The first full week of July is upon us and we plan on making the most of it. Just because the weekend had to come to an end, doesn’t mean the fun does! There’s plenty of great stuff happening in Toronto this week. Whether it’s exciting reopenings, the occasional pop-up, or drive-in events, this week promises no dull moments.
**Editors Note: Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, provincial and city guidelines are continually changing. Please double-check business closures and restrictions before proceeding.
Here are 10 things to do in & around Toronto this week.
After a year of closures, Canada’s Wonderland is back in business! Beginning this Wednesday, you can head on out to Vaughan to enjoy all the thrills this world-famous theme park has got to offer. After months on end of staying inside, a little outdoor adventure is more than welcome. It’s nice to have such an iconic Toronto summer staple back up and running.
Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr, Vaughan
When: Re-opening Wednesday, July 7th
A newevent that’s sure to become a Toronto favourite is The Smooth Putt pop-up hitting the Harbourfront this week. Swing by (pun intended) for boozy mini-golf next to the water. Each ticket comes with a 9-hole round and a personalized GREY GOOSE® VODKA Soda cocktail. We’ll certainly cheers to that!
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
When: Kicks off Friday, July 9th
Canada’s very first physically distanced Cirque event hits the GTA this July. All week long, you head on over to Markham to enjoy the show from your very own private physically distanced platform. The show, A Summer Tale, explores the fantastical lives of 10 magical characters who meet at a ball celebrating the summer solstice. It’s sure to be a memorable event.
Where: Markham Fairgrounds, 10801 McCowan Rd, Markham
When: Happening all week
One of the city’s favourite spots is decorated to the nines this summer. Stop by The Bentway to check out Playing in Public. The immersive exhibit is dedicated to, you guessed it, play. The are will be decorated with social-distance-friendly but immersive pieces you can admire any day of the week.
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: All week long
Celebrate Canada’s multicultural cinema at the Lavazza Drive-In International Film Festival this week. The event has a ton of great screenings lined up, with a special “Focus Italian” series running as well. It’s sure to be the best place to catch titles from across the globe, including works from American, British, Korean, Latinx, African, Chinese, French, Jewish, Japanese, Turkish, Indian, Iranian, Indigenous Peoples, and Russian communities.
Where: Ontario Place Drive-In, 955 Lakeshore Blvd W
When: Happening all week long
Speaking of drive-ins, you can also catch a concert or two this summer at CityView Drive-In. This week, stop by to watch The Recklaws in action. It’s sure to make for a fun-filled evening. So, load up the car with snacks and head on over!
Where: CityView Drive-In, 20 Polson St
When: Thursday, July 8th
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS – Onward (2020)
You can catch great screenings under the stars at Downsview Park with the official launch of Movies Under the Stars. For the 5th year in a row, the spot is hosting a lineup of amazing movies all month long. This week, they’re screening the 2020 film Onward.
Where: Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave
When: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Get out and get active with the new city initiative ParkFitTO. This ongoing summer programming offers Torontonians a chance to enjoy city-sanctioned outdoor fitness classes that adhere to all necessary COVID-19 regulations. There are tons of classes being offered all week long, so be sure to head online and register.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair kicked off last Friday with loads of amazing art for you to enjoy. You can experience the collection virtually by heading to the official event website. Or catch a piece or two in person at Stackt Market. There’s tons of incredible work to marvel at all week long!
Where: Check it out online and at Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: Running all week
You can also mix things up entirely with a trip to an out-of-the-box Ontario destination. These easy road trips will bring you to all kinds of memorable locations. You may not have known that these weird spots were so close by, but after your weird and wild road trip, you certainly won’t forget it!
Where: Check out our destination recommendations here
When: Any day this week
Have a great week, Toronto! Let us know what you get up to first!