Presented by Royal Canadian International Circus

We’re in the thick of summer! With the weather returning to normal temperatures, we can finally get out from under our fans and partake in some fun activities. This weekend, you can check out the Royal Canadian International Circus, continuing their spectacular family show’s tour of Ontario in Mississauga. Not only that, but you can also see a free cultural concert or car show, chill out at the park with an outdoor dance performance, stroll the zoo at night, help judge a tasty food competition, join a block party and even unravel Egyptian myths! So, venture into our August 12-14 guide to Family-Friendly Events in Toronto This Weekend!

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Family-Friendly Events in Toronto — New This Weekend

1. Royal Canadian International Circus
This circus mixes jam-packed fun with explosive live entertainment as it continues on their Canadian tour to Mississauga this weekend. Find out more with our list of 10 things you’ll love about the show here! Plus, Family Fun Toronto readers can grab a terrific BOGO deal (yep, two tickets for the price of one!) by using the discount code FAMILYFUNTORONTO.

2. Prologue Performing Arts’ Summer Arts in the Square
Prologue Performing Arts presents FREE family fun with Summer Arts Break in the Square, filled with music, storytelling, dance and more! This weekend, explore First Nations history and traditions with Tribal Vision Dance’s high-energy performance “Visions of Turtle Island”.

3. Terra Lumina at Toronto Zoo
Terra Lumina is back at the Toronto Zoo this summer, a family-friendly multi-media visual immersive experience and enchanted night walk.

4. Immersive King Tut
Making its Canadian debut, Immersive King Tut is a groundbreaking experience that takes you on a journey through the Egyptian afterlife. 

5. Dusk Dances
The long-standing outdoor dance festival Dusk Dances returns with performances unfolding in different areas of Withrow Park as dusk descends. 

6. Wheels on the Danforth
Wheels on the Danforth is back with a car show including hundreds of classic cars, plus food vendors, kid’s zone, buskers, live bands and DJs.

7. Street Eats’ Fried Chicken Fest
Witness a fried chicken battle at Scarborough Town Centre, also featuring live bands, DJs, outdoor activities like axe throwing, arcade basketball shootouts and giant jenga, eating contests, artisans, and more!

8. The Bentway STREET Block Party
To finish up their summer-long STREET series, this day-long street party is jam-packed with musical performances (including Canada’s Drag Race Season 1 winner Priyanka), family-friendly activities, food and drink, fashion, dancing and more.

Family-Friendly Events in Toronto — Continuing This Weekend

9. CNE HorseCapades
CNE HorseCapades is an interactive and FREE horse program that precedes The Ex every year at Exhibition Place. Giddy up!

10. Dream in High Park’s “As You Like It” 
Canadian Stage’s “As You Like It” marks Shakespeare’s return to the outdoor High Park amphitheatre. Furthermore, it features new music by acclaimed Canadian musician Serena Ryder.

11. World of Barbie
World of Barbie is an interactive experience at Mississauga’s Square One where you can discover, explore and revel in the lifestyle as well as the many careers of this pop-culture icon.

12. Outdoor Movies in Toronto
Spend a lovely evening on a blanket at a park (or even in a boat!) to see one of these outdoor movies in Toronto this summer.

13. Mirvish Productions’ “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”
This highly anticipated play continues its run at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, packed with stage magic as well as electrifying storytelling.

14. ROM: Fantastic Beasts Exhibit
The “Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature” exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum combines real nature facts with the imagined creatures of the popular Potter-verse film series.

15. Cineplex Cinemas Family Favourites
Not only is Cineplex playing fun family movies every weekend on Saturday mornings, but they’re only $2.99 each. What a great idea!

16. Pirate Life Theatre
These scallywags arrrr back for another season on the high seas (well, Lake Ontario) with a family theatre experience and boat cruise that’ll leave ye shiverin’ in yer timbers.

Family-Friendly Events in Toronto — Ending This Weekend

17. National Bank Open
Cheer on Canadian heroines Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Annie Fernandez on their home court at the National Bank Open (formerly known as Rogers Cup), welcoming the world’s best female tennis players.

18. Mirvish Productions’ “& Juliet”
What would happen next if Juliet got over Romeo? Mirvish Productions’ “& Juliet” is a hilarious new musical that flips the script on the greatest love story ever told.


But Wait… There’s More!

Want even more ideas for Family-Friendly Events in Toronto This Weekend? For a complete listing of all the best events around Toronto, click on our Calendar and stay tuned to all the best local family events through both our Facebook and Instagram pages. And also don’t forget to sign up below for our monthly e-newsletter.

If you looking for tips on how to keep your kids occupied without attending in-person events, you can find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!

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The Royal Canadian International Circus continues the extremely popular tour of their spectacular family show in Mississauga for the next two weeks, before finishing up in Burlington later this month. Audiences both young and young at heart are absolutely mesmerized by this action-packed performance. So, get ready to sit on the edge of your seat in amazement!

And don’t forget about our amazing BOGO deal! Family Fun Toronto readers can get TWO tickets for the price of ONE by using the discount code FAMILYFUNTORONTO.

“Under the European Big Top” is an all-new show jam-packed with explosive live entertainment. For instance, there’s high-flying acrobatics, death-defying tricks, clowning and towering feats of strength, teetering towers of balanced bodies, extreme bending and devilishly precarious aerials.

It’s also important to note that there are no animal performers in the show. Instead, all the thrilling acts are performed by incredibly talented human beings! As Canada is multicultural, so is the Royal Canadian Circus. Of course then, the acts arrive from countries around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United States.