31 things to do in Toronto this weekend: July 13 to 15

Jul 13 2018, 1:24 am

Finally done with your never-ending work week?

Celebrate your freedom in style at one of these exciting events happening throughout the city from July 13 to 15.

2018 Masters Indigenous Games

Masters Indigenous Games 2018

What: This inaugural games provide Indigenous adults the opportunity to compete against their peers in a variety of contemporary and traditional sporting activities at Toronto’s Downsview Park.

When: Now until July 15
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Fringe Festival

What: With 160 plays at 45 venues and over a thousand events that include live theatre, music, dance, arts, buskers, and performances, there’s something for everyone at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

When: Now until July 15
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues
Price: Varies by the show


What: You can dine at a select group of Toronto’s finest restaurants during this summer food fest.

When: Now until July 22
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Lunch menus priced at $23, $28, and $33 and dinner is $33, $43, and $53

Beaches International Jazz Festival

What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th year.

When: Now until July 29
Time: Varies by day
Where: The Beach Neighbourhood
Price: Admission is free

CITE at The Bentway

What: The Bentway Skate Trail is now home to a summer-long celebration of skate culture. A great use of public space, CITE is both an art installation and a skatepark, featuring sculptures that boarders are free to ride on.

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

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

caribbean carnival


What: Now in its 51st year, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana, which many still call it) is a five-week cultural celebration featuring Caribbean music, dance, costume, parties, and food.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station returns this summer, hosting an incredible line-up of food vendors, ongoing programming, and events that bring Toronto’s talent, culture, and spirit to life.

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

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

Indie Fridays

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

When: July 13
Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Free

Friday Night Lights at Downsview Park

What: Taking place at the football field and running track at Downsview Park, moviegoers can enjoy a variety of recent family-friendly flicks all summer long.

When: July 13
Time: Roughly 9:30 pm
Where: 79 Carl Hall Road, Football Field & Running Track
Price: Free

Honda Indy Toronto

Honda Indy


What: It’s about to get fast and furious in the city as Honda Indy returns from July 13 to 15. This year’s event features a jam-packed weekend full of exciting races. Watch as the biggest race-car professionals in North America compete for the championship in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

When: July 13 to 15
Time: Friday, 8 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 8 am to 5:45 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
Price: Tickets start at $40 for adults

Vaughan Pizza Fest

What: Pizza, music, and beer! The triple threat is the premise for this massive food festival taking place just north of Toronto this summer. Vaughan Pizza Fest, happening mid-July, promises to be the epic pizza party ever… even bigger and better than last year.
When: July 13 to 15
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Interchange Park, 1 Commerce Street, Vaughan
Price: General admission is $15 online

Fun Food Festival

What: A brand new circus-themed food festival is set to debut at the Woodbridge Fair Grounds this July. Taking place just north of the city, from July 13 to 15, the event is simply titled the Fun Food Festival and as its name suggests, the three-day festival is billing all-ages fun and street food!

When: July 13 to 15
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Woodbridge Fair Grounds, 100 Porter Avenue, Vaughan
Price: Admission is $10

Night It Up! Summer Night Market

What: The volunteers of Power Unit Youth Organization are organizing Night it Up, a free outdoor market styled after Asian night markets. Expect authentic street food and multicultural performances.

When: July 13 to 15
Time: Friday, 7 pm to 12 am; Saturday, 2 pm to 12 am; Sunday, 2 pm to 8 pm
Where: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham
Price: Free

Free Root Beer Day

What: A&W has announced that all restaurants across Canada will be serving up free root beer all day, from open ’til close on Saturday, July 14, otherwise known as Free Root Beer Day. It’s an arbitrary day seemingly invented for and celebrated exclusively by, the fast-food chain that’s best known for its family of burgers and frosty mugs of fountain root beer.

When: July 14
Time: All day
Where: A&W Restaurants across Canada
Price: Free

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

Feed It Forward


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: July 14
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Flower Market

What: There will be 18 incredible vendor stalls on display to visit and admire, each selling an assortment of seasonal showstoppers including tulips, daffodils, gerbera, orchids, hyacinths, muscari, lilacs, and more. Plus there will also be an array of dahlia tubers, seedlings, garden planters, handmade pots and indoor plants also for sale.

When: July 14
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Destination Thailand

What: The Royal Thai Embassy is hosting the 5th annual Destination Thailand Festival this Saturday, which is an admission-free, all-day family event at Yonge-Dundas Square.

When: July 14
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Admission is free

Bloor West Street Fest

What: The second annual Bloor West Street Fest is on this Saturday. Come and enjoy the outdoor marketplace, children’s activities, an artisan night market, buskers, and more.

When: July 14
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Bloor Street West and Jane Street
Price: Free to attend

Liberty Village Libation

What: What sounds better than sipping local libations, listening to great music and enjoying big food bites in the summer heat? Summer Craft Beer Fest has undergone a name, location and format change, and now guests can enjoy a selection of great libations from all alcohol categories as part of the make-over.

When: July 14
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: Liberty Village Park, 70 East Liberty Street
Price: This is a pay as you go event. Sample vouchers/tokens are worth $2 each and most samples will range between 1 and 2 vouchers

All Day I Dream Of Toto

All Day I Dream of Toto

What: It’s time to get groovy Toronto. After two wonderful events, the third edition of All Day I Dream in Toronto promises another beautiful blissed out day full of pretty music and good vibes.

When: July 14
Time: 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: From $50

Parkdale Flea

What: Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectibles, local Artisans and designers.

When: July 14 and 15
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1266 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Waterfront Artisan Market

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

When: July 14 and 15
Time: Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, Sundays 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Festival of India

What: Infusing the city with a dose of colourful and spiritual culture, the 46th Annual Festival of India returns this July for two days of nourishing festivities. The event will begin with a vibrant, high-energy parade down Yonge Street, followed by a day of events for the entire family.

When: July 14 and 15
Time: Varies by event
 Various locations throughout the city
Price: Free to the public

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Mid Summer Market

What: This weekend, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea is hosting its annual market, where you can shop local from a range of vendors and artisans for locally made eats and delicious spring sweet treats. Four-legged friends are also welcome!

When: July 15
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Union Summer: FIFA World Cup Final Match

world cup

FIFA World Cup Union Summer

What: Don’t stress if you haven’t found somewhere to watch the FIFA World Cup final match. To ensure no one misses a big game, Toronto’s Union Summer Market is screening the final game live on its big screen.

When: July 15
11 am to 2 pm
Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West
Price: Free to attend

Sunday Social at The Bentway Beer Garden

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: Every Sunday, July 15
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Admission is free

Ontario Oyster Festival

What: Taking place at the Oyster Garden (aka patio) at Rodney’s Oyster House, this all-day event takes place on Sunday, July 15 and will feature $5 drinks and oysters (served five at a time), along with lobster ($25 each) and other delicious seafood-centric foods price for $10 or less.

When: July 15
Time: 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King Street West, Toronto
Price: General admission is $35 in advance, $45 at the gates

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: July 15
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, Cherry Street just south of Unwin Avenue
Price: $20

Seafood Sundays

What: Want to eat a huge pot of seafood including PEI mussels, clams, shrimp, lobster, corn, butter, and more butter? The family-style feast takes place on the Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel every other week.

When: July 15
Time: 6 pm
Where: 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $39

Christie Pits Film Festival

Christie pits film festical


What: Movie lovers can enjoy an outdoor screening of In the Mood for Love Sunday evening as part of the Christie Pits Film Festival. Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.

When: June 24 to August 19
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
Price: Free to attend

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