Cheers to the freakin’ weekend, Toronto! Time to cross some more activities off that summer bucket list. Bring your appetite and chow down on juicy ribs, or party it up at Stackt Market at a boozy disco brunch. You can even score some last-minute seats to this Saturday’s Blue Jays game. We only have a few good weekends left of summer — before you know it, you’ll be sipping PSLs on a pumpkin patch. All the more reason to make this weekend count!
Here are 10 incredible things to do in Toronto and the GTA this weekend.
Registration for this event is now open and sign-ups in advance are required. 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
Here’s another double whammy rib fest weekend. But this one is definitely worth checking out as it’s one of the few none drive-thru rib fests happening. You can enjoy ribs as well as a rib eating contest and even an escape room! So if you’re looking for more than just ribs this is probably the event for you.
When: August 6th-8th
Where: Brantford & District Civic Centre, 79 Market St S, Brantford
Escape to a summer oasis right in the heart of the city. There are so many activities for you to try at this colourful garden pop-up, from indulging in bites and bevvies to painting flower pots to sharing stories around an open fire under the glow of twinkle lights. You don’t need to trek to cottage country to enjoy long summer nights in the great outdoors!
Where: 621 Richmond St
When: Until Monday, August 16th
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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
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
Timber Creek is less than an hour outside of Toronto and it’s totally worth the trip. Putt your way past a giant shipwreck, a lighthouse, a cascading waterfall, and tons of other themed holes. There are two fun mini-golf courses to try and both are well lit for evening play. There are 37 holes in total and they range in difficulty, so prepare to put your putting skills to the test. No reservation required!
Where: 12772 Ninth Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville
When: Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. — 10:30 p.m.
See the Jays in action this Saturday as they take on the Boston Red Sox. The teams will play twice on Saturday, once at 3 p.m. for a 7-inning split admission doubleheader and then a second time at just after 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale starting at $85 each on Ticketmaster, so if you’re looking for some last-minute weekend plans, you can still snag seats!
Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
When: Saturday, August 7th
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 fried chicken is on the menu, but you can substitute it for a vegan option. 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 8th, 12 p.m. — 3 p.m.
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
If you miss out on the Mississauga Night Market, don’t worry. All July you can hit up the Eats Night Market in Scarborough as well. Every weekend, head on out to the food truck set up of the century. It’s all socially-distanced for optimal COVID-19 safety. Plus, they’ve got extravagant late-night eats being served all summer. Yum!
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 520 Progress Ave
When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this month
There you have it! Ten can’t-miss activities to enjoy in your city this weekend.