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8 Things to See and Do in Waterloo Region this August

'Things to See and Do in Waterloo Region' is a partnership between CityNews and Explore Waterloo Region
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  1. TD Kitchener Blues Festival 

August 4-7  

It’s the 20th anniversary of Kitchener’s Blues Festival! With over fifty acts to see on 4 different stages, it’s one of the largest blues festivals in Canada – and it’s free! 

You can find a complete schedule of performances on the website.  

  1. Neebing Indigenous Art Fair 

August 6-21 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. daily at Bingemans 

Depending on the dialect and inflection, the Indigenous-language word ‘neebing’ translates to mean either ‘by the river’ or ‘summertime.’ 
It’s entirely fitting, then, that the Neebing Indigenous Art Fair at Bingemans will take place steps from the Grand River in the heart of the summer. 

The Neebing Indigenous Art Fair features the works of 6 Indigenous artists with each work accompanied by a storytelling recording to further enrich the guest experience. Tickets to the art fair are available through the website.  

  1. Galt Jazz 

Sunday, August 7 2-5 PM 

Main Street, Cambridge 

The first Sunday of the month from June to October you’re invited to take in Galt Jazz on Downtown Cambridge’s Main Street. Bring a chair, relax, enjoy! 

  1. Comedy In the Green 

Thursday, August 11 7-10 PM 

Vogelsang Green, Downtown Kitchener 

KW Famous has partnered with Rusty Nail Comedy to bring the best comedy outdoors this summer!  

Bring a chair or blanket to sit under the twinkle lights, enjoy a local brew from Short Finger Brewing Company and fries from Crazy Canuck, and get some free laughs, all generously sponsored by Downtown Kitchener. 

To register for Comedy in the Green head to the website.  


  1. Esports Summer Showdown 

Saturday, August 13 at the Galt Arena, Cambridge 

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Galt Arena by participating in one of two video game competitions.  

The City of Cambridge, in partnership with Conestoga College Esports, welcomes gamers and families alike to participate in a Minecraft creative build challenge or a Super Smash Brothers tournament. 

There are Youth and Adult categories, as well as a fun and competitive divisions. Registration is required and you can register on the website

  1. Lunarfest 

Saturday, August 13 2-11 PM 

Three Sisters Cultural Centre, St. Jacobs 

Three Sisters Cultural Centre presents a day of local music, art and food at Lunarfest. 

Tickets are available in advance and at the doors. For a schedule of performers and to purchase advance tickets, head to the website


  1. Kidspark 

Sunday, August 21 11 AM – 5 PM 

Victoria Park, Kitchener 

Kids of all ages are invited to the annual Kidspark festival in Victoria Park, bringing together music, learning, food, and so much more. 

Enjoy hands-on activities, exhibits, art, story time, and entertainment. Admission is free. 


  1. Sunlife Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival 

August 25-28 

The Waterloo Busker Carnival is fun for the whole family with something for all ages. 

Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere as you visit the midway, explore delicious foods and join us at the edge of our seats to watch spectacular world-class one-of-a-kind performers that are sure to amaze, excite and inspire! 

Admission to the Carnival is FREE. Check the website for more information. 


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

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

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