True North Festival Events

Showcasing the best of Waterloo Region - virtually, for now.

True North has always been a community-wide celebration of tech, arts, culture and you. Like us, a number of our partners and tech friends have hopped on the virtual train and started to host some pretty awesome digital content and virtual events. Quarantine isn’t a quaran-pause - take a peruse of some wicked online events hosted by the best of the best (who happen to be our friends and neighbours) in the always-thriving Waterloo Region.

Summer Lights Festival
Brightly Re-Imagined

We're shifting during this time and bringing some of the best elements of Summer Lights to our community in new and engaging ways. We're shining a light on our community — sharing stories, LIVE Music and experiences — and bringing you some awesome all-ages programming that's free and accessible to everyone.

Kitchener Ribfest Drive-Thru

The Downtown Kitchener Ribfest Drive-Thru is happening on August 15 & 16 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Donations for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region (of cash or non-perishable items) will be accepted!

Uptown Waterloo Open Air Market

The Uptown BIA is excited to be hosting a weekly market on Willis Way and the Waterloo Public Square on Wednesdays in July and August from 5 to 8 p.m.! They are partnering with local vendors and businesses to offer the community an opportunity to safely visit Uptown Waterloo to shop local foods, retail items, artisans and more!

Kitchener Market: Saturday Farmers' Market

For more than 150 years, Kitchener residents have come together at our Saturday farmers’ market. Visitors are able to pick up their weekly groceries or weekend meals, including meat, produce, dairy and specialty items. The Kitchener Market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. with physical distancing and occupancy restrictions in place. Don't forget your mask!

Kitchener Public Library's KW Indigenous Bike Tour

Check out the Kitchener Public Library's KW Indigenous Bike Tour. You can load the map on your mobile device or print a PDF for a brief overview of locations in Downtown Kitchener that show Indigenous history and culture. The route takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete by bike, or three hours by foot.