Get loud and proud with the fam at these inclusive and all-ages Pride Month events.
Locals will tell you that Toronto’s Pride Month (June 1–30, 2023) is a frenzy of lights, music and colourful flags. From street parties and concerts to our spectacular parade, Pride is an electric ride. But the fun doesn’t start and end there: Toronto’s scene has something for everyone, including the kids! Celebrate diversity with these five 2SLGBTQ+ activities geared at families, children and young adults.
Enjoy a great story at Drag Queen Storytime
Experience a pop cultural phenomenon at Toronto Public Library’s Drag Queen Storytime. This fabulous interactive program features professional drag queen Gila Münster reading age-appropriate 2SLGBTQ+ themed picture books and performing a few musical numbers, too. Grab your favourite stuffed animal, get comfy and enjoy the positive vibes!
Catch live bands and art at Lavender Wild Fest
This lakefront festival at Echo Beach (June 4, 2023) celebrates Sapphic-focused queerness and boasts bands, drag shows and local artists in a safe and supportive all-ages format. While there isn’t any dedicated children’s programming, music-loving tweens and teens will have a great time rocking out to local and international talent and sampling eats from the festival’s roster of street food vendors.
Score big at Blue Jays Pride Weekend
Raise the roof at the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Blue Jays kick off Pride Month with a three-game matchup against the Minnesota Twins (June 9, 10 and 11, 2023). Expect interactive activities, performances and limited-edition Pride swag, including a Blue Jays Rainbow Flag Jersey giveaway for the first 15,000 fans entering the stadium on Friday, June 9. On Sunday, June 11, kids 14 and under can join the post-game action by heading down to the field to run the bases.
Dance in the streets on Pride Weekend
Pride’s blowout Festival Weekend (June 23–25, 2023) celebrates the strength, unity and uniqueness of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Be sure to get loud, proud and have fun with a jam-packed roster of all-ages activities at Family Pride, including games, music, crafts, face painting, story time and extra special performances (Yes! You will see drag queens!). This fun-filled family oasis takes place at Church Street Public School (June 24 & 25, 2023, from 10–5 p.m.), so swing by with the fam for joyfully queer fun in between marches, street parties and the big parade.
Take a reading break at Rainbow Storytime
Bookworms, singalong fans, and anyone looking for positive and inclusive tunes and tales can swing by Toronto Public Library’s Parliament Street location for Rainbow Storytime (June 24, 2023). Within walking distance of bustling Church-Wellesley Village (Pride’s weekend hub), this chill interactive event will engage little ones with songs, rhymes, activities and stories, while providing a much-needed timeout for tired adults, too.