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26 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 11

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Ainsley Smith Aug 10, 2018 5:00 am 981

Your weekend continues, Toronto!

From an incredible rosé picnic to Canada’s largest street festival, check out what’s happening in the city this beautiful Saturday.

Rogers Cup

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What: Toronto is the centre of the tennis world as the Rogers Cup returns for another exciting year.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100
Price: Tickets from $25

Pickering Food Truck Festival

What: Friends, kids, pets are all welcome to this park turned foodie haven in mid-August. Admission is free for the weekend of outdoor eating, plus there will be a beer garden, children’s village, beer garden, and stage showcasing live entertainment.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: The Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade
Price: Admission is free

Taste of the Danforth

What: Among the largest street festivals in Canada, this weekend event attracts more than 1.5 million attendees each year to celebrate the Danforth’s Greek heritage along with Canada’s multiculturalism.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Danforth
Price: Admission is free

Waterfront Night Market

What: Now in its ninth year, the Pan Asian food fest and lifestyle expo is popping-up in an all-new location this year. For the first time ever the night market will take over the West Island at Ontario Place.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Saturday, 2 pm to 12 am; Sunday, 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ontario Place, West Island, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Price: Admission is free

JerkFest

What: The summer food fest is a favourite for its multi-day festivities devoted all things Jerk and in addition to devouring the Caribbean classic all day, festival-goers can partake in a Hot & Spicy Jerk Chicken-eating competition, So You Think You Can Jerk competition and Jerk Chicken seasoning workshops.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10 am; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Toronto
Price: General admission from $10 online

Boots and Hearts

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What: Dust off your cowboy boots and get ready to experience Canada’s biggest country music festival. This year’s headliners include Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington and more.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 180 8th Line South
Price: From $269.99

World Fitness Expo

What: Dance superstar Derek Hough has joined fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels to headline this fitness event. Over the weekend, attendees can customize their experiences with 295 education sessions from over 200 leading industry experts about living a healthy and active lifestyle and much more.

When: Now August 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: Day rates start at $281

CITE at The Bentway

What: A great use of public space, CITE is both an art installation and a skatepark, featuring sculptures that boarders are free to ride on. Canada Day celebrations include DJ sets, skate demos, a beer garden, live graffiti, a meet and greet with pros, eats, and an open skate.

When: Now to August 12
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free

Tapas Journey

What: Spotlighting Spanish flavours in Ontario, the summer-time event, now in its fourth year, offers a chance to enjoy three plates of tapas and a lager for just $20 at nearly 40 participating restaurants.

When: Now until August 19
Time: Varies by the restaurant
Where: Participating Toronto restaurants
Price: Varies by the restaurant

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music and live art is back, and runs for 10 days for its 28th edition.

When: Now until August 19
Time: Schedules vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Single tickets start at $15

Union Summer Market

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What: The open-air market, presented by TD, launched on Canada Day and is on now until August 19 on the doorstep of Union Station. Participating food vendors include Amano PastaBananzaFugo DessertsHarry’s CharbroiledMean BaoRoywoodsThe Carbon BarThe Plant YYZ, Union Chicken, and Wvrst.

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

Manifesto

What: Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture returns this August, taking over downtown Toronto with multi-arts events that end with a FREE concert and community gathering at City Hall.

When: Now until August 19
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Various venues
Price: Free

The Art of Banksy

What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, is now open in Toronto displaying the largest collection of the artist’s works. According to organizers, with over $35 million in art, this is the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled.

When: Now until August 19
Time: Friday, 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 12 am; Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

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

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

What: This summer, the ROM welcomed a new exhibit, Spiders: Fear & Fascination and trust us, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The exhibit explores the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of these eight-legged creatures and will feature more than 400 live and preserved spiders, cutting-edge interactive experiences, and new scientific discoveries.

When: Now until January 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

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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: August 11
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

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: August 11
Time: 10 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

Vegandale Food and Drink Fest

What: The Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival has morphed into the Vegandale Food & Drink Fest this year. From the same folks trying to transform an entire Toronto neighbourhood into a vegan utopia of the same name, the food fest in Toronto is just one stop on a tour that will also hit Houston, Chicago, and New York in summer 2018.

When: August 11 and 12
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Fort York, Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Early bird tickets on sale from $10

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. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday.

When: August 11
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Rosé Picnic

What: If rosé all-day is all you want to do this summer then this event is for you. Billed as “Canada’s largest premium picnic,” Toronto’s Rosé Picnic returns for 2018 and will turn the Stanley Barracks at Hotel X into a sea of pink for a single day.

When: August 11
Time: 12 pm to 11 pm
Where: Stanley Barracks at Hotel X, 111 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $30 to $1,500 available online

Electric Island 2018

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What: Get your sunglasses and dancing shoes ready, Toronto’s favourite summer concert and picnic series kicks off the new month. Now in its 6th year, Electric Island will be taking over Hanlan’s Point.

When: August 11
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: 
Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island
Price: Tickets start at $50.84

Chudleigh Cider Summer Nights

What: Chudleigh’s Farm re-opened in July, unveiling a brand new way to experience the farm. As part of the new experience, the farm is launching Summer Cider Nights, which will take place on Friday and Saturday nights throughout August, featuring live music, delicious food, wagon rides, the new Chudleigh’s Hard Cider and so much more.

When: August 11
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
Where:
 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills, ON
Price: $10 per person

Billy Talent and Friends: Toronto Together

What: Toronto-based rock band Billy Talent is hosting a benefit concert in honour of the victims of the tragic shooting on Danforth Avenue this month. Taking place on Saturday, August 11 at the Danforth Music Hall during the Taste of the Danforth festival, the concert will also feature special performances from City and Colour, PUP, and others.

When: August 11
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
Price: Tickets cost $50 and are limited to two per person

Sail-In Cinema

What: For the first time, the free movie event will be condensed into two action-packed nights that feature all of the same exciting activities, free treats and family fun enjoyed by movie-goers over the past seven years. This year’s theme looks at life outside the ordinary with movies based on the idea of adventure “In Other Worlds.”

When: August 11
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Drive
Price: Free to attend

Roundhouse Craft Beer and Food Trucks Festival

What: Spend the day outside with beer, street foods, and friends this summer. Craft beer shares the spotlight at this food festival featuring a dozen or so food trucks along with Ontario craft breweries.

When: August 11 and 12
Time: noon to 6 pm
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Sweetery Toronto Dessert Festival

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What: Summer in Toronto just got even sweeter now that this annual dessert festival is back. Toronto’s Sweetery Food Fest is set to return to David Pecaut Square in August for a weekend filled with sugary goodness.

When: August 11 and 12
Time: Saturday, noon to 10 pm; Sunday, noon to 9 pm
Where:
 David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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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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