Friday, October 2, 2020

Kitchener Market, Oktoberfest, Halloween and More October 2020 Activities, Events and Stuff To Do Safely in Kitchener Waterloo and Area

 
October 2020 Activities, Events and Stuff To Do Safely in Kitchener Waterloo and Area



From March to the Summer we kept updating our Social Distancing event post, but as everyone headed outside there were less events to post about.  Still, if you are looking for great resources, I suggest checking our post and scrolling down to the RESOURCES area for lots of ideas for online activities.

Now that fall is here, it is time for an update.

Please note, we suggest we check with the event/venue in advance to see what safety precautions they have put in place and decide if it is an activity that you are comfortable with.

October 2020 Events – Ongoing



VISIT OUR PUMPKIN PATCHES AND CORN MAZES POST TO SEE ALL THE ONES IN OUR AREA!

https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2012/09/pumpkin-patches-and-corn-mazes-in.html

For those with older kids (teens), did you know that THEMUSEUM has a Youth Council? Find out more at https://www.instagram.com/p/CF0UQqIg1Ua

The Kitchener Market is open every Saturday for their Farmers’ Market from 7am to 2pm weekly. You can learn more about their safety precautions at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-kitchenermarket-re-opens-on-june-13.html

They will continue their online cooking classes this month as well.  Tune into the City of Kitchener Facebook page on Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 7pm for the recorded cooking classes.  Plus, our readers love the Saturday Morning FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES that take place Saturdays at 10am

https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener

Thursday-Sunday

Outdoor Light Show at The Old Post Office in Cambridge

(there is a parking lot across the street so you can watch from your car)

Watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night!

Halloween and Autumn Theme: October 2 to November 1

  • 8:00pm (with sound)
  • 8:30pm (with sound)
  • 9:00pm (without sound)
  • 9:30pm (without sound)

Please Note: Some shows may have strobe light type effects that may be disorienting to some residents.

https://ideaexchange.org/programs/event/old-post-office-projection-light-show

Uptown Open Air Market

Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm

October 4 – 25, 2020

Waterloo City Hall Parking Lot, 100 Regina St. S.

https://uptownwaterloobia.com/open-air-market

OKTOBERFEST FAMILY SERIES
https://www.oktoberfest.ca/oktoberfest-family-series-event

Watch the video below to learn more about Oktoberfest this year 


Also for those who want to dress up all month for Halloween, I suggest joining in this month's DISNEYBOUND 




 Flag Raiders has outdoor paintball. Times and pricing at https://flagraiders.com

Oct 10-25

Dinosaur Drive Thru at Bingemans

THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Times and prices at https://www.dinodrivethru.ca

 

OCTOBER 2020 EVENT LIST

Oct 3

Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Kevin Coates https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-03-1000-Saturday-Live-Music

 

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and Eggs Benedict

Oct 9-10

KW OKTOBERFEST ONLINE
Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10

You can now experience all the same Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ‘Gemuetlichkeit’ you’re used to right from the comfort of your own home. Join in on a fun and interactive two-day virtual event happening on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

There will be a number of live events happening, from Oktoberfest-themed entertainment and concerts to experiences the whole family can enjoy. Watch a live keg tapping ceremony to kick off the festival, as well as concerts from your favourite Oktoberfest bands, cultural displays of music and dancing, kids entertainment and many interactive activities like cooking demos, trivia, and more.

FREE BUT YOU MUST REGISTER AT https://www.oktoberfest.ca/kitchener-waterloo-oktoberfest-live-event

 

Oct 10

Kitchener Market Pretzel Making Event

Combine your pandemic bread-making skills with Oktoberfest! German-style pretzels are a great place to start. Not only are they crowd-pleasers, but the pretzels’ firm dough also makes them easier to work with than other doughs.

To get your free supply bag:
Come to our welcome desk on the Food Hall level of the market on Saturday, Oct. 10 (hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.), then join Chef Nicole on Facebook at 2 p.m. when she will show you how to make your pretzels (Video will be available to re-watch afterwards).

Supply bag includes:

Dough for 2 pretzels, mini pumpkins for a fun craft, festive colouring pages, and recipe and baking steps for your pretzels.

Only 100 kits available, first come, first served.

Cost:

Free

https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-10-1400-Pretzel-Making-with-Chef-Nicole

 

Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Marko Kecskemeti (aka: Prince of Polka) https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-03-1000-Saturday-Live-Music

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener Cook Like Oma - join Chef D and friends preparing Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest comfort food

 

Oct 10-30

Dinosaur Drive Thru at Bingemans

THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Times and prices at https://www.dinodrivethru.ca

Oct 12

There will not be an Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Parade this year, but you can watch past parade highlights!

CTV Parade Special Monday, October 12
12pm-1pm on CTV

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Waterloo Region without the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade! We have partnered with CTV Southwestern Ontario to bring you a look back on previous parades. The special will include historical facts about the parade and Festival, as well as lots of great archival footage. It will also highlight many of the floats, bands, and special guests that have been a part of the parade over the years.

