The UpTown Waterloo BIA runs our Great Oktoberfest Barrel Race every year during Oktoberfest in Waterloo. Teams of four participate in this relay-style keg race to win great prizes from sponsors. All proceeds from the race go to The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival.
The Hespeler Harvest Festival is an annual festival in Downtown Hespeler each September, around the annual harvest season. The event features activities, games, food, live entertainment and vendors.
The Hespeler Santa Claus Parade is an annual event occurring the first Saturday of December in Hespeler. The parade is organized by volunteers from organizations such as the Optimist Club of Hespeler as well as independent volunteers.
Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival was founded in 1969 and is the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich, Germany. The community-owned festival takes pride in maintaining their traditions, while representing the interests of the newest generations of “festers.”
Lumen is a light based new media, media art, and projection based festival happening in UpTown Waterloo . It features art installations of all mediums which incorporate various technology platforms, that will be placed in public spaces. Lumen encourages people to explore the city through a new lens
Music and Lights is an annual event occurring in Hespeler Village in late November. Considered the kickoff to the popular Christmas in Cambridge series of events, Music and Lights features choirs, plays, and Christmas tree lighting at Hespeler Town Hall.
The biggest Oktoberfest celebration in Waterloo Region happens at Bingemans! With one ticket you can enjoy TWO tents – KOOL HAUS & PAULANER HAUS. Check out their special Oktoberfest VIP lounges, Bingemans Bavarian Feast, special Oktoberfest Camping packages, and special Oktoberfest events.