Summer weather is officially here to stay and it’s the perfect time to embrace the great outdoors. If you’re not a stereotypical outdoorsy person, there are still amazing ways to enjoy the heat of the sun in the city. This month brings tons of, you guessed it, festivals revolving around food, music, arts and more. It’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of interesting events happening this month.
Adelaide Eats Outdoor Food Market
Now until July 28
Adelaide Eats returns for its third year to the second floor of Adelaide Place, where some of Toronto’s best chefs, restaurants, bakers and artisanal food makers will be gathered. You may find the next hottest Instagram trend at this contemporary food market.
Now until July 23
If you missed out on Winterlicious, fret not, because Summerlicious is here and tastier than ever! For two weeks, celebrate the city’s diverse culinary scene through three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 of Toronto’s best restaurants – just make sure to avoid these ones. Summer is the perfect time to treat yourself, so make those reservations and enjoy all the flavours that the city has to offer.
TD Salsa on St. Clair
Kick-start the summer in Latino style at the 13th Annual TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival. This is a festival where you do more than just eat and watch performances – you’ll be busting a move as you take part in Canada’s hottest salsa party of the year. There are other cultural events throughout the month of July as well, including free dance lessons, exhibitions and concerts.
Toronto Fringe Festival
Experience the rich arts and music culture in Toronto by checking out the Fringe Festival. They offer many free and ticketed events. If you’ve never done playwriting, life drawing, tie-dyeing, or button-making before, this is your chance to discover your inner artist. The festival runs from July 5-16.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
This is Canada’s largest, longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. The event will showcase works by over 320 contemporary visual artists and makers in various mediums. You don’t need to be knowledgeable about art to be able to appreciate the eye-catching aesthetics and the talent of budding artists.
Night it Up! 2017
When the pungent odor of smelly tofu greets your nose as you enter the grounds, you’ll know that you’ve come to the right place for the annual Night It Up festival. This annual night market event is entirely run by youth, and since youngsters know how to have fun, they’ll make sure the festival is a blast. There will be delicious Asian treats (think matcha shaved ice, bao & lots more), fun carnival games, and live entertainment all night.
Ontario Oyster Festival
Seafood lovers, rejoice! The Ontario Oyster Festival is back, with plans on bringing the best oysters, lobsters and micro brews to Rodney’s Oyster House. The Ontario Oyster Shucking Championships will also be taking place. This year’s theme is “Oyster Airlines – Take Your Effing Seat!”, so buy your tickets now and sit back and enjoy the culinary ride.
North American Indigenous Games
Come support the 5000 Indigenous youth athletes as they compete in 14 sport competitions in the spirit of athleticism and good sportsmanship. You can attend the competitions for free, as well as enjoy the cultural festival and Indigenous marketplace to learn more about the diverse Indigenous communities across the Americas.
Great Canadian Beer Dinner
Celebrate Canada 150 with a coast to coast Great Canadian Dinner. Joel Manning, Mill Street Toronto’s brewmaster, has been working with their chefs to create a special menu featuring cuisines from cities across Canada. Each beer has been expertly paiedr with a delicious dish that represents the city it comes from. With good craft brews, tasty food and great company, there’s no better way to celebrate the place we call home. It’s taking place July 18 and tickets can be bought here.
BIG on Bloor Festival
A huge chunk of Bloor Street will be transformed into a sprawling marketplace for the annual BIG on Bloor Festival. This year, they festival will launch two new art initiatives and an ecology hub, in addition to their usual arts and cultural programming. Festival goers will also be able to enjoy an array of foods from around the world.
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