Contact Us

Contact the Festival Manager

Attn: Cheryl Ewing

100 Regina Street South

Suite 160

Waterloo, Ontario  N2J 4P9

519.496.4585

chair@uptownwaterloojazz.ca

Parking and Maps

For the latest information on road closures due to the building of ION, please follow this link.

UpTown Parking

Parking in the UpTown Parkade is FREE during the jazz festival after 4:00 pm on Friday, July 21st and all day on Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd, compliments of UpTown Waterloo Businesses.

Follow this link for the latest updates on accessing parking during the UpTown improvement work. 

There are plenty of other parking options available in the city’s core. On-street parking regulations permit FREE time-controlled parking for durations of one, two or three hours depending on the location. The Station Lot and both Temporary Lots A and B now offer 3 hour parking.

On-street signage provides users with time-control limits, however, on-street parking is not permitted between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Parking in the Waterloo Town Square lots is time controlled between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays with two-hour free parking permitted during this time frame.

Parking outside these hours and on weekends is free and is not time controlled. But parking is always prohibited there between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Time-controlled parking encourages parking turnover by short-term customers and opens up space for newly arriving patrons.

Long-term paid parking is available in the centrally located UpTown Waterloo Parkade for people who will be staying for a longer visit.

For more information, please contact the City of Waterloo’s parking programs division at 519-886-2310 x 30340.

Directions to UpTown

For the latest information on road closures due to the building of ION, please follow this link.

Bicycle Valet Waterloo

Free. Safe. Convenient.
Follow this link for a map of trails and bike routes to the festival.

If driving, the best way to access the festival grounds is via Regina Street. Regina also gives you access to numerous parking lots including FREE parking at the UpTown Parkade off Regina St all weekend from Friday the 15th at 4 pm through Sunday the 17th at 6 pm. Compliments of UpTown Waterloo Businesses.

1. From Region of Waterloo International Airport

Turn right off of the Airport grounds and travel north on Fountain Street North.
Turn left onto Victoria Street (HWY 7).
Turn left onto Bruce Street.
Turn right onto HWY 85 NORTH exit.
Take the Bridgeport Street exit, travel WEST on Bridgeport Street (a right turn from the off-ramp)
(Bridgeport Street becomes one-way only).
Continue to the intersection of Bridgeport Road East and Regina Street North.
To reach the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, turn left on to Regina Street, passing through the intersection of Erb and Regina (traffic lights).
There is parking to your left in the Station Lot and parking to your right accessed from Willis Way. The festival takes place in the Waterloo City Centre parking lot, across from Willis Way.
Total travel time: 19 minutes, 15 kms (approximate).

2. From Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto (YYZ)

Travel on HWY 401 WEST from Pearson International Airport.
Take the HWY 8 WEST exit 278 into KITCHENER.
Take the HWY 7 exit toward GUELPH/HWY 85/WATERLOO.
Take the Bridgeport Street exit, travel WEST on Bridgeport Street (a right turn from the off-ramp)
(Bridgeport Street becomes one-way only).
Continue to the intersection of Bridgeport Road East and Regina Street North.
To reach the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, turn left on to Regina Street, passing through the intersection of Erb and Regina (traffic lights).
There is parking to your left in the Station Lot and parking to your right accessed from Willis Way. The festival takes place in the Waterloo City Centre parking lot, across from Willis Way.
Total travel time: 45min, 76 kms (approximate).

3. From Detroit/Windsor, USA/Canada Border

Travel on HWY 401 EAST from DETROIT/WINDSOR.
Take the HWY 8 WEST exit 278 into KITCHENER/WATERLOO.
Turn right (NORTH) when exiting the off-ramp (Note: when exiting HWY 401, you will temporarily leave the multi-lane highway).
Continue on HWY 8. Exit onto HWY 8/KITCHENER (rejoining the multi-lane highway).
Take the HWY 7 exit toward GUELPH/HWY 85/WATERLOO.
Take the Bridgeport Street exit, travel WEST on Bridgeport Street (a right turn from the off-ramp)
(Bridgeport Street becomes one-way only).
Continue to the intersection of Bridgeport Road East and Regina Street North.
To reach the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, turn left on to Regina Street, passing through the intersection of Erb and Regina (traffic lights).
There is parking to your left in the Station Lot and parking to your right accessed from Willis Way. The festival takes place in the Waterloo City Centre parking lot, across from Willis Way.
Total travel time: 3 hrs, 15 min, 293 kms (approximate).