When is your festival?
Our festival is always held the third weekend of July. This year, it runs from the 17th of July to the 19th.
How much does it cost to attend the festival?
Our festival is FREE! The festival is funded through local business sponsors the Downtown Perth BIA and the Town of Perth and is run entirely by volunteers. We ask for donations at the entrance to the park and your contributions are very much appreciated.
What can I do with an after hours bracelet and what does it cost?
You can attend all of our after hours concerts for the whole weekend at four venues. The cost of the bracelet is $20.00 for the entire weekend, and is discounted to $15 on Saturday! You can buy your bracelet at the Information Tent, or at the door at one of our After Hours Venues. The festival is free for all to attend and the after hours revenue is a major part of our funding.
Where can I stay?
The Town of Perth operates a campground at Last Duel Park, a five-minute walk away. All the serviced sites are sold out but green space camping is still available. Registered campers receive a package deal. For more information, call the Visitor Information Centre at 613-812-0020 or call 1-855-326-1947 to reach the Perth Tourism Office.
Additional camping is available at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, about 19km outside of town.
Perth also offers a range of inns and motels to welcome you during your stay. The Chamber of Commerce lists them here.
Where can I eat?
Our food court is filled with food vendors from across the province who tempt you with delicious offerings. Our Perth Brewery Patio, held at the Crystal Palace, offers a licensed environment (featuring an exclusive Perth Brewery Beer, Stewart Park Festival Ale) on site BBQ. But Perth is also home to a wide range of restaurants from diners to fine dining.
Can I bring my kids to the festival?
Yes! Kids and families are more than welcome at Stewart Park Festival. We hold workshops for children, present shows that include children, and this year, we have two extra children’s performances. While the Festival is a family-friendly environment, all the normal precautions about supervising your children apply.
Can I bring my dog to the festival?
No, dogs are not permitted at the festival. We love dogs, but the heat, noise, stress, and people are often too much for them. Please leave your furry friends at home.
How do I get to Stewart Park Festival?
Perth is located approximately one hour South-West of Ottawa, and one hour North-East of Kingston.
This year, thanks to sharethebus.com, driving to Perth is not the only option. Sharethebus is a reasonably-priced bus service designed specifically for festivals-goers. This year, they are offering rides from both Kingston and Ottawa to Stewart Park Festival.
Where do I park?
Please take note that Mill Street (behind the park) is closed this year. There is no parking there this year, and access will be controlled from Gore Street.
Perth offers free short-term parking in the downtown core, and even paid lots are free on weekends.
There is also excellent parking close to The Crystal Palace and behind the Perth Museum. The core spots do fill up early in the day on Festival weekend, but we also offer overflow parking and a shuttle bus running from the Giant Tiger parking lot on Highway 7 to Algonquin College just outside of Town. The shuttle bus will be running every 15 minutes, with stops at the Giant Tiger, Town Hall, The Soap Works, Duel Park, and Algonquin College.
Downtown Perth is small enough that nothing is too far – we encourage you to experience all that Downtown Perth has to offer!
Is it true there’s a sidewalk sale?
We’re so pleased you asked about the sidewalk sale – it is occurring downtown on Saturday, though some merchants will also be running the sale Sunday. There are over 80 shops downtown offering everything from men’s hats and clothes, children’s togs, women’s fashions, shoes and lingerie to quilts and kitchenwares. There are also ample new and second-hand bookstores, a record store with real records, Again, walking the blocks of shops is not too arduous.