Large gatherings and events likely will not be permitted again this summer, so the City of Kitchener is rethinking its signature summer events. Many will return in a new format – both virtual and safely in person. Pending provincial restrictions, smaller and more mobile neighborhood events in Kitchener will keep residents connected, while also ensuring safety protocols and gathering limits are followed. 

“I know the past 14 months and the most recent stay-at-home order has been tough on all of us. That’s why we’re doing our best to bring summer entertainment and activities to residents across Kitchener in a safe and fun way,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “If provincial government restrictions allow, we will be offering many options like pop-up neighbourhood concerts, micro-events and park activities throughout our community for the whole family.” 

Some city-run and third-party events will also move online, while others have been cancelled for this summer. 

EventDateEvent details for 2021

Neighbours Day

Rescheduled to fall 2021

Neighbours Day has been rescheduled to fall 2021. Stay tune for more information soon.

Outdoor Movie Nights

June, July, August 2021

Pre-registered outdoors movie nights across the city. More information to come.

Summer Lights

Summer 2021

Summer Lights will continue in a modified format in DTK. Stay tuned for details.

King Streatery


Cancelled for 2021.

KW Multicultural Festival

Summer 2021

KW Multicultural Festival organizers are going virtual and offering programming online in 2021. The festival is expected to return in-person in 2022.

Kitchener Food Truck Days

June 2021

Kitchener Food Truck Days are expected to return for 2021. Stay tuned for locations and details soon.

Canada Day

June 25 - July 1, 2021

Event organizers are looking at opportunities for smaller activations across the city in 2021. Stay tuned for more details.

KW Veg Fest


Cancelled for 2021.

Rockin' at Rockway

Cancelled for 2021.

Cherry Festival

Cancelled for 2021.

Cruising on King

July 2021

Cruising on King is expected to take on a new format for 2021. Stay tuned for more details on mini cruising events across the city.

Kultrun World Music Festival

October 2021

Kultrun World Music Festival is moving to October in a hybrid of in person and online activations based on Provincial guidelines. More information to come.

Kitchener Ribfest

September 17-19, 2021

Kitchener Ribfest has been tentatively rescheduled to Sept 17-19. Stay tuned for more information.

Rock and Rumble


Cancelled for 2021.

Downtown Cycling Race


Cancelled for 2021.

Kitchener Blues Festival

August 2021

Kitchener Blues Festival is expected to provide live music throughout the downtown based on Provincial guidelines in addition to online performances.


Weekends throughout August 2021

Kidspark is expected to be offered in a new format with smaller mobile neighbourhood events across the city in 2021. Stay tuned for more details.

“If public health guidelines permit, we’ll be bringing the Canada Day experience to neighbourhoods through a variety of smaller activations,” said Jeff Young, manager of special events for the City of Kitchener. “Health and safety are our top priorities, but we’re keeping optimistic about offering smaller unique experiences across our community this summer – because everyone needs a bit of fun.”  

More information about the City's events and festivals, visit


For more information: 

Shawn Falcao 
Manager, Corporate Communications