5 Reasons to Check out Kingston’s FebFest
Whether you're a new resident in Kingston, or looking to take a mini "staycation", Downtown Kingston’s winter carnival FebFest is back, and organizers have managed to jam each of the four days of the festival with more cool attractions than ever before. From ice slides and public skating to snow sculpture competitions, live music and a polar plunge, this year’s festival has something for everyone.
1. Historic Hockey
One of the key features of every FebFest is its honoring of hockey’s roots. On Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogers K-Rock Centre, the Carr-Harris Cup will be up for grabs once again. This annual hockey match pits the Queen’s and RMC hockey teams against each other for one of the most heated rivalries in the game today (tickets are $10). On Saturday at 7 p.m. head down to Springer Market Square to watch as RMC defends their title in the 47th Annual Historic Hockey Series, a celebration of the first game played in Kingston in 1886 (Free). Hockey legend Guy Carbonneau will also be at Springer Market Square on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to sign autographs.
2. Public Skating
FebFest isn’t just about being a spectator, of course. Dust off those old skates and head downtown for free public skating every day of the festival at Springer Market Square, one of the most beautiful settings in all of Canada! Times include Thursday: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. And don’t forget, on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can skate with the Kingston Frontenacs.
3. Free Live Music
Another great reason to check out FebFest this year is the lineup of fantastic local bands playing the Market Street Stage. And other than the music itself, the best part about these outdoor concerts is that they’re FREE and you don’t even have to stop skating!
4. Imagination on Ice
If figure skating is more to your liking than hockey, don’t worry—FebFest has you covered with Imagination on Ice, the festival’s annual figure skating showcase at Springer Market Square. It happens on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. and features Patrick Chan.
All of that skating, grooving and jaw-dropping might leave you a little hungry. If you just need a sugar kick, head to Confederation Park on any day of the festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for maple candy demonstrations and tastings. If you need something more substantial and want to warm up at the same time, some of your favorite downtown restaurants will be featuring an appetizer (made using locally sourced ingredients) and beverage pairing for only $9.95!
See you there!