We’ve got an exciting weekend to look forward to, friends. We’re talking about food festivals, concerts, and block parties galore! When it comes to things to do in Toronto this weekend, you already know we’ve got the best picks right here.

So round up your favourite people and get that itinerary going — now’s the time for some serious summertime fun.

Here are the very best things to do in Toronto this weekend. Make it count!

Taste of Vietnam

This fun-filled event will take over Nathan Philips Square this weekend and will feature arts, food, music, games, and cultural parades.

According to organizers, last year’s “event exceeded all expectations with a record-breaking number of 45,000 attendees and participants.”

This year, you can experience the magic of “Sen” firsthand and immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Vietnam.

When: Until August 12th, 2023
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

Waterfront Night Market

Back for its 14th edition, the Toronto Waterfront Night Market will take over Hotel X at the Stanley Barracks with a huge variety of pan-Asian food vendors and craft beer to try.

Over 100 delicious vendors are said to be at this free event, along with a beer garden.

You’ll get to sip on craft beer while you fill up on mouthwatering street food and cuisine from all over the continent.

When: August 11th to 13th, 2023
Where: Hotel X – 111 Princes’ Blvd

Sponsored Pick: Canadian Blood Services will be at Taste of the Danforth and the TD Markham Jazz Festival

Canada Blood Services will be at both Taste of the Danforth and the TD Markham Jazz Festival this month spreading information and awareness about the need for blood and stem cell donations. Stop by their info booth while you’re there and register to donate. You’ll leave with some free summer swag and a good conscience.

Taste of the Danforth 
When: Friday, August 11th to Sunday, August 13th
Where: Danforth Ave & Pape Ave

TD Markham Jazz Festival
When: Saturday, August 19th to Sunday, August 20th
Where: Main Street, Unionville

The Bentway Block Party

A street-wide celebration called The Bentway Block Party has been set for this Sunday, which will take place under the Gardiner Expressway.

The event is described as a “celebratory street party across The Bentway site, featuring performances, music, street food and drink, family-friendly workshops, fashion shows, and more.”

Get ready to groove on the dance floor to incredible live music and DJs, create colourful upcycled pom-poms, browse in the artist’s market, and sip drinks at the Bentway Bar.

When: August 13th, 2023, 12 PM to 9 PM
Where: 250 Fort York Boulevard

Taste of the Danforth

The city’s most beloved street festival, Taste of the Danforth is officially coming back to Toronto this Friday.

This iconic event will take over the Danforth with delectable cuisine, entertainment, and fun for the whole family.

“From savoury street eats to delicious dessert creations, our festival promises to be a delight for all,” says the description. We can’t wait!

When: August 11th to 13th, 2023
Where: GreekTown on the Danforth

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TD Jerk Festival 

It’s back and better than ever! This weekend, the beloved TD Jerk Festival promises to be an even bigger celebration than in years past.

The festival will feature delicious food, interactive food demonstrations, and iconic musical headliners. It’s not one to miss!

When: August 10th to 13th, 2023
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke

Electric Island

Toronto’s beloved outdoor concert and picnic series is back this Friday!

This year’s festival is back for its 11th year and bigger than ever with eight days of music throughout the spring and summer.

Electric Island held its opening weekend back in May and its second edition in July. We still have two more weekends to look forward to this year!

When: August 11th & 12th, September 2nd & 3rd, 2023
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East

Boots & Hearts Music Festival

Get ready to hoot, holler, and stomp your boots! The Boots & Hearts country music festival is making a comeback this weekend.

Located north of Toronto in Oro-Medonte, this event is known as Canada’s largest camping and music festival.

This year’s headliners are superstars Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Nickelback, and Tim Hicks, plus many other big-name acts.

When: August 10th to 13th, 023
Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 240 8th Line South, Oro Station

South Asian Food Fest

Get ready to turn up the heat this weekend with bold and delicious flavours at this South Asian foodie market.

You can expect the best eats from vendors like Rick’s Good Eats, Fed By Chachu’s, Hungry Maharaj, and more.

Experience an array of delicious spices and flavours for an entire weekend. And of course, what’s an authentic cultural event without folklore dances and performances?

Catch Bhangara, Bollywood, Fusion and Dhol performances throughout the weekend!

When: August 11th to 13th, 2023
Where: Parking Lot 3 at Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga

Smorgasburg Toronto

The largest weekly open-air food market in America, Smorgasburg, is back at our waterfront for the second summer in a row.

The market, which is popular in cities like Brooklyn, LA, and Miami, takes place in Toronto every Saturday until early September.

Admission to the “food flea market” is free and there are over 50 hand-picked vendors on-site showcasing their delicious cuisine.

When: August 12th, 2023, 11 AM to 6 PM
Where: Captain John’s Pier, 7 Queens Quay East