Perth Stewart Park Festival activities you won’t want to miss

The Perth Stewart Park Festival is a showcase of impressive Canadian and international talent that flows through the downtown core for three days in July. This year, the festival celebrates 33 years and takes place from July 19-21. This photo is a scene from the 2023 event, as Kate Weekes and company take to the main stage on July 15, 2023. Photo by Laurie Weir

Here is a list of Perth Stewart Park Festival acts and activities you won’t want to miss!

Festival gets underway July 19


Thousands of music lovers will soon flock to Perth for the annual Stewart Park Festival July 19-21 that features Canadian and international music to satiate all tastes.



Here is a list of must-see-and-do acts and activities while in town for the 33rd annual festival that runs three days, and offers a by-donation entry fee. The weekend will be jampacked with music, food and vendors, creating a jubilant atmosphere that permeates the downtown core.


• ENTERTAINMENT: The event kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m. with the Kingmakers opening the festival. Other Friday night acts on the main stage in the park include RedFox, Ian Tamblyn, and Hadrian’s Wall. Saturday’s entertainment begins at 1 p.m. with the Academy for Musical Theatre, followed by AllysannMei at 2 p.m., the Tony D Band at 3 p.m., Lynn Miles at 4 p.m., the Keith Glass Band at 5 p.m., David Francey at 6 p.m., the Skydiggers at 7 p.m., and Kathleen Edwards at 8 p.m. Sunday’s festivities start at noon with Magoo for Kids, followed by Boreal, Royal Pickles, and The Commuters, performing hourly.

• WORKSHOPS: Wendy Laut Workshops at the Perth Brewery Crystal Palace (19+ only, licensed) include after-hours performances on Friday night from 9 to 10 p.m. by RedFox and from 10 to 11 p.m. by Hadrian’s Wall. On Saturday, performances begin at 2 p.m. and run through to 11 p.m., featuring some of the same artists from the Main Stage. On Sunday, performances run from 1 to 4 p.m. with acts including Royal Pickles, Boreal, and RedFox.

• FOR THE KIDS: Kids’ Area will have great activities for the younger set. Groups such as CROW EarlyON, Brooke Valley School, Blueberry Creek Forest School, Honeybee Homestead and MERA have lots in store for the youngsters. 

• EXPLORE the Stewart Park Festival Marketplace, to discover unique handmade crafts and gifts created by talented local artisans. Indulge in delicious offerings from a variety of food vendors. If you need a break from the crowds, relax and recharge at the Wellness Centre in the Bandshell. Don’t miss the Community Tent, where you can learn more about local initiatives and organizations.

• HYDRATE: Stay hydrated and fill your water bottles at stations in Stewart Park and at Crystal Palace. There will also be two misting tents – one at the information booth on Market Street and the other at Crystal Palace.

• THINK ABOUT THE CLIMATE: The Stewart Park Festival, in partnership with Climate Network Lanark (CNL), is committed to sustainability by leveraging the park’s natural beauty. Together, they aim to effectively manage waste throughout the festival. CNL will operate a Green Waste and Recycling Station along the main path, ensuring proper sorting of all garbage and recyclables. Throughout the weekend, CNL will collect food waste, food containers, cans, bottles, paper, and general garbage. Visitors can also learn about CNL’s ongoing projects at the station. This initiative aims to significantly reduce festival waste sent to landfills and increase the diversion of food waste to composting.


For more information, visit the Stewart Park Festival online or call the Perth BIA: 613-267-3311 ext. 2240. Keep up to date with the acts on their Facebook page.


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