52nd Annual Migration Festival Begins Thursday, October 14, 2021

Posted On Tuesday October 12, 2021
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An artist paints a boat at the dock

The 52nd annual Migration Festival welcomes the community to celebrate migration, heritage, nature conservation, and Jack Miner.

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.

Deputy Mayor Gord Queen will be one of the guides for these tours, sharing his many memories of Kingsville’s downtown.

“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,” said 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.

The 52nd Migration Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 14, at 6 p.m. Our opening ceremonies are 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 15 at 6 p.m., join us for a Sacred Fire Ceremony performed by Caldwell First Nations hosted at Carnegie Arts & Visitor Centre.

On Saturday, October 16, the Migration Festival has events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 17, see the final results of the Great Migration Paint out at Grovedale Arts and Culture Centre starting at noon. Our marketplace and guided walk series also continue.

The Migration Festival is a community tradition, and Kingsville is alive, with many other organizations and businesses hosting events in tandem. The Kingsville Military Museum will have its grand opening on Saturday, October 16, at 11 a.m. Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary will be hosting events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17.

“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.”

Follow our latest updates on our Facebook page or our website at www.migrationfestival.ca.