Festivals & Events
Hastings is a hub of activity throughout the year! Our Legion hosts numerous events and offers a number of ways to socialize (and volunteer). Our churches offer seasonal strawberry suppers & pancake breakfasts plus book sales & rummage sales! The Friends of the Library host book sales and author’s nights throughout the summer and it’s not unusual to find a house concert across the river. Visit here often to see changes to events and additions to our annual line up. Our community calendar is also a great tool for finding out what’s happening in the Village!
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Saturday of Easter Weekend – FREE EVENT
Don’t be late for this very important date! Kids of all ages gather to wait patiently for Andrea to say it’s time to go!
Earth Day Clean-up
Sunday April 14th, 2019 – Meet at the Post Office at 11 am
Join dedicated volunteers to help clean up our village after a winter of litter.
Midnight Madness Fishing Contest
Victoria Day Long Weekend – Friday Night at midnight
Fishing season begins every year on the 24th of May long weekend. The Hastings Historical Society celebrates the start of the season with a fishing contest for all age groups. Meet on the north side of the bridge in front of The Water Lily, 8 Bridge St. North, at midnight when the fishing begins. There will be a draw at 12:30 (for individuals 18 years of age and over) for a variety of prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets will be sold at several local businesses, at the Hastings Historical Society monthly presentations, and at the event..
For more information on fishing regulations please visit http://files.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/fishing/mnr_e001336.pdf
NOTE: Fishing in Hastings begins later than the rest of Zone 17 as we are located in the middle of a large spawning bed/route. Please respect our shoreline and the waterway by obeying all fishing and boating regulations and laws.
Annual Trunk Sale
Saturday of the May long weekend – 8am to 2pm – Civic Centre parking lot
Join the Friends of the Library and the Hastings Revitalization Association as they team up to provide residents and visitors with amazing deals and delicious peameal on a bun!
Canada Day Celebrations
Parade – Fireworks – FREE EVENT
July 1st is Canada Day, and a favourite holiday in Hastings. The holiday’s festivities are hosted by the Hastings Parade Committee, the Hastings Fire Department, and the Fireworks Committee. The day begins with an open house at the fire department (10am) and music & entertainment along the north shore of the river (1pm). The celebrations continue with a fabulous parade that travels down Front St. (4pm). Our village comes alive with pride in our Country and our community and the day ends with our famous fireworks display along the river (dusk).
Did you enjoy your Canada Day in Hastings? Thank a volunteer! (don’t forget to make a donation by dropping some cold hard cash in a fireman’s boot)
Hastings Fibre Festival
2nd Friday in August, from 10 am to 4 pm – Hastings Civic Centre – FREE EVENT
Join Dr. Skye Morrison and her fibre arts peers as they showcase the amazing ways you can use textiles to create every day essentials and artwork. Participate in workshops and listen to guest speakers.
For more information contact Skye Morrison at (705) 696-1382.
Hastings Waterfront Festival
3rd weekend in August – Hastings Village Marina (Dit Clapper Drive)
This FREE ADMISSION event is held annually and is hosted by the Hastings Waterfront Festival Committee. Friday evening featuring music & a BBQ. Saturday is a fun filled day with photography contests, artwork displays, and amazing vendors. There is food & music, a beer tent, buskers and numerous activities for the kids! Sunday bring the classic cars to town with a top notch car show, more vendors, and food. Find us on FB for regular updates and reminders each summer! https://www.facebook.com/hastingswaterfrontfestival/
3rd Saturday in August – time to be determined – Hastings Legion
Visit the Hastings Legion for the 3rd annual Hastings Psychic Fair and be amazed by the answers you will receive. This event is a great addition to the Waterfront Festival weekend!
Labour Day Long Weekend – 97 Elgin Street (soccer field)
Join Montse and Harry as they bring Hastings back to a time of regal queens and brave knights! Participate in jousting and axe throwing, see real life dragons, and eat like a king at this two day event.
$15 general admission
$10 for kids and seniors
Come dressed like your favourite fairy, castle resident, or as yourself! Visit the Blades of Glory website for more information, how to become a vendor, and to stay up-to-date on all the events Blades of Glory participate in!
Rice Lake Charity Run
3rd Saturday in September
This event takes place every year in Mid-September and sees amazing boats arrive, from Rice Lake, in Hastings around noon. Participants dock their boats on the north shore (behind the Hasty Market) and have lunch in the village. Residents and visitors are encouraged to watch the boats arrive, take photos & videos and dream big as the boats depart at 2pm. All money raised from this poker run goes to benefiting the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Photo courtesy Performance Boat Club
Annual Children’s Christmasfest
Sunday December 2nd, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Hastings Legion – FREE EVENT
Join the Hastings Legion and the HRA to start the Christmas holiday season in Hastings! Santa and his elves are always a sure thing and the activities, music, & food will get your kids moving!
Deck the Gazebo
First Tuesday in December 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bring your mitts and holiday spirit to the gazebo to help decorate a tree (or two) and enjoy some hot chocolate! Please bring a non-perishable food item for our local food bank as well as a decoration for the tree(s).
Last Chance Bazaar
December 16th – 10am – Hastings Legion
Visit the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 106 for your last minute Christmas presents and hostess gifts. This sale is a great way to support local crafters and artists and everyone loves handmade gifts!
The Village of Hastings' Community Calendar
Displays a full list of current and upcoming events, large and small.