17 things to do in Toronto this weekend: July 15 - 17

Jul 15 2016, 5:42 am

Happy weekend, Toronto!

From the Beaches International Jazz Fest to a ton of cultural events and a daytime music party, we’re stoked to head into this summer weekend! And to top it off, there’s an outdoor movie screening Sunday evening to wind it all down.

We’re ready for the weekend! Check out some of these events with us.

Honda Indy Toronto

Celebrating 30 years of racing on the streets of Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is taking over in July. It’s fast and furious in the city this weekend.

  • Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard
  • When: July 15 to 17


The 2016 edition of the Franco-Fête will be a musicfest in the best tradition, spotlighting some of today’s top Francophone artists. The family friendly event is in its 34th year, and all is free!

  • Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
  • When: July 15 to 17

Guns N’ Roses
What year is this again? Legendary rock & rollers Guns N’ Roses are back on tour after years of ups and downs, and line up changes. After headlining Coachella earlier this year, the boys (including Slash and Axl Rose) are bringing their “Not in This Lifetime…” rock show to Toronto this month.

  • Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
  • When: July 16 at 8:30 pm

Def Leppard

Saturday is officially rock band night in Toronto. Old school Brits Def Leppard is also in town the same night as Guns N’ Roses – what are the chances? Having also gone through ups and downs, and a few line up changes, these guys are legendary for a reason. This show should prove just that.

  • Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
  • When: July 16 at 8:30 pm

Ritmo Y Color: The Streets Of Mexico

If you’ve ever been to Mexico City, you know the culture, smells, and colourful city is rich and unforgettable. Experience that feel this weekend at Harbourfront!

  • Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
  • When: July 15 to 17

Night It Up! Summer Night Market

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.

  • Where: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham
  • When: July 15 to 17

Festival of India

Splashing some spiritual culture into the city, the 44th Annual Festival of India returns on July 16 for two days of nourishing festivities.

  • Where: Parade – Yonge Street beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay Celebrations – Centre Island
  • When: July 16 to 17

Festival of South Asia

The largest Indian Bazaar in North America, the Festival of South Asia includes food, cultural entertainment, shopping, storytime, and more.

  • Where: Gerrard Street E. between Greenwell & Coxwood Avenue
  • When: July 16 to 17

Beaches International Jazz Festival

Although it began on July 2, the peak of the fun is this weekend at the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Celebrating its 28th year, this year’s festivities includes two stages, a beer garden, and lots of vendors.

  • Where: The Beach Neighbourhood
  • When: On now until July 24

Festival of Flight

The Aga Khan Museum is featuring a family friendly programming igniting all the senses: pop-up musical performances; hands-on art workshops; and readings and talks by children’s writers and illustrators who share a fascination with flight.

  • Where: Aga Khan Park, 77 Wynford Drive
  • When: July 16 to 17

Festival of Flight and Star Party

Continuing on the Festival of Flight, the Ontario Science Centre is hosting a Public Star Party as part of the festivities. The event includes presentations on space flight and exploration – including observing the sky through telescope.

  • Where: Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road
  • When: July 16th, 8 – 11 pm

Eid Party

Eid celebrations continue this weekend at Noor Cultural Centre. Music and food all evening!

  • Where: Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive
  • When: July 16, 6:30 pm

Toronto Salsa Practice

The Toronto Salsa Practice is a relaxed, friendly gathering of salsa enthusiasts. Lean new moves, and meet other dancers. No partners required.

  • Where: 427 Bloor Street West 
  • When: July 16, 3:30 and 5:30 pm

DX Kids’ Days at Union Station

The weekly celebration of design learning, family and community, continues through till September 4. It’s time to get creative and have some fun with the family!

  • Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West
  • When: July 17, 1 – 4 pm

All Day I Dream of Toronto Skies

New York’s cult daytime party finally arrives in Toronto! Patiently spreading musical love and their love of music, Lee Burrdige and Matthew Dekay are joined by ADID family member, YokoO, for a day of musical music.

  • Where: Fort York Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard
  • When: July 17, 2 pm

TD IRIE Boat Cruise

A world-class cultural event that began in 2002, the IRIE Music Festival celebrates culturally diverse artists while providing the larger community with a unique opportunity to celebrate African-Canadian culture.

  • Where: The Aurora Borealis, 333 Lake Shore Blvd East
  • When: July 17, 12:30 – 5 pm

Stranded! In Christie Pits

Wind your weekend down with a movie in the park! Recent Oscar nominee Mustang (2015, Foreign Language Film) will be screened this weekend, for a nice chill Sunday evening.

  • Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street West
  • When: July 17, at sundown
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