This one-hour special is proudly presented by Pillers Fine Foods. It will air across Southwestern Ontario and select Canadian cities on Monday, October 12 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Oct 17

SIGN UP DAY FOR THE KITCHENER MARKET HALLOWEEN EVENT - info at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2020/10/halloween-family-fun-nights-at.html

Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Marko Kecskemeti (aka: Prince of Polka) https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-03-1000-Saturday-Live-Music

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener Halloween Themed Cupcakes and Pumpkin Cream Puffs

 

Oct 25

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener


October 24, 25 and 31: Joseph Schneider Haus Spooktacular outdoor craft and games for Halloween! Wear your best costume – spooky or not and get a special treat!

www.eventbrite.ca/e/timed-tickets-for-schneider-haus-national-historic-site-tickets-119151598639


Oct 28 and 29

Halloween Party @ Kitchener Market - Pre-registration (Now Sold Out)

 https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2020/10/halloween-family-fun-nights-at.html

 Oct 29-31

Kitchener Community centres

  • Events will be hosted at all community centres except Williamsburg
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Noon to 6 p.m.

Families are invited to arrive in costume to community centres to explore and take photos at the outdoor haunted Halloween displays and take home a bag of treats.

Gathering limits will be maintained, and participants are asked to wear a face covering when indoors and physical distance at all times. https://www.kitchener.ca/en/things-to-do/events-and-festivals.aspx#

Oct 30 and 31

For Halloween weekend (Fri and Sat) State and Main WATERLOO will be donating 15% of their in-store sales and in-store pickup sales to @food4kidswaterlooregion 🎃👻 They will also be giving treat bags to all the kiddos who can't go out this year info at https://www.instagram.com/p/CGpjyE2gD-2

Recharge and Play socially distanced halloween party Friday Oct 30 or Saturday Oct 31!

$15/child $10/sibling

St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade

Halloween may look a bit different this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get out to enjoy the spookiest time of year. Since handing out candy has been exorcized, we've used our sorcery and put together some amazing prizes to giveaway instead.  Join us for our first ever St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade! With your help, we will be transforming King Street to “Stephen King” Street with Jack O’lanterns and haunted decor. Starting at 6:00pm head down to King St. with your pumpkins. Costumes are encouraged!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE 

Pick up your FREE pumpkin or gourd and instructions at either The Stone Crock or Block 3 from October 23rd-28th (while quantities last). Plan your costume and carve your prize winning pumpkin!

Bring your Jack O'lantern back to The Village on the 30th or 31st and place it on the King Street sidewalk in the marked areas between Albert and Cedar Streets, post a picture of you and your pumpkin and tag us @stjacobsvillage and use the hashtag #stjpumpkinparade. Our volunteers from The Optimist Club of St. Jacobs will make sure it gets lit with a candle. Stroll the beautiful candle lit and spooky village and enjoy the best season of all Halloween!

All entries must be on the sidewalk on Friday and/or Saturday night and the cut off for posting to social media in time for contest entry on Saturday at midnight….. Spooky right!! 


CONTEST CATEGORIES FOR

  • AGES 3-9

  • AGES 10-18

  • ADULT

PUMPKIN

  • Scariest! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Funniest! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Most Original! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Stencilled Masterpiece! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Peoples Choice - top prizes!

All the info can be found at https://www.stjacobsvillage.com/events-pumpkinparade


Oct 31

Candy Handout at Kitchener Market
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get a head start on your candy collection on Halloween at the Kitchener Market. Visit the welcome desk for a free handout of candy, while quantities last. https://www.kitchener.ca/en/things-to-do/events-and-festivals.aspx#

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener HALLOWEEN BASH

Downtown Kitchener Halloween Art Walk and Scavenger Hunt

  • Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Anytime between 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Starting on Gaukel Street between Joseph and Charles streets

Get your costume ready for Downtown Kitchener’s Halloween Art Walk and explore over 48 art installations across downtown Kitchener all outside and at your own pace anytime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Starting on Gaukel Street (between Joseph Street and Charles Street) you’ll pick up a printed Art Walk Map at the tiny “haunted house”, enjoy a sweet Halloween treat (while supplies last) and a scavenger hunt to follow throughout the afternoon.

The full digital Field Guide to Downtown Kitchener’s Art Walk can be downloaded at www.downtownkitchener.ca

Participants are asked to wear a face covering when visiting the haunted house and maintain physical distancing throughout the Halloween Art Walk. https://www.kitchener.ca/en/things-to-do/events-and-festivals.aspx#

Happy Halloween

See the info above for the St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade https://www.stjacobsvillage.com/events-pumpkinparade

Trick or Treat Drive Thru at Bingemans (this may be sold out at the time of posting – always stay tuned to our Facebook Group for the latest info https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749)

  http://bingemans.com/trick-or-treat

 

Uptown Treats in the Streets

Saturday, October 31, 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Come trick-or-treating and enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience while exploring the businesses of Uptown Waterloo!

Check back on this page for more details soon!

New This Year! Window Walkers Art Walk

As part of this year’s Treats in the Streets event, the Uptown BIA is offering an opportunity for artists to help add vibrancy to shop windows during the autumn season. The Window Walkers Art Walk will feature business windows painted in an autumn or Halloween theme. Check back on this page soon for a map of the windows! https://uptownwaterloobia.com/events-activities/uptown-treats-in-the-streets


Halloween Comicfest

Free Comic Books! Learn more on the video below



More info at https://www.halloweencomicfest.com (I would suggest calling your local comic book shop to see if they are participating before you make the trek there).

Virtual Tricks and Treats Halloween Party by Thunderstorm Productions 6pm-8pm info at https://www.facebook.com/events/3084315461680727

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