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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.
Below is just a sampling of City organized events planned for this year:
When: February 11th, 2017 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 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.
When: Wednesdays & Saturdays May through October 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Where: 67 Front Street What: Buy In-Season Produce, Baked Goods, VQA Wines & Ciders, Artwork, Crafts, Maple Syrup, Honey, Preserves and so much more! Live Music from 10:00am-1:00pm (June - September)
Quinte West Hops on the Water
When: April 22, 2017 Where: Quinte West Farmers Market - 67 Front St. What: Dive into spring with samplings from craft breweries, cideries and wineries in the Bay of Quinte region, all while enjoying live, family-friendly entertainment, buskers, local business offerings, food vendors & special restaurant menus in the heart of downtown Trenton!
When: May 19th - 21st, 2017 Where:Frankford Tourist Park, Frankford, Ontario What:Join us for a day of family fun at the Frankford Riverfest. Saturday features rides/games, cardboard boat races, petting zoo, live & interactive entertainment, antique car show, vendors and spectacular fireworks display!
When: May 27th, 2017 Where:Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario What: 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. 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 www.barksbythebay.ca
When: June 30th - July 1st, 2017 Where: Centennial Park - Trenton What: Celebrate Ontario's 150th with a multicultural festival on June 30th that continues on July 1st as part of our Canada Day celebrations!
Canada Day 150th Celebrations & Fireworks
When: July 1st, 2017 Where:Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario What: Come and celebrate Canada's 150th 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!
When: Saturday July 8, 2017 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 2017 nominations is March 3, 2017. Pick up nomination forms at City Hall or print them off here.
When: Every Thursday & Sunday Evening from July 2nd 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 Coming Soon!
RiverFront Square Concert Series
When: Every Saturday Evening from June 17th through to September 2nd 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 - Coming Soon!
DBIA Fraser Park Concert Series
When: Every Friday Evening from June 2nd through to September 1st 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 - Coming Soon!
Trenton Big Band Festival
When: July 22nd & 23rd, 2017 Where: Centennial Park, Trenton, Ontario What: The Trenton Big Band Festival returns for another fabulous year! The festival boasts some of the best names in big band music! In addition to the music, swing dancers will be performing and festival goers will have the opportunity to dance the afternoon away. Huff Estates wine, Wild Card Brewery craft beer and food will also be available onsite. Join us on Saturday, July 22 at Trenton's RiverFront Square with the exciting sounds of the Rythym & Truth Brass Band, 7:30-10:30 pm. - free admission! Sunday, July 23 at the Amphitheatre in Centennial Park with Freddy Vette and the Commodores' Orchestra and the Toronto All-Star Big Band - 1:00-4:00 pm (gates open at 12:00 noon) - tickets $15 in advance or $20 at the gate 613-392-2841 Ext: 4487
When: August 20, 2017 Where: Quinte West Roadways What: The City of Quinte West is thrilled to bring back The Quinte West Road Race! This one day event will involve a 107km road race throughout Quinte West.
When: September 9th & 10th, 2017 Where:Centennial Park (Map It) What: This annual festival celebrates the Celtic ancestry of the Bay of Quinte through traditional music, games, and fare. 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 www.trentonscottishirish.com.
When: September 16, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Where: Various Sites What: Every April to October, Ontario's heritage treasures are open to the public with free events across the province. This event will see various sites participating thoughout Quinte West.
BOOFEST - Halloween Party!
When: October 31st, 2017 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. Free Admission.
Frankford Christmas Fantasy of Lights
When: Saturday, November 25th, through to January 1, 2018 Where: Frankford Tourist Park What: 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.
Doug Whitney Christmas Fantasy of Lights
When: Last Saturday in November 2017 to January 1, 2018 Where:Fraser Park Trenton 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
Below is just a sampling of Community organized events planned for this year:
Father's Day Car Show
When: June 18, 2017 Where: Quinte Access Cruise Night Car Show What: Presented by: Quinte Access
Join downtown Trenton's annual three-day festival with sidewalk sales, art in the park, live entertainment, boat cruises, and the Trenton Dragon Boat Festival.
When: August 11-13, 2017 Where: Centennial Park What: Presented by: Big Brothers Big Sisters of HPEC
Get ready for sticky fingers, big smiles, and delicious fall-off-the-bone ribs Bay of Quinte!
Every August, Quinte Ribfest serves up thousands of mouth-watering ribs with 5 internationally acclaimed ribbers. Proceeds raised stay the Hastings and Prince Edward communities. The money raised throughout this 3 day saucy event are a part of our BIG plan of providing every little in our communities with a positive role-model. We believe that changing the course of young lives can in turn change our community's future. Event Website
Frankford Santa Claus Parade
When: Saturday, November 25th, 2017at 2:00 p.m. Where: Downtown Frankford (starts from the Frankford Arena) What: Celebrate the 28th 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.
Trenton Santa Claus Parade
When: Sunday, November 26th, 2017 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