Summer Activities in Waterloo Region

Places are open again, the sun’s out (most days) and Future’s new album is playing on the radio. You know what that means- we’re having the time of our lives this summer. Here are some activities in Waterloo that appeal to different interests!  

Catch a movie at Waterloo Park 

Whether you have an upcoming date night, outing with friends, or family get-together, an outdoor movie is an ideal event. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks and catch a movie for free on the big screen at Waterloo Park, with choices from Dirty Dancing to Willy Wonka. See the list of showings to find out what’s playing when.  

Explore the Laurel Creek Conservation Area 

This hidden gem at 625 Westmount Rd N. is a triple threat; it offers hiking trails, 144 campsites and a clean, sandy beach with warm water. The area is a rural forested park around the lake that is open year-round, but I can’t think of a better place to go than summer. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, while camping is $39 per night for unserviced sites and $47 per night for serviced sites.  

Enjoy live music around the Uptown Public Square campfire  

Summer nights don’t get better than this. On the second Wednesday of every month until October 12, Uptown Public Square will be hosting live music and games around the fire from 7-9 p.m. You can discover local musicians and spend a relaxing night with your loved ones, feeling like people in a music video.  

Gorge on food and see unique artists at Waterloo Busker Carnival  

Make a visit uptown from Thursday, August 25 to Sunday, August 28 to try food trucks and see international artists perform, from acrobatics and comedians to magicians and fire breathers. Those who have been spending too much money like myself will be relieved to hear that admission is free, with the option to tip artists. Held by Sun Life Financial, this carnival also features a midway with plenty of games to keep you entertained. 

Spend the night at Pub on King with a Canada’s Drag Race Star 

For those who prefer being indoors, there’s a night show happening at Pub on King on Sunday, July 24th. You’ll get to see Canada’s Drag Race Season 3 Star Bom Bae and performances by drag queens Baby Butcher, Basic Taylor, Brattery Acid, Molly Kewl, Orlandra Bloom, and Tammy The Brown. The show will be hosted by Kasha Czech and Estella Monroe. Doors open at 8 pm and the show starts at 9 pm, with $20 for general admission and $30 for meet and greet.  

As summer inevitably comes to an end, make the most of it with these activities before the days get shorter and the nights get longer! 

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