Summer in the Cities

Summer in the Cities

There is so much to do if you are sticking around the KW area for the summer. Nearly every weekend there is a great festival or event to attend. My family and I love bumping into people from our community, listening to great music or chomping down on some fantastic food.

We have lots planned this summer, and I wanted to share a couple of my favourite events.

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Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival!

Uptown Jazz Festival

The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is an annual three day FREE music festival held in Waterloo, showcasing all genres of jazz. This is the 24th season, and is always jam packed with great entertainment and people.  Last year more than 35,000 enthusiastic festival goers come out to the event at the corner of Regina and William. Check out the artist 2016 lineup!
Start Date: Friday, 15 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 17 July 2016
Time: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM

Kitchener Blues Festival 2016

Blues Festival

The Kitchener Blues Festival always follows the weekend of the “Civic Holiday” in Canada, starting on Thursday with a Kick Off Concert, then all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This premeir blues festival attracts tourists from all over the world and delights our local community. It’s FREE admission from Friday to Sunday! However, some concert events are ticketed, for more details please click here!

Start Date: Thursday, 04 August 2016
End Date: Sunday, 07 August 2016
Time: 12:00 PM

Berlin Tower ARTSPACE

Showcasing community arts and culture, the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE is home to a variety of exhibits annually, including work in progress by the artist-in-residence.  It is located on the ground floor of Kitchener City Hall and is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Start Date: Sunday, 3 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 31 July 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday Night Concerts

Every Sunday, right through to September 4 check out Sunday Night Concerts at Gore Park – 68 Arthur St. S., Woolwich ON. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy some tunes outdoors FOR FREE! Check out concert dates here!

Start Date: Sunday, 3 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 4 September 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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The Best Summer Activities in Waterloo Region

Summertime in Waterloo Region is filled with great community events for the whole family to enjoy! As Region residents, the Afterglow team loves supporting the vibrant and fun activities that take place over the summer.

From a broad range of festivals in our beautiful parks, to street fairs in our core areas that feature: live bands, local artists, and delicious local food and drink, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy!

Provided below are our top three favourite summer activities:

1. Although the Sun Life Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival has passed, the TD Kitchener Blues Festival is just around the corner!

Fun fact: The creative pistons that drove one of Canada’s most successful rock bands, the Guess Who, are headlining the Blues Festival. The festival will go down King Street from August 6-9, 2015, so you should buy your tickets soon.

2. In addition to stellar live music, THEMUSEUM in Kitchener is hosting Stone Soup’s two-week Blues inspired “pop-up” art gallery. It will feature 15 local artists from August 6-9, and 12-15, 2015.

Be sure to check it out!

3. Everyone at Afterglow is also excited about Sun Life Financial’s Waterloo Busker Carnival, August 27-30, 2015! It’s not only one of the top busker carnivals in Canada, but is also one of the oldest: last year it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Waterloo Buskers Festival

The performances will be all along King Street from Erb Street West to William Street. Remember, these streets will be closed! But there is plenty of free parking uptown, or if you want to avoid the congestion take advantage of Waterloo’s public transit system.

Enjoy your summer and have a wonderful time at these events!

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