MAY 2017

Huge thanks to the nearly 1500 people who shared their thoughts and ideas about downtown's compelling qualities and ripe opportunities as part of our Shape DTK 2020 campaign. We've compiled all your discussion feedback and survey responses into one easy-to-read document and a draft version of three new strategic priorities. Read the Shape DTK 2020 Findings document and please take a few more minutes to respond to this survey and let us know if we captured your feelings and desires.

You can also share your input in person at the Kitchener Market on Saturday, May 6th from 11am-1pm, where you'll also be able to learn more about each strategic priority and ask questions. We hope you'll continue to shape DTK with us!

If surveys, findings and near-future visions don't float your boat, the flood of other things happening downtown in May should certainly buoy you into patio season. 



Immerse yourself in a thriving community of holistic living practitioners & retailers, alternative healers & eco-friendly designers as Carl Zehr Square and King St. play host to the 2nd annual Luna Market from 7-11pm on Friday May 26th, |DETAILS|
  JOIN A JANE'S WALK | May 5-7th
Lace up a pair of comfy kicks, hang with other curious locals and honour the great Jane Jacobs at a Jane's Walk on the first weekend in May. Whether you're into Aboriginal history or public art, learn more about your city on foot. |DETAILS|
Help flesh out a throwback and waltz your buns off in The Walper Hotel's crystal ballroom at the Spring Fling, with music by the Tim Moher Dance Band and a 7pm lesson with Reinventing Ballroom's Jill Simpson to get you moving.  | DETAILS |
We've been secretly hatching plans to turn a small section of Goudies Lane into a pedestrian-only patio for the summer. Don't miss our kickoff party on June's First Thursday, featuring a live mural painting & 3 fantastic musical acts. |DETAILS|
THU MAY 4th, 8pm | Steve Strongman Live
Centre in the Square hosts the release of Strongman's No Time Like Now album.

FRI MAY 5th, 11:30am | Cinco de Mayo + @6pm | Ambush the Arts
Dynamic duo at City Hall: Mexican lunch celebration + youth creativity on display!

MON MAY 8th, 1-3pm | Four All Tasting @ Legacy Greens
Kitchener's own awesome ice creamery holds court at our go-to grocer for pop-ups.

SAT MAY 13th, 1-4pm | Urban Foraging: a decolonial salad
Artist Maggie Groat & educator Luke Eckstein lead an invasive plant-eating event. 

Treat the matriarch in your life to a flick at Apollo Cinema (and given that price, it'd be a smart idea to also go out for a scrumptious brunch at a DTK restaurant first...)

WED MAY 24th, 8-11pm | Fernanda Cunha & the Pat Collins Trio
Neruda Arts presents this Brazilian singer's homage to the legendary Antonio Jobim.

+ FIND MORE EVENTS on the  Downtown Kitchener BIA's facebook page 

  SAVE THE DATE: SAT JUNE 10th 3-9pm
Kitchener's largest food truck festival, King StrEATery, will take over a few blocks of downtown with 19 mobile meal-makers serving up dinner and dessert, 6 live bands, a free make-your-own T-shirt station and more fun & games as garnish. |DETAILS| 
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