Top Things to Do in Toronto in Summer 2017

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Long days mean more time to take in everything going on. And Toronto has all the things – headline acts, major arts festivals and big league sports. On July 1st the excitement amps up even further as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. You’re not going to want to miss that. Here are just some of the hot times that await.

Air Canada Centre

Concerts & Music Festivals

Toronto is always a stop on the tour for big name acts, sometimes for two nights. Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Mariah Carey are just a few of the major artists coming to town this year. Check out the rosters at Air Canada Centre and Budweiser Stage for all the best summer concerts.

For festivals that offer a range of musical experiences for one ticket price (plus food & other extras), there are favourites like the 10-day TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and Drake’s OVO fest or head to the Port Lands for NXNE.

Tastemaker Toronto

Food Fests

Just about every weekend throughout the summer there’s a new food sampling opportunity. Take in the refined Tastemaker Toronto at Historic Fort York, the Taste of Little Italy which celebrates College Street’s rich Italian history, or the Taste of Lawrence in Scarborough with its array of flavours from practically every cultural community in the city. The biggie is the two-week gastronomic gallop that is Summerlicious, from July 7 to 23, 2017. For year-round foodie inspiration read Toronto’s Food & Drink Guide.

Lavelle Rooftop Pool & Lounge /
Above King Street West

Pools With a View

Nothing says summer in the city quite like sitting poolside while taking in a spectacular urban vista. The infinity pool on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel, the sophisticated lounge at LAVELLE and the lakeside Cabana Pool Bar are all stylish choices. For more drinks-with-a-view read Soak Up the City: 7 Toronto Bars With a View.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical /
Opens June 27

Live Performances & Outdoor Movie Screenings

Fascinating performances can be found around every corner in the summer. Dusk Dances and movie screenings inhabit local parks and squares, Shakespeare in High Park lights up the west end locale. Then there are all the multi-day fests like the cutting-edge Toronto Fringe and Luminato, which is coming back to the centre of Toronto and transforming David Pecaut Square with the Famous Spiegeltent for 10 days.

The Ed Mirvish theatre hosts the award-winning Beautiful – the Carole King Musical June 27 to August 20, 2017 and Cavalia brings its larger-than-life equine spectacle to the Big Top next to the Hershey Centre starting June 21.

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Giant Panda Cub Jia Panpan /
Toronto Zoo

Family-Friendly Fun

When the whole crew is coming to Toronto there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Baby pandas, which are getting all grown up, are still one of the cutest attractions in the city and the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium and Casa Loma should top your list of must-sees. For the more adventurous there’s Treetop Trekking in Brampton and simulated soaring at iFly or the brand new for 2017 Soaring Timbers ride at Canada’s Wonderland.

To find more family fun, check out Yo Toronto our site just for kids.

Toronto CityPass

Save money and skip the lines at 5 of Toronto’s top attractions. Toronto CityPass includes admission to: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium and either Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre. Valid 9 consecutive days beginning with the first day of use.