1. Kultrún Indigenous and World Music Festival
Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The roster of performers for Kultrún is spectacular – from Shauit, a reggae singer who performs in Innu, French and English, to Vox Sambou, a Haitian-Canadian rapper, to singer Amanda Martinez, and that's just to name a few. Kultrún is the brainchild of Isabel Cisterna, who is the festival’s director and curator, as well as the artistic director of Neruda Arts. There are workshops including mural painting with the Alapinta collective, and a musical workshop with Joel Maripil and Patricio Chico. And don't forget Sunday is family day, with a kid-friendly event at The Walper in Kitchener.
2. BOX 13 Art Show and Sale
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Box Art Show and Sale won a Waterloo Region Arts Award for 2012, for the “Best New Festival or Event.” 33 artists, selected by a jury, will have their work on display for Box 13. In addition, there are public talks both days, and you can even pre-order a box lunch to eat while you enjoy the discussions.
3. Anne of Green Gables - The Musical
Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
One of Canada’s most beloved literary heroines comes to the Centre in The Square in musical form. Heather Brezden plays red-headed scamp Anne Shirley. Enjoy Mathew and Marilla’s surprise at meeting Anne who was supposed to be a boy! Watch Anne agonize over puffed sleeves! See Gilbert Blythe tease Anne about her red hair! Plus a bonus: Spot CBC’s Jackie Sharkey as Mrs. Blewett, as well as a "lady of Avonlea". Oh look, here’s Jackie in costume as the latter!
4. Cambridge Santa Claus Parade
Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Hespeler Road, Cambridge
Santa Claus is coming to Cambridge on Saturday, so make sure you’re on the “nice” list. This year’s Santa Claus parade is 87 floats long, and winds down Hespeler Road. The parade grand marshal is Kayla Baker, a 15-year-old Cambridge teen fighting cancer who received a lung transplant earlier this year.
5. Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema
Friday - Sunday, various times.
Here's your chance to see some of the best animated films from around the world on a big theatre screen. Films range from The Congress, a fictional alternate version of actress Robin Wright's life and cautionary tale about extending life indefinitely through digital means; to a French film about a child named Jean with an unusual family, titled My Mummy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill. The films are screening at The Chrysalids Theatre in downtown Kitchener, located on Ontario St. N.