The long weekend is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops there. It’s still summer, after all, which means infinite options of things to do in Toronto this week. The Jays are home, live theatre is back, art shows are reopening — it feels good to be in the 6ix right about now.
Here’s a rundown of what’s good around the city to give you something to look forward to when the work day’s over!
Live theatre is making a comeback in Toronto, but it’ll be unlike anything you’ve seen before. Blindness is a socially distanced light and sound show that takes you into a compelling story about a city gripped by a blindness epidemic. If Birdbox had you on the edge of your seat, you will not want to miss this unique production!
Where: Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St West
When: Wednesday, August 4th — Sunday, August 29th
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
This breathtaking new exhibit will take up 500,000 sq ft at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, making it the biggest interactive art installation in Canada. Over 400 of Claude Monet’s masterpieces will come alive through vivid 360-degree displays, “transforming the space into an ethereal representation of his life’s work,” according to the event’s description. Truly a sight to behold!
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W
When: Opening Thursday, August 12th
Imagine Dragons Light Forest takes place on the historic Casa Loma grounds. The 2km self-guided walk will take you through dazzling lighting and immersive theatrical medieval displays scattered throughout the gardens, tunnels, and stables. You can expect to see royals, dragons, and maybe even a wizard or two.
When: July 21st-August 29th
Where: 1 Austin Terrace
Cost: $35-$50 per person
A new immersive open-air experience with 40,000 sq ft of colourful candy-inspired installations is coming to Square One Shopping Centre. You’ll get to walk among larger-than-life candy art displays which will provide you with tons of Insta pic opportunities. Additionally, you can watch live performances, custom parade floats, and even bring your pup for the event’s dog-friendly days!
Where: 100 City Centre Dr, Corner of Duke of York Blvd & Square One Dr
When: August 6th-September 6th
Be among the first to see the one-of-a-kind miniature Canada! Walk among tiny intricate recreations of iconic destinations, from the snowy streets of Quebec to the autumn landscapes of Ontario’s cottage country. You’ll even get to see a mini version of downtown Toronto, complete with thousands of twinkling LED lights and cars zipping around. If you want to do some more travelling around Canada, this new exhibit is the next best thing.
Where: 10 Dundas East
When: Opens Thursday, August 5th
The Jays are finally back at the Rogers Centre and the city glowed blue and white to welcome them home. Now, you can snag seats to the ball game for the team’s series against Cleveland, followed by the Boston Red Sox on Friday and through the weekend. Jumbo hot dogs, overpriced beer and Vladdy Jr. — name a better trio, we’ll wait.
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
When: Tuesday, August 3rd — Friday, August 6th
You also need to pre-register to check out the Stouffville Drive-Thru Ribfest. But registration is now open so you can get on it early because you don’t want to miss out on the highly anticipated championship ribs with award-winning BBQ sauces.
When: August 6th-8th
Where: Hoover Park Drive & Park Drive, Stouffville, ON
The same folks behind Immersive Van Gogh have got a magical exhibit headed our way this summer. Illusionarium is all about, you guessed it, magic! There will be live magicians, holograms, 3D projections, and more. Plus, all of it is set to span over a massive 300,000 cubic foot lot, so there will be plenty of room for physical distancing.
Where: 1 Yonge St
When: Opens Thursday, July 29th
Experience the iconic works of Vincent Van Gogh like you never have before as they come to life around you through stunning 360-degree projections. This exhibit is so popular that it’s now in cities all over North America. It occupies the five-storey building by the waterfront and is now reopened for you to Gogh as you please.
Where: 1 Yonge Street
When: Hours vary