6 road trip ideas for this weekend—from music in Perth to fast cars in Quinte!

From a massive music festival in Perth to a cavalcade of comedians in Montreal, there’s so much happening this weekend that I could barely squeeze it all in! Rev up those engines; it’s a great summer weekend to hit the road. Here are just a few of the events on the calendar.

Stewart Park Festival, Perth

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this three-day extravaganza (July 17 to 19) in Perth’s scenic Stewart Park is one of Lanark County’s biggest events. This year it features 99 performing artists, as well as artisans and food vendors, children’s shows, and workshops for the whole family. In fact, the action spreads beyond the park to the rest of downtown Perth, where you can enjoy a giant sidewalk sale, live music at several restaurants, and a beer garden and country jamboree at the Crystal Palace. And—get this—admission to the festival is free (although donations are gratefully accepted).

Almonte Fair

With a midway, sheep shearing demonstrations, agricultural exhibits, a demolition derby, pony rides, concerts, cook-offs and much more, the 157th annual Almonte Fair is a classic country fair with all the trimmings (July 17 to 19).

Kick and Push Festival, Kingston


The Limestone City’s newest event, the Kick and Push Festival (July 15 to August 15) features a wide range of productions from six local theatre companies. Many of the shows have some sort of unusual twist; AutoShow, for instance, takes place in and around seven cars in Springer Market Square; for performances of A Chorus Line, you can buy a special ticket that lets you get up on stage with the actors for the first few numbers. On top of all that, the promo video (above) reminds me of an eerie European art film. What’s not to like?

Bay of Quinte Grand Prix, Shannonville and Belleville

OK, I’ll admit it: What I know about auto racing could fit on the head of a very small pin. But if fast cars are your thing, the inaugural Bay of Quinte Grand Prix at Shannonville Motorsport Park (July 18 to 19) looks like the place to be this weekend, with more than 120 race cars, seven classes of competition, food trucks and a car show.

Savour Ottawa Tables

Photo courtesy of the Faimont Chateau Laurier.

Photo courtesy of the Faimont Chateau Laurier.

Six local restaurants and caterers are participating in this six-week celebration (July 15 to August 30), which highlights local food producers. Check the website to see what’s on offer; some places have developed prix fixe menus, while others are running special events. Participants include the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, The Albion Rooms and Thyme & Again.

Just for Laughs Festival, Montreal

This weekend, you can catch the middle of this huge comedy fest (July 8 to 28). And if you can’t make it this weekend, some major names are coming to the final week of the festival, including Neil Patrick Harris, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah and—who knew he was a comedian?—Sir Patrick Stewart.

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7 Responses to 6 road trip ideas for this weekend—from music in Perth to fast cars in Quinte!

  1. Glenn July 14, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    Great ideas and tips Laura. Thanks for putting all this together. Keep up the good work.

  2. Sandy Irvin July 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Laura –

    Thanks so much for the plug! We’re all ready for a great Festival, I’m just hoping my weather order goes through :).

    • Laura Byrne Paquet July 14, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      I hope the weather cooperates for you! It looks like a great lineup of performers and activities.

  3. Puddington, Alice July 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Head to Pakenham this Saturday. Check out Cartwright Springs (Deer Run Rd) a fine new micro brewery, located just outside of Pakenham. They are teaming up with Fairwinds B&B Guest House (Barr Side Rd) and holding an open house all day Saturday the 18th. Tour a gorgeous, modern B&B and the grounds and then go to Cartwright Springs to sample special beer and see their set up. Andre says it is the spring water on his property that makes the beer taste so amazingly great.

  4. Kari Clarke July 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    Thank you for mentioning The Stewart Park Festival. We have 120 volunteers and 99 musicians dedicated to putting on a great show this weekend.

    • Laura Byrne Paquet July 14, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

      You’re most welcome, Kari! It looks like a fun event!

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