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29 things to do in Toronto this weekend: July 20 to 22

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Ainsley Smith Jul 20, 2018 5:00 am 6,871

Haven’t made any weekend plans yet? No problem.

We’ve curated a list of 29 awesome events happening throughout the city this weekend from July 20 to 22.

From concerts and food festivals to free family-friendly events, here are the top Toronto weekend events.

Summerlicious

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What: You can dine at a select group of Toronto’s finest restaurants during this summer food fest. But if you’re interested in checking out Summerlicious, this is the final weekend to do so.

When: Now until July 22
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Lunch menus priced at $23, $28, and $33 and dinner is $33, $43, and $53

Beaches International Jazz Festival

What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th year.

When: Now until July 29
Time: Varies by day
Where: The Beach Neighbourhood
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

What: Now in its 51st year, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana, which many still call it) is a five-week cultural celebration featuring Caribbean music, dance, costume, parties, and food.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station returns this summer, hosting an incredible line-up of food vendors, ongoing programming, and events that bring Toronto’s talent, culture, and spirit to life.

When: Now until August 19
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

A Forest of Canoes at The Bentway

What: A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton, is a site-specific installation set up throughout The Bentway and is co-commissioned with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and curated by Bonnie Rubenstein. The installation highlights the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories.

When: Now until August 31
Time: All day
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free

Medley Food & Drink Festival

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What: Aimed at “creating experiences full of culinary delight, entertainment, flavour, clever surprises, and a celebration of life, community and Canadiana,” this food fest will host brewers, vintners, distillers, food makers, restauranteurs, and celebrity chefs for three days of lakeside fun.

When: July 20
Time: Friday, 3 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday 22, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Southshore Centre & Park, Barrie
Price: $15 to $150

Summer Fridays at the ROM

What: The ROM offers discounted prices every Friday, giving you the chance to roam the galleries and check out the newest special exhibitions for cheap. Plus, guests can check out the c5 lounge until 10 pm, and enjoy drinks, snacks, live performances and a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline.

When: July 20
Time: 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto
Price: $12

Indie Fridays

What: Chevrolet Canada presents Indie Fridays, a free concert series featuring some of Canada’s top indie musicians on Friday evenings.

When: July 20
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Free

Movie night in Liberty Village Park

What: Grease is the word. The Liberty Village Residents’ Association is hosting a free screening of Grease this Friday. As always, there’ll be loads of fun times and prizes galore.
When: June 20
Time: 8:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Liberty Village Park, 70 East Liberty Street
Price: Free

BollywoodMonsterMashup

What: Enjoy the dazzling colours, intoxicating beats, and the beautiful people designs that make up the world of Bollywood. This family-friendly event shares the elegant yet ecstatic Bollywood culture with everyone and helps bring cultures together.

When: July 20 and 21
Time: Friday, 4 pm; Saturday, 2 pm
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive
Price: Free

Pizza Fest

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What: This weekend, you can look forward to a citywide showdown crowning Toronto’s best slice at Pizza Fest. In addition to cheesy triangles of heaven, expect a wide spectrum of Italian eats ranging from pasta and meatballs and beyond… not to mention cocktails and wine.

When: July 20 to 22
Time: Entry times vary by day
Where: Ontario Place
Price: From $7.95

Orangeville Rotary Ribfest

What: This July marks the 9th anniversary of this great community event, which will feature fabulous ribbers who will be serving up thousands of mouth-watering ribs. With barbequed ribs, a beer tent, continuous live entertainment on the big stage, there’s no better way to celebrate summer. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

When: July 20 to 22
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Alder Street Arena, 275 Adler Street
Price: Free

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: The Evergreen Brick Works’ Saturday Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Come and enjoy good food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

When: July 21
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

March for Our Education Toronto

What: This Saturday, Women’s March Canada and March for Our Education are hosting a march at Queen’s Park, giving the public the opportunity to protest against the changes being made the sex-ed curriculum by the new Ford government.

When: July 21
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Queen’s Park
Price: Free to attend

Que by Chef Aleem

What: Chef Aleem hosts this new seasonal pop-up that kicks off with this tailgate party featuring a brand new BBQ menu. Ticket prices include a half pound of beef brisket, a half pound of pulled chicken, hot links, mac and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, a cheddar jalapeno cornbread muffin and Chef Aleem’s signature brown boy lemonade.

