Kate's 5 fun things to do this long weekend (July 31 to Aug. 3)

The long weekend is here. If you don't have plans, you could enjoy some classical music, mark Emancipation Day and watch some cat videos.

Enjoy some classical music, mark Emancipation Day and watch cat videos

If you're not sure what to do this weekend, maybe go for a physically distanced walk or hike on local trails or parks. In Waterloo, Forwell Trail has special QR codes with music for a "trail mix." (Ben Nelms/CBC)

The long weekend is upon us — hard to believe August is already here.

If you don't have plans, you may want to take the advice of CBC Kitchener-Waterloo food columnist Andrew Coppolino and pack a picnic and take it to a local park.

You could also hit up the patio of a favourite restaurant or food trucks that are set up around the region.

You could hit local trails or beaches at parks and conservation areas around the region, or watch a video about rare plant species you can find at the University of Guelph arboretum and then go take a physically distanced walk through the green space.

Of course, you can always stay home and watch some hockey or baseball on TV, too. Or watch the Canadian Elite Basketball League summer series this weekend. Cheer on the Guelph Nighthawks. All games will be streamed on CBC Sports and CBC Gem.

Waterloo's Trail Mix

All weekend

Hosted by: City of Waterloo

Trail Mix is an "auditory accompaniment" for the Forwell Trail in Waterloo. To start, go to the trail and find the hidden QR codes along the trail. Scan them with your phone camera then listen to the music. 

Featured artists long the trail include Eiyn Sof, JoJo Worthington, Rich Burnett and Blankie.

Emancipation Day Jamboree

3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. Aug. 1

Hosted by: Guelph Black Heritage Society and Downtown Guelph Business Association

This event will commemorate the universal emancipation in 1834 of enslaved people across the British Empire. The event in Exhibition Park will include drumming, dancing, live music, spoken word and cultural foods.

People attending must wear a mask and remember to keep a physical distance of at least two metres from other people not in their social circle. A donation of $10 is suggested.

CBC is also offering special programming to mark Emancipation Day. Click here for details.


1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, July 31

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1

Apollo Cinema, 141 Ontario St. N., Kitchener

Enjoy the best cat videos, including kitties from music videos, cartoons and internet videos. Can't make it this weekend? There are two more showings next week.

Waterloo Virtual Art Market

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, July 31

Hosted by: City of Waterloo

Tour the virtual map of the square in uptown Waterloo, check out who is featured and connect directly with the artists and makers to make purchases. Also enjoy some music and public art during the virtual visit.

Violinist Bénédicte Lauzière and pianist Ken Gee

7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, July 31

Hosted by: Guelph Musicfest

To mark Beethoven's 250th birthday, enjoy a recital from the Guelph Youth Music Centre. The performance will include: Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1; Dvořák 4 Romantic Pieces, Op.75; Korngold Much Ado About Nothing Suite, op. 11 (Garden Scene); Franck Violin Sonata in A Major.

Live event tickets are no longer available but digital tickets can still be purchased.


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