Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Mel Lastman Square

Experience what Mel Lastman Square has to offer

The Square is a beautiful park featuring 20,000 square feet of open space, a garden court, an outdoor amphitheatre, fountains, and reflecting pool. Special events that showcase music, art, dancing, theatre, food, and sports are planned by our city’s various cultural groups for every season.

Mel Lastman Square is conveniently located at 5100 Yonge Street by the North York Civic Centre, and just steps away from a variety of shops, restaurants and public transportation. Map It Icon

Events Calendar

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Iranian Fire Festival

  • Date: March 14, 2017
  • Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Special programs during Iranian Fire Festival will include Iranian music, dances, cuisine, as well as an Iranian themed Kids Zone and fireworks.

Visit http://iranianfirefestival.com/ for more information.

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Endo March

  • Date: May 13
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This event is to raise awareness for Endometriosis by having a variety of speakers sharing information and educating people about this disease.

Visit: endometriosisnetwork.com or facebook.com/theendonetwork


Farmer's Market Thursdays

  • Date: May 25
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

North York Farmers’ Market is a bit of the country in the heart of the city. It’s where farmers get together and sell their fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and cheese, along with bread, meat, baking, jams & preserves, fruit smoothies, handmade soap and more.

Info: 905-985-7493, or 905-931-5215

Visit: northyorkfarmersmarket.ca


City Mosaic

  • Date: May 27
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

City Mosaic is a one-day multicultural adventure race for those who are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience. City Mosaic provides an opportunity for youth and young adults to embark on a global journey, getting a taste of every culture in the world without ever having to step foot out of Toronto.

Info: 905-944-1944
Visit: citymosaic.ca

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Farmer's Market Thursdays

  • Date: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

North York Farmers’ Market is a bit of the country in the heart of the city. It’s where farmers get together and sell their fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and cheese, along with bread, meat, baking, jams & preserves, fruit smoothies, handmade soap and more.

Info: 905-985-7493, or 905-931-5215

Visit: northyorkfarmersmarket.ca


Chinese Family Day 2017

  • Date: June 10
  • TIme: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Chinese Family Day Festival 2017 is a festival that has several unique sections including: Music and Dance Performances, Food Section, Book Expo, Arts and cultural expo, children playground and more.

Info: office@chinesefamilyday.com and 416-500-0007
Visit: chinesefamilyday.com


Summertime with Resa's Pieces

  • Date: June 19
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Conducted by Toronto musician Resa Kochberg, this lively 50 member band will have audiences clapping, cheering and singing along! The band will perform many different music pieces, including classical, jazz, marches and rock'n'roll. The energy is contagious!

Info: info@resapieces.org
Visit: resaspieces.org


African Experience Festival (AFEX 2017)

  • Date: June 17
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The African Experience Festival (AFEX) celebrates the best of Africa!  This authentic festival showcases both local and international talent. Festival guests will enjoy traditional foods, along with food fusion recipes provided by local restaurants and food vendors.  Traditional African musicians with resounding voices, saxophones and djembe drums set the tone for a true African experience of music and culture. Showcases include art, music, spoken word, sports and others.

Info: info@afexfestival.ca or call 647-778-8207, 416-702-2015
Visit: www.afexfestival.ca


Yamaha Father's Day Concert

  • Date: June 18
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Come join us for our annual, year-end concert and enjoy the performances of our very talented students. Featuring woodwinds, guitar, violin, drums, voice and cello. Music styles from pop to classical and everything in between.

Info: 416-224-5590

Visit: yamahamusicschool.ca


Concert Under the Stars

  • Date: June 22
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Living, loving, and laughing” – The North York Concert Band is excited to present a series of concerts featuring a variety of musical genres, including familiar marches, show and movie tunes, and swing and popular tunes,  including many soloists from within the band. 

