TOA Festivals & Events
The Town of Ajax hosts inclusive and innovative events throughout the year to celebrate the richness and diversity of our community. Visit often for information about upcoming Town events and to learn more about our wide range of community events.
Trailfest - June 26 to July 3

Celebrate the great outdoors on June 26 at the Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.) and explore the beautiful and extensive Ajax trail system in 1 of 4 ways:

1. 44 km Ride with the Mayor - View Route 

    Registration: 8:30. - 9:15 a.m.
    Ride Start Time: 9:45 a.m. 

2. 16 km Tour D'Ajax - View Route

    Registration: 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
    Ride Start Time: 10 a.m.

3. 5 km Walk - Audley Trails  - View Route 

    Registration: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

    Walk start times: 10:30 a.m. 

Register now for June 26 events until June 17 at 11:59 p.m.! 

Can't make June 26? Register for our Trailfest - On the Go! event taking place until July 3.  

4. Trailfest - On the GO!

For pre-registered participants taking part on June 26, there is a free BBQ starting at 11:30 a.m.

Please Note: All rides/walks require the use of the Ride with GPS App. Please refer to the details below on how to register and download the Ride with GPS App prior to event day.

Can’t make it on the 26th? No problem. You can take part in Trailfest - On the Go all week long

Event Friend Sponsor:

Northern Cycle

 Trailfest - On the Go!

Whether you choose to explore on bike or by foot, our Trailfest - On the Go! will be a fun and safe way for your family to enjoy the great outdoors.

We’ll keep you on course during this year’s week-long adventure, running from June 26 – July 3, using the Ride with GPS app available through your Google Play & Apple Store. Starting June 26, choose from a variety of ride and walk routes that you and your family can complete at any time during the week. At the end of the week, share your adventures with us for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes!

Register now!

 Download and Explore the Ride with GPS App *Required
Riders will be asked to use the Ride with GPS App to assist them with directions along the Trailfest routes. Please Note: There will be no directional signage on the routes.

To learn more about the Ride with GPS app and how to download, check out the How to Guide.

 Bike For Bones Fundraising Event

Interesting in fundraising rides? Join the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation and orthopedic surgeons Dr. Hamdi Ben Fayed & Dr. Joel Lobo in partnership with Town of Ajax for the inaugural Bike for Bones as part of Ajax Trailfest. 

For more information and how to register, visit Bike for Bones.

St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture

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The St. Francis Centre has quickly become a destination for arts, culture and heritage in Ajax, and the 2022/2023 season will have something for everyone.

The season will include a wide variety of musical performances, variety shows, theatre and family-friendly entertainment.

Stay tuned for the 2022/2023 Season Guide!

Movies in the Park

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Enjoy a unique, outdoor, family cinema experience projected on a giant inflatable movie screen. Admission is free (registration not required) and movie goers are encouraged to bring a chair, blanket and bug spray. 

Snacks will be available for purchase from an onsite vendor throughout the movie.

Movies will take place at dusk and will happen rain or shine (rain locations listed below). 

Enjoy 3 movies around TOA in 2022

  • Friday, July 15 – ACC South Field. Start time approx. 9 p.m. Showcasing Encanto. Rated PG. 
    Rain location ACC Pad 2.
  • Friday, August 19 – MCC Miller’s Creek Park (Ball diamond). Start time approx. 8:20 p.m. Raya and the Last Dragon. Rated PG.
    Rain location MCC Gymnasium. 

Please Note: Movies are subject to change without notice.  

Canada Day - July 1 - Ajax Downs

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Join us on July 1, 2022 at Ajax Downs (50 Alexander’s Crossing) for Canada Day!

From 2-10 p.m. there will be a variety of activities including cultural performances, children’s games and activities, interactive experiences, 2 stages of live entertainment, community displays and exhibitors, sensory zone, food vendors, beer garden and a special fireworks finale at 10 p.m.

Leave the driving to us - take the free Canada Day shuttle.

Nominal fees apply for food and beverages. Activities are subject to change without notice. ATM’s on site.

Title Sponsors:

Ajax Downs Logo        Casino Ajax Logo        Elexicon Energy Logo  

Leading Sponsors:

OPG Logo       Safran Logo

Friend Sponsor:

Battlefield Equipment Logo       

Canadian Heritage Grant

Government of Canada Logo     

Shuttle Information 

On-site parking is limited. Take the shuttle from 1 of 3 convenient locations:

GO Parking off of O'Brien Court

Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Ave. S.)

Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.)

First shuttle pick-up is 1:45 p.m. and the last shuttle will leave Ajax Downs at 10:45 p.m. Shuttles will run every 20 minutes (approximately) and may vary due to unexpected circumstances, traffic and weather. 

