20 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, June 30

Jun 30 2018, 1:27 am

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

60 Years of Made in Italy


What: June marks Italian Heritage Month in Canada, which is the perfect time to celebrate the Italian community within our exceptionally diverse country. And Yorkville Village is hosting a world-renowned fashion exhibit, 60 Years of Made in Italy, into the heart of Toronto, just in time for the occasion.

When: Now until June 30
Time: Varies by day
Where: Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Rd
Price: Free

Agincourt Mall Summer Outdoor Night Market

What: Taking place at Agincourt Mall, this three-day Canada Day weekend outdoor night market will feature rows of delicious street-style food options, live entertainment from singers from Hong Kong, a variety show, shopping, and much more.

When: June 29 to July 1
Time: Saturday, 10 am to 12 am; Sunday, 10 am to 12 am
Where: Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough
Price: Free

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

What: The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has come to be recognized as one of North America’s premier jazz festival and has attracted some of the biggest names in jazz and blues.

When: Now until July 1
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various locations
Price: Entry 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 offer the theme of “One Land, Many Nations.” Highlights include performances from Jully Black and Zak Ibrahim, among others.

When: Now until July 2
Time: All day
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free

Toronto Ribfest

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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: June 29 to July 2
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm; Monday, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road
Price: Admission is free

The Art of Banksy

What: A new massive exhibit curated by Steve Lazarides, Banksy’s former manager is open in Toronto, 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: Friday, 11 am to 10 pm; 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: Admission is free

Shakespeare in High Park

What: Toronto’s annual Shakespeare in High Park is back. The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare kicked off this week and will run until September 2. The longest-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 36th year and takes on two classics this year, the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet and the frolicking comedy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

When: Tuesday to Sunday, June 28 to Sept 2
Time: 8 pm
 High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Pay what you can

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

Manolo Blahnik

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What: Manolo Blahnik and the Bata Shoe Museum have joined forces, bringing the highly anticipated travelling exhibit Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes to Toronto.

When: Now until January 6
Time: Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm; Monday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West
Price: General admission is $14

Spiders: Fear & Fascination

What: This June, the Royal Ontario Museum welcomed a new 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
Time: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Price: $32 for adults

Beach Yoga

What: Summer is here and there’s no better way to kick off your morning than with a yoga class on the beach. This fun and accessible class is suitable for everyone, especially if you haven’t done yoga before.

When: June 30
Time: 9 am to 10 pm
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd East.
Price: Suggested donation of $10

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: June 30
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

CITE – A Celebration of Skateboard Arts and Culture


CITE/The Bentway

What: The Bentway and Build for Bokma have announced a new summer-long celebration of skateboard arts and culture called CITE. On subsequent weekends during the summer, visitors can enjoy a variety of workshops including skateboard clinics, building skate sculptures, videography, screen printing, and designing skateboards, in addition to a speaker series.

When: June 30 to August 12
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway Skate Trail
Price: Free to the public

Kensington Krawl Food Tour

What: Toronto foodies rejoice! Come and taste your way through Toronto’s most unique and eclectic neighbourhood on a culinary excursion in Kensington Market. As you stroll, you will learn about the history and heritage of the market, meet local shopkeepers and chefs, and indulge in a variety of delicious foods and drinks.

When: June 30
Time: 11 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Meeting point is Jimmy’s Coffee (Kensington Market), 191 Baldwin Street
Price: $65 and it includes 8 generous food and drink tastings

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Back for its third year in 2018, the Waterfront Artisan Market runs every weekend until the first week in October. The outdoor festival, presented by The Waterfront BIA and operated by the Scadding Court Community Centre, will feature 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products.

When: June 30
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

FREE bingsu from Dear Fro

What: Looking for some cool relief from the heat wave gripping Toronto this weekend? FREE Korean bingsu might be the answer! Fans of these shaved ice delights should head to Dear Fro this weekend. The dessert house is introducing two new flavours and dishing them out for free over the Canada Day long weekend.

When: June 30
Time: noon to 2 pm
Where: 3300 Midland Ave Unit 39, Scarborough
Price: Free

Sailin’ through the 6

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What: Take part in Ontario’s biggest boat festival this Canada Day. Join thousands of Canadians on multiple boats syncing to one sound and one party to celebrate Canada’s birthday, complete with an epic fireworks show.

When: June 30
Time: 12:30 pm to 2 am
Where: 11 Polson Street and 333 Lakeshore Blvd East
Price: $30 plus tax

Sunnyside 20 – Episode 04 with Chus & Ceballos

What: This Saturday, celebrate the 20th season of summer music and events at Sunnyside Pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening filled with good music, people and vibes.

When: June 30
4 pm to 11 pm
Where: Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $25 to $30

Canada D’eh! Party

What: For the night owls looking to party patriotically, this is a Canada Day party you won’t want to miss. After attending your afternoon activities in the city, head to Toronto’s Cake Night Club for an epic dance party and drinks so cheap you’d think you were back in university.

When: June 30
Time: 10 pm
Where: Cake Bar & Night Club
Price: Free before 11 pm

Justin Bieber Dance Party

What: Is it too late now to say sorry? You can spend your Saturday dancing the night away to all of Bieber’s top tracks at Sneaky Dee’s.

When: June 30
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: Sneaky Dees, 431 College Street
Price: $5

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