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12 things to do at home and around Toronto this long weekend (July 31 – August 3)

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It’s the August long weekend, everyone! Whew, this summer is just flying by! Is it just us or did we blink and July was just over? It’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re in a global crisis. Anyway, this long weekend is chock full of fun activities for you and your bubble to enjoy. You can hop around the city (with a mask on) and explore some newly reopened spots. Or you can hang at home and make it work like we’ve all been for the past few months. The possibilities are endless.

Here are 12 things to do at home and around Toronto this long weekend.

ENJOY STAGE 3

Unless you’ve been quarantining under a rock, you know that this Friday Toronto officially moves into Stage 3 of reopening. That means tons of new businesses, restos, and more will finally be able to reopen their doors. So put on your mask, get out there, and get livin’.

Where: All over Toronto

EXPLORE A GHOST TOWN

Wanna get out of the city for the most unique day trip there is? Go on a tour of a nearby ghost town! There are a ton of abandoned areas and villages that are perfect for a little creepy look around. Just try not to bring a ghost back to the city with you please.

Where: Check out our favourites here.

DINE IN THE CASA LOMA GARDENS

North America’s only real castle just expanded their beautiful patio dining. Now you can get a table right in the gardens of the gorgeous estate. Not only are they serving up scrumptious eats and drinks. But you’ll be surrounded by beautiful scenery AND overlooking the city skyline. Does it get any better than that??

Where: 1 Austin Terrace

CHECK OUT THIS HILARIOUS BILLBOARD

The NHL playoffs are underway. Which means there’s a little healthy competition going on. And since Toronto is one of the league’s hub cities, it’s all taking place right here. The Philadelphia Flyers took out a hilariously menacing billboard in downtown Toronto. And if you’re in the area this weekend, we recommend checking it out.

Where: Outside the Scotiabank Arena

WATCH AN NHL VLOG

Speaking of the NHL, if you’re wondering what it’s like inside those hub bubbles you don’t have to wonder anymore. Cause players are posting behind the scenes blogs of life in the hub. The first one is already out. And we’ll be sitting back this weekend to give it a watch.

Where: Find it on YouTube here.

WATCH THE PLAYOFFS ON A PATIO

Yeah, there’s a lot of NHL themed activities this weekend. But we’re so pumped about them being back up and running that we just can’ t help ourselves. So if you’re wondering which patios are best to catch a game at, we’ve got your answer. There are tons of great spots around the city to enjoy a drink while you watch. But we think these places have really got the vibe down pat. Go Leafs Go!

Where: Check out our favourites here.

WATCH THE WINGS SHOWDOWN

It’s not every day that a Toronto chicken joint pairs up with a legendary NBA player for a hot wing challenge. Which is why we’ll be tuning into The Wings Showdown this weekend. It’s brought to us by Tokyo Hot Fried Chicken and Shaq O’Neal. And they’ll be facing off against celebrities across the nation to see who can take the most heat.

When: July 29th – August 2nd
Where: Check it out online here.

TOUR A MUSEUM

Wanna learn more about the history of your city? Good thing Toronto just launched the brand new initiative HistoricTO. You can go on tours of some of the city’s best museums. And learn all about topics like colonization, urban development, immigrant, Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ2S+, and women’s history.

Where: All over Toronto
When: July 30th – September 4th
Tickets: Get yours here.

EXPLORE A SUNFLOWER FIELD

This is the ultimate Instagram getaway. Sunflowers are in season at Andrew’s Farm Market & Winery. So you can frolic in the fields this weekend and see all the beautiful sights. Plus, berries are ripe for the picking and wine is ripe for the sipping. You can do both while you’re there as well.

Where: 9365 10 Side Rd, Milton, ON
When: Open Daily from 10 AM – 5 PM

DRIVE-IN TO TORONTO SHINES

The Toronto Shines Drive-In is hosting shows pretty much every night this weekend. And you already know we’ll be attending at least one of them. Some of their performers include comedians Jay Martin, Laurie Elliot, and Ted Morris. And some of the movies they’ll be playing are Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Hairspray, and Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin. You can check out the full lineup right here.

Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd W
Tickets: Get yours here.

THROW A BBQ

Now that limits on social gatherings have been loosened, it’s the perfect time to throw a backyard barbecue. That is if you have enough space to physically distance back there. We are NOT encouraging you to throw an unsafe party. But if you do have the room to keep things safe, we can walk you through all the essentials. Just head on over to this guide and learn exactly how to throw the best outdoor BBQ there is.

Where: Your backyard

STREAM A NEW SHOW

The stream of new content just keeps on flowing. There’s plenty of new stuff to binge-watch this weekend. And since there’s probably gonna be rain on Sunday, it’s the perfect day to do it. So pop some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show(s). Happy streaming!

What to watch: Catch our recommendations this week here.

Have a great long weekend, everyone!

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