QUEENSBOROUGH IN ART. Queensborough has long been an inspiration for artists, including at least one member of the Group of Seven. At this first-ever event at the historic Orange Hall, you’ll be able to view a wide range of paintings, photographs and other artworks featuring, and inspired by, Queensborough. Elaine Kapusta, 613-473-1458; or FB Queensborough Community Centre, or the Orange Hall’s Facebook page, Orange Hall, Queensborough, On.

Aug 30 - MAYNOOTH'S GOT TALENT! Contest, 7 pm, no preregistration required. Toonie admission. Emceed by Ken Ramsden with a celebrity panel of judges. Three cash prizes of $25, $50 and $75 in 3 age categories are being sponsored by Hald Robinson Haulage Ltd.

Aug 31 - 30th ANNUAL MAYNOOTH MADNESS – takes over the downtown with kids activities, live music, plein air artists, huge farmers market, Show & Shine, talent contest (Friday night at The Arlington) and demonstrations too.

Sept 11 & 18 – MODERN SQUARE DANCING - A modern square dance group that meets weekly. Male & female, singles & couples welcome. Square dancing is a great way to get some daily steps, become connected with people, socialize and learn how to square dance too!

Join us for 2 nights of FREE modern square dancing lessons on Sept 11 and 18 at 7 pm - Harmony Public School, 626 Harmony Road, Belleville.. David Dunham 613-403-2882

Sept 14 – HARVEST FESTIVAL - Barbecue, pop-up farmers’ market, fireworks and a street dance. Elaine Kapusta, 614-473-1458 or Katherine Sedgwick at 613-473-2110, FB Queensborough Community Centre.

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

2019 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 mid December
NOVEMBER 3 – for mid December thru early April

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