10 Things to do in June in Prince Edward County☀️
Sweet, sweet June. The buds are blooming, the sun is warm and the kids are still in school!
No matter what your jam is, there’s lots going on in The County for lovers of nature, food and drink, history and heritage, the arts, and the active folks who get their exercise in by strolling markets, perusing yard sales or taking part in a half (or half-a-half) marathon. Here’s a list of what’s up in Prince Edward County this June.
Marathons + Markets
Run, walk or run-walk into June at the Wellington Women’s Half Marathon – either as a participant or by cheering on participants. The race course – half marathon or ‘half a half’ marathon – winds in and around Wellington on June 1, with sugary treats along the way to fuel the runners.
If yard-sale-ing is your sport of choice, head to the Mariners Park Museum Yard Sale on June 1 where you can find lots of great treasures while supporting the museum. Stay for a BBQ lunch.
And if strolling markets at a leisurely pace is more your thang, there’s a few to choose from, including the water-front Wellington Farmers’ Market (fun fact: in 2017 Charles and Camilla visited this market for Canada’s 150th), happening each and every Saturday morning in Wellington; the monthly Second Saturday Market at Macaulay Heritage Park on June 8, which promises vintage, retro, handmade and rummage finds with wood-fired pizza to boot; and the (new!) one-day and one-day only Pride Market on June 1 at Benson Park in Picton, where you’ll find LGBTQ-owned businesses from The County and beyond. Catch the opening ceremonies for Bay of Quinte Pride Week at 11am.
History + Heritage
For the history and heritage buffs, there’s no shortage of things to do this month. Rose House Talks: All the Tea in China on June 20 is your chance to hear a presentation, learn a new skill, see something from the past all in the home of one of our early settlers. Forgotten Female Mariners on June 22 is a discussion on women who made waves – then disappeared from memory. Keeping on the nautical theme there’s a new Classic Boat Show at the Picton Harbour, June 23-24.
If you’re a history buff AND and artiste, the Night at the Museum: Portrait Night on June 28 might be for you, as six local artists will be creating six portraits of County characters that will be auctioned off that evening!
The Seventh Town Historical Society is turning the big 5-0 and you can wish them well at their Anniversary Celebration on June 15. There will be live music, demos, genealogy, kids activities and of course, snacks.
Those looking for a little more green in their lives can check out the South Shore Safari on June 8, hosted by the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory. Learn about the thousands of birds and dozens of species who migrate through this region each Spring. Day-time and evening tours available.
Forest Therapy is a mindful experience and a chance to get away from the crowds, traffic, noise and your phone to unwind in a natural setting. Join a walk on June 8 or 9. Or take a guided hike through Massassauga Point Conservation Area with famed local naturalist Terry Sprague during their interpretation walk on June 8.
Try your hand at fossil hunting during the Rock Hound Fossil Hunt at Half Moon Bay in the ridge around the vineyard – they have a local collector on-hand to help you ID your finds!
See just how green County thumbs are on June 15 at The County Blooms – an annual garden show in PEC with a judged floral competition, plant sale, silent auction, tea room, kids programming and local vendors. If you’re curious about what’s coming up in other people’s gardens (without getting dinged for trespassing!) the Prince Edward County Garden Tour on June 23 will lead you to 14 stunning local gardens as part of the tour. Or get your hands dirty with local famed flower farmer Floralora at their Growing Beauty: Naturalist Garden and Floral Design workshop, June 29.
And finally, learn about the most helpful, but most misunderstood mammals (spoiler alert, it’s bats!) with noted naturalist, Terry Sprague as part of Rose House Talks: All About Bats. The talk takes place June 27.
With so much talent in The County, it’s not surprising that there’s a number of arts events to keep your eyes and ears entertained all.month.long. Kick it off with The Group of Sevenish Salon June 1-2 in Wellington, or see Command Performance Choir belting out hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s on June 1 with their Sweet Nostalgia – Songs from Our L.P.’s concert.
Shout Sister! Choir is a June 6 fundraiser for the Wellington and District Storehouse Foodbank is a great opportunity to raise funds for a good cause while taking in some tunes. On June 21 and 22, PEC Fest – a music festival and family-friendly event – has headliners the Road Apples and Green River Revival, along with food and drink vendors, artisan fair, music workshops and more.
Choose your own adventure and discover Wellington’s and Picton’s artsy sides at a walk / crawl pace at not one but TWO art crawls/walks. The Wellington Art Walk offers a stroll through Wellington’s studios and galleries of art and distinctive crafts on June 7 and 8, while the Picton Art Crawl offers the chance to explore Picton’s galleries and meet the artists, on June 27.
Get a sense of the talent in The County at Art in the County, an annual, juried exhibition and sale, featuring watercolour, acrylic, oil, encaustic paintings, sculpture, fibre, wood, photography, ceramics, glass and more. The exhibition runs June 21-July 7. Take home a piece as a memento of your time in The County.
Join The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe, Taste That! at their unforgettable night Whose Wine is it Anyway, on June 20, a live comedy, improv show at Karlo Estates Winery.
Food + Drink
There’s still time to enjoy that tart taste of rhubarb during Rhubarb Days at Campbell’s Orchard, June 2-3. Or try something sweeter at the annual Honey & Herb Day June 22 offered by Honey Pie Hives & Herbals – The County’s mead makers!
With more than 700 wines on sample, Uncork Canada (on June 15) is your chance to taste and be the judge of some of Canada’s best wines in Ontario’s wine country.
On June 17, welcome the full moon at Karlo Estates Winery’s Horse Moon Dinner. Enjoy a plant-based dinner with a wine and cheese reception, 3-course dinner with wine pairings and dessert.
In celebration of the start of strawberry season, head to the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village on June 23 for the Tea Room Social, featuring, you guessed it, strawberries! Or wrap up the month at a culinary experience like no other during Littlejohn Farms Celebration of Summer harvest dinner June 29.