Kitchener Blues Festival

Thursday - Sunday, August 7-10

Shows start Friday at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at 12:00 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Various downtown Kitchener locations

It's that time of year again - when the blues take over downtown Kitchener for the weekend. Check out everyone from the Alexis P. Suter Band to Wicked Grin. Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet close out the mainstage on Sunday night, so be sure to check them out. (A reminder that Sunday's closing show is the only show you'll need to buy tickets for.) Summer is not even close to over yet, even though it's been a bit chilly this week, so head down to hear some great free music. 

Baden Corn Festival

7:00 a.m. - midnight, Saturday, August 9

Various locations, Baden

Start your day at the Baden Corn Festival with a firefighters breakfast, before wandering around to see the festival vendors, the antique tractors display, the model boats and the kid zone or take a tour of Castle Kilbride or check out the car show. Most of the events are centred around Beck and Charles Streets in Baden but check the festival website for a full list of locations. In the evening, there will be a roast corn dinner and a street dance featuring Fiddlestix, an Ontario band that combines fiddle and rock music. See if you can spot festival mascot Cornelius T. Cobb while you're there. 

Scout House Invitational Tattoo

Doors at 5:30 p.m., Show at 6:30 p.m.,  Saturday, August 9

University Stadium, Wilfrid Laurier University, 81 Seagram Drive, Waterloo

The theme of the fifth annual Scout House Tattoo is "Here's to The Heroes" and will remember war veterans, particularly poignant this year as it is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. There will be marching bands from New York state, Toronto and of course Cambridge, where the Scout House is based, performing at the Tattoo. The famous Scout House Band as well as the Scout House Cadets will be performing. There will also be banners from the 70th anniversary memorial of D-Day at Juno Beach on display and a memorial portrait wall. According to festival organizers, over 3500 people attended last year. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door.

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10

550 Belsyde Avenue E, Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex, Fergus

Start your time at the Scottish Festival with a bang on Friday night, at the evening tattoo featuring fireworks, pipe bands and dancers. During the tattoo, strongmen will also attempting to set a world record for the most cabers tossed simultaneously. (Cabers are long, slender wooden poles, usually tree trunks, used in Highland games.) That's just the start of the festival fun, which also includes a Robbie Burns dinner, plenty of Celtic music and a tug of war competition. 

Drayton Fair 

Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10

49 Elm Street, Drayton

The Drayton Fair is celebrating 158 years this summer, so it's well worth your time to go explore. There will be tractor pulls, a demolition derby, a miniature horse show, not to mention goat and beef and dairy cattle shows. Or you could go look at the winners of the culinary crafts competition, where the best pies, cakes, squares and loaves will be on display. Check out the fair website for the full schedule of events.