What to do in Toronto this weekend June 21-23, 2024

The Toronto skyline at night as viewed from a marina; titled “Things To Do In Toronto This Weekend
With so many things to do in Toronto, there’s certainly an event for everyone.

The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 9:30 am – 11:30 am EDT

If your kids like dinosaurs, they’ll love Dino Runs @ The Bentway! The morning starts with costumed Dino Specialists teaching participants about dinosaurs through songs, dance, and games. Then, the kids become Dino Explorers, ready to help recapture escaped dinosaurs.

The main event is a non-competitive run around 200m figure-eight skate trail to chase after and catch dinosaurs! It’s a fun and creative way to start the weekend.

David Crombie Park, 189 The Esplanade, Toronto

Fri, June 21 2024, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Taste Indigenous food, enjoy a dance performance by Tribal Vision Dance, and explore an artisan market featuring Indigenous vendors showcasing beadwork, paintings, fashion, and other crafts. Come and be part of this special evening dedicated to learning about and appreciating Indigenous culture and peoples.

Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

June 22-23 2024, 7:30 pm

Join Chris Brown as he performs his newly released album 11:11, which reached number 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. Watch as the multi-talented entertainer puts on a show you won’t forget with emerging R&B artists, Ayra Starr and Maeta.

History, 1663 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4L 1G5

Sun, June 23 2024, 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm

The Kid LAROI is an Australian rapper and singer. He first became known for his association with American rapper Juice Wrld, who met Howard during his tour in Australia. He saw his furthest mainstream recognition for his 2021 single “Stay” (with Justin Bieber), which peaked atop the charts in numerous countries including his native Australia, as well as the Canadian Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100.

Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nagata Shachu’s 2023-2024 season will come to a dramatic and exciting conclusion with Possibilities on June 21, 2024 when all nine performers of Nagata Shachu take to the stage premiering several new works composed by the group members.

Meridian Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre, Meridian Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre, 5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

Sat, June 22 2024, 6:00 pm

Discover the history of Hawai’i and its last reigning monarchs during the Kalākaua dynasty, through the art of hula, interpreted by the ‘olapa (dancers) of Spirit of Aloha ‘Ohana Hula.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Toronto, ON

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm

The Scarborough Shooting Stars are a Canadian professional basketball team that competes in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). They are the reigning CEBL Champions, capturing the title with a 82-70 win over the Calgary Surge. Scarborough has made it to the Championship game in both their inaugural and sophomore seasons.

BMO Field, Toronto, ON

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm

Pride Night at BMO Field will feature the Toronto Argonauts taking on the Edmonton Elks on June 22nd at 7:00 pm.

The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join artist Skye Paul, Running Fox Beads, for a Bentway community beading workshop. At the workshop, participants will learn basic beading techniques to create their own beadwork. Come learn a new skill while gaining a deeper knowledge of the craft and making connections with the urban environment and each other.

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario, 

M3J 2P3, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for a captivating two-hour journey into the world of Animal Flow and mindful movement. Led by experts in the field, this workshop is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of Animal Flow, mobility training, and essential self-care techniques, all in the peaceful setting of the Black Creek Village. Immerse yourself in an interactive and engaging experience that will leave you feeling energized and connected to your body.

Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sun, June 23 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Experience canine wonderland with a lineup of ‘go-to’ activities and attractions jam-packed with everything that you and your doggo would want. Explore their diverse range of exhibitors offering ‘must-haves’ from delicious treats, essential grooming products by SOOS to Earthtacular, and everything else in between. Enjoy plenty of samples and prizes to be won at the contests and races, including a Grand Prize Giveaway.

West Lawn, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Fri, June 21 2024, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Come and visit their Indigenous marketplace and cultural tent, enjoy traditional performances, delicious food and live music from Nikki Ineece Nash and JUNO Award nominee Shawnee Kish.

Bar Cathedral, 54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A6, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 pm EDT

Join us for an unforgettable night with themed drinks, decor, and a friendship bracelet station! We’ll be playing ALL the best of Taylor Swift (not just the radio hits). See you on the dance floor!

stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6

Sun, June 23 2024, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, June 23, 2024, for the Open Air Experience at STACKT Market – Summer of Love 2024! The lineup features Paolo Rocco, known for his RawMoments sound, alongside Randomdoug b2b Jenny Boo and Samm Du b2b Cristi:ana. Paolo Rocco, a staple in Montreal’s scene, brings his international vibes to Stackt. The mix of veterans and emerging talents promises a day of diverse and energetic music for all dance enthusiasts to enjoy!

Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5V 3M8 Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 9:30 am – 11:30am EDT

Are you looking to expand your social circle and make meaningful connections while enjoying a refreshing outdoor activity? Look no further! Vibewith invites you to our Bike Meet at the Park. They’ll guide you through a delightful picnic hang followed by a scenic ride along waterfront. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just love a leisurely ride, this event is perfect for making new friends in a relaxed setting.

High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge, Toronto

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm

Celebrate Pollinator Week in High Park with Bumble Bee Watch, a community science project dedicated to tracking and conserving bumble bees! Participants will walk through High Park looking for bumble bees and other native pollinators, recording their sightings and learning about the significant role they play in our ecosystems.

From picturesque landscapes to historical gems, culinary adventures to outdoor escapades, the options are as varied as they are enticing. And if you’d prefer to have fun in Toronto, consider reading our other top picks on: 

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I. Family Events & Activities

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Puppy Yoga (Family-Friendly) by Yoga Kawa Toronto Dashunds and Corgi

600 Bay Street #500, Toronto, ON M5G 1M6, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT

This event is perfect for anyone who needs a little extra lovin’ on their yoga mat. Whether you’re looking for a way to calm down after a long day/week or want to relax with friends and family, this class might just what you need! Your puppy yoga class will be filled with stretches, cuddles, and kisses from some of the cutest puppies around.

Dino Runs @ The Bentway

The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 9:30 am – 11:30 am EDT

If your kids like dinosaurs, they’ll love Dino Runs @ The Bentway! The morning starts with costumed Dino Specialists teaching participants about dinosaurs through songs, dance, and games. Then, the kids become Dino Explorers, ready to help recapture escaped dinosaurs.

The main event is a non-competitive run around 200m figure-eight skate trail to chase after and catch dinosaurs! It’s a fun and creative way to start the weekend. 

Joy in the Park – Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

David Crombie Park, 189 The Esplanade, Toronto

Fri, June 21 2024, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Taste Indigenous food, enjoy a dance performance by Tribal Vision Dance, and explore an artisan market featuring Indigenous vendors showcasing beadwork, paintings, fashion, and other crafts. Come and be part of this special evening dedicated to learning about and appreciating Indigenous culture and peoples.

