Celebrating Art and Community Since 1989

Welcome! The Sun Life Waterloo Busker Carnival has been a staple of entertainment in the Waterloo Region since 1989. This volunteer-driven, not-for-profit event showcases a diverse array of talents. From awe-inspiring acrobatics and laugh-out-loud comedy to breathtaking fire breathing acts, we bring the world’s finest street performers right to UpTown Waterloo.

Experience the Magic

Prepare to be amazed and entertained. Our carnival is a celebration of fun, art, and community spirit. Enjoy delicious international cuisine at our food vendors, find unique treasures at various shopping stalls, and don’t miss out on the exciting midway games. And, of course, our famous ferris wheel awaits, offering stunning views of the festivities.

Supporting Artists

Entrance to our carnival is free, making it accessible to all. Our talented artists earn their livelihood through your generous tips. After enjoying a performance, we encourage you to show your appreciation. Your contributions, big or small, make a significant difference.







Fire breathers

A Visual Chronicle of Our History

The spirit, spontaneity and creative energy of the Carnival is captured each year by world-renown illustrator Sue Todd who currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Her artwork sets the tone for each year’s distinct performers with no two pieces or years being exactly alike. When viewed together, Sue’s artwork over the years offers a consistent visual narrative of our history.

Sue’s work was first featured on the 1995 cover of the Carnival program and continues to be a main feature each year. Sue notes a special fondness for Waterloo where she met her husband.

For more information or to order prints, visit her website at www.suetodd.com.

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