Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Festivals, Events, Activities and Lots of Stuff To Do In The Kitchener Waterloo Area in July 2018

As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.

First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast


Get the info about Kitchener Panthers Baseball Camp Contest at

Kitchener Panthers Tickets and Prize Pack

Ongoing Events

University of Waterloo Research Studies

Research Studies @ UofW Contact Lens Research

Currently the top contact lens research centre in the world is continuing to accomplish great things through research done right here at UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO. The studies are non-invasive and all of our participants are compensated at $20/hr for their time and often get free contact lenses or glasses. Right they are recruiting 7-11 year olds to participate in a 3yr study

Infant Studies Group

If you’re looking for something new and fun to do with your child, we would love to have you participate in one of our studies! Help us discover how children learn about language and the world around them. Typical studies involve a one time, half hour visit. You stay with your child the entire time and receive a small gift for participating as well! Please contact us or visit our website for more information. We hope to see you soon!

Social Development Lab

Our lab is currently looking for children to help with our research! Our lab looks at personality and the social world for young children. Our study involves parents and their children coming into our lab and answering a few questions. Kids get to play some fun computer games as well! The typical sessions take around 2 hours and parents are always able to observe their child during the social interaction tasks. In appreciation of your time, children get a small gift. To learn more about our lab and what we do, check out our website! Follow us on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date with our fun!

Twitter: SDLab_UW
Facebook: Social Development Lab Waterloo
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775

Youth Drum and Bugle Corps

Great program for youths in the KWC area. Our participants come not only from Cambridge, but Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford, and surrounding areas as well. We are not the Scouts. We are not the Army, Navy or Sea Cadets. We are the only Youth Drum and Bugle Corps in the area!

No experience required and we have a modest membership fee ($20 per year). We provide a unique musical education program that not only teaches kids to play music or perform colour guard, we instruct them how to march, perform and basically just have fun! Check us out on our website:


These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually

Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar

Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar

Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar

Grand River Conservation Authority

Kitchener Pools and Splashpads

Various dates/times throughout the week
Wednesday: Parent & Child, Adult & Public skates
Friday: Public skates
Sunday: Public skates

Skate rentals available (kids size 9 to men’s size 13). CSA-approved helmets and protective gear are strongly recommended.
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo for complete schedule and admission prices

Sleep And Your New Baby Waterloo Region Sessions

(various dates and times)

Session Details:

The purpose of the session is help families understand and respond to their baby’s sleep patterns and language, which will in turn strengthen family relationships and contribute to achieving optimal child health.

The 1.5 hour session will be offered weekly at all three Ontario Early Years Main sites with a mix of daytime, evening and weekend timings

Parents/caregivers can register online at The session will be most beneficial if parents/caregivers brings their baby with them and we encourage bringing a support person to assist with this…

Earth Sciences Museum @ University Of Waterloo

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open evenings Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Plus info about the Scavenger Hunt can be found at…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts


Show and Shine Classic Cars 6-8pm
Journey back to when tail fins stood tall and white walls ruled the road! Come out to the Shops at Highland and Westmount to see some beautiful vintage and special edition cars every Monday night from June 4th through to September 17th, from 6pm until dusk. Unleash your creativity with some colouring activities and enjoy some classic music. Be sure to check out some of our great stores while you are here as well! With free entry and weekly prizes, Highland and Westmount is the place to be Monday nights this summer. Show and Shine Classic Car Show Mondays at Highland and Westmount. Come for the cars, stay for the Monday night specials.

 Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24)

Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market select Tuesdays from 11a.m.-noon for a fabulous, fun-filled morning! Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time at these FREE weekly children's events as our performers entertain your tots!
  • July 3
  • July 17
  • July 31

Colour Our Community @ KPL Central (Downtown) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2pm-4pm

Art can be a tool for increasing social connections and fostering community inclusion and integration. Colour Our Community aims to make connections between those who are often marginalized and members of the community at large in a comfortable, accessible venue where all are welcome to explore their creativity and experience connection through art. Colour Our Community is a partnership with Kitchener Public Library and Circle of Friends.

Bingemans Big Splash Wednesdays w/ 91.5 The Beat
$9.15 plus HST per person (can only be redeemed on the dates indicated above between 10am-11am).
Wednesdays in July & August (2012) including July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
Must be purchased online in advance. Ticket info at
Wednesday in July for live music at Kitchener Market on the piazza
Jack Pender will be performing from 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Beginning April 11 (to June 13) Tails and Trails @ Huron Natural Area Grow your young child's love of nature through these story times in the forest. We will gather for songs and a tale around various themes, then hit the trails for a short hike.
Meet at the play area.

