No Toronto summer is complete without a visit to Yorkville, and there’s a lot more to do in this famously upscale neighbourhood than window-shopping and people-watching. Whether you’re a lover of music, the arts, or a good meal, there’s an adventure waiting for you this summer. Dive into this list of the best things to do in Yorkville this summer and enjoy Toronto at its best.

Summer Music in the Park


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Enjoy the sounds of live music in Yorkville Park, located at Bellair Street and Cumberland St, while you still can! Running until September 5, this free concert series showcases new performers every weekend, ranging from smooth jazz to acoustic guitar and avant-pop. Have a seat on the big rock and take in the sights and sounds.

Where: Villge of Yorkville Park
When: Friday to Sunday until September 5, 2022

Hit Yorkville’s hottest new spots


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There are some new and noteworthy destinations worth checking out in Yorkville this summer. On the second floor of 265 Davenport Rd is where you’ll find Parc Ave, an ultra-chic and sophisticated new cocktail bar with an intimate ambiance and “mesmerizing cocktails.”

There’s also the newly-opened W Hotel, featuring a rooftop bar and restaurant, a two-level coffee house and eatery, and a lobby lounge. It’s the first W Hotel in Toronto and the second in Canada, so it’s an absolute must-see.

Where: 90 Bloor St East

Yorkville Murals Festival

You’ve heard of Montreal’s MURAL Festival, now it’s time to check out our very own here in Toronto. Described as “Toronto’s favourite cultural festival celebrating contemporary muralism and public art,” the festival hits Yorkville on August 20.

Yorkville Murals will be celebrated over two weekends, “anchored by exceptional new public artist murals throughout the Yorkville neighbourhood alongside special events, food and drink, dynamic art and retail experiences and the summer’s best street party,” the description says. It’s not one to miss!

Where: See locations
When: August 20-28, 2022

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Bata Shoe Museum’s FUTURE NOW Exhibit


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Toronto’s unique footwear museum is running an exhibit called FUTURE NOW: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks. The exhibit showcases over 50 futuristic shoe designs and it’s a must for sneakerheads and fashion lovers.

Plus, the museum has teamed up with the Kimpton Saint George on a package that includes a one-night stay at the hotel, four tickets to the FUTURE NOW exhibit for two adults and two children, and parking for one vehicle valued at $70.

Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St West



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 Dining at Yorkville’s upscale restaurants can be pricey, so why not take advantage of the prix fixe menus offered during Summerlicious?

Many of the neighbourhood’s hottest spots will be offering set lunch and dinner menus during the two-week culinary event, including the restaurants at Eataly Toronto, The Oxley, Kathmandu, STK Toronto, Joy on Avenue, Joni Restaurant at the Park-Hyatt, Sassafraz, and Dynasty Chinese Cuisine.

When: August 12-28, 2022

Sneak away for a night at Kimpton Saint George

If you want to turn your Yorkville adventure into a getaway, the Kimpton is where you want to stay. This chic and whimsical boutique hotel is located steps from all Yorkville and its surrounding attractions. But, what makes it special is the experiences you’ll have access to while you’re there.

The hotel hosts a social hour with complimentary wine from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. every evening in the lobby, as well as morning coffee and tea in the lobby credenza. It also has free bikes for you to borrow for a cruise around town.

Other features include a second-floor fitness centre with a newly-added Peloton, yoga mats in every room, unique bottled cocktails available for purchase at the front desk, and even a nod to Toronto’s legendary white squirrel in every closet.

Plus, the Kimpton loves to host pets, so be sure to bring your furry, feathery, or scaly friend along for the fun.

Where: 280 Bloor St West

Indulge in Swiss Chocolate

 Chocolate lovers, this one’s for you! There’s a new dessert shop and cafe in Yorkville and it’s the newest stop for luxury chocolate that you can indulge in.

Swiss Art Chocolatier On Yorkville offers an array of high-quality truffles, confectionery specialties, pralines, and more.  Customers are welcome to explore its array of chocolate offerings and drinks like its frozen hot chocolate. Talk about a summer treat!

Where: Swiss Art Chocolatier on Yorkville, 70 Yorkville Ave

Adventure awaits, Toronto! Time to get out there and enjoy it.

The author was partially hosted by the Kimpton Saint George Hotel.