28 Jun 2018

Summer is in full swing, which means festival season and an endless list of outdoor activities.

Every year July kicks off with Canada Day celebrations, and this year is no different. From family-friendly fun to music festivals and even a quick workout session, there’s something for everyone this Canada Day weekend.

Expect the banks, malls, LCBO stores, and grocery stores to be closed July 1st. However, London transit will run on a holiday schedule. Storybook Gardens, Fanshawe Pioneer Village, the Children’s Museum, movie theatres, and more will remain open to help you celebrate Canada’s 151st Birthday.

July continues with movies in the parks, more music festivals, and weekly outdoor activities for the whole family. Grab your sunscreen and something red and white! Check out what the City of London has to offer this July:

Canada Day Weekend:

  • The Dance Festival takes place in Eldon House and Ivy Park from June 29th to July 1st. They offer workshops and incredible displays of talent in spotlight performances. Don’t miss out – check out the full schedule here.
  • The March for Poverty Justice takes place at 10 am on June 30th. It starts at the Victoria Park Main Entrance and ends at the L.P.H. Buildings with a free barbeque. March for better laws and legislation in Ontario and Canada. Click here for more info.
  • Enjoy Summer Tea on the lawns of Eldon House on June 30th. Wear your best afternoon tea attire and overlook the beautiful Thames River while listening to live music. Tickets range from 15 to 25 dollars. Buy your tickets here.
  • Kick off some Canada Day family fun with Port Stanley Canada Day Historical Reenactment and BBQ on June 30th. Tickets are for sale by donation only.
  • The Trackside Music Festival in the Western Fair District runs June 30th to July 1st featuring big names in country music, including Dierks Bentley, Dean Brody, Emerson Drive, and more. Check out the full festival schedule on their website.
  • Get your workout in before celebrating Canada Day this year. The event, Barre3 + Mimosas – Happy Birthday Canada, starts at 10 am at the Timmins’ Residence on July 1st. It is a full body workout followed by a mimosa toast to Canada. It is free, but you have to register in advance.
  • Celebrate Canada Day July 1st in Harris Park from 11am to 11pm. This year’s event features numerous food and beverage vendors, live entertainment, performances exhibitors, games, beer gardens, a kids zone, and more. Fireworks take place at 10pm.
  • For younger families, check out the Canada Day Carnival at Eldon House between 12 and 4pm. It is a full carnival with historical games, activities, and entertainment. The kids won’t want to miss the magic shows, puppet shows, and acrobatic displays.

July Art, Music, & Theatre:

  • Check out one of London’s biggest art displays and cosplay event. TennoCon 2018 takes place July 7th at the London Convention Centre. Expect game stations, escape rooms, a variety of panels, and activities.
  • Rock the Park Music Festival takes over Harris Park July 11-14. Find the full schedule and buy your tickets on their official website.
  • Enjoy Movie Night in the Park starting July 26th to the beginning of September. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. Check out the full schedule for the featured films, times, and dates.

Outdoor July Family Activities:

  • Twilight Tuesday begins July 3rd at Longwoods Road Conservation Area and Ska-Nah-Doht Village. It runs all summer long, starting at 7:30 every Tuesday night, rain or shine. Each vehicle costs $8. It includes a family-friendly hike, followed by legends and stories around firelight.
  • Wanna Bee Day at Clovermead Adventure Farm is a free all-day event on July 7th for children 12 years and under. Dress up like a bee and explore the farm, free of charge!
  • Check out the Monster Truck Throwdown at the Delaware Speedway July 13th and 14th. Click here for more info.

Important City of London Events:

  • Attend the Clarke Road EA Public Information Session at 1424 Clarke Road at 5pm on July 11th. The session will discuss and identify transportation improvements to the Clarke Road area between the Veterans Memorial Parkway and Fanshawe Park Road East.
  • For more City of London Council events and meetings, check the calendar here.

Enjoy the array of events that London has to offer this July. Get outside and take in the good weather while you can!

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