Kitchener city's location near several major lakes and cities like Hamilton, Mississauga, and Toronto makes it a popular tourist destination and one of the fastest-selling real estate locations in Ontario. Kitchener is home to a great selection of popular attractions including parks, museums, art galleries, lakes, high-end restaurants, recreational centers and a plethora of historical points of interests.
Additionally, the city is also home to a number of very popular annual events that attract visitors from all over Canada and beyond. Below is an overview of some of the most celebrated annual events and festivals that take place in Kitchener, ON:
Probably one of the most celebrated annual events in Canada, Kitchener's Oktoberfest festivals is ranked as on largest Bavarian Festival of its kind outside Germany. This nine-day festival takes place in October and has been around since 1969. Oktoberfest eclipses the Canadian Thanksgiving and features a wide selection of activities and events including the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade which has been categorized as the only Thanksgiving Day parade of its size in the entire country, a beauty pageant, rides and games, a wide variety of local and international cuisines and most importantly, lots of beer drinking. The event attracts a little over 700,000 participants every year.
Kitchener Blues Festival
This is another popular local event that spans a total of four days and takes place in downtown Kitchener. The festival is committed to promoting the Blues music genre and features over four stages of live music performances and several music workshops. The festival was initially a one-day event attracting around 3000 attendees but has since evolved to accommodate over 150,000 attendees every year.
The Multicultural Festival
Spanning a period of two days, this festival is aimed at celebrating Kitchener's rich cultural diversity through foods, music, and dance. The festivals also feature art and craft vendors and attract well over 50,000 residents every year. If you are looking for something to do in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in early summer, the Multicultural Festival is where you need to be.
KOI Music Festival
This is another annual music festival in Kitchener that is aimed at promoting local solo artists and bands. The festival boasts of hundreds of performances from independent rock music artists and bands. First celebrated in 2010, the KOI Music Festival is slowly gaining its footing as one of the top 10 annual events in the city. Other notable annual events in Kitchener include LGBT culture, The Open Ears Festival, Kultrun World Music Festival, and IMPACT theatre festival.