We’ve official hit mid-July and in full summer swing! The weather’s caught up, cottage weekends are booked, anything BBQ’d is the food of choice and the days are long but sadly, already getting shorter. We can see Fall creeping up in the distance and September creeping up on us. While summer might be half over, there's still half of it left with so much to do in this city! Here are 10 things coming up to cap off Summer 2019.
Source: Toronto Beer Festival
1. Fringe Fest: On now until July 14th
Currently on-going, Fringe Fest is all about the alternative, edgy, experimental theatre where the now large production Come From Away got its start. There’s over 150 productions and 37 venues across Toronto with shows starting every 15 min from 12pm-10:30pm during the week and from 10:30 am - 10:45 pm on weekends. So needless to say, there’s a TON of options to choose from. Get out quick! Fringe Fest ends this Sunday July 14th.
Source: Toronto Beer Festival
2. Beer Fest: July 26 - 28th
The best weekend ever spent in the beer tent! Beer Fest features live performances and LOTS of beer at Bandshell Park and Exhibition Place. With General Admission tickets still available, you get entry into the festival for a day including all the events going on, commemorative mug, and 5 tokens to get you started with some tasters. There’s going to be over 400 brewers to explore from local craft, to international brews, to well known favourites so you might want to get more than just 5 tokens.
Source: Toronto Caribbean Carnival
3. Toronto Caribbean Carnival (aka Caribana): On now until August 3rd
You may have seen some events already taking place, Toronto Caribbean Carnival is running for the full month of July with shows taking place across the city every weekend. Tickets are still available on their site and if you’re planning on visiting, make sure to wear some of your brightest and boldest colour to fit their upbeat atmosphere. Most of all, don’t miss the event highlight of the Grand Parade on August 3rd.
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4. Taste of the Danforth: August 9 - 11th
One of Toronto’s most iconic food festivals right along the Greek Town neighbourhood. Get a chance to try out some local food vendors, restaurants in the area and small performances along the strips. Best part is no ticket purchase required to attend, so you can stroll on through the streets if you’re looking to plan just a quick visit.
Source: Chinatown BIA
5. Chinatown Festival: August 17 - 18th
Another optimal food festival to add to your list. Part of Spadina St gets closed down for free walking space and all kinds of vendors and food options. While it’s in Chinatown, you’ll find all sorts of East Asian foods, including Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and more. No tickets are required for this event so you should definitely stop by for a peek.
6. Kensington Pedestrian Sundays: On now until August 25th
Not so much of an event but Kensington Market has been dubbed a must-see tourist location and for good reasons. Kensington Market feature unique stores clothing, accessories, novelty finds, furniture and ALL kinds of foods. Seriously, if you want it, you can probably find it here! If you’ve been avoiding this spot just due to general crowdedness, you can take half the traffic right out of the equation. Every Sunday until August 25th, the streets close down to all motor traffic to allow for people to freely roam on foot. It makes the area much easier to navigate and enjoy!
Source: Toronto Star
7. Canadian National Exhibition (aka: CNE): August 16th - September 2nd
Probably one of Toronto’s longest standing events, starting way back in 1879, the CNE is a fun fair for anyone of any age. They’ve got rides, games, performances, contest, vendors of all kinds (great place to discover something new or get some great deals) and of course the food. While they’ve got your usual fair foods like grilled corn, deep fried Oreo’s, and corn dogs, those who occupy the food tent always release new creations you can find at the CNE. Tickets are available for purchase and there’s so much to do, you might need to make for than one visit.
8. Toronto International Film Festival (aka: TIFF): September 5 - 15th - September 2nd
Now, September isn’t usually considered a “Summer Month” but the weather still usually nice and the first day of Fall isn’t until September 23rd so anything prior is summer in our books! Plus, it’s TIFF. It’s gets a pass regardless because not only does it bring some amazing movies to the theatres across Toronto, it brings the actors with them! You don’t even need to see a movie to enjoy the TIFF experience! Just hang about the TIFF Lightbox theatre and your likely to see some stars either strut the red carpet, hanging about, or getting food in the local restaurants nearby.
9. Toronto Island Park: Accessible now until September 23rd
One of the must see spots for not only tourists but a great hang out for locals. While we have no specific events to feature here, we just think the island itself should be a day trip sometime this summer. Visit one of 3 island locations, Ward, Centre, and Hanlan’s island featuring each other own special spots like the lighthouse, restaurant, city skyline and beach. Ferry runs from 8 am to 11:15pm (11:30 pm on weekends) and will be making trips all the way up until September 23rd. Talk about really calling an end to the summer!
10. Beaches: No specific times, but we should suggest warmer days
Toronto doesn’t get enough credit for the great natural space it does have, including the extensive list of beaches! Here are our top 7 for the Toronto area covering East to West (ya there’s more that we didn’t feature):