30 things to do in Toronto this weekend: August 9 to 11

Aug 8 2019, 5:00 am

It’s a busy weekend in Toronto with plenty of festivals and events taking place throughout the city.

This weekend you’ll find everything from Canada’s largest country music festival, a Greek food festival and even an outdoor screening of Jaws. 

Not sure what you’re in the mood to do? Here’s what’s happening in Toronto this weekend.

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Friday, August 9

Boots and Hearts 2019

boots and hearts

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What: Dust off your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and get ready to experience Canada’s biggest country music festival. This year’s headliners include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Marren Morris, Kane Brown, Cole Swindell, and Kip Moore.

When: On now until August 11
Where: Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Tickets: Available online from $229

Rogers Cup

What: Toronto is the centre of the tennis world as the Rogers Cup returns for another exciting year of intense tennis matches.

When: On now until August 11
Where: Aviva Centre: York University, 1 Shoreham Drive, Suite 100

SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art is back. It runs for 11 days along the always colourful and character-filled Queen Street West. This year’s Festival will showcase an expansive lineup of performance works from across the country, including pieces from some of Canada’s most acclaimed artists alongside work from auspicious emerging artists.

When: On now until August 18
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Multiple venues
Price: From $15

The Office! A Musical Parody

What: In case you’ve already re-watched The Office for the umpteenth time on Netflix, you’ll soon have the chance to see your favourite paper company employees live on for another day. This summer, the off-Broadway performance, The Office! A Musical Parody is heading to Toronto for a four-week run at Mirvish’s CAA Theatre.

When: On now until August 25
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm; Sunday evening, 7 pm
Where: CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge Street
Price: From $42

Shakespeare in High Park

Shakespeare

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What: The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare returns to High Park and will run until September 1. The long-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 37th year and takes on two classics this year. This summer’s plays include the comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About Nothing, and the timeless story of morality and power, Measure For Measure.

When: Tuesday to Sunday, until September 1
Time: All performances begin at 8 pm
Where: High Park Amphitheatre
Price: Tickets are pay-what-you-can

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West is about to get a brand new immersive installation. And it’s going to be a houseful of fun. Toronto-based art collective Mondo Forma and Universal Music Canada are bringing The Funhouse to downtown. The immersive, experiential art maze, inspired by music and created in collaboration with some of Toronto’s most exciting artists, and will open this Saturday.

When: On now through to September
Time: Doors open at 10 am
Where: 
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28 general admission

Summer Music in the Park

What: This summer, head to Bloor-Yorkville and snag a seat by the ‘big rock and enjoy some incredible live music that ranges from jazz to traditional Cuban and Greek and Celtic.

When: On now through September 7 (Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Time: Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Saturdays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Sundays (only in July and August), 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Village of Yorkville Park, Bellair and Cumberland streets
Price: Free

Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest

What: Summer and craft beer are pretty much synonymous. Turning Roundhouse Park into a massive beer garden, Toronto Craft Beer Festival is a craft beer aficionado’s dream. You can expect refreshing brews, live music, and sizzling food vendors.

When: August 9 and 10
Time: Friday, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd.
Price: From $30.50

WWE Superstar Appearances at Toys”R”Us

What: You can kick-off the biggest party of the summer at Toys”R”Us this weekend. Be one of the first 200 people in line to meet and get an autograph from WWE superstars, including Kevin Owens, Braun Strowman, and Kurt Angle.

When: August 9 and 10
Time: Friday, 10 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Friday – 690 Evans Avenue, Etobicoke and 1440 Lawrence Ave. E., North York; Saturday, 3150 Argentia Rd, Mississauga
Price: Free to attend

Summer Sound Festival

What: The Toronto Blue Jays will be hosting its Summer Sound Festival this weekend and attendees can enjoy two-days of great music and baseball. Canadian bands The Sheepdogs and James Barker Band will headline the extended two-day festival presented by Bacardi, on Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10, while the Jays take on the Yankees.

When: August 10 and 11
Time: Friday, 4:30 pm; Saturday, 12:30 pm
Where: Rogers Centre,
Tickets: Are available online now

Jerkfest

jerkfest

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What: Experience a weekend filled with arts, crafts, cultural entertainment, and – of course – plenty of jerk-style food of all varieties.

When: August 9 to 11
Time: Friday, 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Centennial Park, at the base of Ski Hills, Etobicoke
Price: From $25

Krinos Taste of the Danforth

What: One of Toronto’s most famous summer events year after year, The Krinos Taste of the Danforth, is Canada’s largest street festival and is back for its 26th year. The festival shuts down a large portion of Danforth Avenue with plenty of Greek-style eats, vendors, and all-around good times.

When: August 9 to 11
Time: Friday, 6 pm to 12 am; Saturday, 12 pm to 12 am; Sunday, 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: Danforth Avenue
Price: Free to attend

Tequila Rose presents “Girls Night Out”

What: On August 9, Love Child Social House will be taken over by a sea of pink, encouraging guests to explore their senses through Tequila Rose infused desserts, foods, and cocktails. This is a one-of-a-kind social experience for those looking to have a great time, meet new people, play some games, win some prizes and get some beauty tips.

When: August 9
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Love Child Social House, 69 Bathurst Street
Price: Admission is free

Waterfront Night Market

What: The annual T&T Waterfront Night Market is back for another stimulation-filled run and attendees can expect the always delicious and unique outdoor culinary experience along with all the night market awesomeness.

