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One Last Round of Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28, 2013

Thursday July 25, 2013

Hi Everyone!

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  • The Live Green Toronto Festival is on Saturday from 11am to 9pm in Yonge-Dundas Square.

  • For some hands-on environmental work, the High Park Stewards will be out battling invasive species on Sunday (the stewards meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month - visit the website to learn about upcoming dates).

  • The Beaches International Jazz Festival continues through Sunday.

  • Parkdale's free Lab Cab Festival offers a wide variety of art programming and family activities on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Toronto's Festival of Beer is on from Friday to Sunday.

  • Although the Grand Parade isn't until next weekend, other Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival events continue this weekend.

  • This weekend's summer programming at Harbourfront Centre includes the Classical V: Brass festival and recurring events such as a DJ Deep Fried Friday and Summer Music in the Garden concerts.

  • The theme for this month's Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market is "Water! Streams of Consciousness".

  • The Toronto Blue Jays are in town this weekend and the Toronto FC have a home game on Saturday.

  • If the weather cooperates, there will plenty of options to simultaneously enjoy theatre and the outdoors this weekend - Driftwood Theatre Group's Bards Bus Tour brings The Odyssey, adapted from Homer by Rick Chafe, to Withrow Park until July 28, the Humber River Shakespeare Company performs As You Like It at several Toronto locations into next week, the Canadian Stage Company is currently offering Shakespeare in High Park, and for families, Frolick Theatre's summer show Adventures in Slumberland continues on the Toronto Islands.

  • Another option for family theatre is Buster Canfield and his Amazing Fleas*, which continues at Wychwood Theatre on Saturdays until August 10. You can also check out the farmer's market and other programming at Wychwood Barns before or after the show, which this week includes the monthly Barns Art Market!

  • The Best of the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival showcase continues at the Toronto Centre for the Arts until July 31.

  • The Black Creek Community Farm is having a community farm festival on July 27 to celebrate their grand opening.

  • The Toronto Burlesque Festival begins today (Thursday) and continues until July 28.

  • The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International is being held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this weekend.

  • Visit EOnline.com to reserve tickets to a taping of the new game show Pop Quiz. At time of writing, there are some tickets available for tapings taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus others running through next week.

  • Plus there are many fantastic events on calendar of user-submitted events for July. Check it out for details on things like The Hidden Film Festival, the Gem Expo, a chance to hack toys to make them more accessible, an anniversary show from the musical improv group The Second Features, and much more!

    *Full disclosure: I know Eric Woolfe, aka Buster Canfield, as I attended a puppetry workshop he taught. He's fantastic at what he does.

    ** Also, please note that Frugal Fashion Week, which was mentioned in the main July events calendar, seems to be on hiatus for this year.

    If you're an event planner hosting something this weekend or in the coming months, feel free to tell everyone about it using the comments section below.

Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday July 19 to Sunday July 21, 2013

Thursday July 18, 2013

  • At Harbourfront Centre the Tirgan Festival celebrates the art and culture of Iran.

  • Although the bulk of the Fringe Festival is over, select shows will give several more performances between now and July 31 during the Best of Fringe at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

  • The Beaches International Jazz Festival beings July 19 and continues until July 28.

  • Although the big parade isn't until August, events for the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto have already started, with both the Junior Carnival at Downsview Park and a Canada versus Jamaica Rugby League match at Allan Lamport Stadium taking place on Saturday.

  • This is the second weekend of Mid-Century Carnival fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village

  • Movies in the Park is showing Goonies on Sunday night in Riverdale Park East (and don't forget, there are other groups which show free summer outdoor movies throughout the week!).

  • On Saturday and Sunday Bloor Street will be closed to cars between Dufferin and Lansdowne for the BIG on Bloor Festival.

  • You can head to Earlscourt Park on Sunday for Toronto International BrazilFest.

  • In South Etobicoke, the first Lakeshore West Music Fest is on Saturday night.

  • The Fusion of Taste festival is on Saturday at Albion Islington Square.

