Another work week down, another weekend to conquer! Summer fun is in full swing here in Toronto and there are fun things to do all over the place. Plan the ultimate adventure filled with live music, breathtaking immersive art, disco brunch, and much more. The options will make your head spin, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of some of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.
What’re you waiting for? Dive right and start blowing up that group chat with all your ideas to make this weekend the best one yet!
Toronto’s first post-lockdown music festival is coming to the CityView Drive-in grounds this weekend. Party like it’s 2019 again with amazing tunes from eight live DJs. The event is 19+ and standing room only, and yes, tickets are still available! You can buy yours here.
Where: CityView Drive-in, 20 Polson St
When: Sunday, August 15th
You can still get tickets to this drive-in live concert featuring two incredible bands and views of the skyline. Make your way to CityView for more live concerts and movie nights under the stars all summer long. You can even bring your own food or order from the venue and have it delivered to your car, so you can settle in and stay cozy.
Where: 20 Polson St
When: Friday, August 13th at 6 p.m.
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: Opens Thursday, August 12th
Paint the town red and cheer for Toronto’s soccer stars at BMO Field this Saturday. This weekend’s forecast is promising hot and sunny weather, perfect for enjoying a TFC match while sipping on something cold and refreshing. There are still lots of seats available on Ticketmaster, starting at $51.50 each —cheaper than Blue Jays prices!
Where: BMO Field, 170 Princes’ Blvd
When: Saturday, August 14th at 8 p.m.
Skate your way through the city’s Bentway trail with a pair of retro four-wheel roller skates you can rent by the hour. The skates come in bright summer colours with matching protective gear. Spend an afternoon gliding around Fort York and snap some cute photos while you’re at it!
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd
When: Various times, Thursday—Sunday
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Boozy brunch and disco vibes. Need we say more? Party it up on the patio while you indulge in cocktails and tasty bites. Joybird’s bangers and hash is on the menu, with meatless sausages and microgreens — yum. Tickets can be purchased for tables of 2, 4 and 6, and your reservation comes with your meal and a welcome cocktail. Peak Toronto summer vibes right here!
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: Sunday, August 15th, 12 p.m. — 3 p.m.
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
Toronto Kayaks is the city’s only transparent-LED-light-and-bluetooth-equipped-hybrid-kayak-canoe available. Whew, that was a mouthful! But every word in that multi-hyphenate is another perk this service offers. You’ll be straight vibing when you glide across the water in these glowing summer boats.
Where: Humber Bay Park & Humber Arch Bridge
When: All summer long
This weekend is your last chance to experience a captivating performance about Canada’s biggest blackout that took place in Toronto in 2003. “Inspired by real events, BLACKOUT depicts three stories of connection that unfolded when the city was dark, and strangers banded together to find the light,” says the description.
Where: High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor St West
When: Various times
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.
Where: 1 Austin Terrace
When: July 21st-August 29th
There it is, folks — 10 amazing things do to in Toronto this weekend. Enjoy!