17 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, June 29

Jun 28 2019, 11:24 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.

From foodie festivals to Canada Day events and activities, here are your top events for this sunny Saturday.

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Earls Canada Day Long Weekend


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What: This long weekend, popular King Street eatery Earls will have half-priced bottles, so you can celebrate Canada while getting your drink on.

When: All weekend
Where: Earls, 150 King Street West

URBANI-T: Public Playground for Urban Culture and Creativity

What: URBANI_T is a free and public event that celebrates Canadian culture across music, art, fashion, and dance. The three-day festival will include performances by k-os and RYAN Playground, fashion shows by Toronto and Montreal designers, workshops lead by Ryerson and OCAD students, open casting auditions by Cirque du Soleil, and much more.

When:  On now until June 29
Time: Begins at 9 am
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Price: Free to attend

TD Toronto Jazz Fest

What: Now in its 33rd year as one of the premiere jazz festivals in North America, the
TD Toronto Jazz Festival returns this month. The Jazz Festival will offer 10 music-packed days showcasing the very best in jazz from Toronto, across the country and around the world. As the presenting partner for this year’s Jazz Festival, TD is committed to connecting communities through music festivals and programs, including the Indigenous Artist Residency which recognizes and supports Indigenous artists by providing skills development, collaboration, and performance opportunities.

When: On now until June 30
Time: Varies by the show
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Tickets: Available online

Negroni Week

What: This June, Negroni Week returns, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the timeless cocktail. This year, Campari Canada is taking over Toronto hotspot Mahjong Bar for an exciting week filled with Negroni Week activities. While the negroni will be the star of the menu, a gift shop will also be open to patrons for a chance to walk away with Campari merchandise like vintage artwork prints. Items are available for purchase throughout the week, with proceeds going to charity.

When: On now until June 30
Where: Mahjong Bar, 1276 Dundas Street West
Price: Varies by what you order

TD Taste of Asia


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What: This three-day festival is worth the journey a little out of the city. You can expect non-stop multicultural foods, over 150 booths to cater to your taste buds and curiosity, and plenty of performances.

When: On now until June 30
Time: Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Milliken Mills, Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Redpath Waterfront Festival

What: At Redpath Waterfront Festival, you’ll find incredible live performances, a massive ship from the Royal Canadian Navy, delicious food, local shopping, and more.

When: On now until July 1
Time: All day
Where: Toronto Waterfront
Price: Free

Toronto Ribfest

What: If nothing says “Canada Day” to you more than a saucy rack of ribs, you’ll find no shortage at Ribfest. In addition to two stages with live music all day, perks for the kids include free KidzZone activities, a massive mobile midway and a variety of daily activities.

When: On now until July 1
Time: Saturday to Monday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Harbourfront Canada Day Weekend

What: For a Canada Day that’s rich with culture and history for the little ones, the weekend festivities at Harbourfront Centre are a must-see. During the Canada Day Weekend Celebration at Harbourfront Centre, hear the stories of Canada from coast to coast, told through the Canadian Songbook: past, present, and future. Broken Social Scene will also be performing.

When: On now until July 1
Time: All day
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free

SimplyProtein Pop-Up at Stackt Market

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What: SimplyProtein is inviting Torontonians to come and check out its newest activation happening at Stackt Market in Toronto this weekend. Here you can share what you would like ‘more of’ or ‘less of’ to help you in the pursuit of what matters most to you.  Your personal message along with others will then be displayed to create a beautiful mosaic of inspiration and commitment. While visiting you will also have the opportunity to sample products and speak with brand ambassadors about the brand.

When: On now until July 3
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm; Monday, 10 am to 8 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street
Price: Admission is free

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: On now until August 3
Time: 5:30 am to 12:45 am
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, and will open this Saturday.

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

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, 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

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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: June 29
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Queen’s Plate Festival

What: One of Toronto’s must-attend events of the summer, the 2019 Queen’s Plate Racing Festival will begin on Friday, June 28 and run through Saturday, June 29. The fashion-forward festival features world-class horse racing, live entertainment, and delicious dining experiences.

When: June 29
Time: Saturday, from 11 am
Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd.
Tickets start at $40

Kensington Market Flea

What: Starting this Saturday, the weekly Kensington Market Flea kicks off. 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: June 29
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

Bud Light Dreams

Bud Light Dreams Music Festival

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 Zedd, Rezz, Louis The Child, and more.

When: June 29 and 30
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: RBC Echo Beach, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: From $123.65

Sunnyside 21 – Episode 4

What: You can celebrate the 21st season of summer music and events at Sunnyside Pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening filled with good music, people, and vibes.

When: June 29
Time: 5 pm
Where: Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $30

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