Info: 416-802-6819


Global Village Festival

  • Date: June 24-25
  • Time: Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Global Village Festival 2017 is largest multicultural festival of Canada. Festival have a several unique sections include: International Tourism / cultural and Art, Global Village Photo Festival, Global Village Film Festival, Global Village Book Expo, Global Village Music festival with over 50 music and dance performance and 30 languages, Global Village Awards to recognition of successful immigrant and more.

Info: office@globalvillagefestival.ca or 416-500-0007

Website: GlobalVillageCity.com


Thornhill Community Concert Band

  • Date: June 27
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join us for a traditional band concert of all genres of music from marches to Broadway.

Visit: tcband.ca

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Canada Day Celebration

  • Date: July 1
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at Mel Lastman Square with activities for the whole family. Musical performances, family-friendly activities and a massive fireworks display highlight the festivities. This year's Canada Day event is part of TO Canada with Love, Toronto's year long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions for Canada's 150th birthday. To find out more about Canada Day and TO Canada with Love events across Toronto,

Visit: www.toronto.ca/canada150


Sunday Serenades

  • Date: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dance under the stars this summer! Featuring the very best in swing, big band and jazz acts to complement Toronto's warm summer evenings. For updates and performance schedules

Visit: toronto.ca/special_events


Farmer's Market Thursdays

  • Date: July 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

North York Farmers’ Market is a bit of the country in the heart of the city. It’s where farmers get together and sell their fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and cheese, along with bread, meat, baking, jams & preserves, fruit smoothies, handmade soap and more.

Info: 905-985-7493, or 905-931-5215

Visit: northyorkfarmersmarket.ca


Cultura

  • Date: July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Cultura is a summer festival that celebrates music, food, art and film. This free event showcases award-winning musicians, international food vendors, world-class buskers and feature films. Join us every Friday in July for a unique experience!

Visit: culturafestival.ca


Concert Under the Stars

  • Date: July 13, 27
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Living, loving, and laughing” – The North York Concert Band is excited to present a series of concerts featuring a variety of musical genres, including familiar marches, show and movie tunes, and swing and popular tunes, including many soloists from within the band.

Info: 416-802-6819


Taste of Dominica

  • Date: July 15
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This event showcases Dominica’s cuisine, national wear, music, handcrafts and talent.

Info: 416-901-0531


Persian Family Day

  • Date: July 22
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Persian Family Day Festival 2017 is largest Persian festival of Canada.
This festival has several unique sections including: Persian music and dance performance, Persian cultural and arts booth, Persian charities organizations booth, Food and beverage section and more.

Info: office@persianfamilyfestival.com and 416-500-0007
Visit: persianfamilyday.com


Aloha Fest

  • Date: July 29
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Alohafest Toronto is a polynesian cultural event that is helping to educate the Greater Toronto community about the aloha spirit by uniting the multiple hula hālau (hula schools) and other Polynesian-inspired organizations and businesses in the city to showcase Polynesian culture, art and dance. This event is sponsored by the Toronto based Hālau Hula I Ka Lā (“Hula School in the Sun”) who strive to live the values and principles of aloha.

Info: 647-478-5871
Visit: hulaikala.com

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Sunday Serenades

  • Date: August 6, 13
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dance under the stars this summer! Featuring the very best in swing, big band and jazz acts to complement Toronto's warm summer evenings. For updates and performance schedules visit toronto.ca/special_events.


Farmer's Market Thursdays

  • Date: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

North York Farmers’ Market is a bit of the country in the heart of the city. It’s where farmers get together and sell their fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and cheese, along with bread, meat, baking, jams & preserves, fruit smoothies, handmade soap and more.

Info: 905-985-7493, or 905-931-5215

Visit: northyorkfarmersmarket.ca


African Musical Extravaganza 2017

  • Date: August 5
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This event will bring together musicians, dancers and other performers that best embodies and reflect the great traditions of African culture. Music will be heard from several African countries and also from local based musicians.


