If you’re lucky enough to be staying or visiting Toronto during the July long weekend, you’ll find a variety of events and activities happening in the city including Toronto Blue Jays games, the Toronto Jazz Festival and Dominion Day fireworks. Canada Day falls on Monday, July 1 in 2013, with most businesses closed on Monday, which is tailor-made for a three-day long weekend.
Toronto FC is home for a soccer game at BMO Field against Real Salt Lake on Sat., June 29, 2013 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $49.50, $51.50, $53.50, $60.50, $75.50, $79.50, $97.50 and $129.50.
The Dominion Day celebrations run from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Queen’s Park, opening with a 21-gun salute and continue with rides and 17 inflatables. The Sensation rock band and the High Park Rendition Jazz Band will perform, as well as an Aboriginal dance group and French Canadian duo. Food is available for purchase. Queen’s Park is located at College Street and University Avenue.
Digital Dreams Music Festival at Molson Amphitheatre
The Digital Dreams Music Festival takes place on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre at Ontario Place. Tickets for both days are General Admission $129 and VIP $249.
Q107 Canada Day Picnic at Woodbine Park
Q107 presents their annual free Canada Day festival on Monday, July 1, 2013 from noon to 11 p.m., which includes performances by Canadian artists including The Carpet Frogs, Mama Kin, Hot Rocks, Floyd Factor and Brass Transit . Get a cool drink at the licensed beverage patio or enjoy Amusement rides and the Family Fun Zone with the kids. The day ends with a disco party and fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay. Woodbine Park is located at Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Woodbine Ave.
Pride Parade 2013
The 33rd annual Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2 p.m. beginning at Bloor and Church and then heading south on Yonge Street to the parade end at Dundas Street. This year will mark the first time that a sitting Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, will be marching in the parade. The Dyke March takes place on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. and begins at Bloor and Church Streets and travels down Yonge Street to Carlton Street, then east to Allan Gardens.
Canada Day Fireworks at Downsview Park
Celebrate Canada Day at Downsview Park at 75 Carl Hall Rd. with a fireworks show that starts at dusk on Mon., July 1, 2013, Canada Day. Free parking is available at Downsview Park.
The Toronto Jazz Festival will be wrapping up over the Canada Day weekend with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell performing on the Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square on Sat., June 29, 2013 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69.50. Aline Morales performs on the Trinity Stage at the Distillery District on Sat., June 29 at 2 p.m. (free admission). Red Hot Ramble performs at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar on Sat., June 29, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. Sam Heineman performs at N’Awlins on Sat., June 29 at 6 p.m. Beverly Taft’s Bossa Nova Project performs at Dominion On Queen on Sat., June 29 at 4 p.m. Danny Marks performs on Sun., June 30 at 3 p.m. on the Pure Spirits Patio at the Distillery District (free admission). The Woodshed Orchestra performs on Sun., June 30, 2013 at 12 p.m. on the Trinity Stage at the Distillery District (free admission).
Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square
Mel Lastman Square will be celebrating Canada’s 146th birthday with free fireworks and live music celebrations on their Main Stage on Mon., July 1, 2013. Pre-fireworks performances from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. include Zero Gravity Circus, Lisa Odjig, Northbuck Krumping, She King and Derek Miller Band. Fireworks are scheduled for 10:15 p.m. Mel Lastman Square is located at 5100 Yonge Street at the North York Centre subway station.
CHIN International Picnic
The 47th annual Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic takes place June 29 to July 1, 2013 from noon to 11 p.m. at Exhibition Place. The free, multicultural picnic features midway rides, games, a shopping bazaar, Kids’ Zone, Chinese, South Asian, Italian, Hispanic, Filipino, Portuguese, Caribbean and Polish Festivals, the Rising Star Competition, a performance by Platinum Blonde (Sat., June 29 at 1 p.m.) and the famous Miss CHIN International Bikini Contest (Saturday at 2:30 p.m.).
The Wizard of Oz at Ed Mirvish Theatre
Mirvish’s production of The Wizard of Oz continues its successful run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, with performances on the Canada Day long weekend on Sat., June 29, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sun., June 30, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $59, $89, $107, $130 and $175.
Toronto Blue Jays Games on Canada Day Weekend
The Blue Jays play only one home game at Rogers Centre during the July 1 weekend: the Jays play the Detroit Tigers on Mon., July 1, 2013 at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Blue Jays are $15.85, $17.25, $32.50, $35.50, $41.50, $52.30, $58.25, $77.25 and $79.25.