32 Toronto events worth checking out this June

May 31 2018, 9:03 pm

As the weather continues to heat up, so does Toronto’s event scene.

We’ve rounded up every major event happening this month to keep you plenty busy. From food and craft beer festivals to Pride events, concerts and a fancy gala, here are the top June events worth checking out.

Let’s do this, Toronto!

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

 Manolo Blahnik and the Bata Shoe Museum have joined forces, bringing the highly anticipated travelling exhibit Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes to Toronto.

When: Now until January 6
Time: Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm; Monday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West
Price: General admission is $14

Brunch Fest

What: This three-day food festival honours everything brunch and is a 19+ affair where all things bacon, benedicts, and bagels are on the menu along with pancakes, pastries, and poached eggs.

When: June 1 to 3
Time: Varies by day
Where: 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $7.95.

Pride Month Toronto 

What: Now celebrating its 36th year, Pride Toronto is back for another exciting month filled with plenty of fun. The heart of the celebration is in Toronto’s gay village but opportunities for entertainment can be found in LGBTQ-friendly bars, restaurants and nightlife spots across the entire city.

When: June 1 to 24
Time: Varies by day
Where: Events located throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

The Future of Comedy Showcase

What: The Future of Comedy Showcase features Canadian stand-up comics on the verge of stardom. Offering a wide selection of “unique, diverse, and super hilarious” comedians the show is offering a long list of rising Canadian talent. Hosted by Hisham Kelati, the show features Che Durena, Nour Hadidi, Allie Pearse, Mike Demissie, Laura Leibow, and Aaron Wry.

When: June 23
Time: 8 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Price: $10

The Butterbeer Bar Crawl

What: Departing from The Fifth, this Harry Potter themed pub crawl tours four Toronto bars hosting Tri-Wizard themed challenges and entitles wristband-wearers to exclusive themed drink specials, a commemorative Butterbeer Bar Crawl beer mug filled with goodies, a themed photo booth, and access to the Yule Ball after party.

When: June 2
Time: 3 pm
Where: The Fifth, 225 Richmond Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $25

Toronto Taste

What: Set lakeside at Corus Quay, the annual fundraiser for Second Harvest food rescue programs is taking place on Sunday, June 3, and will feature 60 of Toronto’s top chefs in an ambulatory feast accompanied by beverages from 30 purveyors.

When: June 3
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $235 online

Negroni Week



What: Nearly 40 Toronto restaurants, bars, and cocktail lounges are participating by offering classic and innovative takes on the time-honoured cocktail. The official hub for festivities in Toronto is Superpoint Pizza where Campari will host Negroni Week activities including a gift shop stocked with limited-edition Campari art prints, t-shirts, branded bar tools, and patio parties (held on June 9 and 10) featuring guest bartenders from across the city.

When: June 4 to 10
Time: Varies by location
Where: Participating Toronto bars and restaurants
Price: Varies by location

Mirror Staging the Seeing Place/Modern Woman in Search of Soul 

What: This month, Montreal-based choreographer Sasha Ivanochko is bringing her daring double bill Modern Woman in Search of Soul and Mirror Staging the Seeing Place to Toronto.

When: June 4 to 7
Time: 8 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, 304 Parliament Street
Price: $20 to $40

Luminato 2018

What: The 12th annual Luminato Festival returns to Toronto this week. From June 6 to 24, the multi-arts and multi-platform event will take over the city for 19 days of free and ticketed programming. This year guests can look forward to an impressive lineup that fuses together arts and politics while highlighting contemporary issues such as human rights, diversity, and feminism.

When: June 6 to 24
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

Artisan Cheese Night Market

What: Billed as Canada’s first Artisan Cheese Night Market, the event presented by Cheese Lover Productions Inc. will take place at St. Lawrence Market for a single evening in June – the night following the 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards.

When: June 7
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, Temporary North Hall, 125 The Esplanade, Toronto
Price: From $35 online, $40 at the door

Negroni Happy Hour

What: Celebrate Negroni Week with a trio of Campari-inspired cocktails and Trinidadian snacks by Young Animal. On the menu, grilled jerk chicken lollipops, curry duck waffles, and mini doubles!

When: June 7
Time: 6 pm
Where: Eighty 6’D 1321 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Price: $40

A Tavola

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What: This 19+ culinary event is devoted to modern-day Italian food and spans a whole weekend on the West Island at Ontario Place.

When: June 8 to 10
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: West Island at Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: $9

The Mac + Cheese Festival

What: The festival has announced that it’s moving to the Milton Fairgrounds in 2018 and new this year – in addition to dozens of vendors – organizers are adding a midway complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel, bouncy castles, and carnival games, all free and unlimited with an all-access pass.

When: June 8 to 10
Time: Friday, 6 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Milton Fairgrounds, 136 Robert Street, Milton
Price: Single day pass is $7, or $10 for the entire weekend when you register online. $10 at the door.

North by Northeast 2018

What: Taking place June 8 to 17, this year’s NXNE lineup features Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks, and Big Freedig headlining the local music fest. The headliners will join emerging and other established artists throughout the weekend including U.S. Girls, TORRES, Sean Leon, Alx Veliz, Yungblud, Cadence Weapon, Kamikaze Girls, Nate Husser, and more.

When: June 8 to 17
Time: Varies by day
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, and other venues
Price: Varies by event

Rosé All Day Run

What: If running out of rosé is your idea of cardio then this Toronto-area Rosé All Day Run might be the perfect way to get ready for summer. The inaugural 19+ event promises the chance to run, sip, and party featuring “the biggest, pinkest celebratory after-party” once you cross the finish line.

