9 things you should do in Toronto before summer ends

Aug 17 2017, 1:29 am

We know we’re not supposed to say it, but our summer nights are getting shorter.

Thankfully, the sun is still here to stay for the next few weeks. So you can kick back, continue wearing your shades, and keep loving your warm-weather-filled life.

And to help you stay on that summer high, we’ve teamed up with BREEZER to list nine things that you can do in Toronto before the summer is out. ‘Cause #lifesabreezer – and it always should be.

Watch an outdoor movie

Outdoor movie/Open Roof Festival

Hit up one of the many outdoor movie venues in the city while the warmer weather is still around and crush on your favourite actor on the big screen. You’ll find outdoor screenings in St. James Park, at the Open Roof Festival at 99 Sudbury, at the Harbourfront Centre, and many more locations.

Picnic on Toronto Island


Leave the city behind for the afternoon and venture over to Toronto Island to enjoy a French-inspired picnic. You could even join a canoe tour and take in the beauty of the outdoors around you while seeing the city from a whole new perspective.

Visit TAIWANFest 


Immerse yourself in Taiwanese culture without having to leave the city at the TAIWANFest. This year’s theme is Kan Pai Japan and you’ll get to enjoy everything from live music, to performances, and incredibly good food.

When: August 25 to 27
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free

Have a backyard barbecue


Invite your friends over for a casual backyard soiree and show off your grilling skills. You’ll want to serve up some bevvies, which is where BREEZER comes in. These rum-mixed drinks are ideal for summer entertaining and you can now get them in island pineapple, pina colada, and strawberry daiquiri flavours. Serve them up in ice-cold cans or keep them flowing in jugs and tell your gang you handcrafted the cocktails earlier on.

Instagram the city’s street art

Seven Mackenzie House street artists have been working since May, creating pictures of Toronto’s history throughout the downtown area in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. You can catch a glimpse of this taking place until the start of September.

When: Now until September 1
Where: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street

Go hiking in the great outdoors

Make the most of this lovely period before summer is out by going hiking. A short drive from Toronto will take you to Tommy Thompson Park where there’s a trail system spanning 23.2 kilometres that you can hike through. The nature trails run right through forest and meadow so you might even see some wildlife along the way. Stop by a liquor store on your way home and grab a six back of ready-made pina colada cocktails that you can sip upon to refresh you when you get back to your abode.

See a free concert

There are a ton of cool outdoor events happening in Toronto right now and one of those is The Edwards Summer Music Series. You can attend a free concert every week until the end of August and you’ll get to see an eclectic mix of artists spanning genres from pop to rock, and much more.

When: Every Thursday until August 31, 7 to 8:30 pm
Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave East

Attend North America’s biggest Polish festival

One of the best places to end the summer is at the Roncesvalles Polish Festival. The free event will feature more than 40 renowned restaurants, cafes, bakeries, bistros, and plenty of traditional Polish food, all along Roncesvalles Avenue.

When: September 16 to 17
Where: Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West

Go to a food festival

Veg Food Fest/Facebook

Treat your tastebuds to something new by hitting up an end-of-summer food extravaganza in the city. There’s the Hot and Spicy Food Festival for Southern food lovers being held at the Harbourfront Centre from September 4 to 7. And there’s also the Vegetarian Food Festival taking place at the same venue directly after that. You’ll see local and international chefs creating all-veg and vegan dishes for the tasting and you won’t want to miss this from September 8 to 10.

Enjoy the rest of the summer the easy way. Simply kick back and cool down with a refreshing drink like one of the brand new BREEZER flavours. They’re easy drinks that you can take to your summer cottage or to a backyard party. And they’re the ideal serve for end-of-summer entertaining with no muddling or shaking required.

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