Parks, Forestry & Recreation
A Toronto tradition since the first Pumpkin Parade was organized in Sorauren Park in 2004, parades are now hosted in parks across the city from Terraview Park in Scarborough to Centennial Park in Etobicoke.
Celebrate June as Recreation and Parks Month by swimming, biking, playing baseball, or dancing. Each year, Parks, Forestry and Recreation plans a wide range of events for the month including sports events, flea markets, festivals and community barbecues. Be an active Torontonian and get out, stay healthy and enjoy this great city of ours. Check back soon for information about activities and events happening in June 2016
Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day give residents of Toronto many opportunities to celebrate the city's Aboriginal culture and contributions of the Aboriginal community to the vibrancy and development of Canada.
City parks will come alive this summer with arts and music! The City has partnered with Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation to animate parks with free arts and music events through the Arts in the Parks initiative found at www.artsintheparksto.org. As well, grassroots musicians and artists now have easy access to permits through the new free permit category, Arts and Music in Parks.
Join us for fun and entertainment at the beautiful Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre - all summer long. Located within Earl Bales Park, our Summer Concert Series features everything from Russian Folk Choir to African Drumming.
The City of Toronto is happy to present a series of free tours at Don Valley Brick Works Park. These educational opportunities are open to the public and do not require registration. Please arrive on time, with sturdy shoes suitable for walking. Water and sunscreen are recommended!
Mel Lastman 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.
After reviewing over 1,400 amazing winter photos the results are in for the 'Snap & Share the wonders of winter in Toronto to win!' photo contest. Thank-you to Nikon Canada, our expert judges and everyone who participated. Check out these incredible photos.
Urban Forestry offers a range of volunteer opportunities in parks and ravines across the city. Tree planting, stewardship and trail building opportunities are available spring, summer and fall. These programs are a great way to get your hands dirty and contribute to the City's tree canopy goals.
On Sunday, June 5, 2016 more than 400 young performers took the stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts to compete in the 15th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase featuring a TV show theme. City representatives welcomed participants and kicked off the event, which drew an audience of about 2,000 people.
The City of Toronto designated May as Asian and South Asian Heritage Month. By recognizing and celebrating the heritage of its Asian and South Asian communities, the City acknowledges the contributions members of these communities have made to the success and vitality of Toronto.
To celebrate Black History Month, Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division holds events at local community recreation centres and parks. Check out the Parks Forestry and Recreation Black History month pages for the 2015 event calendar as well as fun facts and places honouring African Canadians.