21 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 17

Aug 16 2019, 5:00 am

Your weekend continues, Toronto, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

If you haven’t made any plans for today, make sure to check out what’s happening in the city this beautiful Saturday, August 17. And then take full advantage of it.

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Toronto Public Library Clearance Book Sale

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What: It’s the last day to check out this massive book sale taking place at the Toronto Reference Library this week! Items for sale include over 10,000 CDs and books, priced from just 10 cents to $1, with the highest pricing listed around $5 and the majority of materials priced at $1.

When: On now until August 17
Time: Friday, 9 am to sell-out or 6:30 pm (whichever comes first), and Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall
Price: Admission is free

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art is back, running along the always colourful and character-filled Queen Street West. This year’s Festival will showcase an expansive lineup of performance works from across the country, including pieces from some of Canada’s most acclaimed artists alongside work from auspicious emerging artists.

When: On now until August 18
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Multiple venues
Price: From $15

Dance: Made in Canada 5th Year Anniversary

What: Showcasing the country’s most sought-after dancers and choreographers, the 2019 Dance: Made in Canada festival will dazzle with five world premieres and eight Toronto premieres.

When: On now until August 18
Where: Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street
From $25

Call It Spring Discover Your Sole City Pop-Up

What: Footwear and accessory brand Call It Spring is inviting consumers to discover their sole city through a retail journey of interactive and fashionable pop-up spaces at Stackt Market. Visitors are encouraged to uncover their true selves through a series of self-guided experiences that visualize how they relate to the world around them and express their own unique identity through fashion and footwear.

When: On now until August 20
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street
Price: Admission is free

The Office! A Musical Parody

What: In case you’ve already re-watched The Office for the umpteenth time on Netflix, you’ll soon have the chance to see your favourite paper company employees live on for another day. This summer, the off-Broadway performance, The Office! A Musical Parody is heading to Toronto for a four-week run at Mirvish’s CAA Theatre.

When: On now until August 25
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm; Sunday evening, 7 pm
Where: CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge Street
Price: From $42

Shakespeare in High Park

What: The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns this summer and runs 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, July 4 to September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West has 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

CNE 2019

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What: No summer is complete without a visit to the EX to take in the sounds, tastes, rides, and animals. Get some food, and win some ridiculously large prizes.

When: On now until September 2
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: All attractions and shows are FREE with admission to the CNE

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

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

[email protected] x Herschel Supply Co.

What: Get your credit cards [email protected] has partnered with global travel brand Herschel Supply Co. on bold and exclusive collection designed by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s VP of Creative Projects. Inspired by travel and music culture, the collaboration features six new collections in four fabrications of signature Herschel backpacks, duffle bags, crossbodies, hip packs, and more.

When: On now until September 29
Where: Nordstrom at the Toronto Eaton Centre

HBC Stripespotting Tour: Shops at Don Mills

Corona X Parley Cleanup

What: This summer, Corona and Parley will be cleaning up 50 shorelines across Canada to alleviate pollution from 850k square metres of shoreline. And this August, you can head to Sunnyside Beach and be a part of making a REAL difference. To reward participants for helping out, there will be a Corona x Parley themed celebration after the cleanup at Sunnyside Pavillion, complete with a local DJ, beachside eats, and a Corona “Pay with Plastic” Beach Bar.

When: August 17
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 1755 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Price: Free to participate

Taste of Manila

What: Taste of Manila isn’t just the biggest Filipino food fest in Canada, it’s also billed as the largest Filipino festival outside the Philippines. The flavours of the Philippines are the big draw, offering a chance to feast on delicacies including lumpia and lechon, pancit, halo halo, and more, while live performances and fashion shows keep festival-goers entertained.

When: August 17 and 18
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm
Where: Bathurst Street corner of Wilson Avenue, Toronto

Opening Weekend at Frank and Oak’s Toronto Flagship


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What: Frank and Oak’s men and women’s flagship store in Toronto’s CF Eaton Centre is officially open to the public. Sprawling over 3000 sq. ft., the store was designed with sustainability considerations and features the Canadian brand’s new sustainable Circular denim collection. To celebrate the opening weekend, shoppers can look forward to a number of fun surprises in-store including an exclusive gift with any denim purchase, an embroidery machine available in-store to personalize your brand new denim, and the #ResponsibleDenimLab selfie changing rooms stations created by Kastor & Pollux.

When: August 17
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Frank and Oak, CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Kensington Market Flea

What: The weekly Kensington Market Flea returns this Saturday. 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: Every Saturday until September 21
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

The Leslieville Flea

What: This Saturday, come and enjoy this curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted goods.

When: August 17
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Distillery District, 55 Mill Street
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Chinatown Festival

What: The 19th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival takes place this weekend and will feature delicious Asian food, cultural performances, and FREE walking tour in Chinatown.

When: August 17 and 18
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Chinatown, west side of Spadina Avenue
Price: No cost to attend

The 7th Annual Pan American Food and Music Festival

What: The seventh annual Pan American Food and Music Festival returns to Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend. The Festival presents food demonstrations by international chefs, live music and dance performances, food competitions and a Pan American vendors’ market offering diverse foods and merchandise.

When: August 17 and 18
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Admission is free

Wavelength Music Festival

What: For two magical days, Wavelength Music will feature musical and artistic discovery and escape inside the walls of shipping containers at stackt, Toronto’s newest space for creative placemaking.

When: August 17 and 18
Time: Doors open at 5 pm
Where: stackt, 28 Bathurst Street
Price: From $25 for single-day passes, $40 for the full weekend

MOCA Goes Dark: Night Visions Dance Party

What: MOCA will be transformed into an interactive art party by a group of Toronto’s talented emerging artists at a building that was once the site of legendary illicit dance parties, raves, and punk gigs. Taking inspiration from this past, underground nightlife hub, we will revive its wild legacy for one night only with amazing art and music, lighting MOCA up in the dark.

When: August 17
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Road
Price: $15

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