17 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, July 15

Jul 14 2017, 2:17 am

The first day of the weekend is here, Toronto! From music and dance festivals to the Honda Indy, here are the best events to check out for your sunny Saturday.

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Toronto Summer Music Festival

What: From jazz to classical, the Toronto Summer Music Festival will explore the music of Canada and feature the very best of Canada’s many world-renowned classical performers.

Where: Venues throughout the city
When: All weekend long

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.

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

Toronto Fringe Festival

What: This is the final weekend to check the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival! Come and enjoy free, drop-in events that include live theatre, music, dance, arts, buskers, and performances.

Where: Various venues
When: All weekend long

UNITY Festival

What: Every July, UNITY Festival celebrates hip-hop diversity in an action packed event incorporating beatbox, dance, concerts, and spoken word. There’ll be a free dance exhibition and beatbox competition and a Unity concert.

Where: Multiple locations throughout the city
When: July 15

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

What: Now in its 56th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition will feature over 340 visual artists, performers, and sculptures.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
When: July 15, 11 am to 5 pm

Honda Indy Toronto

What: Celebrating 31 years of racing on the streets of Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is taking over the streets in July. It’s fast and furious in the city on that weekend.

Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd
When: July 15, 7:45 am to 6 pm

Vaughan Pizza Fest

What: Vaughan Pizza Fest, happening mid-July, promises to be the biggest pizza party you’ve ever seen. At last year’s festival, pizza enthusiasts from across Ontario enjoyed 50,000 slices of pie over the weekend.

Where: Woodbridge Fair Grounds, 100 Porter Avenue
When: July 15, 12 pm to 11 pm

Budweiser County Fair

What: MRG Events and Budweiser are throwing an epic County Fair in the city this month, that will bring the spirit of the country to the heart of the city with an outdoor boot-stomping party in downtown Toronto. The two-day festival will feature live music from tomorrow’s country music stars, BBQ from some of Toronto’s top chefs, games, and classic carnival eats.

Where: 525 King Street West
When: July 15, 12 pm to 11 pm

Night It Up!

What: Styled after the night markets from Taiwan, Hong Kong and across Asia, this outdoor market is a feast for the senses. Look forward to hawkers and food trucks selling everything from ramen burgers and stinky tofu to fried ice cream and matcha desserts.

Where: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard
When: July 15, 2 pm to 12 am

Shield to Shore

What: Explore the music and culture of the St. Lawrence River through this super entertaining, weekend-long showcase featuring East Coast music and performances from Tuns, Lisa LeBlanc and Booga.

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: July 14 to 16, 8 pm to 11 pm

Carnival Village

What: The history of Carnival will be shared with Regent Parks community with an afternoon complete with interactive participation in Carnival Art.

Where: Regent Park Community, 585 Dundas Street East
When: July 15, 10 am to 6 pm

All Day I Dream of Sunshine Divine

What: This Saturday, head to Toronto’s Fort York for an afternoon of blissed out melodies and electronic grooves that will have you dancing all day long.

Where: Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd
When: Juy 15, 1 pm to 10 pm

Iron Maiden

What: Metal heavy hitters Iron Maiden are back on the road for their ‘Book of Souls World Tour.’ The English band is currently on their North American leg, and by the end of this tour this month, the band will have performed 117 shows in 36 countries. Legends!

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Boulevard West
When: July 15, 7:30 pm

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

What: With his classic hits that everyone seems to know every word to, Tom Petty’s Toronto concert will become a stadium-wide sing-along and one you surely won’t want to miss. Tickets range from $30 to $171.75.

Where: Air Canada Centre
When:  July 15, 8 pm

CityPlace Fort York BIA Movie Night Series

What: CityPlace Fort York BIA will be hosting a free movie night once a month up until September.  Gather up your friends, bring your blankets/chairs and come a little early to enjoy snacks/refreshments. The weekend’s film is Half Baked.

Where: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd
When: July 15, 8 pm to 10 pm

Halal Food Fest Toronto

What: North America’s largest halal food festival is coming back to the city for its fifth mouth-watering year. For two full days, the event will bring together nearly 200 exhibitors and some of the Toronto’s best halal bakeries, restaurants, and specialty stores. Notable guests include Amanda Saab, past contestant on MasterChef on FOX, and Yvonne Maffei, author of the wildly popular blog-turned-cookbook, My Halal Kitchen.

Where: The International Centre, Entrance 5, 6900 Airport Road
When: July 15, 10 am to 10 pm; July 16, 10 am to 8 pm

Festival of India

What: Splashing some spiritual culture into the city, the 45th Annual Festival of India returns on July 16 for two days of mouth-watering festivities. The event will begin with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street, followed by a day of festivities for the entire family. There are various events taking place throughout the weekend, so head to the event website for full event times.

Where: Various locations throughout the city
When: July 15 to 16

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