When: July 21
Time: 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: 70 Karachi Drive, Toronto
Price: $35

Kevin Hart 2018

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What: Funnyman and self-proclaimed ‘comedic rockstar’ Kevin Hart will be coming to Toronto for his Irresponsible Tour this year. Hart will perform at the Scotiabank Arena on July 21.

When: July 21
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Price: From $52

Soccer for Change Celebration

What: You’re invited to celebrate a year of success with the Soccer For Change organization. This red carpet event will feature drink specials and a performance from Nadia Stone, with everything made Saturday night will go towards supporting the non-for profit organization.

When: July 21
Time: 7 pm to 2 am
Where:
Karmaxwave, 1230 St Clair Avenue West
Price: $15 at the door or $10 online

Free Yoga at Ontario Place

What: Every weekend this summer, Ontario Place hosts yoga at Trillium Park. On Saturday and Sundays, from now until August 26, the morning classes will be offered with no sign ups necessary. Yogis just need to bring a mat for practice.

When: July 21 and 22
Time: Saturday, 10 am; Sunday, 11 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Back for its third year, the Waterfront Artisan Market features 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products every Saturday and Sunday.

When: July 21 and 22
Time: Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, Sundays 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Big on Bloor Festival

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What: A festival of arts and culture, Big on Bloor is a unique summer street fest featuring hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays, and exhibitions.

When: July 21 and 22
Time: 12 pm to 12 am
Where: Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne
Price: Free

The Eco Lifestyle Market – Summer Market

What: This Sunday you can shop from a curated selection of 50 of the city’s best eco-friendly, natural, wellness and local vendors, artisans, and small business. Four-legged friends are welcome.

When: July 22
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Free

Brazilfest

What: Now in its 15th year, Toronto’s Brazilfest will offer its attendees the opportunity to experience authentic Brazilian performances and to enjoy Brazilian style foods.

When: July 22
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Earlscourt Park, 1200 Lansdowne Avenue
Price: Free to attend

Caesar Fest

What: On behalf of Luksusowa, Polish potato vodka brand, Torontonians can enjoy some of the best tasting and unique Caesars in the city and pair them with gourmet food and epic entertainment this Sunday. It will be an event for cocktail enthusiasts to share in the culture and learn about exciting new Caesar related products, all in one place.

When: July 22
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: The Fifth Social Club, 225 Richmond Street West
Price: $35

Sunday Social at The Bentway Beer Garden

What: Every Sunday, The Bentway will be home to Toronto’s coolest covered patio, serving up beer from Collective Arts Brewing and cider from Strongbow, along with tasty treats from SPiN, Toronto’s Ping-Pong social club, plus outdoor games like ping pong and bocce, and a curated music program.

When: Every Sunday, July 22
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Admission is free

Superiority Burger take-over at The Black Hoof

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What: Vegetarians might finally have a reason to dine at acclaimed Toronto restaurant The Black Hoof before it closes forever this August. NYC’s legendary vegetarian restaurant Superiority Burger is taking over the Dundas West restaurant from noon (until all the food runs out) this Sunday.

When: July 22
Time: From noon and until the food runs out
Where: 928 Dundas Street West
Price: Pay for what you eat

Bastid’s BBQ Toronto

What: This parking lot party boasts food and music all day. Bastid’s BBQ returns for its 8th year of summer good times.

When: July 22
Time: 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: 525 King Street West, Toronto
Price: From $30

Promise Cherry Beach 2018

What: Come and enjoy an unmissable chance to take in the best of Toronto’s underground music scene surrounded by sun and fun at the beach.

When: July 22
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, Cherry Street just south of Unwin Avenue
Price: $20

Panic! At the Disco

What: Las Vegas rock band Panic! At this Disco is performing at the Scotiabank Arena Sunday evening to promote the band’s latest album Pray for the Wicked.

When: July 22
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Price: From $85

Christie Pits Film Festival

What: Movie lovers can enjoy an outdoor screening of Oceans Eleven this Sunday evening as part of the Christie Pits Film Festival. Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.

When: July 22
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
Price: Free to attend

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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