A beautiful weekend is headed our way, Toronto! The gorgeous weather isn’t the only reason to make every moment count here in the city. There are so many exciting things to do in Toronto this weekend that will make you want to live life to the fullest, including several food festivals, aquatic fun, and much more.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend to get the party started and keep it going until Monday rolls around.

Backyard Festival

The June edition of this summer-long festival at Stackt Market is basically a giant Pride-themed outdoor party, complete with a local LGBTQ+ vendor market, music series, food station, an art showcase, and more. What better way to enjoy summer in the city than with good tunes, good bites, and good company in an outdoor oasis?

Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St
When: June 18, 2022

National Picnic Day at Avalon Lavender Farm

It’s finally summer, which means there are infinite places to stop and smell the flowers here in Ontario. Among them is a picturesque lavender farm near Toronto opening to the public this weekend.

Visitors will get to enjoy a picnic lunch in an outdoor oasis “surrounded by the beautiful smells of lavender, captivating wildlife, and complete serenity,” the description says. Ah, we’re feeling zen already.

Where: 347036 Mono Centre Road, Mono
When: June 18 & 19, 2022

Luminato Woodbine Weekend

Luminato Woodbine Weekend kicks off this Friday and it’ll be jam-packed with concerts, art showcases, food vendors, and more.

“Launch your summer with two days of fabulous free music, art, conversation and food when we transform Woodbine Park into a magical urban fairground,” the description says. “Enjoy delicious food and drink, fun parades and sweet surprises, to celebrate the communities and cultures of the region.”

When: June 18 & 19, 2022
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E

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Sponsored Pick: Father’s Day in Niagara Falls

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. 

Where: See the best activities here
When: June 19, 2022

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)

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

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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Sponsored Pick: Canadian F1 Grand Prix Viewing Party at RendezViews

Start your engines, F1 is back in Canada! And even though this week’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada takes place in Montreal (as always), Toronto’s most epic outdoor patio is hosting the city’s largest viewing party, with chances to win all weekend. Attendees can eat, drink, and even get a chance to win a trip to the Heineken F1 2023 in Montreal.

And as a special treat to our Curiocity fam on Race Day (June 19), someone will win a $150 food tab at RV East and another person at RV West, the two different sides of the venue.How? Book your reservation, show up and be the first on either venue’s side to say ‘Curiocity brought me here’.

When: Saturday, June 18th @ 4 PM (qualifying); Sunday, June 19th doors open @ 12 pm, race starts at 2 pm (Race Day)
Where: RendezViewsTO Patio – 229 Richmond St W
Cost: Entry is free

Toronto public pool opening

City-run outdoor pools will open this month and there are so many of them to choose from. There’s nothing like taking a refreshing dip on a hot summer day and starting this June 18 and June 30, you’ll be able to do so at pools all over the city.

Where: See locations
When: Opening June 18

Elora Gorge Tubing

This awesome spot is only about a 1.5-hour drive outside of Toronto. When you make the trek, you’ll be met with the beautiful natural landscape that is The Elora Gorge.

Be brave and tube the fast rapids or just lounge in the relaxing area of the stream. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy the gorgeous sights of the surrounding river and the beautiful cliffs above.

Rafting at Elora Gorge opens for the season on June 18, 2022. Reservations are required in advance and you can book them online.

Where: Elora Gorge Park, 7400 Wellington County Rd, Elora