Wow, what a week we’ve got coming our way! Toronto is heading into its Civic Holiday long weekend, but until then, we have some very exciting things to keep us busy. This stretch of the summer is always jam-packed with festivals and events of all kinds, and you already know that the city is delivering its usual excitement this time around. Here are the best things to do in Toronto this week to make every day feel like a long weekend!
After two long years, Caribana is back! This iconic festival of Caribbean culture and traditions is the largest of its kind in North America and draws massive crowds throughout its duration. Celebrations and cultural events are held both at the festival grounds and throughout the city all weekend long.
This year, attendees will experience an all-new Grand Parade Central, hosted on the Exhibition Place Grounds. And you can’t miss the day-to-night social with the one and only Lebron James!
Where: See the best things to do
When: July 28-31, 2022
One of Toronto’s biggest music festivals of the year is making a comeback this Friday and they’re inviting major headliners to the stage. VELD Music Festival will take place at Downsview Park all weekend long and will be bigger than ever with an additional day of live music.
Headliners include The Chainsmokers, Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Porter Robinson, as well as hip-hop headliners Gunna and Polo G.
Where: 70 Canuck Ave
When: July 29-31, 2022
If “Barbie Girl” by Aqua was, or still is, your theme song, there’s an immersive experience just for you. A 30,00 square foot, life-sized display called The World of Barbie is now open in the GTA
Visitors can 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: Book your visit here
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The one and only Dua Lipa is coming to rock the stage at Scotiabank Arena this week! If you can’t get enough of her catchy bops, you will definitely want to find yourself at her concert on Wednesday. It’s not too late to snag seats, there are still tickets available on Ticketmaster.
Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: July 27, 2022
Our city’s historic Ed Mirvish Theatre has been renamed the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, and it’s been creating quite a buzz with its current show – fan-fave Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mirvish also announced a dazzling lineup over the coming months, including Singin’ in the Rain, & Juliet, God is a Scottish Drag Queen and 6 Guitars, to name a few.
As for the perks? CAA members can expect savings of up to 25% on select shows, VIP perks, and free coffee and coat check.
Where: CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre
When: Now – December 24th, 2022
The dinner party to end all dinner parties is finally returning to Toronto this week. Dîner en Blanc is making a comeback for the first time since 2019, all-white dress code in full effect.
This annual event is hosted at a secret location and released to its guests at the last minute. Thousands of guests are invited to the lavish “chic picnic” in their most elegant white attire. Don’t have your invite yet? You can still get on the waiting list!
When: July 28, 2022
If getting up close to a volcano is on your travel bucket list, what if we told you that you can do just that without leaving Toronto? The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)’s new exhibit called Jónsi: Hrafntinna (Obsidian) transports you inside a Nordic volcano eruption through light, sound, and smell.
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St West
When: Book your visit
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 enjoy Catch Me if You Can at Corktown Common. 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 28, 2022, 9 p.m.
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We love food trucks. And we love food truck festivals even more! The Toronto Food Truck Festival is returning this Friday, with vendors like include The Kathi Roll Express, Pharaohs Kitchen, Food Dudes, Buster’s Sea Cove, and Craig’s Cookies.
Admission will be free, and organizers say there’s something for everyone!
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E
When: July 29-August 1, 2022
Niagara Parks is home to three championship golf courses, and if you’re looking to play a round this week and beyond— we’d suggest checking them out. From the Legends on the Niagara world-class golf facility that features two championship courses, a par-3 executive course, and a 360° driving range on 45 acres (to name a few), to the TaylorMade Niagara Performance Centre and the Niagara Parks’ Audubon designation… you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.