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Final Fridays

City of WaterlooCity of Waterloo

On the last Friday of each month, everyone is invited to explore the exciting arts, culture and cuisine of the city's core. From delicious diner specials, to exciting community events, to great music and art exhibits, each Final Friday has something new to experience and showcases the amazing range of things taking place in uptown Waterloo.

Coming up on Sept. 29, 2017

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Art exhibits and experiences

Mary Allen Studio Tour - 45 artists at 19 locations (7 - 9 p.m.)
Clay & Glass Gallery - Gallery shop and FUSE exhibit (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Uptown Gallery - Exhibits: Attitude (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.) 
Final Fridays Art Market: Meet local artists and makers and leave with something special! (6 - 9 p.m.)
Button Factory Arts - Drop in studio $5 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Paula White Diamond Art Gallery - Original contemporary art by local artists. (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Seven Shores - Sticky Bun Friday and local artwork. (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.) 

Food and drink

Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 - Brown bag style lunches (meat and vegetarian) (11:30 a.m. - sold out)
Relish Cooking Studio - Cooking demo, sampling and recipe (preregister 519-954-8772) (Noon - 1 p.m.)
Seven Shores - Mention final Fridays to receive 15 per cent off the price of your sticky bun (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Just Love Pie - Final Fridays: free tart with the purchase of any lunch meal (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Duke of Wellington pub - Live music & pub fare
The Bauer Café - Fall feature drinks (7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

Performance and Entertainment

Grand River New Horizons Swing Band: Music of the big band era (Noon - 1:30 p.m.)
Duels: Magic showdown and wand making workshop (7 − 9 p.m.)
Duke of Wellington pub - Live music (10 p.m.)
Princess Cinemas - Screenings of Dunkirk and Baby Driver (showtimes TBA)
The Jazz Room - Heather Bambrick (Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m.)

Interactive

Mary Allen Studio Tour - 45 artists at 19 locations (7 - 9 p.m.)
Duels: Magic showdown and wand making workshop (7 − 9 p.m.)
Carter's OshKosh - Colouring contest and coupon (9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Final Fridays Art Market: Meet local artists and makers, leave with something special! (6 - 10 p.m.)
Button Factory Arts - Drop in open studio (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Carter's OshKosh - Colouring contest and coupon (9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Spacefinder Waterloo Region - Experts on site - ask about your creative space needs (6 - 9 p.m.)
Relish Cooking Studio - Cooking demo, sampling and recipe (preregister 519-954-8772) (Noon - 1 p.m.)

Shop

Mary Allen Studio Tour - 45 artists at 19 locations (7 - 9 p.m.)
Truth Beauty Company − TGIF promo: 10 per cent store-wide if you mention final Fridays (4 - 7 p.m.)
Uptown Woods - 15 per cent off all made in Canada items (11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Paula White Diamond Art Gallery - Original contemporary art by local artists. (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Clay & Glass Gallery - Extended gallery shop hours (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Uptown Gallery - Exhibits: Attitude (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Button Factory Arts - Drop in open studio (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Carter's OshKosh - Colouring contest and coupon (9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
The Sock Factory - Featured Art Series socks. Plus, spend $15+ and get a pair free.  (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Final Fridays Art Market: Meet local artists and makers, leave with something special! (6 - 10 p.m.)

Upcoming dates

Final Fridays take place the last Friday of every month. Check back for the full lineup by the second-last Friday each month. Upcoming dates for 2017 are: Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 29.

How to get involved

  • Attend a Final Friday event;
  • If you are interested in hosting an event, having your event promoted/advertised as a Final Friday event or would like to be in touch with someone to coordinate an event, please contact the Final Fridays team or complete a participation form.
  • Participating organizations, businesses, and artists are strongly encouraged to promote Final Fridays on their website, social media, and by displaying print materials which will be delivered monthly.
  • All uptown Waterloo businesses are encouraged to help promote Final Fridays on their website, social media, and by displaying print materials which will be delivered monthly. Participants are also encouraged to advertise existing promotions or develop new ones to be featured as part of the art, culture, and cuisine theme. 

More information

This exciting community collaboration supports the city's culture plan. Place-making activities like Final Fridays spark imagination and curiosity, and establish a sense of belonging and community. This monthly event promotes the ongoing development of a strong commercial sector with an emphasis on local small business and a wide range of dining, entertainment, and culture options in uptown.