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New things to do in Toronto this summer

by Gemma Mastroianni

New season, new me.

Toronto is an amazing city to spend your summer in. Between the diversity, unique food to try, and exciting new pop-ups and activities, there are endless ways to keep your summer fresh and exciting.

Here are 7 fun things you totally need to check out this summer:

 

1. Ossfest

On July 27, the Ossington BIA will open Ossington Avenue as a street take-over. The vibrant street will be celebrated through food, fashion, fitness, and more. There will be plenty of fun installations such as rock climbing, live music, yoga and meditation and thrift markets. Not to mention, delicious food for all tastes!

The full details are still in the works so make sure you tune in to keep updated on this exciting one-day event.

 

2. Meowfest

Meowfest banner with cartoon cats scattered

Meowfest is a global celebration for all things cat. The festival will be taking its first ever Canadian stop in Toronto on July 6, at Evergreen Brick Works. There will be celebrity cats (I didn’t know that was even a thing), live music, food trucks, shopping, adoptable cats, and lots more.

Meow is the time for you to get your tickets!

 

3. Toronto Island

The Toronto city skyline at dusk as seen from the viewpoint of the Toronto Islands. A municipal ferry services transports the public between the mainland and the Toronto Islands.

Although this is not a NEW thing to do, it’s new for this year! Last year, an unfortunate flood destroyed a majority of the island. Since then, things are back up and running for this year for you to explore! Check out the Centreville Amusement Park, Far Enough Farm, lounge on the beach, and enjoy some good eats at their variety of restaurants.

 

4. Chinatown Food Tour

Street view of Chinatown in Toronto with cars parked on the street.

With so many food options in Toronto’s Chinatown district, it can be overwhelming. You want to try just about everything but can hardly find the time. Well not anymore. Why not go for a guided food tour? For three hours, you have the chance to visit six different authentic Asian restaurants, bakeries, and learn about history and traditions. Check out the full list of participating businesses and grab tickets now.

 

5. New deals with the Toronto Blue Jays

Aerial view of the Rogers Center a few hours before of a Blue Jays match

Did you know? Beers are now just $5 at the Toronto Blue Jays games, along with $1 hot dogs all summer long! They have also implemented new ticket deals and bundles to purchase multiple tickets for a cheaper price. Grab some cheap seats, a few friends, and save that bread while having a bomb time. Does summer really get any better?

 

6. Budweiser Stage Season Pass

Fans sitting on grass watching concert at budweiser stage in toronto

Don’t miss out on anything happening at the Budstage with your season pass. In celebration of the waterfront venue’s 25th anniversary, they are selling seasons passes for the first time ever! See acts such as The Strokes, Florence + The Machine, The 1975, Beck + Cage The Elephant, Iron Maiden, Santana, Alexisonfire, and SO much more. Tickets are expected to go quick, so grab yours now!

 

7. Fly to Muskoka for #cottyszn

Photo of the Toronto Skyline from the inner harbour

Okay, I know this one isn’t in Toronto, but you can fly directly out of Toronto (TYZ) to Muskoka with Porter Airlines all summer long. If you’re not feeling the road trip up there, you can grab a flight. On Thursdays, flights depart Toronto at 1:10 p.m., and another departing Muskoka at 2:20 p.m. On Mondays, or on Tuesdays during long weekends, one flight will depart Toronto at 9:20 a.m, and one will depart Muskoka at 10:30 a.m.


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