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20 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, July 28

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Ainsley Smith Jul 26, 2018 5:00 am 1,503

It’s finally Saturday, Toronto.

Which means it’s time to kick back and celebrate in style at one of the many exciting events happening throughout the city.

From concerts and festivals to cultural events and activities, here are your top events for this sunny Saturday.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

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What: Toronto’s Festival of Beer is back for a weekend full of beers, bands, and food in addition to hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, and plenty of #BeerLove. Beer enthusiasts can also look forward to Ludacris headlining the marquee Friday night during the festival.

When: Now until July 28
Time: Entry times vary by day
Where: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Price: Tickets on sale now from $35

Richmond Hill Ribfest

What: Admission is free to this outdoor event that features pro rib teams cooking and competing for various “Best” titles. Joining the fun, look forward to live entertainment, a marketplace, beer garden, and midway.

When: Now until July 29
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park
Price: Free

Harold’s Fish Festival

What: Toronto’s newest food festival is a celebration of coastal living. Harold’s Fish Festival is coming to Toronto’s Ontario Place for three days this weekend, promising to be a “fusion of fish and seafood dishes with a perfect blend of wines, beers, and signature cocktails, bringing you a fish event like no other.”

When: Now until July 29
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $9

Beaches International Jazz Festival

What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th year. This is also the final weekend to check out the festival.

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

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

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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

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

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

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: July 28
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

OssFest

What: This year, OssFestwill celebrate the fun, fashion, food, and fitness found throughout the Ossington area. During this free festival, the street will be closed for a pedestrian and four-legged friend takeover to discover and rediscover everything Ossington has to offer.

When: July 28
Time: 8 am to 11 pm
Where: Ossington Avenue (between Dundas Street West and Queen Street West)
Price: Free to attend

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 28
Time: 10 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

Toronto Artisan Market

What: If you’re looking to stock up on some one-of-a-kind items, the Toronto Artisan Market returns to Christie Pits Park this Saturday. Come celebrate local art, artists, and artisans and this curated market.

When: July 28
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street West
Price: Admission is free

Alohafest

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What: The 4th annual Alohafest returns to Toronto this weekend. Come and celebrate Polynesian culture and the Aloha spirit through engaging cultural performances, children’s activities and at the AlohaFest Marketplace.

When: July 28
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
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 28
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Kothu Fest

What: Kothu Fest is coming to Yonge-Dundas Square this Saturday. The celebrations are centred around Kothu roti, a popular Sri Lankan dish prepared with chopped-up roti (flatbread), spiced vegetables, eggs and/or meats, and a curried gravy.

When: July 28
Time: 11:30 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Seinfeld Pop-Up

What: Big salads, babka, “Sex Pastrami,” and pudding skin singles? Iconic 90s sitcom Seinfeld is the inspiration behind this Toronto pop-up restaurant. The menu has yet to be released, but the date is set. Drinks kick off at 5 pm and dinner follows at 6 pm until sold-out.

When: July 28
Time: 5 pm
Where: Lloyd’s, 1298 Queen Street East
Price: Pay for what you order

Leslieville Night Market

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What: The Leslieville Night Market is back and trust us, you won’t want to miss this. The Leslieville Farmers’ Market and The Leslieville Flea are joining forces to bring you amazing local food and drinks (the event is fully licensed with beer, wine and cocktails), handcrafted and vintage goods, farmers, incredible music, kids’ activities, and so much more this weekend.

When: July 28
Time: 5 pm to 10 pm
Where: Jonathan Ashbridge Park, 1515 Queen Street East
Price: Pay-what-you-can

Cultura 2018

What: Cultura is a free family-friendly outdoor festival presenting music, art, food, and film every Friday evening in July at Mel Lastman Square. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world-renowned musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars.

When: July 28
Rime: 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: Mel Lastman Square

Rise Against Mourning In Amerika Tour

What: Chicago rockers Rise Against are headlining RBC Echo Beach Saturday night alongside AFI and Anti Flag as part of the band’s Mourning in Amerika tour.

When: July 28
Time: 7 pm
Where: RBC Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: From $81

Sorauren Park Free Movies

What: Toronto’s Sorauren Park will be hosting a free movie screening of Charade this Saturday. This year, attendees can look forward to pizza dinners before each screening from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina.

When: July 28
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Sorauren Avenue Park, 289 Sorauren Avenue
Price: 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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