Another gorgeous week has arrived in our city and now’s the time to make every moment count. Summer is here for a good time, not a long time, and with so many things to do in Toronto this week, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the stunning weather and experience the best of the city at the same time.

Let’s dive into the best things to do in Toronto and the GTA this week!

The FRIENDS Experience

The Friends experience that has popped up in cities around the U.S. has finally opened in Toronto! The event has every element that would make any Friends superfan go crazy, including set recreations and original props and costumes.

You’ll get to dance in front of the fountain, step into the show and explore 12 rooms of set recreations, pose on the couch, take photos to your heart’s content, shop for exclusive merch, and more. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect!

Where: Yorkdale Shopping Centre (across from the LEGO store)
When: Reserve your spot

Free Outdoor Movies at Corktown Common

The season of movies under the stars is back! The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) has returned for a summer of FREE films. This Thursday, you can catch Soul Power at Corktown Common, where free movies will be played every Thursday for the rest of this month. Eats and treats will be available starting at 7 p.m., and the show begins at sundown.

Where: Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Ave
When: July 21, 2022, 9 p.m.

Toronto Bob Marley One Love Experience

A new immersive experience is now open in Toronto and it’s a celebration of art, culture, and the pioneer of reggae himself, Bob Marley. Toronto’s Bob Marley experience will feature never-before-seen memorabilia and an experience that transports you to the Jamaican forest.

Described as a “unique multi-room exhibit,” the Bob Marley experience will feature six massive distinct spaces, each of which is dedicated to a different chapter of the musician’s life and legacy.

Where: 1 Yonge St
When: Various times

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The World of Barbie

If “Barbie Girl” by Aqua was, or still is, your theme song, there’s an immersive experience just for you. A 7,600-square-meter, life-sized display called The World of Barbie is opening in the GTA this week.

Visitors will get to walk through Barbie’s neighbourhood streets, step into a Barbie dreamhouse, sit inside a Barbie camper van and explore interactive rooms inspired by some of Barbie’s careers as a scientist, music producer, astronaut, and more.

Where: Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga
When: Opens July 22, 2022

Le Voyage

If you’ve always wanted to sail the Côte d’Azur, this yacht party in Toronto might be the next best thing. A new event by Grey Goose Vodka plans to “bring the luxury of the French Riviera and hype of the VIP yacht lifestyle to major cities across Canada” this summer.

You’ll get to spend the day deck-side enjoying French canapés from La Bréhandaise Market and Bobbette & Belle, take part in some on-board mixology classes, dance to the sounds of live DJ Elise Purdon, and most importantly, soak up the views.

When: July 20-24, 2022
Where: 15 Ashbridges Bay Park Rd

New Kids on the Block at Scotiabank Arena

Another throwback concert is coming our way! Hot on the heels of the Backstreet Boys show over Canada Day weekend, NKOTB is coming to the city for a nostalgia-filled show. If you love kicking it old school, you’ll want to find yourself here on Wednesday!

Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: July 20, 2022

Ice Cream Fest

An entire festival dedicated to ice cream? Say no more! Street Eats Market will host a massive ice cream fest starting this Friday, featuring local vendors serving up all kinds of creative and delicious takes on this summertime treat. Bring your appetite!

When: July 22—24, 2022
Where: 500 Progress Ave

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Sponsored Pick: Take a trip down memory lane at Pickering Village Museum’s latest exhibit

Whether you loved the character Anne of Green Gables from the iconic Lucy Maud Montgomery novel, or you’ve been Netflix binging ‘Anne of E’ (or maybe both), it’s time to check out Pickering Village Museum’s ‘The Anne & Maud Experience’.

The museum has reopened the exhibit as a cooler and more immersive experience than ever, and you’ll get to tour the famous museum village, have tea in Maud’s residence, picnic in the village, grab some souvenirs and much more.

Where: Pickering Museum Village, 2365 Concession Rd 6, Greenwood
When: Until September 4, 2022

 Music on the River

Boating, music, warm nights — put ’em all together and you have what might just be the coolest live concert experience Toronto has to offer. Music on the River is a concert series right on the Humber River and you’ll get to paddle your way to the show. Your ticket comes with a boat rental, paddle, lifejackets, access to the show, and a glowstick to wave along with the music.

Where: Humber River Paddling Centre, 9 Old Mill Rd
When: July 22, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

Union Summer

The city’s busiest transit hub is now busier in the best way possible this summer. Toronto’s Union Summer is officially underway, 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: June 27—August 28, 2022