July 1 community picnic

Find information on what Waterloo is doing for July 1, 2024.


On this page

  1. About the July 1 Community Picnic
  2. All day programming
  3. Main stage schedule
  4. What to know ahead of time
  5. What to bring with you
  6. Directions and parking information
  7. Get involved
  8. Sponsorship

About the July 1 Community Picnic

Spend the afternoon in Waterloo Park with local artists, food trucks and giant games at the July 1 Community Picnic. The event runs 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the West side of Waterloo Park near the Bandshell.

Find out more about Canada Day and how we celebrate our community in an inclusive way that is mindful of Canada's history on our Indigenous Reconciliation web page.


All day programming

Art Market

Community Organization Fair

Food Trucks


Main stage schedule

The main stage, located in front of the Bandshell in Waterloo Park, will be programmed with local talent for the festival. Please note, times may be subject to change.

All-day: Ben Stager (MC)
Ben Stager is a Canadian entertainer specializing in music, comedy, and content creation.
4 p.m. — The Trainwrecks

The Trainwrecks are a blues-focused band made up of teens from Kitchener-Waterloo. These talented teens won the 2023 Kitchener Blues Festival's ‘Youth Legacy’ contest and have performed on the main stages of the Kitchener Blues Festival, the Belmont Village Bestival, recently returned from playing at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN!

5:30 p.m. — Conexion Latina

Conexion Latina is a latin music band with mixed sounds from all over Latin America, including salsa, bachata and cumbia.

7 p.m. — Momma's Kitchen
Momma's Kitchen is Kitchener's premium customizable 2 to 12 piece live Party band. Specializing in top notch, high energy, party starting entertainment that will make any event unique and brilliant. From 90's/2000’s Hip Hop/R&B to Top 40 Pop Hits to Motown/Soul their live shows pack dance floors, engage audiences and provide clients with memorable experiences.
8:30 p.m. — Nicolette & The Nobodies

Nicolette is romantic about retro Western music; she speaks with a soft grit, a warm and distinguished rattle that lends her observations weight. Performing, she loosens into an unabashed howl, a fluid force turning upward at the edges with unmistakable twang. She keeps her lyrics no-nonsense—earthy comments on the human condition, floridity be damned. She reserves her flamboyance and flair for onstage attire—cowboy hats, fringed vests with matching hot pants, boots by all accounts made for walking.

10 p.m. — Elaquent and LED Drone Show

Elaquent is a veteran Guelph-based producer, known for an eclectic array of soulful boom bap sounds.

The drone show will begin at 10 p.m. and light up the sky above the bandshell. This can be seen from a 360 degree viewing around the area. Attendees will need a clear sightline above the bandshell to experience the full show. The drone show will be around 10 minutes long.


What to know

  • The event is free to attend for everyone.
  • The event begins at 4 p.m. and will end when the drone show is finished, around 10:15 p.m.
  • Parking is NOT available on site, but options have been provided in the section below.
  • First Aid Services and Security are on site — if you have an emergency, please find someone at the booths located beside the stage
  • Personal fireworks are NOT allowed at this event.

What to bring

  • Reusable water bottles
  • Picnic blankets or camping chairs to sit on
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (examples include comfortable shoes, sun hats, layers, etc)
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Snacks and beverages (alcohol is NOT permitted in the park)
  • If you intend to purchase from food trucks or artists, all vendors accept cash with some accepting credit and debit.

How to get here and parking info

  • This event is hosted at on the west side of Waterloo Park at the bandshell. The closest address to find using Google Maps would be 100 Westmount Rd, N, Waterloo, ON.
  • Please note, the entrance to the West Side of Waterloo Park (off of Westmount Rd.) will be closed all day to vehicles for the event. Attendees are encouraged to find other methods of transportation or park in one of the nearby lots.
  • Need help finding parking? Check our parking map.

Want to get involved?

Volunteer Opportunities: Now closed.

Food Truck Application: Now closed.

Community Organization Application: Due by June 24, 2024, but reviewed ongoing.

Art Market Application: Now closed.


Sponsorship

Is your business interested in supporting the July 1 Community Picnic? This great community event hosts over 20,000 attendees. We have many opportunities for your business to be highlighted including in-person activation zones. Please contact festivals@waterloo.ca for our Sponsorship Guide and more information.