Father’s Day in Toronto 2018: Events & Activities

Fathers Day in Toronto

10 Things to do for Father’s Day in Toronto

Celebrate this special day with Dad: gift him a memorable weekend of togetherness and enjoy some of the events taking place in and around Toronto.

Ditch the ties and tools and go on an Ontario Getaway this Father’s Day!

For more ideas, see Things to Do this weekend in Toronto
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I. Food & Spirit Festivals

Celebrate Father’s Day and the start of summer by enjoying these great food festivals taking place in Toronto!

1. Danforth BIA’s Thrill of the Grill

Put the tangy sizzle in your summer at the ninth annual Thrill of the Grill.  The Danforth will be closed to traffic as the chefs of ten of its celebrated businesses are turning up the heat to offer Toronto’s best grilled dishes.  Details

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | noon to 4 PM @Danforth Ave btw Broadview and Jackman Ave.

2. Taco Fest:

Tacos, guacamole, churros, tequila, hot sauce and everything Mexican! An electric atmosphere showcasing Toronto’s best and most celebrated chefs with an authentic Mexican twist. Details

June 15 – 17, 2018 @ Ontario Place, Toronto |$9.95 to $14.95

3. The Beaches Rib Fest:

Enjoy great BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, Grilling Demonstrations, Craft Vendors and of course the Beer and Beverage vendors.  Details

June 15 to 17, 2018 @ Woodbine Park, Toronto | Free admission

4.  Taste of Little Italy & CHIN Picnic

The multicultural festival, CHIN Picnic shares the weekend and the venue with Taste of Little Italy.The weekend will be filled with multicultural entertainment including performances from the Italian, Portuguese & Spanish communities.  The streets will be filled with vendors ready to showcase their special dishes, clothing & wares.  An event for foodies and music lovers.  Details

 June 15 to 17, 2018 @ College St between Bathhurst and Shaw, Toronto | Free admission

5. Mississauga Halal Food Festival & Mango Fest 

If you are looking for great Halal food, then this is a must do!  Details

 June 16 to 17, 2018 @Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga | Free admission

6. Newmarket Craft Beer Festival

This festival will feature finely made Canadian craft beers, wine, ciders, and spirits. As well as delicious food, food trucks, family friendly activities, culinary activation’s, and live entertainment all day.  Details

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM  @ Newmarkets Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket

7. Springridge Farm Food Truck Festival

Bring dad to the farm to  savour tasty treats from one or more of the food trucks in attendance. We have a wide variety of trucks serving up delicious cuisine that is sure to please every palate.  Details

 June 16 to 17, 2018 @ Springridge Farm, 7256 Bell School Line | Free

8. The Father’s Day Ale Trail – A Day Trip to Guelph

Celebrate Father’s Day a with a craft beer bus tour that departs from The Wooly Pub and includes stops at Royal City Brewing, Brothers Brewing, and Wellington Brewery. Enjoy  Guelph’s vibrant craft beer culture! The ticket of $40 includes Bus Transportation to each location, Beer Samples (3 x 4oz) at each location, 8oz sample glass, and a BBQ to finish the day at The Wooly Pub.

June 17th 2018 | 11 AM – 6 PM @  The Wooly Pub, 176 Woolwich Street Guelph

9. Ontario Craft Beer Week

It is the last weekend of Ontario Craft Beer Celebration. Find a fun event/discount near you and  enjoy the festivities with Dad!

II. Races & Vintage Cars

1. Yorkville Exotic Car Show:

Walk along the red carpet to get up close with some of the best examples of automotive design from around the world. Join us on Father’s Day 2018 to see over 120 classic and exotic cars, including SuperCars, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and more. Details

Sunday June 17, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Bay Street


2. VARAC Vintage Grand Prix: 

Give Dad a special treat this Father’s Day weekend – a trip to CTMP to see beautifully restored cars from the past 50-plus years of motorsports, racing on our world-famous Grand Prix circuit. The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) invites all to celebrate the 39th Annual Vintage Racing Festival and watch three days of racing which will include special feature races for MG and Triumph, the VARAC Grand Prix and much more! Details

June 15 – 17, 2018

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Concession Road 10, Bowmanville

$15 – $35;
Free Admission For Children 16 Years Of Age and Younger

3. Pepsi North America Cup:

Gear up for an action-packed night and witness the best of standardbred racing at the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup as horses compete in the $1 million dollar race. Dylan Playfair & K Trev Wilson from acclaimed Crave TV series Letterkenny, hosts this year’s Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers will be the 35th edition of Canada’s richest standardbred race and will feature live music from Buck Twenty, best known for their single ‘Here’s to the Nights’. Details

 June 16, 2018 | 4:30 PM – 11:30 PM

Mohawk Race track, 9430 Guelph Line, Milton

 $11.30 for guests aged 18+; Free thos under 17.

4. Dragon Boat Race Festival:

Head to Toronto Islands for a day in the sun! The Festival includes competitive heritage dragon boat races for all ages and physical abilities, entertainment, cultural and heritage, and other fun things to see and do! Details

 June 16 & 17, 2018

Centre Island, Toronto Islands


III. Midways, and more! For the Family

For families with young ones and young at heart!

