Welcome to the end of the weekend, Toronto! We’ve got another week of fun ahead of us, and we know that we’re going to make the most of it. Care to join in? Not a problem- we’re sharing our top picks with you!
Here are 10 things to do around Toronto this week.
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
After what’s sure to be an incredible run for Team Canada at the Tokyo 2020 games, the athletes will head to Etobicoke for homecoming celebrations with fans at CF Sherway Gardens. An outdoor drive-in event will be “the first chance for Canadians to gather to celebrate Team Canada athletes’ after their inspirational performances,” says the event’s description. There will even be special guest performers to make the night extra special.
Where: NE Parking Lot, CF Sherway Gardens, The Queensway & Sherway Gardens Rd
When: Thursday, August 12th, 7 p.m. — 10 p.m.
Drive into a 50’s time warp at this retro diner pop-up event. Stop by for fries and a shake, stay for the disco tunes and old-school vibes. The event is drive-in only and “carhop” servers on rollerskates will cruise right up to your window with your order. It’s sure to be groovy!
Where: 1245 Dupont St
When: Friday, August 13th — Sunday, August 15th
Pile onto a cozy blanket with your friends for a FREE movie night under the stars. The multi-week film programming will feature curated films and special screenings all August long. This year’s season is called TOPS & Friends, and it’s all about celebrating outdoor film and community. Advanced tickets are sold out, but you can still get same-day tickets for your preferred screening, and all of the details can be found here.
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: Late July – Labour Day
With movies every Thursday through Sunday, four giant murals to check out, and a series of food events and concerts, Vaughan’s ArtWalk Drive-In is something you definitely won’t want to miss to wrap up the summer. Activities and events will be taking place until September 10th, so you’ve got plenty of time to check them out.
When: Until September 30th
Where: 101 Edgeley Blvd
Be among the first to see the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition for Chinese-Canadian artist Matthew Wong. Over 40 of his pieces will be on display at the gallery from the Blue Series, which “invites viewers into a world of imaginary nocturnal landscapes, brooding interiors and vibrant still life compositions.” Wong’s works are both surreal and melancholy, and these in particular are a “meditation on the colour blue.”
Where: 317 Dundas St West
When: Opens Friday, August 13th
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
Train for your upcoming Avengers mission at the new 25,000 sq ft tactical intelligence facility with the die-hard Marvel fans in your life. Wander through the multi-room space, get special access to your favourite heroes, and use real props like Thor’s hammer!
Where: Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St
When: Thursday, July 29th — Sunday, September 12th
You can also get out of the city altogether when you take a trip to a nearby swimming hole. These Ontario spots are must-sees for the summer. There’s nothing better than an outdoor day hiking and swimming in a natural pool. All of these locations come with amazing views and great water to match.
Where: Check out our favourites here
When: Any day this month
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
Let’s have a great week, Toronto!