Cineplex - some theatres are also doing $2.99 Family Favourites on Wednesdays at 11am for the summer (Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph)


A FREE art program every Thursday!

Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon, ARTSHINE will be hosting a parent and tot program at the Kitchener Market - a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!

July and August only: ARTSHINE will also run a school-aged program for children ages 6-12.

AFTER the program, be sure to stop by one of our market vendors for a healthy, kid-friendly lunch with lots of options for adults too.

Space is limited! Reserve a spot now for the ARTSHINE programs on Thursday by calling 226-647-2777, or emailing ARTSHINE.

Maker Thursdays 2-4pm Waterloo Visitor & Heritage Information Centre located at 10 Father David Bauer Drive. Parking is free for 2 hours

Castle Kilbride – Baden
Thursday evenings until August 30, 2018. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy unique music on the front lawn, a different group each week! From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission by donation. Weather permitting.
Love live outdoor performances? Bring your friends and a brown bag lunch for weekly acoustic concerts every Friday from 12 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Waterloo Public Square!

Every Friday, until Aug 24

Catch a free outdoor concert every Friday on Carl Zehr Square in front of Kitchener City Hall from 12pm-1pm featuring a range of genres and local musicians! *BYOL (bring your own lunch)
Free Kids Movies at 2:30pm at KPL Central (Downtown Kitchener)

Saturdays KPL Kids’ Club Kitchener Market, 300 King St. E. (Upper Level) Every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Take a break from shopping and stop by the Kitchener Public Library Space for stories, crafts and fun.No registration required.

Family Favourites $2.99 Films @ Cineplex

Home Depot Workshops 2nd Saturday of Each Month

FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate

Come to the bandshell on the west side of Waterloo Park for live performances presented by the Waterloo Concert Band all summer long.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music! Free admission. Access off of Westmount Road.
All concerts start at 7:00pm. June 24 will feature the Waterloo Concert Band.
The Waterloo Concert Band was created in 1858 to service the growing community of Waterloo's need for music. As a non-profit, charitable organization, it has grown from its roots into a 30-piece ensemble.

Upcoming Performances:
Jun 24  – Waterloo Concert Band
July 1   – Acoustic Steel
July 8   – Galt Kilties
July 15 – Waterloo Concert Band
July 22 – Kitchener Musical Society Band
July 29 – Flute Choir
Aug 5   – TBD
Aug 12 – Waterloo Concert Band

July 2018 Event Blast

Parents Night Out – The Rainmaker at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse until July 7 You can see our review at

July 3: The Last Starfighter - Goudies Lane Kitchener
Head to Ontario Street after work for some seriously fun times with your closest pals in DTK, including:
- Double dutch competition
- Hoola hoops, frisbee and a game of keep-up
- Board games from The Adventurers Guild - Board Game Café & Tavern
- Crafted drink passport from The Grand Trunk Saloon
- Popcorn from Apollo Cinema
- Healthy treats from Legacy Greens
- Crafted coffee + tea from Show & Tell Coffee
- Candy stand from CANDY, CANDY, CANDY
- DJ sets
- Interactive outdoor exhibit/games from THEMUSEUM
- Hair braiding station from Voila Institute
- Outdoor movie screening in Goudies Lane at sunset!

July 4
Family Yoga @ Waterloo Park 10:30am-11:30am
Join professional instructor Annette Spangler for yoga that the whole family can do together.Please bring your own yoga mat or towel. From toddlers to seniors, all are welcome. We will meet by the Cricket Pitch (on the Lion's Lagoon side of the park). This program is weather permitting.

July 6

Parents and children are invited to join us for stories and songs with the fabulous drag queen duo Fay and Fluffy @ KPL Central (Downtown Kitchener)
All ages No registration required.
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Registry Theatre 7:30pm
Camexicanus believes that the arts can change communities and cross cultures. Come and experience what that looks, sounds, feels and tastes like at the kick off to our Ontario 2018 Tour of UNISONO! We are a group of young artists from Mexico and Canada who have collaborated to create a theatrical production filled with dance, music, visual art, and more! The first act of the evening includes a cabaret of various art forms presented by our students, and the second act is an original musical "Unisono", which confronts the issues of crossing cultures in today's world. This evening will be a fiesta you will not want to miss! $10 / $5 for students & kids
(also perfoming July 7, 9am-Noon at St Jacobs Farmers Market)

Old Post Office Party
12 Water Street South, Cambridge, ON

This summer, Idea Exchange is excited to open our newest location – The Old Post Office!
What can you expect?
Outdoor Music Stage with MC Mike Farwell:
6:00pm: Family Entertainer - Erick Traplin
7:45pm: Local Artist Spotlight, Rufus John & Sam Soga Momma's Kitchen
8:35pm: Musical guest presented by the Downtown Cambridge BIA
9:15pm: The Reklaws
Dance Performances by Element Dance, Academy Balley Classique, and ONE Movement
Projection Light Show at 9:45pm - watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office!
Makerspace and Creative Studios activities on Water Street:
  • Meet A Maker - Jenny Mitchell & the Golden Bus
  • Robot Hacking - Kinetic Studios
  • Mobile Arcade - Game Asylum
  • Story Station - Phidon Pens
  • Creative Crafts - Play With Clay
Craft beer garden hosted by Thirteen and an assortment of other local food vendors.
Local vendor pop-up booths!
Presented in partnership with the City of Cambridge.


