Thursday, June 27, 2019

Canada Day Long Weekend, Cherry Park Festival, Kitchener Ribfest, Waterloo Jazz Festival and more July 2019 Activities, Events and Stuff To Do

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

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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

Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo  and is recruiting for a new scientific study (ID: CYPRESS) that examines how to treat nearsightedness in children aged 6-9. Participants will receive up to $690 for 9 visits over 3 years, and also receive a free pair of spectacle frames to keep.
If you are interested in participating, please call for more details or to book your appointment at 519-888-4742.  Please provide the study ID “CYPRESS” when you call. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.
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
If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE

The Creekside Playground is open on Sundays and is available to the general public Monday through Thursday 9:30am-11:30am at various seasons throughout the year.  You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of the playground.
Admission is free!  Aside from regular play, special events/classes are offered throughout the week.  This is a great place for your children to play and for you to meet new friends.
Choose from 2 locations.
660 Conservation Drive, Waterloo.
1356 Weber St East, Kitchener.

Calvary Church Cambridge Indoor Playground
What: We are an indoor playground located directly in the church building which opens its doors to our community to allow a safe and friendly environment.
Ages: Suited to infant/crawlers, toddlers and pre-school children.
 Cost: $1.00 minimum per head. This helps reduce the cost of regular cleaning and new toys.
Hours: Monday – Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am.
Closed: Fridays all season and Holiday Mondays
Schedule: September to June (closed for the summer months)
Special Activities: Twice a week there will be different activities offered, from Play-doh Play to arts and crafts, the activities are geared toward preschool aged children.
Daycare Workers: We will be opening the playground every Tuesday for any caregiver that operates a daycare. If you are not a daycare worker, you are still MORE than welcome to attend on Tuesday! Every day we have coffee, tea, juice and snacks available for purchase.

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

Tot Spot Drop In @ Downtown Kitchener Community Centre 9:30am-11:30am info at

Tots at Play (Mondays and Fridays)
Unleash the kids with toys galore! Unrestricted floor space allows for tons of creative play and action games.
For newborn - 6Y. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
  Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Manulife Financial Soccer & Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo 


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!
·         June 4 
·         June 18

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.

Nature Play @ Kingsdale Park 3pm-6pm

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. from April 17 - June 5, Huron Natural Area
  • Grow your young child's love of nature through stories in the forest. We gather for about an hour and a half to enjoy nature-themed songs and tales, as well as a short hike.
  • Content is suited for children age five and under.
  • Admission is free and registration is not required. 


Nature Play @ Gzowski Park 3pm-6pm

Kitchener Market

A FREE art program every Thursday! -
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!
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.

For those willing to drive out of town
Thursday evenings MAY 2nd to June 3rd #ToyClub

Castle Concert Series – Castle Kilbride Baden
Thursday evenings in June, July & August bring your lawn chair and enjoy unique music every time on the front lawn of Castle Kilbride from 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. Weather permitting.
June 13- Elvis with Mike Lorentz (Oldies)
June 20- Dana K & The Remedy (R&B, Funk & Soul)
June 27 – Twas Now Mike & Diana Erb (Traditional Country & Folk Standards)


Beginning January 11th Music and Movement @ Kitchener Market 9:30am – 10:00am
Imagination and creativity are developed and explored through rhymes, songs, finger plays, and gross motor activities. Support your child's language development and experience the benefits of physical activity.
Drop In Play @ Kitchener Market 10:00am – 11:00am
Come any time. Join other children and families in play and exploration. An Early Learning professional is available to provide support and information around early learning topics, community resources, programs and referrals.

Tots at Play (Mondays and Fridays)
Unleash the kids with toys galore! Unrestricted floor space allows for tons of creative play and action games.
For newborn - 6Y. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
  Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Manulife Financial Soccer & Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo 

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

Waterloo Band Summer Concert Series @ Waterloo Park various Sundays info at

Canada Day Long Weekend and JULY 2019 eBlast


Tea @ Castle Kilbride in Baden Wed-Fri beginning mid June 1:30pm cost $15

Take A Kid To The Course, powered by the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada, allows for a FREE round of golf for youth under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.
HUNDREDS of courses will offer FREE golf to youth sixteen and under* who are accompanied by a paying adult during the Take A Kid to the Course program beginning July 2nd, 2019.
In addition to free golf, many courses will offer additional programs such as junior clinics, free range balls, free junior club rentals and parent/child tournaments.
Simply follow these easy steps to book your tee time today:
View the Participating Courses page to view the listing of courses in your area.
Be sure to check any ‘Additional Programs’ they are offering or to check if there are any restrictions on their offer.
Call the course to book your tee time. Be sure to let them know you are participating in the Take A Kid To The Course program!
Enjoy your family time and remember to HAVE FUN!
*Please note that 1 junior under 16 plays free with 1 paid adult.
Community CRC Roar! VBS program. Register at

June 28
Friday June 28 between 6:30-8:00pm for a FREE BBQ!

*Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Sausages and Drinks
(Food options for those with sensitivities)

* Fun activities for the kids!!

* No pre-registration required

For more info please email:

June 30
Princess @ Victoria Park event with our Ice Princess! 11am-Noon This will be an enchanting hour with games, songs, stories, dancing, make-overs, and more! Tickets will be sold for $20 per child (adults and non-participating under 2's will be free)

Celebrate Canada @ New Apostolic Church 160 Margaret Ave. Kitchener 7pm-10pm
Music By 91.5 the Beat
Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Pony Rides, Balloon Animals

Misting Tent, Extreme Bouncy Castles, Character appearances
Community Art Project, Recreational Sports,
Spectacular Fireworks Show and more!
Almost Canada Day in Guelph
  • 2:00 – Zumba® with Karen
    Warm up and Zumba along with Karen and her troupe – fun for the whole family
  • 3:30 – Blue Bird Barbershop Quartet
    A Guelph-based award-winning A Capella barbershop quartet
  • 4:30 – K.C. Lee and his Checkered Past
    A great mix of Classic Rock, Rock, R&B, Funk and some Reggae that that can cater to different crowds
VIP Concert Experience Opportunity
  • 6:50 – Ryan St. Pierre
    Singer and song writer
  • 8:30 – Practically Hip
    Canada’s number one Tragically Hip Tribute band ​for over 20 

Free Admission at Woodside Historical Site and Citizenship Ceremony @ 10am

Free Canada Day Community Carnival @ Trinity Church

Free Canada Day Community Carnival. Please come and enjoy an afternoon of family fun including Hot Dogs, Pop Corn, Cotton Candy, and Freezies. Check out the Exotic Animals, Marble Mazes, STEM and Robotics Activities, Games, Races, Preschool Play Zone and More. See you on Canada Day from Noon to 4:00 PM.   330 Conservation Drive, Waterloo
Canada Day Celebrations at University Of Waterloo
For 2019 there will only be a fireworks, they will not be having the full day event.

Downtown Kitchener City Hall
Afternoon events and fireworks
Celebrate Canada Day by heading to Downtown Kitchener for a FREE concert, headlined by the Juno nominated country duo, The Reklaws on the D2L Stage! Also appearing will be Emily ReidJessica Mitchell and Jessie T.
Come out early and enjoy a bite to eat, have a drink in our licensed patio and, of course cap off the night with a spectacular fireworks display presented by the Downtown Kitchener BIA. Happy birthday, Canada!
NEW THIS YEAR - We have added a family/kids zone featuring inflatables and other interactive activities! (This are will be open at 4 pm and close at 9 pm)
D2L Stage Schedule
6 pm - Jessie T
7 pm - Jessica Mitchell
8 pm - Emily Reid
9 pm - The Reklaws
*Times subject to change
All day events and fireworks
The 2019 Parade Time & Route has changed! 10am on Concession Rd. 
Fishing Derby 8am - 10am
Children's Area 12pm - 6pm
Carnival Rides/Games 11am - 11pm
Food Truck Alley 11am - 11pm
Vendor MarketPlace 11pm - 11pm
Beer Garden  12pm - 10pm
Parade (King St.) 10am -12pm
Mopar Show N Shine 12pm - 6pm
Fireworks (synced to music) 9:40pm
 a lot of exciting things happening onsite, including huge jumping castles, fun games, music, food, drink, amazing fireworks choreographed to music, and some very special prize giveaways.

