Canada Day Events 2018




Celebrate all things Canadian! July 1 brings to mind fireworks, festivities and Canadian traditions. Here's a sampling of places to visit to see fireworks and much more on Canada Day weekend in Toronto and the GTA! 

Plan the perfect Canada Day long weekend with our picks of the best events, outdoor festivals and warm-weather outings for you and the kids. Many events are Free!

Here's what's happening in and around the city...

Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre
June 29, 2018 to July 2, 2018
All music, all weekend long: Join us on Canada Day weekend as we celebrate the diversity and creativity of peoples and cultures that call Canada “home.” From June 29 to July 2, Toronto’s waterfront is the place to be as popular artists from across the country come together for One Land: Many Nations. Free admission.
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Toronto Ribfest - Food and Music Festival (Canada Day Weekend)
June 29 to July 2, 2018
There’s something for everyone! Try your luck on our massive Midway or check out the celebrity food judging. The Kids Zone will keep the little ribbers busy while you enjoy the food and music in our beer garden. Be sure to come back on Canada Day for special performers, free face painting, magic shows, and a spectacular fireworks display at sundown.
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Canada Day Aurora
June 30, 2018 to July 1, 20178
The Town of Aurora offers many activities for families to participate in as they Celebrate Canada’s Birthday. Enjoy family oriented activities, live entertainment, fireworks and much more. Free admission.
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Celebrate Canada Day at Canada's Wonderland
June 30, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018
Join us for a month-long birthday celebration (June 30 - July 31) featuring a spectacular fireworks display on July 1, West Coast Lumberjacks, Cirque Canadien, the Craz-E-Crew Stunt Team, live music, authentic Canadian food, street performers and more! There’s something for everyone!  Visit our website for more on the live performances and event features. Canada Day Fireworks: Sunday, July 1.
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Canada Day Celebrations Ajax
July 1, 2018
There will be children's activities, air brush tattoo's, inflatable rides, strolling buskers and more. Visit our local community groups and organizations, enjoy live entertainment and cultural performances on stage, and try some delicious food at one of our many food vendors. Free admission.
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Canada Day Celebration at Black Creek Pioneer Village
July 1, 2018 to July 2, 2018
The party returns! Join us July 1 & 2 for a 19th century carnival celebration and experience the past while celebrating Canada! Enjoy a party on the Green, carnival games, a citizenship ceremony, theatrical performances, amazing acrobats, magicians, musicians and more! The best part?  Admission to the Village is FREE for all on July 1st! On July 2nd, kids get in FREE!
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Celebrate Canada Day Brampton
July 1, 2018
Come and enjoy internationally acclaimed and local live entertainment, participate in the many fun, family activities, and enjoy the various food vendors. Be sure to stick around for the spectacular fireworks show at the end of the night! Free admission.
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City of Burlington’s Canada Day
July 1, 2018
Bring your national pride to celebrate Canada Day and enjoy free Canadian-inspired activities and entertainment all day at Spencer Smith Park. Free.
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Caledon Canada Day
July 1, 2018
Albion Hills is your destination for a Canada Day celebration like no other. With a wide array of activities for everyone to take part in, this is a birthday bash you won’t soon forget. From the Four Colours Drum Circle, to steel pan drums, dog performances, magic shows, the retelling of The Three Little Pigs and the Caledon-based pipes and drums, the event is jam-packed full of fun for the whole family. As the sun goes down, the party really heats up! Turk and the Hobbits perform, and then fireworks light up the night sky at 10 p.m. Free admission.
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Downsview Park Canada Day Celebration 2018
July 1, 2018
Downsview Park invites you to celebrate Canada Day on July 1, 2018 with FREE activities for the whole family, and a spectacular fireworks show to end the night! Bring your friends, family, and neighbours out for a fun-filled afternoon and evening, beginning at 6 p.m., featuring FREE inflatables and games for children, face painters, and live entertainment. Admission and parking is FREE.
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East York Canada Day
July 1, 2018
The 61st East York Canada Day celebrations will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 commencing with a parade starting at Dieppe Park (455 Cosburn Avenue) travelling through East York (for parade route please see the map below) finishing at Stan Wadlow Park at Woodbine & Cedarvale Park (888 Cosburn Ave.) and continuing with all day events at Stan Wadlow Park ending at dusk before the FIREWORKS at 10pm (conditions permitting). Free admission.
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Canada Day at Fort York
July 1, 2018
Fort York, the birthplace of urban Toronto, will celebrate Canada Day with a free, daylong, all-ages celebration packed with family-friendly activities, demonstrations, tours, and performances. In addition to flag raising and flag lowering ceremonies, the Fort York Summer Guard, dressed as members of the Canadian Regiment of Fencible Infantry (circa 1815), will perform demonstrations of musketry, artillery, and fife and drum music. Children can enjoy a drill activity, music classes, and a scavenger hunt. And much more! Free.
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Canada Day at the Living Arts Centre
July 1, 2018
Join us as we put the spotlight on Play - through arts and crafts, games, performing arts and sports – indoors and out! Free admission.
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Canada Day at Mackenzie House
July 1, 2018
Celebrate Canada's birthday with a visit to Mackenzie House, the home of Toronto's first mayor! Visitors can use the 1845 press to print their own Maple Leaf postcard.
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Canada Day Celebrations Markham
July 1, 2018
Share your pride as Canadians with us on July 1, 2018, as we celebrate our nation’s 151 st birthday. The City of Markham will welcome more than 20,000 visitors throughout the day to its Canada Day celebrations, uniting all members of our diverse community. It’s a full day of fun for all ages that you won’t want to miss! Free.
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Canada Day Mississauga
July 1, 2018
