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