16 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, June 16

Jun 15 2019, 3:14 am

Whether you’re looking for Father’s Day plans or something fun to do with your friends, we’ve rounded up the top events happening throughout the city today, this Sunday, June 18.

From foodie events and art exhibits to the final day of NXNE, here are the top events happening in the city today.

NXNE Festival Village 2019


NXNE (nxne/Instagram)

What: This year’s festival features three free performance areas including the new Slaight Music Emerging Artists Stage at Queen Street. There will also be a free standup comedy tent, eSports, Cirque de Soleil street performers, the NXNE-Flea Market and much more will provide a jam-packed lineup of activities throughout the festival weekend.

When: On now until June 16
Time: 1 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Along Yonge Street and at Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free to attend

Taste of Little Italy

What: Billed as the city’s “most frequented and delicious street festival,” this event features local and visiting vendors hawking everything from Italian standards like spiedini, pizza, and risotto, to international delicacies represented by businesses in the ’hood.

When: On now until June 16
Where: College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street, Toronto
 Admission is free

Taco Fest

What: Taco Fest is back! Now in its fourth year, the festival has announced it will return to Ontario Place for a weekend in June. The outdoor fiesta is a celebration of all things Mexican and showcases some of Toronto’s top chefs.

When: On until June 16
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Tickets: Available online

Summer in the Parks

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 until 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

Fleurs de Villes

Yorkville Village

What: Canadian floral event company Fleurs de Villes will exhibit a must-see, custom floral couture installation at Yorkville Village this month. Visitors will be treated to a jaw-dropping display of one-of-a-kind, floral-dressed mannequins and elaborate, exotic flower arrangements created by some of Toronto’s most talented flower mavens. In total, there will be 10 mannequins installed at Yorkville Village, with an 11th mannequin displayed in the lobby of The Hazelton Hotel.

When: On now until June 17
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Yorkville Village, 136 Yorkville Avenue
Price: Free to attend


What: The 13th annual Luminato Festival returns to Toronto this week. From June 7 to 23, the multi-arts and multi-platform event will take over the city for 17 days of free and ticketed programming. From a larger-than-life mirrored maze and provocative new work by one of Canada’s most renowned puppet masters to a massive choral event along Toronto’s waterfront and the North American premiere of a reimagined dance classic, Luminato will host over 165 Canadian and international artists.

When: On now until June 23
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station will be returning to the city this week. The outdoor marketplace promises to “showcase the best of Toronto’s eclectic culture, talent and spirit with a curated mix of local food vendors and entertainment.”

When: On now until August 3
Time: 5:30 am to 12:45 am
Where: Union Station – 65 Front Street West
Price: Entry is free

This is Eye Candy

What: This is Eye Candy is Toronto’s latest Instagram pop-up experience. Tucked away on Queen Street, you’ll find 12 unique rooms, each offering a new immersive experience. From a luxury jet to a cherry blossom forest, there’s a room to pique everyone’s interest.

When: On now
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
322 1/2 Queen Street West
Price: $20, during the hours of 5 pm till 10 pm; $15, during the hours of 11 am till 4 pm

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
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28 general admission

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Summer is Coming Market

What: This month, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea is hosting its annual Spring Market, where you can shop local from a range of vendors and artisans for locally made eats and delicious spring sweet treats. Four-legged friends are also welcome!

When: June 16
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Foodalicious 2019

What: Toronto’s third annual Foodalicious Food Festival will take over Downsview Park this month. Enjoy food from some of the city’s top local vendors, while relishing in live music and attractions top-tier entertainers.

When: June 16
Time: 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Drive
Price: From $8.85

9th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show

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Yorkville Exotic Car Show/Bloor-Yorkville BIA

What: This Father’s Day, Canada’s largest display of luxury vehicles will be parked along Toronto’s Mink Mile from Bay Street to Avenue Road as part of the 9th Annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show.

When: June 16
12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Mink Mile section of Bloor Street (Bay Street to Avenue Road)
Price: Free to attend

Afro Vegan Fest

What: Treat dad to mouth-watering African and Caribbean cuisine and the sounds of live music this year! A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Brandon Street Farms, a volunteer-run organic farm. Children 12 and under receive get free entry, so this is an ideal destination for family fun!

When: June 16
Time: Noon to 7 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: $5

Patria Rosé Sundays

What: Slept in too late for brunch? Patria has you covered. Patria is now offering Rosé Sundays where you can try bottomless rosé paired with delicious servings of Spanish pintxos for only $50. Skip the siesta and come enjoy one of the best and romantic patios Toronto has to offer.

When: Starts June 9
Time: From 1 pm
Where: Patria, 478 King Street West
Price: From $50

Promise Cherry Beach

What: Put on your dancin’ shoes and head to Promise Cherry Beach for an afternoon (and evening) of fun. Come and enjoy a lineup of new faces and lifelong favourites and a mix of sunny electro, house, and techno music.

When: June 16
Time: 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry Street
Price: $20

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show at Fort York

What: The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is kicking off its opening weekend at Fort York with Thelma & Louise, who set out on a weekend getaway before things go horribly wrong. The next day you can enjoy Misery, Rob Reiner’s psychological horror about a famous author who is rescued from a car crash by his “#1 fan.” Don’t miss out.

When: June 16
Time: 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Park
Price: Free to attend

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