Join us for Kitchener's classic rock celebration and a trip back in time.

On this page:

  1. About Wayback Festival
  2. Date, time and location
  3. Entertainment
  4. Parking and transit

About Wayback Festival

Get ready to travel back in time at Wayback Festival! Join us for a day of music, entertainment and fun. With hits that will take you back in time and get you on your feet, it's a can't-miss event for music fans.

Performers on stage during Wayback Festival

Date and location

  • day one: Friday, July 26, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
  • day two: Saturday, July 27, from 2 to 11 p.m.
  • location: Carl Zehr Square in Downtown Kitchener


This year, get excited to hear Tom Cochrane live in downtown Kitchener! A member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, officer of the Order of Canada, and inductee onto the Canadian Walk of Fame, Tom Cochrane has hit after hit that will keep you tapping your toes all night long. Let's rock out to “Life is a Highway”, “No Regrets” and all your classic favourites.

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Parking and transit

However you get downtown, there are options available:


Hop off the ION at either the Kitchener City Hall or Victoria Park station for a quick walk. Central Station is a short walk away, as well.

These GRT bus routes stop nearby:

Vehicle and bike parking

Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage, as well as other City of Kitchener parking lots around Downtown Kitchener. Visit our parking locations page to find somewhere to park.

Secure bike parking is available in the City Hall parking garage.

You can pay for parking in surface lots through the Passport Parking appDownload the app, available both on iOS & Android.

Plan your route

Check road closures on your route before coming downtown.