Events and Things to Do Civic Holiday Weekend in Toronto 2021

Looking for things to do Civic Holiday Weekend in Toronto 2021? Take a 1 Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration.
Looking for things to do Civic Holiday Weekend in Toronto 2021? Take a 1 Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration.

The Civic holiday weekend takes place from July 31 to August 2, 2021. After the year we’ve had so far, we all owe it to ourselves to enjoy the midpoint of summer to the max! If you’re not heading up north to the cottage, there are many things to do on the August long weekend in Toronto. Check out these Civic Holiday Weekend events in Toronto 2021.

Black Hole Slide at Canada's Wonderland
Black Hole Slide at Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland is open at reduced capacity and that’s great news for people who enjoy theme and water parks! There are several COVID-19 restrictions in place including:

  • All guests must make a reservation for their visit date and arrival time in advance before coming to the park;
  • At least one member of your group should have the park mobile app on their phone; enabling the Location Services feature in the park app allows the park to send you real-time updates;
  • Face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces, on rides, and outdoors where 2 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained with limited exceptions including Splash Works and water attractions for guests age two and older;
  • Guests will be required to complete a passive health screening prior to entering the park;
  • Hand sanitization stations have been added throughout the park;
  • Guests must bring contactless payment methods (other than cash) such as debit, credit card, Apple Pay, and Google Pay to use at the park.

Read about my experience as a Canada’s Wonderland WonderBlogger here.

Dream in High Park

Dream in High Park returns this summer with several performances throughout the summer. BLACKOUT will be performed from July 23, 2021 to August 15, 2021 with performances on the Civic Holiday weekend on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. A limited number of advanced-sale tickets are being made available; remaining tickets will be available at noon two days prior to each performance at Pay-What-You-Wish pricing.


Originally slated to premiere as part of the 2020-21 season, The Musical Stage Company’s BLACKOUT will premiere under the stars on the High Park Amphitheatre stage.​ Set on the evening of the northeast blackout of 2003, this thrilling new work depicts three stories of connection that unfolded when the city was dark, and strangers banded together to find the light. A new Canadian musical by two of Canada’s most exciting voices –Anton Lipovetsky and Steven Gallagher – BLACKOUT  is a story of hope, resilience, and community.

Performances at Dream in High Park will be under 90 minutes. Guests must wear masks and follow safety protocols including observing timed entry to ensure physical distancing. There will be sanitization stations in the park, on-site health screening for entry, and dedicated safety officers.

Caribbean Carnival Food Truck Festival 2021

The two-day Caribbean Carnival weekend food truck festival is currently scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Promoting foods with West Indian flavours, the festival will also include pan, a programmed Toronto Caribbean Carnival broadcast and masqueraders from the city’s band.

Scarborough Ribfest Drive-Thru 2021

If you love ribs, you’ll want to check out Scarborough Ribfest Drive-Thru at Centennial College, Ashtonbee Campus on the Civic Holiday weekend from Friday, July 30, 2021 to Monday, August 2, 2021. Ribs aren’t the only thing on the menu; you’ll also find hot dogs, French fries and corn on the cob.

Hours are Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Centennial College is located at 75 Ashtonbee Road (Warden Ave. and Eglinton Ave. E.).

Looking for things to do Civic Holiday Weekend in Toronto 2021? Take a 1 Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration.
Looking for things to do Civic Holiday Weekend in Toronto 2021? Take a 1 Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration.

1-Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration

If you are visiting Toronto on the Civic Holiday Weekend 2021 or just want to rediscover the Toronto Islands after our lockdown, you might want to reserve a ticket for the 1-Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, this boat tour will have a maximum of 10 travelers. Departure point is 145 Queens Quay West. Tour runs on the hour at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $21.24 and $26.55.

Andy Warhol at Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario reopened on July 21, 2021 with a blockbuster exhibit, Andy Warhol. The exhibit will feature over 250 of the pop culture artist’s works. Guests must reserve advance tickets online for timed entry to the AGO, including General Admission. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, a limited number of tickets is available for each 15-minute timeslot to control the flow of visitors. Read here for more information about Andy Warhol at the AGO.

Admission is free for AGO Members, Annual Pass holders, and all visitors ages 25 and under. Single tickets are $25 per person. Purchase tickets online at the AGO.

These are just some Civic Holiday weekend events in Toronto 2021. Whatever you end up doing, hope you have a great August long weekend!


  1. Wonderful to know about all the events and things to do in Toronto. The harbour tour with narration would be a nice way to see the place.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh wow! These all sound amazing. My son would definitely enjoy Canada’s Wonderland and I would love to see both Black Out and the Caribbean Carnival. I am a food lover and this has me dreaming of this event! Yum!

  3. It’s good to know the events that will be on. Wonderland seems like great fun, perfect for my kids. It’s good they have precautions in place.

  4. Toronto is one of my favourite places to visit, I can’t wait to get back there with the kids as soon as travel is allowed again! We’ve done the harbour tour before and loved it. I think the food festival would be my absolute dream 🥰

    • Great to hear you have been to Toronto! I love the harbour tour too! I have never been to that particular food festival, but I’m sure it’s great! Cheers, Lori

  5. Woohoo!! All these events sound so exciting. I can see how the water park can be the ultimate attraction for families with young children. However, the Caribbean food truck event over 2-days is definitely the one that interests me the most.

  6. Such fun Toronto things to do! Yeah, everything now is capped and has advanced rsvp but at least we can enjoy summer activities before the ice of fall and winter.

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