We’re officially midway through August, but thankfully, it looks we still have many warm and sunny days ahead to look forward to. You already know Toronto is chock-full of things to do this week, so you have every reason to wear your favourite summer outfits and have a good time. Whether you’re in the mood for some low-key live music on a patio after work or want to sing your heart out at Budweiser Stage, now is your chance to do it all and more.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Toronto this week, so you don’t have to wait ’til the weekend to make your summer memories.
SAM ROBERTS BAND AT BUDWEISER STAGE
Sam Roberts Band is taking the stage with Matty Mays & K-OS this week for an open-air concert at Budweiser Stage. Rock out to some live music while the nights are still warm and this outdoor venue is still open for the season.
Where: 909 Lakeshore Blvd W
When: Thursday, August 19th
DRIVE N’ QUEENS SUMMER SERIES
Cruise on over to this special drive-in drag show with some of Canada’s favourite drag queens. It’s like a night at Crews & Tangoes, only with comfy seats and the cool breeze of your air conditioning. Plus, you can get snacks and drinks delivered right to your window. Yas to that!
Where: 20 Polson St
When: Friday, August 20th
REBOOT AT CODA
Nightlife is resuming in the city after a very long hiatus, and CODA Toronto is getting in on the action. The two-floor club on Bathurst St. is inviting people back to its dancefloor at limited capacity for the REBOOT 8-part event series, and entry is free before 10:30 p.m., with a $20 cover charge afterwards. If you’re ready to dance the night away (safely, of course) this is the place to be.
Where: 794 Bathurst St
When: August 19th & 20th
LIVE MUSIC THURSDAYS AT RENDEZVIEWS 2.0
Kick back and enjoy some live acoustics at Toronto’s most colourful patio. It’s located in what was once a downtown parking lot and it features killer views of the city. Oh, and some awesome drinks and eats. The patio also hosts all kinds of other events, from trivia to watercolour workshops to viewing parties.
Where: 229 Richmond St W
When: Every Thursday, 4 p.m. — 11 p.m.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS VS. DETROIT TIGERS
The Jays are having an amazing season, so why not throw on your jersey and show them some love? You’ll have two seating options to choose from — standard or physically distanced. Basically, seats in the 100L and 200L infield, along with at the TD Clubhouse are considered standard seating, while seats in the 100L and 200L outfield and bases are physically distanced with pods of up to four seats. And who knows, maybe you’ll even get lucky and win the 50/50 draw!
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
When: Friday, August 20th
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Are you ready to be whisked away to the year 2099? Terra Lumina is making its return at the Toronto Zoo this month for more nightly magic under the stars. The immersive light show features an illuminated 1.5 km trail designed to make you feel like you’ve travelled to a “radiant” future world.
Where: The Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, ON
Cost: Adult (18-64) $29.99 + HST
ONTARIO’S ONLY SUNFLOWER-SHAPED TRAIL
This sprawling 20-acre field is just an hour and a half drive from Toronto and it has thousands of blooms for you to get lost in. The sunflower-shaped trail is new to the farm this year and it’s the only one of its kind in the whole province. Wander among towering fields of gold petals and snap some photos by the tractor while you’re at it. Because if there aren’t pics, did it really happen?
Where: Hwy 48 & Sideroad 17, Beaverton
When: Opens Friday, July 29th
This music festival will bring communities and cultures together in celebration of Toronto’s diversity. “Mixto is the representation of all the elements of diversity in our city, and our community of artists and revellers,” says the event’s description. The festival will feature live performances, works by local artists, and of course, food and drinks! Tickets can be purchased in advance on Mixto’s website.
Where: 260 Emerson Avenue
When: Friday, August 20th — Sunday, August 22nd
OAKVILLE FAMILY RIB FEST
Oakville’s largest outdoor event is happening this year as an equally delicious drive-thru event. That means you can enjoy those messy but mouth-watering ribs in the privacy of your own home or backyard.
When: August 20th-22nd
Where: Sheridan College, 1430 Trafalgar Rd Oakville, ON
IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH
If you still haven’t checked out Immersive Van Gogh, this summer is your chance to. The most talked-about exhibit of last summer is back this season. Stop by for a fully immersive display of the famous artist’s greatest works. This exhibit can be enjoyed in person or from the comfort of your car drive-in-style.
Where: 1 Yonge St
When: Hours vary
Let’s make this week count, Toronto!
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