The coronavirus is re-writing the “contract” between the dining room and the customers at the tables, and, in response, Waterloo Region food operations large and small have focused on re-building that confidence.
This Week in #ExploreWR: A season change gestures to a fresh flood of new and traditional events ready to get underway in the Region. Our theatres are bustling, our stages are booked; it’s time to carve a few dates into your calendar.
Don’t forget – Uptown Waterloo will open King Street before year’s end. The 2017 season tickets for Drayton Theatre are on-sale now. And many of the venues are already promoting their New Year’s parties and events.
Cinderella: The Panto debuts at Drayton!
It’s the classic tale of a young beauty held under the thumb of a wicked Stepmother until she becomes a Princess reimagined as an interactive Pantomime! Perfect for the family and theatre lovers in your world.
Opening November 15th and running through Christmas Eve; St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse
The Skints with special guests The Baudelaires at Starlight
Hailing from London, UK, the Skints are dubbed the “torchbearers for modern British reggae music”. They fly in to take the stage in Uptown Waterloo staple, Starlight Social Club, alongside Kitchener-favourites, The Baudelaires
November 17th; Doors at 8pm, 19+, $12 advance
Waterloo Artisan Market
Christmas is right around the corner – get your shopping done early by picking up unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the folks on your list. More than 20 vendors to peruse at the historic Brick Brewery this Saturday in Waterloo. Find everything from the best in vintage, homemade, art and fashion.
November 19th, 10am – 4pm; Brick Brewery, King Street Waterloo
Golden is the New Orange
The Golden Girls are headed for Litchfield! After a successful run of “Thanks For Killing A Friend”, There’s A Production returns with this hilarious murder mystery comedy, following the gals as they end up in the pen after Sophia was convicted of murder. Who dunnit this time? Find out with dinner and a show.
Till December; The Blue Moon, Petersburg
Blackball Comedy presents …
Looking for the laughs? Blackball guarantees a side-splitting evening each Tuesday at Kitchener’s Rhapsody Barrel Bar (across from Carl Zehr Square, Downtown). With rotating award-winning comedians, no two shows are the same. Book in a date to try the food, but leave enough room for the belly laughs.
Rotating comedians every Tuesday
20th Annual Christkindl Market Returns to Downtown Kitchener
A staple in Waterloo Region, The Christkindl Market makes a triumphant return December 1st – 4th in Downtown Kitchener. The 20-year-old hotspot boasts more than 90 vendors offering exclusive gift-giving ideas and culinary delights. In addition to the shopping, market-goers are treated to holiday cheer through sound and sights; various musical groups, dance troupes and choirs rotate on the outdoor stages. A live nativity scene, train room and blacksmith demonstrations will enchant audiences. And don’t forget your skates! You and the famjam can lace up and enjoy the skating rink in Carl Zehr Square in the heart of the market! Enjoy the festive fun – totally free of admission.
Kitchener Market provides excellent children’s programming. Bring the kiddos down to enjoy Kid’s Hop every Tuesday at 11am and Artshine, Thursdays at 11am. On Thursday December 22nd, children will have the opportunity to enjoy Christmas Kids Art!
What better way to cap off 2016 than with a party? The venues and concert halls of Waterloo Region are ready to ring in the New Year in style:
New Year’s with The Divines – Rhapsody Barrel Bar (Kitchener)
NYE 2017 – Maxwell’s Concerts and Events (Waterloo)
New Year’s – Dallas Nightclub (Kitchener)
Funworx Family Friendly NYE – Bingemans (Kitchener)
New Year’s Eve – The Jazz Room in the Huether Hotel (Waterloo)
Cracker Jack Palace New Year’s Eve Party – The Blue Moon (Petersburg)
November 26th: CATL perform at The Boathouse (Victoria Park, Kitchener)
December 8th: The Trews at Maxwell’s Concerts & Events, Waterloo
December 14th – 23rd: Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol Lost and Found Theatre; Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, Waterloo
December 15th: Wintersleep with Fake Palms at Starlight, Waterloo
December 16th – 18th: Yuletide Spectacular at Centre in the Square, Kitchener
December 17th: Headstones at Maxwell’s Concerts & Events, Waterloo