17 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, August 11

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The weekend might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.

In case you’re looking for something to do, we’ve rounded up 17 awesome events happening in and around the city this fine Sunday.

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Boots and Hearts 2019

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What: Dust off your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and get ready to experience Canada’s biggest country music festival. This year’s headliners include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Marren Morris, Kane Brown, Cole Swindell, and Kip Moore.

When: On now until August 11
Where: Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Tickets: Available online from $229

Jerkfest

What: Experience a weekend filled with arts, crafts, cultural entertainment, and – of course – plenty of jerk-style food of all varieties.

When: On now until August 11
Time: Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Centennial Park, at the base of Ski Hills, Etobicoke
Price: From $25

Krinos Taste of the Danforth

What: One of Toronto’s most famous summer events year after year, The Krinos Taste of the Danforth, is Canada’s largest street festival and is back for its 26th year. The festival shuts down a large portion of Danforth Avenue with plenty of Greek-style eats, vendors, and all-around good times.

When: On now until August 11
Time: Sunday, 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: Danforth Avenue
Price: Free to attend

Waterfront Night Market

What: The annual T&T Waterfront Night Market is back for another stimulation-filled run and attendees can expect the always delicious and unique outdoor culinary experience along with all the night market awesomeness.

When: On now until August 11
Where: Ontario Place
Price: Admission is free, but tickets are required for the beer garden

Rogers Cup

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

When: On now until August 11
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art is back. It runs for 11 days along the always colourful and character-filled Queen Street West. This year’s Festival will showcase an expansive lineup of performance works from across the country, including pieces from some of Canada’s most acclaimed artists alongside work from auspicious emerging artists.

When: On now until August 18
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Multiple venues
Price: From $15

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: On now until 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

Shakespeare in High Park

What: The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns to High Park 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, until September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

The Funhouse

 

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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
Where: 
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

Sweetery Toronto

What: This one is for those with a sweet tooth. The Sweetery Toronto is Canada’s largest sweets festival, bringing everything sweet together for its fourth year – from ice cream and candy to pastries.

When: August 11
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: David Pecaut Square, King Street between Simcoe and John
Price: Free to attend

The Distillery District Sunday Market

What: If you’re looking to splurge on some tasty treats, hit up this market happening every Sunday until the end of September. Vendors selling cured meats, organic preserves, ready-to-eat treats, and handmade gourmet chocolates are just some of the things you can feast on. And of course, you’ll be able to shop for all sorts of artisan crafts.

When: Every Sunday through September 29
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Distillery District
Price: Free admission

Sunday Social Series

Sunday Social at the Bentway Beer Garden in 2018 (The Bentway / Facebook)

What: The Social Series will present a space for socializing with friends new and old around oversized lounge chairs and picnic tables every Sunday all summer long. Canadian music mag Exclaim! will be presenting plenty of live music, Pilot Coffee and SPIN will be serving food, drinks, and bar service, and, like the Block Party, ping pong tables will also be on-site.

When: Every Sunday until August 25
Time: Noon to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
Price: Free to attend

Music in the Park

What: The Beach Village BIA presents the third annual summer Music in the Park Series. The series takes place in Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell, in the heart of The Beaches. The series has been carefully curated to feature some of the Toronto and Canada’s best performers, spanning multiple genres.

When: Every Sunday until August 31
Time: 
2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell
Price: Admission is free

We Are Lost

What: The beat will be dropping in a music festival brand-new to Toronto this summer, as the city hosts the electronic Amsterdam-based We Are Lost Festival. There have been two editions of the festival so far in Amsterdam, but on August 11, Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works will be the home of its first event in North America.

When: August 11
Time: 
Begins at 3 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: $50

Summer Music in the Garden

What: The Summer Music in the Garden concert series will kick off in honour of the Toronto Music Garden’s 20th anniversary, and will feature 18 free concerts of classical, traditional and world music, including a concert on August 25 that will feature the Music Garden’s “theme song,” Bach’s Suite no. 1 in G Major for solo cello.

When: August 11
Time: 4 pm
Where: 479 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to attend

Yoga Classes at The Bentway

What: You’ll be able to balance yourself out every week at The Bentway’s free yoga classes this summer. The weekly yoga classes are run by Tribe Fitness and go every Sunday until the end of August. Just remember to bring your own mat!

When: Every Sunday until August 25
Time:  7 pm to 8 pm
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free, but you must bring your own mat

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