Stage Schedules
Main Stage Schedule
Time Group Name
2:30 - 3:15  p.m.  Port United Band - Set 1 
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.  Port United Band - Set 2 
4:55 p.m.  O'Canada - Youth Singer - Abigail Miskolczy-Blatman 
5 - 5:30 p.m.  Opening Ceremonies
6:45 - 7:30 p.m.  Mariah Evangeline - Set 1
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  MoTown Mania 
8:30 - 9 p.m.  Mariah Evangeline - Set 2
9 - 10 p.m.  MoTown Mania 
10 p.m.  Fireworks 
Community Stage 
Time Group Name
3 - 3:15 p.m.  Arunodhaya Dance Academy - 1st Set
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Little Monk - 1st Set
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Arunodhaya Dance Academy - 2nd Set
3:45 - 4 p.m.  Durham Tamil Association
4 - 4:15 p.m  Little Monk - 2nd Set
4:30 - 7 p.m. Canned Music
Sensory Zone 

The Sensory Zone is a designated space where everyone and their individual needs are respected.                                

We ask all Sensory Zone patrons to respect the following:

  • Be mindful of loud and sudden noises
  • Know that all activities require parent/guardian supervision and
  • Know patrons of all ages are allowed to play and enjoy the activities offered

This space will be equipped with sensory focused activities including a colouring station, inflatables and games, sensory equipment, a sheltered area, a changing station and a seating area.

Noise cancelling headphones will be available for rent on site. 

Summer in the Square Presented by TD Bank Group

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Pat Bayly Square (55 Bayly Street W.), Ajax’s downtown urban hub, will bring a vibrant energy to the community this summer with free family-friendly concerts, children’s performances and Zumba® presented by TD.  

Presenting Sponsor:

Click here to learn about TD Bank Group

View this year's Summer in the Square flyer

Music in the Square

Kicking off on July 6 and running every other Wednesday evening until August 31, Pat Bayly Square is your Wednesday night free entertainment destination. Music in the Square features professional entertainment for all ages with genres ranging from classic rock to pop.

Each week, make sure you arrive early to enjoy delicious food from a food vendor and a beverage from a local Durham brewery.

Please Note: Bring a chair. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Registration is not required. 

July 6, 7 – 8:30 p.m.: Sheer Heart Attack (Queen Tribute Band)

July 20, 7 – 8:30 p.m.: Durham Street - Classic Rock Revival

August 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m.: Simply Spice (Spice Girls Tribute Band)

August 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.: Bruno Nesci & The Dreamers Show Band (Elvis Tribute Band)

August 31, 7 – 8:30 p.m.: Hotel California (Eagles Tribute)

All performances take place rain or shine. Performances will move indoors during inclement weather and admission for indoor seating is on a first come, first served basis (180 capacity).

Kids in the Square 

Kicking off on July 13 and running every other Wednesday evening until August 24, Pat Bayly Square is your kid-friendly Wednesday night free entertainment destination. Kids in the Square features interactive and engaging fun for the whole family.

An ice cream vendor will be on site each week, offering frozen favourites for everyone!

Please Note: Bring a chair. Food is available for purchase. Registration is not required.

July 13, 7 – 8 p.m.: Craig Douglas (Comic Juggler)

July 27, 7 – 8 p.m.: Micro Bubble Foam Party. Note: Kids will get wet. Please dress accordingly.

August 10, 7 – 8 p.m.: An evening of Disney Classics with Jessica Towler

August 24, 7 – 8 p.m.: Bumbling Bert (Magic Show)

All performances take place rain or shine. Performances will move indoors during inclement weather and admission for indoor seating is on a first come, first served basis (180 capacity).

Zumba® in the Square 

Come celebrate the summer and enjoy energizing, outdoor Zumba® dance parties! All ages and levels welcomed, no previous dance experience required. Wear your brightest athletic clothing, and get ready to sweat and smile!

With two dates to choose from, we look forward to having you in the Square!

Registration is free, but required. 

  • Saturday, July 16 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Saturday, August 27 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Find out more and register

Get Involved

Get involved in the TOA community! We rely on a network of entertainers, vendors, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers to make our festivals and events great! 

Become an Entertainer at our 2022 Festivals and Events - Apply Now! 

Now accepting entertainer applications for all 2022 Festivals and Events. Whether you are a band, solo artist or children's entertainer, we want to hear from you!

Apply Now!

Become a Vendor or Exhibitor at our 2022 Festival and Events - Apply Now! 

Now accepting vendor and exhibitor applications for all 2022 Festival and Events. Whether you are a food vendor, exhibitor, community group or not-for-profit we want to hear from you!

Apply Now! 

Become a Sponsor at our Festivals and Events! 
Become a sponsor of our upcoming Virtual and In-Person events. Please call 905-619-2529, ext. 7248 or email  for more information.
Volunteer at our Festivals and Events! 

Become a volunteer for one of our upcoming festivals or events. To learn more about our volunteer program visit our volunteer page.

Apply Now! 

Truth & Reconciliation

The Town recognizes that true reconciliation requires sustained space for truth and action based on recognition of rights, respect and partnership. An important step in rebuilding relationships with Indigenous communities is to reflect and learn more about Indigenous history as we move forward with acknowledgement and kindness as an inclusive community.  

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