1. Eden Mills Writers Festival Friday- Sunday, Sept 13-15 Eden Mills, Ont.
First, there’s a heap of fantastic writers including – but not limited to - Michael Pollan, Joseph Boyden, Linwood Barclay, Ania Szado, Dany Laferriere, Emma Donoughe, Thomas King and Rose Murray. Next are the bands, including performances from the Joel Plaskett Emergency, Jim Guthrie, and Bidiniband, helmed by Dave Bidini, writer of 11 books and former member of the Rheostatics. Plus there are panel discussions, workshops, readings, and most importantly – books to buy and get signed. Sunday is the key day to see all your favourites in one place. Check out the festival’s website for more: http://edenmillswritersfestival.ca/site/
2. KOI Fest Friday-Sunday, Sept 13-15 Various venues, Kitchener
Treble Charger headlines the opening concert of KOI Music Festival on Friday at the main stage outside Crabby Joe’s in downtown Kitchener, while Bayside, Cute is What we Aim For, and Classified top the main stage Saturday. But don’t limit yourself to the main stage, because there’s a staggeringly large number of bands playing at venues across Kitchener, and it’s guaranteed you’ll hear some great sounds. Wrap up the weekend with an acoustic breakfast Sunday, so you can enjoy a bit of music over your bacon and egg brekky. http://www.koimusicfestival.com/
3. Open Streets Uptown Waterloo B-Boy Battle Sunday, Sept. 15 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Outside O.W. Sports, Waterloo
Fancy footwork, furious freezes and flying feet – you’ll see all of it at the Open Streets B-Boy Battle on Sunday. The breakdancing battle is organized by none other than our own Matt Kang, who is also one of the judges. The format is simple – eight crews, with up to five dancers a crew, go head to head in elimination rounds. The winning crew takes home a cool $1000. https://www.facebook.com/events/559661974069294/?ref=22
4. The Centre in the Square Opening Party Friday, 6:00 pm. and Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
The Centre in The Square is holding a two-day party to featuring sky-high performances by aerial dance troop Bandaloop. On top of that, catch musical performances by Danny Michel on Friday, and Cuff the Duke on Saturday. There will be food trucks too, for when you need a little something to satisfy. The best part? The performances are free.
5. New Hamburg Fall Fair Sept 12- 15 Norm S. Hill Park, at the intersection of Jacob and Boullee Streets
The theme of this year’s fair is horses, and there will plenty of horse show events to watch. I hear that if you’re at the fair on Saturday, you may be able to catch Craig Norris announcing some of the events. If horses aren’t your thing, there’s a demo derby, rides at the midway, wagon rides, food and crafts. And keep your eyes peeled for New Hamburg resident and reporter Mike McCulloch, who will be taking in the sights and sounds.