Things to Do this July in the GTA
Summer in the 6ix is in full swing and the city is teeming with a ton of fun things to do! Despite the occasional thunderstorm, July is hands down one of our favourite months – it always feels amazing when it’s 8:00 pm and the sun’s still shining. From music festivals to food fests to markets, get out and enjoy the weather at these must-attend events! See our top 10 July events in Toronto below:
Beaches International Jazz Fest (July 2-24)
Get ready to enjoy the blues and dance the night away! The annual month-long Beaches International Jazz Festival is back with an eclectic lineup of jazz blues, African, Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop, South American and Latin sounds. Beginning on July 2nd, this year’s fest features highlights like Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside, Beaches Jazz Workshops and Lecture Series, Taste of Jazz & more (full lineup here). Oh, and admission is free!Beaumont Kitchen’s Summerlicious dish via @OliverBonacini
Summerlicious (July 8-24)
Attention foodies! Summerlicious is officially back on July 8th and it’s even bigger than last year. Over 220 top Toronto restaurants, including 24 new vendors, will be serving up a selection of drool-worthy three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. It’s without a doubt the best way to try Toronto’s best restaurants, on a budget. See the full list of participating restaurants and their menus here.
The Vault Fashion Truck Pop-up Sale (July 9)
Experience the first-ever mobile pop-up shop by The Vault Fashion Truck on Saturday, July 9th! For one day only, shop the Cathedral Collection by TOMFW designer Joao Paulo Guedes and the new menswear collection by ARMED jewelry. Taking place at the John Fluevog parking lot on Queen West, shop to great tunes, while you sip on cold-pressed brew by Dark Horse Espresso and support unique local brands.
TO Food Fest (July 9-10)
Hungry? Eat your fill of tasty creations made by some of Toronto’s most talented chefs and vendors at the 5th annual TO Food Fest on July 9th and 10th! The festival will be partnering with Second Harvest – a nonprofit that reduces food waste and provides meals to hungry Torontonians – so while admission is free, donations are encouraged. Also make sure that your pockets are full as it’s a cash only event.
T&T Waterfront Night Market (July 22-24)
If you’re looking for a night full of culture and food, then you won’t want to miss the T&T Waterfront Night Market from July 22-24th! Along with 120+ retail vendors, a multi-stage entertainment section, kids zone and sports court, is an enticing lineup of countless Asian-themed foods. The best part? Admission is free with a T&T flyer (available at T&T Supermarkets). Image via @LoleWomen
Lole White Tour (July 28)
Find your inner yogi at the Lole White Tour! On July 28th, the tour will be headed to Exhibition Place to host an invigorating yoga class. Guided by leading yoga instructors to live music, dress in all-white (a symbol of peace) and join thousands as you stretch it out to the setting sun. Tickets will cost you $40 to $100 but we think inner peace is totally worth it!
Caribana (July 28-31)
End the month of July on a high note, grab your most colourful get-up and head out to the annual Caribana Festival! From July 28th to July 31st celebrate Caribbean culture at a variety of events happening across the city. Highlights include the Caribana Parade, Carnival in the 6ix and Sunnyside Up Cruise. See the event listings here & here and stay tuned for the release of weekend passes.
Image via YouTube/OneikaTraveller
Toronto Food Truck Festival (July 29-31)
Excite your taste buds with flavours from over 30 vendors at the Toronto Food Truck Festival! Taking place at Woodbine Park, enjoy cold beer, eating challenges and live music, along with great food. The vendors we’re most excited about are Beavertails, Frankie Fettuccine Food Truck, Original Chimneys and Wanna Burger.
OVO Fest (July 29 – August 1)
Toronto’s hometown hero, Drake, is back with OVO Fest on July 29th to August 1st! The 6ix God will be performing along with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and more special guests at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Get ready for some #feels.
If you love electronic music, you don’t want to miss this music festival. For its fifth year, VELD will heat up Downsview Park with internationally acclaimed acts like The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Flume, Steve Aoki, deadmau5, Travis Scott, Post Malone and many, many more.