July in Toronto is a special time because summer seems to just fly by, so enjoy it while you can! See a play in an outdoor theatre, hang out on a patio (yes, even with your kids!), read books under a shady tree in one of the city’s beautiful parks, or hit the beach! So, bask in the glow of our July Event Guide for Toronto and the GTA…

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Royal Canadian Family Circus VIP Contest
Join the Royal Canadian Family Circus under the Big Top again as this spectacular family show returns to Ontario this summer. As always, this circus mesmerizes, astounds and captivates audiences members of all ages. PLUS, you can win a $700 VIP Prize Pack, one for each location (Etobicoke, Scarborough, Mississauga & Burlington)!

Summer Fun Bucket List
Jump for joy, it’s time for Summer Events! What’s on your Summer Fun Bucket List? Check these family activities in Toronto and plan accordingly!

Summer Camp Guide
Still looking to occupy your kids this summer? Provide your kids with fun activities and learning during their school break, such as sports, arts, academics or outdoor adventures.

July Event Guide — Starting

Canada Day Event Guide for Toronto and the GTA (July 1)
Wave your flag and toast to our Canada Day Event Guide, with neighbourhood parties, festivals and firework displays.

Beaches Jazz Festival (July 2-24)
This free month-long music festival has concerts in parks and closes traffic on Queen Street East during StreetFest.

Free Family Fishing Week (July 2-10)
Just in time for Canada Day long weekend, you can fish without a license all week during Ontario’s Free Family Fishing special program.

Guild Theatre Family Fest (July 6-10)
Family Fest kicks off the Guild Festival Theatre’s new theatre season with a variety of different performances, and also workshops and activities.

Toronto Fringe Festival (July 6-17)
Ontario’s largest theatre festival returns for 2022 including KidsFest, with family shows running early in the day.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival (July 7-31)
Formerly known as Caribana, Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a spectacular display of costumes, music and culture, with a month’s worth of events. 

Porch View Dances Discovery Walk (July 8-17)
Kaeja d’Dance’s Porch View Dances: Discovery Walk is an interactive treasure hunt with live and virtual performances in Seaton Village.

Summer Break in the Square (starts July 9)
Prologue Performing Arts and Eglinton Square present FREE family fun at Eglinton Square, filled with music as well as storytelling and dance.

Dino Stroll (starts July 9)
This realistic and memorable indoor experience roars into Ontario this summer, letting you travel to the Mesozoic Era with prehistoric dinosaurs!

Field Trip Music & Arts Festival (July 9)
Field Trip returns to Fort York with free admission for kids 12 years old and under, plus crafts and a separate stage for family shows.

TD Salsa on St. Clair Festival (July 9-10)
As part of TD Salsa in Toronto that continues through July, part of St. Clair closes to traffic for a dancing street party too!

World of Barbie (Starts July 15)
World of Barbie is an interactive experience to discover, explore and revel in the lifestyle and also the many careers of this pop-culture icon.

BIG on Bloor Festival (July 16-17)
BIG on Bloor Festival returns with an in-person car-free takeover of the Bloordale neighbourhood, which is on Bloor West from Dufferin to Lansdowne.

“As You Like It” at Dream In High Park (Starts July 28)
Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park returns to the amphitheatre this summer with the classic Shakespearean comedy.

July Event Guide — Continuing

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.

Rhythms of Canada
This six-day festival celebrates our country’s diversity at the Aga Khan Museum, with free family crafts and museum tours, live music, artisan market, food trucks and a Canada Day ceremony.

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.

Stratford Festival’s “Little Women” 
The Stratford Festival presents “Little Women” throughout the summer as part of their Schulich Children’s Plays series, based on the classic novels by Louisa May Alcott.

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.

Mirvish’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”
This highly anticipated play flies into Toronto at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, packed with stage magic and electrifying storytelling.

Ontario Science Centre’s “Above & Beyond: An Interactive Flight”
This new exhibition flies into Toronto for the whole summer. Find out how scientists are still working to take humans faster, higher and farther than ever before.

Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass
Registration has opened for teens aged 14-19 to get FREE passes from Planet Fitness. Once signed up, they can work out at their nearest location all through the summer.

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

Street Eats Festivals
Get your cravings ready for Fried Chicken Fest (July 8-10), Love Scarborough Festival (July 15-17) and Ice Cream Fest (July 22-24), all at Scarborough Town Centre.

Toronto Public Library Summer Programs
Toronto’s excellent library system has summer programs to entertain and educate kids in person and online. Kids stay motivated to read all summer long too!

July Event Guide — Ending

Toronto Public Library’s Stan Lee Exhibit (Ends July 2)
Excelsior! The Toronto Public Library’s Lillian H. Smith branch hosts the free exhibit “A Marvel-ous Century of Stan Lee” about the Marvel Comics mastermind.

Cirque du Soleil (Ends July 10)
Once again, Cirque du Soleil brings the proudly Canadian circus troupe to Toronto at Ontario Place’s Big Top with “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities”.

Family Fun Toronto Guides

Guide to Parks & Playgrounds in Toronto
There are parks perfect for a family outing strewn all around town, so hang out with our Guide to Family Parks and Playgrounds in Toronto.

Guide to Family-Friendly Patios in Toronto
Even with hungry little ones in tow, you can still enjoy dining out this summer. Cheers to our Guide to Family-Friendly Patios in Toronto!

The Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Toronto
Nothing satisfies on a hot summer day than a frozen treat, so cool off with our list of The Best Ice Cream and Gelato Shops in Toronto!

Guide to Toronto’s Best Public Outdoor Pools
Outdoor pool season is short so dive into our guide to Toronto’s Best Public Outdoor Pools. Try them all!

Guide to City-Run Splash Pads in Toronto
There are over 100 splash pads located in parks all across Toronto, offering an easy way for kids to have safe summer fun. Not only that but they’re also free!

Guide to Outdoor Water Parks in Ontario
When the humidity levels rise, our thoughts turn to watery fun. Take a dip into our guide to outdoor water parks in Ontario.

Guide to Swimming Beaches in Toronto
Finally, swimming beaches are open in Toronto for the 2022 season! Therefore, you can cool off on a hot day and take a dip with lifeguard supervision.

Guide to Berry Picking in Southern Ontario
Strawberry season continues into July, plus raspberries and currants, and more! It also makes for a fun and delicious family day trip from the GTA.

Guide to Camping in and around the Greater Toronto Area *Updated for 2022*
Campgrounds are bustling all around Ontario. So feel like you’re away from it all, but still within a two-hour drive of downtown!

But Wait… There’s More!

On the other hand, are you looking for tips on how to keep your kids occupied without attending in-person events? In that case, find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!

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Furthermore, you can submit your family-friendly event to us! Fill out the form with your event details and send us a photo. Then we’ll do our best to get your event added to our events calendar.