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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

June 18 - Theme: Words

Themed (Words) ProgrammingCity of Waterloo1TBA
Bicycle Powered
Smoothie Machine
City of Waterloo1Blend your own smoothie by taking a ride on our bicycle powered smoothie machine!
Lemonade and ChillPrincess Cafe2Relax under a giant tree in one of our loungers and enjoy a sample lemonade from Princess Cafe
Cycles Per SecondOMOF XvX2A kinetic sound installation, in which participants create and manipulate music and sounds by riding one of four stationary bicycles. 
Music/poetry/spoken word performancesTBA3Schedule TBA
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. 

The Golden BusProgramming details TBA4

The Golden Bus from Guelph will be on hand featuring a magnetic poetry activity. 

 Art MarketThe Button Factory 4Button Factory Arts invites you to join us for Artist Alley, an outdoor event. Works include jewelry, original paintings and more! 
 MarketplaceCity of Waterloo / UpTown Waterloo BIA 5A collection of UpTown Waterloo businesses and local community groups 
 River Works Tinker Truck 6Design a boats out of popsicle sticks, corks, foam balls, elastics and toothpicks and then send it down the river to see if it can survive the treacherous rapids.
The Whimsical Wandering Bicycle  Two Smiths and Fig Greavers AtTTake a ride on our kninetic sculpture and explore the trails in Uptown Waterloo!
More programming to be announced shortly

The Golden Bus

The Golden Bus

Picture of River WorksAnother picture of River Works

River Works by Tinker Truck


More information

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