County Events

3rd Annual Rotary Lilac Ride

May 29, 2016 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join us for our 3rd annual cycling event in support of Literacy in Prince Edward County.  This event features three marked courses (27 km, 57 km, 100 km) and will take riders on some of Prince Edward County's most beautiful cycling routes including Big Island and Green Point.  All routes will Start and Finish in Picton at the Prince Edward Community Centre Rotary Hall.  Refreshments will be available at all route check points and a Post Ride BBQ will be provided.   


Early Bird (Before May 9th, 2016) - $40

After May 9th - $50

For Online Registration & Event Information :

Event Day Registration - Cash Only

A Charity Tax Receipt for approx. 50% of registration fee available


Event Day

Registration & check-in at the Prince Edward County Community Centre Rotary Hall

375 Main Street, Picton: 7:30 am

100 km Route Start: 9:00 am

57 km Route Start: 9:30 am

27 km Route Start: 10:00 am

Post Ride BBQ: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


This is NOT a Closed Course Event.  All rules of the road will apply.

Email - James Barkman -






QEMA Music Night

June 01, 2016 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

QEMA is hosting a Music Night at the Wellington Town Hall. There are snacks and a 50/50 draw on site.  The Stockdale Group performing.

Admission is free but donations will be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

All the donations will benefit QEMA.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival

June 04, 2016 11:00 am to June 05, 2016 4:00 pm


Like cheese? You will love #TGCCF!

There is no other place in Canada where you can sample so many different Canadian cheeses and purchase them at direct-from-producer prices than The Great Canadian Cheese Festival.

If you like cheese, you will love the sixth edition of #TGCCF—now the biggest artisan cheese show in North America—on June 4-5, 2016, at Picton Fairgrounds in the heart of Ontario’s Prince Edward County, just south of Belleville in Bay of Quinte Region, near spectacular Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. With more than 500 foods and beverages to taste and buy, one day will not be enough, so make a weekend of it!

Value-added admission features:

  • Express access to more than 130 exhibitors and vendors
  • Get to know outstanding Canadian cheesemakers face-to-face
  • More than 500 foods and beverages for sampling and purchase
  • Tokens no longer needed. Exhibitors and vendors generally offer samples for free, or occasionally request a nominal fee.
  • Festival tote bag for your purchases
  • Glass for sampling wine, beer and cider (19+)
  • Informative cheese seminars presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Dairy farm animals and displays
  • Food court
  • Live music
  • Plus FREE parking.

The best value in admission is the two-day pass for $75. A one-day pass is $50. One day simply isn't enough for all the cheese and artisan foods to sample. Special pricing for seniors and groups. Children 15 and younger admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Click here to order tickets online. For tickets for groups of 10 or more, click here.

For additional information or  assistance, email or telephone 1.866.865.2628.

There is so much to do at the Cheese Festival—and in Prince Edward County—that you'll want to make a weekend of it. For information on accommodations, click here.


Hospice Prince Edward - Shred A Thon!

June 04, 2016 9 am to 2 pm

Shred a Thon for Hospice Prince Edward

Sponsored by:

Mark Your Calendars Hospice Prince Edward Shred-a-thon, generously sponsored by Iron Mountain Shredding Company, and hosted by our friends and Emily and Andrew's No Frills, is happening on Saturday, June 4, from 9 am till 2 PM, in the parking lot at  No Frills, 13311 Loyalist Parkway, Picton (see map below)


Only $10 per banker's box.Charitable receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.


For more information email or call 613 645-4040, ext. 205.

QEMA Music Night

June 15, 2016 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

QEMA is hosting a Music Night at the Wellington Town Hall.  There are snacks and a 50/50 draw on site.  Terry Spilchen and Friends are performing. 

Admission is free but we greatly appreciate donations. All the donations will benefit QEMA.  

QEMA Treats and Treasures Craft Show

June 18, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Treats and Treasures Craft Show will be taking place at the Bloomfield Town Hall. Doors open at 9:30 and the craft show runs until 4:30. There are always a wide variety of artisanal crafts, unique treasures and delicious treats.  

QEMA fundraiser.

Two Days About Yesterday

June 18, 2016 10 am to June 19, 2016 3:30 pm


On Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th, 2016, the Prince Edward Historical Society is presenting ‘Two Days About Yesterday’, a two day public exposition to promote the history and heritage of Prince Edward County and the Quinte Region. This is a not for profit event and sponsors include the Municipality of Prince Edward County, ERA Architects and History Live Here Inc.   ‘Two Days About Yesterday’ involves guided tours of local heritage sites; audio/video presentations by history and heritage experts; and a ‘trade show’ at the Wellington Community Centre’s Highline Hall where visitors can visit the booths of companies and organizations involved in the promotion and preservation of history and heritage. Other highlights include volunteers dressed in heritage and period costumes who will greet visitors and answer questions, and heritage?style refreshments will be available to sample.

