Celebrate Canada Day in Regina & Saskatoon
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July 1 marks Canada’s 152nd birthday, giving us plenty to celebrate! Regina and Saskatoon both have lots to offer with classic favourites like great local food, dazzling performances and sparkling fireworks. If you’d rather commemorate the day with summer activities like sports games, live music or theatre, then you’re in luck! Check out these amazing local events and activities, and get ready to celebrate Canada and all it has to offer this July.
Get Your Canada Day Party on in Regina!
Regina’s official Canada Day events are an opportunity to recognize and celebrate heritage and diversity. The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Regina Canada Day Family Fun Run and Walk, where you can do a 3 or 5-kilometre trek through beautiful Wascana Park. Opening ceremonies begin at noon, and all day long there will be performances and musicians taking the Main Stage, including the Simultaneous Drumming Initiative, and the rock band Nick Gilder & Sweeney Todd. This year also features the Multicultural Stage, which is new to Regina’s celebrations, and the Children’s Stage with kid-focused entertainment. The day also includes local food trucks, beer gardens, and many activities located throughout Wascana Park. To cap off the celebrations, be sure to stay and watch the fireworks display, which begins at 10:30 p.m. at Wascana Lake.
Canada Day Riders game: On July 1 at 5 p.m. the Riders play the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium in week three of the season. Get your tickets early for this Canada Day game, which will also feature a special pre-game ceremony, the unveiling of Canada’s largest game day flag, and a half-time performance by rock band Big Sugar.
Government House Canada Day celebration: Each year, Government House hosts the Lieutenant Governor’s Canada Day Celebration, which is a free event held on July 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. The afternoon will feature performances, shows, and tons of kid activities, including a bouncy castle, face-painting and a kids cricket pitch.
Saskatoon is Full of Fun on Canada Day!
Saskatoon Canada Day events: Saskatoon’s annual Optimist Canada Day in the Park kicks off at 8 a.m. on July 1. This year, the events will take place at the Diefenbaker Park Disc Golf area, as the main park area is under construction. The opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m., followed by performances and shows all day long, including multicultural music and dance performances and live music running until 10:30 p.m. The day also showcases local eats, food trucks, and a flea market, with vendors selling crafts, goods and souvenirs. There’s plenty for kids to do too, with the kid area featuring amusement rides, face-painting, temporary tattoos and displays from the Canadian Forces and more.
Summer Players Theatre: Saskatoon’s Summer Players presents the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street from June 29 to July 7 at the Remai Arts Centre. This dark and humorous tale is both entertaining and unique, and will add a little dramatic flair to your Canada Day celebrations with a showcase of local talent and live theatre.
Saskatchewan Jazz Festival: The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival runs from June 21 to 30 in Saskatoon, so you can celebrate Canada Day early with amazing live music, a free stage, beer gardens, food trucks and more. On June 30 in the Bessborough Gardens Main Stage, Jann Arden is playing with openers Royal Wood and Theresa Sokyrka, which is sure to be an incredible show.