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Guide to the Best Family-Friendly Events in Toronto and the GTA This Weekend, July 19-21

Weekend Guide

Well, my fellow Torontonians, we’ve gone from hot weather last week to hot and *wet* this week! But it looks like another exciting weekend is coming our way, including many annual summer events like street festivals, outdoor dance performances, kid and dog-friendly community events, and even a car race to get revved up about! Get all the details in our Guide to the Best Family-Friendly Events in Toronto and the GTA This Weekend, July 19-21.

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Family-Friendly Events in Toronto and the GTA This Weekend

1. Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto zooms back to the Exhibition Place grounds for a full weekend of entertainment. It features 10 races and interactive displays and diverse food and beverage options in Thunder Alley. Don’t forget to bring ear plugs for everyone in the family!

2. Gerrard India Bazaar: Festival of South Asia
The annual TD Festival of South Asia closes the Gerrard East neighbourhood to traffic for two full days. Here you’ll find arts and culture, live entertainment, fashion shows and lots of food vendors.

3. BIG on Bloor Festival
BIG on Bloor Festival returns with an in-person car-free takeover of the Bloordale neighbourhood. On Bloor West from Dufferin to Lansdowne,  celebrate community, creativity and diversity through arts and culture.

4. Youth Day 2024
Youth Day Global, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging young people, hosts the free family-friendly creative arts festival, running all day and evening at Yonge-Dundas Square.

5. Kaeja d’Dance: Porch View Dances
Kaeja d’Dance returns for the 13th year of their pay-what-you-wish dance series Porch View Dances, an outdoor event held in Toronto’s historic Seaton Village neighbourhood.

6. The Theatre Centre: Community BBQ & Hangout
The Theatre Centre hosts a free and family-friendly Community BBQ & Hangout with free hot dogs, DJ, drag performances and live music.

7. Doggie Fest Summer Carnival
Have a *doggone* fun time at the Doggie Fest Summer Carnival in Wychwood Barns Park, filled with excitement, treats, and wagging tails!

8. Royal Canadian International Circus
The Royal Canadian International Circus flies into Scarborough this week for more amazing summer of spectacular circus fun and an exhilarating experience your family will never forget. Don’t miss out on grabbing BOGO admission with our promo code ‘familyfuntoronto’!

9. Pan American Food and Music Festival
The free Pan-American Food and Music Festival includes concerts in numerous musical styles and genres at Nathan Phillips Square, plus food,  dance competitions, and more.

10. Ontario Parks: Free Day
Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP) Free Day is back this year, where Ontarians can head out to their favourite park and enjoy free access to all 33 participating parks for the day.

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Guide to the Best Berry Picking in Southern Ontario
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Guide to Camping in and around the Greater Toronto Area
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Guide to the Best Outdoor Farmers’ Markets in Toronto
Outdoor Farmers’ Markets in Toronto are back for another delicious season and so is our immensely popular list. And stay tuned for more info on further opening dates!

Guide to the Best Family Parks and Playgrounds in Toronto
There are parks perfect for a family outing strewn around town! So hang out with our guide to the Best Family Parks and Playgrounds in Toronto.

Guide to the Best Parks and Pathways for Hiking in Toronto
See why our city is called a “A City Within A Park”! Therefore, be sure to stroll through our list of the best parks and pathways for hiking in Toronto.


Royal Canadian Circus SquareGet ready to sit on the edge of your seats in amazement! The Royal Canadian International Circus show is chock-full of exciting acts, with so much variety that it covers the entire spectrum of circus performances. Plus, experiencing this welcoming atmosphere can also be affordable since Family Fun Toronto readers can once again take part in this great BOGO deal: get TWO tickets for the price of ONE by using the discount code “familyfuntoronto“.

This year, they are setting up their Magnificent Big Top in Ontario throughout the summer months in Etobicoke, Pickering, Scarborough, Thornhill/Vaughan (a new location this year!), Mississauga and Burlington. The six-stop Greater Toronto Area tour runs until September 2 for a total of 97 awe-inspiring shows!

As always, this circus mesmerizes, astounds and captivates audience members of all ages in an all-new show that is jam-packed with explosive live entertainment. The international acts of the Royal Canadian International Circus feature high-flying acrobatics, death-defying tricks, towering feats of strength and devilishly precarious aerials. Even better, all the thrilling acts are performed by incredibly talented human beings and the show contains no exotic or endangered animals.

The Royal Canadian International Circus is an inclusive family experience! There are thrills, chills and excitement for every member of the family. From babes in arms to grandparents, you’ll see every type of family having a great time together. At the show, there is plenty of festive circus food to get you in the mood for fun, such as sno-cones, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, candy apples and much more! Plus, they have plenty of toys and souvenirs to remind you of your family outing.

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