Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Aug. 10 to 12)
Take in the blues, eat some ribs and corn and watch meteors fly across the sky
With a sunny and hot weekend in store, there is no reason to sit at home.
Kitchener Blues Festival
1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11
12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12
The musical extravaganza gets underway Friday afternoon at the downtown BIA stage with Lynn Jackson and Jason Carraro kicking things off. Check out Miss Angel and The Homewreckers Friday at 6 p.m. at the YNC stage or see the Gary Cain Band, Lo-Fi Mind and Last Waltz at the OLG Clock Tower Stage. And that's just Friday!
This weekend there's also Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Aaron, Ruthie Foster, Conor Gains Band, Sass Jordan, Dawn Tyler Watson, Emily Burgess, a children's stage and the winner of the youth legacy showcase competition held back in April will perform Saturday at noon. Whew! Plan your days accordingly.
Cambridge Rotary Ribfest
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12
Riverside Park, Cambridge
Sample the tastebud-tantalizing treats from award-winning "ribbers" like Camp 31, Boss Hog's and Billy Bones. You can also enjoy the musical stylings of Almost Hip, Blush and Brave and Crazy, peruse the marketplace vendors and maybe take in a little axe throwing or paintball to work off the ribs (so you have room for more).
Baden Corn Fest
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11
It's sweet corn season in Ontario and what better way to celebrate than with a fun fair. Take tours of some Baden sites including Castle Kilbride, check out classic cars, play some cornhole games, get refreshed at the beer garden, pet farm animals, take a wagon ride, check out the kid zone and top it off with the corn roast supper including free corn on the cob.
Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party
7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 12
University of Waterloo (Columbia Fields near Frank Tompa Drive)
Bring your blankets and join members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Centre chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to take in the Perseid meteor shower. Dr. Will Percival will also be on hand for a short lecture called Mapping the Universe. That talk will take place near the Optometry building before the group moves to Columbia Fields for stargazing. It's recommended you register if you plan to attend because if the sky is cloudy, the lecture will still take place but it will be inside.
Canadian Horror Double Feature with Stephen Michell and Michael Rowe
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St., Guelph
Authors Stephen Michell and Michael Rowe will give a Q&A talk about the writing process and signing books. Michell is a freelance writer and editor whose first book is Only The Devil Is Here. Rowe's books include Wild Fell, October and Enter, Night.
It's summer and there is so much going on so here are a few extras to consider if your weekend isn't already booked up:
- Summer Brewfest at Waterloo Brewing is Saturday afternoon. Bands, food trucks, tours and, of course, beer.
- Sustainable fashion pop-up shop at Fresh Ground in downtown Kitchener Saturday. Check out second-hand, ethically sourced and handmade items.
- Onion Honey is playing an Old-Time Breakfast at the Seven Shores Community Cafe in Waterloo on Sunday.
- Learn about edible plants during a walk with Seekers of the Wild in Waterloo Saturday afternoon.
- Head downtown Elmira for some deals as businesses take part in a sidewalk sale on Saturday.
- The Golden Triangle Sikh Association is hosting a Sports Day on Saturday and Sunday at the Kitchener Gurudwara Sahib in Petersburg. There's volleyball and soccer, but also kabaddi, kho-kho and pithoo. Not sure what those are? Now's your chance to find out! Watch the video before to see professional kabaddi players in action.