July 1st has always held a special place in the hearts of proud Canadians, but this year it’s even more special with the celebration of our beloved nation’s 150th anniversary. During the long weekend, Toronto will come alive with festivities and celebrations, and no matter which corner of the city you live in, you won’t have to go far to join in the fun.
Here are some of the best Canada Day events to mark down on your calendars.
Get your fancy hats and outfits ready, Queen’s Plate is back in action Canada Day long weekend! On Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd, ring in Canada’s birthday by taking part in one of Canada’s oldest traditions. The days will be filled with thoroughbred horse races, betting, summer cocktails, local food, lawn games, contests and live performances by Our Lady Peace, Kardinal Offishall, Goo Goo Dolls and more. Get tickets here.
This festival is the official launch of the Ontario 150 Tour, making it the place to go to get the ultimate Canadian experience. You’ll get to see the diversity of Canadian performance presented by Rhythm of the Nation. You’ll also get to break out your plaid at the West Coast Lumberjack Show, where teams of athletes compete in events like logrolling and axe throwing. The world’s biggest rubber duck will be making its debut at HTO park, so you definitely don’t want to miss it.
This iconic brand of beer is partnering with Hudson’s Bay Company to deliver a celebration in true Canadian fashion with live music, Canadian comfort foods, a retail pop-up shop selling Canadian memorabilia, and all the Pilsner you can drink. Plus, how can you say no to a maple glazed bacon donut eating challenge?
In honour of Canada 150, the ROM is opening their doors on Canada Day with free admission to their permanent gallery, live performances and more. Immerse yourself in Canada’s rich and diverse history and learn about iconic figures that helped to create Canada’s identity.
Join the citywide celebration of Canada’s rich culture at various locations around town such as Nathan Phillips Square, Mel Lastman Square and the Scarborough Civic Center. There will be performances all day long highlighting the diverse music culture that makes up Canadian entertainment. There will also be dance, circus, street arts, and plenty of food and drink to keep you happy.
While there is every reason to be a part of the boisterous partying, it would also be nice to take some time to reflect on what it means to be truly Canadian. This festival features the diverse and sounds of the land known as Turtle Island by paying homage to the creative contributions of Indigenous and newcomer Canadians. Musicians include Vox Sambou, Kinnie Star, and Beny Esguerra.
Be a part of the longstanding tradition of celebrating Ontario and Canada’s 150th anniversaries at this iconic site. There will be music and dance, roaming performers, games and children’s activities throughout the grounds.
End Canada Day with a bang by watching the fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park. You’ll be dazzled by the different pyrotechnic displays and colours that will light up the night sky.
The St. Lawrence neighbourhood will become a hub of activity on Canada Day. Anyone that loves a good parade will come to watch as the lively procession makes its way from Crombie Park to St. James Park. There will be numerous exhibits around the park, along with entertainment and free food sourced from the market.
At the heart of downtown at Yonge-Dundas Square, the 11th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebrations will be taking place. The festival kicks off with the Parade of Nations, featuring participants from over 20 countries showcasing colourful floats. The rest of the day will be filled with multicultural performances, arts and crafts, food and more.
If you’re in more of a partying mood, there’s no better place to let loose than on Electric Island. You can jam to the hottest beats with other partygoers, pig out by the food trucks, and participate in various games and activities. Tickets are on sale now for $55.
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