30 events worth checking out in Toronto this July

Jun 30 2018, 3:17 am

Are you ready to fully embrace summer?

If not, this line-up of incredible events, parties, festivals and of course, food and beer events definitely will get you in the mood.


Canada Day at Canada’s Wonderland

canada's wonderland

Canada’s wonderland

What: Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Canada’s Wonderland. Attendees can expect acrobatic shows, street performers, live music, traditional Canadian food, an epic firework display, and all the rides.

When: July 1
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Price: Adult day pass starts at $39.99

Cabana Pool Bar – Red Party

What: In honour of Canada’s birthday, Cabana Pool Bar offers the chance to celebrate like you would in Vegas at their Canada Day Red Party. Make sure to wear red!

When: July 1
Time: 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street
Price: $15

Electric Island 2018

What: Get your sunglasses and dancing shoes ready, Toronto’s favourite summer concert and picnic series kicks off the new month. Now in its 6th year, Electric Island will be taking over Hanlan’s Point.

When: July 1
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island
Price: Tickets start at $50.84

Mariposa Cocktail Cruise

What: Celebrate Canada Day in style aboard a Mariposa Cruises cocktail cruise as you take in the (extremely Instagram-worthy) sights of the city skyline.

When: July 1
Time: 7 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Mariposa Cruises, Pier 6 207 Queens Quay West
Price: $72.95 plus tax

Canada Day Weekend at the Rogers Centre

What: Canada Day presented by Honda takes over the Jays game on Sunday, July 1. Fans are encouraged to get to the ballpark early to take part in pre-game festivities that are sure to get you in the Canadian spirit. The first 20,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a Blue JaysRed Hat presented by Honda.

When: July 1
Time: 7:07 pm
Where: Rogers Centre
Price: Tickets start at $19

Americana Beer Dinner

wickson social


What: In honour of Independence Day, come and enjoy a five-course BBQ dinner, paired with Ontario beers showcasing American hops.

When: July 4
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Wickson Social, 5 St Joseph Street, Toronto
Price: $60 per person

Taste of Regent Park

What: This weekly family-friendly event, presented by the Regent Park Community Food Centre, is offered every Wednesday until August 29 in the green space (aka the “Big Park”) and promises an affordable produce market in addition to a pay-what-you-can community meal.

When: Wednesdays from July 4 to August 29
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Toronto Regent Park, 203 Sackville Green, Toronto
Price: Pay-what-you-can

Open Roof Festival

What: The often sold-out Festival returns this month with screenings every Wednesday. As usual, Open Roof will offer filmgoers an eclectic mix of Hollywood and indie flicks paired with emerging musicians or bands in a variety of genres.

When: July 4, 11, 18 and 25
Time: Music kicks off at 8 pm
Where: Sterling Road in the Lower Junction Triangle (the lot adjacent to 158 Sterling Road)
Price: $15

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: July 4 to 15
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues
Price: Varies by the show

Venezuelan Independence Day

What: Celebrate Venezuelan Independence Day, aka Cinco de Julio, at this communal feast featuring a menu of mini arepas, tuna roll ceviche, and more.

When: July 5
Time: 7 pm
Where: Arepa Café, 490 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $65

Canada’s Most Imaginative Bartender


What: Ten of the best bartenders from across Canada will flex their creativity at this pop-up bar offering the chance to taste the wildest and most flavourful cocktails in the country. Admission for the 19+ event is $20 and includes complimentary gin cocktails and appetizers throughout the night.

When: July 5
Time: 7 pm
Where: Ricarda’s Atrium, 134 Peter Street, Toronto
Price: Admission is $20

Giro d’Italia

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: July 5 to 15
Time: Varies by location
Where: At participating Italian restaurants in Toronto
Price: $52


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

When: July 6
Time: Friday, noon to 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $10


What: You can dine at a select group of Toronto’s finest restaurants during this summer food fest.

When: July 6 to 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

Junction Night Market

What: Billed as a community food festival benefiting programs that promote access to local food, this event promises an abundance of food and brews all priced for $5 per serving.

When: July 7
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Pacific Avenue, North of Dundas Street, Toronto
Price: $5 per serving

Passport to Argentina

ama steak


What: Explore the Euro-Latin culture of Argentina at this two-night ticketed dinner featuring empanadas, ceviche, Argentinian parrilla, and more. Tickets include all food, 12 Argentinian wines, and gratuity.

When: July 10 and 11
Time: 7 pm
Where: Ama, 930 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $95


What: From July 13 to 15, Toronto’s historic Campbell House Museum will transform into a backyard BBQ where burger connoisseurs can enjoy the city’s best burgers, live music, a beer garden, and games and activities the entire family can enjoy.

