Arts, culture & diversity: Events & outreach

The University of Waterloo offers a number of celebrations, exhibitions and events that reflect the diversity of our community, our heritage, and our future:

  • Canada Day Celebration is in its 31st year of welcoming our community to campus to celebrate our country. Join over 60,000 guests for this free, family friendly event.

  • East Asian Festival is a cultural celebration hosted by Renison College featuring the vibrant cultures of China, Japan, and Korea with live music, food, and interactive booths.

  • One Waterloo Diversity campaign lead by our Federation of Students, rallies our students, staff, and faculty to participate in Toronto’s Pride Parade each year.

  • Doors Open offers the community access to unique and inspiring venues and activities across our campuses in both the Waterloo Region and Stratford.

  • Grebel Music at Conrad Grebel University College, is home to Waterloo's Department of Music, and welcomes the community to events and activities throughout the year.

  • Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at St. Paul’s University College facilitates the sharing of Indigenous knowledge, providing culturally relevant support services for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, staff, and faculty. Our community is welcome at special events and camps year-round, including their annual traditional Pow-Wow.

  • University of Waterloo Art Gallery welcomes public visitors, offering access to a wide number of outstanding creative student exhibitions.

  • Upstart, the Festival of Innovative Theatre is a series of performances created by faculty, students, and visiting artists from Waterloo’s Department of Drama and Speech Communication. Performances run each February and are open to the public.

  • Student clubs and activities — our Federation of Students engages students in a wide range of activities and leadership opportunities related to arts, culture and diversity:

    • Feds student clubs, offer students access to a wide number of group activities including, hip hop, Cuban Salsa dance, improv and drama, and a capella.

    • Each March the Feds host International Celebrations Week, which explores and celebrates cultural diversity. A highlight of this week is the Cultural Caravan, an evening of cultural song and dance performances by Waterloo student clubs.

    • Feds Diversity Education Team works towards creating a respectful and inclusive campus community, volunteering their time to coordinate activities and resources, creating opportunities for learning and celebration around diversity.

    • Feds Glow Centre mobilizes our campus each year in recognizing and celebrating our queer and transgendered community through events like Coming Out Week and Trans Awareness Week.