Andrea's Five Fun Things to Do this Weekend - March 12-13

Move your feet at the Irish Real Life Festival, watch a Stratford play on the big screen plus lots more fun in Waterloo Region and Guelph.
Get those feet moving this weekend in Waterloo Region. There's a ceili Irish dance or dance in the aisles at the K-W Symphony's concerts at Centre in The Square. (Joyfuldesigns/Shutterstock)

Irish Real Life Festival Ceili Dance

8:00 p.m. - midnight, Saturday, March 12

Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Avenue, Kitchener

The Irish Real Life Festival is holding a ceili (said "kayley") dance at the Victoria Park Pavilion on Saturday night in honour of St. Patrick's Day. If you have never been to a ceili, it's like going to a square dance with a caller who tells you what to do. The Grand River Ceili band will be playing, there'll be prizes and a cash bar. Kids under 12 are free.

Elementary! opening 

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12

Queen's Square Idea Exchange library, 1 North Square, Cambridge

I love this annual event, a showcase of the amazing art from Cambridge  elementary school students. It's on for a month, but the opening is this Saturday. Plus, there's a Brictek Art Mural Block Party - which means that you can build things on the wall using the Brictek stackable building blocks.

Stratford Festival's The Taming of the Shrew on film

12:55 p.m., Saturday, March 12 

Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph

Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, Conestoga Mall, 550 King Street North, Waterloo

SilverCity London, 1680 Richmond Street, London

This weekend, watch the Stratford Festival's The Taming of the Shrew in HD on the big screen, featuring Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay. The Stratford films have been widely hailed for their excellence – they capture the action of the plays with 10 cameras and 128 channels of sound from one live performance. If you miss Saturday's film, there's another screening on March 17. 

​The Human Rights at Starlight

Doors 7:00 p.m, Show 8:00 p.m, Friday, March 11

Starlight Social Club, 47 King Street North, Waterloo 

This is a very cool night you need to check out. The Human Rights are doing a Reggae for Refugees Tour, to support the International Development and Relief Foundation. The IDRF is a Toronto-based charitable organization that is working on projects like improving health care access in rural Pakistan and providing emergency relief for Syrian refugees. Not only are you supporting a good cause, but you'll be hearing some good reggae too. The Baudelaires and DJ Friendlyness are special guests.

​Dancin' Thru the Decades

8:00 p.m. Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12

2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 13

Centre in The Square, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener 

Tap your way through dance music history with the K-W Symphony, from swing tunes and big band classics from Glenn Miller, to Madonna's Vogue. Anita Hall will be singing, and drummer Stee Moretti will be adding some beats to this great event. Matt Catingub is the conductor for Dancin' Thru the Decades, part of the KWS' Pop Series.


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