Indian River Festival

Presented by the Confederation Bridge, the Indian River Festival offers a summer long series of concerts in a magnificent heritage church set within sight of beautiful Malpeque Bay. Discover excellence in folk, blues, roots, jazz, classical, Maritime, world and contemporary music by the finest artists from Prince Edward Island and across Canada, all in the world class acoustical setting of Historic St. Mary’s, Indian River.


In the 1970s and 80s, the St. Mary's Church, now home to the Indian River Festival, was in serious disrepair. At that time suggestions were made to tear down the Church as the parish alone could not afford to undertake the expensive renovations. Instead the "Save St. Mary's" campaign was launched in 1987. Due to an overwhelming response from area churches, businesses, individuals, families and other groups, the necessary renovations were paid for and completed within 3 years. One of the campaign initiatives was the "Sundays in the Summer" concert series which proved to be extremely popular and a successful source of revenue; however the volunteer core behind the series became stretched to the limit and in order to evolve to the next level into a separate entity and formal event, a dedicated focus was required.

Consequently, in 1996 the Indian River Festival Association Inc. was formed as an incorporated non-profit body for the presentation of fine music appropriate to the Church and to aid in the continuing upkeep and restoration of St. Mary's.

In fall of 2009 St. Mary's Church was decommissioned, a common fate for many rural churches in Prince Edward Island. After many months of negotiations, the Festival and the authorities of the Diocese of Charlottetown came to a final purchase agreement for St. Mary's Church. On December 15, 2009, Indian River Festival Association Inc. became the sole owner of this wonderful heritage building. While this news brings a lot of excitement, it also comes with the huge responsibility of preserving and maintaining St. Mary's for the benefit of future generations.


  • Audio visual
  • Art galleries
  • Bar/lounge
  • Meeting facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Event Categories

  • Concerts
  • Dance/performing arts
  • Family events
  • Festivals
  • Seasonal events


Box Office Hours

April through May
Kensington Town Hall
55 Victoria St., Suite 18, Kensington, PE
Tuesday to Friday, 10am-12pm
902.836.4933 | 1-866-856-3733

June through August, and September (limited hours
St. Mary’s Church
1374 Hamilton Road, Route 104
Opened daily, 12pm-5pm
902.836.3733 | 1-866-856-3733

Performance Days 
12:00 pm – Curtain Time

Box Office: (902) 836-3733 |  Toll Free (866) 856-3733

By phone through Ticket Pro
7 days a week: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Ticket Pro: (888)-311-9090



Indian River Festival
St. Mary's Church
1374 Hamilton Rd., Route 104
Kensington, PE

Toll Free 866-856-3733

Join us at the Indian River Festival, located in historic St. Mary's Church in Prince Edward Island, every June through September. Fine acoustics, rural beauty, and fine music awaits you! This video filmed and produced by One Thousand Flowers Productions.