16 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, August 3

Aug 2 2019, 3:19 pm

It’s finally Saturday, Toronto.

Which means it’s time to kick back and celebrate in style at one of the many exciting events happening throughout the city today, August 3.

From live music and festivals to cultural events and activities, here are your top events for this sunny Saturday.

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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: Ends 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, will open this Saturday.

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

Shakespeare in High Park

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, July 4 to 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

 

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What: 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, 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

Kensington Market Flea

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What: This Saturday, the weekly Kensington Market Flea returns. 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

UpMarket: The Floral Edit

What: For the second summer in a row, UpMarket returns to The Lane in Yorkville Village. Every Wednesday during summer, you can shop from a highly curated selection of local vendors offering handmade creations, gourmet foods, and unique gifts.

When: On now through August 28
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: The Lane, Yorkville Village
Price: Free to attend

Wine Down Festival

What: The Wine Down Festival opens its gates this weekend with delicious food vendors, water stations, a Beer Garden, VIP booths, and a sound stage with special appearances all day.

When: August 3
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: 555 Lakeshore Boulevard West, P2
Tickets: Available online

VELD Music Festival

What: Music festival season is in full swing, and this annual weekend of performances is offering up all the electronic beats your heart desires. Alesso, Kodak Vlack, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, and Jayden Smith are also on this year’s roster. While Cardi B adds a taste of hip hop/rap to the festival, there’s still a heavy presence of electronic music.

Where: Downsview Park
Time: All day
When: August 3 and 4
Tickets: Available online

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: From July 30 to 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

Caribana Weekend

What: Now in its 52nd year, Caribana weekend will take over Toronto this August for a massive, city-wide celebration featuring Caribbean music, dance, costume, parties, and food.

When: August 1 to 4
Where: Multiple venues
Price: Varies by event

Rogers Cup

What: Toronto is the centre of the tennis world as the Rogers Cup returns for another exciting year of intense tennis matches.

When: August 3 to 11
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100

Toronto Food Truck Festival

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What: The massive food truck rally is presented by Canadian Food Truck Festivals and is just one stop on a summer-long tour that includes events in Burlington, Pickering, Richmond Hill, and Brampton.

When: August 2 to 5
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, noon to 10 pm; Sunday and Monday, noon to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Scarborough Rib Fest

What: Back for its 17th year, this east Toronto food fest is all about ribs, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more summertime essentials. Festival-goers can look forward to an all-day beer garden, daily karaoke competition, midway rides, and skill testing games.

When: August 2 to 5
Where: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Road, Scarborough

Thee Corn Stand at stackt

Thee Corn Stand pops up at stackt on alternating Thursdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, and they’re bringing delicious and fresh eats! Be there to get your fill. And no, they’re not only offering corn.

When: August 3
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: 
stackt market – 28 Bathurst Street
Price: Entry is free

Museum of Broken Relationships

What: Described as a physical and virtual public space created with the intention of “treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions,” this museum is a massive reminder that no matter what you’re going through, you’re not alone. If Monday feels tough and sticky, take yourself on a date to a place where diving into the sadness might actually make you feel better.

When: Until September 8, 2019
Time: The evening kicks off at 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free