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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

July 16 - Theme: Make Believe

Photo BoothCity of Waterloo1

Have your photo taken in our interactive photo booth

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.

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. 
Character Mask MakingS.A.I.L. 2

Learn the fundamentals of creating a Beginner Character Mask using the process of mask making and through improvisation and performance exercises. Join us in making your own mask, and later stick around for one of the improvisation and performance sessions scheduled at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. There will be public presentations at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm from willing participants!"

MagicKW Hat and Wand Magic Club2Members of the KW Hat and Wand Magic Club will be on hand showing close up magic, wandering around preforming street magic as well as performing for larger groups
Musical Performances

12-1 p.m.

1-2 p.m.

2-3 p.m.

3-4 p.m.

4-5 p.m.


Melissa Koehler (vocals, guitar, & accompaniment cajon)

The Waterloo Music Club (guitar, drums, keyboard, vocals)

The Waterloo Music Club (guitar, drums, keyboard, vocals)

The Haiwa Quartet (string quartet)

The Committee (a Capella)

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. 

The DreamerLego with (Grace Stemp-Morlock)3

As part of Canada's 150th, Lego is encouraging children to build what they would like to see in their communities. Anyone will be able to build what they think we need in Waterloo.

Children's Art FactoryThe Golden Bus4

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

 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.

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



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More information

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