Peace Fest

  • Date: August 12
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The “History + Art = Peace” Peace Fest is a community building and educational initiative created by ALPHA Education which encapsulates our passion for social justice and hopes for a brighter future as we shed light on the dark chapters of the history of WWII in Asia. Our evening concert will showcase musical and drama performances by youth and community members who share our vision of a just world and will conclude with a beautiful peace boat ceremony where attendees can make a wish for peace. We hope to see you there!

Info: 416-299-0111
Visit: alphaeducation.org


Iranian Summer Festival

  • Date: August 19
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy Iranian music, food, dance and entertainment.

Info: 905-730-0616


Kurdish Festival

  • Date: August 20
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Celebrate Kurdish culture, food, music and dance.

Info: 416-985-6733


Korean Harvest Festival

  • Date: August 25, 26, 27
  • Time: Friday 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday: 12:00p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate Korean Thanksgiving! Experience authentic Korean food and enjoy song, dance and martial arts during this three-day event.

Info: 905-886-7753

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Hispanic Fiesta

  • Dates: September 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Times: Friday: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.,Sunday: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hispanic Fiesta celebrates Spanish and Latin American art, food, music and entertainment. This free four day event originated in 1982, and is filled with splendid sounds, tempting treats, colourful art and features local and international performers.

Info: 416-240-9338 or info@hispanicfiesta.com
Visit: hispanicfiesta.com


Farmer's Market Thursdays

  • Date: September 7, 14, 21, 28
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

North York Farmers’ Market is a bit of the country in the heart of the city. It’s where farmers get together and sell their fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and cheese, along with bread, meat, baking, jams & preserves, fruit smoothies, handmade soap and more.

Info: 905-985-7493, or 905-931-5215

Visit: northyorkfarmersmarket.ca


TU JazzFest

  • Dates: September 8, 9
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Today's Music: On September 8 & 9 you will Experience Jazz in the NOW and witness Toronto's first jazz festival headlining the best of today's young artists along with Grammy & JUNO Award-winning greats at Mel Lastman Square with the various styles of Jazz music with 21 bands 144 musicians, food markets, and the Vendor Village Trade Show event. Entertainment is free of charge for all so come and enjoy with your family and friends!

Info: info@tujazz.com
Visit: tujazz.com


Health and Culture Expo

  • Date: September 10
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Discover the benefits of a healthful lifestyle and the richness of diversity
The Health & Culture Expo is a community event which promotes and highlights positive health and lifestyle choices, while also celebrating the rich and vibrant cultural diversity we enjoy in the Greater Toronto Area.

Info: 416-636-2471


RBC Run for the Kids

  • Date: September 16
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

By participating in the RBC Race for the Kids, you will help youth find the mental-health care they need. We’ll celebrate your finish with great food, entertainment and festivities. And most importantly, you’ll be supporting families in need.

Info: rbcraceforthekids@sunnybrook.ca
Visit: rbcraceforthekids.ca


Canada Kids Festival

  • Dates: September 23, 24
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Canada Kids Festival 2017 is the largest kid’s festival of Canada. This festival has lots of fun and sections include: Kids Fashion Show, Kids Talent Show, Kids Book Expo, Kids Film Festival, Kids Photo Festival, Kids playground, Kids entertainers and theater, mascot characters and more.

Info: office@canadakidsfestival.com or 416-500-0007
Visit: CanadaKidsFestival.com


Saudi Festival Day

  • Date: September 30
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This festival showcases Saudi Arabian history, culture and tradition, coupled with its true Islamic values, while emphasizing on the strong Saudi Canadian relationship over the past decades.

Info: info@naditoronto.com or 1-888-572-8150

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Farmer's Market Thursdays

  • Date: September 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

North York Farmers’ Market is a bit of the country in the heart of the city. It’s where farmers get together and sell their fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, and cheese, along with bread, meat, baking, jams & preserves, fruit smoothies, handmade soap and more.

Info: 905-985-7493, or 905-931-5215

Visit: northyorkfarmersmarket.ca