We’ve still got plenty of summer left to enjoy and here in Toronto, you’ve got infinite options when it comes to fun in the sun. The CNE is in full swing, street festivals are happening all over town, and there is no shortage of exciting events to put on your radar. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend, so you can make these final weekends of the season count.
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Let’s go to The Ex! The long-awaited return of The CNE in Toronto is finally here, with exciting new attractions, thrilling rides, live performances, riveting competitions, and an all-new lineup of outrageously delicious eats!
And you can’t miss Canada’s biggest Air Show which will soar through city skies on the closing weekend of the carnival.
Where: Exhibition Place
When: Until September 5, 2022
America’s largest weekly open-air food market popular in cities like L.A. and Brooklyn, has arrived in the city for the first time ever, complete with an ice cream alley and fully-stocked SmorgasBAR.
Smorgasburg’s Toronto edition will run until September, bringing dozens of international food vendors to one place every single Saturday.
Where: 7 Queen’s Quay East
When: August 27, 2022
The ultimate Latin fest filled with music, food, and live entertainment is coming to Toronto’s popular waterfront spot. Ontario Place will transform into a tropical paradise when Latin Sparks makes a return this August.
For one day only, on August 27, Latin Sparks will bring the heat and flavour to Ontario Place for a full day of fun in the sun. You won’t have to travel too far to enjoy the rich Latin culture and all it has to offer.
When: August 27, 2022, 3 p.m.
Where: Ontario Place
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Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market
After a two-year hiatus, the Sunday street parties we know and love are officially back at Kensington Market. Pedestrian Sundays are back for the summer and will continue into the fall. On the last Sunday of August, Toronto’s most eccentric neighbourhood will host a street-wide celebration of community, culture, and ecology.
Where: Kensington Market
When: August 28, 2022
Sponsored Pick: Toronto Cider Festival
Cider enthusiasts, there’s a festival coming to Toronto this weekend that’s just for you. The Toronto Cider Festival is returning this summer for two days of cider tastings, delicious food pairings, and live music to rock out to while you sip.
Award-winning artists and DJs will provide the soundtrack as you sip your way through the festival, snap photos in the photo booth, explore the interactive graffiti art show, and relax in the fire pit lounge.
Where: The Toronto Inukshuk Park, 789 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: August 26-27, 2022
Cost: Click here to see all ticket options & get $10 off with promo code CURIOCITY
One of Toronto’s most popular foodie events is back The Summerlicious restaurant festival is back this Friday, offering Torontonians a way to celebrate the city’s diverse culinary scene with set menus and price points.
According to the City, this year’s Summerlicious is all about supporting the “recovery and revival of Toronto’s restaurant scene” by making it easier for restaurants to participate and offer their “enticing experiences and delectable food” to the public.
Where: See all restaurants here
When: Until August 28, 2022
A huge two-day festival celebrating Trinidad & Tobago is popping up in Toronto this weekend. They’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of independence, culture, and more, of the Trinidad & Tobago diaspora in Canada.
Attendees can expect a series of events, great food, and of course, music. In addition to delicious food, there will be Carnival mas band pop-ups, prizes, and giveaways.
When: August 27-28, 2022
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Twenty One Pilots: The Icy Tour
Twenty One Pilots are hitting the stage this weekend at Scotiabank Arena. If you haven’t gotten your live music fix yet this summer, this is the perfect opportunity to sing and cheer your heart out.
Where: Scotiabank Arena
When: August 27, 2022
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FAN EXPO Canada
Get ready to take your fandom to new heights! There are so many stars set to appear at this year’s FAN EXPO, including cast members from Stranger Things, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Sons of Anarchy, and even the Harry Potter film series.
Finn Wolfhard and Joseph Quinn will be on-site interacting with fans and participating in a Q&A panel during the convention, which runs from August 25 to 28.
When: August 25-28, 2022
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Sponsored Pick: SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP AT JOE FRESH’S FIRST EVER WAREHOUSE SALE
The perfect opportunity to freshen up your wardrobe for fall & back to school is here – Style Democracy is hosting Joe Fresh’s first ever warehouse sale! Score up to 70% off thousands of items for the whole fam. We’re talking tops, bottoms, accessories, pj’s, and everything in between.
When: August 24-28, 10 AM to 9 PM on Thurs & Fri, 10 AM to 6 PM on Sat, 10 AM to 7 PM on Sun
Where: The International Centre – 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga
Cost: Free entrance & parking!
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