Explore Richmond Hill this summer! From great food festivals to getting a exquisite view of the heavens up-close, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a staycation this summer in Richmond Hill! . Here is a list of 25+ things to get a head start to a great summer in Richmond Hill.
1. David Dunlap Observatory
Join for astronomy programs at David Dunlap Observatory that hosts the largest telescope in Canada. It is also great venue for an evening walk!
Get introduced to the wonders of astronomy through an indoor planetarium experience, activities for younger visitors and stargazing on weekends. You can spend time at both the main building as well as the Observatory to visit the 74″ telescope to learn its history and experience stargazing celestial targets first hand.
This August join for Mars Madness: On Wednesday August 1st, view Mars when it comes closest to the Earth looking through the telescope!
2. Celebrate Canada Day
During the day you can visit the marketplace, art exhibit, see figure skating demonstrations and various pavilions for food, craft beer, entertainment and a hockey tournament. There will also be well-known performers in the evening followed by fireworks. List of events
July 1, 2018 at Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East
Try out great ribs from a variety of food vendors, enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and don’t forget to check out the beer garden.
July 27-28, 2018 at Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East
4. Richmond Hill Food Truck Festival
Try something new and exciting at this food truck festival. Enjoy great food, activities and entertainment.
August 18 & 19, 2018 at Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East
5. Richmond Hill Farmers Market
Check out various vendors at this farmers market offering local organic produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts and much more. Pancake breakfast will be available on June 10, 24, July 15, 22, August 5, 12, 25.
Sundays at Elgin Barrow Arena, 43 Church Street South
6. Moonlight Movies
Bring your family and a blanket to watch a movie as the sun goes down. The movies for this year are: Angry Birds, SING, Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy. For more information:
August 8 — Ferdinand @ Richmond Hill Central Library.
August 15 — Paddington 2 @ Bond Lake Arena, Ozark Park
August 22 — Black Panther @ Richvale Athletic Field.
August 29 @ Rouge Woods Community Centre
7. After noon Tea @ Richmond Hill Heritage Centre
Celebrate summer with a full-service tea at the Heritage Centre. Enjoy a platter of dainty sandwiches, tasty sweets with scones, clotted cream and preserves.
Tuesdays, July 10, 24, August 7, 21, 28, 2018
8. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Get a unique view of the York region countryside on a hot air balloon ride. The flight is about 45 minutes to 1 hour and close to sunrise or sunset, when winds are most ideal.
9. Lake Wilcox Park
This is a great place to spend the afternoon, with lots of amenities like a playground, splash pad and waterfront area.
10. Eyer Homestead Ropes Challenge Course
Set goals with your group and then begin working together on various challenges and activities in the beautiful Eyer Homestead Park.
11. Free Summer Concerts
Enjoy exquisite musicians that showcase a variety of music styles from Blues, Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Celtic, Tribute bands and more at this free event.
Tuesdays (July & August) at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St
Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm in July and August at Mill Pond Park.
Select Sundays afternoons at Richmond Green Park.
12. Disco Bowling
Visit World Bowl and experience disco bowling for a family bowling night with great music, food and bright lights.
13. Splash Pads
Spend the day at one of the many splash pads around the town like Rouge Crest Park, Grovewood Park and Newberry Park.
14. Community Tree Planting
Help build your community by volunteering to plant trees and care for green spaces. There are also several events and programs including invasive plant removal and restoration site maintenance.
15. Glaze Craze
Try some new art activities from their canvas workshops to pottery classes to glass etching. They have walk in classes as well as kids and adult classes.
16. Barbecue at Phyllis Rawlinson Park
Pack a picnic and utilise the parks fire pits to prepare a meal. On site there is also the George Forster House and the Robert Holland Interpretative Centre.
17. Cycling Parks
Check out some of the best cycling around the town with this map of great parks and tips about cycling. Some parks worth checking out include, Crosby Park and Bayview Hill Park.
18. Join for City offered program
Try out some of the many summer camps and programs being offered in Richmond Hill like sports camps, leadership programs, computer classes and many more!
19. Virtual Sting
Visit this virtual reality gaming arcade for team building, educational events and most importantly an unforgettable experience. This arcade offers cyber pong, rec room and much more!
20. The Wave Pool
Spend the day enjoying waves, waterslides and a warm water swirl pool at this indoor facility.
21. Sue’s Fresh Market
This local market features delicious local organic meals. It is also recommended by MasterChef Canada judge, Claudio Aprile, who says you can’t miss the croissants and cinnamon buns.
22. Richmond Hill Public Library
Visit the libraries to read some great books, meet new people and participate in their programs.
23. Play tennis
Spend the evening at one of the many tennis courts around town like Mount Pleasant Park, Brickworks Park and Newberry Park.
24. Origin Room Break
This unique escape room uses story-lines that push you to your limits, challenges your skills and thinking capabilities, work as a team to solve clues and break free within a limited amount of time.
25. Richmond Green Sports Centre
This sports centre and park has just about everything including a skateboarding park, art exhibition space, splash pad, barn, basketball court and so much more!
26. Mill Pond Park
Share a picnic, listen to summer concerts, go for a walk or enjoy a summer evening at this popular park in Richmond Hill!
Go fishing at the many venues around the town including Lake Wilcox, Haynes Lake, Humber River, Rouge River, Don River!