16 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 5

Aug 3 2017, 8:22 pm

Your long weekend continues, Toronto!

All the fun is just getting started, so be sure to check out what’s happening in and around the city today.

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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: Now until August 5


What: For another exciting weekend, Caribana will be taking over Toronto. Don’t forget to check out the massive Caribbean Carnival Grande Parade, the parties, concerts and countless Caribbean events taking place throughout the city.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: Now until August 7

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music and live art will be kicking off this week. This year’s 11-day festival will feature 52 unique projects, as well a SLIP series of artist workshops, a collection of new performance experiments in the SummerWorks Lab, and nightly parties.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: Now until August 13

2167: Indigenous Life in 150 Years

What: Indigenous filmmakers and artists imagine Indigenous life 150 years in the future in new VR projects.

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
When: Now until August 13, 12 pm to 8 pm

Fleet Foxes

What: American indie folk band Fleet Foxes are back from a hiatus and fans couldn’t be more excited. Crack-Up came out in June and was certainly worth the wait. And now fans can see them live again this month.

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: August 5 at 8 pm

Shakespeare in High Park

What: Toronto’s annual Shakespeare in High Park is back for another exciting summer and will be taking on two classics this year. This season’s performances will include Twelfth Night and King Lear, with all screenings starting at 8 pm. Tickets are pay what you can.

Where: High Park Amphitheatre
When: August 5 at 8 pm


What: Come and celebrate one the biggest religions in the world this long weekend. Hosted by the Muslim community of Canada, attendees can enjoy the music, food, and art of the culture.

Where: Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive
When: August 5 and 6

Island Soul

What: This long weekend, catch some island vibes on the waterfront and experience the rich legacy of Caribbean music heard throughout Canada and around the world.

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: August 5 to 7

Scarborough Ribfest

What: The Scarborough Ribfest will be celebrating its 16th anniversary this weekend. Come out and sample delicious ribs, pulled pork and chicken from ribbers like Camp 31, Jack the Ribber, Blazin BBQ and Hawgs Gone Wild.

Where: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd
When: August 5 to 7

Toronto Food Truck Festival

What: Returning to the Toronto Beach(es), this food truck festival takes over Woodbine Park over the civic holiday long weekend. As always, admission is free and in addition to street foods expect live-eating challenges and other entertainment on site.

Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
When: August 5, noon to 10 pm

Art & Music Ontario Festival

What: The Art & Music Ontario Festival celebrates a diverse range of local art and music in honour of the province’s 150th anniversary. Highlights include art installations along the North Walk, art history classes perfect for the whole family, a drone light show, and a digital graffiti wall. The event is completely free and showcases the province’s artsy side with plenty of activities, food, drinks, and art.

Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd.
When: August 5 to 7

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: Come and enjoy the city’s largest farmers’ market and stock up on seasonal produce from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
When: August 5 at 8 am to 1 pm

Taste of India Food Festival

What: This family-friendly event will feature more than 50 vendors and entertainment including Bollywood style dances, classical temple dances, bhangra, music and a live DJ to rock the square.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
When: August 5 at 12 pm to 10 pm

PartyNextDoor & Roy Woods

What: Perhaps it’s not a concert, but get your OVO fest weekend started with PartyNextDoor and Roy Woods up close and personal. The guys are hosting a pool party at Cabana for the long weekend.

Where: Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street
When: August 5 at 1 pm

VELD Music Festival

What: VELD is entering its fifth year, and takes place over two-days in August at Downsview Park in Toronto. Headliners this year include Future, Major Lazer, Migos, and Tiësto.

Where: Downsview Park
When: August 5 and 6

Rogers Cup

What: Toronto is the centre of the tennis world as the Rogers Cup returns for another exciting year. The world’s best in women’s tennis, including Venus Williams, will be hitting up Toronto, starting this Saturday.

Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100
When: August 5 to 13

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