26 things to do in Toronto this weekend: July 19 to 21

Jul 19 2019, 12:27 am

Haven’t made any weekend plans yet? No problem.

We’ve curated a list of 26 awesome events happening throughout the city this weekend from July 19 to 21.

From concerts and food festivals to free family-friendly events, here are the top events happening in the city this weekend.

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Friday, July 19

12th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival


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What: The annual Toronto Burlesque Festival kicks off today, bringing
four sizzling days of burlesque shows, festival celebrations, and international performers to the city.

When: On now until July 21
Where: Revival Bar and MOD Club Theatre
Price: From $25 to $70

Summerlicious 2019

What: Now in its 17th year, Summerlicious is back, and reservation lines open on June 20. The citywide prix-fixe promotion kicks off July 5 and runs until July 21 at nearly 200 of Toronto’s favourite restaurants.

When: On now until July 21
Time: Varies by restaurant
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Lunch menus priced at $23, $28, and $33 and dinner is $33, $43, and $53

Bar Aperol

What: Bar Aperol will be selling Aperol Spritz’s and serving alongside an Italian aperitivo food menu by the Cheese Boutique, and coffee and espresso by Lavazza. Those looking to enjoy an aperitif but don’t want to consume alcohol, Crodino, the Italian non-alcoholic aperitif will be available.

When: Open for the month of July, four days a week (Thursday to Sunday)
Time: Thursdays and Fridays, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: 1030Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station returns to the city this summer. The outdoor marketplace promises to “showcase the best of Toronto’s eclectic culture, talent and spirit with a curated mix of local food vendors and entertainment.”

When: On now until August 3
Time: Monday to Wednesday, 11 am to 9 pm; Thursday to Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Union Station – 65 Front Street West
Price: Entry is free

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West is about to get a brand new immersive installation. And it’s going to be a houseful of fun. Toronto-based art collective Mondo Forma and Universal Music Canada are bringing The Funhouse to downtown. The immersive, experiential art maze, inspired by music and created in collaboration with some of Toronto’s most exciting artists, and will open this Saturday.

When: On now through to September
Time: Doors open at 10 am
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28 general admission

Shakespeare in High Park


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What: The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns on July 4 and will run until September 1. The long-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 37th year and takes on two classics this year. This summer’s plays include the comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About Nothing, and the timeless story of morality and power, Measure For Measure.

When: Tuesday to Sunday, now through September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

Summer Music in the Park

What: This summer, head to Bloor-Yorkville and snag a seat by the ‘big rock and enjoy some incredible live music that ranges from jazz to traditional Cuban and Greek and Celtic.

When: On now through September 7 (Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Time: Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Saturdays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Sundays (only in July and August), 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Village of Yorkville Park, Bellair and Cumberland streets
Price: Free

Pizza Fest presented by TasteToronto

What: Pizza Fest presented by TasteToronto is returning to Ontario Place this summer to bring together over 20 of Toronto’s best pizza joints and Italian hotspots, serving up authentic slices and other Italian favourites from spaghetti carbonara and meatball sandwiches to gelato and tiramisu.

When: July 19 to 21
Time: Friday, 2 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Ontario Place
Price: Tickets from $7.95

Indie Fridays

What: Not only is Yonge-Dundas Square hosting free movies and free yoga this summer, it will also be the site of free concerts. The Square’s free indie concert series kicks off on Friday, June 28 and will run for ten weeks until August 30. With the launch of Chevrolet’s new music discovery program, Chevy Music, this year’s series is set to be the biggest and best yet.

When: Every Friday through August 30
Time: 8 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free

Beam Me Up Disco!

What: A jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, proto-house, and more, supplied by the Patchouli Brothers and Cyclist every Friday night this month.

When: July 19
Time: 10 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West
Price $10

Saturday, July 20

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

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What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: Every Saturday during summer
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Free Root Beer Day

What: Get ready to enjoy a long, refreshing and fizzy sip for free this month. Because A&W is bringing Free Root Beer Day back this summer, and the fast-food giant will be slingin’ free mugs all day on July 20.

When: July 20
Where: A&W Restaurants across Canada
Price: You guessed it, free!

Big on Bloor Festival

What: A festival of arts and culture, Big on Bloor is a unique summer street affair that is jam-packed with hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays, and exhibitions.

When: July 20
Where: Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Flower Market

What: Now in its seventh year, the Flower Market returns for another beautiful season. This year’s vendors are prepped and ready to share all of their locally grown spring blooms such as daffodils, hyacinth, muscari, ranunculus, and oh so many tulips. Plus, there will be seedlings and spring bulbs for planting in home gardens.

