Andrea's 5 Fun Things To Do in Waterloo Region - August 17-18

From the Elora Riverfest to a gigantic bake sale, online host Andrea Bellemare shares her picks for weekend fun in Waterloo Region.
Check out the World's Biggest Bake Sale in Waterloo Saturday as organizers try to set a Guinness World Record. ((iStock))

1. Elora Riverfest


Doors at 2:00 p.m., music starts at 3:00 p.m.

Bissell Park, Elora

Headliners Born Ruffians, Ashley McIssac and Rich Aucoin top the list of performers at Elora Riverfest this Saturday. You can kick off the day at the Elora Farmers Market, camp nearby at the Elora Gorge, take dip in the Elora Quarry in the afternoon if it gets really hot, eat at on-site food vendors, and, according to the festival’s website, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

2. Rock The Mill


12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Riverside Park, Cambridge

This annual festival is put on by a group of youth volunteers in partnership with the City of Cambridge and is not only free but a showcase for local musicians and artists. Headliners include Kitchener hardcore band Exalt, and Montreal’s Beheading of a King. You can also check out Seaway, The Anti-Queens, Slow Motion Victory and Unlimited, plus a ton of acoustic sets.

3. World’s Biggest Bake Sale


10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

200 Ira Needles parking lot

The Running Rarebits, the group behind this enormous sale, need to sell more than 13,085 baked items to beat the current Guinness World Record. On top of that, they have only eight hours to do it. All of the funds for the bake sale go to the Kitchener Grand-River Rotary Charities, so you’re eating for a good cause. Just tell that to anyone who questions why you’re having cookie number eight.

4. Spectrum Picnic and Field Day

12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

42 Erb St., Waterloo

This picnic is in support of Spectrum, a local LGBTQ group and community space. Admission is free, there are games and prizes for all ages, and a barbecue too. Spectrum opened up in August of 2012, so you might even consider it a one-year anniversary party too.

5. Kidspark 25th anniversary


11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Victoria Park, Kitchener

There’s no shortage of fun for children at Kidspark on Sunday.  From a stunt dog show to story time, to the KW Symphony’s musical instrument exploration zone and dance workshops, there’s plenty to keep kids interested and excited.