The Best Summer Festivals and Events In Waterloo Region

Jul 6, 2022
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Two summer seasons have come and gone, with festival cancellations, postponements, and too many sad face emoji accompanying regretful social media posts from organizers.

But this summer the wait is finally over and the return of community events and festivals will help punctuate the best season ever! Waterloo Region is lucky to be home to many diverse and engaging events to keep you, your family, and friends entertained over the next few months.

Summer festivals in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and the townships of Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich, and North Dumphries, are a hallmark of the season. For 2022, being able to welcome back visitors is also a welcome relief for local organizers, event companies, hotels, restaurants, and more.

If you are coming from out of town for one of Waterloo Region‘s festivals, be sure to take advantage of the 20% Ontario Staycation Tax Credit. You can claim vacation expenses of up to $1000 for an individual or $2000 for a family.

So grab a pen and start marking your calendar with these ten experiences for Summer 2022!

Pro Tip: Be sure to check event websites and/or social media pages for the most up-to-date information about possible changes to programming or schedules.


Kultun World Music Festival
Thursday, July 7-Sunday, July 10
St. Jacobs Baseball Diamond:

Cruising on King Street
Friday, July 8 6pm-10pm
Downtown Kitchener:

Cambridge Scottish Festival
Friday, July 15-Saturday, July 16
Churchill Park, Cambridge:

Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show
Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17
Victoria Park:

Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
*Staebler Sponsored Event*
Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 24
Uptown Waterloo:

Wayback Festival
Saturday, July 23
Downtown Kitchener:

Kitchener Blues Festival
*Staebler Sponsored Event*
Thursday, August 4-Sunday, August 7
Downtown Kitchener:

Moparfest: Canada’s Largest All Mopar Car Show
Saturday, August 20-Sunday, August 21
New Hamburg Fairgrounds:

Waterloo Busker Carnival
Thursday, August 25-Sunday, August 28
Uptown Waterloo:

Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Town of Wellesley:

If these events don’t wear you out then get ready for the return of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Canada’s Largest Bavarian Festival. The plan is to run September 23-October 15, 2022 with in-person events, festhallen, and the famous KW Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade on October 10, 2022! Check out to start planning your return to Oktoberfest.

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