Thumbelina: A Little Musical

Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7

June 22-23 2024, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm

Thumbelina: A Little Musical – is a new musical adaptation of the beloved story by Hans Christian Andersen of a courageous girl who forges her path, embraces her differences and finds her place. Determined to meet someone her own size, 3-inch tall Thumbelina steps outside her garden walls for the first time and embarks on a great adventure with Julian, prince of the fairies. Little does she know, she’s about to discover a world of danger, secrets, surprises, and friendship.

The Stinky Cheese Man 

Wychwood Theatre, 76 Wychwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7

Sat, June 22 2024, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm

Sun, June 23 2024, 3:30 pm

What do you get when you take fairy tale classics and turn them on their heads? How about the Ugly Duckling growing up to be A Really Ugly Duck, Cinderella snubbing Rumpelstiltskin or The Princess kissing a frog only to end up with a mouthful of slime. Based on the award-winning book, don’t miss this hilarious parody sure to crack up kids and parents alike.

Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4

June 22-23 2024, 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Piggie is excited, because she has no idea what is going to happen today – which means that anything is possible. Like skipping. Or ping pong. Or a party invitation! Party invitation?! Good thing Gerald knows how to party! Join Mo Willems’ two most unlikely pals as they sing and dance (well, Gerald tries to dance) through the joys and trials of everlasting friendship.

Cirque du Soleil ECHO 

Under the Big Top, 2150 Lake Shore Blvd West, Toronto, Canada

May 8 – August 4, 2024

Cirque du Soleil’s ECHO tells a tale of connection, intention, and the bond between humans, the animal kingdom and the world we share. Through a stunning show of acrobatics, tech, and artistry, ECHO highlights our interconnectedness and takes us on a journey of hope, youthful optimism and empathy.

Lite-Brite: Worlds of Wonder

Illuminarium at the Distillery, 28 Gristmill Lane, Toronto

May 8 – September 1, 2024

Experience the magic of imagination brought to life in this captivating cinematic journey that combines the nostalgic delight of Lite-Brite with the cutting-edge immersive technology of Illuminarium.The new show features an immersive narrative with interactive lights, twelve gaming stations, and friendly hosts.

The Formula 1 Exhibition

1 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1E5, Canada

May 3 – July 14, 2024

The all-new Formula 1® Exhibition lifts the curtain on one of sport’s greatest stories. This unique show combines spectacular immersive and interactive audio-visual design, never-before-seen films, exhibits, iconic artifacts, and features racing simulators and F1® cars from different eras to deliver an unforgettable experience for all audiences.

Family Day at Gardiner Museum

Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7

Sun, June 23 2024, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free for kids and included with admission for adults. Families can connect over clay with weekly activities inspired by their collection and special exhibitions, led by their passionate team of educators and volunteers. Bring the whole family and express your creativity with clay!

Murdoch Mysteries Escape Room

Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

Multiple dates

Detective Murdoch is missing, and as Toronto’s newest constables, you’ve been called into action, but the clock is ticking! Tracking down Toronto’s most brilliant detective won’t be easy. Step into Station House No. 4 and follow in Murdoch’s footsteps as you match wits with notorious sequential killer Harlan Hobbes! This is one of the five immersive escape rooms at Casa Loma, featuring live performers to assist you on your adventure.

Your Toronto Zoo Recognizes World Giraffe Day & National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto

June 20-22, 2024

Celebrated annually on June 21, Your Toronto Zoo proudly recognizes both World Giraffe Day and National Indigenous Peoples Day with a variety of on-site events from Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22.

An Epic Tournament Like No Other

Toronto Castle, 10 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Multiple dates

Join them as the kingdom’s finest knights clash in a fierce battle of strength and steel to determine the one true champion who will defend the throne. Afterward, indulge in a grand feast and raise a goblet to honor our Queen!

Pursuit OCR

75 Westmore Drive, Etobicoke, ON M9V 3Y6

Multiple dates

Experience 30,000 square feet of incredible team-building obstacles and activities with them! Their expert team leaders will assist you in planning your trip and ensuring that everyone in your group has the most fantastic time ever! Join the adventure today!

Riverdale Farm

201 Winchester Street, Toronto, ON M4X 1B8

7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm

Explore Riverdale Farm in Toronto’s downtown Cabbagetown neighborhood. This working farm offers a firsthand glimpse of farm life, from raising livestock to engaging in year-round craft programs at The Meeting House. Wander through gardens, wooded areas, and ponds that connect to the city’s ravine system. It’s a unique urban farm experience!

Ontario Science Centre

Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3, Canada

Multiple dates

Visit the Science Centre, where visitors of all ages can engage in playful learning and uncover the secrets of thinking like a scientist every day. Interact with their team of real scientists and even take part in crucial research studies during your Science Centre adventure. Come and explore the world of science with them!

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II. Live Music & Concerts

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Maiden Lane w/ No Sunshine Collective, Mango Wild, & Little Window

Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue, 431 College Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON 

M5T 1T1

Fri, June 21 2024, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

A-Minor presents Maiden Lane (punk rock) with No Sunshine Collective (punk rock), Mango Wild (rock), and Little Window (alternative rock) at Sneaky Dee’s, Toronto on Friday, June 21.

TSO – Hisaishi Conducts Hisaishi

Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5

June 20-22 2024, 8:00 pm

Following his sold-out performances with the TSO in 2022, composer and conductor Joe Hisaishi, known for his iconic Studio Ghibli film scores, is set to make his highly anticipated return. Enjoy Ravel’s ethereal masterpiece “La valse,” a breathtaking suite from the Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away, and the grandeur of Hisaishi’s own Symphony No. 3 “Metaphysica.” Don’t miss this extraordinary program with Japan’s legendary composer and conductor!

Songs from The Journey

Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm

Produced by The Daniels Corporation in collaboration with The Royal Conservatory. Songs from The Journey is an extraordinary production featuring the greatest hits from The Journey Musical that was performed at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park from 2013 to 2018. The Journey Musical chronicled the transformation of Regent Park, Canada’s oldest and largest social housing project, into a vibrant, thriving community. 

Arkells – Doubleheader Weekend with special guests Tegan and Sara

Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON

Fri, June 21 2024, 6:30 pm

Arkells is a Canadian rock band, formed in Hamilton, Ontario. They are coming to Toronto for a double header at Budweiser Stage! Friday June 21 with Tegan and Sara, and Saturday June 22 with Grouplove. 

Autumn!

