Here are some festivals in the Kitchener Waterloo area. These are festivals that are pretty much year round.
1. Oktoberfest – starts the Friday before the Thanksgiving Monday. Lasts just over a week.
2. Christkindlmarkt – the first full Thursday to Sunday of December.
3. Christmas in the Village – an annual event that happens in late November in Belmont Village. It has attractions for young and old with admission being free. But there is a cost to some features.
4. Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show – a three day event that takes places in July at Victoria Park. There are other foods and non-alcoholic beverages available.
5. Ever After Music Festival – a Music festival that had Excicion, French Montana and Zeds Dead as performers. 1-day or 3-day admission tickets are available. Held at Bengemans, the pass gives visitors access to the Big Splash waterpark and a few other places, as well as VIP tickets available.
6. First Star K-W Psychic Fair – this fair makes at least three trips to Binegmans conference centre during the year; mostly on a three day weekend in January or February, Victoria Day weekend and Labour Day weekend – dates can change year to year.
7. Grand River Film Festival – takes place at venues across the Waterloo Region covering four days with offerings by international, Canadian and local films.
8. Kulturn World Music Festival – dubbed the region’s largest annual outdoor dance party. It is produced by Neruda Arts. The festival is free and is family-friendly. It brings top talent from around the world to celebrate diversity. It is located in Victoria Park.
9. Kidspark – a one day event that takes place in Victoria Park on an August Sunday. It was operated by KPL (Kitchener Public Library) now run by the Park/City. Different zones for the kids to explore and learn.
10. Royal Medieval Faire – takes place in Waterloo Park West each September. 2017 marked 20 years for the festival.
11. Sunlife Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival – takes place on two different stages in Uptown Waterloo. International and national musicians have come to play here.
12. Sunlife Financial Busker Carnival – acts from around the world come to the carnival. It is held during the third week of August.
13. Kitchener’s Blues Festival – Held in August each year, it is a four day event for the whole family.
14. Cambridge International Street Art Festival – a two-day event on Main Street in the downtown core of Galt, near many historic bridges and heritage buildings. Over one weekend each summer, the streets and the occasional building wall are transformed from a blank canvas in order to create works of art by professional street chalk and graffiti artists from around the world.
15. Cambridge Scottish Festival – a festival dedicated to Scottish heritage and traditions since 1975. The festival hosts a modern version of the Highland Games, which were intended years ago to keep men in good physical condition in case of war. Events include competitions in traditional arts, such a piping and dancing, along with athletic events. The athletic events include the caber toss, the hammer throw, and the tug of war.
16. Cruise into Belmont Village – an event that takes place in Belmont Village in Kitchener one evening a month during the summer. It focuses on classic cars, and also features food and music. Also it has raffles and the opportunity to shop at over 70 businesses in the Village. Admission to this event is free, but any proceeds that are raised are donated to different organizations.
17. Culture Days – a national celebration of arts and culture that fosters appreciation and support of the arts; promotes interaction between artists and their community; and, affirms that every citizen is the guardian of arts and culture in their community.
18. Elmira Maple Syrup Festival – attracting visitors from around the world, including guests from Europe, Australia, the U.S. In 2000, it was recognized as the World’s Largest Single-Day Maple Syrup Festival in the Guinness Book of World Records with 66,529 people in attendance.
19. Quilt & Fibre Art Festival – held the last week of May each year in four communities across Waterloo Region, it celebrates the best work of quilters and fibre artists, both from the past and the present. The Festival also invites opportunity to attend a “trunk show”, enjoy afternoon tea, chat with an artist, watch a demonstration, sign up for a workshop, take a mystery bus excursion into the St. Jacobs countryside, or shop at a merchant mall.
20. The Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival – found in 1976 the festival was formed with the hopes of bringing recognition to the Township of Wellesley and its major businesses and exports including A.W. Jantzi & Sons Ltd. (Wellesley Brand Apple Products) and the J.M. Schneider Cheese Factory. There is something to satisfy every taste bud with the wide variety of foods available.
21. Winterloo – gives people of all ages the opportunity to get outdoors and break up the winter blues. A three day festival, its many events are located throughout UpTown Waterloo, including Waterloo Park, Waterloo Public Square and venues throughout the core.