1. Mississauga Waterfront Festival:

Enjoy free fun with the whole family at one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals ten years in a row. From mouthwatering food to carnival rides to outdoor concerts, Dad will have a great weekend of fun. Details

June 15 – 17, 2018 @ Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga | Free

2. Chinese Family Day 

Have fun day enjoying  Chinese Culture — Fun, Food, Cultures, Arts, Entertainment, Music, Dance, Sports and more!  Details

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM @ Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto | Free

3. The Apple Factory’s Strawberry Festival:

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at The Apple Factory by enjoying a wide selection of family oriented festivities including live music, supervised bounce castle, children’s face painting, games and craft activities.  Details

June 16 – 17, 2018 @ The Apple Factory Country Grocer, 10024 Mississauga Road, Brampton | $2

4. Father’s Day Heritage Train Ride:

Looking for a unique way to show your dad how much he means to you? Why not treat yours to a trip on the York-Durham Heritage Railway through the picturesque Oak Ridges Moraine. Dads ride for ½ price when accompanied by a child.  Details

Sunday June 17 |10:00 AM – 5:00 PM @ York Durham Heritage Railway, 19 Railway St, Uxbridge | $13.50 for Dads!

5. A Revolutionary War Re-enactment!

Over one hundred soldiers set up camp for this colourful Revolutionary War re-enactment with a full scale battle. Kids will love the rubber band shooting gallery and the excitement of the encampments and demonstrations. Go for a tour of Black Creek Historic Brewery and sample beers (19+).  Details

June 16 & 17, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

Regular Admission. Brewery Tour – extra.

5.  Orangeville RAM Rodeo

Bring your dad and the whole family to watch the live action sport of rodeo! Saddle up because Orangeville is going to get wild and western during the rodeo weekend!  What better way to show your dad how much he means to you by bringing him to a live action-packed rodeo, just like the Calgary Stampede!  Details

June 16 & 17, 2018
Gates Open/Vendors and Coors Beer Garden Open: 11:00 AM
RAM Rodeo Performance: 02:00 PM

Orangeville Fairgrounds, 47090 5 Sideroad, Orangeville

Adult $20.00
Youth(6-12yrs) $10.00; Children Under 5 are Free

IV. Do it for Dads Day

Participate in Do it for Dads Day Walk Run with your Dad. The Do it for Dads Walk Run 5KM is a fun, family-friendly event, that raises awareness and funds for the leading cancer affecting Canadian men and the families that love them.

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Registration Open: 8:30AM
Walk/Run Start Time: 10:30AM

Ashbridges Bay Park

V.  Sky Fest

This Father’s Day weekend, take Dad and the whole family to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for a day of fun and flying. Many of the Museum’s vintage aircraft will be flown throughout both days.  Discounted aircraft rides available.  Details

Saturday – Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 5.00 PM

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, 9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope

Museum admission: Adult (age 16+) $20, Child (age 6-15) $15. Helicopter rides will also be available for purchase.

VI.  Take him out for a Ball Game

It is your turn to take him out to a ball game! Blue Jays plays Washington Nationals this weekend Details

Friday, June 15, 2018 | 7:07 PM
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 4:07 PM
Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 1:07 PM

Rogers Centre,  1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto

$21.5 – $360

VII.  A bit of Culture

Luminato Festival:

Toronto’s international multi-arts festival, Luminato runs from June 6 to 24 at venues across the city. Featuring Canadian and international works that explore, celebrate and respond to Toronto’s diverse and multicultural make-up!


On Father’s Day weekend, NXNE will transform Yonge Street into a festival village and shut down Yonge to cars and opening it up for three days of fun with great live music, hilarious stand up comedy, a free gaming station, cool activations, great community group information areas and, a beer garden in Yonge Dundas Square.

Sound of Music Festival

Head to Burlington for a grand celebration. Free concert lineup for Father’s Day Weekend, June 14-17, on Burlington’s Downtown and Waterfront. The shows offer up a huge variety of music for all ages including: Matthew Good, Kongos, Scott Helman, Tokyo Police Club, SonReal, The Washboard Union, The Pursuit of Happiness, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Molly Johnson, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Busty and The Bass, Joey Landreth, Jack de Keyzer and so many more.

Markham Village Music Festival

Visit Markham Main St. to listen to music, dance, shop, dine and eat all kinds of food! Largest free, family-oriented music festival in York Region. There will be four stages of entertainment, craft & food vendors, farmers market and much more!

Live Theatre:

From Chicago, Grease  to Potted Potter, there is plenty on the live scene!

