Kate's 5 fun things to do in and around Waterloo region: Canada Day weekend edition

It's the Canada Day long weekend and there are lots of local celebrations taking place to mark the occasion. (Mark Blinch/Reuters - image credit)
It's the Canada Day long weekend and there are lots of local celebrations taking place to mark the occasion. (Mark Blinch/Reuters - image credit)

The long weekend is here and while it won't be a hot summer weekend, it's still going to be quite lovely outside, which will make going out to enjoy local events an easy choice.

The Kitchener Panthers are in Brantford on Friday night, then head down the highway to Guelph on Saturday evening.

The Guelph Royals have a very full long weekend of baseball. They're in London Friday night, host Kitchener Saturday evening, in Hamilton Sunday afternoon then host a Canada Day afternoon game against the Brantford Red Sox.

Indigenous Art Market

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Gaukel Block, downtown Kitchener

This outdoor market will include more than 60 Indigenous vendors with a mix of beadwork, jewelry, prints, paintings, apparel, books, candles, stickers and more.

Riverside Reading Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Walter Williams Amphitheatre, Lions Park, 60 Laurel Street, Paris

There will be several authors at this event reading from their books on stage. There's a children's stage and exhibition area, too.

Sunset Sessions

7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday

Vogelsang Green, downtown Kitchener

These small park concerts will take place each week in the summer. The artists remain a surprise until the concert begins. There are also after sunset celebrations in local restaurants (this week it's Abe Erb).

Fourth Friday: Layla Staats

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

Guelph Civic Museum

Every fourth Friday, there's a concert at the museum. This month it's Layla Staats, a Mohawk water protector, film maker, and musician.

During the evening, she will perform traditional songs that were part of her reclamation journey, personal stories behind her new upcoming album, and live performance of her brand new solo debut.

Canada Day events

Sunday/Monday

Various locations

There are a number of Canada Day events in and around Waterloo region. Guelph, however, will not have their usual Canada Day celebrations this year and no fireworks.

On Sunday, there's a free event at Bingemans with Tragically Hip cover band The Almost Hip and fireworks after dusk.

Here's what's on tap on Monday:

  • Cambridge Canada Day celebrations include a parade, fishing derby, food trucks, children's area, Portraits of Honour will be on display and live entertainment.