06.24.2024 / Greater Toronto Events

Get Ready for Canada Day: The Best Events Happening in the GTA

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Canada Day is just around the corner, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is bursting with events and activities to celebrate this special day. Whether you’re looking for fireworks, community celebrations, or festivals, there’s something for everyone. Here’s your ultimate guide to enjoying Canada Day 2024 in the GTA.

Fireworks Displays in Toronto

Nothing says Canada Day like a spectacular fireworks display. Here are some of the best spots in Toronto to catch the fireworks:

  • Milliken Park, Scarborough (Steeles Road and McCowan Road) – 10:00 PM
  • Ashbridges Bay Park (Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue) – ~10:00 PM
  • Stan Wadlow Park (373 Cedarvale Avenue, Toronto) – 10:00 PM
  • Downsview Park – ~10:00 PM
  • Centennial Park, Etobicoke (256 Centennial Park Rd.) – 10:00 PM

Community Celebrations in Toronto

Mel Lastman Square Celebrations

Details are still to be announced for the Mel Lastman Square celebrations, but you can expect a day filled with fun activities and entertainment.

  • Location: 5100 Yonge St, Toronto
  • Date: TBA
East York Celebrations

Stan Wadlow Park will be bustling with activities starting at noon. Enjoy main stage entertainment, a midway, kids’ activities, an artisan market, food vendors, and a beer garden hosted by Muddy York.

  • Date: July 1, 2024 | 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Stan Wadlow Park, 373 Cedarvale Ave, East York
  • Fireworks: 10:00 PM
Q107 Canada Day Celebration

Join the Q107 Canada Day Picnic featuring rock & roll tributes, a Kids Zone, and Toronto’s largest fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay.

  • Date: June 29 to July 1, 2024
  • Location: Woodbine Park, Coxwell Ave and Lakeshore Blvd, Toronto
  • Fireworks: 10:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
Canada Day Festival at Downsview Park

Enjoy live entertainment, games for kids, inflatables, vendors, food trucks, and fireworks at the end of the evening.

  • Date: July 1, 2024 | 4:00 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Location: Downsview Park – 70 Canuck Avenue, Toronto
  • Fireworks: At close
Canada Day at Thomson Memorial Park

Kick off the day with a pancake breakfast, followed by live entertainment and various activities.

  • Date: July 1, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd, Scarborough
Canada Day at Toronto History Museums

Experience Canada’s diverse stories with family-friendly activities and performances at nine Toronto History Museums.

  • Date: July 1, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Locations: Various Toronto History Museums

Festivals and Special Events in Toronto

Electric Island – Summer Concert Series

Enjoy a fully licensed concert and picnic series with world-class talent.

  • Date: June 29 & 30, 2024
  • Location: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, Toronto
  • Tickets: $69.99 + fees & up
Rhythms of Canada Festival

Immerse yourself in delicious food, activities for all ages, and musical performances.

  • Date: June 29–July 1, 2024
  • Location: The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr, North York
  • Admission: Free
Lavazza IncluCity Festival

Experience open-air screenings, visual art exhibits, and gourmet tastings.

  • Date: June 27 to July 21, 2024
  • Location: Distillery District, Toronto
TD Toronto Jazz Festival

From emerging artists to established musicians, enjoy the best in jazz this summer.

  • Date: June 21 to 30, 2024
  • Location: Yorkville, Toronto
  • Admission: Free & Ticketed
Royal Canadian International Circus

Enjoy explosive live entertainment under the Big Top.

  • Date: June 27 to July 1, 2024
  • Location: Woodbine Mall – Big Top, Parking Lot, 500 Rexdale Blvd., Etobicoke
  • Tickets: $35-$60
Toronto Ribfest

Kick off the summer with delicious food, thrilling rides, live music, and fireworks.

  • Date: June 28 to July 1, 2024
  • Location: Centennial Park, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke
  • Fireworks: July 1 – 10:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

Other Weekend Events in Toronto

  • Promise @ Cherry Beach
  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Houston Astros @ Rogers Centre
  • Symphony in the Gardens @ Casa Loma
  • Annual Pride Parade @ Bloor And Church Streets
  • Echo – Cirque du Soleil @ Under the Big Top, 2150 Lake Shore Blvd. W
  • The Perfect Bite, A Dinner Experience Inspired by Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery @ Peter Pan Bistro
  • The Art of Banksy @ Lighthouse Artspace at 1 Yonge Street

Canada Day in Durham Region

Explore various events in Ajax, Beaverton, Bowmanville/Clarington, Newcastle, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge, and Whitby.

Fireworks Displays in Durham

  • Ajax: 10 PM @ Ajax Downs
  • Beaverton: Dusk @ Beaverton Fairgrounds
  • Cannington: Dusk @ MacLeod Park
  • Bowmanville/Clarington: 10 PM @ Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
  • Oshawa: 10 PM @ Lakeview Park
  • Pickering: 10 PM @ Kinsmen Park
  • Scugog: 10 PM @ Palmer Park
  • Uxbridge: Dusk @ Elgin Park
  • Whitby: 10 PM @ Victoria Fields

Canada Day in Halton Region

Discover events in Acton, Burlington, Glen Williams, Milton, and Oakville.

Fireworks Displays in Halton

  • Acton: TBA @ Prospect Park
  • Burlington: 10 PM @ Spencer Smith Park
  • Milton: After sunset @ Milton Fair Grounds
  • Oakville: 10 PM @ Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park

Canada Day in Peel Region

Join the celebrations in Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga.

Fireworks Displays in Peel

  • Brampton: 10 PM @ Chinguacousy Park
  • Mississauga: 10:00 PM @ Celebration Square, 10:30 PM @ Port Credit Memorial Park, 10 PM @ Streetsville Memorial Park

Canada Day in York Region

Participate in festivities in Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Stouffville.

Fireworks Displays in York

  • Aurora: 10 PM @ Lambert Willson Park
  • East Gwillimbury: 10 PM @ Mount Albert Lions Community Centre
  • Georgina: 10 PM @ Recreational Outdoor Campus
  • King: Dusk @ Kettleby Park
  • Markham: 10 PM @ Markham Centre
  • Newmarket: 10:10 PM @ George Richardson Park
  • Richmond Hill: 10 PM @ Richmond Green Park
  • Vaughan: 10 PM @ Canada’s Wonderland
  • Stouffville: 9:30 PM @ Stouffville Memorial Park

Plan Your Canada Day Weekend

From fireworks and family-friendly activities to cultural events and music festivals, the GTA offers a plethora of options to make your Canada Day memorable. Gather your friends and family, don your red and white, and join the celebrations across the region.

Happy Canada Day! 🍁

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