5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, August 9

Aug 9 2018, 4:16 am

The start of the weekend might only be one day away, but if you’re looking to have some fun this Thursday we’ve got you covered.

From Canada’s largest country music festival to the largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music and live art in Canada, here are the top events happening throughout the city today.


What: The summer food fest is a favourite for its multi-day festivities devoted all things Jerk and in addition to devouring the Caribbean classic all day, festival-goers can partake in a Hot & Spicy Jerk Chicken-eating competition, So You Think You Can Jerk competition and Jerk Chicken seasoning workshops. The kickoff event will take place aboard the River Gambler boat cruise this evening.

When: August 9 to 12
Time: Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday, 5 pm to 10 am; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Toronto
Price: General admission from $10 online

Boots and Hearts

What: Dust off your cowboy boots and get ready to experience Canada’s biggest country music festival. This year’s headliners include Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington and more.

When: August 9 to 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 180 8th Line South
Price: From $269.99


What: Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture returns this August, taking over downtown Toronto with multi-arts events that end with a FREE concert and community gathering at City Hall.

When: August 9 to 19
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: Various venues
Price: Free

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music and live art is back, and runs for 10 days for its 28th edition.

When: August 9 to 19
Time: Schedules vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Single tickets start at $15

Parkway Forest Park Free Movies

What: This August, movie buffs can enjoy an impressive lineup of films at Parkway Forest Park as part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s Cinematic Cities programme, a month-long series of outdoor films celebrating cities on screen, at home, and abroad. Screenings take place on Thursday evenings. Tonight’s screenings include Ghostbusters, Being Batman and Glow. 

When: August 9
Time: Roughly 9 pm
Where: Parkway Forest Park, 80 Parkway Forest Dr.
Price: Free to attend

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