Despite being a relatively small city, there are a number of great events in Waterloo to keep residents entertained throughout the year. These are some of the best annual events that take place in and around the city:

Mill Race Folk Festival (July/August)

A free festival that takes place in neighbouring Cambridge, this event celebrates traditional forms of folk music and dance across a number of different stages.

Blues Festival (August)

Held each year in Kitchener, this is the signature arts and music festival within the Waterloo region and one of the largest events of the summer in the area.

Doors Open Waterloo (September)

This is a free heritage and architecture tour of special and 'secret' places in the Waterloo region. It's held on the third Saturday in September each year.

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest (October)

This nine-day festival which celebrates the traditional beer-based German Oktoberfest is dubbed as Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival.

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