When: July 13 to 15
Time: Friday, 11 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 15, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West
Price: Single-day passes cost $10 and full weekend passes are $20

Honda Indy Toronto

What: Celebrating 32 years of racing on the streets of Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is taking over the streets in July. It’s fast and furious in the city that weekend.

When: July 13 to 15
Time: Friday, 8 am to 6:05 pm; Saturday, 8 am to 5:45 pm; Sunday, 9:05 am to 3:05 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd
Price: Passes from $40

Vaughan Pizza Fest

What: Pizza, music, and beer! The triple threat is the premise for this massive food festival taking place just north of Toronto this summer. Vaughan Pizza Fest, happening mid-July, promises to be the epic pizza party ever… even bigger and better than last year.

When: July 13 to 15
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 8 pm
Where: Interchange Park, 1 Commerce Street, Vaughan
Price: General admission is $15 online

Ontario Oyster Festival

What: Taking place at the Oyster Garden (aka patio) at Rodney’s Oyster House, this all-day event takes place on Sunday, July 15 and will feature $5 drinks and oysters (served five at a time), along with lobster ($25 each) and other delicious seafood-centric foods price for $10 or less.

When: July 15
Time: 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King Street West, Toronto
Price: General admission is $35 in advance, $45 at the gates

Vans Warped Tour Toronto

Vans Warped Tour


What: After 24 years of moshing, 2018 will mark the final run of the Vans Warped Tour, so if you want to take a serious walk down memory lane and rock out to some of your favourite bands from high school this is your chance. Torontonians will have the chance to relive their glory days as the tour will be making its only Canadian stop in Toronto on July 17.

When: July 17
Time: Starts at 11 am
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: From $100

Medley Food & Drink Festival

What: Aimed at “creating experiences full of culinary delight, entertainment, flavour, clever surprises, and a celebration of life, community and Canadiana,” this food fest will host brewers, vintners, distillers, food makers, restauranteurs, and celebrity chefs for three days of lakeside fun.

When: July 20
Time: Friday, 3 pm to 10 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday 22, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Southshore Centre & Park, Barrie
Price: $15 to $150

Que by Chef Aleem

What: Chef Aleem hosts this new seasonal pop-up that kicks off with this tailgate party featuring a brand new BBQ menu. Ticket prices include a half pound of beef brisket, a half pound of pulled chicken, hot links, mac and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, a cheddar jalapeno cornbread muffin and Chef Aleem’s signature brown boy lemonade.

When: July 21
Time: 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: 70 Karachi Drive, Toronto
Price: $35

Kevin Hart 2018 Air Canada Centre

What: Funnyman and self-proclaimed ‘comedic rockstar’ Kevin Hart will be coming to Toronto for his Irresponsible Tour this year. Hart will perform at the Air Canada Centre on July 21

When: July 21
Time: 7 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Price: From $52

Bastid’s BBQ Toronto

What: This parking lot party boasts food and music all day! Bastid’s BBQ returns for its 8th year of summer good times.

When: July 22
Time: 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: 525 King Street West, Toronto
Price: From $30

Lole White Tour Toronto



What: For the 6th year in a row, the Lolë White Tour will be stopping in Toronto this summer.Last year, thousands of yogis met for a special sunset session at Exhibition Place that was simply stunning. The Lolë White Tour is intended to be a mass symbol of peace, which is why an all-white dress code is encouraged.

When: July 26
Time: Arrive at 6 pm, the yoga session begins at 8 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd
Price: $59 for regular experience

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

What: Toronto’s Festival of Beer is back for a weekend full of beers, bands, and food in 2018 and in addition to hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, and plenty of #BeerLove, look forward to Ludacris headlining the marquee Friday night during the festival.

When: July 26 to 28
Time: Hours vary by day
Where: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Price: Tickets on sale now from $35

Harold’s Fish Festival

What: Toronto’s newest food festival is a celebration of coastal living! Harold’s Fish Festival is coming to Toronto’s Ontario Place for three days in July and promises a “fusion of fish and seafood dishes with a perfect blend of wines, beers, and signature cocktails, bringing you a fish event like no other.”

When: July 27 to 29
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $9

Hop Chow Block Party

What: Craft beers served with carefully curated food pairings are the main attraction at this outdoor event happening on Wade Avenue outside Propeller Coffee in July. Here, chefs and brewers will buddy-up to collaborate on a menu.

When: July 28
Time: Noon to 8 pm
Where: 50 Wade Avenue, Toronto
Price: $10 to $25

Momo Crawl TO

What: Does stuffing your face with delicious Tibetan-style dumplings sound like the perfect way to spend a Sunday? You’re in luck! Students for a Free Tibet Canada is hosting Momo Crawl TO in Toronto’s Little Tibet (aka Parkdale) on Sunday, July 29.

When: July 29
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: Participating restaurants in Parkdale
Price: $25

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