18 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, July 21

Jul 20 2018, 6:47 pm

Your weekend continues, Toronto!

Make the most of today by checking out what’s happening around the city this beautiful Saturday.

Orangeville Rotary Ribfest


What: This July marks the 9th anniversary of this great community event, which will feature fabulous ribbers who will be serving up thousands of mouth-watering ribs. With barbequed ribs, a beer tent, continuous live entertainment on the big stage, there’s no better way to celebrate summer. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

When: Now until July 22
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Alder Street Arena, 275 Adler Street
Price: Free

Pizza Fest

What: This weekend, you can look forward to a citywide showdown crowning Toronto’s best slice at Pizza Fest. In addition to cheesy triangles of heaven, expect a wide spectrum of Italian eats ranging from pasta and meatballs and beyond… not to mention cocktails and wine.

When: Now until July 22
Time: Entry times vary by day
Where: Ontario Place
Price: From $7.95


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What: You can dine at a select group of Toronto’s finest restaurants during this summer food fest. But if you’re interested in checking out Summerlicious, this is the final weekend to do so.

When: Now until July 22
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Lunch menus priced at $23, $28, and $33 and dinner is $33, $43, and $53

Beaches International Jazz Festival

What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th year.

When: Now until July 29
Time: Varies by day
Where: The Beach Neighbourhood
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

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What: Now in its 51st year, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana, which many still call it) is a five-week cultural celebration featuring Caribbean music, dance, costume, parties, and food.

When: Now until August 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station returns this summer, hosting an incredible line-up of food vendors, ongoing programming, and events that bring Toronto’s talent, culture, and spirit to life.

When: Now until August 19
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

The Art of Banksy


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What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager, will be in Toronto this summer 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: Now until August 19
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 12 am; Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm
Where: 213 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $35

A Forest of Canoes at The Bentway

What: A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton, is a site-specific installation set up throughout The Bentway and is co-commissioned with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and curated by Bonnie Rubenstein. The installation highlights the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories.

When: Now until August 31
Time: All day
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free

Spiders: Fear & Fascination


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What: This June, the Royal Ontario Museum will be welcomed its newest 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: Now until January 2019
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Evergreen Brickworks Saturday Market

What: The Evergreen Brick Works’ Saturday Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Come and enjoy good food from local farmers, food producers, and chefs.

When: July 21
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview
Price: Admission is free

Free Yoga at Ontario Place

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What: Every weekend this summer, Ontario Place hosts yoga at Trillium Park. On Saturday and Sundays, from now until August 26, the morning classes will be offered with no sign ups necessary. Yogis just need to bring a mat for practice.

When: July 21
Time: 1o am
Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Price: Free

March for Our Education Toronto

What: This Saturday, Women’s March Canada and March for Our Education are hosting a march at Queen’s Park, giving the public the opportunity to protest against the changes being made the sex-ed curriculum by the new Ford government.

When: July 21
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Queen’s Park
Price: Free to attend

Waterfront Artisan Market

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What: Back for its third year, the Waterfront Artisan Market features 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products every Saturday and Sunday.

When: July 21
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

Big on Bloor Festival

What: A festival of arts and culture, Big on Bloor is a unique summer street fest featuring hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays, and exhibitions.

When: July 21 and 22
Time: 12 pm to 12 am
Where: Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne
Price: Free

Que by Chef Aleem

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What: Chef Aleem hosts this new seasonal pop-up that kicks off with this tailgate party featuring a brand new BBQ menu. Ticket prices include a half pound of beef brisket, a half pound of pulled chicken, hot links, mac and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, a cheddar jalapeno cornbread muffin and Chef Aleem’s signature brown boy lemonade.

When: July 21
Time: 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: 70 Karachi Drive, Toronto
Price: $35


What: Enjoy the dazzling colours, intoxicating beats, and the beautiful people designs that make up the world of Bollywood. This family-friendly event shares the elegant yet ecstatic Bollywood culture with everyone and helps bring cultures together.

When: July 21
Time: 2 pm
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive
Price: Free

Kevin Hart 2018

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What: Funnyman and self-proclaimed ‘comedic rockstar’ Kevin Hart will be coming to Toronto for his Irresponsible Tour this year. Hart will perform at the Scotiabank Arena on July 21.

When: July 21
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street
Price: From $52

Soccer for Change Celebration

What: You’re invited to celebrate a year of success with the Soccer For Change organization. This red carpet event will feature drink specials and a performance from Nadia Stone, with everything made Saturday night will go towards supporting the non-for profit organization.

When: July 21
Time: 7 pm to 2 am
 Karmaxwave, 1230 St Clair Avenue West
Price: $15 at the door or $10 online

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