JULY (noun); the month to bask in the full glory of long summer days on patios dotted all over the grid, sunbathing on the greenery and getting into some water sports. July is also the month where some key summer events hit the town, so forget about any time for repose unless you remove yourself from the pulsating grip of this vibed-up city.
And your calendar suddenly just filled up.
This year’s Fringe Festival invites all Torontonians to ‘Choose your own Adventure’! Expect to be entertained, delighted and amused with the creative and diverse programming for this year. Primarily a theatre festival it has since broadened its scope to include dance and visual art. There are 148 shows to choose from with a great selection of free shows and tickets at a steal for only $10-12 (all sales go back to the artists). Oh, the stress of choosing what to see… start with the full program or download the app.
The ultimate foodie event is in Fort York this year, where the second annual Taste of Toronto will be hosted over four days. Expect the presence of the city’s most talked about restaurants serving up taste portions of their culinary delights, as well as a fresh food market and a suite of beverages on show. There will also be a range of interactive programs such as the Metro Master Classes which is hosted by special guest chefs. View the full program and book tickets here.
This week-long festival brings the vibrance of Latin culture onto the street of St Clair, with music, dance, food and art. The Salsa on St Claire Street Festival runs over the weekend of the 4th and 5th July, where the street is transformed into one big party. Other events during the week include Salsa Parties at Lula, an art exhibition at Galleria 814 and Salsa Cruise Nights.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, TIFF brings the city 9 free weekly screenings on a Wednesday evening of some old time favourites. The first one kicks off on the 8th July at 7:30 pm in David Pecaut Square.
This festival brings 3 great weeks of music, food and art to The Beaches, with a daily schedule filled to the brim with live performances and happenings. Special features of this event includes live performances at the Leslieville and East Lynne Park Farmer’s Markets on the weekends, a variety of jazz workshops (free, but registration required) and the Street Fest.
Gosh, if Toronto isn’t bringing it I don’t know what to call this. Oh. The Pan Am Games are on too, so this will be a wonderful delight for guests of the city!