VIII. People in Motion

If your Dad has mobility issue, or other disabilities of old age, visit the People in Motion Show. The People in Motion Show is a one-stop shop for anyone with a disability, and their families and caregivers, to come and get information about services they need for easier mobility, accessing government services, finding gainful employment, sports opportunities, and accessible exercise and fitness programs.  Details

June 16 & 17, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Variety Village
3701 Danforth Ave, Scarborough

IX. Garden Tour

Go on a tour of beautiful homes perched along the Scarborough Bluffs and be inspired with new and creative ideas for your own home and garden at the sixth annual Gates Open Home & Garden Tour. This year, attendees can opt to include a visit to The Bickford Bistro at the newly-restored Guild Inn Estate, where a special prix fixe menu has been created just for this event.   Details

Saturday, June 16th, 2018 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Cornell Campbell House, 3620 Kingston Rd, Scarborough

X.  Father’s Day Brunch, Cruise, Food Tours.

Father’s Day Brunch and Dinner

The Sultan’s Tent & Cafe Moroc evoke a feeling of French Morocco. Enjoy the charms of our belly dancers while dining in lantern lit tents. Special Menu for Brunch and Dinner + 30 minutes Belly Dance Performance.

June  17, 2018  @ The Sultan’s Tent, 49 Front Street East, Toronto | Brunch Adults $ 29/ Kids $ 18.00
Dinner Adults $ 44 / Kids $ 24.00

Father’s Day Barbecue Lunch

Father’s Day Barbecue Lunch 2018 at Ascott Parc Event Centre.

Sunday June 17, 2018 @Ascott Parc Event Centre
2839 Rutherford Road, Vaughan | Adults: $69 plus HST, Kids: (3-12) $45 plus HST

Food Tours

Chocolate Tour 

This Father’s Day, make your dad feel like chocolate royalty. On our Father’s Day Chocolate Tour, you will experience some of Toronto’s luscious chocolatey goodies, learn about chocolate history, and even witness an award-winning chocolatier work their magic making chocolate!

June 16 & 17, 2018  02:00 PM – 05:00 PM @ 443 King St W, Toronto | $39 Adults $35 Children, reservations required

 Food Tour

On our Father’s Day Food Tour, we explore the history and culture of Kensington Market while discovering some of the mouth-watering flavours Toronto has to offer. Plus, chow down on a special dish created just for the tour!

June 16 & 17, 2018 | 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM @ 254 Augusta Ave, Toronto | Adult – $49.00; Child – $35.00

Chocolate Workshop

Instead of serving dad his scotch on the rocks this Father’s Day, infuse it with his chocolate! At our Father’s Day Chocolate Workshop hosted by Odile Chocolat, you will get to taste some delicious chocolates, roll your own scotch-infused chocolate truffles, and leave with a box of your beautiful handmade creations.

June 16 & 17 @ Odile Chocolate, 829 Dundas St W, Toronto | $49 Adults

Mariposa Cruises 

Make this Father’s Day first rate by taking to the water and dine with the Captain – Captain Dad that is. Enjoy a delicious market-fresh brunch or dinner while you cruise along the beautiful Toronto Harbour. Details
Father’s Day Brunch Cruise: 

Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Adult $ 62.95 + HSC & HST
Child (4yrs – 12yrs) $ 32.97 + HSC & HST
Child 3 years and under cruise FREE!

Father’s Day Dinner Cruise:

Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Adult $78.95 + HSC & HST
Child (4yrs – 12yrs) $47.27 + HSC & HST
Child 3 years and under cruise FREE!

Jubilee Queen Cruise Lines 

Toronto Fathers Day Brunch Cruise is the perfect Father’s Day Present! You and your family will enjoy a 2.5 hour (Lunch) tour of the Toronto Islands & Toronto Harbour while feasting on a fabulous menu prepared fresh onboard by our award winning chef. Details

Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 11:30 AM – 03:00 PM

Adults $61.95 / Children (4 -11): $32.95 + charges

Father’s Day Lunch Buffet

The Guild Inn Estate is hosting their annual DadFest Father’s Day Lunch buffet with a selection of menu items straight from the grill.Details

Sunday June 17 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Guild Inn Estate, 201 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough

Adults: $29.95; Children: $19.95 + charges

Open Table Brunch/Lunch listings

Best Restaurants in Toronto Area according to Open Table (Click on the Restaurant names):

  1. AGO Bistro – Toronto, ON
  2. AquaTerra – Kingston, ON
  3. Bannock – Toronto, ON
  4. Beaumont Kitchen – Etobicoke, ON
  5. Brooklyn Tavern – Toronto, ON
  6. Cafe Belong – Toronto, ON
  7. Café Cancan – Toronto, ON
  8. Spencer’s at the Waterfront – Burlington, ON
  9. Table 21 Kitchen & Wine Bar – Etobicoke, ON
  10. Trattoria Gusto – Port Hope, ON
  11. Tucker’s Marketplace – Burlington, ON
  12. Cluny – Toronto, ON
  13. Drake Commissary – Toronto, ON
  14. Earth to Table: Bread Bar – Guelph, ON
  15. Epic Restaurant – Fairmont Royal York – Toronto, ON
  16. FARMHOUSE Tavern – Toronto, ON
  17. Hot House Restaurant & Bar – Toronto, ON
  18. Hunter’s Landing – Toronto, ON
  19. La Société – Toronto, ON
  20. Lisa Marie – Toronto, ON
  21. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen – Toronto, ON
  22. Old Mill Toronto – Toronto, ON
  23. OLiV Tapas Bar & Restaurant at Strewn Winery – Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

For more things to do this Father’s Day weekend, see Weekend Activities in Toronto

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