What to do in Waterloo this January From comfort food crawls to art exhibits, these winter-themed events are sure to keep you busy


“Voices” Roundtable Discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery 

Jan. 14

As part of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery’s “Voices” art exhibition, Behnaz Fatemi, Heidi McKenzie, and Jonah Straub will all speak about their art. They will then engage in a Q&A discussion on equity, diversity and inclusion in artistic spaces, which will also be livestreamed on Facebook. 

For in-person and online registration options, visit theclayandglass.ca/exhibitions.

UpTown Gallery’s Celebration Show 

The Shops Waterloo 

Until Jan. 15

Calling all art aficionados: come check out this limited-time art collection from more than 30 local Waterloo artists. 

No registration is required. 

Winterloo Festival 

Uptown Waterloo 

Jan. 28

Create Waterloo and the City of Waterloo present this year’s Winterloo festival from 12 p.m to 5 p.m. for free winter-themed activities like ice carving and snow sculpture exhibits. 

More information will be available soon on winterloofestival.ca.

Uptown Comfort Food Crawl 

Revive Game Bar, Kentucky Bourbon & BBQ, and The Prohibition Warehouse

Jan. 28

Are you a foodie who loves supporting local restaurants? Stop by Uptown Waterloo from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a multi-venue comfort food tasting experience complete with a Soup Showdown, Mac and Cheese Challenge, and more. After tasting meals from each of the three chosen restaurants, you will be invited to vote for your favorite dish for the chance to win one of three raffle prizes worth $25, $50 or $100. 

More information and tickets will be available soon on winterloofestival.ca.

The Underground Studio MakerSpace: Open Studio 

Lower level of THEMUSEUM in Downtown Kitchener

Every Saturday

Stop by on Saturdays anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a free, drop-in creative session. Activities include using a sewing machine, soldering, circuit-making and 3D modeling. You can focus on one of these skills in more detail and bring your project home for $5. 

No registration is required. 

Snow Tubing

Chicopee Tube Park 

All Winter 

Dying to go dashing down a 250 feet hill of snow? Check out Chicopee Tube Park. Multiple chutes are available to reduce waiting times, and once you’re done having fun in the snow, you can warm up and relax in the Chalet Cafe.

Participants must buy tickets and fill a waiver form in advance at chicopeetubepark.com. 90-minute tickets are $32 + HST per person or $28 + HST per person on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Show up fifteen minutes before your scheduled session.  

Jazz Jam Nights 

The Jazz Room Waterloo 

Jan. 21 

Join this month’s Jazz Room Jam Night, a free, community-sponsored event hosted by local guitarist Lukas Bouda from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Jazz performers and listeners of all ages are invited to jam along to music from Real Book, Volume 1 (which will be provided). Performers interested in playing instruments besides the piano and drums should bring their own. 

No registration is required, simply sign in when you arrive at the door.