February is just around the corner so Downtown Kingston! is gearing up for its 11th annual winter celebration, Feb Fest!
This year the festival will begin on Thursday, February 5th and continue through to Sunday February 8th so grab your scarf and mitts and come downtown for great winter fun!
Construction on the Snow Maze and Ice Slide in Confederation Park will begin at the end of January and continue until just before the opening of the festival.
We are hopeful that Mother Nature will continue to cooperate and lots more fluffy white stuff will be available for the snow maze, ice slide and the Snow Sculpture Competition which will begin at noon on Thursday February 5th – Queen’s University, St Lawrence College and RMC engineering students compete for the coveted “Golden Shovel” award.
Kicking off Feb Fest will be a short Opening Ceremony just before noon, February 5th, on the ice with the Mayor and Town Crier.
Thursday will bring with it lots of public skating and fun at the Winter Park.
Back by popular demand this year is the Maple Candy Station. Come on down and watch the candies get made and have a (free) taste for yourself! The station will be open all weekend long from 12pm through 3pm.
Thursday continues with an exciting game at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. Be there to see Queen’s University and RMC compete in one of the world’s oldest hockey rivalries at the Carr-Harris Cup! Tickets are only $10 and available at K-Rock Centre, Invista Centre and Queen’s ARC. Game time is 7:30pm.
Friday night enjoy live music from some of Kingston’s best bands on the Market Street Stage while you skate. If you’d prefer to head indoors, the Fronts will be challenging the Belleville Bulls at the Rogers K-Rock Centre – come out and support our team!
Hockey Day in Kingston will make for a busy Saturday! Watch Kingston’s finest up-andcomers from the Church Athletic League and Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association as they hit the ice for friendly exhibition games – games will take place from 10am – 2pm.
The Vee’s will take to the ice at 2:30pm so come on down, watch them scrimmage and skate with them. Don’t forget to drop by to meet our hockey ambassador, Guy Carbonneau, alumni of the Montreal Canadiens, in Springer Market Square Saturday 12pm-1pm & 2pm-3pm.
Saturday evening the annual Historic Hockey Series takes place at 7pm. In its 47th year, RMC, Queen’s and CFB Petawawa will vie for the trophy using original equipment (or lack thereof) and a square puck!Sunday get ready to feel the freeze at the Polar Plunge in support of the Special Olympics!
Brave souls will once again take to the icy waters of Lake Ontario at Crawford Dock at 11:00am. After, be sure to head to Springer Market Square for Imagination on Ice starring multiple World Champion, Canadian Champion and Olympic Medalist, Canadian Patrick Chan!!
And Sunday, you will also have a chance to skate with your favourite Frontenacs at 3pm to close out the festival.
All of this plus wagon rides, public skating, beavertails and more! See attached schedule for a list of everything happening at Feb Fest.
And, don’t forget to check out Toast to Tapas – many downtown restaurants will be offering a local tapas paired with local beer or wine – for just $9.95 from 3-6pm each day of the festival.
Founded by a volunteer committee led by Kirk Muller, Downtown Kingston! BIA, Kingston Accommodation Partners, KEDCO, Queen’s University and the City of Kingston, Feb Fest is a free event open to everyone to see the best of what a Kingston winter has to offer.
Our generous sponsors this year include City of Kingston, Kingston Accommodation Partners, Cruickshank Construction, Tim Hortons, Frontenac Club Inn, Flyermail, Atomica, Le Chien Noir, Harper’s Burger Bar, Dianne’s and Four Points by Sheraton Kingston, with media sponsors K-Rock 105.7, Country 93.5, KISS 102.7, 98.3 FLY FM, 98.9 The Drive, FM 96, Hits 104.3, CKWS Television, Kingston This Week, Kingston Life, The Kingston Whig Standard and The Kingston EMC.
Feb Fest is a produced by the Downtown Kingston! BIA. Downtown Kingston! BIA is an association comprised of, and funded by 700+ downtown businesses. The association is dedicated to the maintenance and promotion of a vibrant and healthy downtown.
For more information visit the Feb Fest website
Release source: DowntownKingston.ca