Revel in The County with the PECelebrates Festival 🌞🌈
Summer celebrations are in full swing in The County with the PECelebrates Festival, a celebration of community, cultures, and Canada in Prince Edward County. Residents and visitors alike are invited to reconnect with community through festive events and activities. The festival will take place from June 24 to July 1, 2022.
The festival consists of a wide array of events and activities taking place throughout the community, with featured events including Revel, the Wellington Street Dance, and Canada Day celebrations at The Picton Fairgrounds. You can learn more about the events that are a part of this week-long festival on The County’s website.
Revel: Celebrating Diversity in PEC
Revel is a celebration put on by The County Museums and will take place on Saturday, June 25 from noon to 9 pm at Macaulay Heritage Park. This free event celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day, Indigenous History Month, and Multiculturalism Day with music, food, art, and community partnerships.
Enjoy music by internationally-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist David R. Maracle, alongside Amanda Jean, Oh Darlin’, Charlie Bird Band and the Sophiasburgh All-Stars. Or engage with community organizations which will be onsite to provide programming for everyone from kids to kids-at-heart. Or learn something new with a series of engaging talks ranging from 2SLGBTQ+ awareness to the history and meaning of Wampum belts. These educational sessions will take place inside Macaulay Church. And because no Revel is complete without food and drink, you can also enjoy food trucks and a beer garden by 555 Brewing Co.
Wellington Street Dance
The Wellington Street Dance is a long-standing County tradition, and it returns to Main Street Wellington this year on the evening of June 30. It is coordinated by community volunteers with the support of the Wellington Recreation Committee and The County.
The festivities kick off at 5:30 PM with a children’s concert by Mystic Drums in the Wellington Park and continues into the evening with concerts by Cure the Funk and 3Thirty3 from 6:30 – 10 PM. You’ll also be able to grab a bite to eat from on-site food vendors and stay hydrated in the beer garden put on by Midtown Brewing Company.
Please note that during the Street Dance Main Street will be closed between Maple Street and Wharf Street from 6 – 11 PM.
Canada Day at the Picton Fairgrounds
Spending time in The County over the July 1 long weekend? Enjoy Canada Day festivities at the Picton Fairgrounds from 12-4 PM, which will be brought to live with active play activities for kids, balloon-twisting, airbrush tattooing, inflatable amusements, musical performances and more! There will be plenty of activities on offer from community partners such as The Baxter Arts Centre, Come Alive Outside, 99.3 County FM, and the Picton Recreation Committee.
Stay fed and watered throughout the afternoon with the onsite concession stand which is raising funds for the Picton Branch Library expansion project, and be sure to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated. If you’re one of the first 500 folks on-site, you may also be able to get your hands on free hotdogs and hamburgers, generously provided by the Firefighters Association.
Canada Day at the Picton Fairgrounds is supported by the Picton BIA, the Picton Recreation Committee, the Bloomfield Hallowell Recreation Committee, the Hillier Recreation Committee, the Ameliasburgh Recreation Committee and the South Marysburgh Recreation Committee. Attendees are encouraged to drive or bike to the celebration wherever possible, but if you’re driving please enter the fairgrounds via MacSteven Drive.
In addition to the featured events, PECelebrates includes the following events, exhibits and programming which celebrate some of the best The County has to offer. From arts and music to events supporting local farms and businesses, there’s a little something for everyone. Discover even more on the festival website.
Walk the Picton Sidewalk Sale
Whether you are heading to Canada Day at the Picton Fairgrounds or you are visiting Picton earlier in the week, be sure to plan to take a stroll down Picton Main Street from June 24 to July 1 to explore the sidewalk sale and festive window displays.
Discover Art in The County
The 29th Annual Art in the County Juried Exhibition and Sale is back and in person for the first time since 2019. The event runs from June 17 to July 4 from 10AM – 6PM and will take place in The Bunker at The Armoury in Picton, ON. Admission is just $3 for adults and it’s free for children under 12.
Not able to attend in person? You can also view the exhibition online at artinthecounty.com
Craving more? Be sure to check out the Art in the County Jurors’ Show featuring the works of Gordon Shadrach, Felicity Somerset, and Debra Vincent -this year’s AITC jurors – at 2gallery. Happening now through July 4.
Engage in Programming at The County of Prince Edward Public Libraries
Head to the PECelebrates website to explore educational programming for all ages happening throughout the festival (and beyond!). Whether you want to celebrate pride and explore STEAM activities by making a rainbow wind chime, or you want to brush up on your French language skills, there’s a programme for you.
Check out an Exhibit at The County Museums
Learn something new about The County during PECelebrates. Discover permanent exhibits such as The Indigenous History of Prince Edward County at Macaulay Heritage Park and The de Vries Natural Heritage Collection at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village. Or check out a temporary exhibit like A Royal Exhibit or The Garden County of Canada.
Enjoy Music in the Park
Enjoy free music in Wellington Park on Tuesday June 28, presented by the PEC Lions Club. From 6:30-8:30 you can enjoy music by the Lenni Stewart Jazz Trio alongside a BBQ hot dog and drink. This is a free event open to all, but donations are accepted.
You can enjoy Music in the Park courtesy of PEC Lions on Tuesdays weekly throughout the summer until September 6, with special Sunday events on July 31 and September 11. Find information about all these events on our Events page.
Attend a Community Picnic at Slake Brewing
Join BIPOC-led non-profit organization All Welcome Here for a community picnic at Slake Brewing and enjoy outdoor games, sunset campfires, and a global hot dog bar with special toppings from local businesses.
Support Local at a Farmers’ Market
Spend your weekend on June 25 – 26 browsing locally made and grown products and produce at one of The County’s three farmer’s markets: the Wellington Farmers’ Market @ The Eddie, the Wellington Community Market @ Wellington United Church, and the Picton Town Hall Farmers Market. Not here on the 25-26? These markets run every weekend through October, so be sure to add this to your summer weekend itinerary.
Laugh with Festival Players
Check out the Haymaker Comedy Festival as part of Festival Players‘ 2022 season and laugh the night away. With shows from June 29 – July 2 featuring a wide range of comedians, you’ll have a memorable evening at The Eddie Hotel & Farm inside their Red Barn.
Do it All at Karlo Estates
Throughout the PECelebrates Festival week, Karlo estates has tons of events on to keep you entertained. From Yoga in the (Vine)Yard, to Jazz Thursday, and their “Dinner and a Show” tasting series, you’ll find the perfect event for you, made even more perfect when paired with quality, vegan wines.
Discover even more festival events on the PECelebrates website and join us as we revel in the amazing community that is Prince Edward County.
Planning a trip for a different time of year? Be sure to check out our events listing to discover what’s on when you’re visiting, consult our Visitor Checklist, and consider planning a trip in Fall or Winter for a magical County experience.