Another glorious week is underway in our beautiful city. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and there is no shortage of fun things to do in Toronto this week.

We’ve got the start of the CNE, music festivals, and special events of all kinds to look forward to.

We present to you the 10 best things to do in Toronto this week — peruse at your leisure and have a great time!

Canadian National Exhibition

Toronto’s beloved late-summer carnival is making a comeback! The CNE opens its doors this Wednesday, August 16th.

The annual fair has announced exciting new things to come this year, including a Las Vegas-style fountain show and North America’s tallest travelling Ferris wheel.

Live music and entertainment will be performed across seven stages, and of course, the fair will be filled with rides, games, and carnival eats galore!

When: August 18th to September 4th, 2023
Where: Exhibition Place

Daydream 2023

This enchanting evening event will take place at the picturesque High Park Terrace of Hotel X Toronto.

Enjoy a relaxing yoga class and incredible live music, followed by delicious snacks, drinks, boozy sips, and surprises. Bring your own mat!

When: August, 16th, 2023, 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: High Park Terrace at Hotel X Toronto, 111 Princes’ Boulevard

Sponsored Pick — The Best Authentic Pizza in Toronto: Pizza e Pazzi

If you haven’t already tried this popular pizza joint, you have to add this to the list. Pizza e Pazzi is an family-run authentic italian restaurant that has been named ‘the best pizza in Toronto’, and let us tell you, it’s true. 

Verified by the Vera Pizza Napoletana Association, they meet the strict standards of authenticity and quality, and with their custom wood burning oven, their dishes are seriously so delicious. 

When: Mon – Thurs 4 pm – 10 pm | Fri  4 pm – 11 pm | Sat 12 pm – 11 pm | Sun 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1182 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

Toronto’s beloved summer tradition of free movies in the park is officially back!

There are so many films to see this summer and they will be played at Corktown Common and Christie Pits Park.

Films at Corktown Common are shown on Thursday evenings throughout the month, and at Christie Pits on Sundays.

Eats and treats will be offered as of 6 PM and the show starts at sundown at around 9 PM.

When: Thursday, August 17th, 2023
Where: Corktown Common

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Wavelength Summer Thing

This waterfront festival is free for all to attend and will feature three days of live music, art, food, drink, community, and good vibes.

It’s part of the SummerSeries in Trillium Park at Ontario Place and will showcase a diverse, inclusive lineup of artists curated by Anishinaabe musician and composer Daniel Monkman.

When: August 18th to 20th, 2023
Where: Trillium Park, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Rastafest Reggae Festival

Canada’s largest celebration of Rastafari heritage and culture is happening in our city this weekend

Head on over to Little Jamaica for a multi-disciplined, family-fun event highlighting different aspects of the Rastafari and Reggae culture.

The Sound System Edition will take place on Friday, followed by the family-friendly fun festival on Saturday.

When: August 18th & 19th, 2023
Where: 1531 Eglinton Avenue West

5 Seconds of Summer

Australian pop rock group 5 Seconds of Summer will tear up the waterfront this week and it’s going to be an evening to remember.

Dance and sing your heart out at Budweiser Stage — outdoor concert season is the best season in our city!

When: August 15th, 2023
Where: Budweiser Stage

Chris Stapleton

Tennessee whiskey, anyone? American country star Chris Stapleton is coming our way this week.

Our days of waterfront concerts at Budweiser Stage are numbered, so enjoy this glorious time of year while you can!

When: August 17th, 2023
Where: Budweiser Stage

WWE Friday Night Smackdown

Get ready for a wild night of action and entertainment!

The WWE is returning to Toronto with a heart-pumping edition of Friday Night Smackdown, where the stars collide in an epic live battle.

Who will win the championship gold? There can only be one winner, and you could get a close-up view of all the action.

When: August 18th, 2023, 7:45 PM
Where: Scotiabank Arena

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies

The Jays face off against the Phillies this week at the newly-renovated Rogers Centre.

Cheer for the home team from the stands or scoop up a $20 general admission ticket to catch the action from one of the many new viewing and social zones within the arena, where you can grab elevated ballpark eats, do fun activities, and soak up the sun.

When: August 15th & 16th, 2023
Where: Rogers Centre