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Waterloo Events 2018

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Treats Before Dark

October 26, 2018, 4:30–6:00p.m. Francis Thomson park pavilion

Get the kids into their costumes and come to Thomson Park for games, activities and treats at the park. Sponsored by Nucor Building Systems and many other participating local businesses.


Town-Wide Trick or Treating

Get your costumes on again and trick or treat around town.  Wednesday, October 31st, from 5 – 7 p.m.


CP Holiday Train Block Party

Nov. 29, 2018 (TBD), 8:00 p.m.- ?

Waterloo Main Street is hosting a block party as we celebrate the 20th annual trip of the beautifully lit Canadian Pacific (CP) Railroad Holiday Train as it passes by our favorite park and historic train station. Enjoy food, vendors, and entertainment at the depot. In CP tradition, we’re collecting canned goods, especially fruit or vegetables with pull-tab lids, for local food pantries.

Park and Ride an old-fashioned trolley from parking lots at Waterloo Elementary, United Methodist Church or New Hope Christian Center. The train usually passes by around midnight but we’ll keep tabs on it all night with social media to keep the crowd updated.  Learn about the holiday train at

Sponsored by: Richard Squire Pallet, Heartland Castings, R.P. Wakefield Co, Elsie Manufacturing,  Charleston Metal Products, Dekalb Council on Aging, DeKalb Convention & Visitor Bureau, Waterloo Family Dentistry, New Hope Christian Center, Nana’s


Light Up Waterloo Decorating competition across town

Nov 20-Dec 31, 2018

Vote your favorite Waterloo home’s holiday decorations by emailing the address to: or mail us the address of your favorite home at Town Manager, PO Box 96, Waterloo, IN  46793.

Chili Supper, award

January 4, 2019, 5:30-7 p.m.

Sample different types of chili, meet your fellow residents and be a part of recognizing the winners of the Light Up Waterloo contest.  Free meal, but free will donations accepted.  Sponsored by the Town of Waterloo, Waterloo Main Street and Friends of the Depot.


2018 Event Schedule:

Historic Depot Open House

(First Saturdays) April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6; 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Free. The historic Waterloo Depot will be open to the public for those interested in the historic displays.

Spring Clean Up Day

May 5, 2018   Francis Thomson Memorial Park

ONE PLACE DROP OFF FROM 8:00AM TO 12:00PM.  Enter the drop off site from north Center Street onto W. Van Vleek Street with your big items.  To learn more – click here: SPRING CLEAN UP

Town Wide Garage Sales

June 8, 9 & 10, 2018

Garage sales across town, no permit required for this weekend.

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5:00 &  7:30 p.m.  

At New Hope Church’s parking lot. $10 adult; $7 child/senior in advance; Adult $13, Child/senior $8 circus day. Discounted tickets may be available.  For tickets call 1-866-BigTop6, or go to the Waterloo Town Hall, or the Waterloo Library in advance (or at the circus box office on day of show).   Culpepper & Merriweather circus will bring an action-packed 90 minute show to Waterloo! Enjoy affordable, family friendly entertainment-a show that is is truly enjoyable for children of all ages! With a variety of acts featuring animals, acrobats, comedy and balancing, your whole family will be left talking about what their particular favorite was. Free tent-raising fun at 9:30 a.m, meet the animals up close, learn about their routine & care. Large groups welcome.

National Night Out

August 7, 2018, 6-7 p.m. Francis Thomson Memorial Park. 

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Waterloo utilizes National Night to enhance the relationship between neighbors and both law enforcement and our volunteer fire department too- recognizing the value of all these first responders in our community.  Come to the park for the popcorn and door prizes too.

Old 27 Car Tour

August 21, 2018, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. at the Waterloo Depot, 485 W Van Vleek Street.

Drop by Waterloo for lunch and check out amazing vintage and classic cars. The Old 27 Car Tour stops at the historic Depot for their annual visit to DeKalb County before they travel Old Highway 27 to Michigan.