10 Things To Do For Canada Day 2023 Across Windsor-Essex

There’s a lot to do this weekend to celebrate and enjoy your Canada Day weekend in Windsor, Ontario!

With so many events, parades, activities and more happening over the weekend, we compiled a list of many of the family friendly things to do to help you celebrate Canada turning 156 years old.


Canada Day Countdown

WindsorEats will be hosting a Canada Day Countdown party!

“What’s a Canada Day Countdown Party?” you might be asking yourself. Well, it’s a Canada Day celebration that’s the day before Canada Day. Much like you do on New Year’s Eve, we’ll be counting down to midnight with live entertainment for everyone to dance and celebrate Canada.

The doors open at 5pm on Friday, June 30, 2023. We’ll be slinging our drinkypoos while Rico Taco and Vittorio’s on the Go serve up some delicious eats. Our Friday Night Lights bike ride will depart at 8pm, as usual.

Josh Johnson & The Joyful Noise will be hitting the stage under the stars at 10pm and ringing in July 1 at midnight as we officially enter Canada Day!

Since Canadian love their beer, we’ll also be offering 25% off all our beers all day long.

The event and entertainment is free to attend.

Downtown Windsor Farmers Market


Did you forget some last minute goodies for your Canada Day weekend? Head to the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market on Saturday, July 1, from 9am to 2pm.

You’ll find farm fresh fruit, vegetables, produce and unique artisan food products. They also have a Kids Corner, art exhibits and crafts vendors, community booths, entertainment, and food demonstrations in a family friendly environment.



The Canada Day parade returns to Wyandotte Street on Saturday, July 1.

In addition to the parade, not one, but two fan zones will be set up on the parade route. The zones are something new, featuring free entertainment, Canada Day swag and activities for all. The zones open at 9:30 a.m. with the parade starting off on Wyandotte Street East at Devonshire Road at 11 a.m. and runs all the way down Wyandotte to Aylmer.

Expert Tip: WindsorEats has a giant, free parking lot behind our building. Park there and make the short walk to Wyandotte and the western portion of the parade route. When the parade is finished, come back and stop in for some personal woodfired oven pizzas from Vittorio’s on the Go and some drinkypoos for lunch!

Canada Day Activities at the Chimczuk Museum


The Chimczuk Museum will be open on Canada Day from 10am to 5pm with some fun Canada Day–themed crafts and a special Canada Day scavenger hunt. Regular admission rates still apply.

Free Art Cart Tours


Did you know the City of Windsor offers a free golf cart tour of our outdoor sculpture garden along our riverfront?

Hop on board the Windsor Sculpture Park’s Art Cart for a tour of the beautiful riverfront parks and sculptures. This weekend will see the tours operate from Friday to Sunday. Tours leave from the Great Canadian Flag at the foot of Ouellette Avenue at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm.

Tours are first-come, first-served with a limit of five people per tour. Please note that the Art Cart only operates in good weather.

Canada Day In Lakeshore


The Town of Lakeshore is hosting Canada Day celebrations on Saturday, too!

From 9:00amto 5:00pm, there will be an adult volleyball tournament located at the West Beach. Then, the Atlas Tube Recreation Centre will also be having family friendly activities beginning at 4:00pm:

Families can swim and skate,, get glitter tattoos, play yard games, enjoy a magic show at 5:30pm, and live entertainment beginning at 3:30pm before all culminating with a fireworks show at dusk.



Do you love eating fish? From June 30 to July 2, the Wheatley Fish Festival is happening with a full slate of games, events and a little fun and friendly competition.

Friday at the Two Creeks Conservation Area, catch live entertainment from Ryan Bradley and Jody Raffoul beginning at 5pm. There will be food available, including beers from Cured Craft Brewing Co.

On the Saturday, there’s free admission at the Wheatley Harbour with food trucks, kids games at more available.



Enjoy a free concert event at Viewpointe Estate Winery with music all day from 11am to 8pm on Saturday, July 1.

This is a family friendly event with the winery’s regular menu being served from 12pm to 7pm.



The Municipality of Leamington will once again host a free Canada Day celebration, including two evening concerts produced by The Bank Theatre and fireworks show at the waterfront.

On Saturday, July 1, at 7:30pm, Leamington’s SUNSET® Amphitheatre will set the stage for musical acts. Following the concerts, a fireworks show will be launched from a barge on Lake Erie beginning at approximately 10:00pm.

All are welcome to attend this free, un-ticketed outdoor event. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and set up on the lawn for the show.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.



Join the Town of Tecumseh us as they celebrate Canada Day at Lakewood Park South!

There will be a free community BBQ (while supplies last) from 1pm to 4pm with family-friendly activities, and multicultural performances and a concert from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Family-friendly activities include bouncy castles, pony rides, a craft station, balloon twisting, face painting, putt putt golf, lawn games, Tecumseh Fire & Rescue Services misting the crowd, Border City Barkers dog show, cosplay characters, and Caldwell First Nation teachings and smudging.

Bike Valet will be available! Active transportation is encouraged due to limited onsite parking.


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