There’s a certain kind of magic that comes over the Island in the summer. Windows fly open, letting in the warm ocean breeze. The fields, water, and sky come alive with colour. And a buzz of summer activity can be felt around every corner! There’s an ever-growing list of fun things to do and see during a PEI summer, and you don’t want to miss a thing. If you’re looking for a good place to start, here’s our bucket-list events you don’t want to skip!
PEI Craft Beer Week
PEI does a lot of things very well, and beer is one of them! Across the Island you will find craft breweries that are unique to PEI, each one celebrating the island in their own way. Now you can celebrate them even more during the Island’s first PEI Craft Beer Week, a celebration of local breweries and their delicious beer. PEI Brewing Company, Moth Lane Brewing, Upstreet Craft Brewing, Barnone Brewing, Copper Bottom Brewing, Bogside Brewing, Evermoore Brewing Co and Gahan Brewery will all be a part of a tasty week of events!
Welcome to music paradise! Week after week (actually, more like day after day), there’s new music to listen to, learn, and love. Don’t miss the magic of hearing music within the walls of St. Mary’s Church with different concerts all summer long at the Indian River Festival. The Festival of Small Halls has an awesome two-week line-up at more than 40 charming small venues across the Island, and it doesn’t get more quaint than home-made treats served at intermission! The Cavendish Beach Music Festival brings out the country-singing, boot-stomping, fun-loving side of everyone with the largest multi-date country music festival in the Maritimes. And whether you’re a fiddle player or not, the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival brings people from all over the world to the Eastern end of the Island to celebrate PEI’s rich music history.
Village Musical Acadien
Head west to experience the vibrant French Acadian culture by visiting the Evangeline Region along the North Cape Coastal Drive. Just one stop guarantees you a warm Acadian welcome and an invitation to a kitchen party! Abrams-Village takes the cake when it comes to a raucous, musical good time at their Village Musical Acadien’s Dinner Theatre. Enjoy all the laughs, music, and delicious food you could dream of July through August as you check out their French play, Pi La Mère Marmotte, or their English play, Major Manor Mayhem, for an evening you won’t forget!
As if you could even think of being entertained without visiting the Confederation Centre of the Arts! All summer long there’s an incredible lineup of music, art, and theatre (and more), so a visit to this Charlottetown hub will never disappoint. Returning after rave-reviews in 2017, is the ABBA-driven musical Mamma Mia! Back on the Island again after 45 years is Krongborg – The Hamlet Rock-Musical. Or relish in the pride of PEI at the ever-incredible Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. Over at The Mack theatre catch a performance of Spinning Yarns: Tales and Tunes from a Homesick Newfoundlander, and Atlantic Blue with PEI’s own Tara MacLean. Pair your music-filled night on the town with a dinner on Mavor’s outside terrace followed by a walk through the displays at the Art Gallery upstairs, and voilà! – you have an art-filled evening you won’t soon forget!
Stompin’ Tom Centre
After a lifetime devoted to singing about the places and people that he loved, Stompin’ Tom Connors’ legacy will live on as long as toes are tappin’ in Skinners Pond! The Stompin’ Tom Centre is a tribute to the iconic legend himself, and what better way to remember him than through song, laughter, and legendary memorabilia? Revel in the music at concerts, dinner theatres, open mic nights, and tap into song writing, performing workshops, storytelling and more. Returning this year is “My Stompin’ Grounds – A Stompin’ Tom Story” and new for 2019 is “My Ode to the Road” dinner theatres with chef prepared feasts. A trip ‘up west’ is incomplete without this musical stop!
DiverseCity MultiCultural Festival
Mark your calendars for June 23rd, because Atlantic Canada’s largest cultural festival, Charlottetown’s DiverseCity MultiCultural Street Festival, is 100% on our list! Not only is this event filled with energy, colour, positivity, and fun, but it’s also free and family-friendly! This party takes to the streets to make room for entertainment, cuisine, games, handcrafts for purchase, and cultural education that all takes place in the heart of downtown. This year’s festival will showcase more than 50 ethnoculural groups, and will surely be a highlight of your summer!
PEI Brewing Company
There are some pretty cool places to check out on the island, but the PEI Brewing Company is a cut above the rest. The history and craftsmanship behind its many beers is impressive, not to mention the building itself is unique. Brewery tours and tastings are wildly popular and their taproom menu is always delicious. But what really takes it to the next level, is that PEI Brewing Company is always buzzing with events, concerts, weddings – you name it! From July to September, you can check out their summer concert series “Heaven to Me – Songs & Stories of Prince Edward Island“ featuring Catherine MacLellan, Meaghan Blanchard, and Gordie MacKeeman, who, when not on the road, are ever-so-proud to call PEI their home.
Trailside Inn & Café
The music isn’t over yet! If you’ve been out to the Trailside Inn & Café, you know that it’s well beyond a top-notch musical experience, and if you haven’t been there yet, what in the world are you waiting for? Each cozy corner of the charming Trailside Inn & Café is filled with music, laughter, and delicious aromas throughout the season. Whether it’s during one of their stellar evening shows (their line-ups are nothing short of amazing), or maybe during their famous Hillsborough River Gospel Brunch on Sunday mornings through the summer, you’re guaranteed to love your time at the Trailside… maybe even so much that you’ll book a room!