Another exciting week has arrived in our great city. If you’re looking to make some summer memories, there are plenty of ways to do so over the coming days. From night markets to rooftop flower-picking to concerts and movies under the stars, we’ve got it all at our fingertips. As always, we’re coming in hot with best things to do in Toronto this week — now, let’s make it a summer to remember.

Pick Flowers. Drink Beer. Eat Noods

If you love fresh flowers, tasty noodles, and refreshing cocktails, you can enjoy them all in one place on this Toronto rooftop. Avling Kitchen and Brewery in Leslieville is hosting a unique event on its rooftop farm, no tickets required.

Pick your own wildflower bouquet while overlooking lush greenery and (hopefully) a gorgeous Toronto sunset. Then, sip on garden-inspired beverages and slurp on veggie cold noodles.

Where: Avling Rooftop Farm at Avling Kitchen and Brewery, 1042 Queen St East
When: Tuesday, August 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Kendrick Lamar: The Big Steppers Tour

The one and only Kendrick Lamar will be tearing up the stage at Scotiabank Arena this Friday and Saturday. Given how popular he is, you can probably expect a wildly exciting show. We love when major artists come through our city, and Kendrick is just one of many concerts in Toronto this August that are totally worth seeing.

Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: August 12 & 13, 2022

Movies Under The Stars at Downsview Park

Summer nights, outdoor movies, and a picnic — name a better combo, we’ll wait! Movies Under the Stars at Downsview Park is back this season and you can catch screenings of popular new releases for free. This week, Disney’s Encanto will be playing on the big screen.

The annual movie program is back for its 6th edition this summer and will take place at the lakeside this year, in between the Orchard Pavilion and the Lake inside the park.

Where: Lakeside, Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Ave, North York
When: August 9, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Union Summer

The city’s busiest transit hub is now busier in the best way possible. Toronto’s Union Summer is running until the end of this month, with a whole lineup of movie screenings, cuisine, dance parties, and entertainment offerings all summer long.

The market occupies a large space in front of Union Station with non-stop programming every day and into the late evening.

Where: 65 Front St West
When: Until August 28, 2022

Friday Night Jazz at Ripley’s Aquarium

Live music under the sea? Sign us up! Friday Night Jazz at Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the most unique cocktail parties in the city.

“With a live jazz band playing all the classics as you sip your drink of choice under the sea, a night of musical adventure awaits,” the description says. The show starts at 7 p.m., and you’ll have until 11 p.m. to enjoy the sounds of a live jazz band while you sip cocktails and take in the fascinating views.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Blvd
When: August 12, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

The season of movies under the stars is back! The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) has returned with a new series of programming called Curtains Up!. The films pay tribute to all of the performing artists we’ve missed seeing live during the pandemic, from dancers to circus acts to musicians and more. Check out the full movie schedule right here.

Where: See locations
When: Until August 28, 2022

Waterfront Night Market

Back for its thirteenth edition, the Toronto Waterfront Night Market will take over Ontario Place with a huge variety of pan-Asian food vendors and craft beer to try.

Over 100 delicious vendors are said to be at this event, along with a beer garden overlooking the water. You’ll get to sip on craft beer while you fill up on mouthwatering street food and cuisine from all over the continent.

Where: Ontario Place, West Island
When: August 12-14, 2022


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 Summerlicious Toronto

One of Toronto’s most popular foodie events is returning! The Summerlicious restaurant festival is back this Friday, offering Torontonians a way to celebrate the city’s diverse culinary scene with set menus and price points.

According to the City, this year’s Summerlicious is all about supporting the “recovery and revival of Toronto’s restaurant scene” by making it easier for restaurants to participate and offer their “enticing experiences and delectable food” to the public.

WhereSee all restaurants here
When: August 12-28, 2022

The Big Bounce Canada

Free your inner child at this massive inflatable theme park dubbed the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle coming to the Toronto area this month.

The Big Bounce Canada by XL Event Lab, is touring Canada and will be stopping in Markham. The fun-filled event features four massive inflatable attractions including the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, Sport Slam, The Giant, and airSPACE.

When: August 12-14, 2022
Where: Markham Fairgrounds – 10801 McCowan Road

Terra Lumina

Are you ready to be whisked away to the year 2099? Terra Lumina is back at the Toronto Zoo 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.

Your moonlit adventure will be enhanced by vibrant glowing lights, multimedia, and sound effects, as well as breathtaking video projections. You’ll get to wander through a luminous forest, a dreamy Arctic landscape, a prism of light, and more.

Where: The Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto, ON
When: Weekly from Thursday to Saturday


Ballers, this one is for you! Battle 416 is making its grand return with fun for the whole family. Basketball clinics for the kids, food vendors, a beer garden, fashion shows, live music, and best of all – the only 5 on 5 outdoor basketball tournament on a full-size NBA court.Don’t miss out on the celebrity player charity game with participants such as Andrew Nicholson, Larry “Bone Collector” Williams, Joel “King Handles” Haywood, Canadian Football League stars Stephen Adekolu, Jerome Messam, Mike Daly & more – proceeds collected will benefit SickKids hospital.

When: August 12th to 14th, 2022
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E
Cost: FREE entrance!