Saturday, June 18th

For the first time, a broad range of local companies and organizations involved in history and heritage – both commercial and not for profit — will have the opportunity to exhibit their products or services, promote memberships and explain their organizations’ activities to the general public. Booth spaces are available to exhibitors for $100 on a first come, first served basis. Public admission is expected to be a reasonable $5.00 per person and members of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be admitted free of charge. Visitors will also have the opportunity to buy tickets for Sunday’s tours of heritage sites. In addition to the exhibits, ‘Two Days About Yesterday’ will feature presentations by local authors or experts in their fields, including Ian Robertson, Krista Richardson, Ernie Margetson and Marc Seguin. The full schedule of speakers will be announced soon.  

Sunday, June 19th

Visitors may participate in organized off site tours to nearby heritage or historically significant attractions. Scheduled so far are tours of Glenwood Cemetery with live actors telling the stories of cemetery ‘residents’, and Camp Picton will be brought back to life by walking around the grounds and through the buildings of this famous landmark. Other tours will be announced shortly. Additional information is available at the event’s website at by email to, or by contacting Steve Ferguson, President of the Prince Edward Historical Society by telephone at 613.476.9104.

About the Prince Edward Historical Society: Founded in 1899, the Prince Edward Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, protect and promote the history and heritage of Prince Edward County. Additional information about  the  Society’s publications and its activities is available at our website at

Just Past the Pines

June 23, 2016 to June 26, 2016


Art in the County - Exhibition & Sale

June 24, 2016 to July 10, 2016


AITC Brushes

Photo by Terry Culbert

We’re celebrating the 23rd anniversary of Art in the County. This annual juried exhibition and sale showcases the artists of Prince Edward County. Once again, our event will take place in the Gallery upstairs at Books & Company, 289 Main Street, in Picton, Ontario, from Friday, June 24th to Sunday, July 10th. 2016.

The show is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM (until 5 PM on Sundays, and until 3 PM on July 10th). Admission is $3 for adults. Children age 12 and under are FREE.

Three Canadian art professionals select all of the items in the exhibition. Their mandate includes nominations for receipt of the five Jurors’ Choice Awards and the five Honorable Mention Awards. The exhibition unveils over 100 pieces, and award winners are announced on opening night.

In addition, organizers are delighted that renowned Canadian artist and sculptor, Otto Donald Rogers (Milford, ON), will select a winner for the Otto Rogers Award of Excellence from the juried works in the show. The People’s Choice Award is determined by visitors’ ballots and is presented at the close of the exhibition.

Come and see for yourself why Art in the County is considered the premier juried art exhibition in Eastern Ontario, and why Travel & Leisure Magazine named Prince Edward County as one of the Top 10 “Standout Destinations” in the world to travel to in 2015.

Prince Edward County Quilt Show 2016

July 09, 2016 10:00am to July 10, 2016 4:00pm




Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild
Welcomes you!



Quilt Show for 2016

Saturday July 9: 10am to 5pm and Sunday July 10: 10am to 4pm
at the Wellington & District Community Centre (Essroc Arena)

111 Belleville Street, Wellington, Ontario
Admission $6

The show will have quilts for sale, a quilt raffle. demonstrations, a café, a judged competition and more!

There will be free parking

Taste Community Grown

September 24, 2016

The region's premier food & wine market, TASTE community grown celebrates our culinary community from farm to table.  Join us this year and meet some of the region's finest chefs, winemakers, craft beer producers and farmers.  Sample the freshest locally-prepared food from top local chefs and artisan food producers along with locally-produced wine and beer.  Take home fresh produce of the season, one-of-a-kind products from our local farmers and VQA wines grown and produced in Prince Edward County.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit 

The Maker's Hand

November 04, 2016 to November 06, 2016

The Maker's Hand is a prestigious show and sale of works by eastern Ontario's finest artisans.  This don't-miss event will be held at the Picton Community Centre.


For more information, please visit

Wassail In The County

November 19, 2016 to December 04, 2016

Join Prince Edward County’s winemakers for mulled wines, comfort foods and festive good cheer

 Dates: Nov 19 & 20, Nov 26 & 27, Dec 3 & 4, 2016

Ontario’s most unique wine celebration, Wassail pays tribute to the age old tradition of celebrating the harvest before the arrival of winter. Merrymakers would travel from house to house singing, feasting and, of course, quenching their thirst with local grog.

In Prince Edward County, after harvest we rush to bury the vines to withstand the cold winter. Once the job is done, it’s time to party and everyone is invited!

During the last two weekends in November and the first weekend of December, this modern version of Wassail is a fun time to visit wineries and join in the festivities. Arrive singing a seasonal tune and be treated to free tastes of mulled wine, plus comfort foods and sweet treats! Cross wine-lovers off your list with gifts of wine or wine-related items, or shop for unique, local and handmade crafts and other gifts.

Check back later for details about participating wineries, bus tours, songbook & passport.

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