Canada Day is Sunday, July 1, 2018. When July 1 falls on a Sunday, the Monday is the statutory holiday so most businesses will be closed on Monday, July 2, 2018. We’re lucky that we get a three day weekend this year so let’s make the most of it. We’ve rounded up our favourite Canada Day Weekend events in Toronto 2018 below.
Q107 Canada Day Picnic at Woodbine Park 2018
On Sunday, July 1, 2018, join Q107 for food, fun and live music at Woodbine Park near the Beaches. The day will feature Q107 Rock & Roll tributes to Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2, Journey, Foreigner and Elton John. Enjoy Toronto’s largest fireworks display from Ashbridges Bay at the end of the night accompanied by a live band tribute to AC/DC! The action begins at noon. Enjoy midway rides, great food and a selection of beer in the Mill Street Beer Garden, hosted by Mill Street Brewery. Stop by the Q107 tent to purchase a limited edition Canada Day Q-shirt for only $20…there are only 150 shirts! Free admission.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers on Canada Day Weekend 2018
Come down to Rogers Centre to see the Toronto Blue Jays vs. the Detroit Tigers on Canada Day Weekend presented by Honda from June 29 to July 2, 2018. Make sure you arrive early each day as there will be Canada festivities taking place pregame! On Sunday, July 1, 2018, the first 20,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a Blue Jays Red Hat presented by Honda. On Monday, July 2, 2018, the first 20,000 fans inside the stadium will receive a J.A. Happ Bobblehead presented by Honda. Tickets for the Toronto Blue Jays are $27, $34, $50, $56, $81.50, $89.50 and $117 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster or at the Rogers Centre Box Office.
Keith Urban & Graffiti U World Tour at Budweiser Stage
Keith Urban brings his Graffiti U World Tour to the Budweiser Stage (formerly Molson Amphitheatre) in Toronto on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48.75 (lawn), $64.50, $69.50, $81.50, $97.50, $247.36, $274.37 and $483.50 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.
Steely Dan With The Doobie Brothers at Budweiser Stage
Steely Dan With The Doobie Brothers: The Summer of Living Dangerously tour comes to the Budweiser Stage (formerly Molson Amphitheatre) on Mon., July 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.25 (lawn), $35, $39.25, $49, $51, $53.75, $103.75, $158, $249, $365.82, $435.50 and $521.73 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.
Canada Day Fireworks at Ashbridge’s Bay
One of the most popular Canada Day Weekend events in Toronto 2018 is the spectacular fireworks display at Ashbridge’s Bay Park on Sun., July 1, 2018 beginning at 9:45 p.m. If the Ashbridge’s Bay Park is too packed, you’ll also be able to see the fireworks from adjoining Woodbine Beach. Ashbridge’s Bay Park is located at Lake Shore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue. There is limited parking. TTC is recommended.
If you are looking for food-related Canada Day Weekend events in Toronto 2018, explore the St. Lawrence Market on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Secret Food Tour. The tour will stop at several of the market’s vendors to enjoy tasty dishes. After exploring the market, you will learn about Toronto’s history as you walk along the picturesque streets of the city. There will be lots of photo opportunities on the tour. The tour includes a Secret Dish, which you will find out about on the day. Tickets are Adults (18+) $69, Teens (13-17) $64 and Children (under 13) $59. Book tickets online.
Toronto Ribfest takes place Canada Day Weekend at Etobicoke Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road. Visit over a dozen rib teams and taste their specially crafted ribs. If you’re not a fan of ribs, there is also burgers, fries, nachos, and other food options. Toronto Ribfest will also host a great lineup of musical acts, shows, and events throughout Canada Day weekend. There will be over a dozen bands playing on three stages performing rock, country, blues, jazz, world music, and bluegrass. Other activities include magic shows, celebrity food judging, and a large midway. The Kids Zone will have games for kids while adults can enjoy food and music in the beer garden. Canada Day will feature special performers, free face painting, magic shows, and a fireworks display at sundown. Toronto Ribfest hours are June 29, 2018 to July 1, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and July 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. VIP tickets include service at your private table, executive washrooms, free samples courtesy of festival sponsors and giveaways only for VIP members.
Celebrate Canada Day at Downsview Park on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The day will feature free activities, as well as a fireworks display at the end of the night. This free Canada Day event begins at 6 p.m. and includes free inflatables and games for kids, face painters and live entertainment. Admission and parking is free, however parking is limited! The Park is easily accessible via public transit – take the 101 Parc Downsview Park bus directly from Sheppard West Station, or a short walk from Downsview Park Station. Downsview Park is located at 70 Canuck Avenue, North York. Event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2018
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2018 takes place June 22, 2018 to July 1, 2018, with the main stages located in Yorkville. There are many free performances during the festival. Yorkville free performances are bring-your-own-chair. During the Canada Day Weekend 2018, select performances include the following (check website for other dates and times):
- Fri., June 29, 2018, 8 p.m. – Herbie Hancock at the Sony Centre. Purchase tickets online.
- Fri., June 29, 2018, 8 p.m. – Humber College Music Faculty Nonet at OLG Stage on Hazelton Avenue. Free.
- Fri., June 29, 2018, 8 p.m. – Dave Young Quintet at The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar. Cover charge at the door.
- Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – YUKA at OLG Stage on Cumberland Street. Free.
- Fri., June 29, 2018, 10 p.m. – Ghost Note at The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar. Cover charge at the door.
- Sat., June 30, 2018 – 7 p.m. – Otterville at Heliconian Hall. Free.
- Sat., June 30, 2018 – 7:15 p.m. – Samba Squad at Village of Yorkville Park. Free.
- Sat., June 30, 2018 – 8 p.m. – Hilario Duran’s “Contumbao” at OLG Stage on Hazelton Avenue. Free.
- Sat., June 30, 2018 – 8 p.m. – Joe Policastro Trio at The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar. Cover charge at the door.
- Sat., June 30, 2018 – 8:30 p.m. – Okavango African Orchestra at OLG Stage on Hazelton Avenue. Free.
- Sat., June 30, 2018 – 10 p.m. – Go Go Penguin at The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar. Cover charge at the door.
- Sun., July 1, 2018 – 7 p.m. – Soren Nissen – Departures Quintet at Heliconian Hall. Free.
- Sun., July 1, 2018 – 7:15 p.m. – Escola de Samba at Village of Yorkville Park. Free.
- Sun., July 1, 2018 – 8 p.m. – Marito Marques at OLG Stage on Hazelton Avenue. Free.
- Sun., July 1, 2018 – 8:30 p.m. – Filo Machado & Escola de Samba de Toronto at OLG Stage on Cumberland Street. Free.
- Sun., July 1, 2018 – 9:30 p.m. – Radiohead Jazz Project at The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar. Cover charge at the door.
Oceans: Our Blue Planet is being screened at the OMNIMAX Theatre at Ontario Science Centre. Read our review of Oceans: Our Blue Planet here.
Enjoy these Canada Day Weekend events in Toronto 2018 and let us know in the comment section if you have any events to add.