Kincardine long weekend events

The first holiday weekend of summer is here! Kincardine is ready to welcome residents and visitors to their lakeside downtown for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

“We’re excited to kick things off with great events and invite everyone to come out and enjoy,” says Lorie Fioze, Manager of Strategic Initiatives.

The weekend starts off Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the grand opening of the new Welcome Centre at 707 Queen Street in Kincardine. This family-friendly, casual event will have activities, prizes, visits with Blinky, and a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. The new space will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this summer.

Sunday, you can see artistry in action at the bottom of Harbour Street. The creation of two crosswalk paintings will start at 10 a.m. The work is part of the ongoing journey to reconciliation as well as a representation of the community’s actions supporting and celebrating inclusion.

Artist Jeffrey (Red) George (Ma-Mi-No-ga-boo) will be onsite creating original artwork for an Indigenous ground mural. The second painting will be a Pride flag crosswalk illustrated by volunteers from the community.

“These painting symbolize our community’s commitment to being a safe and welcoming place, as well as inspiring action towards reconciliation,” says Fioze. “It’s a really positive way to start summer.”

The weekend fun continues with the return of an annual favourite on Monday: Market in the Park. Running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Connaught Park at 133 Broadway Street, over 65 vendors are showcasing their wares.

Kathryn Bruce, Tourism Coordinator, is excited by the variety. “Our vendors are bringing a great selection to the new location in Connaught Park. From locally grown produce to foods, eco-friendly items to antiques and collectibles, there’s really something for everyone.”

Even with the Downtown Dig causing disruption this year, businesses are open with sidewalks open and additional crossings in place to make it easier to get around this holiday weekend.

“Everyone, from businesses to event planners, have adapted to make sure the summer is going to still be fabulous. We’re ready to welcome everyone because it’s all here,” enthuses Fioze. Explore this year’s events and plan your summer in Kincardine by visiting www.kincardine.ca/Events.