Events you haven’t heard of yet in Waterloo Region (Oktoberfest is not on this list!)

Steel Rails


This event started in 2011 as “moving art from Waterloo to St. Jacobs” and was held in seven rail cars. As the train carried passengers, each car had something going on – art, music, performance, food. The event has returned each year with something new, with tickets selling out in minutes.  Keep an eye here for news about the next one.


The Brush off


21 artists come together at THEMUSEUM in a live painting competition. After each round the audience votes on who gets to move on, eventually crowning the winning artist at the end of the night. All of the paintings are sold off to a loving home (maybe your new home!) at the end of the night.


Donkey Day


This isn’t technically in Waterloo Region, but it’s close enough and is worthy of being on this list. Donkey Day is held at The Donkey Sanctuary in Guelph once a year. Visit their beautiful farm (come down the hill and are greeted by a stunning pond, trees, fields and donkeys) and meet the rescued donkeys, each with their own quirky personalities. Live music, food, and lots of activities for all ages.




Eat tacos for a good cause. Drink beer from local craft breweries and shake your maracas! There are a lot of foodie events in the Region, and this is one you don’t want to miss. 


Grand Porch Party


Uptown Waterloo has a lot of neat houses with porches. One year a few people decided to pick a day to have some bands play on their porch and the Grand Porch Party was born. Last year more than a dozen houses welcomed people to listen to live music in their front yard. Maybe your new home wants to host a band this year? Check out the Grand Porch Party.


What are some of your favorite events you’ve discovered in the Region? We’re always looking for new and interesting happenings, so let us know and we’ll feature your event in our blog. 

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Al Shousterman
December 13, 2017
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