Arts & Culture

Steeped in history and alive with activity, Prescott offers arts and culture opportunities for all ages.

Arts & Culture

Stroll the banks of the St. Lawrence River amongst the beautiful gardens featuring many plants and flowers from famous Shakespearean plays. Located a few short steps away from the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour & Marina and adjacent to the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival amphitheatre, guests can stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy a great view!  Also accessible by car or boat, the gardens now extend to the new RiverWalk Park, and are just steps away from shops, pubs, restaurants, and Fort Wellington National Historic Site.

Nestled alongside the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour & Marina, Shakespeare's Gardens are a signature stop along the Shakespeare's Gardens - Garden Trail.

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival fulfills a key role in the artistic life of the region. The unique riverside setting combined with the high quality of the performances has set the Town of Prescott apart for its ability to offer a unique theatrical experience.

Working with the local community, the festival provides diverse audiences with an inspirational and accessible theatre experience of the highest professional standard.

Join us in the summer months of July and August to enjoy an artistic experience like no other! For more information, please visit the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival website.

The South Grenville Guild of Fine Art currently has 26 members who pursue their interests in various forms of art. Some of the popular mediums are painting (oils, watercolour, acrylics, pastels, collage and mixed media), photography, pottery and calligraphy.

The Guild endeavours to foster the appreciation and development of visual art in the community. It holds a well-received annual show each spring at the MERC Hall in Maitland, exhibits at the Brockville Arts Centre and occasionally at venues around the Town of Prescott.

The South Grenville Guild of Fine Arts has made its permanent home at the Prescott Public Library. The artwork is changed periodically and can be found above the bookshelves throughout the library.  If you have any questions concerning any of the art work, please come into the Library and check the labels. Artist's information is on display with the work. 

Each year, the Guild donates an art book to one of several local libraries in the region, to continue to foster artistic interests and development. Meetings are held monthly to exchange views, critique member's work, and participate in a variety of artistic activities.

You can find more information about the South Grenville Guild of Fine Art on their website.

For over 40 years, a dedicated group of volunteers have hosted the Summer Concert Series.

With support from the Town of Prescott, this organization has hosted a large variety of musical genres and talent from all over the region. Every Sunday in the months of July and August, many from the community and tourists alike, gather at the Kinsmen Amphitheatre to enjoy great music and a riverfront ambiance. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Leo Boivin Community Centre.

2024 Summer Concert Series Schedule

  • June 23; Stephen Goodberry and Debra Currier (Donations to the Food Bank); 7pm 
  • June 30; Tinted Wisdom; 7pm 
  • July 7; Capital Beatles; 7pm 
  • July 14; The Monarchs; 7pm 
  • July 21; Paul Anthony; 7pm 
  • July 28; Rhinestone Cowboys; 7pm 
  • August 4;  Eddy and the Stingrays; 6:30pm 
  • August 11; Hillbilly Highway; 6:30pm 
  • August 18; Marleen Fawcett and Mountain Breeze; 6:30pm
  • August 25; Chris Coyea and Alex Fleuriau Chateau and And The Great Music Guys; 6:30pm 

Fort Wellington was built during the War of 1812 to defend the St. Lawrence River shipping route from attack by the United States and later helped thwart another American invasion during the 1837-38 Upper and Lower Canada rebellions.

Visitors can explore the wreck of an 1812-era gunboat, try on a costume, take part in military drill, witness a cannon firing, savour period treats cooked over an open fire, or play games from long ago.

Visit Fort Wellington's website for more information.

The Grenville County Historical Society & Archival Resource Centre has been supplying Grenville County with its historical records since 1960. The organization has operated from the old Grand Trunk Railway Station at 500 Railway Avenue since 2007, and prior to that from Crane House, Homewood Museum, and the Municipal Building. 

Located at 500 Railway Ave. Prescott, Ontario, the Grenville County Historical Society resides in the former Prescott Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) Station, now a designated National Historic Site of Canada.  

For more information on the Grenville County Historical Society please visit their website.

The Kinsmen Amphitheatre has been home to the Upper Canada Folkfest for the past two years, where a day of live music featuring folk artists offers an environment of fun and talent.

Folk music is about storytelling through music and words. It is about sharing an experience, not only from the storyteller to their audience but through the experience that the audience shares together.

Visit the Upper Canada Folkfest for more details.

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