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The City of Quinte West
7 Creswell Drive,
P.O. Box 490
Trenton, ON K8V 5R6

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Tel: (613) 392-2841
Toll-free: 1-866-485-2841
Fax: (613) 392-0131
TTY: (613) 965-6849

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Monday to Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Sometimes the best way to experience a destination is through the festivals and events inspired by the heritage and natural surroundings of the area. Quinte West hosts a number of events year-round that distinctly celebrate our community.


The City of Quinte West is very grateful for the continuing support of the many volunteers it takes to make our events such a success. If you would like to volunteer your time or talents for any of our community-sponsored events or festivals, please check out our Volunteer Opportunities.

Our Events

Below is just a sampling of community events planned for this year:

2016 Events Photo Collage


When: February 13th, 2016
Where: Batawa Community Centre
What:   Come out and enjoy a day of family fun.  Free entertainment all day!  Lunch and skating on the outdoor ice surface with the Trenton Golden Hawks, marshmallow roasting, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, outdoor petting zoo,  and many more fun and exciting things to do.  Enjoy a horse and carriage ride sponsored by the Batawa Development Corporation.

Frostfest Poster

Frankford Riverfest

When: May 21st - 22nd, 2016
Where: Frankford Tourist Park, Frankford, Ontario
What: Join us for a weekend of family fun at the Frankford Riverfest . Saturday features a midway fair, NEW Children's Sandcastle Contest, petting zoo, live entertainment, vendors and spectacular fireworks display! On Sunday, don't miss the Quinte Access "Junk in the Trunk" Cruise and Sale,  along with the all-day midway.

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Event poster

10th Annual Barks By The Bay - Canine Festival & Trade Show

When: May 28th, 2016
Where: Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario
What: This year marks the 10th anniversary of Barks by the Bay. This annual canine festival is held the last Saturday in May and showcases many unique vendors, breeds & breeders, canine accessories, training aids & techniques, pet hospitals, pet food stores and groomers. Test your family dog's dock diving skills or challenge their agility at the Dog Lovers Days Lure Obstacle Course. Connect with your pet through with the help of Animal Communicator LAUREN BODE. Bring the whole pack. Every dog has its day at Barks by the Bay! For information, call: (613) 392-2841 ext 4487 or visit the website

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Event poster

Thunder on the Bay

When: Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Where: Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario
What: The City of Quinte West and Empire Productions presents an outdoor concert featuring Glass Tiger, with special guests Photograph. Gates open at 6 pm at the Amphitheatre and show starts at 7:30 pm. Fireworks to follow at 10:30 pm. Join us in celebrating Quinte International Air Show weekend with this exciting evening of entertainment!

Event poster

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Canada Day

When: Friday, July 1st, 2016
Where: Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario
What: Come and celebrate Canada's birthday in Centennial Park, Trenton. All day entertainment, vendor village, displays & demonstrations, free cake (courtesy of Smylie's Your Independent Grocer), outdoor bingo (Knights of Columbus), activities for children and families, and a spectacular fireworks display. Be sure to join in the 'Canada Day Eh!' community parade taking place from arena to the headquarters stage, beginning at 11am. Prizes in Youth, Adult & Group categories for best expressed Canadian Spirit!

Canada Day Poster

Sports Wall of Fame

When: Saturday July 9, 2016
Where: YMCA Quinte West
What: Annual Sports Induction Ceremony held to honour the great athletes, builders and teams from and in Quinte West over the years. Deadline for 2016 nominations is March 4, 2016. Pick up nomination forms at City Hall or print them off here.

Nomination Package

Norampac Summer Concert Series

When: Every Thursday & Sunday Evening from July 3rd through to September 4th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, Trenton
What: Free performances for the community. Music in the park, bring your blanket or lawn chair and come out to enjoy various local artists!

Concert Schedule

RiverFront Square Concert Series

When: Every Saturday Evening from June 18th through to September 3rd from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: RiverFront Square, Trenton North of the Veterns' Skyway Gateway to the Trent Bridge
What: Free musical performances for the community. Music in the park, bring your lawn chair and come out to enjoy various local artists!

