September 27, 2022 – WATERLOO, ON – Back by popular demand, with over 60 vendors, is the Mayor’s Oktoberfest Market. Last year, Mayor Dave Jaworsky, City of Waterloo Council, the Uptown Waterloo Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest collaborated on the inaugural market and the community embraced it.
Taking place in the Waterloo City Hall (100 Regina St.) parking lot on October 1, 2022 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, the one-day market will feature a variety of local artisan, food, clothing, jewellery and service vendors and special Oktoberfest-themed performances can be discovered throughout the event.
“Oktoberfest is a long-standing tradition in our community and this market has been a great way for us to get into the ‘wunderbar’ spirit and support local businesses,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “Hope to see you this weekend!”
This year the market will also feature a charming, fall-themed selfie area, Silly People free-style performers, a wandering accordion player and a dirndl-wearing stilt walker throughout the day along with a visit from Oktoberfest’s Wunderwagon at noon. The BIA is also setting up “inner-kid” creative areas for individuals to paint free tote bags, coasters and puzzle pieces to be used in a later art installation celebrating the BIA’s 50th anniversary.
Adds Uptown Waterloo BIA Executive Director, Tracy Van Kalsbeek, “We have doubled the number of vendors this year so there’s lots to see, try and experience. And, when you’re finished at the market, take a stroll through Uptown and visit a few of our 450+ unique businesses or explore our art installations along Princess St. or Hughes and Dominion Lanes.”
Entry into the market is completely free however, visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
2022 Uptown Markets
The Mayor’s Oktoberfest Market along with the recent Uptown summer Night Markets would not have been possible without important funding from the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator program, delivered by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). My Main Street is a two-year, $23.25-million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), delivered by CUI and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).
Rain date: October 2nd