Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend - May 24-25

From fireworks to theatre to music, there's plenty to do in Waterloo Region this weekend.

Southern Ontario Youth Theatre Festival

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25

Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W., and TheMuseum, 10 King St. W., Kitchener. 

This youth theatre festival jams 25 productions into just 2 days, featuring students from all across Southern Ontario. Plays range from the classics like 'The Importance of Being Earnest' to 'The Network,' a look at how we use social media, to 'Parés au décollage?', a French play about four strangers in an airport. In total, 500 performers and crew will be at this year's festival.

Check out the trailer for this year's festival here:

Elora Lions Spring Fireworks

Gates open at 7:00 p.m., fireworks around 9:30 p.m., Saturday, May 24

Grand River Raceway, 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora

If you didn't get your fireworks fix last weekend, head over to Elora for this fundraiser for the Elora Lions Club. The gates open at 7, and there will be local talent performing before the fireworks happen at dusk. Admission is $2. 

Laetitia Zonzambé

8:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday May 24 
The Courtyard at Bonnie Stuart, 141 Whitney Place, Kitchener

Laetitia Zonzambé sings her unique blend of jazz, soul and traditional music in French, English and several Central African dialects. Zonzambé moved to Montreal from the Central African Republic and is largely credited with creating a new musical sound. She's performing appearing in Waterloo Region this weekend thanks to Neruda Arts. Check her out performing below. 

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Repair Cafe

12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday May 12

Kwartzlab Makerspace, 33 Kent Ave, Kitchener

If you're like me (extremely clumsy), you might have some broken stuff lying around your house (guilty). Instead of throwing it out, why not get it fixed? The people at Kwartzlab have everything from 3D printers to laser cutters, a metal and woodworking shop, to sewing machines and foam cutters, to help you fix your stuff. Volunteers will be on hand to give advice and help make it all work again. It's free to show up, but please register here:, and for more information on Kwartzlab go here:

The Cake Walk

2:00 - 6:00 p.m., Saturday, May 24

Meet at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline Street N, Waterloo

Satiate your sweet tooth on this fun tour of Uptown Waterloo venues, eating everything from cupcakes to macarons to pie. When you sign up, you get a passport with an assigned route that directs you to four different l stops, where you get to sample a sweet. Proceeds go to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre.

About the Author

Andrea Bellemare


Andrea Bellemare is a producer and reporter working at CBC Montreal. She has worked in many departments at CBC, from radio to TV to online, and she has also reported for the wire service Agence France-Presse.