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8 things to see and do in the Waterloo area this August

Waterloo Region Attractions and Things to Do is a partnership between CityNews and Explore Waterloo Region

  1. TD Kitchener Blues Festival

4th to 7th August

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Kitchener’s Blues Festival! With over fifty acts on 4 different stages, it’s one of the biggest blues festivals in Canada – and it’s free!

Visit the website for a full schedule.

  1. Neebing Indigenous Art Fair

6th – 21st August 12pm – 8pm daily at Bingemans

Depending on dialect and intonation, the indigenous word “neebing” means either “by the river” or “summer time”.


It’s entirely fitting, then, that the Neebing Indigenous Art Fair at Bingemans takes place just steps from the Grand River in the middle of summer.

The Neebing Indigenous Art Fair features the works of 6 indigenous artists, with each work accompanied by a narrative recording to further enrich the guest experience. Tickets for the art fair are available through the website.

  1. Galt jazz

Sunday 7 August 2pm-5pm

Main Street, Cambridge

Every first Sunday of the month from June to October you are invited to enjoy galt jazz on Main Street in downtown Cambridge. Bring a chair, relax, enjoy!

  1. Comedy in the Green

Thursday 11 August 7pm-10pm

Vogelsang Green, downtown Kitchener

KW Famous has teamed up with Rusty Nail Comedy to bring the best comedy out there this summer!

Bring a chair or blanket to sit under the twinkling lights, enjoy a local brew from Short Finger Brewing Company and fries from Crazy Canuck, and get some free laughs, all generously sponsored by Downtown Kitchener.

To sign up for Comedy in the Green, visit the website.

  1. Esports Summer Showdown

Saturday 13th August at the Galt Arena, Cambridge

Celebrate Galt Arena’s 100th Anniversary by entering one of two video game competitions.

The City of Cambridge, in partnership with Conestoga College Esports, is inviting gamers and families alike to take part in a creative Minecraft building challenge or Super Smash Brothers tournament.

There are youth and adult categories as well as a fun and a competition section. Registration is required and you can register on the website.

  1. moon festival

Saturday 13 August 2pm-11pm

The Three Sisters Cultural Center, St. Jacobs

The Three Sisters Cultural Center presents a day of local music, art and food at the Lunar Festival.

Tickets are available in advance and at the box office. Visit the website for a performer schedule and to purchase advance tickets.

  1. children’s park

Sunday, August 21 11 a.m. – 5 p.m

Victoria Park, Kitchener

Children of all ages are invited to Victoria Park’s annual Kidspark Festival, which brings together music, learning, food and more.

Enjoy hands-on activities, exhibits, art, stories and entertainment. Admission is free.

  1. Sunlife Financial Buskers Carnival in Waterloo

Aug. 25-28

The Waterloo Busker Carnival is fun for the whole family and has something for all ages.

Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere while visiting The Midway, sample delicious food and join us on the edge of our seats to see spectacular, one-of-a-kind, world-class performers that are sure to surprise, delight and inspire you!

Admission to the carnival is FREE. Visit the website for more information.

For more events in the Waterloo Region, visit the Explore Waterloo Region Events Calendar and subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Waterloo Region Attractions and Things to Do is a partnership between CityNews and Explore Waterloo Region.

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