The long weekend may be behind us now, but the fun is far from over! There are so many incredible things to do in Toronto this week, from movies under the stars to outdoor festivals and pop-up events that the city has never seen before.
Take a look at this list of the best things going on in and around the city this week and keep the good times rolling.
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 Singin’ in the Rain 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 7, 2022, 9 p.m.
The city’s busiest transit hub is now busier in the best way possible. Toronto’s Union Summer is now underway for the month of July, 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
You don’t need a passport to travel to the tropics because vacay vibes are coming right to us this week. Toronto is getting a pop-up beach club that’ll make you feel like you’re in Tulum, Mexico.
The pop-up is called Playa Patrón and it’ll run for three days at Ashbridges Bay Park. Inspired by the beach clubs of the tropics, Playa Patrón will serve up Tulum-inspired brunch during the day and hand-crafted cocktails and live music at night.
Where: 1561 Lake Shore Blvd E
When: July 7-10, 2022
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This music festival will bring communities and cultures together in celebration of Toronto’s diversity. “Mixto is the representation of all the elements of diversity in our city, and our community of artists and revellers,” says the event’s description. The festival will feature live performances, works by local artists, and of course, food and drinks! Tickets can be purchased in advance on Mixto’s website.
Where: Multiple venues
When: July 7-10, 2022
Canada’s premier amusement park is hosting a 17-day celebration in honour of our nation’s birthday, showcasing live music, authentic Canadian food (a.k.a. peameal bacon and poutine galore), street performers, and an epic fireworks show. Ride the epic coasters, splash around in the water park, and celebrate Canada all at the same time.
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: July 1-17, 2022
The annual Taste of Lawrence festival is returning for a weekend of non-stop entertainment starting this Friday, including an array of music and dance performances, mouthwatering multicultural cuisine, midway rides, and more family-friendly fun.
When: July 8—10, 2022
Where: Lawrence Ave, Warden Ave to Birchmount Rd
Toronto’s historic Distillery District is hosting the ICFF Lavazza IncluCity Festival this July and has transformed into a giant open-air cinema village under the stars.
“Outdoor theatres and patios will line Distillery’s Trinity Street and a new innovative theatre space will offer a magical vantage point for festival goers,” the description says. Some venues will have comfy couch seating and large digital screens for an upgraded experience.
Where: The Distillery Historic District
When: June 27 – July 16, 2022
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Explore the newest attraction in Niagara Falls, The Tunnel at the Niagara Parks Power Station! Dig deep into the rich history of the century-old power station as you explore this engineering feat from an incredible new perspective, 180 feet beneath the main generating floor at the edge of the Niagara River overlooking the Horseshoe Falls.
Where: Niagara Parks Power Station, 7005 Niagara Pkwy
Tickets: Get yours here
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
Attention Potterheads, this is not a drill! The highly-anticipated production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally in Toronto. This version of the world’s most award-winning play features an all-Canadian cast and it brings the wizarding world of Harry Potter to life on the Mirvish stage. Plus, you may even score some cheap seats in the weekly ticket lottery.
Where: 244 Victoria St
When: Select dates
The first-ever GLOBL JAM is happening this week, and we’re pleased to say it’s kickin’ off right here in Toronto at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on July 5th!
The event is a first-of-its-kind international basketball showcase, and if you’re like us and wanna cheer on Team Canada as the best U23 players take on the world… you’re in luck. ‘Cause tickets are on sale now, and you can get 20% OFF with promo code GJAMF.
Where: Mattamy Athletic Centre
When: Starting on July 5, 2022