The 8 best things to do in Toronto this weekend

Weekends in Toronto are always filled with activities, and this one is no exception. If you’re looking for things to do, there’s a music festival for emerging artists, a dragon boat race and more!

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Discover your new favourite artist at NXNE

Canada’s own discovery music festival, North by Northeast (NXNE) is happening from Thursday to Sunday this week. Some of the country’s most popular artists got their start here, inclduing The Arkells, Daniel Caesar, Feist and The Weeknd. Catch artists including singer-songwriter Talia Schlanger, hip-hop artist LTtheMonk and Toronto’s own Maya Killtron at 20 live music venues across the city.

Get a taste of Little Italy

One of the city’s most popular street festivals of the summer is returning from Friday to Sunday, and it’s going to be a party all weekend long! Taste of Little Italy will take over College Street from Bathurst to Shaw Street, and visitors will enjoy music, delicious food, games, shopping, plenty of extended patios for a true summer experience and so much more.

Take Dad to the Yorkville’s exotic car show

If your dad is a big gearhead or you can’t get enough of unique and exotic cars, head to Yorkville this weekend for the one and only Exotic Car Show. This red carpet event is happening on Father’s Day and features all the best classic and exotic cars, from a Porsche to a Ferrari or an Aston Martin.

Chow down at Brunch Fest

Get ready to brunch like never before at Toronto’s hottest event: Brunch Fest! With a mouthwatering lineup of over 180 flavourful menu items from some of the best restaurants in the brunch game, participants can enjoy live music, lawn games, a Caesar-making experience as they taste the best of brunch that Toronto has to offer.

See Toronto’s dragon boat race

Head to Centre Island this weekend for Toronto’s famous international dragon boat race festival. Cheer on the teams, enjoy some authentic Chinese cultural performances and taste some delicious food on Saturday and Sunday. The event culminates in awards ceremonies for each division.

Be dazzled by a sparkling new ballet


Courtesy national.ballet.ca

If you’re all about the visuals and love a little sparkle, then don’t miss Jewels — a three-act plotless series highlighting the radiance of precious stones, specifically emeralds, rubies and diamonds. The National Ballet of Canada is presenting all three acts in its entirety from Wednesday to June 22, and it’s going to be a colourful and mesmerizing production.

Get inked at an international tattoo convention

The Toronto International Tattoo Show is taking over the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Friday to Sunday, and it’s the place to be if you’re a tattoo artist or looking to get some fresh ink! The event features over 500 of the best national and international tattoo artists along with entertainment, vendors, contests, exhibits and more all weekend long.

Head to drag bingo at the AGO

If your idea of a Pride celebration playing bingo and winning prizes alongside the city’s top drag performers, you’re in luck! The AGO is hosting free drag bingo on Friday with drag performers Charlotte Carlisle and Bella Bimbo, where you can enjoy four rounds of bingo, drag performances, fantastic prizes and more!

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