All Ages



July 6: The Peanuts Movie (2015) 93 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!
Movies are FREE with paid park admission or with a Grand River Parks membership.

July 7

Cherry Park Festival 11am-6pm

Main Stage Schedule

11am ...acoustic steel....steel drum band

12 noon...Erick Traplin...children's entertainer

1pm....Martin Wall...keyboards and vocals

2 pm..Mic Cillian ...pirate..sea shanties etc

3 pm...vaudevillian ...old timey music

4 pm..Jay Kipps ..blues

 5 pm ...Taurus

Cafe Stage Schedule

 12 noon...twisters cheer athletics

12:30........toes across the floor  dance troupe

1 pm.........Lorna Heidt...cello

2 pm.........intensely Irish dance

3 pm ........twisters cheer athletics

3:30....,,,,,,toes across the floor dance

4 pm..........slam poets 5-6 performers (click on the poster to enlarge the info)

Cameicanus @ St Jacobs Farmers Market 9am-Noon

Happy Birthday Homewood (by St Jacobs Market) 11:30am-2pm
Join us at the Homewood Suites Waterloo St Jacobs located walking distance from Drayton Entertainment, St Jacobs Outlet Mall, and St Jacobs Farmers Market for a FREE Community Birthday Celebration for our 4th year in operations.

LIVE Music
FREE Entertainment
MEET our Mascot

Also- help us enjoy our HUGE BIRTHDAY CAKE!

Hespler Village Music Festival (Cambridge
The Children’s Program: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Features - clowns, jugglers, musical children’s entertainers, kiddie rides & games, playground, and splash pad.
All Ages Program: 3:00 PM to 10:30 PM and features professional and amateur entertainers and bands on stage. A licenced beer tent will be available for those 19+.
Available All Day are arts & crafts vendors, food vendors and a refreshment tent.
Admission is FREE

July 8

KW Bug Out (Car Show)
K-W & Area Bug Club is pleased to announce Bug Out #37, our annual show event on  July 8, 2018, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Car registration closes at 12:00

It features air cooled and water cooled Volkswagens, vintage to modern.
Show Cars $15 (includes Driver & 1 Passenger)
General Admission $5
Vendor Spaces 10’x12′ $15

Inside the clubhouse, we offer t-shirts and hats for sale.
We have a kids table in the clubhouse as well.
There is on-site food available for purchase – hotdogs, burgers, drinks, etc.

The Kitchener Musical Society Band will be performing a concert at the gazebo on Roos Island in Victoria Park on Sunday July 8th at 2:00 p.m. Bring a chair. (Note: in the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Rotunda of Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St.)

July 9-13
Kitchener Panthers Baseball Camp – Info at

July 10
Come celebrate our birthday! Doors open at 10am and cost to get entry to Big Splash for the day is $6 (plus tax) Doors to the special pricing is shut down at 11am so arrive early. Everyone must be here to wristband. You cannot purchase for someone who is coming later. This includes access to water park only. You can upgrade and include FunworX at admissions for only $10.
Rock The Park In London - Ticket info at

July 12: Despicable Me 3 @ Waterloo Park Free Entry with Non-Perishable Donation of Food or Cash To The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

July 13
Cruising On King
3pm (begins in Victoria Park and then moves to King St. Kitchener)

We’re transforming downtown Kitchener into the Region’s biggest street party! Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs and Chargers – take a trip down memory lane and enjoy more than 300 classic cars as they cruise down the heart of the city. There will also be live music featuring tribute bands with the sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Tom Petty, a variety of food options, and more!

July 13The Boss Baby (2017) PG 97 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!

Movies are FREE with paid park admission or with a Grand River Parks membership.

July 13-14

Town of St. Mary’s Ontario – Heritage Festival
Various activities. Fireworks on the Saturday night

July 14
rare's Annual Butterfly Count (Cambridge/Blair)
Saturday, July 14, 2018 (rain date July 15)
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Lamb's Inn

Join Jenna Quinn, rare's Program Scientist, for rare's Annual Butterfly Count. During this official butterfly census, we will be identifying and counting all of the butterfly species throughout all habitats on the reserve. Nets and identification resources/guides will be provided. Please note that participants are asked to bring their own lunch — and don't forget your hat, water bottle, and sunscreen. Long pants and appropriate hiking shoes are recommended.

