Summer is in full swing, and the Waterloo Region is buzzing with an exciting lineup of festivals, events, and outdoor activities. Read on to find out all the hot spots to attend this summer!

Canada Day Celebrations

Get ready to paint the town red and white! Canada Day in the Waterloo Region is set to be a spectacular celebration of all things Canadian. From dazzling fireworks to lively parades, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Region.

Kitchener Canada Day Celebration

Location: Downtown Kitchener
Downtown Kitchener will be buzzing on Canada Day as live music fills the air and food trucks offer delicious meals and treats. Families can enjoy activities throughout the day, culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Canada’s birthday with your community.

Waterloo Canada Day Celebration

Location: Columbia Lake Fields, Waterloo
Head over to Columbia Lake Fields in Waterloo for a day packed with face paintings, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and of course fireworks! Bring a picnic with friends and family and enjoy the atmosphere. Just make sure you get a good view of the fireworks at sunset!

Cambridge Canada Day Celebration

Location: Riverside Park, Cambridge
Riverside Park in Cambridge is the place to be for a family-friendly Canada Day celebration. Enjoy live music, a variety of food vendors, and let the kids have fun with various activities like face painting, magic shows, inflatables, and more! The grand finale will be a brilliant fireworks display.

July 2024 Events and Festivals!

Get ready for a July jam-packed with excitement in the Waterloo Region! Whether you’re a music lover, a foodie, or a nature-lover, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out the hot spots to attend this summer and mark your calendars for an unforgettable month of fun!

Cambridge Scottish Festival

Date: July 19-20, 2024
Location: Churchill Park, Cambridge
Don your kilts and get ready to experience the Scottish heritage on display at the Cambridge Scottish Festival. Enjoy highland games, the mesmerizing sounds of bagpipes, and delicious traditional Scottish fare. Just keep an eye out for flying cabers!

Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show

Date: July 12-14, 2024
Location: Victoria Park, Kitchener
Calling all foodies and craft beer lovers! Victoria Park will be sizzling with mouth-watering ribs and as many local craft beers as you can imagine. Bring your appetite (and maybe a bib) and get ready to dig in!

Wayback Festival

Date: July 26-27, 2024
Location: Carl Zehr Square in Downtown Kitchener
Get ready to travel back in time at the Wayback Festival! Join the community for a day of throwback music and classic rock. With hits that will take you (way) back in time and get you on your feet, it’s a can’t-miss event for all Waterloo music fans.

Movies in the Park

Date: July 25, 2024 (starting at sunset)
Location: Waterloo Park

Spend a night watching movies under the stars at Movies in the Park! Bring your family, friends, and a blanket to enjoy a free outdoor movie in Waterloo Park. Perfect for all ages, enjoy a memorable night out with the whole family – and be sure to arrive early so you can enjoy the pre-show entertainment.

Open Streets Uptown Waterloo

Date: July 28, 2024
Location: Uptown Waterloo
Open Streets transforms Uptown Waterloo into a walkable community with live music, street performers, food vendors, and activities for all ages. Wander through the streets, soak up the atmosphere, and learn what makes Uptown Waterloo special.

Kultrún World Music Festival

Date: July 13-14, 2024
Location: Victoria Park, Kitchener
Travel the world without leaving Kitchener at the Kultrún World Music Festival. This family-friendly event features a number of musical performances, interactive workshops, and delicious global cuisine. Dance to the rhythms of the world and enjoy music from over eight different countries.

Waterloo Jazz Festival

Date: July 19-21, 2024
Location: Waterloo Public Square
Swing into summer with the smooth sounds of jazz at the Waterloo Jazz Festival. This free event features performances by local and international jazz artists. Grab a seat, relax, and let the music carry you away in the heart of Waterloo.

Outdoor Activities

Looking for some fresh air and adventure this summer? The Waterloo Region has got you covered! From scenic trails to water adventures, there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to make your summer days unforgettable. Grab your outdoor gear and get ready for some fun in the sun!

Hiking and Biking Trails

Lace up your hiking boots or hop on your bike and explore the extensive network of trails in the Waterloo Region. Here are some must-visit spots:

The Walter Bean Grand River Trail: Enjoy stunning views along the Grand River, perfect for a serene escape into nature.

Huron Natural Area: Ditch the city and enjoy a walk through a natural sanctuary just south of Kitchener.

Iron Horse Trail: This urban trail connects Kitchener and Waterloo, offering a fantastic route for biking and walking.


Picnicking in Victoria Park

Location: Kitchener
Pack a picnic basket and head to Victoria Park for a relaxing day in the sun. The area is perfect for a leisurely afternoon with family and friends. Enjoy paddle boating on the lake, stroll through lush gardens, and watch the kids frolic in the playgrounds.


Canoeing and Kayaking on the Grand River

Take to the water and experience the natural beauty of the Grand River by canoeing or kayaking. Several rental services and guided tours are available for those looking to explore the serene waterways. It’s a great way to cool off and enjoy a peaceful adventure.


St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market

Location: St. Jacobs
Open Thursdays and Saturdays, the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is a bustling hub of local produce, crafts, and delicious food. Wander through the vibrant stalls, taste some local treats, and enjoy the lively atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot to spend a sunny summer morning or afternoon.


Riverside Park

Location: Cambridge
Riverside Park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including scenic walking trails, a splash pad to cool off, sports fields for a game of soccer or baseball, and picnic areas for a meal outdoors. It’s an ideal spot for a fun-filled family day out.


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The summer is a truly unique time of year to explore the sights and sounds of the Waterloo Region. This list of activities barely scratches the surface on all the area has to offer. If any of these caught your eye, be sure to let us know on @builtbyactiva on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured.

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