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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 16 to Sunday November 19, 2017


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 (tentative dates of Nov 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 22 to Saturday May 26, 2018


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 for 2017 FESTIVAL DETAILS  and  see 2017 CALENDAR of EVENTS




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


A Taste of Woolwich

Meet local food producers from throughout the Township of Woolwich, free demos & samples, 9 am - 1 pm in Elmira. Click here for details
Saturday, June 17

St. Jacobs Amazing Race

Come out on June 10 and 11 to run the St. Jacobs Amazing Race, join us for the St. Jacobs Amazing Race after party and visit the shops and Saturday market for some amazing finds!    Race registration begins May 1. Click here for details

June 10, 11, 2017


Village of St. Jacobs Sidewalk Sale
Be sure to visit St. Jacobs for a Sidewalk Sale taking place throughout the village in participating stores, all day long.  Most store's regular hours are 10 - 6 but several plan to open early at 8 a.m. for this event!

Saturday July 8th, 2017


Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
A 3-day free music festival of all things jazz, held in nearby City of Waterloo.
July 21-23, 2017


Kitchener Blues Festival
August 10-13, 2017


Waterloo Buskers Carnival
See street performances by buskers from across Canada and around the world, in nearby Waterloo!
August 24-27, 2017


Doors Open Waterloo Region
Free tours of heritage and architecture (occasionally "secret") places of note in the region.
September 16, 2017


Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival
A 1-day Festival jam-packed with family fun!
September 30, 2017


Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest
A 9-day Bavarian Festival celebrating local Canadian-German heritage.
October 6-14, 2017


Christkindl Market
20th Annual traditional Festival of German Christmas!
December 7-10, 2017



Other Local Events


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 13, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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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