Things to do in and around Gananoque July 2024

With the days longer and the sun stronger, you may be eager to get outdoors and make the most out of the summer season. 

To help you with that, we spent some time looking for low-cost and free family-friendly events in the Gananoque area throughout July — take a look:

LIVE MUSIC AT PISTACHIO CAFE

Hayley Miller and father. Photo via her Facebook page “Owlehh”

For the third year in a row, Gananoque’s own singer-songwriter Hayley Miller will be performing live music alongside her father Gary Miller at the Pistachio Cafe patio. There will be two separate shows throughout Saturday, July 20th, 2024 – the first at 3:00 pm and the second at 6:00 pm. According to the town of Gananoque, the event is free for all patio customers and any donations accumulated will be going towards the Gananoque and District Humane Society.

The Pistachio Cafe offers house-made gelato, soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods, as well as hot and cold espresso drinks. The licensed patio bar sells local craft beers, wine, sangria, and canned cocktails. 

THE ANNUAL BOAT SHOW & DECK TOURS

The Thousand Islands Boat Museum. Photo via TIMB facebook page.

The Thousand Islands Boat Museum (TIBM) 9th Annual Boat Show is back and better than ever on Saturday, July 13th, 2024. Everyone is invited to come check out a unique display of antique boats sitting proudly on the St. Lawrence River and partake in free deck tours of the tall ship Faure Jeanne, as well as the Windswept III and Washingtonian! The first event starts at 11:00 am and the second kicks off at 3:00 pm.

Local musicians Scott and Kate Live will be performing at the event and delicious and healthy snacks will be on-site thanks to the Hungry Herbivore food truck. 

THOUSAND ISLANDS FINE ART ASSOCIATION

On Saturday, July 20th, 2024 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 21st, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, The Thousand Islands Fine Art Association (TIFAA) is holding their 42nd annual show and art sale at the Rockport Recreation Centre. The show is located at 1000 Islands Parkway and with free admission, anyone in the community can attend. The event aims to showcase pieces by talented artists and explore how the beauty of the 1000 Islands Region inspired their work.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME IN FRENCH & ENGLISH

The Gananoque Public Library, as part of the TD Summer Reading Club, is hosting an outdoor reading of both French and English stories in the Town Park. The readings will take place between 10:00-10:30 am on Saturday, July 26th, 2024 and all ages of children are welcome!

WATERFRONT CONCERTS AT JOEL STONE PARK

On Friday, July 26, 2024, from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM, country and rock music lovers will want to head to Joel Stone Park for a waterfront concert. This event will feature live music by the Jaycee King Duo and musician Erica Brighthill.

Jaycee King performing. Photo via Jaycee King facebook 

The second waterfront concert will take place on Saturday, July 27th, 2024 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This concert will offer a different experience, highlighting the blues/rock music of the Fredy Carriere and Andy Ferraton Duo, followed by indie pop artist Jessy Lindsay.

These performances are part of the 3rd annual ‘Le FestivILES’, a special weekend lineup hosted by the town of Gananoque to celebrate French culture, music, and arts in the 1000 Islands Region. 

CRAFT MARKET WITH FRENCH MUSIC AND VENDORS

Le FestivILES stage. Photo via Le FestivILES facebook page.

As part of the ‘Le FestivILES’ celebrations, Gananoque residents can browse a variety of French vendor stalls while enjoying French music at the upcoming Craft Market. The Market will be held in Town Park on Sunday, July 28th, 2024 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

LIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCE OF “TARTUFFE”

Theatre lovers will be thrilled to hear that the town of Gananoque is putting on a free live performance of Molière’s “Tartuffe” in Confederation Park. The show will be ongoing between 3:00 – 4:30 pm on Sunday, July 28th, 2024.  “Tartuffe” is a theatrical comedic classic by French playwright Molière that was first performed in 1664. 

Please note that many of these events have been specified as weather-dependent.

Know of any other events or happenings going on this July? Leave them in the comments!


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