Concert Schedule

Downtown Trenton Concert Series

When: Every Friday Evening from June 3rd through to September 2nd from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Fraser Park Gazebo, Trenton
What: Free performances for the community. Music in the park, bring your blanket or lawn chair and come out to enjoy various local artists!

Concert Schedule

Trenton Big Band Festival

When: July 21st - 23rd , 2016
Where: Riverfront Square, Trenton, Ontario
What: The City of Quinte West is bringing back the Trenton Big Band Festival for its 5th year! The festival boasts some of the best names in big band music. This year, the festival features: The Commodores Orchestra, Martin Loomer and The Orange Devils (with special guest Rita Di Ghent) and the Dan Bone Trio.  The event kicks off with a FREE concert on Thursday, July 21 at the Trent Port Marina. In addition to the music, swing dancers will be performing and festival goers will have the opportunity to dance the night away. Huff Estates wine, Wild Card Brewery craft beer and food will also be available onsite. For more information about the Trenton Big Band Festival, visit

Map of Riverfront Square

Bay of Quinte Velo Weekend

When: August 13th - 14th, 2016
Where: Centennial Park, Trenton
What: Quinte West is mixing it up this year and offering a weekend full of cycling events. Saturday kicks off with a Criterium in Centennial Park, featuring three levels of racing - Beginner,Sportif and Open - a Children's Bike Rodeo, stunt bike show, workshops and vendors. On Sunday, join us for a Gran Fondo ride and take in the beautiful sights of our area. More information to come!

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Criterium Registration Page

Criterium Course

Gran Fondo Registration Page

Gran Fondo Course

Event Poster

Trenton Scottish Irish Festival

When: September 9th - 10th, 2016
Where: Centennial Park (Map It)
What:  This annual festival celebrates the Celtic ancestry of the Bay of Quinte through traditional music, games, and fare. Take in the Friday night tattoo and revel with fellow festival-goers to the professional pipers and drummers and end-of-the day ceilidhs. A live performance by ALAN DOYLE  follows the Tattoo . Kick the festival off with a parade through the downtown, and take in the all day Heavy Events, Highland Dancing, Pipe & Drum Bands, vendor village, and live musical entertainment in the pavilion until the early morning hours! For information, call: (613) 392-2841 or 1-866-485-2841 or visit the website at

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2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

BOOFEST - Halloween Party!

When: Monday, October 31st, 2016 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Arena, Trenton, Ontario
What: Inviting all ghosts and goblins of Quinte West to the Annual BOOFEST Halloween Party! Tons of candy, ghost stories, colouring, toys and games. Event is free.

Frankford Santa Claus Parade

When: Saturday, November 26th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.                                              
Where: Downtown Frankford (starts from the Frankford Arena)                          
What: Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the Frankford Santa Claus Parade with bands, community floats and costume characters leading up to the Jolly Old Elf!  Following the parade, join us at the Legion. Inside the legion, kids will be treated to hotdogs, hot chocolate and S'mores and a visit from Santa. For more information, call Kathy Rupert at 613 398-7447.

Frankford Christmas Fantasy of Lights

When: Saturday, November 26th, through to January 2, 2017
Where: Frankford Tourist Park                                                                                    
Join us as we light up the park for the annual festive lighting display. Live music & hot chocolate starting at 4:30 p.m. Lighting approx. 5:00 p.m.

Trenton Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, November 27th, 2016  starting at 4:30 p.m.                                                           
Where: Starting promptly at 4:30 p.m. from Centennial Park the parade, heads up Bay St to Campbell St., up Campbell to Dundas, West on Dundas over the bridge and through the Downtown.                                                                                                   
What: Enjoy a festive lighted Christmas Parade with lots of music and community floats. For more information, call the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce at 613 392-7635

Doug Whitney Christmas Fantasy of Lights

When: Last Saturday in November 2016 to January 2, 2017
Where: Fraser Park Trenton and Frankford Tourist Park (Map It)
What: Join us for hotdogs and hot chocolate starting at 3:30 p.m. at Fraser Park.Tour these magical waterfront light displays while listening to favourite holiday carols.  Lighting takes place immediately following the parade.  For information, call: (613) 392-2841 or 1-866-485-2841


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