Canada Day Celebrations in Guelph
All day events and fireworks
  • 1:00 – The Wanted
    The Carter Family meets Chuck Berry! Transformational sounds of old time gospel and unplugged vintage rock ‘n roll
  • 2:45 – Guelph Celtic Orchestra
    Celtic orchestra dedicated to creating and sharing traditional Celtic music and dance
  • 4:00 – Citizenship Ceremony
    Join us as we welcome these new Canadians!
  • 5:30 – Overtones
    A group of Guelph women who sing four-part A Capella harmony in the Barbershop style
  • 6:45 – Fresh Water Funk
    An 8-piece rock, soul, and funk project play all your funky faves and a few original compositions
  • 8:30 – Royal City Big Band
    A 1940s-style swing dance band playing the hits from the 40’s and 50’s plus film and tv tunes from yesterday and today

  • 9:45 – Announcements
  • 9:57 – Oh Canada with the band
    Please stand with your hat off as we sing our national anthem accompanied by the Royal City Big Band
  • 10:00 – Fireworks!
    Celebrate Canada with a musical fireworks display.
    Please leave your furry friends at home

Canada Day in New Hamburg, Wilmot Township
All day events and fireworks
For the $5 per adult minimum donation individuals, and any accompanying children, can come and go as they please to accommodate any rest requirements or specific nutritional needs.
The Canada Day in Wilmot Committee looks forward to delivering an exceptional level of entertainment once again in 2019. Roughly seven-thousand proud Canadians have enthusiastically come together annually for the past two years to celebrate Canada’s confederation.

From 8am to 11am, those with a hunger for a unique experience can have ‘Breakfast with Batman’ upstairs at the New Hamburg Community Centre where locally sourced food will be prepared by personal Chef Adam Brenner. Thanks to TLC Pet Food this is a chance to meet the ‘Brampton Batman’ and see his 1980s movie replica Batmobile in person in the New Hamburg arena. Breakfast prices are; Adults $15, Kids $5 (6-12yrs), Kids 5 and under free –tickets at the door - cash only.

The gates for the Canada Day in Wilmot festivities officially open at 1pm where attendees can take a stroll through the Vendor’s Market featuring various local businesses and community organizations plus an opportunity to support the New Hamburg Lioness Club by purchasing an ice cream cone while enjoying live local music.

At 2pm the opening ceremonies will get underway featuring Olympian Mandy Bujold as our 2019 Grand Marshal. We hope all in attendance join in to sing along with a version of O’ Canada performed by Joanna Gustini-Wilkinson and Danielle Gustini – Crouse that is not to be missed.
Also open at 2 pm is the Puddicombe House Kids Zone, Wilmot Agricultural Society and Wilmot 4H Petting Zoo, New Hamburg Optimist Club Food Booth and the New Hamburg Royal Canadian Legion Beer Garden.

At 2:30 pm free Canada Day cake, sponsored by the Township of Wilmot, will be served up by local dignitaries and our 2019 Grand Marshal, Mandy Bujold.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their slice of cake up into the grandstand to enjoy the first of three Twice the Deal Pizza - New Hamburg FMX Extreme Shows - presented by Jordan Szoke. These world-class highflying athletes are scheduled to perform their acrobatic-moto-magic again at 4:40pm and 6:20pm.

MC Rob Pagetto alongside DJ Habermehl return to help get the party started and keep the day moving right along while having some fun with the audience.

At 3:15pm kids can join in on the Sweets New Hamburg Pie Eating Contest and a Cookie Contest that’s always fun to watch and to participate in.

Erick Traplin will take to the Dolman Eyecare Centre Main Stage at 4 pm at which time the New Hamburg Board of Trade Duck Dive will take place to make a few lucky ducks who bought a ticket a little bit richer. Erick will return for a second performance at 7:45pm.

At 5:35pm Canada’s best cover band ORANGEMAN will take to the Dolman Eyecare Centre Main Stage for the first of three sets featuring number one hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. Their second set is scheduled for 7:05pm, and the third at 8:50pm.

Just before the New Hamburg Dental Group Fireworks get underway kids should watch out for a photo-op with a special SUPER guest in the grandstand.

To wrap up an already jam-packed Canada Day in Wilmot, the New Hamburg Dental Group Fireworks Spectacular will light up the sky with a memorable professional pyrotechnic display worthy of our great country.

