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Cruising on King

Cruising on KingCruising on King Street is an annual event that turns back the clock and takes downtown Kitchener back to a time when cars had fins, skirts had hoops and hair had grease! Last year 375 antique and classic cars made Kitchener’s Cruising on King Street one of Canada’s largest classic and antique car parades in this great land of ours.

The cruise starts with a show and shine in Victoria Park. Visit Victoria Park as it is transformed into a staging area for approximately 300 classic and antique vehicles. Meet the car owners and other car enthusiasts.  Enjoy an afternoon in the Park.

Time: 3:00-7:00pm

At 7:00pm the cars rumble out of the park, cruising down King Street in front of about 50,000 spectators. This is the largest parade of its kind in Ontario. The parade route on King Street this year extends from Francis to Stirling.

Time: 7:00-8:00pm

After the cruise, the classic cars park on King Street from Francis to Cedar until approximately 10:00pm. Once the cars are parked, stroll down King Street from Francis to Cedar for a blast from the past. 300 plus car owners show off their pride and joy to festival goers.

More entertainment:

Many of the downtown businesses and restaurants stay open late during Cruising on King. Come for the cars, stay for the deals.

At Kitchener City Hall’s Civic Square Stage chat with the Cruising On King Street event partners and listen to music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

At the Kitchener Market there will be live music, activities and food from around the world .

Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Other Highlights

  • Visit “Old Blue” a classic Ontario Provincial Police Cruiser
  • Tons of great deals at the BIA sidewalk sale
  • Kitchener Market vendors open late
  • A licensed area on the Market Piazza


When: July 13, 2012

Where: Downtown Kitchener

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365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo is brought to you by Keith Marshall. My first car was a 1974 Pontiac LeMans Sport Coupe. That seems like pretty cool car now.

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