We’re officially entering summer territory this week, Toronto! Now that it’s finally June, we can dive into all of the things we love about summer, including outdoor food festivals, concerts, patios, and scenic sunset strolls. Plus, this week marks the premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Toronto.
In short, there is no shortage of things to do in Toronto this week — here’s a look at the very best of what the city has in store for us over the next few days.
Attention Potterheads, this is not a drill! The highly-anticipated production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally coming to Toronto. The show was postponed due to the pandemic, so it has been a long time coming. This version of the world’s most award-winning play will feature an all-Canadian cast and it’ll bring the wizarding world of Harry Potter to life on the Mirvish stage.
Featuring “spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces,” this show will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!
Where: 244 Victoria St
When: Starting May 31, 2022
After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil has finally brought its iconic Big Top back to Toronto for a breathtaking performance. This Victoria Day, the city will be treated to Cirque du Soleil’s most critically acclaimed show, called KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities. The performers will take the stage at Ontario Place for a “mind-boggling” limited series of shows that combine acrobatics with art, poetry, and humour.
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: Until July 17, 2022
A mouthwatering food festival dedicated to all things taco-related is coming to Street Eats Market. Sink your teeth into savoury and crunchy tacos of all varieties. This is one of many food festivals to come over the next few months in Toronto. And if you can’t get enough of this beloved Mexican staple, a massive taco and tequila festival will hit the city later this summer.
When: June 3—5, 2022
Where: 500 Progress Ave
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Photography enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Canadian and international artists will showcase their work through exhibitions until May 31, as well as installations, and commissioned projects at museums, galleries, and public spaces across Toronto. You’ll get to discover both acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists at this annual event.
Where: Various locations
When: Until May 31, 2022
A street-wide celebration is making its way to Dundas St West starting this Friday. Dubbed “Toronto’s official start to summer,” Do West Fest (formerly Dundas West Fest), promises to deliver three days of non-stop fun to the west end. As always, the festival will occupy 14 blocks of Dundas St West, stretching from Ossington to Lansdowne in the heart of Little Portugal.
Where: Dundas St West, Ossington to Lansdowne
When: June 3-5, 2022
A new spot to grab a cocktail has opened up in the heart of the city, but it’s not your average bar. Eataly’s new standing bar is located right on Bloor Street, so you can walk right up and order a drink. On the menu, you’ll find both classic cocktails like the Aperol Spritz and personalized varieties with a Build Your Own Gin & Tonic menu featuring 15 different gins, as well as wine, beer, and Italian bites.
Where: 55 Bloor St West
When: Daily, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Add some excitement to your week with epic views from the tallest attraction in Niagara Falls – the Skylon Tower! Experience stunning views of the Falls and the entire city from both the observation deck and the Revolving Dining Room. Plan your visit to watch the sunset during dinner turn into the nightly Falls illumination with fireworks at 10 pm.
Where: 5200 Robinson St, Niagara Falls
Canada’s premier 2SLGBTQ+ film festival returns for in-person and virtual screenings. For almost 30 years, this event has brought together people of all ages, races and abilities in celebration of Canadian-made queer film. Year after year, the festival engages in challenging attitudes and changing lives through stories told on-screen. A can’t-miss festival for film buffs, community members, and allies alike.
Where: In-person & virtual
When: Until June 5, 2022
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A whimsical new walkway has popped up in Toronto. The free outdoor pop-up, called The Colourway, is a series of rainbow arches made out of 5,000 recycled pool noodles. If you snap a photo of The Colourway, you’ll be given access to all kinds of deals and freebies at participating storefronts in the area, including free pizza, gym passes, clothing discounts, and more.
Where: 1479 Yonge St
When: Until June 24, 2022
Toronto’s waterfront has released its jam-packed summer programming and kicking things off is Canada’s first and only floating arts and culture festival running until September 5. “Performances will bring together songwriters, musicians, and other artists from all walks of life to deliver art and culture into the daily lives of Torontonians,” the description says. It’s not one to miss!
Where: 585 Queens Quay West & 1 Queens Quay West
When: Until September 5, 2022