10 Things to do in Prince Edward County in August 🥾 🏕️
Whew, it’s the dog days of summer now. Stretch out in the hammock, or get out to enjoy a concert, tour, talk, performance or puzzle! We’ve got it all this month.
Step back – way back – in time
Drive around The County and you’ll get a sense of the deep Loyalist roots, but you can also hear all about it on a walking tour of Picton (10-11.30 a.m., Fri, Sat and Sun), visiting a County History Night at the County Cider Company or tagging along on the hugely popular Graveyard & Gallows tour (Fri and Sat at 6.30 p.m.).
Or, check out author Dan Buchanan’s talk on the ripping adventure captured in his new book, 38 Hours to Montreal, on August 10 at Mariners Museum. Or stop into the North Marysburgh Town Hall for the fish fry in support of Rose House Museum, also August 10.
Escape to The County
For a more interactive historical experience, try Escape Macaulay House or the about-to-open Escape Camp Picton, a new adventure at the visually brilliant Loch Sloy! We’ve gone mad for puzzles in Picton – you can even try to Escape the Library (select dates; 5.30 and 7 p.m.).
Harvest a handful of summertime faves
August brings sweet corn, blueberries, beans, cauliflower, beets, cabbage, bell peppers and more. Get your hands dirty at Pick-Your-Own favourites, from fruits and veg at Campbell’s Orchards to blueberries and more in Waupoos.
Waggle Those Hips!
Waupoos gets its hips going with the annual Elvis Fest, where you can hear “The King” – or a reasonable facsimile of – croon under the tent at the Waupoos Winery on August 2-3.
Keep the beat going with Prince Edward County Jazz Fest, featuring the likes of Jane Bunnet & Maqueque; Jodi Proznick; Robi Botos and The Brian Barlow Big Band.
Wellington Water Week is a celebration of the blue stuff that surrounds us, with an incredible line-up of innovative concerts: there’s a cabaret, a Harpsic*HORROR*d show hearkening back to the silent movie era, a moveable feast of music and edibles (not those kind of “edibles!” The amazing bites of Chef Chris Byrne), plus a singalong with Sarah Slean and Johannes Deb, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company. Runs August 17-25.
Try Something New
From August 2-17, Gavin Crawford steps onto the Festival Players stage for “Every Brilliant Thing,” a one-of-a-kind, interactive theatrical event. Crawford’s character comes from a family with a history of mental illness and, as a coping strategy, he develops a list of everything he loves. The audience helps build this list – and even steps in to play a few characters who’ve made the cut.
For a single day event, Ontario Fermentation Fest sure packs in a lot! On August 3, sign up for a workshop: learn how to up your tea game; create sophisticated and refreshing botanical beverages; or how to taste the fermentation technique used in County wines. Or nip into a quick demo on kombucha flavouring, ginger beer, baking with sourdough or fermenting pickles. Fermentation celeb Sandor Katz is the main draw – and he’s even leading a session on sauerkraut. All that plus yoga, kids activities and a huge whack of vendors with all your favourite fizzes and ferments.
Explore space without leaving your seat. The Regent Theatre plays host to Tom Vassos, author of The Ultimate Guided Tour of the Universe, who will spin viewers out into the cosmos on August 8 at The Inspiring Universe Experience, bringing them up close to planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and black holes. Funny, insightful and thought-provoking, you’ll learn a little something too! (Be sure to visit the Meteorite Petting Zoo as well…)
Try Small Town Living
What’s it like to live in a place like Star’s Hollow? Give it a try on August 3, at Consecon Community Day. This hamlet in The County’s west end celebrates itself with lawn games, an outdoor market, “Art on the Lawn,” yard sales, baked goods, a balloon artist, hot dogs, Bee Box painting party and the community banner competition. Cap the night off with a pig roast at the Consecon Legion and a licensed street dance on the town’s main corner.
Find Your Gaggle
Beer drinker? Find your gang drinking up at Loch Sloy, for the second installment of the True North Beer Festival, on August 10. The day features more than 75 brews & bevies by small-town makers from across Ontario, plus craft cider, a gin bar, epic local eats and… Prosecco.
Bendy? Your fellow yogis are likely getting stretched at the Full Moon Yoga Fest, also in its second year. August 17 is a full day (and into the night) of yoga, music, food and good vibes on the lawn of the Sand & Pearl Restaurant.
Artsy? End the month with a trip down Rednersville Road, for the Art Tour that begins August 30. The tour features sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, fibre artists, quilting, wrapped wire, mosaics makers, basket-weavers and rug hookers, all of it made on the winding, bucolic road that hugs The County’s side of the Bay of Quinte.
Murderous? Well, why not kill your darlings? [Editorspeak for deleting the purplest of prose.] Work out those urges with your fellow scribes and crime fiction fans at the Women Killing It Writers’ Festival. Speed date with a crime writer, go for tea and yummy treats with local mystery writers, take a spooky graveyard tour with authors while they regale you with tales of tragic shootings, perils of online dating and the gritty streets of Kingston. Workshops, readings and more. Starts August 30.