Kitchener-Waterloo

Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend (May 24 to 26)

Don't let rain keep you inside this weekend. There are many events throughout Waterloo region including the annual quilt auction in New Hamburg and a porch party in Kitchener.
The New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale, which includes a quilt auction, is this weekend. Be sure to take a trip around the food vendors, too! (Mennonite Central Committee)

OK, so the weather forecast could be better for this weekend. Can't say I'm digging the rain and thunderstorms expected on Saturday.

But, hopefully those grey skies are going to clear up, you can put on a happy face and head out for some pretty amazing events around the region.

You could take in the X Page Workshop: Quilt of Stories at CIGI in Waterloo on Sunday, or go for a walk in Kitchener's core to look at architecture with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (registration required).

If you're feeling like a drive, the Great Canadian Buttertart Fest is on in Fergus on Sunday, or there's the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story in various communities in Huron County.

New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale

5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 24

6:45 a.m. to afternoon, Saturday, May 25

275 Jacob St., New Hamburg

Organizers say this year's selection of quilts are really quite amazing and worth the trip just to check them out.

But while the quilts are the main draw, there's also plant and flower sales, a marketplace, silent auction, children's activities, a fun run and the food - oh, the food! So many food vendors with delicious dishes from Mennonite and Amish traditions, including Swiss, Russian and Spanish cuisine.

New this year: if you can't make it out to the sale, you can watch it (and bid) online through the website.

Hohner Avenue Porch Party

3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 25

Hohner Avenue and area, Kitchener

You know summer is on the way when the porch parties get underway in Kitchener and Waterloo. This is a fun one.

I spoke with Lauren McBride who helps organize it and she told me along with 30 local musicians, there's art installations and this year the city's artist in residence, Mary Neil, will be there to complete an original song about the porch party. Dress for the weather.

Guelph Potter's Market

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 25

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 26

Royal City Park (across from The Boathouse and the covered bridge), Guelph

There are more than 60 potters from across the province at this sale using all kinds of materials and making items from teapots to mugs to dishes and sculptures.

This year there's also buskers (which makes me a little nervous given all the pottery is breakable!) on Sunday. Show goes rain or shine, so find your poncho.

Not Just a Night Market: Music, Makers and Mingling

6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, May 26

27 Gaukel St., Kitchener

Local makers, live music, ice cream and beer: sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday evening. Get tickets online before you go.

Forks and Barrels

4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, May 24

11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 25

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 26

425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener

Beer festival season is upon us and this is one of the first.

There are themed sections of the festival, including "spirit street" and "beer lane" as well as a marketplace to buy items from local businesses and artisan craft vendors, the square for some games and the lawn, where there's some local live performers.

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