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Waterloo Region Summer Festivals 2023

Your Ultimate Guide to Local Events and Team Pinto's Top Picks!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the Waterloo Region festival season is finally upon us! It's that magical time of year when communities come alive with the vibrant energy of food, art, and music festivals. And guess what? Team Pinto agents, your friendly local real estate experts, are just as excited about these upcoming events as you are!

As locals ourselves, we understand the value of community and the importance of supporting local businesses and artists. That's why we've taken the time to compile a comprehensive list of all the fantastic festivals happening in and around Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Elora, Stratford, Wellesley, and Paris from now until September 2023. Consider your weekend plans sorted!

Meadows Music Festival in Fergus: June 2-3, 2023 - The Meadows Music Festival in Fergus is a two-day event featuring a diverse lineup of musical performances across multiple genres. Attendees can enjoy live music from local and international artists, as well as food vendors, art exhibits, and interactive activities for all ages.

Great Ontario Beer Festival in Kitchener: June 3, 2023 - The Great Ontario Beer Festival in Kitchener is a celebration of craft beer, bringing together local and regional breweries to showcase their unique creations. Beer enthusiasts can sample a wide variety of brews, participate in beer tasting sessions, and learn about the brewing process through interactive displays and demonstrations.

Greek Food Festival in Kitchener: June 10-11, 2023 - The Greek Food Festival in Kitchener offers a culinary journey into Greek cuisine and culture. Visitors can indulge in traditional Greek dishes such as souvlaki, moussaka, and baklava, while enjoying live music and dance performances. The festival also features cultural exhibits, artisan vendors, and activities for children.

tri-Pride Festival in Kitchener: June 10, 2023 - The tri-Pride Festival in Kitchener is an annual celebration of diversity and inclusivity in the LGBTQ+ community. The event includes a vibrant parade through the city streets, followed by a festival featuring live entertainment, drag shows, educational workshops, and community resources for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.

Tacofest in Waterloo: June 16, 2023 - Tacofest in Waterloo is a mouthwatering event that brings together local restaurants and food trucks to showcase their creative and delicious takes on tacos. Attendees can savor a wide array of taco flavors and styles while enjoying live music, entertainment, and a festive atmosphere.

Cambridge Celebration of the Arts: June 16, 2023 - The Cambridge Celebration of the Arts is an annual event that showcases the talents of local artists in various mediums, including visual arts, music, dance, and theater. Visitors can explore art exhibits, watch live performances, participate in workshops, and engage with the vibrant arts community in Cambridge.

Neighbours Day Festival in Kitchener: June 17, 2023 - The Neighbours Day Festival in Kitchener aims to foster a sense of community and connection among residents. The festival offers a range of family-friendly activities, including games, live entertainment, community workshops, and opportunities to engage with local organizations and businesses.

Art on the Street in Guelph: June 24, 2023 - Art on the Street is a vibrant outdoor art exhibition in Guelph, where artists display their works along the city streets. Visitors can stroll through the open-air gallery, interact with the artists, and purchase unique artworks directly from the creators. The event also features live performances and activities for children.

KW Multicultural Festival in Kitchener: June 24-25, 2023 - The KW Multicultural Festival is a celebration of diversity, showcasing the vibrant cultures and traditions of the region. Attendees can experience a wide range of cultural performances, taste global cuisines, browse artisan vendors, and participate in interactive workshops and activities representing various cultures.

Kultrun World Music Festival in St. Jacobs: July 13-16, 2023 - The Kultrun World Music Festival in St. Jacobs is a four-day musical extravaganza featuring artists from around the world. The festival showcases a diverse range of musical genres, including traditional, contemporary, and fusion styles. Attendees can enjoy live performances, workshops, and cultural displays.

Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in Kitchener: July 14-16, 2023 - The Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in Kitchener is a gastronomic delight, offering mouthwatering ribs cooked to perfection by local pitmasters, along with a wide selection of craft beers. The event also features live music, entertainment, and family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained.

Paris Night Market: July 21-22, 2023 - The Paris Night Market is an enchanting evening event held in Paris, Ontario. Visitors can wander through the market stalls, illuminated by twinkling lights, offering a variety of artisan goods, crafts, and delicious food. Live music and entertainment add to the festive atmosphere.

Hillside Festival in Guelph: July 28-30, 2023 - The Hillside Festival in Guelph is a beloved annual event that celebrates music, community, and environmental stewardship. The festival features an impressive lineup of musicians from diverse genres, along with workshops, art installations, local food vendors, and activities for all ages.

Kitchener Blues Festival: August 10-13, 2023 - The Kitchener Blues Festival is a four-day celebration of blues music, attracting renowned local and international artists. The festival offers a mix of free outdoor concerts, ticketed performances, workshops, and jam sessions, providing a memorable experience for blues enthusiasts and music lovers.

Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in Cambridge: August 11-13, 2023 - The Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in Cambridge offers a tantalizing combination of mouthwatering ribs and a wide selection of craft beers. Local and regional pitmasters showcase their rib-cooking skills while breweries offer a diverse range of craft beers. Live music, entertainment, and activities for all ages make it a fun-filled event.

Riverfest Elora: August 18-20, 2023 - Riverfest Elora is a music festival set in the picturesque town of Elora, Ontario. The event features an impressive lineup of musicians from various genres, performing on multiple stages. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Grand River while immersing themselves in a vibrant musical experience.

Waterloo Busker Carnival: August 24-27, 2023 - The Waterloo Busker Carnival is a lively street festival showcasing the incredible skills of street performers and buskers from around the world. Attendees can witness awe-inspiring acts including juggling, acrobatics, magic shows, and live music, creating a festive atmosphere in the streets of Waterloo.

Ribfest in Guelph: August 25-27, 2023 - The Ribfest in Guelph is a finger-licking event that brings together rib vendors from across the region to compete for the title of the best ribs. Visitors can indulge in delicious ribs, explore other food options, enjoy live music, and engage in family-friendly activities, making it a must-visit event for food and music lovers.

Ribfest & Beer Fest in Waterloo: September 8-10, 2023 - The Ribfest & Beer Fest in Waterloo is a delectable combination of mouthwatering ribs and a wide selection of craft beers. Attendees can savor delicious ribs prepared by skilled pitmasters and sample a variety of craft beers from local breweries. The event also features live music, entertainment, and activities for all ages.

Belmont Village Bestival in Kitchener: September 15-16, 2023 - The Belmont Village Bestival in Kitchener is a community celebration that brings together local businesses, artisans, musicians, and residents. Visitors can explore unique shops, enjoy live music performances, discover local art, and sample delicious food from Belmont Village's diverse culinary scene.

Enchanted Forest in Fergus: September 22-23, 2023 - The Enchanted Forest in Fergus is a magical event that transforms a forested area into an enchanting wonderland.

With so many exciting events on the horizon, it's no wonder our Team Pinto agents are looking forward to an incredible summer filled with music, art, food, and community. We hope to see you out there, enjoying all that our region has to offer!



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