Festival of Neighbourhoods

Thank you for bringing your neighbours together!

Festival of Neighbourhoods is a longstanding Kitchener initiative that supports and encourages neighbours who organize inclusive neighbourhood gatherings. It is the belief in neighbourhood connections, the power of people and the power of place, that started this unique tradition in 1994.

Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions and our Brochure 2016/2017
Are you hungry for a bit of history? Read the article about the Festival of Neighbourhoods: Kitchener Season of Celebration and Festival of Neighbourhoods (2001).

You plan the ways to bring neighbours together!
We plan the ways to support you:

Inclusion Challenge 

This year with the “Reach!” theme, we want to encourage you to engage and extend yourself into your neighbourhood, to reach out. You might find that doing so might increase your capacity, or your “reach”. You might find that you can reach people you would not have engaged otherwise. 

Read the list of ideas to make your neighbourhood gathering welcoming and accessible to everyone and take the Inclusion Challenge to REACH out a little further! 

Founding Partners

* Social Development Centre Waterloo Region 
City of Kitchener 
John MacDonald Architect Inc

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the initiative, an award or a prize, get in touch with us.


You can register your gathering with us for the chance to win many awards and a $20,000 Neighbourhood Improvement Grant!

Eligible gatherings:

  • Defining the streets or street boundaries that make up the neighbourhood (the area, the building, the streets or a cluster of houses that were invited to the gathering).
  • Open, advertised and welcoming to everyone in that neighbourhood, regardless of age, gender, ethnocultural background, ability, marital status, etc.
  • Bringing neighbours together at the same time at the same place so they can get to know each other better.

Register your gathering held between Oct. 1st, 2016 and Sept. 30th, 2017 before October 5th, 2017.

Take a look at all the available forms and options to register at the Registration Page. 

Festival Registration

Not sure if your gathering qualifies? Want more information?

We are happy to answer your questions and can even provide tips and suggestions to help make planning easier.

Contact Information

Aleksandra Petrovic 

Kitchener's Festival of Neighbourhoods
co/ Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
74 Frederick St, Kitchener N2H 2L7 
Tel: 519-579-3800
Tel/TTY: 519-579-1096