OK – the calendar says summer is still a little more than five weeks away. But the Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start to summer for most people, and it’s a great time to get out and celebrate in Waterloo Region!
There are lots of events happening indoors and out this weekend. Whether you’re looking for ways to be active, or to kick back and relax, here are some suggestions for your long weekend in Waterloo Region!
Victoria Day Weekend in New Dundee
**RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, MAY 20 FROM 9 AM TO 11 PM**
Not only will there be fireworks on Sunday night, this 2-day celebration includes barbeques, food trucks, live entertainment, a parade and more!
Conestogo Winterbourne Optimists Fireworks
Conestogo Park opens at six for the show, but the fireworks don’t start until dark. Bring the family and lawn chairs. Watch for more information on twitter at @cwoptimists
Things To Do
Camping at Bingemans
Camping on the May long weekend is a must for some! Bingemans provides a great camping option where you feel like you’re surrounded by nature, while within minutes of big city amenities! New this year is Bingemans Grand Adventures in partnership with Grand Experiences, providing outdoor fun for paddlers and cyclists.
Laurel Creek Early Bird Spring Migration Hike
The birds are back! And you can look for them in their natural habitat at Laurel Creek.
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo and Kitchener Family Favourites
When was the last time you saw a movie for only $2.99?? This week, it’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
7th Annual Cambridge Mill Race
This no run-of-the-mill race… well, actually it is! A portion of the proceeds from this race will be donated to National Service Dogs
Baden Road Races
The annual road race of Wilmot Township features a fun and challenging race, and a friendly and welcoming running atmosphere for runners and walkers of all kinds
Green Light Arts “Guarded Girls”
This powerful new work by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman reveals the complex ways in which our prison system affects generations of women.
Drayton Entertainment “Glory”
The Hamilton Family Theatre is the perfect stage for this true story of the 1933 Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. Go Rivulettes!
African Lion Safari
It’s been 50 WILD years at African Lion Safari! The gates are open from 9 am – 5 pm daily all long weekend
THEMUSEUM STEAM Day
It’s full STEAM ahead (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) at THEMUSEUM on the long weekend, with a little bit of colour mixed in too!
International Tour of Taiwan Gourmet Cuisines at the Kitchener Market
Two head chefs on tour from 5-star hotels in Taiwan will demonstrate how to cook select main dishes, and will offer taste tests to the audience – yummy!
KW Kennel Club Dog Show
Agility trials, obedience trials and more await at this All Breeds dog show at the Aud
Kitchener Musical Society Victoria Day Concert
Take in a traditional Victoria Day Monday concert at the bandshell on Roos Island in Kitchener’s Victoria Park
Waterloo Public Library Quidditch Tournament
Muggles in Grades 4 and up can sign up to be sorted into a House Team, and then play a fast-paced game of Quidditch!!
Baden Blood Donor Clinic
The need for blood generally increases during a long weekend, so why not get a group together, and Be a Donor!
Descendants Beer & Burger Monday
Enjoy the holiday Monday with a beer and burger at Kitchener’s favorite bierhalle
Fashion History Museum Victoria Tea
It’s a celebration of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday with a trip into Cambridge’s epicurean past!
Farmers’ Markets in St. Jacobs and Cambridge
There’s lots of locally sourced food for your long weekend barbeque and get togethers at our local farmers’ markets!
And finally – area patios are starting to open for the summer! Wondering where to find them? Pick your city, and start exploring!
Uptown Waterloo Patios
Downtown Kitchener Patios
Patio at TWH Social in Downtown Kitchener