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Kempenfest 50th Celebration
July 29, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - August 1, 2022 @ 10:00 pm
Kempenfest is one of Ontario’s biggest and best waterfront festivals with nearly 500 exhibits.
While the event started in 1971, it didn’t move downtown until 1975. Today, it takes over 2 kms of the Kempenfelt shoreline for 3 days every summer.
One of the major draws for Kempenfest is the art & crafts vendors with over 350 artisans and craftspeople. The market includes handmade wares, products from the kitchen, and innovative new products not yet sold at retail.
The festival also has over 15 food vendors and 40 antique exhibitors from across Ontario. The annual antique show is almost as big a draw as the arts & crafts. But at this show the vendors can’t sell reproductions. Only antique, vintage and collectible items are allowed.
Kempenfest also features live music from local bands and top Canadian talent. Saturday and Sunday during the day you can take in free shows at one of two stages. At night and on Monday afternoon, the main stage hosts ticketed shows. This year, Sheepdogs, Death From Above and more will be playing at the OLG Main Stage.
Another popular draw for Kempenfest is the Turkey Farmers’ Kids Village fully equipped with the KOOL FM Stage. This is one of the festival’s newest attractions. The village offers:
- Live performances at the Kool FM Stage
- Interactive games and activities
- Face painting (for a fee)
- Art stations for kids
- And more
Families can also enjoy fun games and rides on the midway.