What to do.
Tuesday, September 28
Over at Kitchener Public Library presents 85 Queen: Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas. Author Omar Mouallem discusses his book “In Praying to the West”, which explores the history of Islam in the Americas and the search for an answer to how the religion has survived and thrived so far from the place of its origin.
Descendants Beer & Beverage have The Office TV Trivia at 7 p.m.
The Apollo has Dune: Retro Recall on at 9:15 p.m.
Beertown is celebrating Oktoberfest from Sept. 28 through Oct 17 with German inspired fare and three Bavarian brews from the official breweries of Munich Oktoberfest. Get yourself a 1L stein of Paulaner Oktoberfest, Hofbrau Original, or Erdinger Weissbier and you get to take the stein home.
Wednesday, September 29
Idea Exchange has Fine Zines: A Queer Zine Workshop on at 7 p.m. In this workshop, Alyssa Pisciotto will go over the how-tos of zine making, followed by guided time for participants to create a zine that explores lived experiences, truths, and stories of being queer. Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 30
Not sure where to start on understanding what you can do to educate yourself on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation? Kitchener Public Library has some great resources for you, including a book list, guest blog, story telling, and more.
Loloan and Bhimas are closed on Thursday to honour the survivors of residential schools. They’re having a fundraising BBQ at Loloan from 2 to 5 for the Downie Wenjack Fund.
Learn to tell your story in a song with Virginia to Vegas, aka Derik Baker, at Kitchener Public Library. In this interactive workshop, Derik will share his creative process, what inspires him, and how he turns ideas and life experiences into lyrics and music with universal appeal. Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
I, the Mountain are home for a rest from their East Coast tour. Celebrate with them at Homecoming with special guests Rufus John and Rachel Hickey live at Emmanuel United Church. Doors at 7, music at 7:30.
Descendants Beer & Beverage has a TikTok Music Trivia event with all proceeds going to Spectrum.
Put the sunglasses on! The Apollo has They Live on at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, October 1
Lana’s Lounge has an evening with Jesse Parent at 6 p.m. Dinner options include Chimichurri Beef Skewers, Honey Balsamic Pork Loin, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, or Baked Sole with Creamy Dijon Glaze.
Rusty Nail Comedy takes over Oktoberfest 2021 with Tim Steeves, ALi Hassan,
and special guests: Dena Jackson Rachelle Lauzon. Friday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m at The Crazy Canuck Kitchener.
The Old Galt Bottle Shop has their first-ever OG-toberfest from 4 to 6 p.m. It’s an evening of German inspired beer and traditional fare.
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and the Culinary Studio present Taste of Oktoberfest. Red Seal Chefs Jody O’Malley and Kirstie Herbstreit will guide you through all aspects of an authentic Bavarian feast, from preparation to cooking with technique and plate presentation.
TWB Brewing Co-Op has the Queens of Craftoberfest Drag Show starting at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 2
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Hannah and her friends as Kitchener Public Library Kids and KIDtoberfest presents: Storytime with Hannah and Friends live at 11 a.m.!
I, the Mountain and Treephones are playing Craftoberfest at TWB Brewing Co-Op starting at 8 p.m.
Later in the day at KPL, Dyke Bar Takeover Kitchener-Waterloo is taking over Kitchener Public Library to host QueerKPL & Dyke Bar Takeover – Storytelling Workshop, a virtual storytelling series with acclaimed storyteller Erin Rodgers. Through group activities and coaching, Erin will teach you the skills and give you the confidence to tell your story – whatever it may be. Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.
Burgers n’ Beer for oneROOF is going down from 12 to 8 p.m at Short Finger Brewing. The fundraiser is in support of oneROOF’s education and employment program and is brought to you by the fine folks at Short Finger and the Hemlock Burger Barn. (h/t to Andrew Coppolino for the info!)
Back at Lana’s Lounge, it’s more music and amazing food with Sean Pinchin live on stage at 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 3
Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery’s Family Sunday is back from 1 to 4 p.m. Experiment with newspapers as an art material and create collages based on Shapes of Facts, a video installation by Yoshiki Nishimura. Take a closer look at Planting one Another, and sketch the various plants and pollinators within KWAG’s replanting of Mike MacDonald’s medicine and butterfly garden. Be inspired by the Anishinaabe story of Spider Woman, and make your own spider-themed artwork while viewing Terre Chartrand’s Asibikaashi (Spider Woman). Best of all, it’s free thanks to Equitable Life of Canada.
You don’t even go here. KWFamous and the Underground Flavour Group are bringing brunch back with the Mean Girls Brunch featuring Mean Girls-inspired menu and cocktails, Mean Girls trivia, and the fetchest music ever.
The Green Room Barbers have their Fall Maker’s Market from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring food, music, and great local vendors.
DJ Flash is spinning tracks at White Rabbit.
Monday, October 4
Ways to support local.
It’s the last week to get tickets for this month’s Food4Kids Waterloo Region Feeding Hope 50/50 Charity Raffle. Proceeds from this online raffle will be used to support 1,000 children living with chronic hunger.
Rangers Reach is proud to support KidsAbility in the critical work they do in our community, all while celebrating the return to OHL hockey. The 50/50 raffle will support life-changing therapy, innovative programs and the latest technology. Get your tickets today!
Goldies Convenience has their grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 2 to 10 p.m.
Runner’s Choice has free 24-week marathon and half-marathon training programs on their site.
What to read.
Fresh fruit pies: 8 places to enjoy a slice in Waterloo Region (Explore Waterloo)
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 2021 Is Going To Be Wunderbar! (Explore Waterloo)