The Opera House, Toronto, ON

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:00 pm

Autumn! is an American rapper and record producer. He is best known for popularizing the hip hop microgenre pluggnb, alongside Victor Victor Worldwide labelmate Summrs, and Texas rapper Kankan. Autumn currently resides in Houston, Texas. Wikipedia

Send The Ravens w/ Loversteeth, Hundred Knives, & Great Trouble

Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L9

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A-Minor presents Send The Ravens (post-hardcore) with Loversteeth, Hundred Knives, and Great Trouble (metal) at Supermarket on Friday, June 21.

Yonge St. Renaissance

TD Music Hall, 178 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm

Locally renowned city-pop neo-soul group Bitter&Broke present new sounds of the city in a one-night show. Named after the world’s longest street, this show is a celebration of sound and art of the north. Yonge St. Renaissance will be a one-stop audio experience for tourists and locals alike to enjoy the organic and dynamic musical movement in Canada’s musical capital!

Tyler Ellis on Broadview

Hugh’s Room Live, 296 Broadview Avenue, Toronto

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tyler Ellis, with special guests Jim Thomas’ TranzitionzJazz, Noah Zacharin and Lynn Harrison, celebrate the release of Music as Usual, a live solo recording dedicated in loving memory of Tyler’s dad, Ron Ellis. If you like your songs with a little tongue-in-cheek, yet with their finger firmly on the pulse of the human condition, then Tyler Ellis is for you.

R&B Concert on a Pirate Ship

Pirate Life, 585 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5V 3G3, Canada

June 21-23 2024, 8:00 pm

You will be enjoying the soulful vocals of the city’s best rising R&B artists under the summer sky. The boat is an old pirate ship and will be traveling across the Toronto skyline. Guests will experience live R&B in an unforgettable way.

Amanda Keeles

TD Music Hall, 178 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7

Sat, June 22 2024, 8:00 pm

Amanda Keeles blends country with pop sensibilities and a dash of rock to create her Can’t Stop Me Now album tour. With multiple awards already to her name, Keeles has twice taken the top spot in The Canadian Open Songwriting Contest, featured on SiriusXM Canada’s Top of the Country, named as CMA Ontario Artist of the Month, and has been added to commercial Country radio across Canada, US, Australia and UK.

Sultans of String Walking Through The Fire

Hugh’s Room Live, 296 Broadview Avenue, Toronto

Sat, June 22 2024, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Walking Through The Fire brings the magic of collaboration to the stage, with award-winning First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists from across Turtle Island joined by Billboard charting/6x CFMA winners Sultans of String!  Walking Through the Fire is a musical multimedia experience unlike any other. 

Angus & Julia Stone: Living Room Sessions

The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

Sat, June 22 2024, 6:30 pm

Angus & Julia Stone are an Australian folk and indie pop group, formed in 2006 by brother and sister Angus and Julia Stone. Their latest album Cape Forestier was released on 10 May 2024.

Arkells – Doubleheader Weekend with special guests GROUPLOVE

Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON

Sat, June 22 2024, 6:30 pm

Arkells is a Canadian rock band, formed in Hamilton, Ontario. They are coming to Toronto for a double header at Budweiser Stage! Friday June 21 with Tegan and Sara, and Saturday June 22 with Grouplove. 

A Romantic Evening in France

Meridian Arts Centre, George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

Sat, June 22 2024, 8:00 pm

The Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the direction of maestro Kristian Alexander presents masterworks from Romantic French composers featuring internationally renowned pianist Daniel Vnukowski.

Ferhat Tunc Canada Tour

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B4

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:30 pm

Ferhat Tunç, acclaimed for his original music representing Kurdish and Turkish cultures, awarded the Freedom to Create prize by Freemuse, is coming to Toronto!

Q107’s High School Reunion

The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON M5X 1K2

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm

Q107 wants you to relive your high school glory days at Q107’s High School Reunion with live music from Neon Nostalgic, the world’s only live rock and roll show that syncs the band’s performance to the original, iconic music videos. Wear your High School Prom Best to the event and have your chance at winning Prom King or Queen and get ready to score some wicked prizes all night long!

SOS – The Abba Experience

The Opera House, Toronto, ON

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm

SOS Band – The ABBA Experience is a band you don’t want to miss! With decades of professional experience among its members, they recreate the music of ABBA as closely as possible to the original studio recordings with no backing tracks. The appreciation of the Swedish pop phenom’s groove and unique vocal style is clearly evident in this group’s performances. This ten-piece band will deliver an authentic experience like no other!

The Teskey Brothers

Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7

Sat, June 22 2024, 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Following the release of their acclaimed 3rd studio album The Winding Way and their sold-out return to North America this past summer, The Teskey Brothers announce the second leg of The Winding Way Tour featuring special guests Allen Stone, The Dip, Joseph, Jackie Venson, The Heavy Heavy, Pearl Charles, Leah Senior and Trousdale in select cities.

Old Flame Distillery District Presents Next Perfect Day Concert 

43 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm EDT

Come join us for an unforgettable evening at the Old Flame Distillery District in Toronto! Get ready to groove to the tunes of Next Perfect Day as they take the stage at 43 Tank House Lane. Next Perfect Day is a city pop band playing Japanese and Korean city pop tunes from the 1980s. It’s going to be a night filled with great music, good vibes, and maybe a drink or two from our top-notchbrewry. 

Chris Brown – The 11:11 Tour

Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

June 22-23 2024, 7:30 pm

Join Chris Brown as he performs his newly released album 11:11, which reached number 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. Watch as the multi-talented entertainer puts on a show you won’t forget with emerging R&B artists, Ayra Starr and Maeta.

The Kid LAROI First Time Tour 2024

History, 1663 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4L 1G5

Sun, June 23 2024, 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm

The Kid LAROI is an Australian rapper and singer. He first became known for his association with American rapper Juice Wrld, who met Howard during his tour in Australia. He saw his furthest mainstream recognition for his 2021 single “Stay” (with Justin Bieber), which peaked atop the charts in numerous countries including his native Australia, as well as the Canadian Hot 100 and Billboard Hot 100.

Skillet

The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

Sun, June 23 2024, 7:00 pm

Skillet is an American Christian rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1996. The band currently consists of husband and wife duo John Cooper (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) along with Jen Ledger (drums, co-lead vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar). The band has released eleven studio albums, two of which, Collide and Comatose, received Grammy nominations.

Pallbearer

Velvet Underground, 508 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2B3

Sun, June 23 2024, 6:30 pm

Pallbearer is an American doom metal band from Little Rock, Arkansas, formed in 2008. On 20 March 2024, the band released a new song titled “Where the Light Fades” and announced their fifth album, Mind Burns Alive, which was released on 17 May with high acclaim from music critics.