  • This is the final weekend for the prix fixe fine dining event, Summerlicious, which ends on Sunday (don't forget to make your reservation first).

  • There's another kind of dining experience available on The Danforth this Saturday, as "The Thrill of the Grill" pits five chefs against each other in a BBQ ribs competition - all proceeds to benefit kidney cancer research at the Odette Cancer Centre.

  • And if the daytime heat is just too much for you to take, the Waterfront Night Market on Cherry Street runs from Friday to Sunday.

  • On Sunday, Youth Day 2013 will take over Yonge-Dundas Square to offer a day of free performances and exhibitions, with a special focus on works by young people.

  • The Toronto Summer Music Festival, which is on now and continues until August 3, offers a variety of classical concerts this weekend.

  • The Toronto Zoo is having a Wii Bowling for Rhinos event on Friday, and begins a week of National Zookeeper Week events on Sunday.

  • And here are some of the other events for this weekend you'll find detailed on the calendar of User-posted events for July:

    • On Thursday July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day is being celebrated here in Toronto.

    • Thursday July 18 is also EV Day at Yonge-Dundas Square, where electric vehicles will be on display.

    • The Cultura Festival continues on Friday night in Mel Lastman Square.

    • The outdoor family show Adventures in Slumberland continues on the Toronto Islands.

    • The Critical Mass III group art exhibit continues at Twist Gallery.

    • And tours are available of the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

If you're an event planner hosting something this weekend, feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below. For later events, learn how to submit an event listing to About.com: Toronto.

Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14, 2013

Thursday July 11, 2013

Along with all the fun things to do this weekend in Toronto, there's a practical "event" that's been added to the city's calendar - an extra garbage collection day on Saturday to help those who had things damaged in Monday's flooding. Check the City of Toronto Garbage and Recycling page for a PDF with all the details.

  • The Toronto Fringe Festival continues until Sunday.

  • Harbourfront Centre's free summer festival for this weekend is the SoundClash Festival, on from Friday to Sunday. Along with other programming, the festival will feature performances by some of the shortlisted nominees for the SoundClash Music Award.

  • The 41st Annual Festival of India is on Saturday and Sunday, with a parade on Yonge Street and more celebrations on Centre Island.

  • Salsa on St.Clair is on Saturday and Sunday.

  • This weekend and next Black Creek Pioneer Village is holding a Mid-Century Carnival: The Greatest Show on Earth with sword swallowers, magic, clowning workshops for kids, a collection of dime store curiosities, optical toys and illusions, and more.

  • The Bata Shoe Museum is having a Sneakerfest on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Among the featured events at city museums this weekend is the first in a series of "Social Knit, Crochet and Corking Gatherings" at Gibson House on Saturday, a historical cooking class on Sunday at Fort York, and some outdoor theatre - The Odyssey at Todmorden Mills on Thursday and Friday, and Forgotten Voices at Montgomery's Inn on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Speaking of Sirius Theatrical's Forgotten Voices: Beyond the Conflict of the War of 1812, this collaborative theatre project also has outdoor shows at Queen's Park on Thursday and Humber Bay Shores Park East on Friday before the final two shows at Montgomery's Inn mentioned above.

  • The Taste of Thailand Festival is on Saturday and Sunday in Nathan Phillips Square.

  • Bloor West Village is hosting a street festival on Saturday.

  • The Cultura Festival continues on Friday nights in July at Mel Lastman Square.

  • Mad Pride Toronto 2013: A Celebration of Madness is on now and continues until Sunday.

  • Summerlcious continues until July 21. (Don't forget to make reservations!)

  • The Honda Indy is on July 12-14.

  • LEGO fans can check out Brickfete in Mississauga on Saturday and Sunday.

  • West Won Fest is a community festival on this Saturday near Weston Road and Ray Avenue.

  • Formerly known as the "Toronto Night Market" and "Asian Night Market", Night It Up! returns to the Markham Civic Centre from Friday to Sunday, offering Asian food, gourmet food trucks, vendors, and entertainment.

  • The TD Irie Music Festival offers live music in Mississauga's Celebration Square on Saturday and Sunday.

