18 things to do in Toronto this weekend: July 22 to 24

Jul 21 2016, 6:55 am

The weekend is here!

It’s been a long, hot week. Take some time to celebrate getting through it all, and check out these events in and around town this weekend!

Enjoy the sunshine, Toronto!

Show Love

The summer block party returns this weekend, with board games, music, garage sales, and more. There will be a community BBQ and many ways to gather and celebrate the community.

  • Where: Regent Park (Big Park), 620 Dundas Street East
  • When: July 22, 1 – 8 pm

ROM Friday Night Live

#FNLROM is back tonight for another night of music, food, and access to the galleries. A Toronto-Friday-must-do!

  • Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
  • When: July 22, 7 pm

Toronto Carnival Run

The Inaugural Toronto Carnival Run takes place this weekend, one week prior to the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana). A fast, flat course followed by a Caribbean inspired breakfast. Yum!

  • Where: Toronto Inukshuk Park, 789 Lake Shore Blvd West
  • When: July 23, 8 am


This weekend also showcases the very first ever Ossington Avenue Street Festival, OssFest 2016. OssFest will include music, vendors, and will be running along with the Ossington Crit.

  • Where: Ossington Avenue, from Queen to Dundas
  • When: July 23, 11 am – 11 pm

Beaches International Jazz Festival

In its final days, the Beaches International Jazz Festival features StreetFest all weekend long. Over 40 bands in 2.5 km of Queen Street East.

  • Where: Queen Street East, between Woodbine Avenue and Beech Avenue
  • When: On now until July 24

Persian Family Day

A family friendly day to experience Persian culture, through music, dance, food and children’s activities.

  • Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
  • When: July 23, 12 – 10 pm

UNITY Festival

Every July, UNITY Festival celebrates hip-hop diversity in a four day event incorporating beatbox, dance, concerts, and spoken word. The three day celebration winds down this Saturday.

  • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  • When: July 23, 12 – 10 pm

Night Nation Run

The world’s 1st running music festival. A 5 km musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, and celebration for the lover of Electronic Dance Music. Make sure you pre-register to join the fun.

  • Where: Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd.
  • When: July 23, 5:30 pm

Demi Lovato

One for the pop music fans, Demi Lovato is bringing her Future Now tour with Nick Jonas. The starlett, known for her roles on X Factor and Glee, is one of the hottest pop musicians today – and that voice of hers reaches all the feels.

  • Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
  • When: July 23, 7 pm

Waterfront Night Market

The annual T&T Waterfront Night Market is back and attendees can expect the awesome outdoor culinary experience along with all the night market awesomeness.

  • Where: 185 Cherry Street, Toronto
  • When: On now until July 24

Shield To Shore

A free celebration of culture that follows artists from the St. Lawrence River, from Upper Canada to the Atlantic. Each stop offering music and storytelling. Performances by Great Lake Swimmers, The Elwins, and more.

  • Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay
  • When:  On now until July 24

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is home to over 60 brewers featuring more than 300 brands from all over the world. Need we say more?

  • Where: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place
  • When: On now until July 24

Toronto International Brazilfest

The 13th annual Toronto International Brazilfest takes place Sunday. The event is all about Brazil, from entertainment, to art and food. A free outdoor celebration!

  • Where: Earlscourt Park, at St. Clair Ave West and Caledonia Rd
  • When: July 24, 11 am – 10 pm

Youth Day Toronto

A free annual festival celebrating the positive achievements of young people showcasing their art in all form. The event will feature 12 hours of non-stop performances on 2 stages.

  • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  • When: July 24,  11 am – 11 pm

Sweets & Treats

The Toronto Bakers Market hosts Sweets & Treats once a month, bringing bakers and sweet-makers to your neighbourhood. Another yum event!

  • Where: Ralph Thorton Centre, 765 Queen Street East
  • When: July 24,  noon – 4 pm

Sofar Sounds Toronto

Perhaps one of the city’s best kept secrets. Sofar Sounds puts the magic back into live music. Secret location, secret bands, and only one way to get in. Sign up, and check out the magic.

  • Where: Still unknown
  • When: July 24,  5:30 – 8 pm


Oakland rapper G-Eazy has been gaining fame with his second album “When It’s Dark Out.” His tracks Me, Myslef & I and Drifting have been topping music charts, while his tour has been gaining rave reviews. G-Eazy stops into town with Logic as part of the Endless Summer Tour.

  • Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
  • When: July 24, 6:30 pm

WayHome Music & Arts Festival

Ok, so this one is just outside of Toronto – but we’re excited. Back for its second year, the very fun multi-day arts and music festival is everything we crave about summer festivals. From the beats of Chet Faker, to the killer sounds of – um – The Killers, and the dance drops of Major Lazer, WayHome has it all in terms of music, camp settings, food, and atmosphere.

  • Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 180 8th Line South, Oro-Medonte
  • When: July 22 – 23
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