Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Aug. 7 to 9)

Two major online festivals are happening this weekend: the Fergus Scottish Festival will hold a 'wee digital ceilidh" and IF 2020 starts Friday. There's also music, comedy and Star Wars fans can delight in seeing The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen again.

This weekend enjoy music, an improv festival and an online ceilidh

The Guelph group Yorklands Green Hub is encouraging people to rediscover the joy of flying a kite. (Meg Roberts/CBC)

It looks like it will be a sunny and warm weekend in Waterloo region.

There's lots of music you can enjoy either online or in person. New Hamburg folk duo Twas Now will be live online Friday night in an event hosted by the Region of Waterloo Library.

Rural Routes Brewery in Elmira is celebrating its first year of business with live music and food trucks Friday and Saturday evening.  Lucas Stagg is at Four Father's Brewing in Cambridge, Thorn and Roses is playing Rhythm and Brews in Cambridge and Royal City Studios in Guelph is holding Rock the Patio on Friday night with Vintage Flight.

For Stars Wars fans, this year marks the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. Both the Apollo Cinema in Kitchener and the Princess Cinema in Waterloo will have special showings of the film, so grab some popcorn and sit at least two meters away from anyone not in your bubble. 

IF 2020

Starts at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7 and runs for 24 hours

Hosted by: International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph

IF stands for improvisation festival and this 24-hour online event will feature more than 100 unique performances from more than 150 artists from around the globe. The festival is also being streamed around the world.

The organizers say in a time when so many festivals are going on hiatus due to COVID-19, IF 2020 provides "an alternative for people to come together and find solace and inspiration through art." The performances, which are pre-recorded, have been curated from submissions from musicians, spoken word poets, dancers and actors.

Have a laugh

8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, Waterloo Park picnic shelter

8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, Crazy Canuck, 141 Ontario St N., Kitchener

If you need a good laugh (and who doesn't?), there are two comedy events in the region Friday evening.

Jokes at Jane's is normally held at The Jane Bond, but given the need to physically distance, their comedy nights are being held at the Waterloo Park picnic shelter. The event is pay what you can. 

There's also a comedy night at the Crazy Canuck. This one is indoor and there is a cover charge at the door. A mask must be worn to enter the building.

200 Years of Schooling

2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9

Hosted by: City of Waterloo Museum

Enjoy a history lesson and a walking tour of the little log schoolhouse in Waterloo Park, which is 200 years old this year. The tour takes about an hour and people taking part will need to remember to keep a physical distance of at least two meters and wear masks during the walk. Registration required.

Wee Digital Ceilidh

5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9

Hosted by: Fergus Scottish Festival

The dancers, bagpipers and food vendors won't be gathering in-person in Fergus this weekend for the annual festival, but there will still be a virtual event. It will start with a live chat Friday and then will include videos of dancers along the Grand River, a workshop on how to play the bagpipes, music and you can even still watch the caber toss.

Bagpipers compete at the Fergus Scottish Festival in this file photo. The festival is moving to an online event this year because of COVID-19. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Go fly a kite

Runs until Sept. 15

Hosted by: Yorklands Green Hub, Guelph

People are being encouraged to make their own kite, fly it at the Yorklands in Guelph's east end and enter to win prizes. Organizers say on the event website that "throughout the centuries, kites have been a way for people to express themselves through art."


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