25 things to do in Toronto this weekend: June 14 to 16

Jun 13 2019, 10:18 pm

The weekend is finally here!

Which means it’s time to kick back and celebrate in style at one of the many exciting events happening throughout the city.

From food and drink festivals to Father’s Day events, here are your top events for the weekend.

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Friday, June 14

NXNE 2019



What: Canada’s premier music and gaming festival, NXNE, is returning to the city for ten days starting this week. From June 7 to 16, festival goers can look forward to more curator and club shows, and an extended festival village that will include four stages for live performances. This year’s ‘Club Land’ and ‘Festival Village’ will offer guests an impressive mixture of globally recognized and emerging hip-hop, indie rock, and pop performers at 20 of the top music venues in the city.

When: June 7 to 16
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Wristbands cost $29

Fleurs de Villes

What: Canadian floral event company Fleurs de Villes will exhibit a must-see, custom floral couture installation at Yorkville Village this month. Visitors will be treated to a jaw-dropping display of one-of-a-kind, floral-dressed mannequins and elaborate, exotic flower arrangements created by some of Toronto’s most talented flower mavens. In total, there will be 10 mannequins installed at Yorkville Village, with an 11th mannequin displayed in the lobby of The Hazelton Hotel.

When: On now until June 17
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Yorkville Village, 136 Yorkville Avenue
Price: Free to attend


What: The 13th annual Luminato Festival returns to Toronto this week. From June 7 to 23, the multi-arts and multi-platform event will take over the city for 17 days of free and ticketed programming. From a larger-than-life mirrored maze and provocative new work by one of Canada’s most renowned puppet masters to a massive choral event along Toronto’s waterfront and the North American premiere of a reimagined dance classic, Luminato will host over 165 Canadian and international artists.

When: On now until June 23
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station will be returning to the city this week. 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: 5:30 am to 12:45 am
Where: Union Station – 65 Front Street West
Price: Entry is free

This is Eye Candy

What: This is Eye Candy is Toronto’s latest Instagram pop-up experience. Tucked away on Queen Street, you’ll find 12 unique rooms, each offering a new immersive experience. From a luxury jet to a cherry blossom forest, there’s a room to pique everyone’s interest.

When: On now
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
322 1/2 Queen Street West
Price: $20, during the hours of 5 pm till 10 pm; $15, during the hours of 11 am till 4 pm

The Funhouse


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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

Summer in the Parks

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 until 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

NXNE Festival Village 2019

What: This year’s festival features three free performance areas including the new Slaight Music Emerging Artists Stage at Queen Street. There will also be a free standup comedy tent, eSports, Cirque de Soleil street performers, the NXN-Flea Market and much more will provide a jam-packed lineup of activities throughout the festival weekend.

When: June 14 to 16
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Along Yonge Street and at Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free to attend

The Wine & Spirit Festival

What: This drinks-centric beach party is one solid reason to head down to Toronto’s waterfront to celebrate spring and the promise of summer. Ticket prices include a sampling cup and wristband for admission to complimentary seminars.

When: June 14 and 15
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: You can get your tickets online from $23

Taste of Little Italy

What: Billed as the city’s “most frequented and delicious street festival,” this event features local and visiting vendors hawking everything from Italian standards like spiedini, pizza, and risotto, to international delicacies represented by businesses in the ’hood.

When: June 14 to 16
Where: College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street, Toronto
 Admission is free

Taco Fest

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What: Taco Fest is back! Now in its fourth year, the festival has announced it will return to Ontario Place for a weekend in June. The outdoor fiesta is a celebration of all things Mexican and showcases some of Toronto’s top chefs.

Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
When: June 14 to 16, 2019
Tickets: Available online

#FNLROM: Colour ROM Proud

What: The celebrations continue with an official Pride Toronto dance party at #FNLROM: Colour ROM Proud. Come and enjoy a night of queer art, expression, music, dancing, food, and performances. It’s a night to feel proud, while you party.

