Summer Arts Scene in Prince Edward County🎨🎼🎭
The County’s creativity is in full bloom during the warmer months, so take a break from the beach and check out one of the many performances or exhibitions taking place in our own back yard. There really is something for everyone in The County’s art scene!
Take a stroll and explore the galleries of Picton during the Picton Art Crawl, taking place from 5 to 8 PM on June 27, July 25, August 22 and September 26.
Discover the boundless creativity of our fine artists and artisans along the Arts Trail. Use the Arts Trail guide and map to navigate your way between galleries and studios. While you’re driving around, keep your eyes peeled for the countless colourful barn quilts that can be spotted along the PEC Barn Quilt Trail.
The PEC Studio Tour celebrates its 26th year and runs September 20 to 22. With 47 artists in 31 locations throughout The County you’ll discover paintings in every medium, as well as photography, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, fine furniture design, fibre art, tapestry, ceramics, and more. Meet the artists in their natural habitat!
Love live music in an intimate setting? You’re spoiled for choice in Prince Edward County, with so many venues that regularly host live music, including The Acoustic Grill, The County Canteen, Stache on Main, The Hayloft Dance Hall and The Barley Room at The Waring House. Why not hop on stage yourself at Bloomfield’s Quarter Moon Coffee House? This legendary open mic night at Baxter Arts Centre runs from 7 to 10 PM on June 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22 and September 12 & 26.
Comedy Country brings the laughs all summer long with their annual comedy series. Catch Stand-up Comedy at 555 Brewery on July 26, followed by Sex T-Rex on August 17 performing ‘Watch Out Wildkat’, a hilarious and loving stand up of the Western genre, performed at Athol Rec Centre. Opening for Sex T-Rex are our favourite local yokels, The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe: Taste That!; you can also catch Taste That the first Friday of every month in the back room of Gus’s Family Restaurantand on July 11 at Whose Wine is it Anyway? at Karlo Estates. Rounding out the Comedy Country season on September 21st, catch Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza, a queer-forward original sketch comedy revue at the Regent Theatre.
Speaking of The Regent Theatre, in addition to hosting film screenings and live via satellite broadcasts, this historic theatre presents live performances all summer long. Of note is this summer’s concert by Dan Mangan on August 24. Managan is a two-time Juno Award-winning indie rock and folk musician; opening for him will be local favourite Jeremie Albino.
(And hey, we know the art of the summer blockbuster is debatable, but the Mustang Drive-In is a performance all its own, with a retro snack stand, its awesome playground and the, um, musical way guests are invited to welcome the opening credits!)
Festival Playershas been the region’s professional theatre company for more than ten years. Opening their season is Outside Mullingar, a lyrical misfit-romance full of gallows humour, wit and wonder, running from July 9 to 21. The Script Tease Project runs for two nights only, July 26 and 27; provided with just the first two pages of an original play, the two performers will read the pages for the first time live in front of the audience and then improvise the rest! Every Brilliant Thing is a one-of-a-kind, interactive theatrical event, starring renowned actor and comedian, Gavin Crawford, and runs from August 3 to 17.
Festival Players is also presenting Wellington Water Week from August 17 to 25. Programming highlights include chamber, choral, pop and live film music and community-driven events, featuring Sarah Slean, Opus 8, Bryan Cheng, Dominic Desautels, Danika Lorèn and many more.
2019 marksMusic at Port Milford’s 33rd season of bringing together promising 12-18 year-olds with a passion for chamber music in an internationally-renowned faculty to create an inspiring summer music experience. Performances take place July 27 through August 17.
The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival returns from August 13 to 18. Having gained the reputation of a true jazz-lover’s festival, it features everything from Dixieland classic to cutting-edge modern jazz and everything in between, in a variety of locations around the County.
The Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival takes place September 7 through 22 and showcases internationally-acclaimed artists in a stimulating program of a broad spectrum of classical music.
September 14 sees the return of the annual Sandbanks Music Festival, a music, family and food event at the Sandbanks Provincial Park Outlet Beach Stage. This year’s headliner is The Grapes of Wrath.
Have little ones in tow? You may want to tell them about PEC Rocks – a County-wide scavenger hunt of painted rocks! Paint a rock yourself and leave it in public for someone to find; if you find one, take a photo and post it in the PEC Rocks Facebook group. You can keep the rock or hide it again for someone else to find!
You might also want to check out Kid’s Fun Day at The Local Store. Wishing to engage young people with the arts and to raise funds to support art programs in local schools, PEC Studio Tour artists are organizing a fun afternoon of art activities for kids of all ages on July 13 from 1 to 4 PM.
If you’ve got a junior artist on your hands, why not sign them up for a Kids Art Camp at Baxter Arts Centre? There are three different five-day programs designed to build creative confidence in children ages 7 to 10. Portraiture Camp runs from July 15 to 19, Landscape Camp from July 29 to August 2, and Still Life Camp from August 12 to 16.