Well hello there, Toronto! Our first full week with the new, loosened restrictions has come and gone. How are we feeling? Hopefully great, because even though we’re looking at plenty of rain in the forecast, there are enough things to do around Toronto this weekend that your days will be brighter in no time.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.
Toronto Just Got a New Wood-Burning Pizza & Beer Garden Pop-Up minutes from Woodbine beach! Enjoy fresh, wood-fired pizzas and a selection of local craft beer, cider, seltzer and more – exclusively available at the Pie Bar Pizza Garden. Located on Kingston Road just off Queen St East behind Murphy’s Law Pub & Kitchen! Slice into summer with Pie Bar and Murphy’s Law!
When: Open Monday-Wednesday 4 pm – 10 pm, Thursday – Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1702 Queen Street East
After a year of closures, Canada’s Wonderland is back in business. 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. There are some new rules to know about, but this summer staple is still well worth the visit.
Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Dr, Vaughan
When: Re-opening Wednesday, July 7th
Another event that’s sure to become a Toronto favourite is The Smooth Putt pop-up hitting the Harbourfront starting this Friday. 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: Friday, July 9th – Sunday, July 18th
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
While you’re gliding be sure to admire all the interactive art that’s being set up in the area. This summer, you can immerse yourself in the ongoing exhibit dedicated to, you guessed it, play. The Bentway will be decorated to the nines with social-distance-friendly but immersive pieces you can admire all month long.
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: All month long
Canada’s very first physically distanced Cirque event hits the GTA this July. All month long, you can get your tickets 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: Kicks off July 1st
You can also mix things up entirely with an out-of-the-box Ontario destination. There are tons of easy road trips available that’ll 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 weekend
This amazing summer event is throwing things back 70s style. Stop by The Bentway this July to participate in the exciting pop-up that is Retro Rolla. It seems roller skating is all the rage this year, so rent some skates and glide through one of the city’s favourite outdoor spots!
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: Weekends all July
Celebrate Canada’s multicultural cinema at the Lavazza Drive-In International Film Festival this July. The event has a ton of great screenings lined up all month, with a special “Focus Italian” series 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: Ends Saturday, July 17th
What’s prettier than frolicking through a gorgeous lavender field in the middle of summer? The person reading this right now, that’s what. Now that we’ve got you smiling, take yourself out to one of the nearby lavender fields for a cute little daytrip just outside Toronto.
Where: Hit this link for all our picks
There you have it, Toronto! Those are some of the best things you can do in and around the city this weekend. Enjoy!