It is hot, hot, hot in the city this weekend!
One of the busiest long weekends of summer is upon us. With it comes a ton of festivals, concerts, and all-around awesome city events.
Grab the sunscreens and beer money, and check out this long weekend’s festivities around Toronto. Happy long weekend, everyone!
Get your ugly Hawaiian shirts ready for this beer party. Local brews, live bands, and DJ’s should get your weekend started right.
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: July 29, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Hosted by the Canadian Food Truck Festivals, the Toronto Food Truck Festival is one of three premier culinary arts and cultural music festivals in Canada.
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
When: July 29 – 31
Check out the free indie music series at Yonge-Dundas Square. Tonight’s music features Boogat and Los Poetas.
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: July 29, 8 pm
The King is back for his second year in a row. Lebron James is hosting Daylight at Cabana ahead of the Carnival’s weekend festivities. Considering this year’s big win, this is also a James championship celebration. A few tickets are still available.
Where: Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street
When: July 29, 1 – 9 pm
Soca Soca Soca. Getting ready for the big Caribbean festivities? Start it off with this day time Soca Fete. Fun in the sun and lots of dancing.
Where: Heaven Nightclub, 108 Peter Street
When: July 29, 1 – 7 pm
Park People is hosting free, family friendly movies in different parks throughout the summer. Friday night’s screening is of The Lego Movie, so bring your camp chair or blanket and head on down.
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road
When: July 29, 7:30 pm
Merry Jane presents Snoop, Wiz, and the High Road Tour. Ahead of this weekend’s OVO Festivities, get started early with a bill that includes Kevin Gates and the beautiful voice of Jhene Aiko.
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: July 29, 7 pm
The Grand Parade at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is arguably one of the summer’s largest attractions. International and national visitors head to the streets to witness the live performances, colourful costumes, music, and the giant party that is a highlight of the festival each year.
Where: Exhibition Place & Lakeshore Blvd
When: July 30, 10 am – 8 pm
Hālau Hula I Ka Lā (“Hula School in the Sun”) is excited to present the 2nd annual AlohaFest Toronto! Enjoy all that Toronto’s Polynesian community has to offer – culture, art and dance.
Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
When: July 30, 11 am – 7 pm
The TD Irie Music Festival has been held since 2002 in collaboration with the Toronto Urban Music Festival. Irie offers Toronto some awesome reggae, world music and gospel.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: July 30 to 31
And if reggae isn’t your forte, the long weekend at the end of the July offers up Veld Music Festival too. Headliners include Toronto’s own Deadmau5, Flume, Kygo, and Travis Scott.
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, North York
When: July 30 to 31
The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts presents a musical adaptation of Footloose, based on the original screenplay. The play runs until August 6!
Where: Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street
When: On now until August 6
So. Many. Parties. This weekend is also the 15th Annual Caribana Def Jam Party, which features a ton of artists including a surprise celebrity guest.
Where: Nest Nightclub, 423 College Street
When: July 30, 10 pm
Perhaps all the Soca is not your thing? The sultry Toronto Burlesque Festival is in town this weekend. Parties, cabarets and workshops are part of the weekend’s festivities.
Where: Revival Bar & Virgin Mobile Mod Club
When: On now until July 31
The 8th annual Jambana One World Festival brings Soca, Reggae, Calypso, food, comedy and more at one event.
Where: Markham Fairgrounds, 1081 McCowan Road, Markham
When: July 31 – August 1
The party continues at the Carnival in the Fort, taking place at Fort York. This all-day family friendly event is free, and features live Soca and Calypso, Caribbean DJs, vendors, and a ton of food from the islands.
Where: Historic Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: July 31, 12 – 8 pm
October’s (or as we like to say, our) Very Own, Drake’s very own Fest returns for its seventh year. Already sold-out, this year’s OVO Festival is interestingly placed in between Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour with Future. It’s basically Christmas for Drake fans.
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: July 31 – August 1
Dance dance dance! The 22nd Dusk Dances Festival returns to Withrow Park this summer with another week of exciting and entertaining dance works from Canada’s finest dance makers. Pay-what-you-can at each event.
Where: Withrow Park, south of the Danforth, between Logan and Carlaw.
When: August 1 – 7
End your long weekend at the free Calypso Stars event at Harbourfront Centre. The annual 3-hour concert is a community collaboration between Harbourfront Centre and the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes.
Where: Harbourfont Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: August 1, 3 – 6 pm