Waterloo region is home to many performers and artists. You’re sure to find a theatre, museum or gallery that will suit your tastes!

On this page:

  1. Theatres and performance spaces
  2. Museums
  3. Galleries

Theatres and performance spaces

Centre in the Square

Every year, 200,000 audience members attend events including everything from dance, performances by the K-W Symphony, appearances by international stars, children's performers, mega-musicals, comedians, and more.

Address: 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Visit the Centre in the Square’s website

Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

Home to the KW Symphony, the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts is a community-based venue for performing arts for the region.

Address: 36 King Street West, Kitchener

Visit the Conrad Centre’s website

Detweiler Meetinghouse

Located one kilometre west of Roseville, the historic Detweiler Meetinghouse was built in 1855, and is the only surviving stone meetinghouse built by Mennonite pioneers in Ontario. It sponsors artistic performances throughout the year.

Address: 3445 Roseville Road, Ayr

Visit the Detweiler Meetinghouse’s website

Cambridge Community Players (formerly Galt Little Theatre)

The Cambridge Community Players produce an average of four full-length plays a year at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in downtown Cambridge.

Address: 47 Water Street South, Cambridge

Visit the Cambridge Community Players’ website

Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre

Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre (KWLT) is Waterloo region's oldest community theatre.  Attend a performance or get involved in creating great local theatre.

Address: 9 Princess Street East, Waterloo

Visit KWLT’s website

Lost & Found Theatre Company

Lost & Found is Waterloo Region's resident professional theatre ensemble, mounting 2-3 stage plays as well as Young Company productions annually.

Visit Lost & Found Theatre Company’s website

University of Waterloo Theatre Centre

Entertainment is available on campus throughout the year in UW's three attractive theatre facilities: Humanities Theatre, Theatre of the Arts, and Studio 180.

Address: 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo

Visit UW Theatre Centre’s website

The Registry Theatre

An intimate theatre space, the Registry Theatre hosts performances by community organizations in Waterloo Region, offering everything from jazz, theatre and dance, to folk music and baroque music performances.

Address: 122 Frederick Street, Kitchener

Visit the Registry Theatre’s website

Drayton Entertainment

Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre feature professional theatre performances, including musicals and comedy.

Visit Drayton Entertainment’s website

Waterloo Community Arts Centre

The Waterloo Community Arts Centre is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization that promotes art programs in the community, including performances, classes, workshops, events and art exhibitions.

Address: 25 Regina Street South, Waterloo

Visit the Waterloo Community Arts Centre’s website


Museums

Doon Heritage Crossroads

Doon Heritage Village is a living history museum, re-creating a rural village and two farms, where costumed interpreters welcome visitors to the year 1914.

Address: 10 Huron Road at Homer Watson Boulevard, Kitchener

Visit the Doon Heritage Crossroads website

Joseph Schneider Haus Museum

A local landmark and Kitchener's oldest dwelling, the circa 1816 homestead was restored and furnished to period. Joseph Schneider Haus opened as a living history museum in 1981.

Address: 466 Queen Street South, Kitchener

Visit the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum’s website

Maple Syrup Museum of Ontario

Learn about the history of maple syrup production and see artifacts, photographs and displays that describe the maple syrup industry in Waterloo region.

Address: 1441 King Street North, St. Jacobs

THEMUSEUM

THEMUSEUM offers experiences that intersect art, science and technology. Featuring five floors of interactive and diverse exhibits and programs for people and families of all ages.

Address: 10 King Street West, Kitchener

Visit THEMUSEUM’s website

Victoria Park Gallery

Enjoy displays of Berlin and Kitchener history. Admission is free and all are welcome. For information please contact rychmills@golden.net or 519-742-4990.

Hours: 1 to 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays

Season: mid-May to late October

Location: Schneider Avenue beside the pavilion, Victoria Park, Kitchener

Waterloo Region Museum

The museum is found at the intersection of two historical settlement routes. Huron Road was built in the 1830s to bring settlers into the region.

Address: 10 Huron Road at Homer Watson Boulevard, Kitchener

Visit the Waterloo Region Museum’s website

Woodside National Historic Site

Woodside is the boyhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada's longest-serving prime minister. Restored to represent the early 1890s, the house brings the era of kerosene lamps, mangles, corsets, and wood stoves to life.

Address: 528 Wellington Street North, Kitchener

Visit Woodside National Historic Site’s website


Galleries

Artery Gallery

Artery Gallery, featuring visual arts shows, is curated and managed by the student Society of Fine Artists (SOFA) at the University of Waterloo.

Address: East Campus Hall, 263 Phillip Street, Waterloo

Visit the Artery Gallery’s website

Art Incubate Galleries

Art Incubate is an artist support program that includes artist studios and galleries. It is an extension of Art$Pay, an organization that connects visual art practitioners with opportunities and community, while advocating for fair pay.

Art Incubate runs two galleries: The Window Gallery and Gallery at 52 featuring local established and emerging artists.

Address: 52 & 56 Regina Street, North, Uptown Waterloo

Learn more about Art$Pay

Berlin Tower ARTSPACE

The Berlin Tower ARTSPACE, found in Kitchener City Hall, is home to a variety of exhibits from artists within our own community, including work by our Artist in Residence.

Address: 200 King Street West

Learn more about the Berlin Tower ARTSPACE

Cambridge Galleries

The Cambridge Galleries are part of the Cambridge Public Library system, with exhibition space at Queen's Square, Preston and Design at Riverside. Other programs include studio courses, lectures, film screenings and concerts.

Location: Queen Square, Cambridge

Visit the Cambridge Galleries’ website

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is recognized nationally for its exhibitions, lectures, conferences, classes, workshops and tours, as well as its specialized library, archive, and research centre. The gallery also features historical and contemporary Canadian ceramic, glass and enamel art.

Address: 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo

Visit the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery’s website

The Grebel Gallery

The Grebel Gallery explores the intersection of peace and artistic expression through a rotating exhibition program, which changes three times a year.

Address: Conrad Grebel University College, fourth floor, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo

Visit the Grebel Gallery’s website

Homer Watson House and Gallery

The historic Homer Watson house and property hosts exhibits, classes and concerts. Founded on Homer Watson's visions, the gallery supports contemporary art practice.

Address: 1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener

Visit the Homer Watson House and Gallery’s website

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) connects people and ideas through art. The gallery's exhibitions, interactive opportunities and online resources provide a window into the world of contemporary art. Admission and select programming is free.

Address: 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Visit the KWAG’s website

Robert Langen Art Gallery

The gallery develops exhibitions, artist lectures and arts-related events featuring national and international visual artists, students and community members.

Location: Wilfrid Laurier University

Visit the Robert Langen Art Gallery’s website

Rotunda Gallery

Located on the ground floor of Kitchener City Hall, the Rotunda Gallery hosts monthly exhibits of regional artists' work.

Address: 200 King Street West, Kitchener

Learn more about the Rotunda Gallery

University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG)

UWAG features annual exhibitions and work by emerging and mid-career artists. The program strikes a balance between our vibrant regional arts scene and aspects of contemporary art on a national and international level.

Address: East Campus Hall 1239, 263 Phillip Street, Waterloo

Visit UWAG’s website