If you’re looking for summer entertainment ideas, here are 10 ways to enjoy the sunshine this year:
Check out the Beaches Jazz Festival
This year is the 30th anniversary of the ever-popular Beaches Jazz Festival. The 2018 edition runs from July 6 to July 29, and Queen Street East between Woodbine Avenue and Beech Avenue is the centre of the action.
Channel your inner foodie
Toronto hosts many fascinating food festivals every year, including Taste of Lawrence (July 6 to July 8) and the well-known Taste of the Danforth (August 11 to August 13). The two-week Summerlicious event is the city’s flagship food festival, and it runs from July 6 to July 22 at over 200 area restaurants.
Explore changing neighbourhoods
All over Toronto, legacy neighbourhoods are undergoing exciting changes. The Junction has transformed into a hip and trendy west-end district filled with stylish cafes and craft breweries. Ditto for the east-end Corktown area, and the Port Lands are being dramatically revamped as the “city of the future,” thanks to Google’s Sidewalk Labs project.
See some Shakespeare
Shakespeare in High Park will return for its 36th season in 2018. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful evening and get some culture at the same time.
Get family friendly
The Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Ontario Science Centre are four staples of family-friendly fun in Toronto. And, of course, there’s always Canada’s Wonderland, the city’s signature theme park.
Grab a Toronto CityPass
The Toronto CityPass is a great way to save time and money. This affordable all-access pass lets you skip the lines while providing admission to five of the city’s top family attractions: Casa Loma, the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Royal Ontario Museum, and your choice of the Ontario Science Centre or Toronto Zoo. It’s valid for nine days from the time of first use.
Catch a sports event
Hockey may be in Toronto’s blood, but many would say summer is the best time to enjoy a sporting event in the city. The Blue Jays, Argos, and Toronto FC are all great options, and WWE Smackdown has a date at the Air Canada Centre on August 28. July 15 is also the date for the Honda Indy Toronto, and between now and then, head to any of the city’s sports bars to catch some action from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Cruise to Toronto Island
Pack a picnic and ferry to Toronto island, or head down to the waterfront to enjoy a relaxing and romantic Toronto harbour cruise.
Check concert lineups
The Air Canada Centre and the Budweiser Stage (formerly the Molson Amphitheatre) both have amazing concert lineups scheduled for this summer. Check out the ACC listings here, and the Budweiser Stage listings here.
Lounge by rooftop pools
Head to the roof of the Thompson Hotel, or to the Lavelle rooftop pool and lounge on King Street West for a sophisticated poolside experience with fantastic city views.
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