Join us and 100,000 of your friends to celebrate Canada's 151st birthday in the heart of Mississauga. Inspired by the stories of yesterday, and the infinite possibilities of tomorrow, capture this moment in time with us at Celebration Square. Catch an incredible line-up of artists on the mainstage playing the sounds of sunny reggae, soulful folk, to high energy pop. Headlined by multi award nominated and winning artists Magic! and live on stage with Allie X and William Prince there's good reason to celebrate this Canada Day. Free!
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Kanata Summer Festival - Canada Day in Newmarket
July 1, 2018
Celebrate Canada's birthday with neighbours, family, and friends. Enjoy all of the family-friendly activities going on all day, Sunday, July 1, 2018! Admission is free.
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Oakville’s Canada Day
July 1, 2018
New this year – the celebration will be an evening event starting at 6 p.m., with the fireworks show starting at 10 p.m. (weather permitting). Bring a blanket or lawn chair and get to the park early to ensure a great seat for the fireworks over the water. Family activities, music and food trucks will start in the park at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
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Canada Day in Oshawa
July 1, 2018
Join the festivities as the City of Oshawa presents an amazing day of fun and entertainment in celebration of Canada's 151st birthday. Join us Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Lakeview Park. The celebration begins at 2:00 p.m. with live entertainment and activities for all ages. A grand finale fireworks display will begin at dusk (approximately 10:00 p.m.) off the shore of Lake Ontario. Free.
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Q107 Canada Day Picnic
July 1, 2018
Get ready to rock your red and white at the Q107 Canada Day Picnic! On Sunday, July 1st join Q107 live on location all day long for loads of food, fun and good tunes! They’re featuring Q107 Rock & Roll Tributes to Tom Petty, The Tragically Hip, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Eagles and Prince. Then they’ll cap off the night with Toronto’s largest fireworks display from Ashbridges Bay, set to a “live” tribute to KISS! The party starts at noon on Canada Day, in Woodbine Park near the beaches. Come down and enjoy midway rides, great eats and a great selection of beers in the Mill Street Brewery Beer Garden.
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Canada Day in Richmond Hill
July 1, 2018
Richmond Hill's Canada Day celebrations dazzles thousands of residents every year with an exciting day full of live entertainment, food & beverage vendors, a beer garden, a marketplace, artist exhibit, midway, and one of the largest municipal fireworks displays in the Region! Free.
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Canada Day at Rouge National Urban Park
July 1, 2018
Join us in wishing Canada a happy birthday at Canada’s first national urban park! Activities for all ages.
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Scarborough Celebrates Canada
July 1, 2018
Come celebrate Canada Day – Scarborough Style! Join us for Scarborough’s biggest outdoor Canada Day Festival, “Scarborough Celebrates Canada” on Sunday July 1st, 2018 from 12pm – 9pm at Bridlewood Mall, Warden and Finch. Experience live music and dance performances from diverse local, national and international artists, cultural vendors, ethnic food, dance competition, youth zone, raffle draw, prize giveaways, and much more! Free.
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Canada Day Celebrations at Scarborough Museum
July 1, 2018
Looking for a unique and memorable Canada day? Scarborough Museum hosts their annual celebration in Thomson Memorial Park. Demonstrations include historic blacksmithing, spinning, weaving and leatherworking. Don’t forget to check out the Scarborough Historical Society Archives tent and browse through archival aerial photos, maps, and lots of information on the history of Scarborough. The museum's annual pie eating contest is also back by popular demand. Finally, enjoy celebratory Canada Day historic treats and stroll through the vendor market. Free.
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Vaughan Celebrates Canada Day
July 1, 2018
Presented by TD and Event Sponsors CN and Tim Hortons, this fun-filled event will feature FREE admission, activities and entertainment for the whole family including live performances, inflatables, rock climbing, a zipline, life size games, a disco dome, a fully accessible inflatable maze, face painting, arts and crafts, a business zone, and a food zone to make for a very entertaining day!
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Canada Day at Westfield
July 1, 2018
Tour the village and discover what life was like in early Canada.  Visit the historic buildings, gardens and forests, stroll on the boardwalk or take a hike on the trails. This is a great opportunity for new Canadians to experience the history of Canada.
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Canada Day and County Town Carnival in Whitby
July 1, 2018
Enjoy kids zone, Adventure Zone, Arts Trail, Farmers’ Market, community and food vendors, water activities, music, displays and much more. Victoria Fields, the Port Whitby Marina and the Whitby Yacht Club will be booming with live entertainment and activities for all ages. The evening ends with fireworks! Free.
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Multicultural Canada Day at Yonge-Dundas Square
July 1, 2018
This festival will be showcasing multicultural folkdance, arts and craft, foods and traditions. This festival features different cultures and ethnic groups that make Toronto a great place to live. At this event you will be able enjoy the performing arts, visual arts, crafts, dancing, information and foods representing cultures from around the globe that have made Canada, and Toronto their new home.
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Canada Train Ride at York Durham Heritage Railway
July 1, 2018
Celebrate Canada Day with a ride on-board a heritage train through the Oak Ridges Moraine. Enjoy our doors open baggage car and on-board family entertainment. Today only, ride the train at a discounted price. 
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Character Meet and Greets at Toronto Zoo
July 2, 2018
Bring your camera and get your picture taken with some of your favourite character friends including Dora The Explorer and PAW Patrol. Find out what these fun friends have in common with the Toronto Zoo’s saving and protecting mission. Line-up will close approximately at 1:30pm. First come, first-served.
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Canadian Car Tour at Canadian Automotive Museum
July 7, 2018
Join us for a special tour of the Canadian gallery in honour of Canada Day. Learn about Canada's automotive pioneers and success stories, as well as its struggles and scandals. This tour is included with regular admission, members free.
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Happy Canada Day!

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