Toronto is abuzz with activity this summer. Actually, Toronto is abuzz with activity every summer. So, if you want to soak up some sun and enjoy the local festivities, you’ve come to the right place.
To all heliophiles, keep your sunscreen handy. In this article, we are looking at 10 of Toronto’s most happening summer events. Don’t worry, not everything will have you sweltering under a blazing sun.
In fact, you don’t have to sweat it out with the throngs on the TTC at all. Get a car from the best car rental in Toronto. Our rates are extremely competitive and we’ll even drive the car to your door.
1. Dancing on the Pier – Harbourfront Centre – June to September 2019
Hosted at the Harbourfront Centre every Thursday between June and September, Dancing on the Pier is an awesome event with free live bands, dancing clubs and instructors. It’s a little bit like a rehearsal for the looming weekend. And a great way to meet people. We approve.
2. The Fringe: Toronto’s Theatre Festival – Across Toronto – July 3 to July 14
It’s the largest theatre festival in Toronto, with over 160 shows, more than a thousand performances at over 45 venues! Local and international theatre groups will make you laugh, cry and swoon over 12 days. Best of all, tickets are priced at $13 or less – which means nobody need miss out on this cultural feast. And there’s no need to run (or bus) from theatre to theatre, you know, when you’ve got Advantage car rental in Toronto.
3. Beaches International Jazz Festival – Queen St East – July 5 to July 28
Kicking off on July 5th, the Beaches International Jazz Festival is one of the hottest (figuratively) events of the year. Over 100 bands will bring jazz music from around the world. There’s nothing quite like walking along Queen street and watching a different band at every corner. The best part – it’s free. In fact, Advantage has a car rental Toronto location on Queen St. East itself. Pick up a car and avoid the (c)rush on the streetcar.
4. Summerlicious – Across Toronto – July 5 to July 21
July also sees the return of Summerlicious, as some of Toronto’s finest restaurants open their doors to fresh summer flavours. It’s a simple premise: three-course lunch and dinner menus at three affordable price points. Just be sure to reserve your place because this is a busy one! If you are restaurant-hopping, our car rentals Toronto are here to help. We’ll make sure you arrive in style at your next reservation.
5. Summer Music Festival – Across Toronto – July 11 to August 3
Beaches Jazz Fest got you feeling all blue? Don’t be! The Summer Music Festival is a vibrant music scene that explores the musical confluence of classical and contemporary music. This one is a ticketed event so be sure to get yours before you go. With gigs across Toronto, the Summer Music fest is very accessible too. You’ll definitely find a performance near you.
6. Honda Indy Toronto – Exhibition Place – July 12 to July 14
The IndyCar Series returns to the streets of Toronto, this July. The event is a must-do for lovers of motorsport and gearheads across the world. Make sure you get your ticket early – prices tend to skyrocket closer to the race. Think Andretti will be able to hold off the charging Penske cars again? Actually, this is one event you probably shouldn’t go with Toronto car rentals. Most roads around the circuit are closed and the walk from parking can be long.
7. Festival Kompa Zouk – David Pecaut Square – July 26 to August 5
Welcome to Ontario’s largest gathering of French-Caribbean performers. Sounds eclectic? It is. Colourful dances, Caribbean music and awesome food are on offer at Festival Kompa Zouk. The event is being hosted at David Pecaut Square on King St. West. Think it’s the only fete that gets the ‘eclectic’ tag? Keep reading.
8. Kensington Pedestrian Sundays – Kensington Market – July 28, August 25, September 29 & October 27
It’s almost as though the Kensington market in Toronto wasn’t popular and busy enough all around the year. But from May to October, every last Sunday of the month, the streets are closed to traffic (except foot traffic, of course). Live bands and stalls selling freshly-cooked fare adorn the sidewalk from 12 pm to 7 pm.
9. Canadian National Exhibition – Exhibition Place – August 16 to September 2
Better known as ‘CNE’ or ‘the Ex’, the Canadian National Exhibition is a much-awaited annual event. What is CNE? The simplest description would be “a fair”. But what fair also has an incredible air show? There’s something for everyone at the CNE. That’s why you’ll see families with teens and toddlers mixing it with young couples. Just don’t forget to show your dart-throwing prowess and win that giant stuffed cow that won’t fit on the streetcar.
10. Coconut Festival – David Pecaut Square – August 25- August 26
It’s all about coconuts, would you believe it, at the Coconut Festival. Learn about healthy foods, watch coconut-y dances, and take part in yoga sessions to bring wellness to your life. It’s a free event and just so different from everything we’ve suggested above. Very eclectic, one might say (we did warn you).
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