July 14: Monsters Inc (and carnival beginning at 7:30pm) Doon Public School . Bring a Non-Perishable Item

Fireworks in the Town of St. Mary’s Ontario (festival both days, fireworks on the Saturday night) Fireworks on the Saturday night

July 14-15

Kultrun World Music Festival at Victoria Park Kitchener

Springworks PUPPETS in Stratford. Various venues and admission prices

July 15

Open Streets Waterloo – Waterloo Public Square Noon-5pm
Open Streets are all about the livable cities movement! These community events promote playing and socializing. You're invited to enjoy live music, art activities, community groups, businesses, eateries and more. Due to ongoing construction in Uptown Waterloo we are unable to close any streets for Open Streets once again this year. Instead we've decided to host a series of day of play events in Waterloo Public Square (June, July, September) and Waterloo Park (August). The July 15 theme is Cosplay!

July 16

Monday, July 16, the CISV Peace Bus rolls into town. With nine teens aged 14-16 years, a junior leader and two adult leaders aboard, the Peace Bus is a summer road trip that makes the world a better place. The bus stops in communities from Victoria to Halifax so its occupants can engage in service and cultural activities. It’s all about giving back and learning to lead by example. In Halifax, it exchanges occupants for 16-17-year-olds, turns around and heads back across the country.  In Kitchener, they will visit Schneider Haus, and do a community service activity locally.

What: The delegates will visit Mennonite Central Committee’s warehouse and pack supplies that are sent around the       world to families facing disaster or crisis. Donations are also welcome anytime.
When: July 16, 2-4 p.m.
Where: 50 Kent Ave. #203, Kitchener.
Maker Bike @ Moses Springer Pool 1:30pm-3:30pm

Stratford Fireworks and Music July 16, 9:30pm

July 17
July 17: The Blind Side at University of Waterloo Village Green

July 18

Moses Spring Pool Waterloo

NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION WEEK Join us Wednesday, July 18 for games, trivia and prizes throughout the public swim, 1:30-3:30 p.m. FREE admission! Rain date is July 19.

Campfire @ Waterloo Public Square 8pm-9:30pm

Bring a blanket or your favourite hoodie and head uptown!
Gather around the campfire with friends and neighbours for music, food, fire and more!
Also featuring UW's S.A.I.L. (Student Art Innovation Lab) and free smores by Mountain Equipment Co-op!
July 18 will feature Nicolette and the Nobodies. Nicolette & The Nobodies is a Guelph-based country western band, fronted by Nicolette Hoang featuring members from the Fury’s and Softside.

July 20

July 20Captain Underpants (2017) PG 84 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!

July 20: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs in GUELPH Enjoy the drive-in experience minus the car. Join us for free family-friendly movies shown on a giant screen in Market Square. Bring your own lawn chairs and some blankets too. Seating for Movies in the Square is on a first-come, first-served basis. In the case of inclement weather, screenings will move inside to the City Hall Galleria.

July 20-22

KW Ribfest in Victoria Park

July 20-22, 2018 Victoria Park
Friday noon-10pm Saturday noon-10pm Sunday noon-6pm

The Telus Kids Fun Zone produced by Grand River Inflatables will be running all weekend with various fun inflatable activities for kids. 

Each play is one ticket. Tickets cost - 1 for $3, 4 for $10, 10 for $20 or an all day wristband for $20. If you return the next day still wearing the wristband, you get a new one for half price.

Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival

July 21

Non Violence Day @ Victoria Park Noon-5pm
WRN continues to bring together community groups and community members in our annual celebration of the many positive forces in Waterloo Region.
The event includes music and demonstractions at the Gazebo, music, and activities for kids.

July 26: Jaws @ Waterloo Park Free Entry with Non-Perishable Donation of Food or Cash To The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

July 27: Shark Tale (2004) PG 100 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!

July 28

Rock and Rumble @ Kitchener City Hall
Rock and Rumble is quickly becoming a must attend summer event for motorcycle enthusiasts and concert goers alike. Enjoy live music, food trucks, craft beer, live boxing on King Street and motorcycles! Numerous custom and vintage motorcycles from across Ontario and the US will rumble into town to showcase their bikes. 

The free concert will feature live performances by 80's Canadian rock icons Honeymoon Suite & Northern Pikes.
If we missed any FREE or LOW-COST family friendly events, please post them in the comments and on our Facebook Group

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