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III. Theater & Performing Arts

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Tina – The Tina Turner Musical 

CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St, Toronto, ON, M5B 1V8

June 18 – July 28, 2024

An uplifting comeback story like no other, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of her most beloved hits, this electrifying sensation will send you soaring to the rafters.

Wicked

Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1J2

June 5 – July 21, 2024

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald green skin – smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

Nā Aliʻi O Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻAinah

Meridian Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre, Meridian Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre, 5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

Sat, June 22 2024, 6:00 pm

Discover the history of Hawai’i and its last reigning monarchs during the Kalākaua dynasty, through the art of hula, interpreted by the ‘olapa (dancers) of Spirit of Aloha ‘Ohana Hula.

Rhydhun 2024: Sanskriti’s Got Talent

Meridian Arts Centre, Lyric Theatre, 5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

Sun, June 23 2024, 5:00 pm

Rhydhun 2024: Sanskriti’s Got Talent promises an unforgettable evening, featuring performances by over 100 talented young dancers adorned in over 300 stunning costumes. This spectacular show, curated by the renowned Sanskriti Arts Dance Ensemble and students under the artistic direction of Puja Amin, will captivate audiences with a vibrant mix of Bollywood and classical Indian dance, Kathak.

The Caged Bird Sings

The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1

June 11-26, 2024

Experience a re-imagining and radical adaptation of parts of Rumi’s Masnavi with a special presentation of The Caged Bird Sings. The Modern Times Stage Company production, performed in the round, features three prisoners — two star-crossed lovers and scientists Rumi and Jin — who share a cell with Sal, a mysterious vagrant. As they navigate their newfound reality and reconcile their past lives, they are haunted by ghosts and demons of their own making. 

The Elixir of Love

East End United, 310 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1N6, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 8:00 pm EDT

Donizetti’s bubbly romantic comedy about a spunky landowner, a hapless peasant, and the dubious love potion that may or may not bring them together never fails to delight audiences. Soprano Emily Rocha stars as Adina, imbuing her character with lovable warmth while tossing off effortless coloratura passages from beginning to end. Tenor David Walsh is Nemorino, Adina’s love-struck admirer, who pours out his heart in the moving aria “Una furtiva lagrima.”

Possibilities

Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Nagata Shachu’s 2023-2024 season will come to a dramatic and exciting conclusion with Possibilities on June 21, 2024 when all nine performers of Nagata Shachu take to the stage premiering several new works composed by the group members.

Mind Over Matter – an evening of mentalism and mind games

The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9, Canada

Sun, June 23 2024, 5:00 pm EDT

Mind-readers Beyond Mental Borders are back with “a captivating night of mind-blowing tricks, twists and turns” (NOW Toronto) at The Rec Room. Prepare for “a night full of twists and surprises that leaves you gobsmacked” (Toronto Star) and “a captivating, exciting, and mind-rattling show that is thoroughly entertaining.” (Sesaya Arts).

Comedy-llusions: A Comedy Magic Show

The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

Join us at the heart of downtown Toronto at the Rec Room for a night filled with magic, fun, and laughter featuring Toronto’s finest comedy magicians. Jhaps of Spades, a seasoned professional magician, wows audiences with mindreading, illusions, and magical acrobatics. Arieze the Colorblind Magician’s performance, with comedy, illusions, and audience engagement, is sure to leave you in awe. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable evening!

Superkick’d Pro Wrestling Rock Show!

The Great Hall – A Vintage Venue, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON 

M6J 1H3, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm EDT

Welcome to the Superkick’d Pro Wrestling Rock Show! Get ready for an electrifying night of high-flying action and rockin’ entertainment. Join them at The Great Hall – A Vintage Venue for an unforgettable experience that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Witness top-notch professional wrestlers battle it out in the ring. Don’t miss out on this epic event!

Jewels

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:30 pm

Sat, June 22 2024, 2:00 pm

“I like the colour of gems, the beauty of stones.” So said George Balanchine of the inspiration for his 1967 ballet triptych Jewels, a plotless work evoking the radiance and architecture of precious stones. The ballet’s three acts – Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds – are each set to the music of a different composer and often appear as standalone pieces. This season, The National Ballet of Canada will present Jewels in its entirety, giving full expression to this celebrated work.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery Historic District, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

June 12 – July 7, 2024

Back by popular demand, the 2019 Dora award-winning production returns to the Soulpepper stage. As Blanche’s fragile world crumbles, she turns to her sister for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with a brutal, unforgiving reality. Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece is a raging portrayal of what it means to be an outsider, in a society where we’re all desperate to belong. 

Bring the Magic Home – A Virtual Interactive Performance

Old Toronto, M4R 1K8

Until July 27, 2024, 10:00 am

Step into a new realm of entertainment with the virtual interactive show featuring Canadian magician James Alan! Experience mind-blowing magic and marvels from the comfort of your home. Share the excitement with friends and family worldwide. Get ready for an unforgettable, up-close encounter as magic unfolds right before your eyes! No more waiting in the back row – everyone gets a front-row seat! 

Shakespeare in Love

Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road, Scarborough

June 7-22, 2024

Plagued by debt and consumed by writer’s block, young Will Shakespeare needs a hit. You will fall in love with Will as he discovers his muse in the beautiful Viola De Lesseps and finds a story of true love with the help of Marlowe, Queen Elizabeth I, Burbage, Ned Alleyn and the actors of the 1590s. What begins as Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter becomes the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet. Based on the celebrated film, winner of many awards including Best Picture.

Age is a Feeling

Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON 

M5A 3C4

May 29 – June 23, 2024

Inspired by hospices, mystics and trips to the cemetery, Age is a Feeling wrestles with our endless chances to change course while we’re alive. A covert rallying cry against cynicism and regret. A call to seize our time. Written and performed by Dora-award winning Haley McGee (The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale), this never-the-same-twice show is a gripping story about how our relationship with mortality shapes the way we live.

Murder Mystery Dinner & Show

Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm EDT

You’re invited to an evening of mystery, mayhem and murder! The intrigue begins when you are introduced to a cast of colourful characters. The plot thickens when somebody dies! A detective is brought in to lead the investigation. The suspects are spread around the room, sitting right at the tables with the guests. You get to participate and see if you can solve…WHODUNIT?!

Believe In Magic 

Famous People Players, 343 Evans Ave., Toronto, ON M8Z 1K2, Canada

June – October 2024

A black light musical for all ages, is a MUST SEE! The Magic of the human spirit engulfs in this heart-warming stage performance, as Famous PEOPLE Players celebrate their 50th birthday, from struggle to success with triumph! Taking their magic to the footlights from around world and into your heart. Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE.

