20 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, August 4

Aug 2 2019, 4:14 pm

Are you ready to have a Sunday fun-day, Toronto?

You deserve to really make the most of this holiday long weekend; don’t let those Sunday scaries creep in!

From live music and festivals to cultural events and activities, here are your top events for this August 4.

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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

The Distillery District Sunday Market


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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

Shakespeare in High Park

What: The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns on July 4 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, July 4 to September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

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 from mid-June to 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

Toronto Rum Festival

What: The Toronto Rum Festival seeks to be the newest addition to the event calendar of Toronto Carnival. This festival will professionally showcase various Rum of the Caribbean while creating a true Caribbean atmosphere through live entertainment, competition, and the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Caribbean.

When: August 4
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where:¬†Ontario Place ‚Äď West Island, 955 Lakeshore Blvd West
Price: $30

Sunday Social Series

What: The Social Series offers 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 in July and August
2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell
Price: Admission is free

Summer Music in the Park


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What:¬†This summer, head to Bloor-Yorkville and snag a seat by the ‚Äėbig rock‚Äô 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

UpMarket: The Floral Edit

What: For the second summer in a row, UpMarket returns to The Lane in Yorkville Village. Every Wednesday during summer, you can shop from a highly curated selection of local vendors offering handmade creations, gourmet foods, and unique gifts.

When: On now through August 28
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: The Lane, Yorkville Village
Price: Free to attend

Summer Music in the Garden

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What:¬†The¬†Summer Music in the Garden¬†concert series will kick off in honour of the Toronto Music Garden‚Äôs 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‚Äôs ‚Äútheme song,‚Ä̬†Bach‚Äôs Suite no. 1 in G Major for solo cello.

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

VELD Music Festival

What: Music festival season is in full swing, and this annual weekend of performances is offering up all the electronic beats your heart desires. Alesso, Kodak Vlack, Loud Luxury, Zeds Dead, and Jayden Smith are also on this year’s roster. While Cardi B adds a taste of hip hop/rap to the festival, there’s still a heavy presence of electronic music.

Where: Downsview Park
Time: All day
When: August 3 and 4
Tickets: Available online

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: From July 30 to 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

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 from mid-June to 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

Christie Pits Film Festival

What:¬†The film festival will be screening¬†Sense and Sensibility¬†this weekend,¬†and if you‚Äôd like to stay ultra up-to-date with the movie pickings, you can keep tabs on the¬†newsletter. As part of the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, anticipate movies of the ‚ÄúDynamic Duo‚ÄĚ theme this year. Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.

When: August 4
Time: Sundown
Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
Price: Free

Indonesian Street Festival

What: This month, you can immerse yourself in Indonesia’s rich culture as you enjoy an afternoon of free family-fun at Yonge-Dundas Square. Guests can look forward to Indonesian dance, food, music, martial arts, and more.

When: August 4
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Admission is free

Caribana Weekend

What: Now in its 52nd year, Caribana weekend will take over Toronto this August for a massive, city-wide celebration featuring Caribbean music, dance, costume, parties, and food.

When: August 1 to 4
Where: Multiple venues
Price: Varies by event

Rogers Cup

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

When: August 3 to 11
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100

Toronto Food Truck Festival

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What: The massive food truck rally is presented by Canadian Food Truck Festivals and is just one stop on a summer-long tour that includes events in Burlington, Pickering, Richmond Hill, and Brampton.

When: August 2 to 5
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, noon to 10 pm, Sunday and Monday, noon to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Scarborough Rib Fest

What: Back for its 17th year, this east Toronto food fest is all about ribs, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more summertime essentials. Festival-goers can look forward to an all-day beer garden, daily karaoke competition, midway rides, and skill testing games.

When: August 2 to 5
Where: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Road, Scarborough

Museum of Broken Relationships

What:¬†Described¬†as¬†a physical and virtual public space created with the intention of ‚Äútreasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions,‚ÄĚ this museum is a massive reminder that no matter what you‚Äôre going through, you‚Äôre not alone. If Monday feels tough and sticky, take yourself on a date to a place where diving into the sadness might actually make you feel better.

When: Until September 8, 2019
Time: The evening kicks off at 7 pm to 10 pm
Where:¬†Harbourfront Centre ‚Äď 235 Queens Quay West
Price: FREE