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Arts and Culture

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Our city is buzzing with creativity and you do not have to look far to find it. Whether you are a student studying here, a resident, or a guest to our city, we have amazing: music, dance, new media, theatre, festivals, film, architecture, museums, exhibitions, galleries, and special events.

With arts, culture and heritage being of such importance to our city's livability, we a core vision to:

  • break down barriers to cultural activities and engagement at the city and within the community
  • identify opportunities and bring ideas, people, and resources together to help make great things happen
  • encourage creativity and creative expression in all areas of community life

Go out and explore arts, culture and heritage in Waterloo!         

 

What's Happening

Events, Festivals & Programs

Our city is buzzing with creativity and you do not have to look far to find it. We have amazing: music, dance, new media, theatre, festivals, film, architecture, museums, exhibitions, galleries, and special events.

City of Waterloo Museum

City of Waterloo Museum

Popular for ever-changing exhibitions, the City of Waterloo Museum at Conestoga Mall, explores the hometown history of Waterloo and the stories we have to share. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram  

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Heritage Properties

Information about heritage properties in Waterloo.

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Local Museums

The City of Waterloo and the surrounding area are rich in historical attractions that provide opportunities to learn more about our roots. 

Public Art

Public Art

Public Art brings creativity, beauty, conversation, and character to public spaces throughout the city. Public Art is widely regarded as a vital component of a livable, vibrant, and diverse urban landscape. 

Temporary and Community Art

Temporary & Community Art

As part of our role to act as a catalyst for arts and culture, the City of Waterloo has worked with a number of artists to create opportunities for community art to add vibrancy, contribute to a sense of place, and showcase the abundant talent of our community.

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Tools & Resources

Various tools and resources that are available to help make arts and cutlure a more vibrant part of your experience in Waterloo.

Workshops & Conferences

Workshops & Conferences

Want to learn more about arts and culture in Waterloo? Participate in a workshop or conference! 

More information

The City of Waterloo's culture plan guides local cultural development so that all residents and visitors can experience, engage, explore and celebrate arts and culture year-round. The city's role is to act as a catalyst for arts and culture by working closely with culture workers, organizations, regional stakeholders and residents to facilitate a lively and rich urban experience that allows creative pursuits to thrive. 

We encourage you to learn more about our culture plan and ongoing arts and culture initiatives.

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