#ExploreWR this Civic Holiday weekend!

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The Civic Holiday Weekend is almost here, and there are lots of ways to enjoy the long weekend in Waterloo Region! 

Why not plan a mid-summer getaway to the region, and take advantage of the Staycation Tax Credit? With everything there is to see and do here, the hardest part of your weekend will be narrowing down your choices! 



Waterloo Region’s attractions are OPEN and ready to welcome you!  

Head out on safari at African Lion Safari and get closer than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals! Cool off and dive into the fun at Bingemans Big Splash water park. Ride the zip line at Chicopee Tube, catch SPECTRUM | The 5 Senses at THEMUSEUM , get a taste of farm life (and walk an Alpaca!) at Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life.

And, all 4  Region of Waterloo Museum locations (Ken Seiling Region of Waterloo Museum, Doon Heritage Village, Schneider Haus National Historic Site, and McDougall Cottage Historic Site) are offering free admission on Saturday, July 30th!

INSIDER TIP: some attractions require you to purchase Timed Tickets in advance, so make sure you check their websites and social feeds ahead of time.  

That’s just some of the fun that’s in store for you in Waterloo Region – you can find even more places to explore by checking out the link below! 

Waterloo Region Attractions 


Did someone say PATIO?! Check out the list of restaurants, cafés, breweries and bakeries where you can bask in the summer sunshine while enjoying incredible culinary creations and craft beverages around the region!  

INSIDER TIP: The Civic Holiday Weekend is the perfect time to celebrate local food! Saturday, July 30th is Food Day Canada – a day to dine, cook and shop Canadian! Locally Taco Farm, The Rich Uncle Tavern, Bauer Kitchen and Borealis Bar & Grille are participating in the day and they invite you to take a Food Day Canada Road Trip to see what they’re featuring on their menus!  


Sing and dance away the Long Weekend with these great events! 

Fresh Summer Vibes Friday, July 29th at EVO Kitchen in Cambridge 

Greg Godovitz & The Scarberians Friday, July 29th, 2022 at Maxwell’s Concerts & Events 

Flamenco in the Market Saturday, July 30th at the Kitchener Market 

Karoke Night Saturday, July 30th at Rural Roots Brewery in Elmira 

Backlot Sessions Saturday, July 30th at Monigram Coffee in Cambridge 

An Afternoon of Celtic Music Sunday, July 31st at McDougall Cottage in Cambridge 

Concerts in the Park Sunday Sunday, July 31st in Mill Race Park in Cambridge 


There’s plenty of live theatrical performances happening all weekend long.  

King Henry 5 outdoors at Kitchener Civic Centre Park 

The Sweet Delilah Swim Club at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse 

On Golden Pond at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge 

Outside Mulligar at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts 

The Crooner at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre 

Explore our Uptowns and Downtowns 

#WalkQueen is a celebration of Hespeler’s unique and intimate Village district in Cambridge. In addition to closing down the street for the weekend, local businesses, community groups and volunteers are collaborating by hosting festivals, events, performances and activities that are open, inclusive and free for everyone. 

The Art Market in Uptown Waterloo takes place Friday, July 29th and features artists, crafters, and makers from Waterloo and surrounding area selling outside at the Waterloo Public Square. 

Check Out a Local Farmers’ Market 

If you’re inviting a group over for a long weekend BBQ, our local Farmers’ Markets can provide everything you need to get the party started! 

Find a list of year-round and summer farmers’ markets to explore by clicking the link below.

Waterloo Region Farmers’ Markets


Fastball fans can take in some of the top fastball teams in the world at the Peter Hallman Memorial Fastball Tournament July 29-31 in Kitchener.  

The Kitchener Panthers are in action against the London Majors Sunday, July 31st at 2PM at Jack Couch Park. Tickets are available on the Panther’s website.  

Walk your way through Waterloo Region on one of our many scenic parks and trails this weekend. Prefer two wheels? Waterloo Region has plenty of cycling trails too! 


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