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!

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Ajax Markets

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

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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. 

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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 

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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 their own snacks, a chair, blanket and bug spray! #AjaxMovieNight

Please stay tuned for more details about our 2024 event!

Trailfest - June 2024 

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Ajax Trailfest offers 3 fun ways for the community to get out, get active and experience the beauty of Ajax’s extensive trail system.  Ride with the Mayor offers a 40-45 km ride throughout Ajax for more experienced riders, while Tour d’Ajax offers a 15-20 km ride more suitable for families and not-as-experienced single riders. There’s also guided trail hikes and strolls, as well as cycle repair clinics, giveaways, and community displays. 

Registration for Trailfest opens in the spring.

Please stay tuned for more details about the 2024 event!

Canada Day - July 1, 2024

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2:00pm – 10:00pm

This free admission event is a great way to celebrate our Nation’s birthday. Activities include children’s activities, games, inflatables, live entertainment, interactive experiences, cultural performances, crafts, food trucks, displays from local community organizations, and so much more for the entire family. The event ends with a fantastic fireworks display. Free shuttle bus service is provided.

Please stay tuned for more details about the 2024 event!

Summer in the Square - Presented by TD Bank Group

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Pat Bayly Square (75 Bayly Street W.), Ajax’s downtown urban hub, brings a vibrant energy to the community this summer with free family-friendly concerts, children’s performances and Zumba®. 

Please stay tuned for details about our 2024 Summer in the Square events.

Presenting Sponsor: 

TD Bank

 

Music in the Square

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, enjoy delicious food from vendors in the square and/or a beverage from a local Durham brewery.

Leading Sponsor:

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Kids in the Square

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!

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! Registration is free but required.

Spirit Walk - Fall 2024

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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.

Registration for the Ajax Spirit Walk opens in the summer.

Please stay tuned for more details about the 2024 event!

Pumpkinville - Presented by TD Bank Group

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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

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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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