14 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, July 29

Jul 28 2017, 3:58 am

Happy Saturday, Toronto!

It’s a beautiful summer day, and lots of events are taking place in the city. Be sure to check them out this gorgeous weekend!

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.

When: Now until July 30
Where: High Park Amphitheatre

Beaches International Jazz Festival

What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 29th year.

When: Now until July 30
Where: The Beaches

Tirgan Festival

What: Iranian-Canadians gather on Toronto’s waterfront for this non-religious, non-partisan four-day festival of music, dance, food, discussions and historical programming.

When: July 29 to 30
Where: Harbourfront Centre

What: It’s not deja vu (at least not for the first show). American hip-hop recording artist and record producer J. Cole is stopping in at the Air Canada Centre on July 28, as the multi-platinum-selling artist is touring in support of his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. Since its release, each of its ten tracks has notched a place on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The “4 Your Eyez Only Tour” follows Cole’s 2015 “Forest Hills Drive Tour,” which was the highest-selling hip-hop tour of that year, after which Cole embarked on an international festival run in 2016. J. Cole is on the road with Anderson .Paak.

When: July 29, 7 pm
Where: ACC, 50 Bay Street

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

What: Hosted by The Beer Store, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is home to over 60 brewers featuring more than 300 brands from all over the world. Ticket price includes five sample tokens and a commemorative festival sampling cup.

When: July 28 to 30
Where: Bandshell Park Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd

YYZ Live

What: This summer, you can catch free Canadian musicians perform at Toronto Pearson International Airport as part of YYZ Live, a musical celebration with 150 performances from 75 local artists in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. This weekend, Kristin Fung, Joy Thompson, and Tichaona Maredza will be performing.

When: Now to September 15
Where: Pearson International Airport


What: Back for its third year, the very fun multi-day arts and music festival is everything we crave about summer festivals. The WayHome Music & Arts Festival is fast becoming one of the largest festivals in the region, all due to its wicked vibes, and incredibly diverse lineups, which includes Flume, Cage The Elephant, Imagine Dragons, Solange, and School Boy Q.

When: July 28 to 30
Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 180 8th Line South

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

What: The Toronto International Youth Dance Festival will be taking over Nathan Phillips Square for three days this summer for a multi-cultural celebration of dance.

When: July 29 to 30
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

AlohaFest Toronto

What: The third annual Polynesian Festival presented by Hālau Hula I Ka Lā (“Hula School in the Sun”) takes place at North York City Hall. Look forward to tropical treats and Hawaiian faves (think spam and poke) plus live entertainment and a marketplace.

When: July 29, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Mel Lastman Square

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: Come and enjoy amazing food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs who will be serving up some of the best local and seasonal food in the city.

When: July 29, 8 am to 1  pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Toronto’s popular Waterfront Artisan Market will make HTO Park come alive this Saturday. Here you’ll get to explore a curated mix of 75 artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Admission is free.

When: July 29, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West

Sarah Carlson

What: The Roundhouse Gallery at Steam Whistle Brewing presents SOJOURN, a solo exhibition of recent work by Sarah Carlson. The paintings in Sarah Carlson’s collection are a pictorial mix of figuration and abstraction inspired by recent travels within Canadian wild spaces.

When: July 29
Where: Steam Whistle Brewing, 255 Bremner

Pin + Patch Show

What: The Pin + Patch Show will showcase a variety of local flair designers selling their unique pins and patches all under one roof in Toronto.

When: July 29, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 2104 Dundas Street West


What: This is the final weekend to catch the internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia as it brings its latest production Odysseo to Mississauga. Odysseo features 65 magnificent horses and 48 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers and musicians.

When: July 29 2 pm and 8 pm; July 30, 2 pm
Where: Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place

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