Cities are made of buildings and roads, but community is built from connection. Community needs a place to come together and be in order to flourish. That’s precisely why Celebration Square, at the heart of Mississauga, was set aside in 2006; for community. Since then, the square has welcomed more than a million visitors; all connecting and building community.
“Celebration Square is the heartbeat of downtown Mississauga,” says Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It’s a place where residents meet to enjoy all that our city has to offer.”
This summer is no different and offers much to the city’s diverse interests. The entire season is filled with a mix of free weekly events and festivals.
Every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., farmers and food makers from the surrounding areas head to the square for the Lion’s Farmer’s Market. Everything from homemade preserves, baked goods, honey, locally produced wine and the finest selection of Ontario fruits and vegetables in the city is available each week. The event is a great option if you want to shop organically or even if you want to try something different on your lunch hour.
A hugely popular weekly event, Stargaze, is a chance to watch favourite movies under the stars. Each Thursday evening at 8 p.m. is showtime for a mix of classics, blockbusters and family features. Organizers suggest bringing a blanket to make the experience as cozy as possible. This year’s films include: Ferdinand, The Greatest Showman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, Spiderman: Homecoming, as well as Coco, Cars 3, A Wrinkle in Time and more.
Wednesday nights from 7-8 p.m. at the square features MOVE, a fresh-air fitness program that features a different high-energy class each week, led by highly-qualified instructors. There’s no registration or fee, just bring a water bottle and your desire to burn some calories. Throughout the summer, MOVE will feature Boot Camp, Zumba, Yoga and Latin Rhythms classes.
More than just weekly events, weekends at the square feature many festivals that celebrate communities from the area. All of the events feature music, dancing, a range of food items and are open to all. This July and August will feature the Philippine Festival, After Dark Earth Market, Bollywood Mashup, Mississauga Latin Festival, TD South Asian Festival, Mississauga Italfest, Japan Festival and Muslimfest.
Of course, even when there is no special event, Celebration Square is open to the public every day. A trip to the Fountain is a convenient way to cool off with friends. As the city’s biggest interactive water feature, guests are encouraged to jump in and cool off. After a quick dip, you can head over to the Porch to sit down and relax. Visitors can grab some lunch from a selection of food trucks nearby that offer good food quickly and at an affordable price. After lunch, guests can take a walk through the scenic Jubilee Garden.
By the entrance of the garden, visitors should take time to enjoy Mississauga Legends Row. The collection of plaques and memorabilia celebrate the achievements and contributions of local prominent figures. The people inducted here have all deeply enriched the community and are an inspiration for the future.
“There is no shortage of fun to be had at Celebration Square this summer,” says Crombie.
Detailed information for events and activities can be found online here.