When: June 9
Time: 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: Trius Winery & Restaurant, 1249 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price: Registration costs $89

Wild Things Fest

What: Sip and sample “low-intervention wines, funky brews and hazy ciders made with indigenous or wild yeasts,” at this festival devoted to wild-fermented one-offs offered by craft breweries, cideries and biodynamic wineries.

When: June 9
Time: 6 pm to 1 am
Where: Propeller Coffee Co., 50 Wade Avenue, Toronto
Price: From $35 online

Open Kitchen Toronto feat. Chef Elia Herrera

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Open Kitchen Toronto

What: Chef Elia Herrera headlines this brunch-themed installment of Opek Kitchen Toronto, a collaborative dinner series aimed at showcasing and supporting the advancement of women in the culinary industry.

When: June 10
Time: 11:30 am
Where: Los Colibris, 220 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $85

The Art of Banksy

What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, will be in Toronto in June displaying the largest collection of the artist’s works. According to organizers, with over $35 million in art, this is the largest Banksy exhibit ever assembled.

When: June 13 to July 11
Time: Monday & Tuesday, 11 am to 7 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm; Friday, 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 12 am; Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

All-Star Gala in support of SickKids

What: The fourth annual All-Star Gala in support of SickKids will see 1,250 celebrities, young professionals, and pro athletes come together for a glamorous night hosted by TSN’s Jay Onrait at the Toronto Event Centre. This year’s glamorous semi-formal event promises flowing cocktails, a luxury silent auction and live entertainment by top DJs and musicians

When: June 15
Time: 8:30 pm to 2 am
Toronto Event Centre, 15 Saskatchewan Rd.
Price: From $131

Taco Fest

What: Taco Fest is back! Now in its third 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 the Toronto’s top chefs.

When: June 15 to 17
Time: Various entry times per day
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: $9.95

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

What: This June, the Royal Ontario Museum will be welcoming a new exhibit, Spiders: Fear & Fascination and trust us, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. The new exhibit will explore the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of these eight-legged creatures and will feature more than 400 live and preserved spiders, cutting-edge interactive experiences, and new scientific discoveries.

When: Starts June 16 and runs until January 2019
Time: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Thrill of The Grill

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Danforth Thrill of the Grill

What: Now in its ninth year, this event makes for an ideal Father’s Day celebration and showcases merchants and excellent eateries from Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood.

When: June 16
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Danforth Avenue (Broadview to Jackman Avenue)
Price: $20 for meat eaters, $10 for vegetarians

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise

What: Dad will be treated like a captain for the afternoon or evening with delicious culinary offerings prepared by new executive chef Andrew Capone (formerly of The Drake & Thuet). There will be a selection of beer, wine, and speciality cocktails all while taking in stunning views of Toronto’s harbour, islands, and iconic skyline.

When: June 17th
Time: Boarding begins at 11:30 am, cruise runs12 pm to 2 pm
Where: 207 Queen’s Quay, Pier 6, Toronto
Price: $62.95

Montecito Summer Farmers Market

What: Summer is finally here which means it’s time for Montecito Restaurant’s Annual Farmers Market event, designed to showcase all of our farmer, forager and brewmaster partners that help bring the farm-to-table process to life.

When: June 19
Time: 7 pm
Where: Montecito Restaurant, 299 Adelaide Street West
Price: Pay for what your purchase

Open Roof Festival

What: Open Roof Festival will be back for its ninth season this June, and the festival has announced it’s relocating to a new venue. Starting June 20, Open Roof Festival will feature live music and film screenings with food and drinks, every Wednesday until August 22. The venue is moving from Sudbury Street to Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle near the new site of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

When: Begins June 20 and runs until August 22
Time: Musical guests perform at 8 pm nightly while screenings commence around 9 pm
Where: Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle (the lot adjacent to 158 Sterling Road)
Price: $15

The Wine & Spirit Festival

What: Toronto’s Wine & Spirit Festival kicks off the first official weekend of summer with cocktails, wines, beers, and ciders on the waterfront!

When: June 22, & 23
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: From $23

Bayou Happy Hour



What: This Cajun cocktail party will transport your taste buds to Cajun country alongside cocktails that scream lavish low country. On the menu, crocodile tacos, sloppy bison sliders, and kangaroo steak frites.

When: June 22
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Jim, 1174 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Price: $35

Toronto Craft Beer Festival 2018

What: Craft beers and ciders, food, fun activities, and live music are all on the bill for this three-day beer festival. Look forward to raising a glass with nearly 30 craft brewers from across Ontario.

When: June 22 to 24
Time: Friday, 2:30 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, noon to 10 pm; Sunday, noon to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $25 online

Gatsby Garden Party

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 23 & 24
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Road
Price: $12.50

Bud Light Dreams

What: Get your dancing shoes ready, Bud Lights Dreams returns to Toronto this month! Enjoy two days of top dance and electronic music from local and international DJs including Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin and more.

When: June 23 & 24
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: RBC Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: From $35

London’s Sipsmith Patio Supper

What: This intimate alfresco evening features refined London-inspired fare along with guided tastings and Sipsmith gin cocktails on the second-floor patio. On the menu, oysters, gin-cured salmon, and more!

When: June 28
Time: 7 pm
Where: Peter Pan Bistro, 373 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $100

Shakespeare in High Park



What: Toronto’s annual Shakespeare in High Park is back. The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns on June 28 and will run until September 2. The longest-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 36th year and takes on two classics this year, the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet and the frolicking comedy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

When: Tuesday to Sunday, June 28 to Sept 2
Time: 8 pm
 High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Pay what you can

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