5 fun things to do in Waterloo Region - April 27-28

From a brass band to animal costumes, check out online host Andrea Bellemare's picks for fun things to do in Waterloo region this weekend.

It's a musical weekend in Waterloo Region

Japanese Sea Nettles at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California in 2012. (File) (Richard Green/Reuters)

1. Foundation Roots Reggae: An Historical Exploration of Conscious Reggae


8:30 p.m. 

Featuring live drumming by the Heritage drummers, the Zion Gate Sound Crew, Rising Sun and Errol Blackwood. Brush up on the history of roots reggae with some fantastic artists in this special gig featuring members of legendary Canadian group Messenjah. There are also visual arts on display and food too. Sweet. www.facebook.com/ziongatesoundcrew 

2. Garage Sale at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener is holding a big garage sale. It’s spring, so that means time to clear out the stuff in your basement, garage and shed. Or, if you're like me, go see what deals you can find when other people clear our their basements, garages and sheds. Phone:519-885-5995

3. Bloomin Earth Festival


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Over 100 vendors will line King Street between Kitchener City Hall and Bobby O’Brien’s, with neat crafts and vintage and recycled goods. Other highlights include a massive clothing swap where you can trade your unwanted threads, a noon fashion show featuring outfits of recycled materials made by local designers, and bands galore.  On top of that, there are workshops to make fun things like tin can robots and friendship bracelets. Beep boop boop! http://bloominearth.wordpress.com/

4. Procession of Species


11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lions and tapirs and belugas – oh my! It’s time for the annual Procession of the Species to take over King Street again. But it’s not just mammals in the mix – insects, reptiles, jellyfish and even plant costumes have made past appearances at this parade. The procession originated in Olympia, Washington, as an artistic community-oriented way to celebrate Earth Day. It’s free to join, but organizers ask that you register ahead of time. http://www.kwprocession.ca/

5. Preston Scout House Alumni Band Spring Opener


Doors 1:00 p.m.

Show 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a drumline. Check out this afternoon concert by the Preston Scout House Alumni Band, and offshoots including the Scout House Cadets, The Silver Leaves Brass ensemble and the Heritage Drill Team. There’s also a 50/50 draw. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Peter Black of the Scout House Alumni Band told me to tell you to get there early, because even though there are just under 1000 seats available at the Preston Memorial , they fill up fast. http://www.scouthouseband.com/