Kate's 5-plus fun things to do this weekend (Sept. 14-16)
It's going to be a lovely weekend weather-wise and there is much to do
It is an incredibly busy weekend in Waterloo region and there is so, so much to do.
It's going to be a very warm September weekend. Take advantage of the weather (because let's be honest, it could be snowing soon) and enjoy some of these events.
Art District Gallery Opening Reception for Jockie Loomer-Kruger
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14
185 King St. E., Kitchener
The Art District Gallery is a co-op of artists that live and work in downtown Kitchener. It presents a new exhibition and reception every six weeks. This new show features Jockie Loomer-Kruger, who recently released Valley Child — A Memoir that is a collection of childhood stories for adult readers. The reception includes music from the DJAM Jazz Collection.
Doors Open Waterloo Region
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
Step inside tech businesses, churches, a tomato greenhouse, libraries, galleries and farms during this annual event that lets you peek inside the doors of local landmarks and businesses that may not always be open to the public. There are 34 sites in the region. There are seven talks taking place, an architecturally themed art exhibit and a Startup Open House where you can explore the offices of local startups and talk to the people behind them.
Royal Medieval Faire
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
Waterloo Park (near bandshell/picnic shelter)
This interactive festival will put you shoulder-to-shoulder with knights and ladies in authentic costumes. Listen to some Celtic music, watch sword and magic demonstrations, visit vendors, and take in the tournament.
Cambridge RedHawks home opener
4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
Galt Arena Gardens, 98 Shade St., Cambridge
The Cambridge RedHawks junior hockey team will face-off against the Brampton Bombers at 7 p.m., but before that enjoy entertainment, food and activities as the team kicks off their season. This is a new hockey team in the region and the team's owner, Scott Hunter, said in a release he thinks it's time to "fill the arena and carry on the legacy of great hockey that Cambridge is known for."
Guelph Jazz Festival
12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14
10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
12 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16
Various locations in Guelph
Take in several free and ticketed concerts with so many talented musicians. There's also the Friday Night Street Music Party in Market Square in front of Guelph's city hall and all afternoon and evening on Saturday, there's free performances by youth jazz ensembles, Avaatar, Surefire Sweat and end the evening with DJ Shub.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16
Take a short drive to St. George (located between Cambridge and Brantford) for their annual event celebrating all things apples. You want pie? They've got them. Fritters? Yup. There's also entertainment, vendors and activities for the kids. No doubt you'll find something a-peeling at this event (their joke, not mine).
Belmont Village Bestival
10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
Belmont Village, Kitchener
Lots of local music, food and art fill this neighbourhood festival.
Terry Fox Run
There are several Terry Fox Runs taking place in the region including:
At each of these events, you can sign up to take part or donate some money for the cause.
In and near the region
New Hamburg, on until Sunday
Fergus, on until Sunday
Not too far to drive
Western Fair in London, on until Sunday
Neustadt, Friday and Saturday
Acton, on until Sunday
Harriston Minto, on until Sunday
Reminder: The International Plowing Match starts on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Pain Court and winds up Saturday.