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Summer 2017 officially kicks off this week and there’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than to put the remote down, get outside and check out all that our great city has to offer.
Whether you’re after the best music festivals, parties, food and drink festivals and more, we’ve got the insider knowledge on what’s hot to do this week in Toronto.
What: At NXNE, not only will you find thirty acts that span multiple genres, added perks include midway rides, carnival games, food trucks, art installations and goodness-packed food trucks. This year’s headliners include Passion Pit, Tyler, the Creator, and Post Malone.
When: June 23 to June 25
Where: 51 Commissioners Street
What: The Food Dudes’ signature event experience is back and better than ever. BLOCK PARTY IV will be taking over the lakeside paradise of Toronto Event Centre for an unforgettable celebration of food, art, music, performance and interactive entertainment.
When: June 23, 7 pm to 3 am
Where: Toronto Event Centre, 15 Saskatchewan Road
What: This delicious event will showcase products of regional vineyards and artisan vegan cheese makers. Look forward to sampling an array of dairy-free cheese, talks from vegan entrepreneurs, and cooking demos that go beyond your typical cheese platters.
When: June 24, 12:30 pm to 7 pm
Where: 101 Lisgar Street
What: Come and celebrate some of the best independent craft brewers. The festival will feature a wide variety of finely made craft beers and ciders, as well as delicious food, fun activities, and live music for 19+ festival goers.
When: June 23, 3:30 pm to 10 pm; June 24, 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
What: Step back in time to the roaring twenties, dust off your best Daisy Buchanan-inspired frocks, and head to Toronto’s very own Spadina Museum for its annual Gatsby Garden Party where Champagne and boozy cocktails will be flowing in full force. You can expect to enjoy live jazz music, dancing, croquet, and of course plenty of costumes. Guests are invited to dress up in full Gatsby attire from flapper dresses to feathered hats — with prizes available for the best costume.
When: June 24 and 25, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Road
What: This year’s parade will feature more than 150 participating groups, making the Toronto Pride parade one of the largest in North America. There will be unforgettable performances, floats, marchers, and all the glitter you can handle.
When: June 25, 2 pm
Where: The parade begins at Bloor and Church, South on Yonge Street to Yonge and Dundas Square