Andrea's Five Fun Things To Do This Weekend - Sept 20 -21

Festivals, mushrooms, music and more - check out this list of fun things to do in the region and beyond.
Check out the first-ever Rockwood Mushroom Festival this weekend. (JIANG HONGYAN/Shutterstock)

Word on the Street - Kitchener

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20

Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street W.

The Word on the Street is a cross-Canada festival celebrating books, magazines and literacy with events in Toronto, Halifax, Saskatoon, Lethbridge and of course, here in Kitchener. You can attend author talks, go to book signings, workshops and even cooking demonstrations. Authors including local writer Tasneem Jamal (listen to her interview with Craig Norris here), personal finance expert Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Evan Munday, Carrie Snyder, Chef Darryl Fletcher and CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's own food columnist Andrew Coppolino will be speaking at the festival. 

Royal Medieval Faire

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday Sept. 20

Waterloo Park West, 100 Regina St. S. 

Get out your broadsword and cloak, the Royal Medieval Faire is back. Or actually, this year, get out your Viking helmet and longship. The Kingdom of Mearth is fighting back against Viking invaders - and needs your help. You can also pick up some new chainmail, food for your dragon or complete wizarding accessories.

Koi Music Festival

Friday - Sunday, Sept 19 -21

Downtown Kitchener venues

Danko Jones kicks off this three day festival with a headlining performance Friday night at the main stage starting at 10 p.m. But there are tons of bands spread across six stages for Saturday from 12:00p.m to 2:00 a.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Check out the KOI website for the complete and exhaustive listing.

Rockwood Mushroom Fest

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 20

St. John's Anglican Church, 112 Guelph Street, Rockwood

This is the first annual Rockwood Mushroom Festival, and it's sure to be packed with fungi. Michael Warnock from the Mycological Society of Toronto will give a talk about the rewards of mushroom hunting. Several chefs will be demonstrating their mushroom-centric dishes and - yum!- handing out samples afterwards. There will be mushroom-themed art, mushrooms and related foods for sale, and wine tastings. 

Doors Open Waterloo Region

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20

Various locations across Waterloo Region

Check out buildings and spaces not usually open to the public, or learn new things about classic Waterloo Region landmarks at Doors Open on Saturday. This one day event celebrates architecture and heritage. Plus peep our photo gallery of the Cambridge Armoury here, which is open to the public on Saturday and is celebrating its 100th anniversary.