10 Ways to Have Fun During the Last Long Weekend of Summer

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We’re coming up to the final long weekend of summer. Labour Day Weekend 2021 is full of fun things to do in Waterloo Region: check out our list and find great options for families, friends and couples to enjoy! 

  • Take a Vintage Train Ride
  • Waterloo Central Railway kicks off its Farmers’ Market Day train rides this weekend! Their Farmers Market Day Train runs three times a day on Tuesdays (until Sept. 14), Thursdays, and Saturdays. The 1st and 2nd trains of the day allow you to purchase a Country Wagon Tour add-on which comes with a delicious homemade lunch straight from Kitchen Kuttings in Elmira.
  • Light up the Night at the Old Post Office
  • Watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night! The Old Post Office Light Show features an impressive display of lights that illuminates the building on select evenings. Tune your car radio to FM 92.5 to listen to the music that has been choreographed with the show.
  • Enjoy some Live Music
  • Get a jump on the long weekend and get your tickets for Music at the Market. This week you can catch Errol Blackwood and Mary-Catherine Pazzano.  Bestival also continues in Belmont Village. Saturday you can catch Fox the Hound and Carry On. There are also art workshops for kids and adults.  
  • Tour a Castle
  • Castle Kilbride in Baden was the elaborate Victorian home of James Livingston, “The Flax and Linseed Oil King of Canada.” You can take a guided tour of the castle this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • It’s a Drive In Double Feature!
  • On the Grand features two movies nightly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first movie each night is geared towards the kids while feature #2 is for the adults. Order your tickets in advance: Gates open at 7:30PM and the show begins at 8:00PM.
  • Digital Doors Open Waterloo Region
  • See what’s behind the doors of some of this region’s most iconic buildings. This year’s Doors Open Waterloo Region event is virtual with nine new videos being released beginning on September 4. Sites that will be featured this year include Waterloo Pioneer Memorial Tower, Kitchener’s Cold War Bunker and Waterloo’s Log Schoolhouse. Each episode is five to 10 minutes long and will debut on the Region of Waterloo’s Youtube channel and on Rogers Television. 
  • Rediscover the Long Weekend in St. Jacobs 
  • From celebrating Block Three Brewing’s 8th anniversary to heading out on the new St. Jacobs Art Walk, the long weekend is a great time to support local and see what’s happening in the beautiful village of St. Jacobs! You can find the details here.  
  • Celebrate Soper Park Pool’s ‘Last Splash’
  • Join the City of Cambridge for the Soper ‘Last Splash’ on Monday, Sept. 6, from 1-3 p.m. The free community event will feature an afternoon of games, giveaways and music to send Kinsmen Soper Park Pool out with a final splash before it closes permanently in October 2021. Pre-registration will not be required however capacity limits will be in place and a COVID-19 screening will be required before entry. 
  • Fall Fun on the Farm
  • Enjoy a fun day at Snyder’s Family Farm! This outdoor physically distant experience includes access to the animal barnyard, jumping pillows, giant peddle cart track, play areas, straw jump, hayride, corn maze, Haunted house and so much more. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 
  • Go Apple Picking 
  • Apple picking begins at Downey’s Farm in Breslau on the Labour Day weekend! There is no entrance fee to enter the orchard, however, they do ask that a minimum of $5.00 of apples be picked per person. Juicy McIntosh and Gala apples are available to start the season. And, you get a wagon ride out to the orchard to pick your apples! 

little girl in a pink jacket and blue pants sitting in an apple orchard eating a fresh apple with rows of trees on either side of her


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