5:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22 and 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23
Bissell Park, Elora
This two-day festival is full to overflowing with great bands including headliners Charles Bradley and Blue Rodeo, as well as Serena Ryder, The Arkells, Young Galaxy, Dan Mangan, Bahamas, Elliott Brood and Jadea Kelly. You can get day passes or a pass for both days of this festival. Go both days though, the music is awesome.
WFTDA International Rollerderby Tournament
Friday, Aug. 22 - Sunday, Aug. 24
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo
The local Tri-City Roller Derby league is hosting 10 roller derby teams from across North America and as far away as Berlin in this Division 2 playoff tournament on flat track. Aside from catching all the action trackside, there will be clothing and equipment vendors to check out and yummy food to eat.
Trap Tiger CD release party
8:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23
Cork Hall, 352 King St. W., Kitchener
Kitchener band Trap Tiger (as heard on The Morning Edition this week) are releasing their first new album in a few years on Saturday, called Maker / Changer. The five-piece band calls their style 'thought-pop,' which I suspect actually means 'really catchy and fun to listen to.' They're performing with Hinindar and Sexdwarf.
Waterloo Busker Carnival
King St. N. between Erb St. and William St., Waterloo
It's the first time for Australia's Dream State Circus, a troupe of acrobats, fire dancers and jugglers, at the Waterloo Busker Carnival. You can catch contortionist Lisa Lottie of the Netherlands, and watch Derek Derek from Boulder, Colo., perform Chinese pole acrobatics. Kilted Colin from Boston wears, of course, a kilt while performing comedy and sometimes riding a unicycle. There's plenty to see and do at Buskerfest, and many talented people to see, so head to Uptown Waterloo for some fun.
Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23, 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, 11:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Riverside Park, 709 Woolwich St., Guelph
It's the last big ribfest of the summer, so time to get your fingers dirty and fill your stomach. While you're chomping down, there will be lots of music by local bands, the classic car show and kids activities, including face painting, art and fitness activities. If you head down on Friday night, you may just catch The Kramdens - so say hi to Craig Norris!