Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend, March 15 to 17

There are plenty of options if you want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day that don't include going to an unsanctioned street party. Or you could try something else, like the student-run College Royal in Guelph.

Plenty of options to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Check out the University of Waterloo Juggling Festival this Saturday. (Paranamir/Shutterstock )

It's St. Patrick's Day weekend, which means no matter where you go, people will be wearing green.

We'll see cooler temperatures, and perhaps a little snow, but it's still a great weekend to get out of the house and explore what Waterloo region and the surrounding area has to offer.

As March Break wraps up, there are plenty of family-friendly events taking place. There's the hockey card auction in Elmira. Or if you're looking for a pint of beer to mark St. Patrick's Day, most bars and breweries will be hosting some kind of event. There's also the Irish Real Life Festival going on.

St. Patrick's at Trinity with Allison Lupton and Shane Cook

7:30 p.m., Friday, March 15

Trinity Anglican Church, 12 Blair Rd., Cambridge

Join singer-songwriter and flutist Allison Lupton, fiddle champion Shane Cook and The Quilleys for a night of music. The church itself, the oldest stone church in the region, is celebrating 175 years and is hosting a number of special events.

College Royal

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17

University of Guelph

Dog and cat shows, science magic, Old MacDonald's New Farm, pancake flipping, a chili chowdown, bubble soccer and, of course, the famous milkshakes. The university's campus will be buzzing with all kinds of activities great for the whole family. There's also a kids carnival, junior tractor rodeo and a visual art show. Check out the website and plan your day (or days) accordingly.

People tour Old MacDonald's Farm at College Royal at the University of Guelph. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)


10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 15

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 16

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 17

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, 2500 Kossuth Rd., Cambridge

This is your last chance to munch on gourmet bugs, and this year there's a Southwest twist. There are tortilla chips with queso and roasted grasshopper topping, whole roasted BBQ crickets and dulce de leche fudge with roasted ants. Samples are free with paid admission. Yum!

St. Patrick's Day: Karen Reed Fiddle Orchestra

4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 17

Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S., Waterloo

Art, music and beer combine at this family-friendly event with festive fiddle music. Music gets underway at 5 p.m. at this community arts hub.

UW Juggling Festival

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 16

University of Waterloo

It's a celebration of all things juggling. There's workshops, games, vendors, performances and a gala show at night.


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