The Bollywood Monster Mashup will be at Mississauga's Celebration Square this weekend (photo: CaptiveCamera.com)

Summer is almost to the halfway point and we’re enjoying the ride! This weekend is chock full of fun summer activities in the Greater Toronto Area, with a Bollywood festival, steampunk science, food trucks, and a sweet 50% off deal at Canada’s premier travelling circus!

Below, find our top picks for things to do this weekend in the Durham, Halton, Peel and York regions. Or browse the best things to do in Toronto this weekend with kids.

Steampunk Invasion: Mad Science

Discover the fantastical world of historical science fiction, or steampunk, at Mississauga’s Benares Historic House this weekend. See a vintage-themed magic show (1 pm and 3 pm) and get hands-on with themed experiments at the Mad Science stations. You can also enjoy tea duelling, tea-pot racing, face painting, balloon artistry, and a fascinator craft. BYO picnic lunch or purchase an afternoon tea picnic box on-site. Admission is under $10 per person and about $20/family. July 21, noon–5 pm

Bollywood Monster Mashup

Canada’s largest South Asian Festival in Canada is coming to Mississauga’s Celebration Square, with a night of singers, dancers, film, and a food festival on Friday evening and Family Day on Saturday, with Bollywood stars on stage, dance lessons for all, a KidZone, chef demonstrations, and lots of delicious food. July 20–21

Stomp ‘N Stampede

Yee haw! Are you just a little bit (or a lot) country? Then throw on your cowboy hat and boots and mosey on over to the Stomp ‘N Stampede in Brampton to celebrate all things country, including line dancing lessons, live country performers and DJs, and themed kids’ activities. July 22, 4–8 pm

Brampton Ribfest

Barbecue is on the menu in Brampton this weekend! But you’ll also find a kids’ zone, life-size board games, bubbles soccer, face painting, live music, a craft beer market, a wine and spirits area, and much more. Admission is free! July 20–22

PAMA Family Fun Days

On the third Saturday of every month, the Peel Art Museum offers a full day of drop-in creativity for families, included with PAMA admission. The schedule includes family art and yoga (1–2:30 pm), hands-on activities and stories (2:45–3:45 pm), a kid-friendly tour (4–4:30 pm), and activities in the Colouring Room (all day). July’s Family Fun Day is all about learning where your food comes from. July 21, 10 am–4:30 pm

Happy Birthday Hamilton Children’s Museum

Celebrate 40 years of this children’s museum in beautiful Gage Park with indoor and outdoor activities including glitter tattoos, popcorn, and refreshments. Explore the exhibit galleries’ with fort-building, a ship for sailing, a dock for fishing, and more. Free event! July 22, 10 am–2 pm.

Burlington Food Truck Festival

More than 40 food trucks will be serving up delicacies like gourmet grilled cheese, pho beef dumplings, and Venezuelen arepas in Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park all weekend. In addition, there will be a children’s midway, local performers, and eating challenges designed to entertain the whole family. Free admission! July 20–22

Richmond Hill Times Square Summer Carnival

This three-day festival features live performances by local bands, a kids’ game zone, and a variety of foods from vendors across the York Region. July 20–22

Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!

This weekend, the circus raises its striped tent at The Pickering Markets. The Royal Canadian Family Circus has been entertaining kids for 50 years with acrobats, aerialists, high-wire artists, clowns, and equestrian shows under the traditional big top. This circus employs no exotic animals and no endangered species. Get 2 for 1 general admission tickets with promo code: Helpwevegotkids. Pickering show July 19–22; additional shows in the GTA through August 12

For a chance to win 8 VIP tickets to the Royal Canadian Family Circus in Etobicoke August 9–12, enter the contest here!


For more upcoming events, search the full Toronto and GTA events calendar, or browse by region:

Durham Region events

Halton Region events

• Peel Region events

York Region events

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