When: July 20
10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

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Kensington Market Flea

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What: Starting this Saturday, the weekly Kensington Market Flea kicks off. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: July 20
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

Free Comedy with Todd Graham

What: To celebrate the release of his debut comedy album Bustin’ Loose!, Toronto-based comedian Todd Graham will perform FREE, live comedy, at Ontario record stores on July 20. This includes Royal Cat Records (Guelph, 11 am), Henry’s Records (Scarborough, 2 pm), Pop Music Canada (Toronto, 3:30 pm), Dead Dog Records (Church Street Location, 5 pm), and Tiny Record Shop (Toronto, 6:30 pm).

When: July 20
Time: 11 am to 6: 30 pm
Where: Various locations
Price: Free to attend

adidas adicolor x Home of Classics

What: This Saturday, you can explore adidas’ newly launched adicolor collection inspired by four bold colours alongside the Home of Classics collection paying homage to the brand’s 50 years of experience in sport and culture.

When: July 20
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm
Where: Only One Gallery, 5 Brock Avenue
Price: Free, just make sure to RSVP here

 LLSC Next Gen 2019 Yoga Marathon

What: This Saturday, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is hosting a yoga marathon, with proceeds from the event going toward supporting patients and families. Perfect for wellness lovers, yogi fanatics, and everything in between, this event is a great way to challenge yourself and get sweaty this weekend. Plus, there will be a lot of delicious and hydrating post-class patio drink options and networking opportunities with like-minded individuals. Drink tickets are $5, or you can get an open bar wristband for $20.

When: July 20
Time: 3 pm to 1 am
Where: Pure Yoga Toronto, 47 Fraser Avenue
Price: From $40

Sunday, July 21

FREE Scoops of Ben & Jerry’s

What: National Ice Cream Day is descending upon us, and the city is set to be swarming with cold and creamy treats. This Sunday, you’ll get the chance to indulge in a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s for free at 369 Queen Street West. The iconic treat will be scooped out at the SkipTheDishes “Chill Zone” truck, offering the perfect way for you to cool your jets during this upcoming sunny weekend from 11 am to 7 pm.

When: July 21
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: 369 Queen Street West
Price: Free

The Distillery District Sunday Market



What: If you’re looking to splurge on some tasty treats, hit up this market happening every Sunday until the end of September. Vendors selling cured meats, organic preserves, ready-to-eat treats, and handmade gourmet chocolates are just some of the things you can feast on. And of course, you’ll be able to shop for all sorts of artisan crafts.

When: Every Sunday through September 29
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Distillery District
Price: Free admission

Sunday Social Series

What: Kicking off on the same day as the Bentway Block Party is the first Sunday of the second season of the Bentway’s Sunday Social Series. The Social Series will present a space for socializing with friends new and old around oversized lounge chairs and picnic tables every Sunday all summer long. Canadian music mag Exclaim! will be presenting plenty of live music, Pilot Coffee and SPIN will be serving food, drinks and bar service, and, like the Block Party, ping pong tables will also be on-site.

When: Every Sunday through August 25
Time: Noon to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
Price: Free to attend

Ontario Oyster Festival

What: Taking place at Rodney’s Oyster House, this all-day event 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 21
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

Music in the Park

What: The Beach Village BIA presents the third annual summer Music in the Park Series. The series takes place in Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell, in the heart of The Beaches. The series has been carefully curated to feature some of the Toronto and Canada’s best performers, spanning multiple genres.

When: Every Sunday in July and August, starting on July 7
2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell
Price: Admission is free

Summer Music in the Garden

What:  The Summer Music in the Garden concert series will kick off in honour of the Toronto Music Garden’s 20th anniversary, and will feature 18 free concerts of classical, traditional and world music, including a concert on August 25 that will feature the Music Garden’s “theme song,” Bach’s Suite no. 1 in G Major for solo cello. Taking place on Thursdays and Sundays through September 15.

When: July 21
Time: 4 pm
Where: 479 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to attend

Yoga Classes at The Bentway

What: You’ll be able to balance yourself out every week at The Bentway’s free yoga classes this summer. The weekly yoga classes are run by Tribe Fitness and go every Sunday from mid-June to the end of August. Just remember to bring your own mat!

When: July 21
Time:  7 pm to 8 pm
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free, but you must bring your own mat

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