Now that the summer weather has finally decided to show up, I want to make the most of it, so I’ve come up with a list one hundred things to do in Toronto this summer for the ultimate summer bucket list.
So, what are you waiting for? Go out and live your best summer life!
Relax under one of the iconic pink umbrellas of Sugar Beach with a good book for a beach getaway that you don’t have to leave the city for.
Is it even summer if you don’t Instagram a pic of an ice cream cone? I didn’t think so. The dipped creations at La Diperie are the dose of summer sweetness that your IG feed needs.
Escape the concrete jungle of the city and go to the Toronto Zoo instead. With animals from all over the world from gorillas and beavers, to giraffes and tigers, it’s fun for the whole family!
One way to beat the Toronto heat is lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand. Get yourself a membership and enjoy exclusive pool access at the rooftop at Lavelle on the glam King West strip.
Hike the trails at the Scarborough Bluffs for a fantastic view of Lake Ontario!
For cheap thrills and a rush of adrenaline, spend the day at Canada’s Wonderland riding all the rollercoasters in the amusement park. Be sure to check out the new Yukon Striker, a heart stopping dive coaster and the only one of its kind.
This classic rooftop bar is known for its fun vibe and margarita towers, which makes it the perfect place for after work drinks. Hey, it’s five o’clock somewhere – right?
You don’t have to leave the city to get a glimpse of country life at Riverdale Farm. Enjoy a day spent by exploring the trails, visiting the barn, and meeting all the animals.
Looking to take your classic pool party to the next level? Cabana Pool Bar is the ultimate party spot for those looking to let loose on the weekends.
Even though some of the ferries to the Toronto Islands are closed due to unfortunate flooding, most are still open. Spending time on the islands is one of the best ways to spend a summer day!
Sick of doing the same thing weekend after weekend? Grab your pals and check out the Go-Karts @ Polson Pier for an afternoon you won’t soon forget!
Every Saturday, St. Lawrence Market transforms into a massive farmer’s market that’s full of fresh produce and delicious eats.
Can’t wait for the live action remake of The Little Mermaid? Channel your inner Ariel for a day and take a trip under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium.
Patio drinks are pretty much synonymous with summer and harbourfront hotspot The Slip is the perfect place to enjoy a cold one with your BFFs.
Bizarre Beach Club is making your Saturday nights a little more, well, bizarre this summer with the Bizarre Night Market. World class chefs are bringing their culinary innovations to the 41,000 square foot massive outdoor patio!
Adrenaline junkies this one is for you – the CN Tower’s Edge Walk lets you walk around the outer pod of the CN tower, 1168 feet in the air! Those who dare can even lean back over the edge with just a tether keeping them up.
This hidden gem park is a perfect for nature lovers. What used to be a man-made trash site has now become known as Toronto’s urban wilderness!
This uniquely built space that’s made out of shipping containers, opened earlier this year and houses a variety of food, beverage, and lifestyle vendors. Plus, there’s even a Belgian Moon brewery!
Visit the Toronto Botanical Gardens for a little escape into nature and spend the day amongst the flowers in the many gorgeous gardens.
Unleash your inner child and spend a rainy evening playing arcade games, video games, and ping pong at The Rec Room.
Golfing isn’t just for your retirees and your dad! At Par-Tee Putt Golf Club, you and your friends can partake in an exciting game of mini golf while also getting your drink on. Now that sounds like a hole in one!
This recently opened restaurant, Coffee Oysters Champagne only does three things, but it does them very well. Come here to sip and shuck your night away.
Ever wanted to play detective for the day? The massive themed scavenger hunts at Urban Capers will have you running around the city searching for clues to solve a murder or heist.
Take a guided tour of Reid’s Gin Distillery to learn about the intricate gin making process and to sample the various botanicals of the gin.
Grab a picnic blanket, a couple of friends, and some snacks, and head to Trinity Bellwoods park for a laid-back day soaking up the sun.
Come to Black Lab Brewing to enjoy a beer with your best friend — aka your dog!
It may not be Taco Tuesday, but every Wednesday night, College Street spot Nightowl is serving up all you can eat tacos! Need we say more?
Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool
Go for a quick dip or lounge poolside with a good book at this outdoor public pool.
Allan Gardens Conservatory houses six beautiful botanical greenhouses and an outdoor park area for you to spend your day exploring. It’s a tropical jungle in an urban environment, plus the photos you’ll take will look fab on your IG feed!
Head to Korean dessert cafe, Milkcow for unique summer treats like a watermelon ice cream sandwich!
Take your summer to new heights and view the city from above on a helicopter tour over Toronto!
The Kentucky Derby may be over but there’s still time to break out your fanciest hat! Head off to the races at Woodbine.
Shuttle Bus from Toronto to Provincial Parks
In need of a little getaway? The Parkbus shuttle bus service will take you from Toronto to various provincial parks within Ontario.