  • And from the calendar of User-submitted events for July (click through for more information):

    • Frolick Theatre's outdoor summer show for children, Adventures in Slumberland, continues at the Lagoon Theatre on the Toronto Island.

    • The Toronto Fringe show Elvis is Water has a few performances left, on Friday and Sunday.

    • On Friday July 12 King Street bakery/cafe Brioche Dorée celebrates Bastille Day with free crêpes in exchange for food or cash donations for the Good Shepherd Centre.

    • Mentalist Mark Fletcher has a show at Al Green Theatre on Friday night.

    • The L.O.V.E. in Our Lives celebration of self healing is on Saturday in the Al Green Theatre reception space.

    • The Critical Mass III group art exhibit continues at Twist Gallery.

    • TIFF Bell Lightbox Tours continue on Saturdays and Sundays.

If you're an event planner hosting something this weekend, feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below. For later events, learn how to submit an event listing to About.com: Toronto.

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Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7, 2013

Thursday July 4, 2013

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Outdoor Movie Screenings are Back

Saturday June 29, 2013
With hot days leading into (mostly) warm nights, it's the time of year when another summer tradition returns to the city. Outdoor movie screenings take place across Toronto during July and August, and many of these evening events are completely free.

Love cult classics? On Tuesday nights Yonge-Dundas Square has you covered. Or if you'd prefer romantic classics, check out TIFF in the Park on Wednesdays. Another Wednesday night option is the "Invented Worlds" series at Harbourfront. And anyone can enjoy the crowd-pleasers being offered up on several Sundays in Riverdale Park East, or at various locations and times by local company HD Outdoors.

If you love summer nights, movies and free stuff (and really, who doesn't?), learn more about Toronto's outdoor movie screenings planned for 2013.

Increased GO Transit Service for the Lakeshore Line

Friday June 28, 2013

On Saturday June 29, 2013 GO Transit will be increasing the frequency of trains on the Lakeshore East and West lines during off-peak hours. Until now, off-peak service has meant a train comes by roughly once an hour. With the new schedule, the longest you will usually need to wait for a train is 30 minutes. This is a significant change that will should make many regular GO Transit users happy, and will hopefully encourage other people to use the transit service more often.

GO Transit's Lakeshore lines roughly follow the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The increase in trains will serve riders traveling on the Lakeshore East line between Oshawa and Union Station, and on the Lakeshore West line between Union Station and Aldershot.

Visit www.gotransit.com to check out the new schedules, and to check for other service updates from GO Transit (For example, this Monday the trains will be running on a Sunday schedule and GO buses will be on a Saturday schedule due to the Canada Day holiday).

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Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday June 28 to Monday July 1, 2013

Thursday June 27, 2013


Photo © Marilyn Campbell

Of course there are plenty of Canada Day Events on this Monday, including fireworks at Downsview Park and Mel Lastman Square. But there are lots of events to keep you going for the rest of the weekend, too:

If you're an event planner hosting something this weekend, feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below. For later events, learn how to submit an event listing to About.com: Toronto.

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Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday June 21 to Sunday June 23, 2013

Thursday June 20, 2013

Summerlicious Reservations Begin

Wednesday June 19, 2013

The 2013 installment of Toronto's annual prix fixe fine dining summer event is coming up from July 5 to July 21. Summerlicious gives locals and visitors alike a chance to try select offerings from a variety of Toronto restaurants at lower-than-usual prices.

Summerlicious Reservations

To take advantage of Summerlicious lunch or dinner menus, reservations are strongly recommended. You can make 2013 Summerlicious reservations beginning this week - American Express card holders could make reservations as of June 18 while reservations from the rest of the general public will be accepted beginning June 20. If you've never taken part before, learn how to make Summerlicious reservations.

If you already know the deal, head directly to the City of Toronto Summerlicious website to check out this year's participating restaurants and menus.

Things to Do in Toronto this Weekend: Friday June 14 to Sunday June 16, 2013

Thursday June 13, 2013


Drummers march at Fort York.
Photo © Marilyn Campbell

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