Summer is calling and we’re ready for it. Bring on the lazy mornings, warm nights under the stars and lots and lots of family fun. There are a bunch of things to do around Toronto this month, so we’re rounding up a few of our favourite activities, festivals and, of course, Canada Day festivities. Whether you’re relaxing at home with the family, heading out on day trips or looking for some vacation inspiration, Toronto has a lot going on this July. Have fun!
For Canada Day
Check out all the fun and festivities for Canada Day, Downsview Park-style! Invite your friends and family to partake in an action-packed day of rides, food, music, entertainment and of course, a grand fireworks display at dusk to end the day. Family-friendly activities include a midway, as well as free face painting, a kids’ play area, zip line and so much more. Featuring local talent and performances by Splash N’ Boots and Fred Penner (your little ones will be pretty stoked!), this is one Canada day celebration you don’t want to miss.
The 60th annual East York’s Canada Day Parade is back to celebrate Canada 150. Put on your red and white and cheer on floats and marching bands as they wind their way through the streets of East York, ending in Stan Wadlow Park. But the celebration doesn’t stop there. Live performances, a midway, community booths and mouth-watering food will be set up in the park. Make sure to also bring your bathing suits as the splash pad and outdoor pool will be open. The day will end with a fantastic fireworks display to finish off the Canada Day celebrations.
A Little Bit O’ Festival Fun
Starting July 7, the Beaches International Jazz Fest will hold a massive 3-week celebration of music with over 10 stages and a street fest to top it all off. The event features a dynamic musical roster, exciting workshops and a line-up of gourmet food trucks. Also, register now for the Beaches Jazz Run for a chance to win a number of prizes, presented by the Toronto Beaches Runners Club. Attracting huge crowds every year, don’t miss out on one of Toronto’s most popular jazz festivals!
Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, KidsFest is a theatre festival that puts on live performances at the George Ignatieff Theatre from July 5 – 16 and is geared towards children and their families. Families can also go next door to the KidsFest Club, which is a free outdoor clubhouse where families can enjoy play stations, workshops, special surprise activities and more.
Come out to the car-free streets of Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Lansdowne on July 22 for the annual BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture. The vibrant and culturally diverse festival returns for it’s 10th year, becoming an exceptional community and city-building festival presenting hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays and exhibitions. The two-day festival presented by BIG (the Bloor Improvement Group) features story-telling, face-painting, live performances, buskers, crafts and other creative activities.
Does your child love LEGO? From July 7 – 9, the Brickfete Toronto Festival presents jaw-dropping LEGO creations built by hobbyists from around the world. Come see amazing LEGO robots, city layouts with powered trains, space, Star Wars and sci-fi creations, planes, trains and automobiles, and much more – all made with millions of LEGO blocks. Families have the opportunity to speak with the builders of these wonderful masterpieces. Children also can try out their own LEGO designs in the “Look What I Made” area and learn all about the fun hobby of collecting, creating, discovering and building with LEGO.
CBC is the place to be! During CBC Kids Days 2017, kids take over the Canadian Broadcasting Centre for two days of live performances, games, activities, crafts and much more. Meet the stars of Studio K, and many of your favorite CBC Kids friends. A great way to find free family fun over the weekend.
Let’s Get Cultural
On July 29, come out to the streets of Mel Lastman Square for Toronto’s very own AlohaFest! At AlohaFest Toronto, the Aloha spirit is shared with thousands of people through engaging cultural performances, fun kids’ crafts and unique items available at the marketplace. AlohaFest Toronto is one of the few places in the city where guests can indulge in both local favorites and unique Hawaiian treats. The event will feature live dance and musical performances, a vast variety of different food vendors and crafts for children. New to this year’s event, special guests K Funk and Lady Ree will be present at the event to teach people how to play the ukulele.
Leave your passport at home and experience your neighbour’s culture here in your own community. On July 8 and 9, the Cultural Bridge Festival has planned a variety of social experiences for everyone, children through to grandparents, that will bring them out of their homes and into the community to sing, dance and eat together. This free event invites the community to expand the cultural bridge in 2017 by inviting guests to part take in intercultural exchange of international music, dace, food, and fashion.