10+ Things to Do in July in Prince Edward County🌸
Summa has finally landed in PEC and The County’s abuzz this month with everything from Canada Day celebrations to outdoor concerts to fish frys to a soapbox derby. #CountyUp, grab your beach towel / yoga mat / derby car and dive into July like 🎆
If you’re looking to celebrate the True North with glowing hearts this July 1, The County has you covered. Celebrate Canada Day eve in Wellington with a free street dance and fireworks then wake up to a pancake breakfast, parade, wagon rides and more on July 1.
Picton knows how to party and is rolling out the green carpet this July 1. Celebrate with a giant maze, grass street, party train, beer garden, live music, fireworks, kids programming and more. Start your day right with a County breakfast, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Picton. You can also check out events taking place at The Waring House, Campbell’s Orchards (Strawberry D’eh), and Sandbanks Winery. Read on for a full round-up of Canada Day in The County.
All Things Lavender!
Nothing says July like the smell of lavender in full bloom. The Prince Edward County Lavender Farm’s Lavender Festival is running two consecutive weekends – July 6-7 and July 13-14 to accommodate as many lavender lovers as possible. Mille Fleurs Lavender & Honey Farm, a new, purple paradise on the edge of Wellington, opens the July long weekend.
Music & Comedy
If you live for live music, Music in the Park takes place each and every Tuesday at the Wellington Park. BYO lawn chair and don’t be afraid to get up and shake a leg.
For Fleetwood Mac fans, Tommy Youngsteen is bringing the classic album ‘Rumours’ and other hits to The Fields on West Lake for an evening of live music and local food by chef Jamie Kennedy. Feel the music and dance to your own beat at Full Moon Twilight Boogie 3, a no-partners-necessary, dimly lit, non judgemental dance partay in Wellington.
Music at Port Milford is marking its 33rd season by bringing youth talent with a passion for chamber music to The County all summer long. Experience classical music in nontraditional settings during the Classical Unbound Festival at local wineries. Get a sneak peek behind the scenes at Music (and food!) in the Vineyard at Sandbanks Winery. Barrel tastings, food pairings, live music.
If laughter is what the doctor ordered, Comedy Country is returning this month to 555 Brewing for a night stand-up comedy and top flight laughs.
If you need some serious stretching after a day in The County, yoga is alive and well this July, starting with the new PEC Yoga Festival on July 6-7 in Picton. If you’re looking for less conventional places to do your downward dog and pigeon pose, Alpaca Yoga or Winemaker Yoga in the Vineyard might be your jam.
And if you like your detox to follow with retox, then roll out your mat at The June Motel during one of their three weekly classes (Wednesdays at 8am, Saturdays at 10am, and Sundays at 9am.)
County Through and Through
If you’re looking to shed your city skin, #CountyUp and experience PEC like a local by taking in the Bloomfield Soapbox Derby. It promises an adorable and charming taste of local life. Or there’s the Salty Dawgs-themed Mariners Park Fish Fry, with music by The Reasons. Prizes for the best costume? ‘Nuff said.
Museums of PEC
If you’re looking to learn, the Museums of Prince Edward County has a number of events and exhibits to keep you sharp this summer. Curious about the history of Sandbanks? Slithering friends? Honey? Embroidery? Head to Mariners Park Museum for a Pictorial History of Sandbanks exhibit. If you’re more of a chatty Cathy, Rose House Museum is hosting a couple of talks: All About Honey and Get a Start in Embroidery.
For the history buffs, explore the grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park at the Graveyard and Gallows walking tour every Friday and Saturday evening in July and August. If you’d rather taste your County history, Night at the Museum: Foraged Finds with local forager, Tamara Segal and Tea Room Social featuring Raspberries and Blueberries will engage the mind and the taste buds.
There’s free admission to Macaulay Heritage Park (and wood-fired pizza!) at the Second Saturday Market at Macaulay Heritage Park, a handmade, vintage, rummage market. Finally, if you’re looking for a more creative approach to history and heritage try out one of The County’s three escape rooms in historical buildings: Macaulay House, Camp Picton, Picton Library.
Catch Festival Players, PEC’s summer theatre company, production of Outside Mullingar – a misfit romance set in the Irish midlands. The Script Tease Project is an improv play built right before your very eyes!
Flowering Wild PEC, a one-day floral and fauna display by local floral farmers and designers is rooted in art.
Peek in the Back Room at Arts on Main to see their new exhibit “Water” starting June 26.
Get up close and smell and paint the lavender at Baskets of Lavender – a free painting event for all painters and aspiring painters. Picton’s monthly art crawl is a choose-your-own adventure to explore galleries of Picton on your own two feet happening July 25. Or settle in for a Sip & Dip Paint Night with Painted Pieces.
In addition to all the hot eats at the restaurants andfarms and markets, County chefs and food-lovers often think outside the box with special food-related experiences and events. In July, look forward to Table-at-the-Farm Harvest Dinner – an on-farm experience of great food and sustainability. BYO bowl, cutlery, plate, glass and bevy.
Looking for a wine + fibre fusion for the #knitnerd in your family? Tag along on the Woolie Wine Tour, July 18.
It’s a win/win this month as you can support a couple of great causes while getting down in nature fill. The Birds and Bees Fundraiser for Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory is a nature oriented, family-friendly event and Pedal for Parkinsons in PEC is a three-day charity bike ride with 100% of donations going to Parkinson’s Disease research.