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Open Streets

Open Streets 2017

Open Streets are all about the livable cities movement! These community events promote playing and socializing. You're invited to enjoy live music, art activities, community groups, businesses, eateries and more. 

2017 Open Streets dates:

Date & timeThemeMore information announced 
June 18 - noon until 5 p.m.Words 
July 16 - noon until 5 p.m.Make Believe June 19
Aug. 20 - noon until 5 p.m.Music July 17
Sept. 17 - noon until 5 p.m.Motion Aug. 21

New format - still awesome

Open Streets will be taking place along the Laurel and Spurline Trails in uptown Waterloo this year.

There will be five distinct nodes of activity along the trail system during each of the four dates.

Node #1 - Green Space beside the Laurel Trail south of Erb Street
Node #2 - Under the Willow Tree at the back of the Waterloo City Centre parking lot
Node #3 - Near the flagpole at Waterloo City Centre
Node #4 - In the laneway next to the Button Factory
Node #5 - Waterloo Public Square
Along the Trail (AtT) - other programming will occur on the Spur Line and Laurel trails

Aug. 20 - Theme: Music

Musical Instrument Petting ZooCity of Waterloo & Long & McQuade1

Try out one of a variety of instruments

Yoga & Live MusicCity of Waterloo, Provoke Life Inc. & Community of Hearts Yoga1

Join Instructors Angel Holba of Provoke Life Inc. and Selam Debs of Community of Hearts Yoga in Yoga & Live Music. No mat required! These yoga sessions will be short, simple and VERY relaxing!

Giant BattleshipCity of Waterloo1

Do you have what it takes to be the king of the sea? Challenge your friend on our giant version of this classic game.

Library on WheelsKW Book Mo Bike2KW Book-mo-Bike is a Little Library on wheels. Come find your next read for free or share an old favourite. Meet new people in the community and help us find other creative uses for the bike. Our mission is to celebrate books, bikes and the arts.
Cycles Per SecondOMOF XvX2A kinetic sound installation, in which participants create and manipulate music and sounds by riding one of four stationary bicycles. 


Musical Performances

12-1 p.m.

1-2 p.m.

2-3 p.m.

3-4 p.m.

4-5 p.m.



Giant Connect 4City of Waterloo3Challenge your friend on our giant version of this classic game.
Stick FortsMindful Makers3

All ages are welcome and encouraged to work together to build an epic stick fort using the provided sticks and rubber connectors. 

Notes on NotesLego with (Grace Stemp-Morlock)3

A bucket of minifigures for you to build musical instruments. Throughout the day, each minifigure with their musical instrument will get added to an ever-growing minifigure orchestra.

Portable Recording StudioThe Golden Bus4

The Golden Bus from Guelph will be on hand featuring a portable recording studio. 

 MarketplaceCity of Waterloo / UpTown Waterloo BIA 5A collection of UpTown Waterloo businesses and local community groups 
PerformanceWaterloo Kung Fu Academy

Waterloo Kung Fu Academy is a local martial arts school celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The Demonstration Team will be presenting a performance showcasing the physical skills and personal discipline taught at this amazing school.

SaengerfestCity of Waterloo Museum5

Join the City of Waterloo Museum to celebrate an old fashioned "Saengerfest" afternoon.  Have your picture taken, make a commemorative  button and a musical instrument!  Not sure what Saengerfest is??  Visit us and find out!

Food TruckCaribbean Catering and Bakery5

Big Jerk Menu will be adding some spice to Open Streets. Make sure to cool down with some delicious treats from Poppy Cones.

The Whimsical Wandering Bicycle  Two Smiths and Fig Greavers AtTTake a ride on our kinetic sculpture and explore the trails in Uptown Waterloo!
More programming to be announced shortly

The Golden Bus

The Golden Bus



Click here if you're interested in volunteering for Open Streets

More information

Questions? We want to hear from you. Get in touch with the committee by emailing Josh Bean for more information.