Canada Day in Elmira, Woolwich Township
The Gore Park celebration brings together local dignitaries, businesses, organizations, and the community.
Elmira firefighters will be present giving educational demonstrations such as fitting children in firefighter gear and teaching them the basics of using a hose; the Elmira Sugar Kings will supply ice cream cones, Woolwich Summer Camp coordinators offer face-painting along with arts and crafts, the Kiwanis Club of Elmira will be barbecuing hamburgers and hotdogs.
Volunteers from Robin in the Hood Festival are doing an interactive show, offering event-goers plenty of choice as for how to spend the evening. There is also a Canada Day cake that will be divvied up, the singing of O Canada, and local dignitaries delivering remarks.
The event is hosted from 4 to 7 p.m., with a free public swim taking place beforehand at the WMC from 1 to 3 p.m.

Canada Day in AYR
Canada Day Fireworks returns to Schmidt Park with a new pregame show this year! From 6:00-9:00 p.m. drop by Schmidt Park for children's activities (fun summer picnic games), food trucks and live music!  Bring your lawnchairs or picnic blankets and settle in for the Fireworks show that will begin at dusk.
Musical Performances:
Ayr-Paris Band 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Ayr Pipe Band 6:45-7:15 p.m.
Trysted Sister (set 1) 7:30-8:15 p.m. and (set 2) 8:30-9:45 p.m.
Fireworks will begin shortly after the last musical performance.
***Please walk or carpool to this event if you can as parking at Schmidt Park is limited. Parking will not be permitted on the grass at the park.  Parking is also not permitted at the Ayr Fire Hall. 

Canada Day Picnic and Fireworks in Plattsville
The Artificially Hip will be putting on their epic Yer Favourites Live show down at the Plattsville Pavillion in the park. Also, The Serial Griller Food Truck will be onsite, folks showing off their favourite rides, and fireworks to cap the night off!
Canada Day in Mapleton
 @ Drayton Fairgrounds, 49 Elm St, Mapleton, ON N0G, Canada
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Classic Car Show
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Family BINGO
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Amazing Fireworks Display


July 4

July 5
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off @ Guelph York Park
Star Wars (original 70s movie) @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership

July 6
The Festival is almost here. Here are some news items for the Festival.
Main Stage Schedule
11 AM - Acoustic Steele..... Steel drum band
12 noon - Erick Traplin.... Children's entertainer
1 PM - Martin Wall... Keyboard vocals pop
2 PM - Roberta Hunt... Keyboard vocal jazz
3 PM - Onion Honey.. 4 piece... Old tymie
4 PM - Jay Kipps... 4 piece... Blues
5 PM - Music Row... 4 piece.... Country

Cherry Cafe Schedule
12 noon - Wicked Stryx - martial arts
12:30 PM - Toes Across the Floor - dancers
1 PM - Lorna Heidt.- Cello
1:45 PM - Twisters Cheer - Acrobatics
2 PM - Intensely Irish dancing
2:30 PM - Hopa Tropa Eha Ha - Bulgarian dance
3:00 PM - Intensely Irish dancers
3:30 PM - Wicked Stryx - martial arts
4:00 PM - Toes Across the Floor - dancers

Hespeler Music Festival
A community celebration - come to Forbes Park on Saturday, July 6th for family entertainment, food, and hangout with friends! Kids will love the daytime activities and adults will enjoy a roster of talented musicians as they meet their neighbours over a beer. #HangoutInHespeler

The Children’s Program runs 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and features games, performances, and many other fun activities!

All Ages Program runs 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM and features professional and amateur entertainers and bands on stage! A licensed beer tent will be available for those 19+.

join us ALL DAY and enjoy our arts & crafts vendors, unique food options, and explore the many wonderful shops in our Village!

Admission is FREE

July 7
Making Waves Festival Cambridge
Races, demonstrations, food and drinks, children’s activities, prizes to won and more! Vendors Market 10am to 5pm.  Sign up for on water events here.. 

Or just come down to have some shore fun with us (FREE) while we raise money to help build a permanent Surf wave in downtown Galt. Help us make Cambridge a major Surf destination and improve the downtown core at the same time!

Location: July 7th 2019 Mill Race Park, Cambridge, ON, 12pm to 5pm

On water Fee: $15 for non Surf Cambridge and non Whitewater Ontario members. The fee pays for your Surf Cambridge membership and Whitewater Ontario Insurance and automatic entry into all events listed below. If you wish to skip an event then please let us know.

If you are a member of both Whitewater Ontario and Surf Cambridge then it is FREE but you MUST send us an email to sign up at

A small rental fee of $20 will be added for people without boats. All beginners are welcomed and encourage with lots of instructors around to mentor you. Good luck!