Illusions The Drag Queen Show Toronto

Illusions the Drag Brunch Toronto, 575 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M1

June 21-22 2024, 7:00 pm EDT

Don’t miss out on Illusions the Drag Queen Show Toronto, where spectacular burlesque-style performances meet hilarious comedy by the industry’s finest celebrity impersonators and Toronto’s most entertaining drag queen hosts. Join them for an unforgettable evening of glamour, laughter, and entertainment! Get your tickets now for a show you won’t want to miss!

And if you’re a big fan of drama and theatrical performances, then feel free to check out the best drive-in theaters to visit around Toronto and the best drama schools in Toronto!

Aakash Gupta Live

St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B4

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm

Aakash Gupta, winner of Amazon Prime Comicstaan season 2, is one of the top comedic voices of his generation, who has achieved success on internet and on stage. His extremely popular standup videos on YouTube with fan-favourite lines such as “Excuse Me! Brother!” and “Shampoooo” have been viewed over 190 million times and trended heavily on social media. There is little doubt Aakash will have audiences in stitches with his witty, relatable humour on the international leg of his show.

Awfully Funny

Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W., Toronto

Sun, June 23 2024, 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Fall in love with Toronto comedy. Comedy Nuggets presents Awfully Funny, which is an evening of hilarious comedy. This show features Toronto comedians performing stand-up and improv. Awfully Funny showcases comedians which have performed at comedy festivals such as Just for Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Halifax Comedy Festival, Toronto Sketch Festival, Montreal Sketch Festival, Boston Improv Festival, and Big City Improv Festival (Toronto).

The Professionals Comedy Show – Toronto’s Best Comics

Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S3, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm EDT

When amateur comedy isn’t doing the job, it’s time to call The Professionals. A line-up of Toronto’s most acclaimed comics come together to leave you in stitches! Located at the legendary Free Times Café, the performance space is perfect for an intimate show.

Toronto vs Toronto Comedy Show – Theatresports

Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1L5, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT

From the bustling streets of The Annex, to the cutthroat world of the Financial District, and from the booming Scarborough to the bumping Village and everywhere in between, comedians representing their own unique corners of the city compete in a series of games, challenges, and scenes. Each performance is unscripted, unpredictable, and inspired by audience suggestions, ensuring no two shows are ever the same.

Beer Beer Comedy

SoCap Comedy, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1

Sat, June 22 2024, 8:00 pm

Enjoy a night of pure fun with Beer Beer Comedy! Whether it’s a date night, family outing (note: content can be R-rated), or a night out with friends, they’ve got you covered. For every $25 ticket, enjoy two tall cans or any other drink of your choice. Grab your $20 general admission tickets now for an unforgettable evening of laughter! Don’t miss out!

Casey Corbin

YukYuks Toronto, 224 Richmond St W, Toronto

June 21-22 2024, 8:00 pm 

”This stand-up comic is a wickedly smart comic who uses his smarts to create original material and surprising punchlines out of what are usually mundane topics. If you like different and intelligent stand-up Casey Corbin is a solid bet.” -The Serious Comedy Site

Your Hood’s A Joke

YukYuks Toronto, 224 Richmond St W, Toronto

Fri, June 21 2024, 10:30 pm

Your Hood’s A Joke is a territorial roast battle between neighborhoods, cities, countries, colleges and more! What started as a territorial battle show in Toronto has grown into the biggest comedy format on the planet, with franchises in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Bangkok, New York, Singapore and London, with battle videos amassing millions of views online!

Saturday Night Satire

The Comedy Lab at The Lab 416, 298 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm & 10:00 pm 

Elevate your Saturday night with an unbeatable mix of laughter, libations, and a chance to win at Saturday Night Satire, featuring the crème de la crème of Toronto’s comedy scene in the vibrant ambiance of The Comedy Lab. Prepare for an unparalleled evening where top-tier comics seen on Just For Laughs and CBC Comedy bring their best, underscored by irresistible drink specials and the kind of raucous fun only found in Toronto’s newest minority-owned comedy hub.

F*ckin’ Funny Fridays

The Comedy Lab at The Lab, 416, 298 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON   

M5S 2M7, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm EST (multiple dates)

Get ready for the funniest f*ckin’ comedy show you’ve ever seen, or they’ll double your money back! Join them this Friday at Toronto’s only minority-owned comedy club for a night of non-stop laughter. You’ll be laughing so hard you might just leave with a six-pack. Come on down, grab a drink, and get ready for an unforgettable evening. Don’t miss the chance to win big and laugh harder – see them this Friday! 

Sundays The Made Up Show

Backroom Comedy Club, 814 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L9, Canada

Sun, June 23 2024, 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

Experience The Made Up Show every Sunday night at Backroom Comedy Club in Toronto. This entertaining improv stand-up comedy event combines audience participation, spontaneous riffing, and traditional stand-up comedy for a night of non-stop laughter. Don’t miss out on this hilarious experience!

And for more spots to unwind and have the best time of your life, take a look at our other top picks on:

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Cinemas

KIPKEMBOI – Special Screening Premiere

The Royal, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT

Kipkemboi, a teenage Kenyan math genius from a small village, creates an equation to play the stock market and brings the financial world to its knees. The film brings together an exceptional Kenyan and Canadian cast and crew encouraging future collaborations between these two great nations and peoples.

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show at Fort York: Out of Sight

Fort York, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto

Sun, June 23 2024, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

As part of Toronto Outdoor Picture Show’s “On the Job”-themed film programme, join TOPS on June 23 for a free screening of Out of Sight, with short film The Drop In. This film is presented with open captioning, and opt-in audio description.

Fox Theatre − Schedule

2236 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON, M4E 1G2

Hotdogs Cinema − What’s On

506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1Y3 Canada

The Revue cinema − Schedule

400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2M9

Albion Cinema − Showtimes

1530 Albion Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9V 1B4

Cineplex

Cineplex Theatres

And if you like binge-watching some amazing shows right from the comfort of your home, then consider checking out:

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The Best Shows on Amazon Prime

IV. Sports & Related Events

Silhouette of cheering fans looking down over a sporting arena with the crowd and court out-of-focus; titled Sports & Related Events in Toronto

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Brampton Honey Badgers

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Toronto, ON

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm

The Scarborough Shooting Stars are a Canadian professional basketball team that competes in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). They are the reigning CEBL Champions, capturing the title with a 82-70 win over the Calgary Surge. Scarborough has made it to the Championship game in both their inaugural and sophomore seasons.

