19 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, July 8

Jul 7 2018, 2:59 am

Sunday Funday has arrived!

If you’re looking for something to do other than brunch and bottomless mimosas, check out these awesome events happening in the city today.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


What: Now in its 57th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition will feature over 340 visual artists, performers, and sculptures. There will also be a beer garden by Henderson Brewing Co. open throughout the day for food, beer, and refreshments.

When: Now until July 8
Time: Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
Price: Free

Taste of Lawrence

What: This three-day food and cultural festival is hosted by the Wexford Heights BIA and is billed as Scarborough’s largest street festival.

When: Now until July 8
Time: Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Wexford Heights, Lawrence Avenue East from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road
Price: Admission is free


What: Billed as a three-day food extravaganza, this food fest is devoted to the “greatest North American invention of all time, BURGERS.”

When: Now until July 8
Time: Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $10


What: SHADE is an inclusive comedy show that represents and celebrates comedians of colour, comedians from the LGBTQ+ community, and comedians who identify as women. Although this platform is for those listed above, SHADE is an inclusive space and all are welcome.

When: Now until July 8
Time: 8 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Rivoli, 334 Queen Street West
Price: Three day passes cost $64.24

Giro d’Italia

Italian Restaurant Week

Ardo Restaurant

What: Italian Restaurant Week returns to Toronto this summer for 10 days in July. Participating restaurants will each showcase the cuisine of a different region of Italy by offering a four-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) menu priced at $52.

When: Now until July 15
Time: Varies by location
Where: At participating Italian restaurants in Toronto
Price: $52

Toronto Fringe Festival

What: With 160 plays at 45 venues and over a thousand events that include live theatre, music, dance, arts, buskers, and performances, there’s something for everyone at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

When: Now until July 15
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues
Price: Varies by the show


What: You can enjoy delicious lunch or dinner menus at a select group of Toronto’s finest restaurants during this summer food fest.

When: Now until July 22
Time: Varies by location
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Lunch menus priced at $23, $28, and $33 and dinner is $33, $43, and $53

Beaches International Jazz Festival

What: A festival that needs almost no introduction, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th year.

When: Now until July 29
Time: Varies by day
Where: The Beach Neighbourhood
Price: Admission is free

CITE at The Bentway


CITE/The Bentway

What: The Bentway Skate Trail has officially kicked off its summer-long celebration of skate culture. A great use of public space, CITE is both an art installation and a skatepark, featuring sculptures that skateboarders are free to ride on.

When: Now until August 12
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station returns this summer, hosting an incredible line-up of food vendors, ongoing programming, and events that bring Toronto’s talent, culture, and spirit to life.

When: Now until August 19
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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: Free

Ontario Vintage Market

What: Looking to find a one-of-a-kind treasure? You can shop for nothing but vintage goods at this monthly market.

When: July 8
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Oakville Children’s Festival

Kids playing

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What: Families are invited to enjoy the 5th annual Oakville Children’s Festival at the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre which will transform into an arts and culture playground for kids of all ages. This fun-filled event will feature free live performances, activities that engage the little one’s imaginations and foster creativity. Take part in interactive building and art activities, story times, scavenger hunt, sports zone, face painting, and more.

When: July 8
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road
Price: Free to attend

Maker Extravaganza 2018

What: For one weekend only, the city’s most creative people and their projects gather together at the Toronto Reference Library to share their latest creations, demonstrate their newest projects and make things together.

When: July 8
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Price: Free

Waterfront Artisan Market

What: Back for its third year, the Waterfront Artisan Market features 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products every Saturday and Sunday.

When: July 8
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Price: Admission is free


What: Afrofest is the largest free African American festival in North America, dedicating two days to celebrating African culture.

When: July 8
Time: 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
Price: Free

Sunday Social at The Bentway Beer Garden

the bentway beer garden


What: Every Sunday, The Bentway will be home to Toronto’s coolest covered patio, serving up beer from Collective Arts Brewing and cider from Strongbow, along with tasty treats from SPiN, Toronto’s Ping-Pong social club, plus outdoor games like ping pong and bocce, and a curated music program.

When: Every Sunday, July 8 to August 12
Time: 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Price: Admission is free

Ozmozis & Summerdaze with Way Out West, Martin Roth, David Hohme

What: Get your party shoes ready! There will be delicious food, a custom KV2 Audio sound system, and cold drinks awaiting your arrival at this outdoor location in liberty village.

When: July 8
Time: 4 pm to 11 pm
Where: 54 Fraser Avenue
Price: From $25 t0 $30

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival

What: One of Canada’s largest Latin-themed celebrations is Toronto’s TD Salsa in Toronto Festival, which takes place over three weeks and features music, food, dance and family events.

When: July 8
Time: Varies by day
Where: St. Clair Avenue West, between Winona Drive and Christie Street
Price: Free

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