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Vintage Fest takes you back in time for a weekend-worthy adventure

by KWFamous | UPDATED May 2024

Waking up on the morning of a vintage festival is something special. Getting out of bed is easy: you’ve slept in a bit, and head out with a sense of urgency to get to the festival – you know, you’ve gotta be there early to get the best stuff!

You’ve only ever been to Market Road Antiques in the winter to check out the indoor vendors, but today the parking lot is alive with 200+ vendors getting ready for a long weekend full of vintage shoppers, out to source their next best find. As the sun heats up the pavement, the gates open and you start to look around. You walk through the aisles, mesmerized by colours and textures, the twill and leather patina, the tupperware and mid-century modern décor.

This is Vintage Fest – a nostalgia-filled 3-day festival that celebrates all things retro!


Pink logo for Vintage Fest happening on the May long weekend

May 18-20, 2024 at Market Road Antiques in St. Jacobs

At KWFamous, we create events we want to attend. The ones that are missing that could – and should – definitely be there. We love KW and want to show as many people as possible what makes it so great.

Vintage Fest was born out of this process. The idea for a vintage and antique show was the perfect complement to everything the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is doing with the Market District, alongside their plans to amplify the hidden gem that is Market Road Antiques.

Vintage Fest – Unlimited Nostalgia

Get ready to be transported back in time for a vintage shopping experience you won’t forget!

Vintage Fest is perfect for everyone from thrifting enthusiasts to families looking for a great long-weekend outing. It’s also a pet-friendly event, so bring your four-legged family members too! Come for the fun and stay for the vibes! This modern antique and vintage show offers music, food and vintage-themed entertainment. 

Two women crafting at a picnic table outdoors at Vintage Fest 2023

There will be an eclectic mix of vendors offering everything from quirky furniture, retro garb, upcycled fashion, rare collectibles to affordable thrifted finds.

Enjoy a curated weekend of music with Funk’n Fun Saturday, Soulful Sunday, and Mellow Monday. There will be live fashion shows, upcycling workshops, crafting for kids, swing dance lessons, and breakdancing showdowns. Enjoy the buskers, jugglers and magicians as they perform throughout the festival. And, check out Market Road Antiques – a 20,000 square foot indoor destination antique mall with over 150 antique dealer booths under one roof.

With so much going on, you’ll need more than one day to take it all in. Vintage Fest weekend passes are available; and with hotels located within walking distance of Vintage Fest, why not book a room for the weekend and explore at your leisure?

While you’re here, pick up an apple fritter and explore the vendors at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. Grab a canoe and paddle on the beautiful Grand River. Or take a hot air balloon ride and take in Waterloo Region from the air. There isn’t much you won’t be able to find in Waterloo Region. It’s a weekend-worthy adventure.

Vintage Fest 2024

When: May 18 to 20, 10am-6pm
Where: Outdoors at Market Road Antiques, 845 Weber St N, Waterloo
Tickets: Starting at $10 – kids under 10 are free!

Vintage Fest is easily accessible by car, bus, ION, or bike. There’s plenty of free parking and places to leave your bike.


About KWFamous

KWFamous is a nonprofit creating events and experiences that highlight the best places in the region while building community pride. We take an active role in shaping our community by collaborating with local businesses, community groups, and governments to create events, experiences and destination marketing campaigns – like Roller Disco at the Kitchener Market, KW-wide Winter Patio Party or at our arts and music festival, Art Hop. Let’s make meaningful community happen. Learn more at kwfamous.com.

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