Kate’s 5 fun things to do at home this weekend (April 17-19)

With sun on Saturday and warmer temperatures all weekend, it looks like it’s going to be a great weekend to stay home, maybe go for a walk around the neighbourhood, work in the yard and only take essential trips.

As we all continue to physically distance (keep at least two metres apart, public health officials say), many local businesses and organizations are shifting gears to offering stuff online.

It’s great to see local neighbourhood groups trying to keep up a sense of community, like the Westmount Neighbourhood Association which is holding a virtual “art, science or anything fair.” Details are found on their Facebook page.

The City of Kitchener wants people to show what they’re thankful for as part of the #KitchenerSaysThanks campaign. In the coming weeks there will be online concerts and a poster campaign.

Trivial Dispute

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 19

Hosted by: Descendants Beer & Beverage Co., Kitchener

If you miss your usual trivia night out, Descendants is bringing it to you at home. Meet up with your friends and teammates online and answer a variety of questions about music, pop culture, history, geography, sports and so much more.

If you want to just watch and learn some cool facts, you can follow along. Busy Sunday night? They also host virtual trivia on Wednesdays.

Wayback playback with the symphony

8 p.m., Friday, April 17

Hosted by: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

Each Friday night, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will share a concert from their archives.

It will be released on the symphony’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and the symphony says the concerts will be “primarily drawn from the Signature Series including concerts led by former Music Director Edwin Outwater.” Some of the videos will be audio-only but most will have a video introduction.

Some Fridays there will also be a pre-concert chat with music director Andrei Feher or a musician.

This Friday features the symphony performing Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 (originally performed in Nov. 2018. (Next Friday, April 24, is Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird originally performed in Oct. 2019.)

Pedro Fernandez in concert

1 p.m., Saturday, April 18

Hosted by: Kitchener Public Library

The library is hosting a live concert on its Facebook page with Fernandez, a local musician who specializes in ‘Flamenco Chill’ guitar.

Livid! Livestream

8 p.m. to late, Saturday, April 18

Hosted by: GAIN Music, Music Lives and Stay Home Fest

Head online and take part in a dance party in your own home. Organizers say it’s a chance to dance the quarantine blues away.

The event is part of others that have been posted on Stay Home Fest, a Facebook page that is listing online concerts by local musicians. The list on the page continues to grow, so check it often to see if your favourite local musician adds an event.

Disney Pixar musical bingo

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 19

Hosted by: Nitro Music

Get the kids (and kids at heart who love Pixar movies) together for an afternoon of bingo using the music from films like maybe Coco, Bao, Up, Toy Story, Wall-E, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille and so many more. There is a limit to how many people can play, so register ahead of time.


Saturday looks like it will be a really nice day, so a reminder if you go outside for a walk: public health officials say it’s OK to go for a walk around your neighbourhood if you’re not showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Municipal officials have asked people to avoid driving to parks or trails to go for a walk. Remember that playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts are closed and parks are open for walk-through access only. All Grand River Conservation Authority parks are currently closed and people who enter a property could be charged with trespassing.

If you have a local online event you think CBC Kitchener-Waterloo should know about, email us.

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