20 things to do in Toronto this summer

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20 things to do in Toronto this summer


Toronto is a city full of life. Whether you’re a foodie, an artist or enjoy sports, there’s something to do for everyone.

If you’re thinking of where to begin, here is a list of 20 things to do in the city this summer.


Catch a free movie

Toronto hosts a number of outdoor movie nights around the city. From Regent Park and Trinity Bellwoods to Christie Pits, there is no shortage. Of course if it isn’t too humid in the evening, an outdoor movie makes for a perfect evening in the city.


Check out the CNE

Have you ever dreamed of tasting the most unique foods? Perhaps deep fried chocolate bars or cake poutine? If your answer is yes, then the CNE is the spot for you. You can catch the annual event at the end of August. Not only is it home to the most incredible foods, but the space is also filled with fun rides, exciting games and concerts.


Stroll along one of Toronto’s many street festivals

Toronto’s street festivals are a great way to explore the city’s unique neighbourhoods while simultaneously indulging in delicious foods, live music and supporting local vendors. Between Taste of Little Italy, Caribana and Summer Union, you’re sure to get a taste of the local culture.


Attend an outdoor concert at the Budweiser Stage

Do you like country music? What about pop? If not country or pop, what about rock or hip-hop? Toronto’s Budweiser Stage hosts a wide-range of concerts in its outdoor amphitheatre. You’ll be sure to have a great view of the show anywhere you sit.


Catch an exciting Blue Jays game

Whether you like sports or not, Blue Jays games are a great way to immerse yourself in Toronto’s culture. You really feel as though you are part of a close-knit community. Grab your foam finger, a hot dog and a cold beverage, and enjoy the game!


Sit poolside with a city view

Keep cool on a hot summer day and sit by the pool with a beautiful view. Lavelle, Thompson Hotel and Toronto’s newest hotspot Hotel X are three pools you’ll want to take a dip in. They’re also fantastic spots to capture stunning pictures of the city skyline.


Explore local art

Rain or shine, The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is sure to impress. The building on its own is a stunning exhibit with beautiful views of the city, however you’ll also find over 90,000 works from the first century to present day.  


Take your ice cream tasting to the next level

Feel like a snack? More specifically, ice cream? Don’t settle on the traditional ice cream truck. Toronto is home to the notorious Sweet Jesus, Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery and Charcoal Ice Cream at iHalo Krunch.


Plan a beach day

You don’t have to travel too far to sit on a sandy beach. In fact, you can take a break after lunch and catch the rays on Sugar Beach or Woodbine Beach. If you’re feeling a little more spontaneous, catch a ferry or tiki taxi to the Toronto Islands. You’ll find a number of beaches there too!


Indulge in tasty food festivals

Torontonians love their food. Every year, new food festivals are created, allowing local vendors to show off their talents. Be sure to indulge in Summerlicious, Pizza Fest and Toronto’s Food Truck Festival.


Embrace patio season

The season we all love and adore. Toronto is filled with some of the best outdoor patios. Whether you’re looking to sit by the lake, on a rooftop or on a main street in the downtown core, you’ll be sure to find one with everything you need.


Spend the day inside a massive gaming complex

The Rec Room is the top destination for kids and adults with over 40,000 square feet of all kinds of games imaginable. Need to take a break from the games and re-energize? Cure your cravings with the incredible food served at Three10 or The Shed.


Rent a bike and cycle along the boardwalk

Explore the city on two wheels with Bike Share Toronto. With access to 270 stations around the city, you can pick your ride up on one end of the city, bike down the lakeshore, and drop it off by the boardwalk. A quick and easy way to get around.


Check out the Canadian International Air Show

Every year Toronto hosts the Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) at the CNE. This is where North America’s best aerial acrobatic jet teams soar over Lake Ontario. It’s a thrilling experience not to be missed!   


See an original film at TIFF

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the world’s biggest film festival, is held annually in the city. It showcases the best international and Canadian films, and brings together top actors and filmmakers. The public is welcome to join a movie screening, discussion, events and more.


Be part of one of Toronto’s summer music festivals

While there are a lot of great concerts to see at the Budweiser Stage, there’s nothing quite like being part of a music festival and really immersing yourself in the scene. There are music festivals for all genre types, but for those interested in house music, country and jazz specifically, be sure to check out Veld, Boots & Hearts and the Beaches International Jazz Festival.


Spend a night at the museum

Have you ever watched the 2006 movie Night at the Museum with Ben Stiller? Well, here’s your chance to enjoy a night at the museum in Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Every Friday, you can take part in exhibits while listening to a live DJ, quenching your thirst with a drink and munching on food.


Get energized at one of Toronto’s hundred cafes

There is no shortage of coffee in the city. On every block, you will find at least one, if not two coffee shops. But who’s counting? Every single one of Toronto’s cafes has a unique twist. You’re sure to find your favourite spot.


Get active

Get your feet sandy and join a beach volleyball game. If you’re looking to refresh yourself in the water, rent a SUP paddle board, kayak or canoe at Sunnyside Beach through Toronto Adventures. Once you’ve had enough of the beach, you can take a break by the pool or enjoy the beach front cafe.


Fill up at a local food market

St. Lawrence Market is the perfect spot for a lunch break. Shop for local fruits and vegetables, enjoy freshly baked goods and explore Toronto’s historic and premier market.


For more guidance on things to do in Toronto, please be sure to contact us. We’re here to help with your international journey!


Adrianna Dyczkowsky, Public Relations Specialist at ApplyBoard

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