Active At Home: Arts and culture


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Kitchener Food Truck Days

We know that residents and small businesses are excited to engage with their community in meaningful and safe ways. Kitchener Food Truck Days is a safe and fun, family-friendly activity for members of the community while physical distancing. Food is safely prepared and delivered with protocols in place for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Residents are invited to attend Kitchener Food Truck Days from June 15 to July 24, 2020. From Monday through Friday, a licenced food truck will be selling food at five community centres across the city. Learn more, or view the schedule food trucks serving at community centres, visit

Kitchener Public Library Curb and Carry

The Kitchener Public Library is excited to announce the launch of Curb and Carry, a new contact-free curbside pickup service. Curbside pickup is available at Central Library, Forest Heights Community Library, Grand River Stanley Park Library, Country Hills Community Library and Pioneer Park Community Library. Customers will be able to place items on hold through our catalogue and pick them up at Central Library when they become available. For more information, and to learn how to place items on hold for pickup, visit

Kitchener Public Library Summer Reading Clubs

Read with the Kitchener Public Library this summer and join in for some virtual fun! There's a Summer Reading Club for every age group including 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, KPL Kids Summer Reading Club, Tween Summer Challenge, Teen Summer Challenge: Reading Challenge and the Adult Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Summer Reading Clubs and sign up for free at

Kitchener Public Library's KW Indigenous Bike Tour

Check out the Kitchener Public Library's KW Indigenous Bike Tour. You can load the map on your mobile device or print a PDF for a brief overview of locations in Downtown Kitchener that show Indigenous history and culture. The route takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete by bike, or three hours by foot. Before you get started, get road ready with these safety tips from King Street Cycles on the Where Community Connects blog post

Bestival at Home 

The Belmont Village Bestival is going virtual for 2020 with eight weeks of exciting content through the ages, from the 1930s to the 2000s. There will be events every week from Sunday through Friday on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Check out their page for full event listings and past content.

City of Kitchener and Kitchener Public Library Youth Video Competition

The City of Kitchener and Kitchener Public Library, supported by Grand River Film Festival, offer a special opportunity for youth ages 12 to 25 to showcase short original videos in the community. The deadline to submit a film has been extended to Sept. 18, 2020. More details can be found by visiting the Youth Video Competition web page.

Waterloo & Kitchener Restaurants, Cafes and Grocery Stores Open During COVID-19

Support local and check out the all new custom Google map of restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and bodegas in Kitchener and Waterloo that are open and offering pick-up, curbside or delivery services during the pandemic. 

Summer Lights Festival Brightly Re-Imagined 

This year, Summer Lights is bringing some of the best elements of the festival in new and engaging ways. Visit the Summer Lights Festival website for all-ages programming that's free and accessible to everyone, including Thursday Nite Live Music and online experiences

WR United - Art Fresco Public Art Project 

Explore Waterloo Region is presenting Art Fresco a whimsical tour of a series of unique picnic tables transformed through the creativity of talented artisans. Art Fresco picnic tables will be displayed in prominent locations throughout Waterloo Region over the summer and temperate autumn season culminating in an art auction to offset WR United program costs. Explore Waterloo Region is actively looking for artists to bring these outdoor dining tables to life! Full details on eligibility, submission criteria, themes and timelines can be found on the Art Fresco Public Art Project page. 

WR United Virtual Backgrounds

Now is not the time to travel, but the time is now to show off your regional pride by featuring your favourite scene as a background in your next virtual meeting. For work, catching up with family, or even virtual get togethers with friends, choose from WR United's new library of Zoom backgrounds and showcase Waterloo Region in your next video call. 

Waterloo Region Museum@Home

The Waterloo Region Museum has developed a variety of activities to keep you and your family engaged at home. Check out the Museum@Home page for recipes, exhibition videos and virtual field trips. 

Art Incubate Window Gallery by Art$Pay

Art Incubate’s Window Gallery has reopened. The Window Gallery, as a part of Art$Pay, is an experimental exhibition space that allows artists to exhibit new work without a formal jurying process. The Window Gallery invites you to enjoy the art safely from outside while practicing physical distancing. For more information, visit the Art$Pay website.

#KitchenerSaysThanks Concert Series

Check out past performances of #KitchenerSaysThanks live concert and programming series here.

Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival 2020 Online

KW Multicultural Festival has moved online this year! Visit the festival's website for programs for a virtual offering of workshops, storytelling with the Kitchener Public Library, colouring contests and performances. 

DTK’s While You’re at Home Video Series

Check out Downtown Kitchener’s new video series featuring tips and tricks from your favourite local businesses from downtown Kitchener on the Downtown Kitchener YouTube page.

DTK HTTPS:// Scavenger Hunt

Visit Downtown Kitchener's Instagram for a scavenger hunt that will lead you down a rabbit hole of local businesses’ websites and social media. Each week you will have to follow the clues and answer the questions correctly. The DTK BIA is giving away prizes each week, so stay tuned to find out the grand prize!

Made in Kitchener Industrial Artifacts Walking Tour

Download the Made in Kitchener Walking Tour brochure and Kitchener's industrial artifacts map to explore many of Kitchener’s industrial artifacts.

Public Art Collection Tour

Download the Kitchener public art map to explore the city’s collection of public art.

DTK’s Placemaking Colouring Book

Colour, design a pop-up park, draw a mural or create a new street sign with the DTK Placemaking Colouring Book! Check it out by visiting the download page for a printable PDF version.


THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener has developed virtual events and educational learning plans that you can access from home. Visit for a one-stop-shop for at home entertainment the whole family will love.

Friday Night at the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony 

The KW Symphony has launched a new concert experience while the concert hall is closed. Visit the KW Symphony's Facebook or Youtube pages every Friday at 8:00 p.m. to hear a concert from their archives.

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Digital Exhibitions

Expressions 45 is the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s (KWAG) annual exhibition of student art from across Waterloo Region, highlighting the perspectives and experiences of young artists in our community. This year’s theme, Rework/Revisit, was inspired by the collaborative artwork Woven Together by Grade 1-6 students from One Forest Montessori School, and encourages students to think about repetition, cause and effect, and the infinite possibilities of cycles that exist in their personal lives and the world around them. While KWAG's annual exhibition in the gallery has been suspended, you can view these student artworks online as a part of their inaugural digital exhibition

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