Summer has officially begun and it’s finally starting to feel like it out there! The sun is shining, the fun is just beginning, and we’re ready to dive into some incredible things to do in Toronto this week.
Between outdoor movies, Pride festivities, concerts and festivals, we’ve got no shortage of options.
Let’s not waste a single moment, friends. Here are our top picks of the best things to do in Toronto this week. Enjoy it!
Toronto’s beloved summer tradition of free movies in the park is making a comeback! Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is returning for its 13th year this Thursday.
There will be 21 films to see this summer and they will be played at four public spaces around the city — Fort York, Corktown Common, Bell Manor Park, and Christie Pits Park.
The 2023 season will kick off with a banner 5-night opening at Fort York National Historic Site, from June 22nd to 26th.
When: June 22nd to August 27th, 2023
Where: Fort York, Corktown Common, Bell Manor Park, and Christie Pits Park
Green Space Festival is back in Toronto for Pride Month and it’s a free, all-ages dance party where everyone is welcome.
The best in drag and DJ talent will provide the entertainment and soundtrack for the four-day event, which will run from June 21st to 25th.
The dance parties are described as “the best alfresco parties with enticing music, queery performances, delicious food and drinks, and a whole lot of love.”
Where: Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St
When: June 21st to 25th, 2023
In celebration of National Indigenous Month, a lineup of renowned Indigenous artists will be taking centre stage in the heart of Toronto for a free festival.
The four-day festival will feature musical performances, cultural workshops, food, and kid-friendly programming.
The event is completely free to attend, with family-friendly programming during the day and live DJ dance parties at night.
When: June 21st to 24th, 2023
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street
The legendary annual Wood Street Block Party returns this week.
Experience the electrifying energy of Toronto’s Village, non-stop music, fun, and good vibes from Friday to Sunday.
Put on your brightest look and get ready to dance the day away!
When: June 23rd from 7 PM to 11 PM, June 24th & 25th from 1 PM to 11 PM
Where: Wood Street and Church Street, Toronto
The largest Trans March in the world is taking place in our city this Friday.
“This event is a powerful and important space for Trans individuals to gather and celebrate their identities while also raising awareness and fighting for Trans human rights,” says the description.
Hear from powerful speakers and performers, celebrate the beauty and resilience of the Trans community, and show your support during the rally and march.
Afterward, enjoy incredible Transgender performances on the Garden Stage at the grassroots afterparty.
When: June 23rd, 2023, 7 PM to 11 PM
Where: Beginning at Hayden Street and Church Street, Garden Stage – 241 Church Street
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Let’s go girls! The one and only queen Shania Twain is gracing our city for two back to back shows.
The legendary songstress will be performing at Budweiser Stage this Friday and Saturday.
When: June 23rd & 24th, 2023
Where: Budweiser Stage
The TD Toronto Jazz Fest is back from this Friday, June 23rd to July 2nd, with a stellar star-studded lineup including legendary hip hop and R&B singer Ashanti.
The beloved music festival will take over Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville area with 10 days of free outdoor programming. And on top of that, a selection of ticketed concerts featuring the best of the best in musical acts.
Other acts include Juno Award-winning singerJully Black, BADBADNOTGOOD, and Jazz Legends Herbie Hancock and Geroge Benson.
When: June 23rd to July 2nd 2023
Where: See full schedule
Toronto’s iconic music garden will once again host free live concerts starting this week.
The series presents 18 free concerts in the Toronto Music Garden on most Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer, featuring a wide variety of musical styles from emerging and established artists.
Concerts will kick off with a live performance from Canada’s first Inuk professional classical singer, Deantha Edmunds, on June 21st in honour of Indigenous Peoples Day.
When: June 21st to August 27th, 2023
Where: The Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West
Canada’s largest Asian festival returns to Markham this Friday, bringing together some of the best food vendors around the GTA.
For three full days of cultural events, family-friendly attractions, and of course, food, Taste of Asia will take over Markham starting June 23rd.
With over 300,000 visitors and over 150 different food stalls, you can expect an exciting and high-energy event that celebrates harmony, cuisine, and culture.
When: June 23rd to June 25th, 2023
Where: Kennedy & Steeles, Markham
Take part in the biggest Pride cruise party in the city.
Journey through the Inner Harbour, Island Lagoons, and enjoy Toronto’s skyline on The Empress of Canada.
Catch a drag show, belly dancing performance, and dance all night long on the three-level vessel.
When: June 23rd, 2023 7 PM to June 24th, 2023 12:30 AM
Where: The Empress of Canada – 11 Polson Street