When: August 9 to 11
Where: Ontario Place
Price: Admission is free, but tickets are required for the beer garden

Gatsby Electro-Swing Party

What: This Friday, the Funhouse is hosting a 1920’s, Gatsby-themed event, with live music followed by an electro-swing Dance party being DJ’d by ElectroSwing Toronto’s very own MedicineMan.

When: August 9
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: The Funhouse. 101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28

Indie Fridays

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What: Not only is Yonge-Dundas Square hosting free movies and free yoga this summer, it will also be the site of free concerts. The Square’s free indie concert series will run for ten weeks until August 30. With the launch of Chevrolet’s new music discovery program, Chevy Music, this year’s series is set to be the biggest and best yet.

When: Every Friday through August 30
Time: 8 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free

Saturday, August 10

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: Every Saturday during summer
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

GhanaFest

What: Ghanafest returns to Toronto for an afternoon filled with traditional food, language lessons, games, arts, culinary, dance, a cultural fashion show, performers, and much more.

When: August 10
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Where: Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street
Price: Admission is free

Kensington Market Flea

What: Starting this Saturday, the weekly Kensington Market Flea kicks off. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: August 10
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend

Vegandale Food and Drink Fest

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What: Good news, plant-powered people… the Vegandale Food Festival will be returning to Toronto this summer. While this year’s vendor list hasn’t been officially released, the 2018 list has show-options like Champ’s Diner, V-Eats, Southern Fried Vegan, and Screamer’s Pizza. If those are any indication of this year’s plans, you know it’s going to be a delicious event.

When: August 10
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Fort York, Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Early bird tickets on sale online from $10

Sweetery Toronto

What: This one is for those with a sweet tooth. The Sweetery Toronto is Canada’s largest sweets festival, bringing everything sweet together for its fourth year – from ice cream and candy to pastries.

When: August 10 and 11
Time: Saturday, 12 pm to 11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: David Pecaut Square, King Street between Simcoe and John
Price: Free to attend

Electric Island

What: No summer is complete without paying Electric Island a visit. Now in its seventh year, partygoers can look forward to a fresh lineup of local and international DJs. Due to flooding on the island, the event has been relocated to Woodbine Park.

When: August 10
Time: 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East
Price: $49.99

Jaws On The Water

What: This unique screening of Jaws promises that you can “float on the lake, canoe, paddleboard, eat food, and hang out with friends.” The event will offer tubes for sale, so you’re covered. Anticipate a 40-foot screen, high-quality sound and stellar lighting for the actual screening. Surrounding the show, there will be mouthwatering food trucks, fire pits, and games to keep you entertained.

When: August 10
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Binbrook Conservation Area, Hamilton – 5050 Harrison Road, Binbrook
Tickets: Email [email protected] for ticket info

Lovers and Other Strangers: Improvised

What: Lovers and Other Strangers aired nightly on CHFI 98.1 in the 90s. It had inspirational readings, soft rock, and synthesizers. Come see some of Toronto’s funniest comedians improvise a set based on this emotional radio show. Featuring Rosh Abdullah, Andy Assaf, Tim Blair, Tom Hearn, Liz Johnston, Bita Joudaki, Zohaib Khan, Rebecca Payne, Mark Shyzer, and Callum Wratten.

When: August 10
Time: 11 pm
Where: Bad Dog Comedy, 875 Bloor Street West
Price: 
$10

Sunday, August 11

The Distillery District Sunday Market

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Distillery District, Toronto. (Shutterstock)

What: If you’re looking to splurge on some tasty treats, hit up this market happening every Sunday until the end of September. Vendors selling cured meats, organic preserves, ready-to-eat treats, and handmade gourmet chocolates are just some of the things you can feast on. And of course, you’ll be able to shop for all sorts of artisan crafts.

When: Every Sunday through September 29
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Distillery District
Price: Free admission

Sunday Social Series

What: Kicking off on the same day as the Bentway Block Party is the first Sunday of the second season of the Bentway’s Sunday Social Series. The Social Series will present a space for socializing with friends new and old around oversized lounge chairs and picnic tables every Sunday all summer long. Canadian music mag Exclaim! will be presenting plenty of live music, Pilot Coffee and SPIN will be serving food, drinks and bar service, and, like the Block Party, ping pong tables will also be on-site.

When: Every Sunday until August 25
Time: Noon to 9 pm
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
Price: Free to attend

Music in the Park

What: The Beach Village BIA presents the third annual summer Music in the Park Series. The series takes place in Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell, in the heart of The Beaches. The series has been carefully curated to feature some of the Toronto and Canada’s best performers, spanning multiple genres.

When: Every Sunday until August 31
Time: 
2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Kew Gardens in the Alex Christie Bandshell
Price: Admission is free

We Are Lost

What: The beat will be dropping in a music festival brand-new to Toronto this summer, as the city hosts the electronic Amsterdam-based We Are Lost Festival. There have been two editions of the festival so far in Amsterdam, but on August 11, Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works will be the home of its first event in North America.

When: August 11
Time: 
Begins at 3 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: $50

Summer Music in the Garden

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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: August 11
Time: 4 pm
Where: 479 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to attend

Yoga Classes at The Bentway

What: You’ll be able to balance yourself out every week at The Bentway’s free yoga classes this summer. The weekly yoga classes are run by Tribe Fitness and go every Sunday from mid-June to the end of August. Just remember to bring your own mat!

When: Every Sunday until August 25
Time:  7 pm to 8 pm
Where: 250 Fort York Blvd.
Price: Free, but you must bring your own mat

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