It’s officially summer and here in Toronto, it certainly feels like the season has begun. With festivals, outdoor movies under the stars, concerts and music festivals, we locals know how to make the most of these gorgeous few months. Check out this list of the coolest things to do this week in Toronto so you can keep the fun going in all the best ways.
Let’s Survive Forever Infinity Mirror Room
The Yayoi Kusama exhibit that took Toronto by storm a few years back is now a permanent fixture at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), and it reopens to the public on June 22.
The AGO’s exhibit features “mirrored spheres suspended from the ceiling and arranged on the floor,” according to the description. If you’ve only seen it in photos, now is your chance to finally experience it in person.
When: Starting June 22, 2022
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario
Taste of Asia
Taste of Asia, Canada’s largest Asian festival, is back! Returning to Markham, this will be the 18th year for the event, which celebrates harmony, cuisine and culture.
Expect flavour and fun at this year’s Taste of Asia, which kicks off on June 24. Hosted by the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), this year it will take on the theme of celebrating collaboration with Hakka World Conference, and Asialicious.
Where: Kennedy & Steeles, Markham
When: Friday June 24, 2022 from 2pm to 11 pm
Green Space Festival
The start of warm weather and in-person festivals calls for a celebration in Toronto, and what better way to do that than a big collective happy dance? Green Space Festival is back in Toronto for Pride Month and it’s a free, all-ages dance party where everyone is welcome.
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 23-26, 2022
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show
The season of movies under the stars is about to return here in the city! The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is making a comeback for the summer with a new series of programming called Curtains Up!. The films will pay tribute to all of the performing artists we’ve missed seeing live during the pandemic, from dancers to circus acts to musicians and more.
Where: See locations
When: Begins June 23, 2022
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100 Days of Summer by Art & Water
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
A whimsical 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
Pinoy Night Market
The first of several Filipino food events to come this summer kicks off on June 24 at Street Eats Market. You’ll get to indulge in mouthwatering Filipino cuisine under the stars at this summertime night market. Count us in!
When: June 24, 2022
Where: 500 Progress Ave
Pride Street Fair
A multitude of vendors, artisans, and local organizations will take over The Village during Festival Weekend. Come together in celebration of togetherness and support for the community and most importantly, have fun! Plus, you’ll want to check out the Wellness Zone, Art Zone, and Food Zone.
Where: Church St & Wellesley St
When: June 24, 2022
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TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Jazz-lovers, jazz up! The 10-day event celebrating your fave music and musicians is returning this month for its 35th year. The impressive lineup this year includes major names like Smokey Robinson, Gregory Porter, and Michael Kaeschammer.
When: Begins June 24, 2022
Where: See schedule here
Sponsored Pick: Indigenous Cuisine in Niagara Falls
This National Indigenous Month, celebrate Indigenous culinary traditions in Niagara Falls. Throughout the month of June, Niagara Parks Table Rock House Restaurant and Queen Victoria Place Restaurant will feature menus inspired by Indigenous chefs and culture.
Where: 6650 Niagara Parkway
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