The weekend may be over but the fun most certainly is not. As we embark on another week here in the city, we’re looking ahead at all the great stuff there is to do. The novelty of stage one hasn’t quite worn off just yet, so we’re continuing the celebration. Our new socially-distanced freedoms are carrying us through until we can say hello to the weekend yet again. Get out there and enjoy the sun, Toronto!
Editors Note: Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, provincial and city guidelines are continually changing. Please double-check business closures and restrictions before proceeding.
Here are 10 things to do in Toronto this week.
This week marks the reopening of a massively popular summer attraction. It’s the Ontario Place Drive-In! Indulge in a little nostalgia at the waterfront joint and watch all you favourite flicks from the comfort of your own car. The reopening will be marked with a screening of the cult classic Pulp Fiction. Tickets are already on sale so be sure to nab yours ASAP.
Where: 955 Lakeshore Blvd
When: Friday, June 18th
Speaking of awesome shows, did you know you can catch live music performances on the waterfront all summer long? Just head on down to witness the floating stage that is the Pirate Theatre. The company is hosting local musicians every evening with performances you can catch for no charge. Sounds like a pretty darn great evening to us!
Where: 635 Queens Quay W
When: Performances happening all week long!
Our favourite part of stage one has got to be the return of patios. This week, elevate your outdoor dining experience and enjoy incredible artwork while you dine. A whopping 120 feet of Bellair St in Yorkville will be decorated with a gorgeous mural for Café Artois. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your weeknight happy hour.
Where: Café Artois, Bellair Street, Yorkville
When: Kicks off Friday, June 11th
Speaking of great art, an immersive experience is about to hit the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets just went on sale for Beyond Monet – the 500,000 square foot, 360-degree cinematic experience that’s bringing over 400 of the famous artist’s works to life. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime type of art show.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W
When: Opening Thursday, August 5th
Tickets: Get yours here
Once you’ve enjoyed all the best cultural and entertaining experiences in the city, get yourself in gear to participate in ParkFitTO. The brand new Toronto pilot program it tailoring city fitness classes to work within the current COVID-19 guidelines. This means they’ll be outdoors and capped at 10 people per class. Be sure to register ASAP because workouts start this week.
Where: Register online here
When: Classes start Monday, June 14th
Don’t want to take a class but still want a little exercise? Just bike the city instead! Toronto is full of great parks, trails, and paths that will make your cycling adventure worth it. Enjoy the beautiful weather, see a new part of the city, and get a little exercise all in one. What’s not to love? Plus, unlike the naked bike ride that took place this weekend, your fellow cyclist will most likely be fully clothed.
Where: Check out our favourite paths and trails here
When: Any day this month
Once the sun comes out, there’s nothing we love more than a little peruse around a farmers market. Show us someone who doesn’t love fresh produce and artisanal goods, and we’ll show you a liar. There are plenty of awesome farmers markets taking place in Toronto this week. You’ve just got to know where to look! You’ll definitely catch us checking out some awesome produce.
Where: Check out our favourites here
When: All week long
Bloor-Yorkville is pulling out the stops this June when it comes to stellar music. With live performances straight out of venues in the area, you can tune in to enjoy Summer Music in the Park. Each show will be live-streamed for you to enjoy from a distance.
Where: Streaming online from select venues in Bloor-Yorkville
When: Kicks off Thursday, June 17th
Tune in this week for a virtual global gathering of music from across the globe. This showcase and conference is all about re-imagining a sustainable, equitable, and accessible future for the music sector. Whether you’re in the industry or not, it’s a cool event to hit. Plus, it’s happening entirely online this year.
Where: Check it out online
When: Monday, June 14th – Friday, June 18th
Sure, we’re pretty bummed that the TD Jazz Festival had to be cancelled this year, among a ton of other COVID-19 related summer cancellations. But we can still enjoy a slice of what could have been with this live stream from Koerner Hall. Tune in to catch performances from artists from around the world, including Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Joanna Majokok with Andrew Marzotto, Alexis Barn Quartet, and more. It may not be the same as the full festival, but it’s sure to get you jazzed for next year.
Where: Streaming online from Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W
When: Thursday, June 17th
Have a great week, Toronto! Let us know which awesome activity you get up to first!