Happy Simcoe Day, Toronto!
Enjoy the long weekend and check out these events in the city today!
What: The Scarborough Ribfest will be celebrating its 16th anniversary this weekend. Come out and sample delicious ribs, pulled pork and chicken from ribbers like Camp 31, Jack the Ribber, Blazin BBQ and Hawgs Gone Wild.
Where: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd
When: August 7
What: Returning to the Toronto Beach(es), this food truck festival takes over Woodbine Park over the civic holiday long weekend. As always, admission is free and in addition to street foods expect live-eating challenges and other entertainment on site.
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
When: August 7, noon to 8 pm
What: The Art & Music Ontario Festival celebrates a diverse range of local art and music in honour of the province’s 150th anniversary. Highlights include art installations along the North Walk, art history classes perfect for the whole family, a drone light show, and a digital graffiti wall. The event is completely free and showcases the province’s artsy side with plenty of activities, food, drinks, and art.
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd.
When: August 7
What: Fort York will come to life this holiday Monday in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada (1793-96) and founder of Fort York and the Town of York – John Graves Simcoe. Guests can explore the historic grounds, enjoy musketry, artillery, music demonstrations, visit the working kitchen, and take tours of the fort’s buildings and grounds.
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: August 7, 10 am to 5 pm
What: Legendary New York-based hip hop artists Pete Rock & CL Smooth will be headlining the inaugural Blowout Festival. The party will be hosted by Michie Mee and there will be incredible performances from Saukrates, Korexion, Blessed, Ammoye, and much more.
Where: Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street
When: August 7, 12 pm to 11 pm
What: OVO Fest is back and returning to the Budweiser Stage. The festival is full of OVO Sound’ artists like PartyNextDoor, dvsn, Majid Jordan, and Roywoods joining Drizzy. As always, OVO Fest is full of surprises, so that list of artist is bound to increase during the Fest.
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd W
When: August 7
What: Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to get down to the sounds of Toronto’s biggest electronic DJs. Portlands is plugged in for the long weekend party with this massive concert and picnic.
Where: Portlands, 51 Commissioners Street
When: August 7, 1 pm to 11 pm
What: Enjoy a taste of nostalgia and witness Monday Night RAW this holiday Monday. The evening will include a double bill of Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe and Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt.
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: August 7, 7:30 pm