All city events

All city buildings are closed, and scheduled programs and bookings are cancelled until further notice.

Registration is suspended with the exception of summer camps starting the week of July 6.

- Visit our refunds page to learn more about getting your money back
Visit our COVID-19 webpage to find out how other city services have changed

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 filled with music and fun activities. Ring in the New Year each year from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Waterloo Public Square.

Winterloo (January 25 to 26)

Winterloo takes place in January. 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.

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

Each month new instructors will be teaching a new style of dance. This fun-filled evening will get you moving to a new beat.

  • May 6, 12, and 27 (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • June 3, 10 and 24
  • July 8, 22, and 29
  • August 5, 12 and 26

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 (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • June 17 (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • July 15
  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 23 (a special storytelling Halloween edition)

Artists to be announced in Summer 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. 

Final Friday’s is cancelled for May due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

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. 

Due to the current public health concern, Create Waterloo has moved the Art Market online. Visit our virtual marketplace on Google Maps to shop the booths. Visit our Facebook page for more up to date event listings.

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Hosted alongside the Art Market, Duels features different artists battling head to head to showcase their talent. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Duels has been cancelled.

True North Waterloo Festival (June 2)

A festival featuring live music and more. In partnership with the True North Waterloo conference. Conference and Festival cancelled due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

National Indigenous Peoples Days (June 21)

This day recognizes the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada.

This event is typically celebrated in Waterloo Public Square, however the 2020 event will be held digitally. Follow CreateWaterloo on Facebook or return to this page closer to the date for more information.

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” theme (cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • August 15 – “Word Play” theme

Canada Day (July 1)

A virtual event to celebrate Canada’s birthday! More information will be released closer to the date. Be sure to follow CreateWaterloo on Facebook to get updates on all of our events, including Canada Day.

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

A four-part soap opera series featuring walk-on appearances by local celebrities. Originally planned for July 3, 10, 17, and 24. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this event series has been cancelled.

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. 

  • July 9
  • July 23
  • August 6
  • August 20
  • September 10

Movie titles to be announced.

Day of Play (July 26)

Day of Play is a family-friendly day of crafts, fun physical activities, treats, fun and fresh air. Featuring various local artists and performers and hosted on the Waterloo Park Promenade.

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.