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UpTown Waterloo + Downtown Kitchener ION Launch Party

Saturday, June 22, 12 – 8 pm

To celebrate the official launch of ION, the Region of Waterloo’s Light Rapid Transit service, the UpTown Waterloo and Downtown Kitchener BIAs have put together a fun-filled day and evening to enjoy with the whole family. Jump on the ION (which is offering FREE rides for the first 11 days of service) and explore all that each core area has to offer! Special programming will be found throughout UpTown and Downtown between 12 pm and 10 pm, including acoustic bands, art installations, performers, free giveaways, a scavenger hunt and an outdoor concert in the Waterloo Public Square starting at 8 pm.  

See the schedule of activities below. 

Uptown Activities





9 am – 2:30 pmScratch ticket eventAll My Nails
9 am – 5 pmLego Block Party Demo and 20% off fresh flowersHearts & Flowers
10 am – 6 pmSidewalk sale and refreshmentsTadpole Children’s Shoppe
10 am – 6 pmSales and refreshmentsSeasons Fine Clothing
11:30 am – 9 pmPatio partyMarbles
11:30 am – 11 pmFeatures and promotionsTaco Farm
12 pmPerformance by Accent Piano StudioBauer Marketplace
12 – 5 pmOpen StreetsWaterloo Public Square and Willis Way
12 – 6 pmInteractive “UpTown Colouring”ION Stops: Allen Street, Caroline Street, Waterloo Public Square
12 – 6 pmColouring contestThe Sock Factory
2 pmPerformance by Kathryn LadanoBauer Marketplace
2 – 3 pmBubble showBarrel Yards Park (Willis Way & Caroline Street)
2 – 5 pmLive musicLou Dawg’s
3 – 7 pmFace paintingBarrel Yards Park (Willis Way & Caroline Street)
4 pmPerformance by Tim MoherBauer Marketplace
4 – 10 pmSolstice SamplingVarious locations; tickets at Waterloo Public Square
5 pmFlamenco artistWaterloo Public Square
6 pmPerformance by Byron ShantzBauer Marketplace
8 pmPerformances by Jacob Bihun and 12 Mile Island
T-shirt screen printing by Civilian Printing
Waterloo Public Square


Downtown Activities

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