Kitchener-Waterloo

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend - Oct. 20 to 22

Enjoy the fall weather and prepare for Halloween with a spooky haunted house, an art walk and a hike in a beautiful natural area.

Visit a home transformed into L’hôtel de la Morte or go for an art walk this weekend

Waterloo MP Bardish Chagger, right, doesn't look at all scared as she stands with Kia and Leela Taggar at the Spooky Tours haunted house in 2016. (Spooky Tours/Facebook)

Songs of Venus

8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 at Innocente Brewing Company, 283 Northfield Dr. East, Waterloo

3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22 at Monigram Coffee Roasters, 16 Ainslie St. South, Cambridge

Eviole (pronounced ay-vee-oh-lay) is a group of musicians who perform music from the 17th century. The concerts will be held in two unique locations – a brewery and a coffee shop – and will feature Sheila Dietrich, Corey Linforth, Jennifer Enns Modolo, Miriam Stewart-Kroeker and Borys Medicky. Tickets will be available at the door but you can book ahead to ensure you get a seat.

Spooky Tours

5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20

5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22

262 Casswell Crt., Waterloo

Every year, a Waterloo family gets together and transforms their home into a haunted house and it's all for a good cause. This year, the spooky tours theme is L'hôtel de la Morte and is their biggest endeavour yet. It includes three floors in the home and a maze. They hope to raise $2,000 for cancer, collect clothing for the homeless and food for the food bank. They're also hoping to get at least 200 people out. I have it on good authority that you can get a really great scare, but there are elements that are less frightening for younger Halloween enthusiasts.

Enjoy the fall colours at the Huron Natural Area in Kitchener Saturday as part of the Fall Frolic family event. (Karen Johnston Kirkconnell)

Fall Frolic

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Dr., Kitchener

It's going to be a near perfect fall weekend weather-wise, so why not get outside and enjoy the sunshine and the changing colours? This family friendly event gives you a reason to get outdoors. Along with just enjoying this natural gem, there will be fall-related crafts and activities at the play area.

K-W Central Art Walk

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21

12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22

Central Kitchener Neighbourhood (area bound by Park, Victoria, Weber and Union streets)

For the 10th year, stroll around this Kitchener neighbourhood and take in the artist studios. Check out fine art, paintings, photography, glass, fibre arts, jewelery and food. There are 30 artists in a pretty small area of the city. Talk to the artists, explore their studios and maybe pick up something special.

Friends of the Guelph Public Library Book Sale

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22

69 Huron Street, Guelph

This is a massive used book sale that is a great way to stock up with reading material for those cold winter months ahead. If you have not been to this book sale, you are missing out. It is so popular, they've added early bird Friday where you pay $10 just to get a first look at all the books. Then it opens up at 6:00 p.m. and is free for the rest of the weekend. Most items are $3 or less and every child gets a free book. It's a cash only sale, but there are cash machines on site if you need to get more money as you load up with everything from books of poetry to scholarly tomes. 

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