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7 Things to See and Do in Waterloo Region this May

'Things to See and Do in Waterloo Region' is a partnership between CityNews and Explore Waterloo Region
Community Events

1. Wearable Art Sale, Show & Tea

Fashion History Museum, May 6-7

Join the Fashion History Museum for a Wearable Art sale featuring the work of Bonnie Glass, Annette Graydon, Pix Martin, Inna Zhereshchina, and Eve Farber.

Your ticket gets you a front row seat to the fashion show of their work and an afternoon tea (tickets also include admission to the museum). Seatings for the tea and fashion shows are available both days at 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. and can be purchased online.

 

2. Grand River Film Festival 2022

May 9-22 Various Locations

The Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is the region’s longest running independent film festival where there’s something for everyone. This year’s festival is a hybrid experience with films taking place both in person at various venues throughout the region, as well as in the comfort of your own home.

From features, to shorts, and selections from the local film making community GRFF is excited to offer a wide variety of films from around the world, all available

for the first time in Waterloo Region. You can find a full schedule of films, dates and locations on the GRFF website.

 

3. Step Into Spring Train Tour

Saturday, May 14th at 10 AM

This special 4-hour train tour begins at the Farmers’ Market in St. Jacobs, and features a scenic return trip to Elmira aboard a heritage Waterloo Central Railway train. The tour also includes a visit to Shady Lane Greenhouse located on a Mennonite farm in Woolwich Township, and a trip to Kitchen Kuttings in Elmira where you’ll find a large selection of local foods including homemade summer sausage, preserves, fresh home baking and more.

A unique experience to celebrate spring – and Mother’s Day! Tickets are limited for this tour, and are available on the WCR website by clicking the Book Your Next Journey button.

 

4. Indigenous Art Market

44 Gaukel St. Kitchener, May 14th 10AM - 2PM

Support our local indigenous creators at this special outdoor market. Vendors will be spread out along Gaukel Street, where Indigenous artist Luke Swinson's ground murals are located. 30 indigenous vendors will be selling jewelry, prints, beadwork, paintings, moccasins, crafts, and more! You’ll find more information here.

 

5. Girls Can Fly!

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, May 14th 10AM - 4PM

Girls Can Fly is a FREE educational event that promotes women in aviation and offers free flights for girls aged 8-18 years. Everyone is invited to this Rain or Shine event.

Girls and their families will have the opportunity to tour the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre's state-of-the-art facility, meet women in the industry, learn more about aviation and go for a free flight (all flights require advanced registration). Schedule for the day and details are available on the website.

 

6. Kitchener Blues Fest Launch Party

Bobby O'Brien’s, May 21 6PM

Join organizers of this year’s 20th anniversary Kitchener Blues Festival at Bobby O'Brien’s for the KBF 2022 Lineup Reveal!

You will also enjoy great live music by Elliot and the Audio Kings, and David Vest & the Willing Victims.

 

7. Mel Brown Festival & Symposium

May 27-29

The Mel Brown Music Festival & Symposium brings together a diverse group of community participants, the Black music community, scholars, students and youth, to raise awareness of Mel Brown’s legacy, his musical influence in the Waterloo region.

The festival seeks to spotlight and create a historical understanding and a working knowledge of various genres of Black music through live music presented by Black artists, musicians and spoken word. The festival will showcase local, regional, and international Black artists who traditionally are underrepresented in concert venues and on stages in the Waterloo Region. Learn more.


For more events happening in Waterloo Region, check out the Events Calendar at Explore Waterloo Region, and sign up for our Monthly Newsletter.

"Things to See and Do in Waterloo Region" is a partnership between CityNews and Explore Waterloo Region.

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