Five Fun Things To Do in Waterloo Region This Weekend - May 25-26

Looking for something awesome to do in Waterloo Region? Our online host Andrea Bellemare has you covered, from bikes to cars to quilt auctions to dance and more.
A front view of a 1971 AMC Javelin AMX. Get your classic car fix this weekend at Cruzin' The Square in Uptown Waterloo. (Photo: Christopher Ziemnowicz/Wikimedia Commons)

1. New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. Friday 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 6:45 a.m. – afternoon

This annual sale has been running for as long as it has been since the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup (1967 in case you were wondering). It takes place every year on the last Friday and Saturday in May. If you’re looking for a new bed or table, the furniture auction is Friday. The quilt auction will be held Saturday. There are also crafts, food and plants for sale, the Run for Relief and musical performances. All proceeds are donated to the Mennonite Central Committee.

2. Cruzin’ on The Square Uptown Waterloo. Friday 7:00 pm – 10:00 p.m.

Registration is full for this chrome-filled night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spectate with the best of them at the second annual Cruzin’ on The Square event in Waterloo. Get your fix of jalopies, roadsters and tail fins starting at 7 p.m, plus live music by Another Blind Date. Don’t forget to blast "Summer Lovin’" extra-loud to really get into the spirit.

3. Tap! Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

It would be a gross understatement to call Max Pollak a tap dancer. He is better described as an internationally-renowned tap artist who signs Afro-Cuban music and blends that with tap dancing in his performances. He’ll be at Centre in The Square on Friday and Saturday with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, along with other performers like step-dancer Sarajayne Sweetland and Cincinnati Studio Cloggers.

4. Kitchener BikeFest. Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

It’s pretty much summer now, so time to get that bike out of the garage and on the road. Get your bicycle tuned up for free outside Kitchener City Hall this weekend in the first ever Kitchener BikeFest. You can also watch a bike polo demonstration, take a cycling skills workshop, join a downtown scavenger hunt and kids can jump on a bouncy castle. And, there’ll be more space to lock your bike up thanks to the flashy new bike racks the city has installed downtown.

5. The Arts Awards Gala. Sunday - Doors 5:45 p.m., awards 7:00p.m.

The movers and shakers of arts and culture in Waterloo Region will be at the Centre in the Square on Sunday night for the annual arts awards and gala. Performers include the Age of Majority Singers, Bob Egan of Blue Rodeo, Kevin Ramessar, Rooftop Voices, Soulstack and more. Tickets are only $10! Plus, our very own Craig Norris is the master of ceremonies, so if you haven’t met him in person yet, now’s your chance.