52nd Annual Migration Festival Kicks Off Thursday

Wednesday October 13th, 2021

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The 52nd annual Migration Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 14th, 2021. This four-day event offers something for the whole family while encouraging the exploration of all Kingsville has to offer.

This year, the festival offers a very special new event, the Guided Walk and Roll Series. The Migration Festival offers several tours throughout the weekend, both guided and self-guided. The committee chose each topic to showcase Kingsville’s unique history, and each walk was made possible by our dedicated local historians. These walks are FREE to attend.

“Kingsville was a great place to grow up in. Remembering great times and great places gives the opportunity to cherish the past as we prepare for the future. It was nice to be asked by the Festival committee to share some memories with a walk,” Deputy Mayor Gord Queen.

Other walks focus on Hiram Walker and Mettawas, a Historic Homes Tour, Jack Miner Sanctuary Tour, a Nature Stroll Through Kennedy Woods, and two different bike tours.

Opening ceremonies kick off at 6pm at Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre with comments from dignitaries, barbeque, an art display from The Great Migration Paint Out participants, and live music.

On Friday, October 15th at 6pm, a Sacred Fire Ceremony will be performed by Caldwell First Nations hosted at Carnegie Arts & Visitor Centre.

On Saturday, October 16th, the Migration Festival has events from 11am to 4pm in Kingsville’s downtown, including a marketplace at Lakeside Park and Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre, live painting all around town, children’s activities at Carnegie Centre and Lions Park, guided tours of the town and much more.

On Sunday, October 17th, see the final results of the Great Migration Paint out at Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre starting at noon. The marketplace and guided walk series also continue.

The Kingsville Military Museum will have its grand opening on Saturday, October 16th, at 11am. Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary will be hosting events from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

“The committee has worked tirelessly to provide a family-friendly festival that everyone can enjoy while staying safe,” said Migration Festival Committee Co-chair and Councillor Laura Lucier. “We are excited to offer so many events and activities for people to come out and celebrate Kingsville’s heritage and experience the best of our amazing community.”

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