In recent years, one of the defining elements of the Old Town Kemptville BIA has been the community events it has organized and hosted in Downtown Kemptville. Each event draws hundreds of people to the Downtown area. While visiting for these events, people will often spend money at our local businesses, visit some that they had never been to before, or come to appreciate some other aspect of what Downtown Kemptville has to offer.

A lot of time and energy goes into the planning, organizing and execution of these events and, thankfully, the BIA has a very strong Events Committee, full of dedicated volunteers who provide the ideas, experience and expertise to make sure that events run smoothly and are as enjoyable as possible for residents and visitors alike.

This second half of 2019 looks to have a very full schedule of events for Downtown. In addition to the traditional family events, like Kreepy Kemptville in October and Downtown Christmas in December, there will be two new items on the agenda. The first is, potentially, a Local Food-based event, focused on local food products made by the food-based businesses in the Downtown area. This may create an opportunity to work with a community partner such as the Kemptville Farmers’ Market, who could provide the local ingredients needed through their vendors. This event is still in the initial planning stages and we’ll have more news on that in the weeks ahead.

As for the other event, the Events Committee is excited to announce the launch of the first ever “Not Just Ladies Night”, which will be happening on Friday, September 13, from 5pm to 9pm in Downtown Kemptville. It will be a full evening, with a variety of activities to experience including: a meet and greet with local women authors, demonstrations by local merchants, unique shopping opportunities, discounts for participants, prizes, and a special mystical experiences venue, where some special spiritual activities will be happening.

The evening is free to participate, and will be begin at 5pm at Salamanders Restaurant in Downtown Kemptville with free appetizers and a chance to have a drink, mingle with other participants, chat with local business owners, and to get all of the information you’ll need to have a memorable night out. After that, you will be free to wander to all of the different locations in Downtown Kemptville that will be part of the event, and experience what the local business community (and some special guests) have to offer. In the weeks ahead, we will be releasing more details about what businesses will be involved, what they may be offering, what time certain activities will take place, and other relevant information.

If you ever have any questions about events in Downtown Kemptville, or how to get involved in them, feel free to contact our Executive Director, Deron Johnston at, or call 613-258-9569 ext. 401.


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