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 a romantic evening of skating, live music and warm drinks. Takes places from 7 to 9:00 p.m. on:

  • Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Friday, February 22, 2019

Skates are available for rent at McPhail's Cycle and Sports. We also run Skate Night Date Night at indoor skating facilities.

New Years Eve (December 31) 

Free public skating
Family celebration
  • Waterloo Public Square, 6 to 9:00 p.m.

  • This year's theme is Fire and Ice, featuring themed music with a DJ
  • skating on the uptown rink
  • interactive wearables activity (LED lights + Paper Crowns) with Agnes from Mindful Makers
  • fire and ice-themed photo booth
  • fireworks at 6:00 p.m. and a special NYE countdown at 9:00 p.m.

Help us run New Years Eve by volunteering at the event.

Winterloo (January 25 to 27)

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

Spring and summer 2019 

Campfire (May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 26)

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

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. Visit our Final Fridays page for updates.

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.

National Indigenous Peoples Days (June 21)

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

Open Streets (June 22, August 17)

Open Streets celebrates the livable cities movement, and has taken many forms since its inception. Visit our Open Streets page for more details.

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

Formerly the Acoustic Noon series, this event will debut in summer 2019.

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.