21 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, August 18

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Don’t worry if you haven’t made any Sunday plans yet, we’ve rounded up all the top events happening throughout the city today, August 18, which include food and music festivals, family-friendly events, and more.

Sunday Funday, here you come.

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Wavelength Music Festival

Wavelength Music

What: For two magical days, Wavelength Music will feature musical and artistic discovery and escape inside the walls of shipping containers at stackt, Toronto’s newest space for creative placemaking.

When: On now until August 18
Time: Doors open at 5 pm
Where: stackt, 28 Bathurst Street
Price: From $25 for single-day passes, $40 for the full weekend

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art is back, running 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

Dance: Made in Canada 5th Year Anniversary

What: Showcasing the country’s most sought-after dancers and choreographers, the 2019 Dance: Made in Canada festival will dazzle with five world premieres and eight Toronto premieres.

When: On now until August 18
Where: Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street
From $25

Call It Spring Discover Your Sole City Pop-Up

What: Footwear and accessory brand Call It Spring is inviting consumers to discover their sole city through a retail journey of interactive and fashionable pop-up spaces at stackt market. Visitors are encouraged to uncover their true selves through a series of self-guided experiences that visualize how they relate to the world around them and express their own unique identity through fashion and footwear.

When: On now until August 20
Where: stackt market, 28 Bathurst Street
Price: Admission is free

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 this summer and runs 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, July 4 to September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West has 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

CNE 2019



What: No summer is complete without a visit to the EX to take in the sounds, tastes, rides, and animals. Get some food, and win some ridiculously large prizes.

When: On now until September 2
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Canadian National Exhibition, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
Price: All attractions and shows are FREE with admission to the CNE

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 and 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

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What: Get your credit cards [email protected] has partnered with global travel brand Herschel Supply Co. on bold and exclusive collection designed by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s VP of Creative Projects. Inspired by travel and music culture, the collaboration features six new collections in four fabrications of signature Herschel backpacks, duffle bags, crossbodies, hip packs, and more.

When: On now until September 29
Where: Nordstrom at the Toronto Eaton Centre

Taste of Manila

What: Taste of Manila isn’t just the biggest Filipino food fest in Canada, it’s also billed as the largest Filipino festival outside the Philippines. The flavours of the Philippines are the big draw, offering a chance to feast on delicacies including lumpia and lechon, pancit, halo halo, and more, while live performances and fashion shows keep festival-goers entertained.

When: August 18
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Where: Bathurst Street corner of Wilson Avenue, Toronto

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – End Of Summer Market

What: Celebrate the end of summer and the Trinity Bellwoods Flea’s anniversary together this Sunday. Come meet many of the new faces who have joined the market and see some of the regulars who have been here since the beginning. What still has not changed is admission is FREE, and four-legged friends and kiddos are welcome.

When: August 18
Time: 10 am
Where: The Great Hall
Price: Admission is free

Open Streets TO

What: Open Streets TO returns to the city again this weekend for a car-free afternoon of fun. Taking place in August and September, this family-friendly event is bringing back the largest free recreation program in Canada and will be shutting down parts of Toronto’s Bloor Street and Yonge Street to host the festivities.

When: August 18
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Bloor and Yonge Streets
Price: Free to attend

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Toronto Chinatown Festival

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What: The 19th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival takes place this weekend and will feature delicious Asian food, cultural performances, and FREE walking tour in Chinatown.

When: August 18
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Chinatown, west side of Spadina Avenue
Price: No cost to attend

The 7th Annual Pan American Food and Music Festival

What: The seventh annual Pan American Food and Music Festival returns to Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend. The Festival presents food demonstrations by international chefs, live music and dance performances, food competitions and a Pan American vendors’ market offering diverse foods and merchandise.

When: August 18
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Price: Admission is free

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

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
2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell
Price: Admission is free

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: Thursdays and Sundays through September 15
Time: Thursdays, 7 pm; Sundays, 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

Sunday Social Series

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

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