26 things to do in Toronto this weekend: August 11 to 13

Aug 10 2017, 12:27 am

Things are heating up in Toronto this weekend and we don’t just mean the weather.

It’s another action packed weekend in the city, complete with a variety of concerts, foodie events, and street festivals. So regardless of what you’re interested in, we guarantee there’s an event for you.

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SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art is is wrapping up this weekend. Make sure to check out the full SummerWorks schedule so you can catch an event or two this weekend.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: August 3 to 13

Kultura Filipino Arts Festival

What: This weekend, come and celebrates all things Filipino at Kultura Filipino Arts Festival. This event features vibrant and contemporary arts, culture, fashion, and food.

Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
When: August 10 to 13, 12 pm to 7 pm

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 Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Brantley Gilbert.

Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, 180 8th Line South
When: August 10 to 13

Movies in the Meadow

What: The popular outdoor movie night program is celebrating Canada 150 this summer. The event at Downsview Park will be screening films with a Canadian connection and this Friday’s film is Lego Batman.

Where: Downsview Park
When: August 11

Redbull Sound Select Toronto

What: The latest Redbull Sound Select party was curated by Wavelength and is happening on a boat. It will also feature performances from Cadence Weapon, Greys, Tika the Creator, Vallens and more.

Where: River Gambler
When: August 11, 7 pm to 11 pm

Dinner Under the Stars

What: In part of The Feast of St. Lawrence, this ticketed five-course feast will feature contributions from top restaurants in the area including Biff’s BistroBarsa TabernaHawthorne Food & DrinkThe Hot House RestaurantOmni King Edward HotelPearl DiverThe Sultan’s Tent, and Woods. Tickets are $200, funds raised will be directed to FOODSHARE Toronto.

Where: 27 Front Street East
When: August 11, 6:30 pm to 11 pm

Shawn Mendes – Illuminate World Tour

What: Toronto’s very own Shawn Mendes will be rocking the ACC this weekend as part of his Illuminate world tour with Charlie Puth. Tickets start at $45.75 to $83.75

Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: August 11, 6 pm

Fancy Feast’s First Foodie Pop-Up Shop

What: Attention Toronto cat lovers: Fancy Feast will be hosting its First Foodie Pop-Up Shop this weekend! Here you can snap a picture purr-fect selfie in the Insta-Corner as well as check out the extensive ‘Le Menu’, with more than 12 recipes and 45 different textures and tastes, means that even if your catastic sidekick acts like a total foodie they’re going to find food to satisfy their taste buds.

Where: 25 Charlotte Street
When: August 11 to 12, 11 am to 6 pm

2167: Indigenous Life in 150 Years

What: Indigenous filmmakers and artists imagine Indigenous life 150 years in the future in new VR projects. This event wraps up this Sunday so make sure to make some room in your calendar so you can check it out.

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
When: August 11 to 13, 12 pm to 8 pm

Rogers Cup

What: Toronto is the centre of the tennis world as the Rogers Cup returns for another exciting year. This is the closing weekend, so grab some tickets now so you can get up close and personal with your favourite tennis stars.

Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100
When: August 11 to 13

Pickering Food Truck Festival

What: Friends, kids, pets are all welcome to this park turned foodie haven in mid-August. Admission is free for the weekend of outdoor eating, plus there will be a beer garden, children’s village, beer garden, and stage showcasing live entertainment.

Where: The Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade
When: August 11, 5 pm to 9 pm; August 12, noon to 9 pm; August 13, noon to 8 pm

Waterfront Night Market

What: The annual T&T Waterfront Night Market is back for another exciting run and attendees can expect the awesome outdoor culinary experience along with all the night market awesomeness at a brand new venue.

Where: Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin Ave
When: August 11 to 13

Taste of the Danforth

What: One of Toronto’s most famous summer events, The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street Festival and is back for its 24th year with plenty of Greek-style eats at this massive street festival.

