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Annual St. Jacobs Country Events

Discover a wide variety of events offering fun for everyone from serious shoppers to history buffs, to the fun-loving kid in all of us!

Sparkles Event  

St. Jacobs Sparkles

Thursday November 15 to Sunday November 18, 2018


Each year, the holiday shopping season in St. Jacobs kicks off with a 4-day village-wide celebration including in-store sales, draws & prizes, festive food sampling, holiday charm, and a chance to shop late on Thursday & Friday nights amid 1000s of twinkling lights! Read details of  St. Jacobs Sparkles 2017 here and on the Facebook event page. Plan to attend in 2018 (November 15 - 18, 2018).


Thursday, Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm



Waterloo Central Railway

Hop aboard a heritage railway from Market to the Village of St. Jacobs on market days spring through fall or on other special event trains throughout the year.  Steam excursions too.  

More information at




Quilt & Fibre Art Festival
Waterloo Region & Beyond

Tuesday May 21 to Saturday May 25, 2019


Quilting is an integral part of this region's heritage, so it is fitting that each year in May, communities come together to host an exceptional variety of quilting and fibre arts events. Be sure to mark your calendar, gather your friends and plan to attend!


 Click here to review 2018 FESTIVAL DETAILS 




Annual Area Community Festivals



Elmira Maple Syrup Festival
The world's largest 1-day Maple Syrup Festival, held in neighbouring Elmira. Huge street mall, sugar bush tours, pancake tent, entertainers and more!
Saturday April 7, 2018


Quilt & Fibre Art Festival

A dazzling array of events in the Village of St. Jacobs and across Waterloo Region, celebrating the art of quilting & textiles!
May 22 - 26, 2018


Mennonite Relief Sale & Quilt Auction
in New Hamburg

A gigantic 2-day long sale of food and crafts, plus a reknowned Saturday quilt auction, all to raise funds for MCC's work around the world.
May 26, 2018


Taste of Woolwich
Learn about local food that enriches our lives; enjoy speakers and activities.
Saturday June 23, 2018

Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
A 3-day free music festival of all things jazz, held in nearby City of Waterloo.
July 20-22, 2018


Kitchener Blues Festival
August 9-12, 2018


Waterloo Buskers Carnival
See street performances by buskers from across Canada and around the world, in nearby Waterloo!
August 23-26, 2018


Doors Open Waterloo Region
Free tours of heritage and architecture (occasionally "secret") places of note in the region.
September 15, 2018


Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival
A 1-day Festival jam-packed with family fun!
September 29, 2018


Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest
A 9-day Bavarian Festival celebrating local Canadian-German heritage.
October 5-13, 2018


Optimist Club of St. Jacobs Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a full breakfast, face painting, entertainment by the Chord Spinners, silent auction, penny auction for the kids and a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus. At Calvary United Church, Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacobs. Cost: $5 per person
Saturday December 8,  2018


Christkindl Market
20th Annual traditional Festival of German Christmas!
December 6-9, 2018



Other Local Events


Easter Egg Hunt
St. Jacobs Optimist Club is holding the annual Easter Egg Hunt at

Riverside Park on Water Street in St. Jacobs. Start time is 10:00 am sharp. Don't be late!

Saturday March 31, 2018


Spring on the Trail
Bike, hike or walk while supporting fundraising for the "Kissing Bridge Trailway", connecting 7 communities over 45 km. Learn more here.
Saturday May 12, 2018


St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle MODEL RAILWAY
See America's finest O scale railway! Open select dates throughout the year.


Optimist Club of St. Jacobs
Click here for events and to learn about the many ways the Optimists support events for youth in our community.


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