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

From a basketball challenge to Hillside Homeside, Flamenco Fest to watching the Olympics, it's a weekend full of events in Waterloo region and Guelph.

Play basketball, enjoy music and workshops at Hillside Homeside or take in Flamenco Fest

Dan Mangan is among several musicians playing Hillside Homeside this weekend in a virtual festival. (Dan Mangan/YouTube)

Welcome to the weekend. 

While it looks like the region could be in for some rain, there are still some events, including in-person ones, to enjoy over the course of the next few days.

There's a teddy bear picnic with the Kitchener Public Library or a photo scavenger hunt through the Waterloo Public Library on Saturday and food trucks in Victoria Park in Kitchener Saturday and Sunday evening.

You can also cheer on local athletes as you watch Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 events as CBC, TSN and Sportsnet will offer more than 1,275 hours of broadcast coverage. There's also an additional 2,500 hours of live sport across CBC Gem, CBC's website and the CBC Olympics app.

More details about the Olympics can be found on CBC's Olympic website.

Hillside Homeside

Starts 6 p.m., Friday, July 23 and runs all weekend

Hosted by: Hillside Festival, Guelph

The festival is online again this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but there are lots of musicians, food, workshops and storytelling events to enjoy.

Some of the musical acts you can catch: Clerel, Dan Mangan, Ghettosocks, Nefe, The Sadies, Classic Roots and Steven Page. There's also several musicians taking part in the youth showcase.

Don't wait to take in the many events as the videos will be gone by Monday morning.

K-W Flamenco Fest

Runs this weekend and until Aug. 15

Hosted by: CaluJules

This year's Flamenco festival will feature a mix of online and in-person events, including street performances of music and dancing at local restaurants. 

There's also the concurso, a friendly tango competition. People can take part by performing in front of a camera and submitting their dance for judging.

Hot Shot Basketball Challenges

11 a.m., Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Chandler Mowat Community Centre, Kitchener

3 p.m., Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 141 Morgan Ave, Kitchener

Hosted by: City of Kitchener

This in-person competition for young people between the ages of eight to 16 years old can test their abilities and basketball skills at this tournament. Get outside, get some exercise and have some fun. Registration is required.

Storywalk in Hespeler

Friday and Saturday

Hosted by: Idea Exchange, Hespeler

The StoryWalk has pages of a children's book printed on laminated poster boards along a path and families can walk along and enjoy the story. Talk to Idea Exchange staff for details.


1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, July 25

Hosted by: Guelph Jazz Festival at the University of Guelph Arboretum

This event will see 15 musicians play two, 10-minute solos under a tree in the arboretum. New solos will begin every five minutes and the trees chosen to host the musicians will be physically distanced from each other.

The musicians will be placed along two loops of a little over one kilometre.

The event is free, but people do need to register. People will get a book with the event program, a musical score and a guide to the arboretum grounds.


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