Guide: 11 Toronto events you need to go to this summer
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We can’t hold out any more- we’re kicking off summer and sharing eleven of the most popular Toronto events you won’t want to miss. We’ve teamed up with our friends over at The All-Star Gala in support of SickKids to help you stack your calendars June through August with street festivals, block parties, exhibitions and more!
The fifth annual All-Star Gala in support of SickKids will be taking place at the Toronto Event Centre on June 21st. Hosted by TSN’s Jack Armstrong, this high profile evening will have an open bar, silent auction, live music from local artists The Reklaws and Matisse from Keys N Krates, and DJ’s to keep the tunes going all night long. The venue will also be stacked with Torontonians ranging from celebs, young professionals, and pro athletes. So grab your dresses, your suits, your dancing shoes, and get ready to have a real time while giving back to a great cause!
Where: Toronto Event Centre, 15 Saskatchewan Rd
When: Friday, June 21st at 9:00 PM
Ready to rock the block?! The annual Block Party hosted by The Bentway is back for its second year. This family-friendly event will have a host of musical guests, family fun games, food, bevies and more!
Where: The Bentway – 250 Fort York Blvd
When: Sunday, July 7th at 12:00pm
Need a drink, doll face? Calling all flappers & gangstaaaaas, Toronto’s The Hearn will be transported back in time for a one night only experience to relive the dark underground nightlife. Enjoy a swanky rendezvous with live music and performances by burlesque dancers, aerialists, contortionists and of course- a little bit of liquor.
Where: The Hearn – 440 Unwin Ave
When: Saturday, July 13th at 7:00pm
Cost: $75.00 (general admission)
The streets are alive with the sound of Pedestrian Sundays! Toronto’s beloved Sunday events are back for their 16th year. Celebrate Kensington Market and take part in basking in the neighbourhood’s charm, community and culture.
Where: Kensington Market
When: June 30th, July 28th, August 25th, September 29th, October 27th from 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Oh, kale ya! Toronto Life is bringing together its fifth annual Garden party! Sip on signature bevies, eat your way through the top catering in the city and enjoy the outdoors – an event you won’t want to miss!
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden – 777 Lawrence Ave East
When: Wednesday, July 17th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $69.00 – $79.00
Stop & sip rosé at Canada’s largest picnic dedicated to all things rosé! Toronto’s Rosé Picnic will transform the Stanley Barracks grounds at the lakeside Hotel X Toronto into a sea of white and pink, as guests enjoy delicious food by Chef Mark McEwan and dance the day away to the city’s top DJs.
Where: The Stanley Barracks Ground at Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection
When: Saturday, July 27th from 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $30.00 + up
Yeah buoy! …See what we did there?! August 2nd marks the seventh annual Rock the Yacht White Party. Party it up during Toronto Caribana with a multi-million dollar 144 ft’ luxury yacht. No biggie- this yacht is only the largest & grandest of all ships leaving from the TO DT.
Where: Captain Matthew Flinders Yacht – 207 Queens Quay W, Pier 6
When: Friday, August 2nd from 8:00pm – 1:00am
It’s all Greek to us! Celebrate a 26-year standing tradition of tasting drool-worthy Greek food from local vendors, along with loads of free entertainment and fun.
Where: Greek Town
When: August 9th – 11th, 2019
Known to many as the end of summer ritual, the Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest fair playing home to shopping areas, live entertainment, carnival midway, agricultural displays, sporting events and more!
Where: Toronto’s Exhibition Place – north of Lake Shore Blvd
When: August 16th – September 2nd
The inaugural Wine Fest Toronto, the city’s only outdoor wine festival. It’s coming to the Town Square at the CF Shops at Don Mills July 5th & 6th! Wine lovers will be able to savour the best sips. From refreshing whites to bold reds. Crafted by over 60 international and local winemakers in over 12 countries!
Where: CF Shops at Don Mills, Town Square
When: July 5th: 5:00pm – 9:00pm, July 6th: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: $19.99 to $24.99 (ages 19+)
Pizza Fest is returning to Ontario Place serving up authentic slices and Italian faves. This carb-lover’s dream immerses guests into a mini-food coma! Taste the flavours of spaghetti carbonara, meatball sandwiches and gelato from over 20 of TO’s best pizza joints and Italian hotspots. Get your ticket today if you want a pizza all that!
Where: Ontario Place, West Island – 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
When: July 19th: 2:00pm – 11:00pm, July 20th: 11:00am – 11:00pm, July 21st: 11:00am – 8:30pm
Cost: Starting at $7.95 (must be 19+ to attend)
Well Toronto, that’s all we have for you. Let’s make a memory at some Toronto events, eh?