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What to do this summer in Toronto?

Written by on June 20, 2019

Summer Favorites

A movie under the stars

The classic night feeling the cool summer breeze while enjoying a movie with your friends or family, and there’s plenty of opportunities to do that this summer as parks across the city play host to free or pay-what-you-can screenings for all ages.

Eat and drink at a night market

Summer nights are made for staying out late and enjoying the food and drink culture the city has to offer, and there’s no better place to do that than at night markets like Night It Up!Waterfront Night Market and the Junction Night Market.

Dance and groove to a summer music festival

It’s that time of year to get your feet moving and grooving and there’s tons of summer music festivals happening all over the city like WavelengthBud Light DreamsElectric Island and All Day I Dream to keep the party going all summer.

Outdoor theatre

The  Fringe and Summerworks will be taking up space around the city with performances of all kinds from Toronto’s local theatre arts scene.

Party by the lake

The beach is the place to be during summer with parties like SunnysidePromise and the No Neon boat party.

Toronto Jazz Festival

From June 21 to 30, the city is coming alive with jazzy tunes as the TD Toronto Jazz Festival returns and almost 200 free concerts taking place in Yorkville Village.

Pride Parade

June means Pride Month in Toronto and the city is showing its colours as the celebration caps off with the huge annual Pride Parade on June 23.


Other Food & Music Events

Taste of Asia

Like the street food markets found throughout parts of Asia, this big festival looks to create the sights and sounds of a bustling market with over 120 vendors lined up along Kennedy Road from June 28 to 30, plus special guests, performances, music and more.


Spanning the Canada Day long weekend from June 28 to July 1, this festival includes ribbers from all over the region, a beer garden, music, activities and a big midway.

Waterfront Festival

The tall ships are coming to Toronto this summer as the Redpath Waterfront Festival returns from June 29 to July 1 with a weekend of Maritime-themed fun like a market, music, food, drinks and outdoor activities.


Restaurants will be offering special menus and dishes as this city-wide foodie event on from July 5 to 21.

Salsa on St. Clair

Get ready to rumba, samba, tango and salsa as this huge Latin street festival takes over part of St. Clair Ave W from July 6 to 7. Food, music, performances and activities are all part of the party. Lessons will be offered throughout the two-days.

Festival of Beer

For a beer festival with performances from the likes of Ja Rule, Ashanti, members of the Wu-Tang Clan and Toronto’s own music collective Dwayne Gretzky as the booze flows like a river from July 26 to 28.


Dedicated to Caribbean culture with the grand parade at Exhibition Place on August 3.


On August 3 and 4, the city’s biggest music festival devoted to hip-hop and electro is back with performances as Cardi B, Tiësto and Skrillex.

Craft Beer Festival

Roundhouse Park is about to be the spot for craft beer this summer when local and regional craft brewers drop by for this huge festival on August 9 and 10 to serve up the suds alongside food, games, entertainment and live music.

Taste of the Danforth

From Augusto 9 to 11. the Greektown will be filled with music, performances and activities for the entire family.


The spicy, savoury flavours of jerk are on at this year’s annual JerkFest from August 9 to 11.


It’s a plant-based celebration with all-vegan goodies being served up on August 10 at Fork York alongside music, installations, shopping, music and a big picnic-like atmosphere that brings the chill summer vibes.


Calling everyone with a sweet tooth for this big annual dessert festivalon from August 10 to 11. All kinds of baked goods, sweet treats and innovative culinary creations are being served up by some of the city’s top bakers, plus lots of savoury stuff as well.


Did someone asked for food, carnival rides, concerts, air shows and shopping? Get that and plenty more on the annual Canadian National Exhibition on from August 16 to September 2.

Taste of Manila

A massive street festival dedicated to Filipino culture from August 17 to 18.

Open Streets

Did you ever considered doing Yoga on Yonge Street? You can. From August 18 to September 15, the Open Streets closes down parts of Bloor and Yonge.

Fan Expo

Start planning your costume! From August 22 to 25 this festival returns with all-things pop culture like.


One of the most anticipated events. From September 5 to 15, besides the movies you can count on plenty of parties, events and special programming.

Taste of the Kingsway

The Kingsway is the place to be from September 6 to 8 when part of Bloor Street West shuts down and the whole neighbourhood comes out for a weekend of food from local vendors, music, shopping, entertainment and a big midway.

Toronto Ukrainian Festival

From September 13 to 15 and includes traditional dance and cultural showcases, food, drinks, shopping and a giant midway.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Get ready to polka this summer as the festivities kick off along Roncesvalles on September 14 and 15 with dancing and performances in the street, plus food, music, art and activities for the whole family.

Just for Laughs

Eric Andre, Jonathan Van Ness, Carol Burnett, John Mulaney and Pete Davidson are just some of the comedic superstars dropping by for this year’s city-wide comedy festival on from September 19 to 29 with venues all over hosting shows from local and international talent.


Things you can do all summer long

Spend a day at the Scarborough Bluffs

The Bluffs are considered one of Toronto’s hidden gems and by summertime, they’re totally packed with people.

Chill out on a patio

It doesn’t get more Canadian than this. Let’s enjoy the outdoors while we can.




Toronto’s arts and culture for free at a museum

The MOCA and ROM launched free admission days for everyone to enjoy. The AGO allows people under 25 to experience the museum anytime.

Get lost in an artsy funhouse

The work of local artists take the spotlight at the city’s newest Instagrammable experience, The Funhouse. A giant canvas elephant, melting tables and chairs and innovative staging is all part of this huge fantasy arthouse experience. You can enjoy it until September 22.

How much do you love cats?

Meowfest will be in Toronto on July 6 with a whole day of cute kitties, shopping, workshops, special guests, food, drinks and more.

Relive the heartbreak at a museum for breakups

Sometimes relationships work out, but for all the times they didn’t there’s the Museum of Broken Relationships that’s part of the Brave Festival on from July 11 to 21.

New electro music festival from Amsterdam

On August 11, We Are Lost arrives for a full day of music from local and international DJs bringing the beats inside of Evergreen Brick Works.

Cannabis music festival

It’s the first summer since cannabis became legal.From August 23 to 25, the new Journey Festival in Vaughan, will bring us music, cannabis education, workshops, talks and more.

Cirque du Soleil is back

Cirque du Soleil is back this year with Alegria, which tells the story of a kingless monarchy and an imposter who tries to gain power. No longer in the Port Lands, the circus is making its home at Ontario Place from September 12 to December 1.


Outside the City

lavender or sunflower farm

Terre Bleu a lavender farm with rows and rows of purple flowers with a mysterious yellow door sitting right in the middle. If lavender isn’t your thing, Davis Feed & Farm has thousands of sunflowers in bloom all summer long.

Explore wine country

You don’t have to go far to get some of the best wines in the world at some of the wineries of Ontario, especially along the Niagara Escarpment or in Prince Edward County where there’s lots of places that offer just a taste of what the region has to offer.

Hike or camp at a provincial park

If you’re looking for an escape from the city and looking to reconnect with nature. There are many provincial parks that offer hiking or camping, if you plan to stay a little longer.


Source: BlogTO