ON WATER EVENTS with prizes!

12:00 pm Slalom Practice for any boats

12:30 pm Boatercross  (open to all boats) You will be separated into classes

1:00 pm Slalom Competition for solo Whitewater Kayaks

1:30 pm Boatercross  (open to all boats) You will be separated into classes

2:00 pm Backwards Race

2:30 pm Boatercross (open to all boats)                        

3:00 pm Relay Race open to all boats                          

3:30 pm Safety Demonstration                                                    

4:00 pm Group paddle to Glen Morris to end the on water events (open to all boats)

July 9
Bingemans Big Splash Birthday July 9, 2019
It's Big Splash's Birthday! Doors open at 10am and Big Splash admission is only $8! (Online, plus tax and LIMITED QUANTITIES ARE AVAILABLE). Special pricing may be available at the door for $10 pending ticket availability. You must be in line by 11am for the special pricing to be honoured (at door or previously purchased online tickets). Everyone must be present to wristband. Purchasing for guests arriving later is not permitted. This ticket includes access to water park only (use of the heated wave pool, The Pipe Slides, The Cyclone, Torpedo Bay, Boomerango, Full Throttle, and Spray 'N' Play). Valid for July 9 only. You can upgrade to include the FunworX Play Structure for only $10 (online or at the gate). See website for dates and hours of operations.

July 10
Free Zumba @ Max Becker Common – Williamsburg in Kitchener 7pm

July 11
The Lego Movie the Second Part @ Waterloo Park
July 12
Spy Kids @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership

Crusin on King
Downtown Kitchener to celebrate our 29th annual classic car show! Each year hundreds of classic cars roll into Victoria Park for an annual show. Following the show and shine, thousands line King Street in downtown Kitchener to watch one of the largest classic car parades in Canada! This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with live performances featuring tribute bands of The Who and Jimi Hendrix on the D2L Stage, a variety of food options and much more.

Location: Victoria Park, Kitchener & King St. Kitchener
Show & Shine- 2:00pm-6:00pm
Parade- 7:00pm
Car show on King: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Live music @ Carl Zehr Square: 8:00pm-10:30pm featuring The Wholigans (The Who) and Wild T & The Spirit (Jimi Hendrix)
Price: Admission is FREE

July 12 and 13
Town of St. Mary’s Stonetown Heritage Festival – Fireworks on the Saturday night

July 13

GLORY Street Hockey Tournament in Drayton
(register by July 8th) 
8 am to 11 am
Awards at 11:15 am
We are closing down Wellington Street and bringing out the nets, sticks and balls for all to play! Register your team for a 3 on 3 plus goalie Street Hockey Game. No registration Fee.  Games will be 25 minutes, players responsible to bring their own equipment we will supply the nets.
25 Minute games
7 player maximum roster

July 13 and 14
Dog Lovers Days
"North America's Largest Indoor Doggy Playground!" DogLoversDays 4th Annual Bring Your Dog Indoor event at Bingemans in Kitchener on Sat, July 13 & Sun, July 14, 2019. *** FREE ADMISSION *** Compliments of Nutram Pet Products! Over 50,000 sq.ft. indoor "doggy" playground!! - TWO indoor Lure Courses - AQUA DOGS Dock Diving - Doggy Play Zone, leash free and fenced in - Dog Agility Performances by Diamonds in the Ruff Sport Agility - Doggy Fashion Show by Ruff Stitched - Best Dressed Dog Contest - Vendors, Pet Rescues, and more

KULTRÚN WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL Victoria Park and Various Venues

1pm - CARA LOFT (Local) Saturday July 13th 1pm
Cara Loft is a proud hand drum carrier, woman’s traditional dancer, singer, photographer and poet from the Wolf Clan. She dedicates her work to creating narratives of the coming together and the building a better future with one another. 

2pm - WHO'S THE CUBAN? (France) 
Who's The Cuban? It is not an easy thing to distinguish from the rest of the band. Who's the Cuban has evolved into a more modern music, mixed with pop accents and a fusion of styles. 

3pm - Richard Garvey (Local) M
ulti-instrumentalist, Richard Garvey's award winning songs explore the highs and lows of love, injustice, and the marbled mess of the human condition.

Clarinet Factory, formerly Czech Clarinet Quartet, is a Czech clarinet quartet. Its genres include classical music, jazz, crossover, ethno, minimalism, electronics, film and theatre music.

