A Great Place to Live, Visit, Work, Learn and Play!
October is a very busy and exciting time to be in Waterloo. The city is alive and there is a buzz in the air. The students are back, the harvest has begun, and Oktoberfest is on!
The world’s second largest Oktoberfest event, second only to Munich, Germany, runs in a variety of locales across the region for two weeks in October. This Bavarian party attracts thousands of people every year to enjoy a taste of German culture and partake in the many fun activities the festival has to offer.
Aside from Oktoberfest, October is also harvest season. St. Jacobs Market is a popular year-round venue for fresh and local produce, as is the UpTown Market. Held in the Waterloo Public Square, this market brings local farmers, artists, and live entertainment to Waterloo every week, from May through to the end of October.
But October isn’t the only time of year that the City of Waterloo shines. The city hosts vibrant festivals and events throughout the year. In July, the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival draws music fans of all ages, while the Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival is a hit in August. In fact, this festival has been entertaining huge crowds with wacky street theatre for 25 years.
Not only is Waterloo alive with dynamic festivals, events, and ongoing community programs; Waterloo is a thriving and growing urban center. Waterloo is home to many diverse businesses and has numerous high profile developments in the works, including the region’s largest shopping centre — The Boardwalk Centre which spans both the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo; the Barrel Yards — an uptown development complete with boutique hotel, conference facilities, residential and retail space; and the Waterloo Corporate Campus — a 35 acre multi-use site located on the LRT route in north Waterloo with plans to include a transportation hub, office space, data centre space, retail and restaurants.
With three world-class, innovative post-secondary institutions — University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College within its boundaries, Waterloo is the epitome of innovation, technology and creativity; creating the perfect environment to support and grow business. The City of Waterloo has a thriving start up culture as a result, with many tech businesses launching and growing from the Accelerator Centre.
Waterloo is the perfect place to live, visit, work, learn and play. We hope to see you here soon.