Active Kitchener is our guide to activities, sports, recreation and programs for all ages. It’s delivered to approximately 65,000 Kitchener homes four times a year and is also available online.

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  3. Find a paper copy
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Active Kitchener is our guide to events, activities, sports, recreation and programs for all ages.

This season we won’t be producing our Active Kitchener magazine, but you can find lots of fun things to keep active (and safe) right here!

Please visit the webpages listed in the sections below, or call 519-741-2345, for the most up-to-date program and event information. Also, visit us on Facebook for live streams, program updates and more.

 

 Active at home

We're committed to keeping you connected and active with free activities, events and resources. 

Check back for more as we continue to develop new program offerings or visit our week at a glance page for a weekly schedule of events and activities.

 Fitness and wellness
Join us for a series of free fitness and wellness free activities, events and resources, online. Check out our webpage for the listing of courses.
 Sport and aquatics
Our Active at Home program offers fun ideas to stay active, at home! Find a sport or aquatic course now.
 Summer events and festivals

Kitchener is coming back to life with a wide range of concerts, events and festivals from well-loved favourites to exciting new offerings across the city. Here are some of our summer event highlights:

June 12
King StrEATery Food Truck Festival & Our World Festival of Music

June 17

Neighbours Night

June 18
Neighbours Day

Summer Lights Festival

June 25-26
KW Multicultural Festival

July 1
Canada Day

July 6 - Aug 31
Rockin’ it at Rockway

July 8
Cruising on King Street

July 15-17
Downtown Kitchener Ribfest and Craft Beer Show

July 23
Wayback Festival

August 4-7
TD Kitchener Blues Festival

August 21
Kidspark

 Check out our Kitchener events page for upcoming events!

 Amenities

 Find something to do at one of our indoor or outdoor facilities in Kitchener.

Community centres

In-person registered programs are back! Space is also available at city community centres for you to book for free to enjoy your own planned activities.

Book a gym: residents can pre-book time to use a community centre gym for physical activity. Booking gym time is FREE and bookings for each 45-minute time slot can be made online, in-person or by calling the centre.

Book a community room: residents can pre-book a multi-purpose room at City community centres during business hours for up to two hours to host a meeting or enjoy a group activity.

Visit our book free space program webpage, for more information on the including safety measures and availability.

Be sure to visit our community centre page or ActiveNet to learn what programs are currently being offered across all our community centres.

Pools and splashpads 

This summer, come to one of our indoor or outdoor pools or a splashpad to keep cool! We have something for all ages, ability levels and schedules. Pay as you go or register for an ongoing swim program.

Find a place to take a dip or learn to swim:

Camps

At City of Kitchener camps, we mix playing with growing, belonging and quality programs.

Camp registration is open. Spots fill up quickly so register now. You can register for summer camps online on ActiveNet, by calling 519-741-2200, ext. 2907 or in person at your local community centre.

Visit www.kitchener.ca/camps for more information or to register.

Trails and parks
Kitchener has over 125 kilometers of trails and many parks, natural areas and outdoor spaces. Find a trail or a park near you.
 Cycling
Looking for a place to go for a bike ride? We've created a bike map to help you find a fun spot to ride.
 Walking tours

Kitchener is a vibrant community filled with history and charm. What better way to discover it, than by foot! Here are some self-guided walking tours you can do on your own or with your own household this winter.

Downtown Kitchener Art Walk

Kitchener has a budding art scene. See all of the art installations and murals within the downtown Kitchener core. Use the Art Walk guide, and happy perusing!

Self-guided tours

Kitchener is rich in history. Explore the heritage of different neighbourhoods, building and artifacts around the city in a self-guided walking tour!

Hiking
Find a hiking trail along the Grand River, in the city and more. Visit our trails page to find a place to hike.
 Things to do

We have something fun for all ages and interests for you to enjoy from arts to nature to activities for youth and seniors.

 Art and culture

Find out about upcoming virtual exhibitions, art walking tours and exhibitions with community partners

by visiting our arts and culture page

For upcoming artist call for proposals, check out www.kitchener.ca/artistproposals

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Artist in Residence program with us, visit www.kitchener.ca/air for details.

Sign up for our newsletter to be up to date on what we’re working on: www.kitchener.ca/subscribe

Children and youth programs

Register your child or encourage your teen to participate in programs that can help them be active and creative. All of our programs focus on building gratitude, hope, empathy and belonging in a super fun, supportive environment with first-aid certified and trained camp and youth program staff.

Programs include:

  • Sports, arts, crafts, cooking
  • Leadership development with volunteering opportunities
  • Employment readiness support
  • March Break camp
  • Summer camp
  • Summer youth drop-ins and specialty programs
  • Summer mobile skateboard park
  • Space for youth to be together in a safe and supervised environment with fun activities

Visit our children and youth programs page to find a fun program.

 Nature and greening

Do you enjoy nature and gardening? Look at our listing of online and outdoor activities, including bees, birding and butterflies.

Natural area programs

Through our Kitchener Natural Areas Program, we offer in-person and online events and learning opportunities, including:

  • Yoga, mindfulness and meditation
  • Hikes and forest bathing
  • Workshops

Visit our KNAP page to find a program.

 Neighbourhood activities
Want something fun to do in your own backyard or in your neighbourhood? Look at all of these fun things to do!
Seniors programs and activities

Stay connected while safely participating in our virtual and in person programs that are available at a number of community centres. Programs include:

  • Kitchener Connections - free weekday programs via phone
  • Social Support Calls - support for those feeling isolated, or just want to talk
  • Connected @ Home Program - receive activity boxes, join weekly teleconferences or Zoom group activities
  • Kitchener Tech Connects - Free Technology Training and Lending Library
  • Fitness and wellness programs - virtual and in-person classes including fitness, art, yoga, meditation and many others suited for all ages and abilities

Visit our seniors page or call 519-741-2200 ext. 2501 and learn about our current program offerings.

Inclusive programming

If you or your child has a disability and require one to one support to participate in any of our programs, we will do our best to accommodate you. Support may be provided by program staff, training volunteers or support workers. Visit our inclusion support webpage for more information and to complete a request form.

For any other accommodation needs or requests, please email the Inclusion Services Coordinator or call, 519-741-2200 ext. 7229.

 Kitchener Market classes and events

Join staff and local chefs at the Kitchener Market this season for cooking classes, programs and events.

Or check out the farmers’ market every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fresh food and talented artisans.

Add the Kitchener Market to your summer plans! See what’s happening at the Market by visiting www.kitchenermarket.ca/Calendar

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Register online

Our ActiveNet online registration website makes it easy to register for programs and view facility availability.


Find a paper copy

You can find paper copies of Active Kitchener at our community centres, pools, arenas, local community service groups, doctor’s offices and libraries.


Advertise with us

Reach 65,000 Kitchener homes four times a year by advertising in our next issue. Email or call us at 519-741-2391.