5pm - BOZÁ(Colombia) 
This musical group from the Colombian Caribbean combines the sound of bagpipes with electronic elements. Not only do they have an amazing sound, but Bozá strengthens the Caribbean identity and the bagpipe tradition.

6pm - Ekhaya (Zimbabwe/Local) 
Although all Canadians, Ekhaya come together from different tribes, predominantly Zimbabwe, to weave the sounds of many nations into a musical tapestry of incredible music.

7pm - Ramon Chicharron (Quebec, CA) 
Celebrating his ancestral Afro-Colombian rhythms, Ramon creates a musical fusion he calls, Cumbia Chicharronica. Ramon's vision is to spread a message of consciousness while preserving the Afro-Colombian folklore.

8pm - Lucho Quequezana and Banda Kuntur (Peru) 
Lucho Quequezana's is an internationally renowned artist whose unique story transcends his music, based on Andean Peruvian rhythms, into a youthful playfulness.

9pm - Melisande (Quebec, CA) Mélisande's award-winning music encompasses century-old traditional Québécois songs, with state of the art electronic instruments, backed by drums, fiddle, flute, jaw harp, banjo and bass.

10pm - Newen Afrobeat (Chile) 
Newen Afrobeat's music was inspired by their native roots in Chile, and the pioneer of Afrobeat, Nigerian born, Fela Kuti. This is an excellent band to dance to.


Noon - DJ OonGa (Montreal) 
DJ OonGa is the electronic alternate identity of Eli Levinson, a bass-playing funky monkey living in Montreal, Earth. Originally making music as part of funk, hip-hop, metal, punk and experimental party bands, Eli started producing beats in 2010.

1pm - Starlite Steel Drum Band (Local) 
Starlite plays Calypso, Reggae, Gospel and Classical music. A family band, they are comprised of the parents, two daughters and a son. Starlite has been performing at events in the Waterloo Region for 12 years.

2pm - DIAR (Syria - Toronto) 
Diar performs Syrian and Arabic traditional songs with a flamenco touch to revive the heritage with the use of easy rhythms so everyone can understand and enjoy the music. Diar – a bridge from their native Syria – to their new home in Canada.

Clarinet Factory, formerly Czech Clarinet Quartet, is a Czech clarinet quartet. Its genres include classical music, jazz, crossover, ethno, minimalism, electronics, film and theatre music.

4pm - BOZÁ(Colombia) 
This musical group from the Colombian Caribbean combines the sound of bagpipes with electronic elements. Not only do they have an amazing sound, but Bozá strengthens the Caribbean identity and the bagpipe tradition.

5pm - WHO'S THE CUBAN? (France) 
Who's The Cuban? It is not an easy thing to distinguish from the rest of the band. Who's the Cuban has evolved into a more modern music, mixed with pop accents and a fusion of styles. 

6pm - WESLI (Haiti/ Quebec) 
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli built his first guitar out of an old NGO - provided oil and a nylon shoelace when he was eight. Throughout his musical journey, he's consistently delivered a rich, exciting and uniquely engaging sound.

7pm - Erroll Blackwood (Jamaica/Local) 
Canadian Reggae legend, and the recipient of a Juno for best Reggae recording, Errol Blackwood has been turning out authentic roots rock reggae for decades.

8pm - Systema Solar (Colombia) 
Systema Solar, a Colombian dance music group, deftly combines elements of Afro-Caribbean music, Champeta, Bullerengue and Cumbri to achieve their high-energy sound.


Anguardia Dance Projects is a Canadian - Latin American collective founded in 2010 with the purpose of promoting contemporary dance work – creating physical conversations with the world.

KW JUNK MUSIC – Saturday 3pm – Workshop Tent. Interactive Event.
KW Junk Music, founded by Mary Neil, is an organization that creates instruments by diverting materials from the landfill or recycling plants,. Great fun for the entire family while considering our environment.

Dabke is a native Levantine folk-dance performed by Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians and Jordanians. This local group finds incredible joy introducing Dabke to the Canadian Culture, and in the dance itself.

THEATRE FOR ONE (Chile) Sat. - 4/6/8pm & Sun. 2/4/6pm
Roberto Sainz de la Peña brings, Butterflies, his Theater in Miniature three-minute play designed for one person at a time. A powerful Wizard is looking for inspiration to create the most beautiful Insect of his Kingdom.

