Canada’s biggest skateboarding and breakdancing festival comes to Mississauga, Ontario

Published July 12, 2024 at 2:21 pm

Canada's biggest skateboarding and breakdancing festival Jackalope comes to Mississauga, Ontario in partnership with Tourism Mississauga

Huge action sports festival Jackalope will be coming to Mississauga this month for its very first event in Canada.

The three-day festival comes to Mississauga’s Celebration Square and Square One on the weekend of July 12-14, and admission is completely free, so everyone is invited to check out the event at no cost!

Jackalope is an extreme sports extravaganza where top athletes compete in vert skateboarding, street skateboarding, BMX, and bouldering competitions, with cash prizes and national championships on the line.

The event will also feature performances by break dancers and demonstrations in BMX and moto sports, showcasing non-stop action that will keep spectators hooked all weekend.

Festival attendees don’t just spectate, though – they’ll also get the chance to try skateboarding, bouldering, and other fun activities for themselves, while learning from some of the best athletes in the game.

There will also be DJs playing live music, and a number of food trucks on scene ready to serve up savoury snacks, drinks, and sweet treats all weekend long.

Jackalope is free to attend, so there’s no need for a ticket. Visitors are also welcome to bring dogs on a leash and, of course, their skateboards.

Those who want to get closer to the action can book a VIP Weekend Pass, which offers the best views, special merch, skip-the-line access to after-parties and drink/snack tickets. You can also book an exclusive experience to meet and learn from the pros or get access to open sessions.

All contests and demonstrations will take place between Celebration Square and Square One Shopping Centre, running from 9 a.m. until late. Check out the full schedule to see what’s happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The full event schedule and special guest line-up is available at Jackalope’s website.

For those who are outside Mississauga and planning to visit, the upcoming Jackalope festival is just one of many things the city has to offer.

Mississauga’s vibrant cultural scene features several art galleries, museums, and some of Canada’s largest multicultural festivals happening regularly at Celebration Square, such as the upcoming Bollywood Monster Mashup, Japan Fest, Latin Fest and more.

Thrill lovers can find high-speed go-kart racing at K1 Speed, world-class skateboarding facilities at CJ’s Skatepark, and challenging indoor climbing walls at Hub Climbing.

Mississauga’s Square One is the biggest shopping mall in Ontario and second biggest in Canada, with over 2.2 million square feet of retail space and over 350 stores offering everything from luxury brands to beloved favorites. After shopping, guests can unwind with some gaming at The Rec Room, a movie at the Cineplex, or a meal from one of many restaurants inside The Food District.

The city is also home to over 2,000 restaurants offering authentic cuisine from more than 150 countries, and is a nature lover’s paradise with 481 parks, nearly 100 km of trails, and 13 km of Lake Ontario waterfront.

Guests can turn their visit into a vacation with a stay at the nearby Delta Hotels Toronto Mississauga, just a short walk from Celebration Square. The luxurious hotel features an indoor pool, food and drinks at hotel restaurant Driftwood Social Bar + Table, and an on-site Starbucks so you can quickly grab your caffeine fix before heading back to the festival.

Those who are flying in will also find many luxurious and affordable hotels near Toronto Airport, including Four Points by Sheraton which offers free hotel transfers.

Whether you’re a fan of extreme sports or just want to watch some exciting action unfold, bring out the whole family and some friends to enjoy Jackalope on July 12-14! Check out the festival’s website and Instagram for the latest updates.

To stay up to date on Mississauga’s best spots to visit, check Tourism Mississauga’s website and Instagram.

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