Photo provided by In the Soil Arts Festival
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Discover Summer Magic at the 2024 In the Soil Arts Festival: Family Fun and Perfect Date Nights in Downtown St. Catharines, Ontario

Ushering in summer to the garden city, the annual In the Soil Arts Festival invites you into a world of creativity and community in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario. From June 13 to 16, this beloved festival transforms downtown into a vibrant hub of artistic expression, offering a perfect blend of family-friendly activities and sophisticated date night options that promise to captivate audiences of all ages.

Family-Friendly Fun: A Weekend of Joy and Creativity

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Photo provided by In the Soil Arts Festival

For families seeking unique summer experiences, the In the Soil Arts Festival offers an array of engaging and inclusive activities. Saturday, June 15, is packed with free, all-ages programming designed to spark joy and imagination in children and adults alike, sponsored by Fire Monitoring of Canada.

Massive Band Parade: Kick off your Saturday with the lively Massive Band Parade. Join the march and revel in the festive atmosphere as the parade winds its way through the heart of St. Catharines.

FamJamalama Dance Party: After the parade, keep the energy high at the FamJamalama Dance Party with DJ Marinko. This fun-filled dance party is perfect for kids to let loose and show off their best dance moves.

Play Zone: The Play Zone at the Festival Hub is the perfect spot for families to get creative together.  Kids can participate in interactive art-making activities led by Creative Barracks Studio and Heartprint Studios. 

Vender Bender Makers Market: Discover unique treasures and support local artisans at the Vender Bender, curated by Ruby Red Beautiful and Cozy Bones. This family-friendly market is an ideal spot to find one-of-a-kind crafts and gifts.

Date Night Delights: Romance and Culture Under the Stars

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Photo provided by In the Soil Arts Festival

Looking for a perfect date night idea? In the Soil Arts Festival offers several enchanting evening events that blend art, music, and theatre, creating unforgettable experiences for couples.

Launch Party at Montebello Park: Start your festival journey on Thursday, June 13, at the launch party in Montebello Park with performances by local musicians Soft Animals, and Toronto favourites The Uplifters with special guest Charles Spearin, founding member of Broken Social Scene. The evening kicks off at 7 pm, providing a perfect setting for a romantic night under the stars.

Theatre Series: For a more intimate and thought-provoking experience, the Theatre Series features compelling new works by acclaimed Canadian artists Yolanda Bonnell and Karen Hines on Saturday and Sunday. Deanna Jones, co-founder of Suitcase in Point, presents her evocative piece, “A Brief History of Smoking Cigarettes” on Friday and Sunday. Immerse yourselves in the powerful narratives and artistic performances that promise to spark meaningful conversations.

Music Series: Supported by Long & McQuade, the Music Series offers a diverse lineup of concerts that cater to various musical tastes. On Friday, June 14, press play at The Console Concert with DAZE AWAY, and get lost in the tunes of Ben E. Wood. Saturday night features the dynamic Electric Wildlife and Joe Lapinski, followed by the Dig It! Dance Party with DJs Mabonzo and Chance Mutuku, ensuring a night of dancing and fun. Close out the festival on Sunday, June 16, with a lively performance by Los Skandalosos, adding a touch of Latin flair to your weekend.

RHIZOMES Program: For couples who appreciate innovative art, the RHIZOMES program is a must-see. Sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, this signature festival experience features multi-arts works that blend various artistic disciplines into short, immersive performances.

Get Your Passes and Tickets

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Photo provided by In the Soil Arts Festival

Festival passes and tickets are available now at Embrace the “Choose-Your-Own-Artistic-Adventure” format with options like the Full Festival Pass, Pick Six Pass, and series passes for Theatre, Music, and RHIZOMES. Single event tickets are also available, catering to all preferences and schedules.

Celebrate Creativity and Community

Presented by Suitcase in Point Multi-Arts Company, the In the Soil Arts Festival nurtures the creation of new works, showcases diverse talent, and provides intimate platforms for audiences to experience contemporary art. This summer, let the festival be your go-to destination for family fun and romantic nights out, celebrating the vibrant spirit of St. Catharines and the Niagara Region.

For more information and to secure your passes, visit

This feature was written by contributing writer, Tamara Jensen, Director of Marketing & Development at and

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