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 Irish Real Life Festival aims to celebrate and bring attention to the rich and vibrant Irish history that is thriving in the region. Ireland has a cultural tapestry that not only reflects a deep and beloved traditional past, but one that is equally as powerful in its modern day interpretations.
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.”
Dubbed the Region’s ‘biggest outdoor dance party,’ Kultrún is a family-friendly celebration of diversity featuring local, national and international world music bands, all-ages interactive activities, workshops by professional artists, performance art, a food, craft and art market and a beer garden.
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