Pride Night | Toronto Argonauts v Edmonton Elks

BMO Field, Toronto, ON

Sat, June 22 2024, 7:00 pm

Pride Night at BMO Field will feature the Toronto Argonauts taking on the Edmonton Elks on June 22nd at 7:00 pm.

Scarborough Shooting Stars vs. Montreal Alliance

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Toronto, ON

Sun, June 23 2024, 7:00 pm

And if you’re a sports lover, these amazing spots might be the right choice for you:

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The Best Indoor Sports Fields in Toronto
The Best Soccer Clubs in Toronto

V. Art Masterclasses and Workshops

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Create Your Own Gathering Skirt: Sewing Classes for All Levels!

Firvalley Court, Toronto, ON M1L, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll master the art of creating your own gathering skirt from scratch. Whether you’re a novice eager to learn the basics or an experienced seamstress looking to refine your skills, their classes offer personalized instruction to suit your level. Get ready to unleash your creativity and sew a stylish garment you’ll be proud to wear!

Cyanotype Printmaking Workshop in High Park

High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive

Sun, June 23 2024, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a delightful afternoon of Cyanotype Printmaking! In this hands-on workshop, you will be creating a collection of 8 original prints inspired from nature at High Park. The instructor, Alan Li, will also explain how you can continue creating Cyanotype prints year-round at home. No previous experience is required, just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm!

Composition in the Field – Photography Workshop

Toronto Union Station, 65 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT

Beginning with 22 dramatic columns of Ionic, Corinthian, and Doric style, Toronto’s Union Station is an opulent example of Beaux-Art architecture built with Indiana and Queenston limestone. The interior flourishes of decorative friezes and other ornate enhancements, offer numerous compelling photo ops, and your instructor will be there to demonstrate and supervise an array of easy to learn strategies to compose your images that reflect your signature style of making photographs. 

Animal Flow Yoga by Flow Body

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario, 

M3J 2P3, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for a captivating two-hour journey into the world of Animal Flow and mindful movement. Led by experts in the field, this workshop is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of Animal Flow, mobility training, and essential self-care techniques, all in the peaceful setting of the Black Creek Village. Immerse yourself in an interactive and engaging experience that will leave you feeling energized and connected to your body.

Needle Felting Workshop with Melanie Lo

Bazaar, 306 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S3, Canada

Sun, June 23 2024, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT

This workshop is an introduction to needle felting, where you will be making your very own personalized cat mobile. All required materials will be provided and participants will take home their mobile, along with a felting pad and a felting needle for future projects.

Tailoring Basics: A Sewing Workshop

Shoppe and Tailor Studios, 428 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON M6J 3A7

Sat, June 22 2024, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

Join this fun and informative workshop on the basics of tailoring and sewing at Shoppe and Tailor Studios! Whether you’re a beginner or looking to brush up on your skills, this event is perfect for anyone interested in tailoring their own stylish garments.

Beading Workshop at The Bentway

The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3K9, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join artist Skye Paul, Running Fox Beads, for a Bentway community beading workshop. At the workshop, participants will learn basic beading techniques to create their own beadwork. Come learn a new skill while gaining a deeper knowledge of the craft and making connections with the urban environment and each other.

Natural Holistic Soap – workshop

70 Roehampton Ave, Yonge & Eglinton, Toronto, ON M4R 2E9, Canada

June 21-22 2024, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm EDT

Learn how to make natural soap at home. During this 3 hour workshop we will make a batch of natural soap by using the cold process.  Learn from an experienced soap maker, step by step, what is involved in the process and how to make natural soap that is healthy option for you and people you care about. 

Paint Wine Glass with G’s Paint & Sip @Nickelbrook Brewing

Nickel Brook Brewing Co., 1589 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z 1V1, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

At this event, you’ll get the chance to paint your own wine glass under the guidance of the talented artists from G’s Paint & Sip. Whether you’re a seasoned painter or a complete beginner, this event is perfect for anyone looking to relax, sip on some delicious drinks, and get creative. Don’t miss out on this unique experience!

DIY Vintage Wood Sign Making Activities at Paint Cabin

Paint Cabin Create! Drink! Repeat!, 219 Dufferin Street #Unit 4B, Toronto, ON M6K 3J1, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

Join us at Paint Cabin for DIY Vintage Wood Sign Making activities where you can personalize and create your own unique design on a wooden sign. Let your creativity flow and design your very own vintage wood sign at Paint Cabin with our guided workshops and all the materials you need to bring your vision to life.

Hands-on Pizza al Padellino

Eataly, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M4W 1A6, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT

In this in-person class you will learn how to masterfully combine all the right ingredients for making Eataly’s signature “pizza al padellino” dough and then bake simultaneously with our Scuola Chef your own pizza while getting an answer to all of your pizza questions.

Spotlight on Tiramisù

Eataly, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M4W 1A6, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Join them in their Scuola and learn how to prepare a simple, yet classic Italian dessert that is sweet and comforting in the season and is sure to be a hit for any occasion.

Freestyle Painting

Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe Toronto, 1849 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C 1J3

Fri, June 21 2024, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

June 22-23 2024, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for Coffee & Canvas – Freestyle Canvas painting. This freestyle experience is not instructed but gives you a chance to explore your creativity in a warm and inviting environment. No experience needed! Just come in and get creative by using their image gallery. Their friendly instructors are here to provide tips along the way.

Wheel throwing and hand building (Pottery)

United Spirits Pottery Shop, 260 Spadina Avenue, Unit 310, Toronto, ON 

M5T 1E2, Canada

Sun, June 23 2024, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm

Join Yasmine’s pottery class to unleash your creativity! Learn the art of wheel throwing, hand building, trimming, glazing, and sculpture making!

Mosaic Lamp Making Workshop

DIYLabs.ca, 877 Alness Street #16, Toronto, ON M3J 2X4, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm 

Enjoy the pleasure of making a traditional mosaiclamp with your own hands, either with your family or friends, and illuminate your room. Illuminate your nights with this unique lamp that you create by assembling different colored and shaped pieces of glass and beads.

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VI. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

Looking up towards a striped big top-style tent set against a sky at sunset; titled Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

National Indigenous Peoples Day

West Lawn, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Fri, June 21 2024, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Come and visit their Indigenous marketplace and cultural tent, enjoy traditional performances, delicious food and live music from Nikki Ineece Nash and JUNO Award nominee Shawnee Kish.

Jinny Yu: At Once Opening

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4

Sat, June 22 2024, 2:00 pm

Jinny Yu makes her AGO debut with an exhibition of new works, including oil on aluminum paintings and works on paper. Born in Korea and now based in Ottawa and Berlin, for the past twenty years, she has been an active professional artist and educator, using abstract and geometric forms to consider the implications of mass migration and rapid social change.

