14 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, July 8

Jul 7 2017, 5:58 pm

Your weekend continues, Toronto! Check out what’s happening in the city this beautiful Saturday.

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TD Salsa in Toronto Festival

What: One of Canada’s largest Latin-themed celebrations is Toronto’s TD Salsa in Toronto Festival, which takes place over three weeks and features music, food, dance and family events.

When: All weekend long
Where: St. Clair Avenue West, between Winona Drive and Christie Street

Beaches International Jazz Festival

What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 29th year.

When: All weekend long
Where: The Beaches


What: Summerlicious is one of Toronto’s favourite culinary celebrations. For two mouth-watering weeks in July savour delicious three-course prix fixe menus served by more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants. Lunch menus are priced at $18, $23 and $28, dinner menus priced at $28, $38 and $48.

When: All weekend long
Where: Restaurants across Toronto

Toronto Fringe Festival

What: The Toronto Fringe Festival is back for another exciting year and kicks off this week with plenty of live theatre, music, and art. With over 60 ticketed events and over 50 free, drop-in events that includes live performances, buskers, and an outdoor stage and rink,  there’s something for everyone at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

When: All weekend long
Where: Various venues throughout the city

Carnival Night Market

What: Come see Creole (French Caribbean), Spanish, and Jamaican communities display their creativity and pay tribute to the Caribbean founders with “Rum ‘n Reggae”, music and of course, plenty of food. The event will also include a three-day exhibition of Carnival and historical artifacts at Metro Hall.

When: July 8, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West

Dreams Music Festival

What: For the electronic music and neon loving-set, Dreams Music Festival (formerly Digital Dreams) is a must-attend, as long as you rest up well beforehand. Tickets start at $125.

When: July 8, 4 pm
Where: Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

Taste of Lawrence

What: Scarborough’s largest street festival promises three days of food, 130 street vendors, a midway, live entertainment, and more.

When: July 8, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Lawrence Avenue East from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road

Toronto Bubble Run

What: This weekend, you and the entire family can participate in the Toronto Bubble Run at Woodbine Racetrack, which includes an incredible ‘foam bog’ that will cover everyone from head to toe in colourful foam. The finish line will include even more foam, DJs, and all the selfie opportunities you can handle.

When: July 8, first heat is at 8 am
Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: This Saturday, get out of bed early and come and enjoy good food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

When: July 8, 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview

Maker Extravaganza 2017

What: For one weekend only, the city’s most creative people and their projects gather together at the Toronto Reference Library to share their latest creations, demonstrate their newest projects and make things together.

When: July 8, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Back for its second year, the Waterfront Artisan Market will make Toronto’s waterfront come alive every Saturday from May 20 until October at HTO Park. Here you’ll get to explore a curated mix of 75 artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Admission is free.

When: July 8, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West

Summer Lady Beer Festival

What: Since 2014, the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies has been bringing together craft-beer-loving women and this month they’ll be hosting another one of their awesome ‘Bevie’ events. The Summer Lady Beer Festival will have visitors sample their way through a lineup of guest brews, hit up food stalls and browse wares from local vendors.

When: July 8, 1 pm to 5 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Henderson Brewery128A Sterling Avenue


What: The multi-day Brickfête fan expo celebrates all that is Lego is back. Run by volunteers, Brickfête features unique Lego builds from international hobbyists.

When: July 8 to 9, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Delta Toronto East, 2035 Kennedy Road


What: Organized by Music Africa, Afrofrest is Toronto’s largest celebration of African music, heritage, and culture. This year, Afrofest celebrates its 28th Anniversary and will include musicians, artists, and vendors. This is a free event in one of our favourite parks.

When: July 8, 12 pm to 11 pm; July 9, 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East