30 things to do in Toronto this long weekend: August 3 to 6

Aug 2 2018, 6:38 pm

Toronto, we finally have another long weekend to enjoy.

If you’re not planning on relaxing at a cottage, there are plenty of amazing events and activities happening in the city to keep you entertained.

Whether you want to hit up an outdoor concert or eat your way through an incredible food festival, we’re rounded up the can’t-miss events and popular attractions happening in Toronto this long weekend.

Toronto Vegan Block Party

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What: There will be a block party over the August long weekend to celebrate the grand opening of Not Your Mother, Vegandale Brewery and Copenhagen Cafe.

When: Now until August 5
Time: Friday, 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm
Where: Vegandale Brewery, 1346 Queen Street West
Price: Pay for what you eat

CITE at The Bentway

What: A great use of public space, CITE is both an art installation and a skatepark, featuring sculptures that boarders are free to ride on. Canada Day celebrations include DJ sets, skate demos, a beer garden, live graffiti, a meet and greet with pros, eats, and an open skate.

When: Now to August 12
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market, presented by TD, launched on Canada Day and is on now until August 19 on the doorstep of Union Station. Participating food vendors include Amano PastaBananza, Fugo DessertsHarry’s CharbroiledMean BaoRoywoodsThe Carbon BarThe Plant YYZ, Union Chicken, and Wvrst.

When: On now until August 19
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

The Art of Banksy

What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, is now open in Toronto displaying the largest collection of the artist’s works. According to organizers, with over $35 million in art, this is the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled.

When: Now until August 19
Time: Friday, 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 12 am; Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

A Forest of Canoes at The Bentway

What: A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton, is a site-specific installation set up throughout The Bentway and is co-commissioned with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and curated by Bonnie Rubenstein. The installation highlights the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories.

When: Now until August 31
Time: All day
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free

Spiders: Fear & Fascination


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What: This summer, the ROM welcomed a new exhibit, Spiders: Fear & Fascination and trust us, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The exhibit explores the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of these eight-legged creatures and will feature more than 400 live and preserved spiders, cutting-edge interactive experiences, and new scientific discoveries.

When: Now until January 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Flare Breakfast Party

What: If you’re looking to get an early start on the weekend’s festivities, you enjoy some morning eats at the Flare Breakfast Party, which will be taking place at the Toronto Event Centre.

When: August 3
Time: 11 am to 12 am
Where: Toronto Event Centre
Price: Tickets from $100

Daylight with Lebron James

What: The one and only king of basketball Mr. Lebron James will be in Toronto Friday evening to host Daylight, the day-to-night Caribana long weekend lifestyle and social experience.

When: August 3
Time: 2 pm to 8 pm
Where: Beach Paris, 15 Saskatchewan Road
Price: $80

Bambii & Red Bull Music Present: JERK

What: JERK is back and this year it’s a block party with Red Bull Music. Come and enjoy an evening filled with diverse music and free jerk chicken while supplies last.

When: August 3
Time: 5 pm to 11 pm
Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd West
Price: $5 with RSVP or $15 at the door

Pan Alive

What: This Friday, Toronto will be treated to some of North America’s best live Caribbean flavoured percussion and steel drumming as a number of bands will be competing for the title of Best Steel Band.

When: August 3
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Allan Lamport Stadium
Price: From $20

Indie Fridays

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What: Chevrolet Canada presents Indie Fridays, a free concert series featuring some of Canada’s top indie musicians on Friday evenings.

When: August 3
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Free

Chudleigh Cider Summer Nights

What: Chudleigh’s Farm re-opened in July, unveiling a brand new way to experience the farm. As part of the new experience, the farm is launching Summer Cider Nights, which will take place on Friday and Saturday nights throughout August, featuring live music, delicious food, wagon rides, the new Chudleigh’s Hard Cider and so much more.

When: August 3 and 4
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills, ON
Price: $10 per person

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival

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

When: August 3 and 4
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend

Taylor Swift Toronto ‘Reputation’ Concert

What: Drop everything! Pop queen Taylor Swift is performing in Toronto for two nights this weekend as part of her Reputation stadium tour.

When: August 3 and 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Center, 1 Blue Jays Way
Price: From $78

Toronto Food Truck Festival

What: The massive food truck rally is presented by Canadian Food Truck Festivals and is just one stop on a summer-long tour that includes events in Burlington, Pickering, Richmond Hill, and Brampton.

