Top Things to Do in Toronto in Summer 2019

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Long days mean more fun in the sun. And Toronto has all the things – headline acts, major arts festivals and big league sports. Here are just some of the hot times that await

Scotiabank Arena

Summer Concerts & Music Festivals

Toronto is always a stop on the tour for big name acts, Khalid, KISS, Iron Maiden, Jonas Brothers and P!nk are just a few of the major artists coming to town this year. Check out the rosters at Scotiabank Arena (formerly 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 and other extras), check out  Veld or Drake’s OVO fest or head to the heart of the city at Yonge-Dundas Square for free show as part of the  Chevy Music Indie Fridays or the Beaches International Jazz for some smooth jams.

Food Festivals

Just about every weekend throughout the summer there’s a new food sampling opportunity. Take in the Taste of India Food Festival with tastes and traditions from the diverse regions of India, or the Taste of Lawerence in Scarborough with its array of flavours from practically every cultural community in the city. Don’t miss  Taste of the Danforth Canada’s largest street festival with delectable cuisine of Greece. 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 views. The infinity pool on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel, the sophisticated lounge at LAVELLE and the lakeside Cabana Pool Bar. The brand new luxury lakeside option, offers outstanding views of Lake Ontario and beyond from its rooftop pool.
Come From Away

Live Performances & Outdoor Movie Screenings

Captivating performances can be found around every corner in the summer. Dusk Dances and movie screenings inhabit local parks and squares like the Christie Pits Film Festival, Shakespeare in High Park lights up the west end locale. Then there are all the multi-day fests like the Toronto Summer Music Festival and Toronto International Buskerfest, which takes over Toronto for 10 days in June with a range of artistic programming. The Elgin Theatre hosts the award-winning Come From Away and Waitress moves into the Ed Mirvish Theatre July 9 to August 18. Find more blockbuster theatre productions all summer long at our Theatre Guide: What’s On.
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Baby Rhino / Now at Toronto Zoo

Family-Friendly Fun

When the whole crew is coming to Toronto there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. The Toronto Zoo, has some cute animals in attendance including Red River Hoglets, Hazel and Ginger and Obi the Grevy Zebra. In the Spotlight: CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada are Toronto’s Must-See Attractions for summer fun! For the thrill-seekers in the family, there’s Treetop Trekking in Brampton and simulated soaring at iFly or the latest ride at Canada’s Wonderland.

Toronto CityPass

Save money and skip the lines! In the Spotlight: Toronto CityPass includes admission to In the Spotlight: CN TowerRoyal Ontario Museum (ROM), Casa Loma, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and either The Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre. Valid nine consecutive days beginning with the first day of use.