Town of Ajax 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.

St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture

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Our exciting 2023-2024 line-up features amazing concerts, live theatre, variety shows, and fun family-friendly performances. TIFF movies are back as well!

The St. Francis Centre has quickly become a destination for arts, culture, and heritage in Ajax, and the 2023/2024 season has it all!

Purchase Tickets and Find Out More

Mayor and Council BBQ - June 1 - Audley Recreation Centre

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024

Time: 12 to 2 p.m.

Location: Audley Recreation Centre, 1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON L1Z 0L2

What to expect:

  • Halal BBQ (choice of one beef or veggie burger or one beef or chicken hot dog)
  • Choice of one drink and a small ice cream
  • Prizes - a chance to win one of two Yeti Coolers!
  • DJ, strolling entertainment including, a magician, clowns, a steel pan performer and more!
  • Airbrush and henna tattoos
  • Quantities are limited, first come first served

Ajax Markets - Thursday Nights - June 6 - October 3

The Town of Ajax is excited to welcome the community back to this year’s Ajax Markets! Stop by and support various local vendors, grab a drink from the local brewery, listen to live music or take part in our interactive games.

The Ajax Markets will take place weekly on Thursday evenings, starting on June 6 running through to October 6 at the Ajax Community Centre (North Parking Lot). All markets will be open to the public from 2 – 7 p.m.

Check back daily for more details and vendor lists! 

Interested in being a vendor or exhibitor at the Ajax Markets? 

Apply Today!

Ajax Family New Year's Eve Party Presented by Ontario Power Generation - December 31, 2024

Illustration of two penguins and a bear ringing in 2024

Join us to ring in the New Year at the Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Rd.) from 6 – 9 p.m.

Families can celebrate the start of the New year with children’s activities, games, live entertainment, interactive experiences, air brushing, ice skating, and a DJ. Party favours are included as participants gather on the ice rink for the special countdown and balloon drop at 9 p.m. It’s a great way to ring in the New Year!

There is only one entrance into the event -- Pad 4 entrance. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.  There is no re-admission once you leave.

Stay tuned for more details pertaining to the 2024 NYE Celebration. 

Winterfest – Family Day, February 17, 2025

Cartoon animals playing with a snowman

It’s fun. It’s free. It’s on Family Day. It’s Winterfest presented by TD Bank Group!

Celebrate the winter season with your family. Join us on February 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.) for winter themed activities, shows and fun for the whole family.

Parking is very limited onsite. Consider taking one of our free shuttles to and from the event. Please see below for the schedule of shuttles that will be offered. 

No pre-registration required. Nominal fees apply for food and beverages. Activities are subject to change without notice. ATM’s on site.

 Shuttle Information
 On-site parking is extremely limited. Take the shuttle from one of three convenient locations:
  1. Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Ave. S.)
  2. GO Parking off of O'Brien Court
  3. McClean Community Centre (MCC): 95 Magill Dr, Ajax, ON L1T 4M5

First shuttle pick-up is 10:45 a.m. and the last shuttle will leave Audley Recreation Centre at 4:15 p.m. Shuttles will run every 20 minutes (approximately) and may vary due to unexpected circumstances, traffic and weather.

Accessible busses are available upon request (onsite at shuttle locations).

Please note that all locations are for parking purposes only. Entry to the buildings are not available and are closed on Family Day. 

Movies in the Park 

People watching a movie on an inflated screen outdoors

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! #AjaxMovieNight

Bring your own snacks and food as there will be nothing available onsite!

Movies will take place at dusk and will take place rain or shine (rain locations listed below). All movie updates related to weather will be communicated through the Town of Ajax Social Media channels. 

This year, we will be showcasing 3 movies around the Town of Ajax, they include: 

  • Friday, June 14 – Trolls Band Together - G

Audley Recreation Centre (behind building) Start time approx. 9 p.m. Rain/Inclement Weather location ARC Gymnasium.

  • Friday, July 12 – Shrek - PG

Ajax Community Centre Sports field (South Field). Start time approx. 8:45 p.m. Rain/Inclement Weather location ACC Pad 2.

  • Friday, August 16 – Migration - PG

McLean Community Centre Miller’s Creek Park (Ball diamond). Start time approx. 8:15 p.m. Rain/Inclement Weather location MCC Gymnasium.

Please check back daily to see which movies will be played! 

Leading Sponsor

Sold by Dorothy logo 

Trailfest - June 23 – Audley Recreation Centre

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Celebrate the great outdoors and explore Ajax's beautiful and extensive trail system through 1 of 3 different ways. Please note that all rides 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 the event day.

1. 44 km Ride with the Mayor *Final Route TBD*

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

2. 16 km Tour D'Ajax *Final Route TBD*

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

3. 10 km Family Fun Ride

    Registration: 9 – 9:45 a.m.

    Ride Start Time: 10:15 a.m. 

We’ll keep you on course during this bike ride using the Ride with GPS app available through your Google Play & Apple Store. On June 23, choose from ride you are participating and enjoy! At the event, share your adventures with us for a chance to win 1 of 3 prizes!

Registration is now open and will remain open until June 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Register Now! 