When: August 3 to 6
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, noon to 10 pm; Sunday and Monday, noon to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

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What: The Evergreen Brick Works’ Saturday Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Come and enjoy good food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

When: August 4
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Grande Parade 2018

What: Easily one of the year’s biggest parties in the city, the Grand Parade at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is arguably one of the summer’s largest attractions. International and national visitors head to the streets to witness the live performances, colourful costumes, music, and the giant party that is a highlight of the festival each year. Grab your tickets here.

When: August 4
Time: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd
Price: From $10

Really Really Free Market

What: This month’s edition of the Really Really Free Market is taking place this Saturday. Taking place at Campbell Park, everything you see at the market is absolutely free. Seriously, no money is required, and there’s no swapping involved. Just remember, if you bring items to share, you must bring them before 3 pm and make sure they are in clean and working condition.

When: August 4
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Price: Free

Taste of the Middle East Food Festival 2018

What: Spit-roasted shawarma, grilled halloumi, sticky baklava! Toronto’s newest food fest bills itself as a chance to sample “the 1001 flavours Middle Eastern culture has to offer.” Toronto’s inaugural Taste of the Middle East Food Festival is set to take over Yonge-Dundas square for a single day this summer.

When: August 4
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Free Yoga at Ontario Place

What: Every weekend this summer, Ontario Place hosts yoga at Trillium Park. On Saturday and Sundays, from now until August 26, the morning classes will be offered with no sign ups necessary. Yogis just need to bring a mat for practice.

When: August 4 and 5
Time: Saturday, 10 am; Sunday, 11 am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

Waterfront Artisan Market

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What: Back for its third year, the Waterfront Artisan Market features 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products. The market runs every Saturday and Sunday.

When: August 4 and 5
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Scarborough Rib Fest

What: Back for its 17th year, this east Toronto food fest is all about ribs, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more summertime essentials. Festival-goers can look forward to an all-day beer garden, daily karaoke competition, midway rides and skill testing games.

When: August 4 to 6
Time: Varies by day
Where: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Road, Scarborough
Price: Admission is free

Rogers Cup

What: Toronto is the centre of the tennis world as the Rogers Cup returns for another exciting year.

When: August 4 to 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100
Price: Tickets from $25

Ontario Vintage Market

What: This Sunday, you can shop from a curated selection of vintage vendors selling one-of-a-kind housewares, decor, furniture and more at Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks.

When: August 5
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Admission is free

Toronto Taste of India Food Festival

What: You can tour India with your tastebuds right here in Toronto this month. The Taste of India Food Festival bills itself as a foodie utopia featuring a thorough sampling of 100+ different Indian cuisines. The annual food fest will take place at Nathan Phillips Square for a full day of eating on August 5.

When: August 5
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Sunday Social at The Bentway Beer Garden

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What: Every Sunday, The Bentway will be home to Toronto’s coolest covered patio, serving up beer from Collective Arts Brewing and cider from Strongbow, along with tasty treats from SPiN, Toronto’s Ping-Pong social club, plus outdoor games like ping pong and bocce, and a curated music program.

When: August 5
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Admission is free


What: If you didn’t get enough of your electronic music fill at Dreams Festival, you can make up for it in your costume-clad glory at Veld Music Festival. Headliners include DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and more.

When: August 4 and 5
Time: Varies by day
Where: Downsview Park, Downsview Park Allen Road
Price: Single-day tickets start at $139.99

Simcoe Day at Fort York

What: Fort York comes to life this holiday Monday! Walk the historic grounds and take in the musketry, artillery and music demonstrations. Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers’ Brick Barracks, take tours of the historic buildings and discover the dynamic lives of the Fort’s men, women, and children.

When: August 6
10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort York NHS, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Admission is free

Promise Cherry Beach 2018

What: Come and enjoy an unmissable chance to take in the best of Toronto’s underground music scene surrounded by sun and fun at the beach.

When: August 6
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, Cherry Street just south of Unwin Avenue
Price: $20

Hogtown Heatwave – The Best of The Second City

What: Hogtown Heatwave kicks off at Second City tonight, featuring the comedy centre’s funniest and hottest material of all time.

When: August 6
Time: 8 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: The Second City, 51 Mercer Street
Price: From $16

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