By Condo Culture
With the big Canada Day long weekend ahead, we’re kicking off this week’s blog with the best places to take in the festivities locally. Heading out of town for the weekend? No worries, we’ve included some great events that you can take in across the local area throughout the month of July.
Have a super fun and safe long weekend everyone! Happy Canada Day! -CC
Canada Day in Cambridge Riverside Park 49 King Street W, Cambridge
Cambridge really knows how to throw a party. Festivities start bright and early at 7:45 am with a fishing derby followed by a parade at 11:00 am that runs along King Street between Bishop St. and Eagle St. The festivities continue throughout the afternoon with midway rides, food trucks and various vendors and even a beverage tent (ie. beer tent) to keep the adults entertained. There’s also hot air balloon rides that run from 5:00 to 8:00 pm (maybe don’t spend too much time in the beer tent beforehand) while you await the fireworks at dusk, estimated at around 10:00 pm.
Canada Day in Waterloo Waterloo Park Located in Waterloo Park West, access off Westmount Road or Father David Bauer Drive
If Cambridge knows how to throw a party, Waterloo knows how to bring you in a zone of relaxation full of chill vibes. Check out the art market and spend the afternoon listening to live music at this picnic themed Canada Day celebration at Waterloo Park. Lots of games, food trucks and fun activities await to entertain you throughout the day. And to cap it off, Waterloo is bucking the trend of fireworks in favour of a coordinated drone show with 100 drones decked out with LED lights. Prepare to be enlightened ;)
Canada Day in Kitchener Carl Zehr Square Located in front of Kitchener City Hall at 200 King Street West, Kitchener
Want to stay in the city but can’t give up a good fireworks display? Check out the Canada Day in DTK celebration in Downtown Kitchener between 6:00 and 11:00 pm. The evening will involve lots of fun activities, a free concert in Carl Zehr Square including Steven Lee Olsen, Robyn Ottolini, Owen Riegling, Amanda Kind and additional live music from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Gaukel Block (44 Gaukel Street) for those of you who want to get a kickstart on the festivities. All culminating with a brilliant fireworks display at dusk.
Bingemans 425 Bingeman’s Centre Drive, Kitchener
One Canada Day event not enough? Head over to Bingemans for a more rustic take on the day and watch The Stihl Timbersports Canadian Trophy and Rookie Championship between 12:30 and 4:00 pm before heading to DTK or Waterloo Park. Or maybe you don’t want to leave? In addition to live music, Bingeman’s is planning the largest fireworks display in the Region at day’s end. We haven’t seen it yet so for any of you attending, we’ll let you be the judge!
Canada Day in New Hamburg Woolwich Memorial Centre 251 Jacob Street, New Hamburg
For those with little ones, consider heading out to New Hamburg for a day of fun. Start the day with an Indigenous Sunrise ceremony and enjoy performances by Eric Traplin, Ultimutts and the Orangemen. As with many of the events here, the day ends with an exciting fireworks display alongside music by local and Juno award winner John Bailey.
Canada Day in Ayr Cowan Park 2958 Greenfield Road, Ayr
Running from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm with music and entertainment from The Barry O Kid Show and Electric Crush. Hitched Coffee along with food trucks with delicious fries and fish and chips will be onsite. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Canada Day in Elmira Woolwich Memorial Centre 24 Snyder Avenue South, Elmira
Staring at 12:00 pm, you can take in an antique car show, magic and juggling lessons, a magic show by Theatricks, face painting, fire truck tours and live music by Danica & Jack among other entertainment. Events run until 4:00 pm. For all of you earlier birds out there, you can also partake in the free public swim between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Heading out of town for the long weekend? Check out these events happening locally through the month of July.
Kultrun World Music Festival - Thursday July 13 - Sunday July 16 KW Ribfest & Craft Beer Show - Friday July 14 - Sunday July 16 Cambridge Scottish Festival - Friday July 14 - Saturday July 15 Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival - Friday July 21 - Sunday July 23 Hillside Festival - Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30 Halal Ribfest - Friday July 28 -Sunday July 30
Our Lady Peace @ Lions Park Arena - Saturday July 29, 1:30 pm, slightly out of the area but a super fun throwback for all of you 90s alt rock fans out there!