Kitchener-Waterloo

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (Aug. 23 to 25)

The buskers are back in Waterloo this weekend, the LINK picnic is in Kitchener and there's a porch party in Cambridge.

Buskers are in Waterloo and the LINK picnic is in Kitchener

Buskers will return to uptown Waterloo this weekend for the annual busker festival. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

It's going to be a sunny weekend which makes it a great weekend to get out of the house.

The annual busker carnival is on this weekend in Waterloo and Ribfest is on at Riverside Park in Guelph.

The LINK picnic festival is also on this weekend in Kitchener's Victoria Park.

Summer may seem like it's coming to a close, but baseball is still in full swing at Jack Couch Park. As of Friday afternoon, the Kitchener Panthers are up two games over the Hamilton Cardinals in their playoff series. Game 3 goes Friday night in Hamilton, Game 4 is back in Kitchener Saturday at 7 p.m. and, if needed, Game 5 is also in Kitchener Sunday at 7 p.m.

Conestoga Lake Star Party

8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23

Conestoga Lake Campground, 6580 Wellington County Rd. 11, Kitchener

There may be a few clouds in the sky, but there will still be plenty to see as you look up. Join members of the K-W Astronomy Club and learn about the constellations. The cost is the entrance fee to the campground.

Preston Porch Party

1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24

Beaver Street, Cambridge

Walk from porch to porch to enjoy music including from Madison Galloway, Mandippal, Yvonne Way and The Riffs as well as Sandy MacDonald and friends. There will be artist merchandise for sale with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the artists. Bring a lawn chair, some snacks and be ready to get up and dance should the mood strike.

Laurier Golden Hawks vs. Western Mustangs

1 p.m. kickoff, Sunday, Aug. 25

University Stadium, 81 Seagram Dr., Waterloo

Laurier's football season gets underway Sunday with their home opener against Western. Wear your best purple and yellow and cheer on the home team.

If you find yourself in Guelph and wanting to watch some football, the Guelph Gryphons also kick off their season on Sunday in a game against McMaster. During the game, the Gryphons will pay tribute to first responders.

Also, if you haven't seen this amazing video from the Laurier football team, take a few seconds and watch as Alex Morrison fakes right, goes left around Golden Hawks linebacker Tommy Bringi and the crowd goes wild.

Bug Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25

The Arboretum Centre, University of Guelph

This is a fun and educational event for all ages. Learn about bugs, take a guided bug-catching hike on the arboretum grounds, and even sample some insect dishes.

Also, I know this isn't a bug, but if you haven't read this story from our counterparts at CBC Windsor about a gardener finding a giant leopard slug, I'd recommend it.

Apple-icious

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, 10 Huron Rd., Kitchener

Celebrate all things apples at Doon Heritage Village. Try some recipes, play apple games and learn about what goes into growing apples. While visiting the village, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and check out the A Taste of 1914 event, too.

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