Canada Day is the day we celebrate the birth of our nation and, as luck would have it, it falls on a Friday in 2016, which results in a July long weekend. If you are not heading to a cottage on the July long weekend, you’ll find there are a number of festivals taking place in Toronto. Here are our recommendations for things to do Canada Day weekend in Toronto 2016.
Witness the first sitting prime minister of Canada to march in the Toronto Pride Parade as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins the parade on Sunday, July 3, 2016. (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did march in the Pride Parade 2015 as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.) Everyone is welcome to celebrate and dance in the streets! The Pride Parade starts at Church Street and Bloor Street at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Toronto Jazz Festival, which takes place June 24 to July 3, 2016 at Toronto venues across the city, wraps up on the Canada Day weekend with the following headliner performances:
- Michael Franti at Nathan Phillips Square Toronto Star Stage on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $55, $50 and $45.
- Joe Jackson at Nathan Phillips Square Toronto Star Stage on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $73.50, $68 and $62.50. Call 1-888-655-9090 to purchase.
The Toronto Fringe Festival has featured many inaugural plays that have gone on to receive accolades on larger stages. In 2016, the festival takes place from June 29 to July 10, 2016 at more than 30 venues in Toronto. The Toronto Fringe Festival is not just about theatre: you’ll also be able to see dance, visual art and busker performances. The maximum ticket price is $12. Passes are on sale May 30, 2016 and single tickets go on sale June 9, 2016. Performances to be announced shortly.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians on Canada Day Weekend 2016
The Toronto Blue Jays play the Cleveland Indians at the Rogers Centre on Friday, July 1, 2016, Saturday, July 2, 2016 and Sunday, July 3, 2016. Will star player Jose Bautista flip his bat again? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. All Canada Day weekend games begin at 1:07 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016 is Junior Jays Saturday where kids 14 and under get to run the bases post-game. Troy Tulowitzki Bobbleheads will be given away to the first 20,000 fans on entrance on Sunday, July 3, 2016. Tickets are $297, $125, $115, $109, $107, $69, $66, $58, $52, $49.50, $43, $26 and $24. Go Jays Go!
Redpath Waterfront Festival 2016
The Redpath Waterfront Festival takes place July 1-3, 2016 with lots of activities. Tour the Tall Ships, that will be docked at HTO Park. Public deck tours are Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ship deck tour tickets are $15 for 10 and over, $10 for ages 6-10 and free for 5 and under. See the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show at Purina PawsWay, 245 Queens Quay West. Enjoy entertainment at the Simcoe WaveDeck at Queens Quay West and Lower Simcoe Street and at the Rees WaveDeck at Queens Quay West and Rees Street. Shop for handmade goods and crafts from over 50 artisans, chefs and bakers at The Waterfront Artisan Market.
These are just a few suggestions for things to do Canada Day Weekend in Toronto 2016. Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a great July long weekend. Happy Canada Day!