All city events

Find information on all events hosted by the city. Stay updated by following the city events team on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.

Winter 2018/19

Skate Night Date Night (December 28, January 25, February 22)

Join us at the Uptown Rink for an evening of skating, music and warm drinks. Bring your partner or your friends and enjoy a free night out.

New Years Eve (December 31) 

Join us for a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in uptown Waterloo. Ring in the New Year each year from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Waterloo Public Square. Featuring music, skating on our outdoor rink, hot chocolate and more.

Winterloo (January 25 to 27)

Winterloo takes place from January 25 to 27. Visit our Winterloo page for updates.

Spring and summer 2019 

Author Afternoons (every Saturday from May to September)

Join us at the Visitor and Heritage Information Centre every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon celebrating the great authors, publishers, writers’ groups, and storytellers in our region.

  • August 10 - workshop with Susan Crossman. Your book as a bridge builder: how to write your story so it opens minds, moves hearts, shifts paradigms and inspires action
  • August 17 - workshop with Caroline Topperman: Tell me what you see 
  • August 24 - story circle with The Singing Author, Shirley Hartung
  • August 31 - author reading with Trevor Waurechen
  • September 7 - author discussion with Ian Darling: heroic true stories from the Second World War
  • September 14 - book launch with author Jane Ann McLachlan
Past events:

Campfire (May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 25)

Bring a blanket or your favourite hoodie and head uptown. Gather around the campfire with friends and neighbours for music, food, fire and more.

October 25 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • scary stories from Brenda Byers, artistic director of Storywyse
  • cotton candy and hot apple cider from Fairy Floss KW
  • giant games

Final Fridays (May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30)

On the last Friday of the month (from May to September), everyone is invited to explore arts, culture and cuisine in the city's core.

Art Market and Duels (May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30)

Art Market and Duels take place on Final Fridays. Art Market features artists, crafters, and makers from Waterloo and surrounding area selling in the public square. Duels features different artists battling head to head to showcase their talent.

Final Fridays

The Final Fridays Art Market is juried show exhibiting the work of artists from across the region. The Final Friday Art Market will take place in Waterloo Public Square from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the last Friday of each month from May to August. 

Final Friday market vendors on August 30, 2019:


August 30 - movie soundtrack with Ryan Allen vs Rufus John

Past duels:

June 28 - salsa dancing with Hayley Tout En Connexion

July 26 - dueling banjos with Onion Honey and Dan Belgue

Solstice Sampling: Summer Night Crawl (postponed to Saturday June 22)

Due to inclement weather, Solstice Sampling has been postponed one week to June 22.
From 4:00 – 10:00 p.m., $40.00

Purchase tickets

Kick off the summer with our popular food and drink festival, back this year with our successful night crawl format. A $40.00 passport gets you a delicious sample from these uptown restaurants:

With entertainment throughout uptown from:

Followed by a feature performance in the Waterloo Public Square at 8:30 p.m. by Ekhaya.

True North Waterloo Festival (June 19)

A True North Waterloo special edition of Campfire, see map with all of the festival locations

True North Waterloo Festival
  • Ale Trail in uptown Waterloo from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. see google map for details
  • Cocktail Trailer in Uptown Waterloo from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. see google map for details
  • Come As You Are and Recharge with Gurpreet Chana on the Hang at Memorial Park from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., drop-ins welcome
  • Modo Yoga Human Recharge at the Barrel Yards Park from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Hustl+Flow Spin Cycle Classes at Laey McLaneface Lane from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Karaoke at Chainsaw from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Ace Ping Pong Lounge from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Luster and Oak vintage night market at the Dominion Lane in uptown Waterloo from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
  • Patent Social drop-in from 6:00 p.m. to close
  • launch party at CIGI from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
  • In Formation - an exhibition of paintings and prints by Paris born Canadian artist Alice Teichert at the Robert Langen Art Gallery from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Data District Party at BRCH from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • True North Social Mixer at Ace Ping Pong Lounge from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

National Indigenous Peoples Days (June 21)

This day recognizes the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada. It is typically held in Waterloo Public Square during the afternoon and early evening.

Throughout the day, artists Luke Swinson and August Swinson, will be in Waterloo Public Square painting a temporary art piece to acknowledge the day. Join us from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. as the artwork is completed and for a thanks-giving address at 4:00 p.m. 

Open Streets (June 22, August 17)

Open Streets celebrates the livable cities movement, and has taken many forms since its inception. 

June 22 – street art edition
  • Willis Way will be closed between King Street and Caroline Street
  • street art murals
  • bboy/bgirl breakdance competition
  • scratch DJ showcase
  • sod picnic on the Willis Way hill with chef Nick Benninger
  • UW’s Student Art Innovation Lab SAIL
  • vendor marketplace
  • and more
August 17 – word play edition
We are looking for volunteers for Open Streets, are you interested? If so, further details are available on our  volunteers page.

Soap opera in the Square (July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26)

Join us over your lunch hours from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Waterloo Public Sqaure every Friday in July for an engaging four-art soap opera, The Old and the Dutiful, by the local theatre collective, Fringe With Benefits.

The Old and the Dutiful will tell the tale of Mable, Canada’s and Kitchener Public Library’s first female chief librarian, as she navigates the drama and rivalries in Waterloo and Kitchener during the prohibition era. 

Each week will feature a walk-on appearance by a local celebrity. Performances will start promptly 12:20 p.m.

Movies in the Park (July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22)

Join us for another year of Movies in the Park with Princess Cinemas. On four nights this summer we will turn the Waterloo Park bandshell into a giant movie theatre. Starting at dusk, Canada's largest outdoor movie projector screen will be showing Movies in the Park. This is a summer event not to be missed.
  • July 11 - The Lego Movie 2
  • July 25 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • August 8 - Ralph Breaks The Internet
  • August 22 - Avengers: End Game

Day of Play (July 28)

Gather the whole family and join Create Waterloo for Day of Play from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Waterloo Park Promenade.

Enjoy sweet treats, crafts, fun physical activities, face painting and fresh air.

Featured artists and activities:

  • Tinkertruck
  • Lego artist - Grace Stemp-Morlock
  • Face painting
  • Bubbles
  • Chalk art and crafts
  • Obstacle course 
  • Giant instruments and giant games 
  • Food and more!

We are looking for volunteers for Day of Play, are you interested? If so, further details are available on our volunteers page.

Fall 2019

Lumen (September 28)

Lumen showcases light based new media, media art, and projection based installations - illuminating Waterloo through art and technology. Visit our Lumen page for more details.

Culture Days (September 27 to 29)

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture and promotes interaction between artists and their community. Visit the Culture Days website for more information on events.

Amplify Culture Summit (October 23)

Amplify is a full day summit celebrating creativity and innovation in Waterloo. Visit our Amplify page for full details.