Get a taste of the good old outdoors and walk, run, or bike the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail that goes all around the province!
Watch as two Second City improv comedy teams battle during this audience interactive face-off in a show that’ll have the whole family laughing.
Try all the best food Toronto has to offer during Summerlicious. Over 100 restaurants are serving mouth-watering three course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for this dream foodie event that’s on until July 21st.
Sit back, relax, and take in the sounds of some smooth Jazz music from both established and up-comping performers during the Beaches International Jazz Festival that’s on until July 28.
Catch the Tony and Grammy award winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen that has captured the hearts of many. Catch a show at the Royal Alexandria Theatre before its Toronto run is over.
Curated pop-up spaces have been all the rage lately and the nature inspired rooms at Utopia will look fire on your Instagram feed.
Get a little taste of Italy at the aptly named Bar Aperol Pop-Up until July 28 and indulge in a, you guessed it – Aperol Spritz.
Brains have taken over Nathan Phillips Square – but it’s not a zombie apocalypse, it’s an art instillation. Artists and celebrities alike have worked to create 50 brain art sculptures in support of the Baycrest Foundation.
This annual market hosted at Union Station wants you to make the most of your summer with great food and entertainment, plus free movie screenings!
Run out of Netflix shows to watch? Not to worry, just go High Park to watch Shakespearean classics, Much Ado About Nothing and Made for Measure while they’re on until September 1.
This lunar exhibit, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, explores the concept of the moon as a creative and spiritual inspiration.
Take advantage of the beautiful weather and watch a movie outdoors. Every Sunday until August 25, this weekly series put on by the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show at Christie Pits is showing movies for free!
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Brian Jungen’s acclaimed exhibition is now on at the Art Gallery of Ontario until August 25. You’ll be amazed at how he has transformed existing consumer products into sculptural masterpieces. Plus, the AGO is now offering free admission for those aged 25 and under!
Every Sunday until August 25, The Bentway comes alive with the music of Toronto’s hottest up and coming acts.
Every Wednesday until August 28, Evergreen Brickworks is offering a relaxing pavilion experience. Grab a bite of delicious and local summer eats and enjoy a warm summer evening spent outside.
Learn to dance a variety of classic dance styles for free every Thursday night until August 29 on the pier.
Hit rewind back to the ’90s and step into this experiential video store escape room. Participants can choose from three escape room experiences in this immersive concept.
In his first Canadian solo exhibit, Thomas J. Price displays his ‘psychological portrait’ sculptures. The contrast of traditional and contemporary materials creates a compelling visual that will leave you feeling #cultured.
The wildly designed rooms at This Is Eye Candy will provide plenty of photo-ops to help step up your Instagram game!
Whether you’re reeling from a break-up, single and ready to mingle, or happily in a relationship, you’ll enjoy seeing this exhibit of items from failed relationships.
The Funhouse is a multi-sensory experience that combines visual art with music and interactive technologies.
Mix up your usual weekend night out and head to the water instead. This sunset stand-up paddle board tour that’s on until September 7, takes you through the waterways surrounding the Toronto Island.
Although, Toronto (and the rest of Canada) is still celebrating the historic Raptors win, we can’t forget about our other home team – the Toronto Blue Jays. Nothing says summer quite like hotdogs, beer, and baseball.
Unlike any other festival this summer, Pioneer Harbourfest, that’s on until October 28, offers themed boat tours to create an event you’ll never forget.
See A Show At Budweiser Stage
Sit back on the grassy lawn of Budweiser Stage and catch a show. Must see acts include Iron Maiden, Chris Stapleton, and Santana.
The Brave Arts Festival, on from July 11-21, is a collection of art, theatre, and music experiences, all centred around the concept of “Second Lives, Second Chances.”
Pop-culture junkies and horror fanatics alike will love this new ROM exhibit created by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett that’s made of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. The exhibit is on from July 13 – January 5.
Wind down after a hard day’s work with a sunset yoga session in Trillium Park on the third Wednesday of the month until September.
Immerse yourself in the glamorous and seductive world of Burlesque theatre during Toronto Burlesque Festival that’s on at Revival Bar and Mod Club Theatre from July 18 – July 21.
This three-day festival from July 19 – July 21 brings together Toronto’s top pizza vendors for a celebration of everyone’s favourite food and the ultimate pizza party.
There’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning than browsing the beautiful blooms of Ontario grown flowers and plants at the Toronto Flower Market.
Toronto’s Festival of Beer, on from July 26 – 28, offers over 400 different types of beer and features a special performance from Ja Rule and Ashanti!
If you’re looking for an excuse to day drink, this is it. Grab your besties and spend an insta-worthy afternoon sipping rosé at the annual Rosé Picnic on July 27.
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OssFest is back on July 27 for the fourth year of music, entertainment, and local artisan vendors on the Ossington Strip.
