Another beautiful weekend stretches before us, Toronto! What’re you doing to make the most of it? There’s a lot going on in the city and lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in Toronto to get your weekend plans sorted. Fancy a sunset swim with live music and champagne? How about a block party or a boat cruise? You can do all that and more, you just need to pick an outfit and some friends to enjoy it with!
Check out this list of 10 incredible events and activities happening this weekend in Toronto.
Let’s go to The Ex (without getting off the couch!). The CNE is kicking off this weekend with a whole lineup of virtual programming. This year’s end-of-summer tradition will be a mix of free and paid entertainment and activities for all age groups, from chef-guided cooking lessons to sand sculpting classes to the CNE’s iconic SuperDogs show! Your ticket to everything that this year’s festival has to offer also comes with free admission to CNE 2022.
When: August 20th—September 30th and beyond
This breathtaking exhibit is now open for the first time in the world — here’s a sneak peek so you know exactly what to expect. Over 400 of Claude Monet’s works come alive before your eyes through vivid 360-degree displays that swirl all around you, enhanced by sound effects and music. Forget the world and get lost the mind and masterpieces of this great painter.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W
When: Various times
Every weekend, head on out to the food truck set up of the century at Scarborough Town Centre. Parking and admission are totally free, and you’ll want to bring your appetite for all the international cuisine options. The night market is open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10 p.m. on Sundays, so you can grab a late-night bite in the warm summer weather.
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 520 Progress Ave
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until September 5th
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
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Every Friday night, head over to Cabana for the ultimate pool party. Sip on Moët while you cool off in the pool and soak up the sunset views. Live performances and DJs will make you want to dance the night away. This event is bottle service only, so round up your squad and get ready to make some summertime memories.
Where: 11 Polson St
When: Friday, August 20th at 4 p.m.
We still have a few weeks left of summer, but this is your last chance of the season to board the party boat for a cruise around the city’s waters. Get ready for drink specials, bottle service and music that’ll make you want to dance like no one’s watching. Tickets and capacity are limited for the party cruise, and it’s happening rain or shine.
Where: 333 Lakeshore Blvd E
When: Sunday, August 22nd
Enjoy a range of incredible performances from local groups and recording artists from the comfort of your car. The event will feature 5 shows, 20 dance and musical performances and food trucks serving up all kinds of delicious eats. Protocols are in place to ensure that you’ll enjoy the festival safely.
Where: Paramount Fine Foods Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Pl
When: August 20th—August 22nd
Looking for some summer fun without spending a dime? You just found it! This all-day event offers a full city block of good eats, live music, workshops, night markets and brand experiences for you to take part in. You can shop for local goods at the BIPOC Night Market, bust a move with a Bacardi cocktail in hand, chow down on fried chicken, and much more.
Where: 28 Bathurst St
When: Saturday, August 21st from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
A new immersive open-air experience with 40,000 sq ft of colourful candy-inspired installations is open at 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
One of Canada’s “most prestigious events” is coming back this weekend and you’re invited. This historic tradition will celebrate its 162nd year running this Sunday, August 9, and spectators can enjoy the races, entertainment, and of course, fashionable looks and fascinators!
Where: 555 Rexdale Blvd
When: Sunday, August 22nd
Now, get out there and make it a weekend to remember!