Where: Danforth Avenue
When: August 11 to  13


What: The three-day festival focused on Caribbean flavours takes place at Centennial Park in August and promises a weekend of feasting, cook-offs, chef demos, live workshops, and hot & spicy Jerk eating competitions. Tickets start at $8.

Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road
When: August 11 to 13

Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest

What: Steam Whistle Brewing hosts Ontario’s finest craft brewers for a weekend of sampling new brews, food truck eats, live music, and picnicking. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gates.

Where: Roundhouse Park,  255 Bremner Boulevard
When: August 11 to 13

Tapas Journey

What: Starting this Friday, a total of 36 restaurants across Toronto will be participating in Tapas Journey. In a celebration of the Mediterranean experience of gathering over good food and good drinks, each restaurant will offer a menu of three small plates, all of which have been created exclusively for Tapas Journey. All menus are paired with an Estrella Damm lager, at a cost of $20.

Where: You can find the addresses to all the participating locations here.
When: August 11 to 20

CityPlace Fort York BIA Movie Night Series

What: CityPlace Fort York BIA will be hosting a free movie night once a month up until September.  Gather up your friends, bring your blankets/chairs and come a little early to enjoy snacks/refreshments. This months’ movie stars Canadian actor and comedian Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura Pet Detective.

Where: Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd
When: August 12

Vinyl Sale

What: Calling all vinyl buffs: This weekend only, JAZZ.FM 91 will have thousands of great records up for grabs. Come and build your vinyl collection while supporting publicly funded JAZZ.FM91 through their 2nd Annual Vinyl Sale.

Where: Jazz FM Studios, 4 Pardee Avenue
When: August 12, 10 am to 3 pm


What: Start “Counting Stars” and get ready for the “Good Life”. Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated quintet, OneRepublic are on a tour in North America this summer, and that tour will include a stop in Toronto this Saturday night. Tickets range from $25.50 to $145.50.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd
When: August 12, 6 pm

Kothu Fest

What: Kothu Fest celebrates the famous Sri-Lankan street dish in Toronto when it returns for its third year to Albert Campbell Square at Scarborough Civic Centre in this month. Kothu roti is a staple of Sri Lankan cuisine comprising shredded roti (flatbread), spiced vegetables, eggs and/or meats, and curried gravy, and is cooked and chopped over a flat metal plate that results in a “cacophony of rhythmic sound, sight, and smell.”

Where: Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive
When: August 12, 11 am to 11 pm

St. Lawrence Market & Market Street Celebration

What: Come and enjoy a free-to-attend event featuring outdoor food stalls, patios, farm fresh produce, demonstrations, live entertainment, and a pig roast.

Where: Front Street East at Market Street
When: August 12, 10 am to 11 pm

PanAmerican Food Festival

What: We really are a city all about food. The fifth annual Pan American Food Festival showcases the best food products while celebrating the cultural diversity of the Americas.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: August 12 to 13


What: Toronto’s two-day dessert-themed festival returns in August, bringing back all the sugary goodness into our lives. Sample sweet culinary delights and taste award-winning treats, all while benefiting Second Harvest.

When: August 12 to 13
Where: David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street

Christie Pits Film Festival

What: This year, the Christie Pits Film Festival’s theme is EYES ON THE PRIZE, and will be screening films about competition and beating the odds. Locally organized, the Christie Pits Film Festival has attracted thousands to its free weekly series of outdoor films. Sundays throughout the summer, the screenings will include a mix of old and new. Although all screenings are free of charge, there is a suggested donation of $10.

Where: Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Ave West
When: August 13

Family Fun in St. James Park

What: Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market will be hosting an afternoon of free family fun at St. James Park. Attractions include healthy snacks, smoothie-making by bicycle, activities, and entertainment.

Where: St. James Park
When: August 13, 10 am to 4 pm

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Two Year Anniversary

What: Toronto’s own Trinity Bellwoods Flea market is turning two this weekend. In honour of this milestone, they are hosting a pop-up at the beautiful Great Hall complete with a fresh lineup of local vendors, artisans, and designers.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: August 13, 10 am to 5 pm

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