One Sunday every month this summer, Kensington Market is closing its streets so pedestrians can freely shop, eat, and take in the sights unique to this historic neighbourhood. The next Pedestrian Sundays are July 28, August 25, September 29, October 27.
Take a break from binge-watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race to see season seven winner Violet Chachki take the stage at Drag Brunch on July 28.
Enjoy all the splendours of the Caribbean culture during Caribana weekend. This four-day celebration, from August 1-4 features a parade of masqueraders in gorgeous, colourful costumes.
Put on your best all-white ensemble to attend this glamorous gala in support of CAMH Mental Health Foundation on July 31.
Bring your appetite to Woodbine Park from August 2-5 for the Canadian Food Truck Festival where hordes of food trucks will gather for a weekend full of good eats and good times.
With Cardi B headlining, Veld is set to be the Toronto music festival of the summer, you won’t want to miss it.
For the 25th anniversary of the iconic TV series Friends, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Author Kelsey Miller are giving you a behind the scenes look at the 90s sitcom on August 7.
The Taste of the Danforth is back from August 9-11 and is an annual celebration of Greek culture, opa! Plus, this year, you can check out the sports zone for a chance to see your favourite Toronto sports stars.
Country music fans grab your cowboy hats and denim shorts, because Boots And Hearts is back and better than ever. This year’s headliners include Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean. Yee-haw!
Kicking off with a feast under the stars, this two-day extravaganza, Feast Of St. Lawrence features the best tastes of Toronto.
The Toronto Humane Society hosts Paws In The Park every year to raise funds and awareness for animals in needs. Show your support for our four-legged counter parts by participating in the fundraising walk taking place on August 10.
A quick trip just outside of the city to Mississauga can take you to the Water Lantern Festival on August 10 where you can send your lantern sailing off with a wish.
Toronto’s food festival for vegans, Vegandale, happening on August 10 brings together some of the best vegan eats and drinks the city has to offer.
Your sweet tooth will love this food festival, on August 10 – 11 is dedicated exclusively to sugary treats. Cakes, cookies, and pies, oh my!
Take A Doughnut Making Class
Become the pastry chef that the Food Network convinced you that you were and learn to bake delicious doughnut desserts in this two-hour course at Le Dolci happening on either August 10, 17, or 23.
Celebrate the Latin culture with music, food, and a whole lot of dancing at the Latin Sparks Festival taking place from August 15-18.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the most iconic music festival to ever happen – Woodstock. In a weekend of nostalgia, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is taking a look back at all the peace, love, and music of that first festival.
Head to The CNE to soak up that last little bit of summer fun. With carnival games, amusement rides, and all the deep-fried treats – what more could you want? The Ex is on from August 16 – September 2.
Take a moment to give back this summer on August 17 and help Corona on the brands mission to eliminate discarded plastics from our environment by taking part in a beach clean up.
Head to the Trinity Bellwoods Flea to search through the local vendors for some hidden treasure items.
Open Streets Toronto, on Sunday, August 18 and Sunday, September 15, temporarily shuts down vehicle access on Bloor and Yonge Street to allow pedestrians to roam free of cars. Activity hubs will be stationed along the streets to engage and entertain attendees.
The JoBros are back together again and on tour! Grab a ticket to one of the bands Toronto shows happening on August 23 and 24. Your preteen self will thank you!
This two-night getaway happening from August 23 – 25, is a mix of traditional camping and more luxurious glamping. During this experience you’ll pitch a tent and do yoga on a stand-up paddle board. Don’t forget to pack some marshmallows for campfire s’mores.
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Pride month may have ended but we think pride is a 24/7 365-days a year type of thing. Support the creatives of the 2SQTBIPOC community by attending the Bricks And Glitter arts festival that’s on from August 23 to September 1.
Come witness the amazing and outrageous street performers as they take over the streets of the city for BuckerFest in support of Epilepsy Toronto on August 30 to September 2.
Toronto Fashion Week marks the unofficial start of fall but since designers will be showing their spring/summer collections we’d like to pretend that summer will never end. These prestigious runway shows acknowledge the need to know names in Toronto fashion as well as giving a peak at trends to come.
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On from September 5 to 15, catch a flick during TIFF and even take a cruise around for some celeb spotting.
Winter is coming. Well not quite yet, but the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is coming on September 6 and you won’t want to miss it.
Over 100 vendors will line Bloor Street West from September 7 – 9 for Taste of the Kingsway offers fun activations and entertainment.
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Be prepared to laugh so hard you’ll cry during this hilarious comedy festival. Plus, there’ll even be a special appearance from comedy legend Carol Burnett.
Enjoy a meal at Black Creek Community Farm on September 12 which will feature locally grown ingredients and live musical entertainment during this fundraising event.
This girl power run on September 22 is unlike any other, participants dress in pink tutus and tiaras, and finish the race with a glass of champagne.
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