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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 Dec 29, 2017

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Art exhibits and experiences

Vickie Lawrence − Coloured pencil demo at Uptown Gallery. Free, no experience necessary (11 a.m. − 6 p.m.) 
Clay & Glass Gallery − Gallery shop and FUSE exhibit (11 a.m. − 6 p.m.)
Uptown Gallery − Exhibits: Light up the Season and 8th Annual Student Show  (11 a.m. − 6 p.m.) 
Seven Shores − Sticky Bun Friday and local artwork. (7 a.m. − 6 p.m.) 
Death Valley's Little Brother − Sketches done on location by Roman Bienko. (8 a.m. - 11 p.m.)

Performance and Entertainment

The Jazz Room − Live music:Rebecca Binnendyk (Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m.)
Chainsaw − Live music: Iron Maiden tribute Ed Force One, and Guns 'N' Roses My Michelle. $5 cover. 19+ (9 p.m.)
Duke of Wellington − Live music: Latta Dinger (10 p.m.)
Jane Bond − Ask for Janice, with DJ Alberto Bee. No cover charge. 19+ (10 p.m.)
Starlight Social Club − Fresh Fade Friday featuring DJ Flash and DJ Surreal.19+, $5 cover. (10 p.m.)
Skate Night Date Night − free public skate with live musical performers (7 - 9 p.m.)

Food and drink

Chainsaw − $4.50 Pabst tall cans until 11 p.m., $5.25 fish and chips all day/night.
The Pub on King − 9oz wine priced like 6oz; fish and pint for $10.95; Jack Daniels shots $4.50 (11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.) 
Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 − Brown bag style lunches (meat and vegetarian) (11:30 a.m. − sold out)
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.)
The Bauer Café − Holiday feature drinks (7:30 a.m. − 6 p.m.)
The Jazz Room − Rebecca Binnendyk (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, show starts at 8:30 p.m.)
Craft Chippery - Chip tasting ( 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.)


Vickie Lawrence − Coloured pencil demo at Uptown Gallery. Free, no experience necessary (11 a.m. − 6 p.m.) 
Carter's OshKosh − Colouring contest and coupon (9:30 a.m. − 7 p.m.)
Skate Night Date Night − free public skate with musical performers (7 - 9 p.m.)
Chainsaw − karaoke follows live music (midnight)


Iris Optemetrists and Opticians − $100 off select frames** nicknamed for famous artists. (9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Truth Beauty Company − TGIF promo: 10 per cent store−wide if you mention final Fridays (4 − 7 p.m.)
Uptown Woods − 10% off all made in Canada items (11 a.m. − 8 p.m.)
Clay & Glass Gallery − Gallery Shop and FUSE exhibit: Intertwined; like kin (11 a.m. − 6 p.m.)
Uptown Gallery − Exhibit: Light up the Season and 8th Annual Student Show (11 a.m. − 6 p.m.)
Carter's OshKosh − Colouring contest and coupon (9:30 a.m. − 7 p.m.)
The Sock Factory − Featured Art Series socks (10 a.m. − 8 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 2017/2018 are: Dec. 29, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25, Jun. 29, Jul. 27, Aug. 31, Sep. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, and Dec. 28. 

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.