It’s January, and as much I already find myself longing for warmer temperatures—especially with the weather this past week!—the start of a new year always means looking ahead to a calendar full of fun.
One of the great things about living in such a vibrant city like Mississauga is the amount of family-friendly festivals and events happening around the city throughout the year.
Here is our list of the top five not-to-miss events for families in 2019:
Carassauga: Mississauga’s Festival of Cultures
May 24-26, 2019 – Various locations
Carassauga is the largest multicultural festival in Canada in terms of ethnic diversity representation. Taking place in cultural and recreational centres across Mississauga, the festival features pavilions—each representing a different country—which will give visitors the opportunity to “travel the world” without leaving the city.
Highlights of the festival include dance classes and performances, fashions shows, games, music, theatre and film, cooking classes, and more. A dedicated Kid Zone (12 and under) located at the Mississauga SportZone Indoor Soccer Field will feature a Family Fun Time Area with various arts and crafts activities, face painting, and storytelling, inflatable bouncers and the 67’ Extreme Obstacle Course, and animal rides. Kids can have their pictures taken with mascots Carra and Missi.
46th Annual Streetsville Founders’ Bread & Honey Festival
May 31 – June 2, 2019 – Streetsville
Since 1973, the Streetsville Bread & Honey Festival has been held annually on the first weekend in June in the Village of Streetsville, Mississauga. Highlights include a parade on the morning of June 1st, live performances, carnival rides and games, and hands-on educational demonstrations for the whole family — plus, free bread and honey! The Busy Bee Island Children’s Stage will feature special performances just for kids, and little ones will enjoy snapping a photo with mascot Sam the Bee.
The Mississauga Waterfront Festival
June 14, 15 & 16, 2019 – Memorial Park, Port Credit
This year marks the 22nd year of The Mississauga Waterfront Festival (MWF), recognized as Mississauga’s Signature Family and Friends event. The three-day weekend event features live outdoor concerts, family activities, carnival rides, food and entertainment.
Canada Day Celebration
July 1, 2019 – Celebration Square, Downtown Mississauga
Celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday with the whole family at this free event. Kids will enjoy splashing in the fountain, face painting and crafts, live musical performances, plus a visit with real life super heroes at the Mississauga Fire Vintage Fire Truck, Peel Regional Police Vintage Fire Truck on Princess Royal Drive. The 2018 event also featured photo booths, roaming giant moose and a 10 ft origami beaver puppet, which the 2019 festival is sure to top!
Light Up the Square
TBD November 2019 – Celebration Square, Downtown Mississauga
The annual Light Up the Square event in Celebration Square officially kick starts the holiday season in the city. The family-friendly event features a Holiday Street Market, live music, ice skating, and lighting of the Christmas tree. Families can enjoy free ice skating and hot chocolate, a visit and photo with Santa, roaming entertainment, face painting, a photo booth, and more. The Holiday Street Market will include one-of-a-kind handmade and artisanal vendors, as well as a line-up of food trucks serving up delicious curb-side cuisine for all ages.