Searching for ideas for a fun-filled summer staycation in Markham?
Though Markham’s famous in-person summer festivals like Markham Village Music Festival, TD Taste of Asia, Markham Rotary RibFest, Night It Up! Night Market, TD Markham Jazz Festival are cancelled (or gone online) for 2021, there are still plenty of fun ways you can enjoy summer in Markham.
Here are 25 fun things to do this summer in Markham:
1. Together Apart Summer Cirque
This summer, get ready to attend a breathtaking outdoor contemporary circus show, the Together Apart Summer Cirque in Markham. The event takes audiences into a fantasy world where the lives of 10 magical, acrobatic characters converge at a ball celebrating the summer solstice.
Thursdays to Sundays, July 1 to August 1, 2021 @ Markham Fairgrounds
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2. Go on a public art tour
Discover Markham’s public artworks. See the Cloudflower by Douglas Walker, Gambrel Journey by kipjones, Henderson Bridge Mural (2013) by Andrea End, Robin Hesse, Matthew Moloney, Glen Ou and Susan Weisz. Mentored by Katharine Harvey, Quarry by Mary Anne Barkhouse and more at locations around Markham.
3. Get Farm Fresh Produce
Get locally grown fruits, vegetables, and treats from Main Street Markham ( Saturdays, June 5 to October 9, 2021, 9am to 1pm) and Unionville (Sundays, June 6 to September 19, 2021, 9am to 2pm) Farmers Markets.
4. Go Berry Picking
Visit Reesor’s Farm Market that has been in operation since 1804. Pick your own strawberry fields are typically open from late June to early July. They also sell various produce and berries. You can get fresh Ontario fruits & vegetables, baked goods and more year-round at the market or Reesor’s Online Market.
5. Bike Rouge Valley Trail
Bike or hike the 15km Rouge Valley Trail which follows the Rouge River along Toogood Pond, continues south to Austin Drive Park and connects to Milne Conservation Park.
6. Go Golfing
Tee off at Angus Glen Golf Club.
They also have a beautiful patio overlooking the golf course.
7. Old Firehall Confectionery
Head over to this confectionery for a variety of homemade treats including truffles, macarons, ice cream, pastries and so much more!
8. Do a Heritage Tour
Rediscover Markham’s heritage and history by going on a self-guided walking tour. There are two tour stop choose from – Markham Remembered Plaque Tour
which commemorates stories of people and places of special historical significance throughout the City and Markham Village Heritage Tour where you can learn about the history of Markham Village.
9. Do Forest Therapy Walk
Deepen your connection with nature by going on a Shinrin Yoku at Pomona Mills Park. (244 Henderson Ave, Markham).
10. Markham Public Library
Markham library offers plenty of free low-cost events throughout the summer. Register for them in advance.
11. Rouge National Urban Park
Hike through Rouge National Urban Park enjoying wildflower meadows, wetlands and urban parkland. Visit Bob Hunter Memorial Park and hike the northbound 5.1 km trail that connects 19th Avenue Day Use Area from Reesor Day Use Area.
12. Milne Dam Conservation Park
Spend the afternoon bird watching or check out their trails biking, hiking or cycling. It also has a leash-free dog area.
13. Shop local in Markham
Download #MyMarkhamPass, a mobile-exclusive savings pass for residents and visitors which you can use to get savings of up to 20% and other deals from over 70 Markham businesses.
14. Mayfair Clubs
Head over to Mayfair Clubs to play your favourite sports or try out some new fitness activities. They have lots of great things to do for kids, youth and adults. They also have summer camps and you can even host your birthday with cool themes like a spa party or world cup party.
15. Toogood Pond Park
Visit Toogood Pond Park for a family picnic and enjoy the wildlife. You could take a walk, relax by the water and don’t forget your camera, as the scenery is beautiful.
14. Indoor Sports Dome
Check out this Indoor Sports Dome that offers various programs and summer camps for kids, they also have drop-in programs for adults.
16. Markham Museum
This museum offers great learning opportunities about how we have adapted to our changing world. There are also different exhibits, programs, events and research facilities. (Open in Stage 3 – End of July)
17. Unionville Tennis Club
Have a family tennis tournament at this tennis club. They have a variety of programs, lessons, social events and tournaments.
18. City Programs
The City of Markham offers great summer programs and fitness classes for different age groups. They also offer family programs so you have the opportunity to learn archery, tennis and even practice Taekwondo.
19. Outdoor Pools
Check out some of the indoor and outdoor pools around the city like Rouge River pool, Markham Pan Am pool and Centennial pool.
20. Markham Golf Dome
Head over to Markham Golf Dome for a day of family fun golfing. They have an indoor dome, and outdoor range as well as lessons.
21. Downtown Markham
Visit Downtown Markham for a day full of exploring art, theatres and shopping. Don’t miss the Street Art Wall and Remington Contemporary Art Gallery.
22. Pride of Canada Carousel
Check out this beautiful art tribute to iconic Canadians and its rich culture and history. Cool fact, it has been built with recycled and repurposed objects. Go on a ride when the carousel reopens for the season (late July).
23. Explore Unionville
Visit historic main street Unionville and check out their boutique shops, learn more about history and culture, dine at unique restaurants and so much more in this heritage village.
24. Walking tour of historic Thornhill
Take a walking tour of historic Thornhill and explore their village library, notable houses, streets, parks and much more!
25. Varley Art Gallery
Explore Varley Art Gallery, register for an art class, join for drop-in studio programs at this art gallery named after Frederick Varley, an artist from the Group of Seven when the gallery opens when Ontario enters Stage 3 by end of July.
26. Thursday Nights at the Bandstand
Enjoy free concerts every Thursday during the popular free music series that will showcase Canadian, international and local performers.
Thursday evenings 2021 TBA @ Unionville’s Millennium Bandstand at the corner of Main Street and Fred Varley Drive.
27. Rainy Summer?
Do you think that it is going to be a rainy day? Here are all the fun indoor places to check out in Markham.
28. Markham Fair
Welcome Fall with a trip to Markham Fair.
September 30 to October 3 @ Markham Fairgrounds