When: June 14
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: From $19.21

Saturday, June 15

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

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: June 8
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Paddle The Rouge at Rouge National Urban Park

What: For its sixth season, the Wildlands League is presenting Paddle the Rouge, offering nature lovers an opportunity to cruise through the Rouge River on a canoe or kayak for free this Saturday.

When: June 15
Time: 8 am to 5 pm.
Where: 195 Rouge Hills Drive
Price: Single kayak rental is $55, tandem kayak rental is $90, and canoe rental is $90

Kensington Market Flea

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: June 15
Time:  11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

Foodalicious 2019


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What: Toronto’s third annual Foodalicious Food Festival will take over Downsview Park this month. Enjoy food from some of the city’s top local vendors, while relishing in live music and attractions top-tier entertainers.

When: June 15 and 16
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Drive
Price: From $8.85

The Art of Craft Beer Leslieville

What: The Art of Craft Beer Outdoor Festival, in the heart of Leslieville, is returning to the city for its third year. Anticipate new and returning craft beer and food vendors, an Art Expo featuring new illustrators and printmakers, amazing live music, and a print shop!

When: June 15
Time: From noon to 8 pm
Where: 1444 Queen Street East
Price: $15 to $45

Radical Road Show

What: This afternoon-to-evening event will feature a cookout, a wide selection of beer, and plenty of other drinks to enjoy. Before The Flood will be headlining the event and other bands will be announced soon. Plus, activities for children will be introduced for the first time this year, making for a pretty rad day of family fun. A portion of all proceeds will go to Red Door Shelter in Leslieville.

When: June 15
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: 1151 Queen Street East
Price: $10

Collectif Nude Block Party

What: Kick off the summer with the return of the third annual Red Bull Presents: ’s Block Party this Saturday. For the first time, we’ll be taking over The Bentway underneath the Gardiner Expressway for a packed day of musical performances from singer-songwriter, singer-rapper JAHKOY, emerging R&B/pop act LOONY, and Vancouver hip-hop artist Prado.

When: June 15
Time: 3 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: $5 CAD with RSVP, $15 without

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show at Fort York

What: The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is kicking off its opening weekend at Fort York with Thelma & Louise, who set out on a weekend getaway before things go horribly wrong. The next day you can enjoy Misery, Rob Reiner’s psychological horror about a famous author who is rescued from a car crash by his “#1 fan.” Don’t miss out.

When: June 15 and 16
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Park
Price: Free to attend

Sunday, June 16

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Summer is Coming Market

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What: This month, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea is hosting its annual Spring 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: June 16
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

9th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show

What: This Father’s Day, Canada’s largest display of luxury vehicles will be parked along Toronto’s Mink Mile from Bay Street to Avenue Road as part of the 9th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show.

When: June 16
12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Mink Mile section of Bloor Street (Bay Street to Avenue Road)
Price: Free to attend

Afro Vegan Fest

What: Treat dad to mouth-watering African and Caribbean cuisine and the sounds of live music this year! A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Brandon Street Farms, a volunteer-run organic farm. Children 12 and under receive get free entry, so this is an ideal destination for family fun!

When: June 16
Time: Noon to 7 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: $5

Patria Rosé Sundays

What: Slept in too late for brunch? Patria has you covered. Patria is now offering Rosé Sundays where you can try bottomless rosé paired with delicious servings of Spanish pintxos for only $50. Skip the siesta and come enjoy one of the best and romantic patios Toronto has to offer.

When: Starts June 9
Time: From 1 pm
Where: Patria, 478 King Street West
Price: From $50

Promise Cherry Beach

What: Put on your dancin’ shoes and head to Promise Cherry Beach for an afternoon (and evening) of fun. Come and enjoy a lineup of new faces and lifelong favourites and a mix of sunny electro, house, and techno music.

When: June 16
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry Street
Price: $20

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