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!
Earth Day Clean-up
New Date! Saturday April 25th, 2020 – Meet at the Post Office at 11 am
Join dedicated volunteers to help clean up our village after a winter of litter.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
FREE EVENT – Sunday April 12th at 13:30 at the Hastings Field House
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!
Midnight Madness Fishing Contest – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID.
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 -CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
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!
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, CROOK'S COUNTRY FEST HAS BEEN POSTPONED, TENTATIVELY, TO SEPTEMBER 4TH TO 6TH, 2020
Message to our potential volunteers
Crooks Rapids Country Fest Inc
89 Wellington St. PO Box 248
Crooks Rapids Country Fest 2020, is a Country Music Festival organized by Hastings Ontario natives; Doug Oliver
and John Seeney. Its been a dream of ours to bring a country musical festival to the village of Hastings, a village that has
given us so much support throughout our lives. Crooks Rapids Country Fest 2020 was inspired by James Crooks who
settled here in 1810, then later named it Crooks Rapids in 1820. In honour of the 200th anniversary of Crooks Rapids, we are
hosting a country music festival to continue to strengthen our home town pride.
Our goal is to deliver a live music experience with some of our nations finest talents, along with providing an
alternate entertainment area with games and vendors. We have also teamed up with the Canadian Music Association of
Ontario (CMAO) and we will be presenting there NEW FACES SHOWCASE WINNER by giving them the opportunity to
open up for some of Canada's most known country music stars. We believe that our festival will be a great platform to
showcase our ever growing community and show support for our local businesses.
We appreciate any support in building the foundation of Crooks Rapids Country Fest 2020 and we look forward to
strengthening our community together.
Doug Oliver, John Seeney
Crooks Rapids Country Fest Management
---------CROOKS RAPIDS COUNTRY FEST 2020----------
JUNE 26th – JUNE 28th
Volunteer Agreement form
(Limited positions available)
CRCFest 2020 is seeking volunteers between June 22nd – June 28th 2020. Volunteers will
• FREE 1 Adult weekend pass!!
In exchange for:
• Volunteers must complete a mininum of 10 working hours between June 22nd-28th
• Volunteers must understand and acknowledge that they will be representing the
CRCFest 2020 organization. The CRCF commitee prides themselves on
professionalism, team work, and most importantly a positive attitude.
• Volunteers must abide by all rules and regulations set forth by Crooks Rapids Country
• Duties may include yard maintenance, garbage disposal, security, first aid attendent,
traffic and crowd control, driver(s), bartenders, and much more.
The weekend will include:
• Live music from some of the nations finest talent.
• Games Area including, Washer Toss, Volley Ball, Corn Hole etc
• Licensed Beer Garden with live entertainment
If you would like to be a volunteer, fill out the information below.
Day Phone_______________________________ Cell Phone_________________________________
Qualifications please list below (FIRST AID, WHMIS, SMARTSERVE, DRIVERS LICENCE, etc):
Mailing address: Crooks Rapids Country Fest Inc., Box 248 Hastings ON, K0L 1Y0
When: June 26-June 28 2020
Location: 45 Pickens Road, Hastings ON.
I hereby agree to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by Crooks Rapids Country Music Fest and any other
regulations as may be established. I understand and agree that the decisions of the festival committee are final. Further, I
hereby and forever discharge Crooks Rapids Country Music Fest and their agents and their representatives from any
responsibility, personal liability, loss, claims or damage arising out of in connection with the festival.
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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
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this has been CANCELLED for 2020.
A message from Mike Metcalfe:
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the Hastings Waterfront Festival for the 2020 year. It has become a reality that the planning involved in producing the weekend we have all come to expect is no longer a possibility this year. We understand the difficulty in these decisions of important community events and look forward to our 2021 festival with great excitement and enthusiasm!
The HWF planning team believes we have an important role to play in creating and providing a social and educational opportunity for and about our greater community. With this in mind, lets strive to reach out to community events hit by the unknowns of COVID-19 to help ‘Take Back 2020’.
Be Well and Stay Safe.
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/
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
Trail Town Christmas
Saturday November 30th, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Deck the Gazebo
Sunday November 30th
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Gazebo
Annual Children’s Christmasfest
Sunday December 1st, 10:00 am to 1:00 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!
The Village of Hastings' Community Calendar
Displays a full list of current and upcoming events, large and small.