Doors Open Waterloo Region
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
There are 50 sites to take in at this year's Doors Open event — including 24 that are first-time spots to check out. Consider taking a tour of Ayr Public School, the Carmel of St. Jospeh in Wilmot Township, Google's Kitchener office (pre-registered tours only), heritage mausoleums in the Woodland Cemetery, the Islamic Centre of Cambridge, Lazaridis Hall and so many more. Plan your day to maximize your time.
Guelph Jazz Festival
12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14
12 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15
10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
12 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17
Various locations, Guelph
This festival is already underway, but there's still plenty to see and hear. Whether it's Jane and the Magic Bananas at Silence, Way Out Northwest at Guelph Little Theatre, Matthew Shipp at River Run or any of the amazing bands performing for free at the Market Square stage, there is something to get your toes a tappin'.
Royal Medieval Faire
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Sept. 16
Waterloo Park West
Lords and ladies, you are cordially invited to attend the 20th anniversary of this medieval faire, which includes vendors, hands-on displays, food and drink, games, swordplay and music. The day also features an interactive storyline, the marriage of King Bertram and Queen Charlotte! King Bertram has a special gift for his queen — a magic hourglass! But turning the hourglass has some dire consequences (dun dun duuuuuuun!).
Belmont Village Bestival
10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
Belmont Village, Kitchener
Music, spoken word, yoga, dance, drum circles, food, drink — this festival is family friendly and, best of all, free. So many great local bands have come together for this first-ever event and the 12 hours is jammed pack full of things to see, do, hear, eat and drink.
Hold the Line Cycling and Folk Music Festival
9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16
It is going to be a beautiful day to hop on your bike, so why not take a tour with the folks from this festival, either through Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, or Elmira, St. Jacobs — or heck, why not do it all? After all that biking, have a shower and then enjoy some food, some drink and some great music from the likes of Blue Sky Singers, Sara Rose Hebert and J Collective, then end the evening with The Finish Line, a "collaborative experimental genre and body bending dance party." If you're feeling tuckered out by the end of the night, might as well camp out and enjoy a pancake breakfast and campfire sing-a-long Sunday morning.