These are the best family-friendly Canada Day events in Toronto

Jun 12 2017, 7:27 pm

While there are certain parties that you’d never bring your niece, nephew or own kids to, Canada Day celebrations are pretty much always all-ages affairs – even if you end up having a beer.

Of course, fireworks are always a kiddie crowd-pleaser, but there’s much more happening than a little pyrotechnic sky art.

These are the best family-friendly Canada Day 150 celebrations happening in Toronto.

Canada Day at Queens Park

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At Queen’s Park, you can expect a day of food and drink vendors, music and dance performances, roaming performers, face painting, kid-friendly games and a 21-gun salute at noon.

Where: Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St. West
When: Saturday, June 1, 10 am to 10 pm
Tickets: Admission is free for all

Nathan Phillips Square Celebrations

Ring in Canada Day at Nathan Phillips Square, where music of all forms and genres will be celebrated, in addition to dance, circus and street art and nightly fireworks. Headliners throughout the weekend include The Barenaked Ladies (Friday), Ron Sexsmith and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Saturday) and Shad (Sunday).

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. West
When: Friday, June 30 at 5 pm to Monday, July 3 at 11 pm
Tickets: Admission is free for all

Mel Lastman Square

If you’d rather stay clear of the downtown core, Mel Lastman Square will be bustling all day for a family-friendly affair of food and drinks, an eclectic assortment of live music, outdoor theatre, circus arts and fireworks to end the evening.

Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., North York
When: Saturday, July 1, 2 pm to 11 pm
Tickets: Admission is free for all

Humber Bay Park West Celebrations

If you’re looking to dance with the kiddos to a day packed full of music, you’ll find it at Humber Bay Park West. You can expect sounds inspired by the rich cultures of the surrounding Etobicoke area and to end the day with a fireworks display.

Where: Humber Bay Park West, 2225 Lakeshore Blvd. West
When: Saturday, July 1
Tickets: Admission is free for all

Toronto Ribfest

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If nothing says “Canada Day” to you more than a saucy rack of ribs, you’ll find no shortage at Ribfest. In addition to two stages with live music all day, perks for the kids include free KidzZone activities, a massive mobile midway and a variety of daily activities.

Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd.
When: Friday, June 30 to Monday, July 3
Admission is free for all

Toronto Harbourfront Canada Day Weekend

For a Canada Day that’s rich with culture and history for the little ones, the festivities at Harbourfront Centre celebrate the creative contributions of Indigenous and new Canadians.

Where: Harbourfront Centre; 235 Queens Quay West
Friday, June 30 at 6 pm to Monday, July 3 at 7 pm
Admission is free for all

 Redpath Waterfront Festival

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At Redpath Waterfront Festival, you’ll find a Canada 150 Fund project written specifically for the occasion, an interactive performance by internationally-renown street artist DJ Creeasian, the plaid-filled West Coast Lumberjack Show and a large artisan market.

Where: Toronto waterfront
July 1 to 3
Admission is free for all

Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village 

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Give the kiddos an interactive lesson in Canadian history at Black Creek Pioneer Village with an 1867-style Canada Day celebration. Here, you’ll find an official Citizenship ceremony, traditional games and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York
When: July 1 to 3, 11 am to 5 pm
Tickets: Free admission on July 1; kids are free July 2 and 3

Multicultural Canada Day at Yonge-Dundas Square 

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The annual Multicultural Canada Day celebrations includes everything from a “Parade of Nations” and a massive singing of “O Canada,” to art, food and live performances from multicultural groups that showcase their diversity.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. East
Saturday, July 1, 12 pm to 9 pm
Admission is free for all

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