Art and Ideas: Lives of Women Makers with Ingrid Mida

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4

Sat, June 22 2024, 11:00 am

Inspired by the exhibition Making Her Mark: A History of Women’s Art in Europe, 1400-1800, the AGO welcomes Ingrid Mida as part of a series of in depth conversations with art historians and creatives and as they walk through the themes of the exhibition. 

Woofstock, North America’s Largest Festival for Dogs

Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sun, June 23 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Experience canine wonderland with a lineup of ‘go-to’ activities and attractions jam-packed with everything that you and your doggo would want. Explore their diverse range of exhibitors offering ‘must-haves’ from delicious treats, essential grooming products by SOOS to Earthtacular, and everything else in between. Enjoy plenty of samples and prizes to be won at the contests and races, including a Grand Prize Giveaway.

ROM After Dark: Summer Solstice

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C6

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:30 pm

Celebrate the first days of summer and National Indigenous Peoples Day at RAD: Summer Solstice – an eclectic line-up of live performances, epic DJ sets, and a sure-to-be iconic dance floor. Plus, you’ll have full access to all their exhibitions including the summer blockbusters Earth: An Immersive Journey and Wild Cats. 

Purr-fect Predators: Lessons from the Feline Fossil Record

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C6

Sat, June 22 2024, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join scientist Ashley Reynolds for an examination of the past, present, and future of one of humanity’s favourite creatures. Looking through the lens of the fossil record, learn all about the feline family tree and what extinct species can tell us about the perils facing today’s big and small cats. This half day workshop explores the connections between cat evolution and the species we know and love today. Program includes admission to the Wild Cats exhibition.

GTA24 Live: The Treasury of Human Inheritance (Circuits), Alexis Kyle Mitchell and Luke Fowler

MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd, Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7 Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 5:00 pm

This live documentary performance traces loops, echoes and repetitions across physical and spiritual realms. Inspired by inheritance patterns of genetic disease, GTA24 artist Alexis Kyle Mitchell and experimental filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler will present their collaborative work as part of GTA24’s Live Programme, with a blend of live sound, film, and spoken word. 

Almagul Menlibayeva: My Silk Road to You And Nomadized Suprematism

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1

May 1 – September 2, 2024

Almagul Menlibayeva is an award-winning Kazakh-German artist who works in photography, multi-channel video, and mixed-media installations. Through her photographs, Menlibayeva interprets the multilayered realities of post-socialist Central Asia.

Greater Toronto Art 2024

MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd., Toronto, ON, Canada

March 22 – July 28, 2024

Greater Toronto Art 2024 (GTA24) is the second edition of MOCA Toronto’s recurring triennial exhibition, which was conceived in 2021 to look more closely and consistently at artistic practices with a connection to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Featuring a constellation of twenty-five intergenerational artists, duos, and collectives, GTA24 looks back as much as it looks forward. 

Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4

until July 1, 2024

Introducing new artistic heroines, Making Her Mark brings together more than 230 objects from royal portraits to metal work, ceramics, textiles, and cabinetry, to demonstrate the many ways women contributed to the visual arts of Europe.

Kaws: Family

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4 

until August 5, 2024

Making his Canadian museum debut, Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly (1974), better known as KAWS, bridges the worlds of art, popular culture and commerce with sophisticated humour and insightful appropriation. In this original AGO exhibition, visitors will see first hand the artist’s meticulous methods, creative process and range, through more than 75 artworks including wall murals, sketches, paintings, sculptures, his altered phone booth advertisements and product collaborations.

Zachari Logan: The Flourishing Edge

Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7, Canada

July 12, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Meet artist Zachari Logan’s unique site-specific installation, where ceramics merge with his exploration of weeds, wildflowers, and ditches as symbols of queer male embodiment. Logan’s intricate plant forms signify a profound “re-wilding” of the body through material and form. Embark on this captivating artistic journey!

And to satisfy all your art cravings, be sure to check out the best art galleries or the best museums in Toronto!

VII. Parties and events in clubs

A club interior with silhouettes of dancing revelers amid falling confetti; titled Parties and Events in Clubs in Toronto

Emo Night Toronto at Sneaky Dee’s

Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue, 431 College Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON 

M5T 1T1, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 10:30 pm – 2:00 am

Get ready to unleash your inner emo at Emo Night North (ENN)! Every Friday at Sneaky Dee’s, they’re cranking up your favorite sad songs. From Toronto to all across Canada, ENN is where the emo party happens! 

The Summoning: Sleep Token Night at The Dance Cave

The Cave, 529 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y5

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 pm – 2:00 am

You have been summoned! If you can’t get enough Sleep Token, you won’t want to miss this night at The Dance Cave on Saturday June 22nd. Spinning the music of Sleep Token, Spiritbox Bad Omens, Northlane + MORE in full costume! 

Domain Expansion

The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

Anime party by ANC3 with stunt performances, K-pop RPD, live art, dancing, cosplay, 360 video booth, bracelet making, games, prizes & more! Come dressed in cosplay, your favourite fandom outfit or whatever makes you comfortable!

Amapiano vs Afrobeats Day Party

Scarlett, 571 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1 Canada

Sun, June 23 2024, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a fun-filled day of music, dancing, and good vibes as we celebrate the best of Amapiano and Afrobeat hits. Get ready to groove to the hottest tunes and enjoy delicious food and drinks with friends. Come dressed to impress and be prepared to dance the day away. Don’t miss out on this epic showdown between two of the hottest music genres around. See you there!

Sneaky 2000s Dance Party

Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue, 431 College Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON 

M5T 1T1

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:30 pm – 2:00 am

Spinning your favourite hits from the 2000s all night long! Join us on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Sneaky Dee’s. Doors open at 10:30pm and the party goes on until 2am. This event is 19+ only, so bring your valid physical photo ID. Presented by UP Dance Party Co.

Taylor Swift Dance Party at Bar Cathedral!

Bar Cathedral, 54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A6, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 pm EDT

Join us for an unforgettable night with themed drinks, decor, and a friendship bracelet station! We’ll be playing ALL the best of Taylor Swift (not just the radio hits). See you on the dance floor!

Summer of Love 2024 w/Paolo Rocco and friends at Stackt

stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6

Sun, June 23 2024, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, June 23, 2024, for the Open Air Experience at STACKT Market – Summer of Love 2024! The lineup features Paolo Rocco, known for his RawMoments sound, alongside Randomdoug b2b Jenny Boo and Samm Du b2b Cristi:ana. Paolo Rocco, a staple in Montreal’s scene, brings his international vibes to Stackt. The mix of veterans and emerging talents promises a day of diverse and energetic music for all dance enthusiasts to enjoy!

