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!
Canada Day Celebrations
Due to COVID-19 the Parade and Fireworks have had to be cancelled this year. But there will be a virtual celebration!
For details go to: https://www.facebook.com/trenthillscanadaday
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
Christmas on the River
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Join us in the Village of Hastings for this year’s Christmas on the River and help support our local businesses! Watch on Facebook for special promotions and unique events running from November 28th to December 6th. And don’t forget to come down to the Gazebo on Saturday December 5th for some socially distanced tree decorating and holiday fun!
Annual Children’s Christmasfest
Sunday, December 4, 202 at 6 PM – 8 PM
With COVID still requiring caution, this year’s event will look much like last year’s. It remains the cornerstone of the Christmas season in Hastings and a sure way to get your kids in the holiday spirit!
Families are invited to DRIVE-THRU the Hastings Field House parking lot for a meet and greet with Santa and his helpers. Please remain in your cars at all times and the greets and treats will come to you.
As always, this is a FREE event! Non-perishable food bank donations are welcomed.
Huge thanks once again to event sponsors: The Municipality of Trent Hills and Doug Irvine Automotive Repair.
The Village of Hastings' Community Calendar
Displays a full list of current and upcoming events, large and small.