5 Canadian events to enjoy this summer

By: Anson Wong

Published on July 18, 2022

This summer is filled with events for any newcomer to Canada to enjoy. Whether you want to learn more about your surroundings or just have fun, events are a great way to immerse yourself in Canadian culture. 

Get a taste of Canadian culture this summer with the following free events.

1. A Walk in the Park – Downsview Park (WITP)

Location: Downsview Park

Availability: Every Tuesday July 5th to August 30th from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Photo: Mike Benna (Unsplash) 

Take a guided tour through Downsview Park as part of their program. This 90-minute program guides you through the park as presenters talk about a new topic each week. The first event starts on July 5th and is called “Meet the Birds.” As the name suggests, many species of birds including falcons and hummingbirds will be discussed in length.

Prior registration is required for this event.

2. Family Fun Fridays

Location: 1 Queens Park

Availability: July 8th to September 2nd every Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo: Marx Ilagan (Pexels) 

The city offers other events for families such as Family Fun Fridays over at Queen’s Park. Enjoy a scavenger hunt and the opportunity to dress up and partake in a mock debate within a historical legislative chamber. The Ontario Legislative Building shares a rich history with Toronto having been built in 1893. Be sure to check out Canadian history and some fun activities for the whole family. 

Prior registration is required for this event. Children must be accompanied by adults.

3. 2022 Toronto Chinatown Festival

Location: At the intersection of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West

Availability: August 20th from 12 a.m. to 11 p.m. to August 21st from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo: Alex Nirta (Burst) 

The Chinatown Festival returns after a two-year hiatus. Enjoy food from over 80 vendors and a chance to win additional prizes worth over $5000 altogether. Much of the population in Chinatown are descendants of immigrants. As such, expect this event to reflect both Canadian culture and the homelands of their people. With decades of rich history, this event is an important one for any newcomer to Canada.

Prior registration is not required for this event.

4. Sorauren Farmers Market

Location: Sorauren Park at 50 Wabash Ave.

Availability: May 23rd to October 31st every Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Photo: Daria Shevtsova (Pexels) 

The city holds several farmers markets including one at Sorauren Park. Visit 39 vendors and get a taste of a wide range of food including vegan, dairy, and bread. Other goods are also sold by vendors such as honey, cider, and syrup. If that is not enough, additional activities can be enjoyed such as an ice-skating rink, dog park, a community pizza oven, children’s soccer, and baseball programs.

Registration is not required for this event.

5. Crossection Annual Juried Exhibition

Location: Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery

Availability: August 9th to September 13th, Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed for all statutory holidays.

Photo: Peggy and Marco Lachmann-Anke (Pixabay) 

Etobicoke holds one of many art galleries in the region. Those looking to enhance their artistic side can look forward to this event. Over 140 artists will have their works shown throughout the event, making it a great opportunity to see the art in Canada. Be sure to also check out the Colour and Form: 70th Open Juried Exhibition as well as natural Talent 2022. Both events are scheduled to occur after the Crossection Annual Juried Exhibition. Those 16 and older may also apply as a volunteer with the gallery. Submissions are due by Monday, August 1 at 4 p.m.

Prior registration is not required for this event. 

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