All city events

The City of Waterloo will be hosting in-person arts and culture events for 2021/2022, when permitted by public health guidelines and in support of physical distancing guidelines.

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 2021/2022

New Year's Eve (December 31)

Family-friendly celebration in Waterloo Public Square. Skating, music, crafts and food. From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Winterloo (January 29)

Winterloo is an annual, free festival for all ages that hosts winter-themed activities in uptown Waterloo.

 

More information to come.

Spring/Summer 2022

Art Market (May-August)

Art Market features artists, crafters, and makers from Waterloo and surrounding area selling outside at the Waterloo Public Square.

The market runs 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • August 26

Stay tuned for information on how to apply to be a vendor.

Campfire (May-August)

Bring a blanket or your favourite hoodie and head uptown!  Gather around the campfire in the Square with friends and neighbours for local music,, games and more. First Wednesday of the month from May-August from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Artists TBA.

 

  • May 11
  • June 8
  • July 13
  • August 10
  • October 12 (Halloween edition)

Night Lights: a Pop-Up Performance Series (May-August)

From May to August, come enjoy Night Lights, a series of small pop-up shows featuring different events such as concerts, movies, performances, and more. This event will move around to different locations in the City throughout the summer and will be announced here.

Movies In The Park (May-September)

Hosted in Waterloo Park near the Bandshell, bring a blanket and watch movies on the big outdoor screen! Movie titles TBA.

  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 8
  • August 5
  • September 2

Open Streets (June 11)

Open Streets returns to the streets in uptown Waterloo in 2022. Join us in June for a fun-filled day that will take over Willis Way. Watch live performances and mural painting, browse through the art market, and join in on the fun and games.

National Indigenous Peoples Days (June 21)

On June 21, Waterloo will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day recognizes the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples of Canada. An original art piece on the surface of Waterloo Public Square will be installed as a visual reminder of the territory and land on which our city was founded. 

Canada Day (July 1)

The City of Waterloo will be commemorating Canada Day on July 1, 2022. More information to come. 

Day of Play (August 6)

Come have a Day of Play! Located along the Waterloo Park Promenade, there will be activities, games, adventures, and more. A day of non-stop fun for everyone!

 

Year-Round Programming

Trail Mix - Local Trails & Local Artists

Trail Mix is an auditory accompaniment for Waterloo trails. 

  • Step #1: Select your favourite local Waterloo trail
  • Step #2: Strap on some hiking shoes/boots
  • Step #3: Find the hidden QR codes along the trail
  • Step #4: Use your phones camera to scan the QR code
  • Step #5: Put on your headphones and listen to the Trail Mix!


Right now, the Trail Mix pilot project is only featured on the Forwell, Walter Bean Grand River, and Spur Line/Laurel Trail.

 

Trail Mix #1

Forwell Trail (University Ave - Manulife/King Street): Google Map Link

Featured artists: Eiyn SofYoung PilotRich BurnettElsa JayneJoJo WorthingtonChrista MercyBlankie 

 

Trail Mix #2

Walter Bean Grand River Trail (Park Rd/Grey Silo - Grand River Drive): Google Map Link

Featured artists: Tragedy AnneRufus JohnTransstarMandippalSons of ShanleySTEVEDAVEPreetam SenguptaJP SUNGAAlysha BrillaJenna Kessler

 

Trail Mix #3

Spur Line / Laurel Trail (University Ave - Victoria Street): Google Map Link

Featured artists: NEFEQuinton BarnsMary Abdel-Malek NeilJuneytThe Clefs of MoherGrace SheeleRichard GarveyLogan StaatsJoni Nehrita12 Mile IslandCaluJules

 

Are you an artist that wants to be featured on a Trail Mix? Sign up to be on the Artist Roster.

Uptown Tunes

Scan the QR code featured on the kiosk or the trailer in the Waterloo Public Square. The playlist features local artists and will be changed multiple times throughout the year.

Now playing: Volume 1

Featured artists: Sam NabiB.U.DSaffron Asin colaJessie TPaige WarnerBlueprint Magazine

 Waterloo Park Art Walk

The Waterloo Park Art Walk is an outdoor exhibit that stretches though Waterloo Park from Caroline Street to Seagram Drive. 

The Art Walk features the work of 24 local artists who were selected by a jury to be part of the program. Each of the 24 pieces makes reference to the nature, scenery, and/or landscape of the park. The project is available for viewing through 2021.

Participating artists: Anneliese AlonsoAshley GuenetteAugust SwinsonCynthia MatthewsHolly KurmisJackie LevittJax RulaJenna Kessler, Jennifer Lynn Cutting-Roy, Jonah KamphorstJulie LaceyKaliska GibsonKatelyn Dunstall, Kitahna Roy, Lee AngoldLucy Bilson, Melika Hashemi, Margarita KuznetsovaNancy Pengnik harronNikolina KupcevicPeter SchachtSalma NasreldinTrisha Abe

Past Programming

Lumen Lite

A physically distanced festival where light, art & tech meet two metres apart.

More information available on our Lumen Lite webpage. 

The Community Happiness Project

The Community Happiness Project connected community members by sharing messages of hope, positivity, welcoming, and connectivity from participants across Waterloo. Messages were submitted online or through our Kindness Phone Hotline and then placed on signs throughout the city with QR codes for people to listen to the messages.

 

The signs have now been taken down, but you can still listen to the messages and see the accompanying artwork for each sound.