The 10 best things to do this week in Toronto

Spring is here and the city is alive and well with plenty of arts, shopping, food and more to enjoy! From a summer carnival to a roller drag ball and free outdoor movies 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 full of performances by incredible artists, and there’s something from every genre! On Wednesday, Sarah McLachlan takes Budweiser Stage as part of her 30th anniversary Stumbling Towards Ecstasy Tour. On Friday and Saturday, there’s a Canadian power duo — the Arkells and Tegan and Sara are co-headlining at Budweiser Stage. On Saturday, Angus & Julia Stone are also performing at Danforth Music Hall, while Searows performs at The Great Hall. And on Sunday, The Kid Laroi takes the stage at History.

Catch the first night of music in the gardens

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This Friday, one of the most popular music series in the city kicks off — Summer Music in the Garden. This intimate live free music experience by the waterfront happens at the Toronto Music Garden and features so many incredible performances, including The IndigiDivas on opening night.

Be inspired at the Collision Conference

Want to hear from some of the biggest industry leaders, innovators and investors in the world to learn all about the latest in technology and entrepreneurship? Head to Collision Conference from Monday to Thursday, where speakers including Geoffrey Hinton, the “godfather of AI,” Indigenous rights activist Autumn Peltier and Maya Kulycky, vice president of strategy and operations at Google Research.

Dance it out at Toronto Jazz Fest

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Beginning this Friday and running until June 30, the Toronto Jazz Fest is taking over the city . There will be concerts happening all over Toronto, including some incredible outdoor and free performances from André 3000, Amanda Martinez, Cory Henry and so many more!

Have fun at a summer carnival

Kick off the official start of summer with the Fairbank Summerfest! This lively community festival features local vendors, live music, food trucks and plenty of family-friendly activities. Enjoy a sidewalk sale, free rides, a super dogs show and all kinds of delicious treats.

Attend a roller drag ball

There are almost too many amazing Pride events happening in Toronto to keep track of — but one of the most fun ones is happening on Wednesday! Skates & Sounds: Roller Drag Ball combines roller skating, drag shows and live music and is completely free; plus, you can enjoy a flea market filled with LGBTQ+ vendors once you’re all skating out.

Drink up at a rosé picnic

The Rosé Picnic, one of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend
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The annual Rosé Picnic is back and it’s bringing plenty of pink to Fort York. Happening on Saturday, prepare for gourmet bites, photo ops and all the rosé you could dream of — while dancing to beats by the city’s best DJs. This picnic filled with interactive art installations has a pink and white dress code, so dress to impress!

Enjoy an (improvised) version of Bridgerton

Have you caught the Bridgerton bug? Keep the obsession going with Bridgerton: Improvised, a new production by the Everything Improvised team in Toronto that also created smash hits the White Lotus: Improvised, Euphoria: Improvised and Riverdale: Improvised. This new show promises to recreate all of the drama, prestige, lust and curious accents of Bridgerton with plenty of comedy. 

See a free movie in the park

Summer also means the season of drive-ins and other kinds of outdoor movies — including arguably the city’s favourite, the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show. Don’t miss the opening week of the 2024 season, beginning with a free screening of 9 to 5 at Fort York on Wednesday, then Sorry to Bother You on Thursday, Nope on Friday and Twister on Saturday.

Go river deep and mountain high with a Tina Turner musical

Calling all Tina Turner fans! On Tuesday, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical premieres in Toronto, chronicling the life and career of of the musical icon and featuring stunning performances of her greatest hits. Whether you’re a superfan or just an enjoyer of great musicals, this performance, running until July 28, won’t disappoint.

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