11 distanced things to do in Toronto this week: August 31 to September 6

Aug 31 2020, 7:33 am

Are you ready for another week in this fantastic city? Well, if you’re looking for something to do, we’ve got you covered. This week is bursting with great (and safe) events in Toronto and we found just a few things to do.

Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics drive-in viewing party

There are Toronto Raptors drive-in viewing parties this week for fans who are looking for a (safe) crowd experience during this very unique NBA season. See games 2, 3, and 4 of the playoffs against the Celtics, as the Raps go for world champions part 2!

When: September 1, 3, and 5
Where: Ontario Place — 955 Lake Shore Boulevard W
Tickets: Minimum $25 donation, purchase online

Feast at a Caribbean cuisine pop-up

Toronto’s newest and delicious Caribbean cuisine pop-up is taking over a corner along the Queen Street West strip, and it’s going all-in with its authentic flavours. Miss. Likklemores prides itself in their family recipes, passed down from generation to generation, and the owners knew Toronto just had to try it.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays
Time: 4 pm to 11 pm
Where: 1184 Queen Street West

Pizza Fest Pop-up

A Pizza Fest Pop-up is coming this weekend and you can get your hands on delicious pizzas from local restaurants, and some pasta too! You’ll be able to order take-out through their online ordering or dine-in where you can pick your day and what time. You also have the option to pay online for your food.

When: September 4 to 6
Address: 9300 Keele Street, Vaughan
Admission: Register online

Maria Bonita and the Band — Forró Live!

With its trademark charisma and infectious energy, a small formation of Maria Bonita and The Band perform original compositions and interpret the greats of classical forró dance music.

When: Sunday, September 6
Time: 4 pm
Where: Streaming
Admission: Free, sign up online

Let’s go to the (virtual) EX

While the CNE is officially cancelled for 2020, there’s still a way you can enjoy the fun-filled event Toronto has loved for years, virtually. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the event’s most popular shows, delicious food recipes, music performances, and more. There will also be virtual rides, ghost walks, and even a look back at the history of the CNE Grandstand, Aerial Acrobatic and Ice Skating Shows, as well as President’s Choice SuperDogs.

When: On until Monday, September 7
Time: 8 pm
Where: Online

Get lost in this sunflower trail near Toronto


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Squeeze in one last summer day trip to Laura’s Farm Stand where you can venture through a sunflower field for free and take the best pictures. The farm is located in Cookstown, Ontario, just an hour away from Toronto.  Over 80,000 sunflower seeds have been planted in two large fields, according to Laura Currie, the farmer behind the magic.

When: On until Monday, September 7
Time: 10 am to dusk
Where: 5590 Simcoe County Road. 27, Cookstown, ON
Tickets: Free

Visit a pop-up mini-park at the foot of the CN Tower

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Pebbs & Hex

Stop by the city’s most famous landmark and visit this “mini-park” while it’s still around. The park is made up of native trees and wildflowers such as a group of oaks, maples, cherries, poplars, willows, elms, and conifers, according to Victor Perez-Amado, assistant professor and project lead.

There are also wooden “pebbles” made out of cedar, which is used as rounded seating and plant structures that hold the wildflowers.

When: Until the end of summer
Where: CN Tower
Admission: Free

See the west end’s “Health and Safety Notes”


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The work of artist Mark Reinhart and brought to the city by the Summerworks art program, take a walking tour to see messages of hope and connection written in bright neon duct tape. Each message was developed through conversations with the community and is meant to help bring us closer together while staying apart.

When: Until the end of Summer
Where: Multiple locations, follow this map
Admission: Free

Take a ride on a new e-bike

Toronto has a fleet of new e-bikes kicking around the city as part of a pilot project, assisting you in pedalling to get around on these sunny summer days. According to the city, the e-bikes will allow riders to travel at a max of 25 km/h and can travel as much as 70 kilometres before needing a charge. Check out Bike Share Toronto for details.

Have a distanced drink on the water

Mariposa Cruises is offering a unique dining experience aboard its ship docked on Queen’s Quay. Ontario’s liquor laws have officially been adjusted to allow boat operators with liquor sales licences to temporarily sell and serve alcohol while their boat is docked.

Where: Queen’s Quay
Tickets: Start at $32, available online

Take a drive through the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is now open and has introduced a new Scenic Safari. “Take a drive on the wild side” from the comfort of your own car. You can now safely take a tour of the Zoo by driving through the site.

Timed-tickets must also be purchased by zoo guests in advance. Facial coverings are required inside all buildings including the African Rainforest Pavilion and the Gift Shop.

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