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 2019/20

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
  • Free hot chocolate
  • Get crafty with Agnes from Mindful Makers and make your own festive light-up crown to celebrate NYE in style
  • Snap a family photo in our Fire & Ice themed photo booth
  • Explore Sam Dougherty’s interactive light table and play with splashes of colour in motion
  • Launch LED arrow toys into the night sky
  • And more!!!

Winterloo (January 25 to 26)

Winterloo takes place from January 25 to 26. Visit our Winterloo page for updates.

Spring and Summer 2020 

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.


Author afternoons call for artist

We-Dance-day (May 6, 13 and 27, June 3, 10 and 24, July 8, 22 and 29, August 5, 12 and 26)

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Waterloo Public Square for We-dance-day. Each month new instructors will be teaching a new style of dance. This fun-filled evening will get you moving to a new beat.

Campfire (May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 23)

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

  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 23 (a special storytelling Halloween edition)

Artists to be announced in spring 2020.

Final Fridays (May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28)

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

Art Market and Duels (May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28)

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. 

Duels and Art Market details to be announced, dates for 2020 are:

  • May 29
  • June 26
  • July 31
  • August 28
True North Waterloo Festival (June 2)

A festival featuring live music and more. In partnership with the True North Waterloo conference. Details to be announced.  

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 20, August 15)

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

June 20 – street art
August 15 – word play

Canada Day (July 1)

Bring a picnic, grab some friends, and head to Waterloo Park to celebrate Canada’s birthday with an evening of live music.

Soap opera in the Square (July 3, 10, 17, 24 rain dates: July 31 and August 7)

Join us over your lunch hours from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Waterloo Public Square every Friday in July for an engaging four-part soap opera. 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 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, September 10)

Join us for another year of Movies in the Park with Princess Cinemas and the Beat Goes On. 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 9
  • July 23
  • August 6
  • August 20
  • September 10

Movie titles to be announced.

Day of Play (July 26)

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 to be announced. 

Fall 2020

Lumen (September 26)

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 25 to 27)

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 28)

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