Drag Brunch at Glad Day in Toronto

Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, Canada

Sun, June 23 2024, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm EST

It’s Canada’s longest running Drag Brunch with your favourite host Selena Vyle! A different guest each week, delicious brunch and a vibe you won’t get anywhere else. It’s a must-see if you are visiting Toronto! Great for birthdays and other celebrations. Come, have fun and be part of the legend.

And if you want to organize an amazing party by yourself, the best party rental services might be just for you!

VIII. Outdoor Events & Activities

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Bumble Bee Watch in High Park

High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge, Toronto

Sat, June 22 2024, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm

Celebrate Pollinator Week in High Park with Bumble Bee Watch, a community science project dedicated to tracking and conserving bumble bees! Participants will walk through High Park looking for bumble bees and other native pollinators, recording their sightings and learning about the significant role they play in our ecosystems.

Toronto Tirade Scavenger Hunt

NEO COFFEE BAR, 161 Frederick Street #Unit 100, Toronto, ON M5A 4P3

Multiple dates, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

Your creative, nontraditional scavenger hunt begins at a scenic spot that’s a local favorite. You’ll get your digital quest from your live and interactive remote host. Then you’ll take off on your own to experience a wide variety of carefully curated locations in town. You’ll walk or drive to the various checkpoints as you interpret creative tasks, accept wacky challenges, and get outside your comfort zone!

The Soulcial Summer BBQ Series

Secret location, Downtown Toronto

Sat, June 22 2024, 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

Jeff Chow & DJ Agile proudly announce the premiere of their exclusive outdoor event, set in a secret location amidst the heart of downtown Toronto. This inaugural gathering showcases the iconic rhythms of DJ Aristole, the dynamic beats of Tyrone Solomon (renowned from the house music duo Peter & Tyrone), old school classics from The 2 Swift Household, and the signature sound of DJ Agile himself. Get ready for a scorching summer soiree brimming with positive vibes, a fusion of classic and contemporary hits, and an atmosphere unlike any other.

VibeWith Presents: Bike Meet + Park hangout

Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5V 3M8, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 9:30 am – 11:30am EDT

Are you looking to expand your social circle and make meaningful connections while enjoying a refreshing outdoor activity? Look no further! Vibewith invites you to our Bike Meet at the Park. They’ll guide you through a delightful picnic hang followed by a scenic ride along waterfront. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or just love a leisurely ride, this event is perfect for making new friends in a relaxed setting.

Toronto Scavenger Hunt-Operation City Quest

David Pecaut Square, 215 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1H8, Canada

Multiple dates, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Looking for family-friendly and fun things to do in Toronto? Take a tour of the city in the most unique way with Halifax Operation City Quest! Operation City Quest can help you explore the city with our fun photo scavenger hunt. Using your smartphone, you’ll be given a list of items to find in the form of riddles and challenges to complete on a scavenger hunt app. 

Evergreen’s Saturday Farmers Market

Pavilions, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

Saturdays, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Don’t miss out on Evergreen’s Saturday Farmers Market, which operates all year round. This market brings together Toronto residents with local Ontario farmers and producers, fostering a connection to locally sourced goods!

And if you’re a real nature lover and would love to spend hours on the lap of nature, then don’t miss these one-of-a-kind spots:

The Best Parks in Toronto to Have Your Own Barbeque
The Best Lakeshore Parks in Toronto
The Best Hiking Trails in Toronto
The Best Dog Parks in Toronto

Other Events

Casual Chess Fridays

Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

Fri, June 21 2024, 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm (multiple dates)

Calling all chess enthusiasts! Be part of The Official Chess Club of The University of Toronto. Join them every Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm for free casual play. It’s your opportunity to sharpen your skills, make new friends, and enjoy the thrill of chess. See you at the board! 

Where Dark Things Dwell: An Outdoor Escape Room

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

May 31 – November 9, 2024, 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Fridays and Saturdays)

An eerie spell has been cast over The Village of Black Creek. It’s up to you and your group to find the Witch’s Bell, and break the curse. Compete with up to 15 teams to uncover the curse’s truth. Will you lift the veil from Black Creek in time?

Toronto Kids Fashion Week 2024 Season21

Simpson Tower, 401 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4, Canada

Sat, June 22 2024, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm EDT

Toronto Kids Fashion Week is dedicated to celebrating kids fashion and featuring top kids fashion designers alongside some of the most iconic kids wear brands in Canada and around the world. Attendees will experience the beauty, excitement, and entertainment of watching kids models take on the runway.

Toronto Social Networking Event At Lavelle Rooftop

Lavelle, 627 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5, Canada

Fri, June 21 2024, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT

Embark on a transformative journey at the intersection of business, technology, and startup innovation! Join this dynamic event, tailor-made for business owners, professionals, technology startups & enthusiasts alike. This gathering promises a unique blend of career development, employment opportunities, insights, collaboration opportunities, and cutting-edge discussions.

For more fun right here in the city, be sure to explore these fantastic picks:

The Best Things To Do In Toronto For Young Adults
The Best Free Things to Do in Toronto
The Best Roller Skating Rinks in Toronto
Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Toronto

FAQ

The most visited place in Toronto is the CN Tower which has been visited by over 26 million people.
Toronto has many different neighbourhoods to choose from, so it really depends on what you’re looking for. Some popular areas to stay in Toronto include the Entertainment District, Yorkville and Downtown.
There are many ways to spend your weekend in Toronto. Some popular activities include exploring the city’s neighbourhoods, visiting major tourist attractions like Niagara Falls or The Royal Ontario Museum, enjoying a day at the beach and taking in some live music performances. Alternatively, you could explore some of the city’s neighbourhoods by taking a walk along Bloor Street or Queen Street West.
Toronto has a variety of attractions that are perfect for visitors at any time of the year. Late April through May and September through October are peak tourist season, when the sidewalks come alive with pedestrian marketplaces, patio restaurants and numerous cultural events. However, Toronto is also an amazing place to visit during other times of the year as well! Whether you’re looking for activities such as sightseeing or shopping, Toronto has everything you need right on its doorstep.

Final Thoughts

Toronto is a large and vibrant city with plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for things to do in Toronto this weekend, there are many great options available. From festivals and concerts to museums and art galleries, from roller skating to attending musical theatre, there’s sure to be something that interests you. So whether you’re a local or just visiting, be sure to check out some of these great events – you won’t regret it!

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