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10 Things To Do On Canada Day Weekend 2019

Our beloved country turns 152 on July 1st and there’ll be plenty of activities to keep you entertained. From a free all-you-can-eat buffet at the Mandarin to a multicultural celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square. Celebrate all long weekend with these activities.

1) Jully Black, Maylee Todd and DJ Dre Ngozi at Mel Lastman Square

Enjoy the sounds of DJ Dre Ngozi, the resident DJ of Manifesto’s monthly High Power party, the genre-blurring experimental pop of Maylee Todd and Juno award-winning R&B icon, Jully Black. This family-friendly event will also feature face painting, dance workshops, hula hoop performances and fireworks at 10:30 pm.

Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge), 6-10:30 pm.

2) Free All-You-Can-Eat Buffet At Mandarin

Where: Any Mandarin Restaurant When: Times vary Cost: Free! 

To celebrate 40 years in Canada, all Mandarin Restaurants will offer a free buffet meal to Canadian citizens on July 1. Complimentary soft drinks, tea and coffee will also be served. Proof of citizenship is required. 

3) Tastes of Canada: Gourmet BBQ

From 4 to 10 p.m., Queen Victoria Park will be the place to be to enjoy a gourmet Canada Day inspired BBQ menu with options such as a Forty Creek barbecued pulled pork sandwich and Bright’s white cheddar crusted northern rainbow trout sandwich. The outdoor BBQ area will also include a refreshing assortment of ice cream desserts and a licensed area serving Niagara craft beer, cider, and VQA wine.

4) Whitby Marina and the Whitby Yacht Club

Enjoy kids zone, Adventure Zone, Arts Trail, Farmers’ Market, community and food vendors, water activities, music, displays, fireworks, and much more. Locations: Victoria Fields, the Port Whitby Marina and the Whitby Yacht Club

Location and Venue: 345 Watson St. W., Whitby, ON, L1N 1A2 (Victoria Fields - Whitby) Event date and time: Monday, July 1, 2019 1:00PM - 10:00PM Audience: All Ages Price: Free

5) Lakeview Park Show

July 1 for Oshawa’s Canada Day at Lakeview Park, ,Oshawa. Two performances (35 minutes) between 3 and 5 p.m. on the Family Stage.

Location and Venue: 123 Lakeview Dr., Oshawa, ON, (Lakeview Park) Event date and time: Monday, July 1, 2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM Audience: All Ages Price: Free

6) Broken Social Scene Free Concert

Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay W. When: 9:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Cost: Free! 

The Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Day celebration highlights the contributions Canadian songwriters have made to the music industry. While festivities will take place all weekend long, the celebration will end with a free outdoor concert on July 1, featuring Toronto-based indie rock band Broken Social Scene. 

7) Queen's Plate Festival

Dress your best for this annual festival that sees some of the world's fastest horses racing, plus live entertainment, food and drinks. Woodbine Racetrack

8) Toronto R&B Sounds

Soulful grooves and smooth sounds are on as Toronto's local emerging R&B singers drop by for an night of intimate song.

9) Multicultural Canada Day Celebration

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square — 1 Dundas St. E. When: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: Free! 

This event celebrates what makes Canada so great — it’s multiculturalism! Enjoy live performances, food, and arts and crafts from around the world. Entertainment will run all day and will feature a Hawaiian Pacific dance ensemble, a Mexican folkloric dance group, an Armenian dance ensemble, and much more. 

10) Ontario Place

Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W. When: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Free admission, but some activities are extra 

If all you want to do is enjoy the sun this Canada Day, then grab your family and head down to Ontario Place. The park has a variety of activities to partake in, from segway tours to kayaking to catching a flick at the Cinesphere. Visitors can also check out Wigwam Chi-Chemung, an art installation celebrating Indigenous culture.  

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