5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, August 1

Jul 31 2019, 7:39 pm

The workweek is winding down, which means it’s time to have some fun.

Head outside today, Thursday, August 1, and check out some of the great events happening throughout the city, including bar pop-ups, free music, the beginning of the annual Caribana weekend, and more!

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Bar Aperol

What: Bar Aperol will be selling Aperol Spritz’s and serving alongside an Italian aperitivo food menu by the Cheese Boutique, and coffee and espresso by Lavazza. Those looking to enjoy an aperitif but don’t want to consume alcohol, Crodino, the Italian non-alcoholic aperitif will be available.

When: Open for the month of July, four days a week (Thursday to Sunday)
Time: Thursdays and Fridays, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: 1030 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station has returned to the city this summer. 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: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Union Station – 65 Front Street West
Price: Entry is 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

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

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
Time: Events begin at 1 pm
Where: Multiple venues
Price: Varies by event