Event Friend Sponsor:

Northern Cycle

Location:

Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Road North).

This year discover the thrill of the Shared E-scooter & E-bike Pilot Project firsthand at Trailfest! Join us for a test ride. No pre-registration required, but please bring identification for the on-site admission. 

 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, please check out the How to Download Ride with GPS Guide.

Canada Day - July 1, 2024

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Join us on July 1, 2024 at Ajax Downs (50 Alexander’s Crossing) for Canada Day!

From 2-10 p.m. enjoy a variety of activities including cultural performances, children’s games and activities, interactive experiences, live entertainment, community booths & marketplace, sensory zone, food vendors, beer vendors and a special fireworks finale at 10 p.m.

Leave the driving to us - take the free Canada Day shuttle. Visit the accordion below for more details.

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:

Ontario Power Generation logo     Renewal by Andersen logo     Safran Landing Systems logo

Supporting Sponsor:

Julia Seaton logo     Battlefield logo

 Shuttle Information

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

  1. GO Parking off of O'Brien Court
  2. Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Ave. S.)
  3. 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. 

 Food and Beverage Vendors

Alcohol Vendors: Brock Street Brewery, Durham Distillery and Falcon Brewery (19+)

Food Vendors: Please check back for further information on contained food and beverage vendors.

 Sensory Zone

The Sensory Zone is a designated space where others 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

Animation of a crowd of people gathered at Pat Bayly Square

Pat Bayly Square (75 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®.

Kicking off on July 9 and running every other Tuesday evening until August 27, join us for your Tuesday night entertainment. Find out more information below.

Presenting Sponsor: 

TD Bank

 

Kids in the Square - Alternate Tuesday's beginning on July 9 - August 20.

Kicking off on July 9 and running every other Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. until August 20, Pat Bayly Square is your kid-friendly Tuesday night free entertainment destination. Kids in the Square features interactive and engaging fun for the whole family.

The snack bar will be open, offering frozen favourites for everyone!

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

July 9, 7 - 8 p.m.: Fireside Munsch

July 23, 7 - 8 p.m.: Disney Sing-A-Long - Jessica Towler

August 6, 7 - 8 p.m.: Cuba & Brazil Carnival Experience

August 20, 7 - 8 p.m.: WILDLIFE Detectives - Sopercreek Wildlife

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

Music in the Square - Alternate Tuesday's beginning on July 16 - August 27.

Kicking off on July 16 and running every other Tuesday evening until August 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Pat Bayly Square is your Tuesday 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 vendors in the square and/or a beverage from a local Durham brewery.

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

July 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Listen to the Music - The Doobie Brothers

July 30, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Jack de Kyzer

August 13, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Dreamer - Supertramp Tribute

August 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band

All performances take place rain or shine. Performances will move indoors (Ajax Community Centre - HMS Room) 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 with FREE outdoor fitness! Get ready to sweat and smile while moving to the rhythms of Zumba® in the Square. All ages and levels welcomed, and no previous dance experience required.

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

  • Friday, June 7: 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, July 12: 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, August, 9: 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, September 13: 7-8 p.m.

Registration is free, but required. Register at ajax.ca/groupfitness starting May 9, 2024.

Spirit Walk - Friday, September 27

People listening to a spirit walk guide
Take a step back in time and discover Ajax's rich history. Join us for a guided walking tour and learn about local history from various “spirits” along the way.

This year will be the Pickering Village Spirit Walk and registration opens in August. 

Please stay tuned for more details about the 2024 event!

Pumpkinville - Presented by TD Bank Group - October 19

Jack-o-lantern
Pumpkinville is one of our most popular events in the Town of Ajax. There are a variety of activities for the entire family including a live stage, children’s games and activities, horse & wagon rides, interactive experiences, community displays and exhibitors, sensory zone, and our infamous haunted house.

There will be trick-or-treating at the community display and exhibitor booths and an opportunity pick up a free pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch. You won't want to miss it.

Please stay tuned for details about the 2024 event!

Presenting Sponsor

TD Bank

Leading Sponsor

Julia Seaton 

Santa's Spectacle of Lights - Town of Ajax Santa Claus Parade - November 2024

Santa Claus and his reindeer

Ajax residents and visitors are invited to come out and welcome Santa when he arrives in town for Santa's Spectacle of Lights. The parade begins at the intersection of Bayly Street and Mackenzie Avenue, proceeding east along Bayly and then north on Harwood Avenue South concluding at Ajax Town Hall. Immediately following the parade will be a special tree lighting ceremony and after party at Town Hall (65 Harwood Avenue South) and Ajax Main Library. 

Interested in entering a float or walking group? Applications will be open in September/October 2024!

Stay tuned for updates. Information coming in 2024. 

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 2024 Festivals and Events - Apply Now! 

Now accepting entertainer applications for all 2024 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 2024 Festival and Events - Apply Now! 

Now accepting vendor and exhibitor applications for all 2024 Festival and Events. Whether you are a food vendor, exhibitor, community group or not-for-profit we want to hear from you!

Apply Now! 

 

Interested in taking part in our Ajax Market series? 

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 events@ajax.ca  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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