Open Streets 2014 dates announced

600x300_welcomebackWe’re pleased to return to King Street in Uptown Waterloo for 2014! Join us for a free half day (and one night) of on-the-street fun for families, students, residents, artists, and neighbourhoods. Discover new craft vendors, check out cool clubs and associations, chalk the ground, hear music from local musical talent, or sit and watch the foot traffic go by and get to know new friends.

Why? Because Open Streets is a series of community afternoons inviting everyone to come walk, ride, play and explore our vibrant urban centre along King Street.

At a glance

Sun, June 15 – Join us for Father’s Day for scavenger hunts, music, crafts and more. Plus, we celebrate unicycles, tricycles and training wheels with a special bike theme.

Sat July 19 – Back by popular demand It’s the return of Open Streets at Night! We’ll be sharing the date with the Jazz Festival, also taking place in Uptown Waterloo that evening.

Sun Aug 17 – It may be the dog days of summer, but beat the heat with water activities, and a celebration of sports and fitness.

Sun Sept 14 – The final Open Streets of the year happens the same time as Fashion Week. Let’s get glamourous with B-BOY battles. drama and fashion shows.

We hope to see you and your friends and family there!

Get involved: If you have any comments, feedback, kudos or suggestions, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

We welcome volunteers for all levels of involvement. Get in touch at s.trieu[at]


Open Streets ends with a bang for September event

We close out the 2013 season with the final Open Streets Uptown event of the year! On a fall afternoon, the community came out to the streets one last time – volunteers, families from nearby neighbourhoods, organizers and vendors. Special to the event were the Food Trucks on Willis Way and the BLU Energy B-BOY competition.

In the tweets, posts, pics and vids of participants, we recap Open Streets – September!

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Congratulations to our KW Woodworking Bench Winners

A warm congratulations to the Open Streets x KW Woodworking and Craft Centre winners.

Winner - Laura - KW Woodworking Centre

Laura and Wendy were the randomly drawn winners who took home wood benches.

Laura, pictured on the right with volunteer Alison, was well equipped to take home the full sized bench with her station wagon. She startled and amused volunteers by nearly single-handedly lifted her new prize in.

Wendy - Winner - KW Woodworking Centre

Having left the event and dropped off the grandkids, Wendy and Chuck had a mad scramble to find a minivan and return to the Public Square – and we’re pleased to say they found one just as the Open Streets event was closing and the rain set in. Thank you for your herculean efforts!

We put out the call for your feedback on this year’s Open Streets festivities. And boy, were the responses great.


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Food truck fest, B-Boys and more for last event

Open Streets Food Truck Festival Sept 2013

We’re a few short days from the final Open Streets Uptown of the year! Welcome fall with a flourish and join us on King Street (from William to Bridgeport) on Sunday, September 15 from 1 to 5 PM. The weather is promising to shape up with a high of 20.

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Win a hand crafted bench at Open Streets – Sept 15

os-benchOpen Streets in conjunction with the KW Woodworking Club are excited to announce that we will be giving away TWO hand-made benches!

How to enter on Sunday:

  • All you have to do is fill out a comment card telling us what you love about OS, or
  • Tweet @OpenStreetsUtW or Facebook your response to enter.

Contest closes at the end of the event on Sunday, September 15.

Two lucky winners will be drawn at random.

Good luck!

The scoop on August’s Open Streets

GreenZone - August 2013 copyThis month, Open Streets returns to Uptown Waterloo with more music, fun activities and local community groups. The skies have a high of 25, so join us on King Street this Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.


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Music Madness in August

We’re proud to announce the following musical talent playing at the next Open Streets series. On August 18, from 1- 5 PM, enjoy music from:

Sean Stockholm – 1-3pm @American Apparel

Badly Sketched Poets - 3-5pm @American Apparel

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Open Streets July Map Now Available


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Less than 48 hours stands between Open Streets at night and you!

In conjunction with the Waterloo Jazz Festival, join us in Uptown Waterloo this Saturday evening from 6 – 10 PM. From Bridgeport to Willis, the streets become open to pedestrians, cyclists, musicians, vendors, community groups and more! Look forward to an evening featuring:

At Bridgeport to Princess (Zone 1), Build a Luminaire with the kids – Open Streets volunteers will provide the materials so you can assemble and decorate your own paper bag lantern (additional tents are located along King). The Easter Seals Ontario Climbing Wall should be a hit with the fearless. And live bands will be playing at the Heuther Hotel.

The Thief & The Idiot will be grilling and serving at their restaurant lounge outside The Night School.

The Thief & The Idiot will be grilling and serving at their restaurant lounge outside The Night School.

Roam around and when you feel peckish – The Thief and The Idiot will be serving up food on the street all night long.

From Princess to Dupont (Zone 2), fan favorites UW Juggling Club are returning! Watch the passionate pros or learn how to juggle yourself. Open Streets will have Wish on Ish - where you can decorate the dearly missed Ish & Chips lot fencing with your post-secret style wishes.

Dupont to Erb (Zone 3) features arts and craft vendors including the Working Centre, Hanna-Made Soaps, and In Paper Dreams.  More live bands and a pop up street side restaurant lounge will be hosted at the Chainsaw. Nick and Nat’s UpTown 21 and the new-to-the-neighbourhood Taco Farm will also have a bistro seating area to serve delicious specialty menu items.

Arts and craft vendors In Paper Dreams will be making an appearance with their etheral hand made goods.

Arts and craft vendors In Paper Dreams will be making an appearance with their etheral hand made goods.

Feeling too hectic? Special interest booths like Embodied Energy and and Serona Centre will be on hand with fitness and yoga demonstrations.

Zone 4 from Erb to Willis has Open Street’s Glow Tent crafting, as well as Hoop the Loop hulaing fun, and a Musical Petting Zoo. Zip EcoRide returns with test drives. Slip down the side road to discover the Button Factory’s artist alley!

The main music stage by the Public Square will have rollicking performances starting at:

Swinging good times guaranteed.

Swinging good times guaranteed.

The final stretch of Open Streets from Willis to William (Zone 5) features crafts from the KW Art Gallery (KW|AG) and Open Streets. The KW Symphony will also be on hand, and face painting will be offered by Zina Lavut. Need more action? The Waterloo Kung-Fu Academy will be demonstrating their katas, and the Hep Cat Hoppers will be dancing, trotting, dipping and swinging!

Lots to do, see you at Open Streets!