UPDATED March 14, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Sometimes you have to make that difficult decision.

It is with a very heavy heart that we have made the decision to suspend our inaugural Femme Folks Fest Festival as a result of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Out-of-town performers and local venues have expressed their concern and in an abundance of caution we have made this determination for the health and safety of our audience, artists, volunteers and festival staff.

We are in the process of migrating some of our programming to digital platforms.  Please check our social media – twitter, fb and Instagram – throughout this month. Planned performances, panels, Pop-UP’s and professional development classes will be rescheduled within the current season. Want to stay in touch for updates?  Send an email to:  hello@femmefolksfest.ca and we will keep you informed.

For the many patrons who purchased tickets – we thank you for supporting our first Femme Folks Fest. For those holding tickets for cancelled events, please let us know how you would like to proceed – either by refund or by donation to our festival through a charitable receipt in the amount of your ticket price.

On behalf of all our artists, volunteers and staff, my thanks.

Lisa O’Connell | Artistic Director
Femme Folks Fest

About the Festival

40+ Events.  10 Venues.  Pop-Up’s daily.

Welcome to Femme Folks Fest.  A new month-long festival in Waterloo Region dedicated to and in celebration of Women identified or presenting. Productions. Panels. Pop-Ups. Professional Development. March is #femmefolks.

Celebrated in March worldwide, International Women’s month is a focal point for the championing of women’s rights and gender equality. At present there is no consistent large-scale programming dedicated to Women in Waterloo Region to coincide with International Women’s Month.

We believe it’s time.

Femme Folks Fest is produced by Pat the Dog Theatre Creation. Founded in 2006, Pat the Dog provides an essential home for the creation of extraordinary new works of Canadian theatre. The company is led by Artistic Director Lisa O’Connell.

Pat the Dog Theatre Creation acknowledges that we are located on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which included six miles on each side of the Grand River. We are on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral Confederacy), Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples.


  • Neighbors

    March 1, 2020 to March 10, 2020
  • Know Better Do Better

    March 7, 2020
  • Collectively Empowered – Installation by White Owl Mystic

    March 7, 2020 to March 18, 2020
  • Tea and Tales

    March 7, 2020
  • Lighting Workshop for Femme Folks

    March 9, 2020
  • Pest Me Pet Me

    March 10, 2020 to March 11, 2020
  • Women Making A Difference: Local Founders of International Charities

    March 12, 2020
  • Trans Talk and Tea

    March 13, 2020
  • Queer Spawn

    March 13, 2020 to March 14, 2020
  • Songwriting Workshop for Adults led by Erso!

    March 14, 2020
  • Gita’s Girls 2020 Spoken Word Squad

    March 14, 2020 to March 22, 2020
  • Bonn Park Podcast – Interviewing Kristin Shepherd and Deanna Kruger

    March 16, 2020
  • Regional Women Lead Master Class in Puppetry

    March 17, 2020
  • The Final Boss: Inclusion of Gender and Sexuality in Video Games

    March 18, 2020
  • Bike Face

    March 18, 2020 to March 19, 2020
  • Moms Who (try to) Bike

    March 19, 2020
  • Nature Themed Songwriting Workshop for Youth, led by Erso!

    March 20, 2020
  • I Once Was Lost

    March 20, 2020
  • Regional Woman Directing in Music Theatre Masterclass Led by Lezlie Wade

    March 21, 2020
  • Shadow of Rivers Concert

    March 21, 2020
  • This Place I Call Home (TPICH)

    March 24, 2020
  • Celebrate World Theatre Day

    March 24, 2020
  • The B Party Pop-Ups created by Cosmic Fishing Theatre

    March 24, 2020
  • Chelsea’s Story

    March 24, 2020
  • Hope Op

    March 24, 2020


You can download an interactive PDF of this calendar by clicking on it.