WATERLOO REGION — Summer is in full swing with local events happening all season. Here are seven events to check out.
1. Great Ontario Beer Festival
The annual festival brings together 38 breweries, three distilleries and four cideries from across the province. Attendees also have the chance to try different foods, listen to live music and play giant Jenga or beer pong.
Location: Bingemans — 425 Bingemans Centre Dr. Kitchener
Date and time: June 24-25
2. 55th annual KW Multicultural Festival
Hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, the festival offers live music, artisans and an array of food and craft booths. The annual event is family-friendly and draws upwards of 40,000 attendees each year.
Date and time: June 25-26 from 12-6 p.m. each day
3. Canada Day in Downtown Kitchener
Canada Day events are returning to Downtown Kitchener this year with lots of family-friendly fun, an evening concert featuring singer Alyssa Reid and a fireworks display to end the night.
Location: Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall
Date: July 1 from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
4. Kultron World Music Festival
The festival features dance performances and activities from several countries as well as an art exhibit and a local artisan market.
Date: July 7-10
5. Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show
The annual event features barbecued ribs and chicken, Ontario craft-brewed beer, live entertainment and a kids zone.
Date: July 15-17
6. Cambridge Scottish Festival
Founded in 1975, the family-friendly festival features various Scottish performances including Highland dancers, massed bands, heavy events and bagpipes and drums.
Date: July 15-16
7. Blues Fest
The largest “true blue” festival in Canada will have more than 50 acts throughout the four-day event. Admission is free for the 20th annual Kitchener Blues Fest.
Date and time: Aug. 4-7