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18 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 4

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Ainsley Smith Aug 03, 2018 5:00 am 5,694

Your long is just getting started, Toronto!

All the fun is kicking off today, so be sure to check out what’s happening in and around the city this Saturday.

Toronto Vegan Block Party

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What: There will be a block party over the August long weekend to celebrate the grand opening of Not Your Mother, Vegandale Brewery and Copenhagen Cafe.

When: Now until August 5
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm
Where: Vegandale Brewery, 1346 Queen Street West
Price: Pay for what you eat

Toronto Food Truck Festival

What: The massive food truck rally is presented by Canadian Food Truck Festivals and is just one stop on a summer-long tour that includes events in Burlington, Pickering, Richmond Hill, and Brampton.

When: Now until August 6
Time: Saturday, noon to 10 pm; Sunday and Monday, noon to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

CITE at The Bentway

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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

Union Summer Market

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 PastaBananza, Fugo 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

The Art of Banksy

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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: 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

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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

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 4
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Grande Parade 2018

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What: Easily one of the year’s biggest parties in the city, 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. Grab your tickets here.

When: August 4
Time: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd
Price: From $10

Really Really Free Market

What: This month’s edition of the Really Really Free Market is taking place this Saturday. Taking place at Campbell Park, everything you see at the market is absolutely free. Seriously, no money is required, and there’s no swapping involved. Just remember, if you bring items to share, you must bring them before 3 pm and make sure they are in clean and working condition.

When: August 4
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Price: Free

Free Yoga at Ontario Place

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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 4
Time: 10 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. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday.

When: August 4
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Taste of the Middle East Food Festival 2018

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What: Spit-roasted shawarma, grilled halloumi, sticky baklava! Toronto’s newest food fest bills itself as a chance to sample “the 1001 flavours Middle Eastern culture has to offer.” Toronto’s inaugural Taste of the Middle East Food Festival is set to take over Yonge-Dundas square for a single day this summer.

When: August 4
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

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What: The Toronto International Youth Dance Festival will be taking over Nathan Phillips Square for two days this summer for a multi-cultural celebration of dance.

When: August 4
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend

Taylor Swift Toronto ‘Reputation’ Concert

What: Drop everything! Pop queen Taylor Swift is performing in Toronto for two nights this weekend as part of her Reputation stadium tour.

When: August 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Center, 1 Blue Jays Way
Price: From $78

Scarborough Rib Fest

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What: Back for its 17th year, this east Toronto food fest is all about ribs, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more summertime essentials. Festival-goers can look forward to an all-day beer garden, daily karaoke competition, midway rides and skill testing games.

When: August 4 to 6
Time: Varies by day
Where: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Road, Scarborough
Price: Admission is free

Rogers Cup

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

When: August 4 to 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100
Price: Tickets from $25

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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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