5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, August 2

Aug 1 2018, 9:40 pm

We’re officially one day closer to the weekend, Toronto.

In case you’re already in the mood to blow off some steam, we’ve rounded up the top events happening across the city today.

Music in St. James Park

What: If you’re in the mood for live music, Toronto’s St.James Park is hosting an evening of free music from the Jorge Betancourt Cuban Band. Born in Camangüey, Cuba Jorge Betancourt has become known in Canada for his animated stage presence and inventive fusion of salsa, pop, funk, and timba.

When: August 2
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: St. James Park, 120 King St. East

King and Queen Showcase

What: Male and female performers embody and showcase the creative work of the talented artists, designers, and costume builders. The Kings, the Queens, and individuals of the Carnival bands will unveil their elaborately themed costumes highlighting the creative minds and imagination of the designers. The Ontario Science Center will present the Innovation in Mas award for the engineering, construction, design, and best environmental use of material in a costume. Come check it out. Grab your tickets here.

When: August 2
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Allan Lamport Stadium, 1155 King St., West
Price: Admission starts at $30

Corktown Common Free Movies

What: This summer, movie buffs can enjoy an impressive lineup of films at Corktown Common Park as part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s Cinematic Cities programme, a summer-long series of outdoor films celebrating cities on screen, at home, and abroad. Tonight’s feature screening is Roman Holiday and the short is Long Branch.

When: August 2
Time: Food service begins at 7 pm and screenings begin at sundown (roughly 9 pm)
Where: Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Avenue
Price: Free to attend by $10 donation suggested

The Edwards Summer Music Series

What: Enjoy a series of concerts by an eclectic roster of popular artists, set in the natural beauty of the gardens, rain or shine. (indoors in case of extreme weather). The concerts will take place in the courtyard adjacent to the historic barn in Edwards Gardens. Tonight’s performance will be from Zimbabwean performers Nhapitapi.

When: August 2
Time: 7 pm
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave East
Price: Free

Toronto Vegan Block Party

What: There will be a block party over the August long weekend to celebrate the grand opening of Not Your Mother, Vegandale Brewery and Copenhagen Cafe.

When: August 2 to 5
Time: Thursday and Friday, 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm
Where: Vegandale Brewery, 1346 Queen Street West
Price: Pay for what you eat

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