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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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Office hours:
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.

Volunteers

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.

Volunteer Excellence Awards

When: Monday, March 5, 2018

Where: City Hall Council Chambers  

What: These awards were established to recognize deserving volunteers for their dedication and community service, and cover categories such as Arts & Literature, Community Service, Education, Volunteerism and Humanitarian Activities.  

Click here for nomination/program details.


City Events

Frostfest

When: February 10th, 2018   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.

Frostfest Poster

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Front Street Farmers' Market

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)

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Quinte West Hops on the Water

When: April 21, 2018
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!

Tickets available NOW!: http://hopsonthewater.ca/

Hops on the Water Poster - Coming soon!

Health Unit Forms - PLEASE FILL OUT AND SUBMIT TO THE HEALTH UNIT

*Please note, it is possible that your photo will be taken during the event and used for future promotion of this event.*

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Frankford Riverfest

When: May 19th,  2018
Where: Frankford Tourist Park, Frankford, Ontario
What: Join us for a day of family fun at the Frankford Riverfest. Saturday features family fun, a petting zoo, live & interactive entertainment, antique car show, vendors and spectacular fireworks display!

*Please note, it is possible that your photo will be taken during the event and used for future promotion of this event.*

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Barks By The Bay Canine Festival & Trade Show

When: May 26th, 2018
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

Vendor Contract

Health Unit Forms - PLEASE FILL OUT AND SUBMIT TO THE HEALTH UNIT

Event poster - Coming soon!

*Please note, it is possible that your photo will be taken during the event and used for future promotion of this event.*

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Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks

When: July 1st, 2018
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!

Canada Day Poster - Coming soon!

Vendor Package - Coming soon!

*Please note, it is possible that your photo will be taken during the event and used for future promotion of this event.*

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Sports Wall of Fame

When: 2019
Where: YMCA Quinte West
What: Bi-Annual Sports Induction Ceremony held to honour the great athletes, builders and teams from and in Quinte West over the years. Deadline for 2019 nominations is December 31st, 2018. Pick up nomination forms at City Hall or print them off here.

Nomination Package

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Cascades Summer Concert Series

When: Every Thursday & Sunday Evening from July5th through to September 2nd 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!

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RiverFront Square Concert Series

When: Every Saturday Evening from June 16th through to September 1st 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!

*Please note, it is possible that your photo will be taken during the event and used for future promotion of this event.*

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DBIA Fraser Park Concert Series

When: Every Friday Evening from June 1st through to August 31st 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!

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Trenton Big Band Festival

When: July 20 - 22
Where: Riverfront Square, 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!

*Please note, it is possible that your photo will be taken during the event and used for future promotion of this event.*

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Doors Open Quinte West

When:    September 15, 2018   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.

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BOOFEST - Halloween Party!

When: October 31st, 2018 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.

 

*Please note, it is possible that your photo will be taken during the event and used for future promotion of this event.*

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Frankford Christmas Fantasy of Lights

When: Saturday, November 24th, 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.

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Doug Whitney Christmas Fantasy of Lights

When: Sunday, November 25th 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


Holly Trolley Fantasy of Lights Tour

Holly Trolley Fantasy of Lights Displays Tour

When: December 15th from 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Where:
55 King St. Trenton (Trenton Town Hall/Historical Society)
What:
 Hop on the free Holly Trolley to visit the Frankford & Trenton Fantasy of Lights Displays! Enjoy the magic of Quinte West's Fantasy of Lights Displays aboard a San Francisco themed trolley via Kingston Trolley Tours. An accessible shuttle via Quinte Access will also be running every half hour.

Hop off to enjoy the lights up close and hop back on the next trolley or bus to see yet another fantastic display!

Trolley departs every half hour from the Trenton Town Hall (55 King St.). Historical Society volunteers will be on hand to greet tour participants and serve refreshments. Trolley is first come first serve.


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Community Events

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

Downtown Trenton's Festival on the Bay

When: July 19, 20, 21, 2018
Where: Downtown Trenton
What: Presented by: Trenton DBIA

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.

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Quinte Ribfest

When: August 10 - 12, 2018                                  
Where: Centennial Park                   
Presented by: Big Brothers Big Sisters of HPEC
What:

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

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Downtown Trenton's Annual Fall Marketfest

When: Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.                                                
Where: Trenton Farmers' Market parking lot                          
What: Marketfest features the Front Street Farmers' Market, with in-season produce, flowers, baked goods, ciders, artwork, crafts, maple syrup, honey, preserves and more PLUS live music from Mark McGreevy, a pancake breakfast, scarecrow making, Quinte Antique Tractor Club, and a Market scavenger hunt with the chance to win a Front Street Farmers' Market gift basket!

Fall Marketfest Poster - Coming soon!

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Frankford Santa Claus Parade

When: Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.                                               
Where: Downtown Frankford (starts from the Frankford Arena)                           
What: Celebrate the 29th 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.

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Trenton Santa Claus Parade

When: Sunday, November 25th, 2018  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

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