Get your calendars handy! In between your times at the cottage, you breaks to get away, come home and enjoy the sweet, sweet music, festivals, events and excitement happening right here in Waterloo Region.
Goodbye, Summer. Hello, Fall!
Townies – the students are back. It must be September. That equates to a new season of shows, concerts and events you’re not going to want to miss! From Oktoberfest, to Halloween, to Christmas, your calendar is going to get a work out.
I remember when the Crossman brothers brought KOI to us. The Kitchener Ontario Independent Music Festival dominated the core for years; a surge of new bands and artists flooded Downtown and onto outdoor stages, indoor stages, street corners. There were vendors. A marketplace. Legions of fans. And what Cory and Curt put forward lives on – the spirit of KOI returns this weekend at Maxwell’s Concerts and Events. The two day event kicks off Friday with Cancer Bats, Exalt, Life in Vacuum among others, with Saturday’s schedule including Comeback Kid, Silverstein and Kingdoms taking the stage.
September 15th & 16th, Maxwell’s Concerts and Events
It returns! Don your crown, and grab your sword, then make your way to Waterloo Park for another year of excitement at the Royal Medieval Faire! Now into their 20th year, the Faire boasts an interactive storyline, vendors, displays and demonstrations. This year, we’ll also witness the marriage of King Bertram to Queen Charlotte – and I’m reading that she’ll also receive a magical hourglass a wedding gift!
September 16th, Waterloo Park West
Ziggy and zaggy your way to Kitchener for the World’s Largest Bavarian Festival this side of Munich! Multiple events, multiple festhalls; October is the month our Region is transformed into two full weeks of German pride. Opening ceremonies kick off with the keg tapping at City Hall on October 6th at 11:15am at Kitchener City Hall, the Thanksgiving Day Parade runs through the Region October 8th, and there are plenty of Uptown and Downtown activities for the entire famjam including the 5k Fun Run, the Rogers Radio (CHYM 96.7, Country 106.7, 570 News) Pancake Breakfast and so much more.
October 6 – 14th, Multiple Locations
The third Saturday every month, dust off your cowboy boots and head to Angie’s Kitchen in St Agatha for live country music, good food and good friends.
19+ || $10
‘Hole Lot Shakin’ at Maxwell’s Concerts and Events, Waterloo
For top shelf entertainment, don’t miss out on the slew of fabulous events making their way to Maxwell’s this season! Protest the Hero take the stage September 29th, Kenny vs Spenny perform October 9th and mark your calendars for a Linkin Park Tribute Night on Friday October 13th.
Drayton closes out its 2017 seasons with several high profile shows in the region, including Beauty and the Beast, Rock of Ages, Death of a Salesman (featuring George Wendt!), and Kings and Queens of Country. Stages, prices, and availability at draytonentertainment.com
Snyder’s Family Farm: They are officially OPEN! Bring the kiddos, and enjoy a family day of fun at the farm! From the bakery, to the Snyder Tree Fort, the pick-your-own-pumpkin, to the hayrides (and then FEAR FARM during Halloween season), Snyder’s is the place to go for a day with the famjam. Located outside of Bright, headed towards Stratford.
Rhapsody Barrel Bar: The newly revamped Gypsy Lounge inside Rhapsody is now open with Rob Szabo at the helm each Thursday night! Don’t miss out on their rotating artists Fridays & Saturdays, and Blackball Comedy Tuesdays!
Centre in the Square: Lock in these dates! Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds September 18th, Bruce Cockburn September 26th, Dallas Smith October 25th, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings October 27th, Daniel Lanois November 16th, and Transcanada Highway Men (Steven Page, Chris Murphy, Mo Berg, Craig Northey) November 17th.
Starlight Social Club: Make your way to Uptown Waterloo, as Starlight hosts of dates including Alysha Brilla’s Album Release September 29th, Elliot Brood October 26th, and Darcys & Ralph November 18th.
Screampark: Get your Halloween on! Bingeman’s brings fright night to life starting September 29th till All Hallow’s Eve. Be wary of those that bump in the night.
Sausagefest: Saturday October 14th, get ready to roll out the barrels in Uptown Waterloo! And bring an appetite! Local restaurants and craft breweries congregate in the Square to serve up the best sausage, sausage product and, of course, the best brew.