Arts in the Parks

Arts in the Parks brings free arts events to parks across Toronto in the summer. In 2017, we went to over 55 parks, with 250 volunteers and brought events to over 156,000 Torontonians!

To learn more about Arts in the Parks, upcoming events and activities, volunteer opportunities and more, visit our brand new website:

Arts in the Parks encourages community building, enjoyment of local parks, and offers arts events for residents and tourists of all ages. Events include performances, dance, music, theatre, film, community-engaged work, and temporary installations by arts groups.

Selected parks are located throughout Toronto, from Etobicoke to Scarborough and North York to the downtown core. Arts in the Parks is a new initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation, being presented in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, the City of Toronto and Park People. 

Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts in the Parks program is made possible with the following partnerships:

Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council offers the Animating Toronto Parks grants program to support free arts programming presented by professional artists. The funding application for projects occuring in 2017 is now closed. Click here for more information and to view the 2017 list of grant recipients.

City of Toronto
Through its Arts & Culture Services and Parks, Forestry and Recreation departments, the City of Toronto is working closely with Toronto Arts Foundation to support the arts programming and facilitate the permit process.

Park People
Park People is an organization that works in partnership with communities, park staff and private enterprises to facilitate neighbourhood engagement in local parks, provide resources and information for local park citizens on best practices and build a network of local community park groups.

Are you planning a free, family-friendly arts event in a City of Toronto Park? Contact Jaclyn Rodrigues, Community Engagement Manager, to learn how your event can be part of Arts in the Parks:,  416-392-6802 x212

If you are participating in Arts in the Parks, please click here to download our logos for crediting purposes. 

If you are participating in Arts in the Parks as a Toronto Arts Council client, please click here to download our logos for crediting purposes.