There’s always something to do in the Quinte area and Prince Edward County, and the May long weekend is no exception. Whether you’re into crafts, music, art, or just plain old family fun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Victoria Day unofficially kicks off summer, and it’s a great time to explore the Quinte region and embrace all it has to offer with special events and activities galore!

The Quinte West Fest

The City of Quinte West will provide fun for the family in Frankford on Saturday, May 18th. Head to the Frankford Tourist Park at 5 pm for an assortment of entertainment, including live music from DJ Leo and The River Valley Riders, fireworks, an outdoor movie, and a rubber ducky hunt! That’s right, a rubber ducky hunt. There will be 100 rubber duckies hidden in the park to be found in exchange for great prizes. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 pm, followed by a screening of the 2023 animated comedy/adventure film Migration. It will be a great evening of family fun!

Dare to be Crafty Vendor Show

The Quinte area is brimming with local talent, and you can find more than 30 of the craftiest vendors at the Dare to be Crafty Vendor Show on Sunday, May 19th, at the Masonic Hall (132 Foster Ave) in Belleville.

There will be all sorts of great homemade creations to pick through, as well as a silent auction table with multiple items up for bids. Donations will also be collected from those with non-perishable food items to spare for the local food bank. Admission is free for all. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available, and you can enter your name in a draw for a door prize. The doors open at 10 am, and the first 15 customers will receive a free swag bag of surprise treasures!

Homestead Adventure Park

Do you know about Trenton’s Homestead Marketplace yet? Just south of Highway 401 at the Glen Miller Road exit is Homestead Marketplace, a brand-new 18-acre facility bringing together multiple businesses, restaurants, and entertainment. It’s a destination for families to come together to shop, eat, and play and represents a terrific investment in Trenton’s commercial and community growth.

The Homestead Adventure Park is the keystone, and guess what? It opened last weekend. The Adventure Park is a fantastic hub of entertainment with 18 holes of mini golf, a high ropes action course with 16 different suspended rope challenges, remote control boats, and sweet treats from Trenton’s first BeaverTails location. There’s also an observation deck replete with Adirondack seating for those who just want to relax and watch the family fun unfold.

Season Launch – Rhonda Nolan Art

Speaking of local talent, established artist Rhonda Nolan opens her doors for the season with a special launch from 11 am to 5 pm, starting May 17th through May 20th. Rhonda’s contemporary art is bold, expressive, and heartfelt, and she’s unveiling new works in several mediums, including paintings and sculptures. She will also host a featured special guest, Patricia Nolan-Ashley, who will present illustrated adventures from childhood. Visit 14 Duncan St in Bloomfield to support a wonderful local artist!

The Secret Beach Live at Parsons Brewing Company

There aren’t many things better than some great craft beer with live tunes in Prince Edward County.

Nothing says summer in Ontario quite like it, and Parsons Brewing Company (876 County Rd 49) does it right. Bring the family for a delicious dinner accompanied by musicians The Secret Beach on Sunday, May 19th at 5 pm. Admission is only $10, and kids under 16 get in free. Good beer, good food, and good vibes are guaranteed.

No matter how you choose to spend the long weekend, the Quinte area and Prince Edward County have options to cater to every taste. 

The Quinte Living team wishes you joy, relaxation, and fun this Victoria Day! We’ve always got recommendations for where to go and what to do across the Quinte region, so reach out to us any time for more local insights.

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