13 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, June 17

Jun 17 2017, 1:14 am

Your weekend continues, Toronto!

Here’s what’s happening around the city this beautiful, and hot, Saturday.

Taste Toronto

What: Garrison Common at Fort York will transform into a foodie wonderland as the World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival returns for four days of fantastic food, drink and summer fun.

When: Now until June 18
Where: The Garrison Common at Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd

Luminato Festival

What: From June 14 to 25, Toronto will be covered in art of all kinds thanks to Luminato, one of the largest arts festivals in North America. Make sure to visit the festival’s website, as you can plan your own unique festival experience based on genre, cost, location, and experience. Attendees need to check out The Famous Spiegeltent during Luminato which is an intimate performance space for music, theatre, spoken word, and cabaret.

When: All weekend long
Where: Events throughout the city

Toronto Art Book Fair

What: The fair will feature 80 Canadian and international exhibitors, three curated exhibitions, and community programming that includes readings, panel discussions, book launches, performances and workshops, and is fun for the entire family.

When: Now until June 18
Where: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Taste of Little Italy

What: The annual street fest celebrates College Street’s Italian history over Father’s Day weekend. Per tradition, look forward to patios spilling into the streets, live music, and of course, tons of food.

When: June 17 to 18
Where: College Street West, between Shaw Street and Bathurst Street

Taco Fest

What: Tacos, hot sauce tastings, margarita bars, nacho and salsa samplings, Mexican street corn, and live mariachi music are all on the agenda at this weekend fiesta.

When: June 17, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Baby Point Gates Strawberry Festival

What: Now in its fifth year, the Baby Point Gates Strawberry Festival is back for another sweet year and will surely satisfy everyone’s strawberry cravings. Aside from the selection of strawberry infused eats, guests can look forward to family-friendly entertainment including a bouncy castle, small animal petting zoo, children’s face painting, and roaming musicians. Admission is free.

When: June 17, 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Baby Point Gates Gardens, Jane Street and Metheun Avenue

The Danforth Thrill of the Grill

What: Thrill of the Grill returns for its 8th mouth-watering year. This community event showcases local merchants and excellent eateries and raised funds for kidney cancer research.

When: June 17, 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Playter

Roncy Rocks 2017

What: Come and celebrate one of Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, Roncesvalles! At Roncy Rocks Music + Arts Fest West, you can check out local musicians, artists, food, fashion and film, dog shows, demos, specialties and plenty of fun for the little ones.

When: June 17
Where: Along Roncesvalles Avenue

Nuit Rose Light Parade

What: The Nuit Rose Light Parade returns for its third year. The annual parade is free and open to the public. To join in, you simply need to wear or carry a light-emitting object. This year’s theme is What Lies Between Venus and Mars? Visitors from space are also welcome.

When: June 17, 9 pm to 11 pm
Where: James Canning Gardens, 15 Gloucester Street

John Legend: Darkness and Light Tour

What: If you’re looking for a romantic (and politically-fuelled) date night option, John Legend will hit Budweiser stage for his Darkness and Light tour, named after his fifth studio album.

When: June 17, 8 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West

Carly Rae Jepsen 

What: Three-time JUNO Award–winning and GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen is in town to make her must-see TSO début. Hear Carly Rae Jepsen perform her iconic hits with full Orchestra, plus intimate sets featuring guitar and string quartet.

When: June 17, 7:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street

CityPlace Outdoor Movies

What: Starting in June CityPlace Fort York BIA will be hosting a movie night once a month up until September.  Gather up your friends, bring your blankets/chairs and come a little early to enjoy snacks and refreshments. This week’s screening is the ’90s hit The Sandlot.

When: Beginning June 17 until September
Where: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd

VillageFest 2017

What: Come and celebrate community and everything queer as Canada’s largest LGBTQ+ neighbourhood hosts a fun-filled weekend-long street party.

When:  June 17 to 18, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Church Wellesley Village, 65 Wellesley Street East

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