INNVENTORS – High Tech High Touch for Kids. Sat. 5-8pm
Laura and Daniela of INNVENTORS three-hour amazing workshop for kids aged 6 – 12.  Learn how to build robots and bring them to life. Creative way to explore & learn essential skills. Pre-register as there are only 20 spots available.
FEEL THE MUSIC:  Sunday July 14th 12 – 2pm - Walper Hotel - A concert for the hearing impaired using light and vibration, designed by Grammy nominated, Lucho Quequezana, partnering with Inter Arts Matrix, Vibrafusion Lab and Canadian Hearing Society, produced by Roberto Sainz. For the Deaf, sound is expressed as movement, something seen or felt as vibration. Please make sure you share with anyone you think would benefit from this amazing event!

Bring a drum. Borrow a drum (many available). Everyone welcome to this workshop that goes from simple instruction, to a fabulous jam session.

REGGAE SURPRISE with WESLI (Quebec/Haiti) Sunday 3:30pm
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli built his first guitar from an old NGO - provided oilcan and a nylon shoelace when he was just eight years old. He will be leading an interactive surprise Reggae workshop.

THE SILENT DISCO:  With DJ Oonga Sunday 5-8pm
Families dance together wearing headphones. You won't hear the music; you'll see the music. All participants interact with each other, and DJ Oonga. An exercise on interaction and communication.

jSun's music, funky, strummy, Reggae rhythms will sync your mind, move your body and satisfy your soul. The conscious lyrics over mellow rhythms and the positive message of unity and love is ever present.

July 15
Fireworks in Stratford Ontario Stratford

July 17
Free Zumba @ Max Becker Common – Williamsburg in Kitchener 7pm

in the parking lot at 300 Gage Ave. Kitchener

July 18

July 18-21
Mount Forest Fireworks Festival – 3rd Weekend of July –

July 19
Anastasia @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership

July 19-20
Cambridge Scottish Festival

Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show in Victoria Park
selection of Ontario craft-brewed beer, plus live entertainment, Kids Fun Zone and MORE - all in the open atmosphere of Victoria Park.
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.
July 19-21
Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival @ Waterloo City Hall

July 20
15th Nonviolence Day in the Park continues to highlight the many positive forces in Waterloo Region.
- community group displays
- vendors
- music
- crafts and games for kids
- area of reflection
- demonstrations

Be a part of what's good in our community.

July 24
Free Zumba @ Max Becker Common – Williamsburg in Kitchener 7pm

July 25
Spider-Man Into the Spidervese @ Waterloo Park

July 26
Kubo and the Two Strings @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership

July 27
The Greatest Showman @ Stratford Market Square

Schneider Creek Porch Party

Rock and Rumble @ Kitchener City Hall
Rock and Rumble is quickly becoming a must attend summer event for festival enthusiasts and concert goers alike. Enjoy a free concert, vintage arcade, food trucks, craft beer, live professional wrestling on King Street and motorcycles! 
This Men Without Hats headlines the D2L Stage! The free concert also features Canadian rockers Haywire.
Rock and Rumble will also host for the first time ever professional wrestling on King Street! The bell will ring at 6 pm for the first match of the evening. 
Numerous custom and vintage motorcycles from across Ontario and the U.S. will rumble into town to showcase their bikes.
** All bikes please enter onto King St. via Queen St.**

D2L Stage Schedule:
6:00-7:30 pm       Wrestling
7:45-8:45 pm        Haywire
9:00-10:30 pm      Men Without Hats

Fergus Medieval Fair

July 28

Backyard bashes are summer fun events put by KWCF for you and your family.
Food trucks, live music, and other fun activities are featured each year.
Choose delicious food from a couple of food trucks, sit, relax, listen to some live music and enjoy a fun atmosphere.

Aug 24-25 Victoria Park
Join us in a time of celebrating and experiencing  
the richness and diversity of the African and Caribbean culture  
through three stages of live musical entertainment, cultural DJs and  
various vendor displays of arts, crafts and foods. Attractions include  
demonstrations, children’s activities, games, races, face-painting, a  
fabulous carnival costume parade, a limbo contest, children’s stilts  
workshop, as well as drumming and steelpan workshops. Bring your drums  
and percussion instruments; no experience required! Admission is free,  
everyone is invited and there’s ample free parking.

Volunteers, vendors and sponsors welcome.