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20 things to do in Toronto on Canada Day weekend

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DH Toronto Staff Jun 29, 2016 10:54 pm

It’s the first official long weekend of summer.

And we’re also celebrating Canada Day!

With so much going on around town this weekend, here are some events to check out while dressed in your finest red and white. And make sure you catch some fireworks!

Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre

A massive celebration is taking place on Toronto’s central waterfront for Canada’s birthday. Musical performances, activities for the kids, and the day concludes with an awesome display of dazzling fireworks on the waterfront. How romantic.

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: July 1, 2 pm

Canada Day at Queen’s Park

Family entertainment and Canada Day celebrations await you at the annual Queen’s Park party. Food is available for purchase, but don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle – there will be a water station on site. Music, face painting, and rides… and did we mention a lot of food?

Where: Front Lawn at Queen’s Park
When: July 1, 10 am to 5 pm

Canada Day Lobster Boil

Steam Whistle Brewery hosts a Lobster Boil in a traditional East Coast celebration of Canada Day. Lobster and Beer – who can say no to that? Two seating times are available, and the $25 ticket gets you a full lobster and two sides. YUM!

Where: The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Boulevard
When: July 1, 3 pm and 6 pm

Canada Day Free Yoga at High Park

Get the OMs in early, and for free, at the Canada Day Yoga event at High Park. Hosted by Breathe Yoga Studio, the event offers cake, prizes, yoga, and a ton of fun.

Where: High Park, 1873 Bloor Street West
When: July 1, 10 am

Electric Island

Toronto’s concert and picnic series is back in its fourth year, with a massive curated line up that spans over four months. With its next concert scheduled for this weekend, Electric Island ends this year’s series with the Labour Day festival.

Where: Toronto Islands, accessibly via the Toronto Island Ferry at 9 Queens Quay West
When: July 1

Canada Day with Parks Canada

Celebrate Canada Day among the cutest animals in the city! Canada Day at the Toronto Zoo is all about family fun, and make sure to take part in their Parks Canada Explorers Booklet challenge to receive a special souvenir.

Where: Toronto Zoo
When: July 1, 10 am to 5 pm

Multicultural Canada Day

Head down to Yonge-Dundas Square and be part of the “Living Flag.” Hosted by the Community Folk Art Council of Toronto, the Multicultural Canada Day celebrates with live performances from around the world, crafts and food. Culture at its finest.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: July 1, Noon to 9 pm

Mel Lastman Square

The big 149th birthday celebration this year is at Mel Lastman Square, with a fun-filled evening of music, dance, and family activities. Of course, all of the day’s excitement ends with the fireworks show choreographed to music!

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
When: July 1, 5 pm to 10:30 pm

Canada’s Cup Defence Trails

The 2016 Canadian Defence Trials will go down on Lake Ontario off the Toronto Island this July to determine who will defend the Canada’s Cup against the winner of the US Challenger Trials.

Where: The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 150 Cherry Street
When: July 1 – 3

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Speaking of boating… The Redpath Waterfront Festival returns bringing with it tall ships to our harbour. Great family fun and unique way to celebrate Canada Day!

Where: 339 Queens Quay West
When: July 1 – 3

What The Film Fest

The Laser Blast Film Society presents a three-day showcase of the “weirdest and wildest movies and media that” they could assemble.

Where: Various venues
When: On now until July 2

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival

One of Canada’s largest Latin-themed celebrations is Toronto’s TD Salsa in Toronto Festival, which takes place over three weeks and features music, food, dance and family events. It all starts this weekend!

Where: St. Clair Avenue West, between Winona Drive and Christie Street
When: On now until July 17

Digital Dreams

One of the biggest electronic music festivals returns with a massive line up including Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, and so much more. Continue your long weekend in a state of trance.

Where: The Flats at Ontario Place, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: July 2 to 3

Beaches International Jazz Festival

A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 28th year. This year’s festival is bigger and better, and spans almost the entire month of July. And we are excited.

Where: The Beach Neighbourhood
When: July 2 to 24

Shakespeare in High Park

Catch a theatrical production this weekend! A very Toronto theatre experience, in the heart of High Park. In its 34th year, Toronto’s High Park and Canadian Stages presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well.

Where: High Park Ampitheatre, 1873 Bloor Street West
When: On now until September 4

Bear Garden

Get ready for the hottest event at Pride Month, the Bear Garden. Beefy, bearded, babes.

Where: OLG Central Stage, Church & Maitland Streets
When: July 2, 2 pm

Toronto Fringe Festival

Over 150 shows and over 30 venues, and more than 1100 performers, the Fringe Fest is dance, arts, buskers, performers, and much more. Take a long weekend stroll down to Fringe Fest!

Where: Various venues
When: On now until July 10

Toronto Ribfest

Christmas for ribs lovers! The 16th annual Ribfest is set to take the stage, and Rotary Etobicoke invites you to join. The event offers a KidzZone, two stages, and lots of ribs.

Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd
When: On now until July 3

Pride Parade

Continue the Pride Month celebration this month, with the 36th annual Pride Parade! Expect colourful costumes, floats, and the first-ever sitting Prime Minister himself, Justin Trudeau.

Where: Church Street and Bloor Street
When: July 3, 2 pm

Go Camping

Actually, go camping. Grab your tent, pack and hit the outdoors.

Where: Any of Ontario’s campgrounds
When: Whenever you are able to!

Happy Canada Day!


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