The first day of summer is inching ever closer and things are heating up in our city. Outdoor festivals, concerts, and events are in full swing. If you want to make the most of every single day this season, you’ll want to check out this list of the best things to do in Toronto this week.
Get ready for another glorious week, Toronto!
Taste of Little Italy
This beloved annual event is hosted by Little Italy BIA and takes place along College Street, from Bathurst St. to Shaw St, a.k.a. Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood. The street fest closes the road to vehicles, as live music, vendors, and awesome food stands take over. Make sure you head to it with an empty stomach, as food is definitely the draw.
When: June 17—19, 2022
Where: College St W (Little Italy)
Gymshark Warehouse Sale
The first-ever Gymshark warehouse sale will be held in Toronto this week. Thousands of items for men and women will be marked down, with deals of up to 70% off. Entry to the sale is free and the products will be replenished until inventory runs out, so you better show up early if you want first dibs!
Where: The International Centre Hall 2, 6900 Airport Rd
When: June 15-19, 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: June 17, 2022
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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles
Looking for something cheap and fun to do outdoors this week? You can’t go wrong with a good old ball game. The Rogers Centre has its top down for the season, which means you’ll be soaking up some rays while you cheer with the crowd, bite into a jumbo hot dog, and wash it down with a cold drink.
Where: Rogers Centre
When: June 13-16, 2022
The Mac n’ Cheese Festival
Imagine the most ooey-gooey, cheesy, and delicious comfort food you can think of. Now, imagine an entire event that’s dedicated to it. Sounds like heaven on earth, doesn’t it? Well, it’s about to become reality at the mac n’ cheese festival at Street Eats Market. Vendors selling various unique and delicious mac n’ cheese creations will take over the outdoor venue for one weekend only. Don’t miss out!
When: June 17—19, 2022
Where: 500 Progress Ave
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This weekend is all about celebrating dads! If you haven’t made plans yet, or need to up your game, head to Niagara Falls! From go-karts to exotic car rentals and breweries to golf courses (plus everything in between), you can treat him to all his favourite activities on a quick getaway close to home.
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The ROM: Free Main-Floor Access
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is inviting the public to its main floor galleries and public spaces for FREE all season long in celebration of the museum’s new identity.
As part of the offering, visitors can stop by to see Kore 670, “a stunning sculpture from antiquity on loan from Greece.” Other main-floor exhibits include the Gallery of Chinese Architecture, Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, and more.
Where: 100 Queen’s Park
When: June 9—September 25, 2022
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Taco Fest by Taste Toronto
This epic food festival is definitely giving Toronto something to taco ’bout. The three-day fiesta will feature over 100 varieties of tacos from Toronto’s top restaurants and chefs, so you better come hungry! To spice things up even more, Taco Fest will have tequila and specialty cocktails to pair your tacos with, as well as mariachi bands and salsa dancing to entertain you in between bites.
Where: The West Island, Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: June 17-19, 2022
Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
A magical new exhibit has arrived, Toronto! Wizarding World, the official home of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, has opened an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Visitors will be able to explore the natural wonders of the animal world and the mythical creatures they inspired, juxtaposing animal species from nature with the magical creatures that inhabit the Wizarding World.
When: June 13-17, 2022
Where: The ROM, 100 Queens Park
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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’ll bring the wizarding world of Harry Potter to life on the Mirvish stage.
And if luck is on your side, you may even be able to score super cheap tickets in the Golden Snitch Lottery.
Where: 244 Victoria St
When: Select dates
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