The 10 best things to do this week in Toronto

Summer is here and the city is alive and well with plenty of arts, shopping, food and more to enjoy! From plenty of street festivals to a free movie in the park, here are 10 things to do in Toronto this week.

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See your favourite artist in concert

This week is packed with highly-anticipated performances, so don’t miss out! On Tuesday, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire take the stage at Budweiser for a co-headlining concert. On Thursday, Regina Spektor arrives at History and Dan + Shay take Budweiser Stage. On Saturday, Lauren Daigle is performing at Coca-Cola Coliseum while Canada’s own Tate McRae brings the music to Budweiser Stage. And last but not least, on Sunday, Slash will be tearing it up, also at Budweiser.

Explore Toronto’s coolest street

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Happening this weekend and transforming the entire Ossington strip into a street festival, OssFest is one of the city’s most beloved street festivals. Enjoy over 25 extended patios along the street,  entertainment programming all day, games in the street and plenty of shopping from local vendors. 

Get a taste of Vietnam

Vietnamese food has only been growing in popularity in Toronto over the years as many talented Vietnamese chefs have been bringing their delicious cuisine to the city. Now, you can enjoy a taste of Vietnamese culture too with the Taste of Vietnam festival! Happening from Friday to Sunday at Nathan Phillips Square, enjoy the latest in Vietnamese fashion, culture, cuisine and more while raising awareness against human trafficking.

Enjoy a Filipino street festival

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The new and exciting Fun Philippines Toronto Food and Music Festival is happening this weekend from Friday to Sunday, and it’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Filipino culture with a parade, cultural performances and installations, music, carnival rides and all kinds of fun! Dance to traditional Filipino music, indulge in classic include pancit and lumpia, and so much more. 

Shop an Indigenous arts market

Three Sisters Market is putting on an incredible shopping event on Wednesday. Highlighting Indigenous culture while also supporting local artisans and their communities, visitors will also get to learn about vendors’ creative processes and learn from educational displays about the principles of reconciliation and the importance of Indigenous arts.

Enjoy a free street and music festival

As part of the month-long Beaches Jazz fest, Queen Street East is transforming into a massive StreetFest all weekend long. Enjoy performances from local bands, get your fill of the city’s best restaurants and food trucks and shop local artisans. Also part of the festival is OLG Weekend at Woodbine Park, a free two-day music festival featuring soul, funk, world and house music.

Experience beer from all over the world

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer is back from Friday to Sunday, set to take place at Bandshell Park. The festival is one of Toronto’s largest celebrations of bubbly brews with close to 100 vendors in attendance and over 400 types of beer. Sit back and enjoy your drinks as headliners Cypress Hill, Josh Ross and Taking Back Sunday perform on stage.

Spot your dream wheels at this vintage auto show

This Saturday, head out to Eglinton Avenue West for the Eglinton Way BIA’s vintage car and bike show, Dream Wheels on Eglinton. This street festival will feature over 100 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, race cars, and motorcycles — and for those who aren’t car lovers, there will also be a marketplace, live music by local bands, fun activities perfect for the kids and even a vintage costume contest with prizes to win!

Celebrate the Paris Olympics opening among fans

The Paris Olympics are officially kicking off on Friday and if you’re excited to cheer on our Canadian athletes,  head to the CBC headquarters in Toronto! They’re hosting an opening ceremony watch party, featuring an opportunity to play some games, score an Olympic giveaway and enjoy some Parisian treats. 

Catch a free movie in the park

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It’s almost August, and the days of outdoor movies are numbered — so take advantage of one happening this Saturday! Sorauren Park is hosting a free screening of The Lunchbox, featuring pre-show live comedy, hot pizza from a wood-burning oven, and popcorn, snacks and soft drinks.

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