Top Things to Do for Summer 2016

The weather is warm and festival season is in full swing. You can get out on the water or take in a big league game, see a top touring act or just chill on a patio with a cool cocktail.

If you’re planning a visit to Toronto this summer, these are just a few of the fun times awaiting you.

Big League Sports

Last year’s American League Division Champion Blue Jays are giving the fans a thrill at Rogers Centre from April to October. And whether you call it football or soccer, seeing the Toronto FC is always an exciting outing at the newly-expanded BMO Field. It’s also the new home to the Toronto Argonauts who play Canadian-style (3 downs!) gridiron football starting in June. And if you’re planning ahead, don’t forget the World Cup of Hockey September 17 to October 1, 2016 in Toronto and the 104th Grey Cup kicks off November 27, 2016 at BMO Field.


Music Mecca

Whether it’s the new music of the 21C Festival, the all-out street party of the Beaches Jazz Festival or the blissed-out scene at Bestival, there’s a weekend for it in Toronto and beyond. Read Music Festivals in Toronto for more.

If arena acts are your thing, then Air Canada Centre and Budweiser Stage (formerly Molson Amphitheatre) should be on your musical radar screen. Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato and Darryl Hall & John Oates are just a few of the big names coming to Toronto this summer.

Food Fests

The two-week gastronomic gallop that is Summerlicious takes over the cities’ restaurants from July 8 to 24. And just about every weekend throughout the summer there’s a new food sampling opportunity. Take in the refined Taste of Toronto at Historic Fort York or the Greek street celebration of Taste of the Danforth in August. For year-round foodie inspiration read Toronto’s Food & Drink Guide.

Live Performance

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Luminato is transforming Toronto’s decommissioned power plant, the Hearn Generating Station, into a giant, temporary arts and culture hub. The multi award-winning (4 Tonys!) Matilda the Musical starts its Toronto run on July 5 after major successes on Broadway and London’s West End. Cirque du Soleil weaves its magic when LUZIA moves into the Big Top in the Port Lands July 28. Read more Featured Events.

Family-Friendly Fun

If you and the clan are coming to Toronto there’s a whole lot to choose from. Baby pandas are redlining everyone’s cute meter and the CN Tower 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 2016 Skyhawk ride at Canada’s Wonderland.

Find more fun in Family Trip Ideas.

Toronto CityPass

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

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