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24 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, June 24

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Ainsley Smith Jun 21, 2018 5:00 am 655

Just because the weekend has come to an end it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.

In case you’re looking for something to do, we’ve rounded up 24 awesome events happening in and around the city this fine Sunday.

Redpath Waterfront Festival

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What: At Redpath Waterfront Festival, you’ll find incredible live performances, a massive ship from the Royal Canadian Navy, delicious food, local shopping, and more.

When: Now until June 24
Time: All day
Where: Toronto Waterfront
Price: Free

Indigenous Arts Festival

What: This festival is an annual celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, theatre, storytelling, film, crafts, and food.

When: Now until June 24
Time: 10 am to 7:30 pm
Where: Fort York, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Daytime sessions are free. Evening sessions are ticketed

Le Grande Continental

What: Le Grande Continental is a public participation show that will take over Nathan Phillips Square for four shows. The performance will feature almost 400 local dancers in a large scale dance piece choreographed and directed by Montreal’s Sylvain Émard. The show concludes with the audience being invited to join the party for a freestyle continental dance party.

When: Now until June 24
Time: 11 am
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free to attend

Taste of Asia

What: This night market is billing 150 exhibitor booths along with “dazzling cultural performances, culinary artists, iconic celebrities, dignitaries, sports fans, artisans, and food connoisseurs.”

When: Now until June 24
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Kennedy Road just North of Steeles Avenue East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Craft Beer Festival 2018

Toronto Craft Beer Festival

What: Craft beers and ciders, food, fun activities, and live music are all on the bill for this three-day beer festival. Look forward to raising a glass with nearly 30 craft brewers from across Ontario.

When: Now until June 24
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $25 online

Burning Doors

What: Burning Doors is a moving performance about human rights from Maria Alyokhina, political activist, member of punk group Pussy Riot, and the Belarus Free Theatre. Burning Doors recently made the New York Time’s “Top 10 Plays of the Year” list.

When: Now until June 24
Time: 1 pm to 2:45 pm
Where:
 Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front Street East
Price:  $78.32 for adults

Out the Window

What: If you’re in the mood to see something local, Out the Window is a documentary theatre performance from Toronto artist Liza Balkan about an incident she witnessed in 2010 of police brutality towards a mentally ill man, that resulted in his death.

When: Now until June 24
Time: 2 pm to 4:30 pm
Where:
 Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: $39

At the Illusionist’s Table

What: Acclaimed Scottish illusionist Scott Silven hosts At the Illusionist’s Table throughout the festival, which is an intimate evening of fine dining and whiskey-tasting, interwoven with illusion, mentalism, and storytelling in a private dining room at Toronto’s historic Casa Loma.

When: Now until June 24
Time: 6 pm to 8:30 or 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Austin Room, Casa Loma
Price: $225 (Includes a three-course dinner by BlueBlood Steakhouse)

Toronto Japanese Film Festival

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What: Now in its seventh year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy.

When: Now until June 27
Time: 1 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
Price: $12

60 Years of Made in Italy

What: June marks Italian Heritage Month in Canada, which is the perfect time to celebrate the Italian community in our exceptionally diverse country. And Yorkville Village is hosting a world-renowned fashion exhibit, 60 Years of Made in Italy, into the heart of Toronto, just in time for the occasion.

When: Now until June 30
Time: Varies by day
Where: Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd
Price: Free

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

What: The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has come to be recognized as one of North America’s premier jazz festival and has attracted some of the biggest names in jazz and blues.

When: Now until July 1
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations
Price: Entry is 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: 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

A Forest of Canoes at The Bentway

The Bentway presents A FOREST OF CANOES

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: Admission is free

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

What: This June, the Royal Ontario Museum will be welcoming a new exhibit, Spiders: Fear & Fascination and trust us, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The new exhibit will explore 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

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

What: This month, Manolo Blahnik and the Bata Shoe Museum will be joining forces, bringing the highly anticipated travelling exhibit Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes to Toronto.

When: Now until January 6
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West
Price: General admission is $14

Om T.O. 2018

What: Come and enjoy free yoga classes all day, outdoors by some of the best yogis in Toronto in the heart of Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

When: June 24
Time: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Distillery District, 51 Mill Street
Price: Free

Waterfront Artisan Market

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What: Back for its third year in 2018, the Waterfront Artisan Market runs every weekend until the first week in October. The outdoor festival, presented by The Waterfront BIA and operated by the Scadding Court Community Centre, will feature 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products.

When: June 24
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Gatsby Garden Party

What: Step back in time to the roaring twenties, dust off your best Daisy Buchanan-inspired frocks, and head to Toronto’s very own Spadina Museum for its annual Gatsby Garden Party where champagne and boozy cocktails will be flowing in full force. You can expect to enjoy live jazz music, dancing, croquet, and of course plenty of costumes. Guests are invited to dress up in full Gatsby attire from flapper dresses to feathered hats — with prizes available for the best costume.

When: June 24
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Road
Price: $12.50

Pedestrian Sunday’s in Kensington Market

What: The 15th season of Pedestrian Sundays brings back one awesome way to spend your Sundays this summer. Performers, musicians, artists, and shopping, basically an awesome Sunday Funday.

When: June 24
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Kensington Market
Price: Entry is free

Bud Light Dreams

What: Get your dancing shoes ready, Bud Lights Dreams returns to Toronto this month! Enjoy two days of top dance and electronic music from local and international DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin and more.

When: June 24
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: RBC Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: From $35

Family Pride

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What: Now in its 18th year, Family Pride is a fun-filled oasis on the grounds of Church Street Public School that gets bigger and better every year. With programming geared to those 12 and under and their families, everyone will feel like a kid while taking in the creative and engaging activities, including sports, crafts, face painting, storytime, and extra-special performances.

When: June 24
Time: 2 pm
Where: Church Street Public School
Price: Free to attend

Pride Parade

What: Costumes, choreography, and colour! Stand loud and proud with more than 120 groups marching in Pride Toronto’s Pride Parade, one of the largest in North America. There will be unforgettable performances, floats, marchers, and all the glitter you can handle.

When: June 24
Time: 2 pm
Where: The parade begins at Bloor and Church, South on Yonge Street to Yonge and Dundas Square
Price: Free

10th Annual GirlPlay Toronto T-Dance

Take in some heavy beats and rays at one of the hottest events during the festival weekend. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary! GirlPlay Toronto and Pride Toronto have found a new home for this yearly gathering at the Bicycle Club on Jarvis Street. With DJs throughout the day, this T-Dance promises to deliver.

When: June 24
Time: 2 pm
Where: Bicycle Club
Price: $20

Christie Pits Film Festival

What: Christie Pits Film Festival will kick off its new season on Sunday, June 24, with a 30th-anniversary screening of the cult comedy classic Hairspray, a film that tackles racial integration in 1960s Baltimore. The film festival will conclude on August 19, with a two-night Closing Weekend, including a surprise “Closing Night” screening of an iconic urban film, which will be announced at the end of the Christie Pits Film Festival season.

When: June 24 to August 19
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
Price: Screenings are 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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