Do you spend your free summer time glued to the sofa in front of whatever TV shows are on? Don’t waste this great time anymore and start to get out! Outdoor events are what makes the summer unforgettable. Read through our finest selection of July events in Toronto and experience a real taste of summer. From the outdoors events happening in parks to the best stages in Toronto Fringe Festival!
June 26th to September 2nd
Canadian Stage plays Shakespeare’s eternal works in the outdoor setting of High Park each year. This summer, you can enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a light-hearted classic comedy about four lovers. These pay-what-you-can performances feature talented local actors every Tuesday to Sunday at 8:00 P.M. Come for a bit of drama under the stars of High Park, located in Toronto’s west end, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Shakespeare High Park production previously called the Dream in High Park.
July 4th to July 15th
This is a traditional annual summer festival with more than a hundred stage productions in around a dozen venues. The city’s largest theatre festival is primarily focused on sharing pure enthusiasm with audiences. You probably didn’t know that the Fringe Festival selects its producers by lottery to ensure a great variety of shows! Check the festival listings. There’s something for everyone — whether you prefer classical plays such as Antigone, musicals, or modern sketches.
July 6th to July 8th
The Honda Indy Toronto will be held on the streets around Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario. The event is among the most prestigious motorsport festivals in North America. Visitors can watch the fastest racing in the world, meet famous drivers, enjoy live shows, and many other activities during the two days of the event.
July 6th to July 8th
This free event is organized as part of Harbourfront Free Summer Festivals and aims to promote colourful Brazilian arts as well as Brazilian gastronomy. Workshops and family activities are prepared for you to enjoy. The three-day event features highlights such as Forró artist Maria Bonita and The Band, and film series introducing the very best of contemporary movie production in Brazil. One well-known Brazilian song says that Brazil is blessed by God and beautiful by nature. If you visit Expressions of Brazil, you will surely agree!
July 6th to July 22nd
Summerlicious, Toronto’s foodie celebration, takes place every summer and provides an excellent opportunity to explore fine places for dining in the city. Over 180 top restaurants offer prix fixe (i.e. fixed price) lunch and dinner menus. It’s perfect for exploring various places where outstanding chefs cook. There are three price categories (for lunch: $15, $20, or $25 and for dinner: $25, $35, or $45) per person. After you’ve decided where to go, make your reservation in advance — they’re accepted from June 21st.
July 7th to July 8th
Discover Africa in Toronto! This free celebration is dedicated to promoting the diversity of African culture and takes place in Woodbine Park. Popular African musicians, top African groups based in Canada, an original African market with traditional food and crafts, displays and exhibitions, family activities, and much more can be seen at the festival, which is organized by a non-profit, community-based organization, Music Africa, one of the oldest and most renowned initiatives promoting African culture in Canada.
Toronto’s largest celebration of living green features a wide range of green products, services, and live performances at Yonge-Dundas Square. Shop at the Green Street Market, participate at the Swap Zone with more than 700 items available for swapping, or just get to know about what’s new in environmental protection. This festival aims to promote neighbourhood actions for better living in Toronto for all of us. Come and get to know more!
Frugal Fashion Week
July 26th to July 29th
Frugal Fashion Week is back and whether you’re a dedicated fashionista or just feel good when dressed up, it’s the right time to check out this event and enrich your wardrobe. The four days of fashion feature a launch party, fashion shows, a silent auction, a shop crawl, and other events. The event is held in the Queen West neighbourhood.
July 27th to July 28th
This unforgettable show showcases a fusion of visuals, dance, music, and fantasy that will take you to the creative world of Michael Jackson’s legacy. The show is directed to devoted fans but also to those who can appreciate creative artistry. It’s performed by Cirque du Soleil, a Quebec-based company that’s recognized worldwide for its year-long artistic entertainment. If you’ve never happened to see their shows, this performance is a perfect opportunity to join the 100 million people who have seen them since their beginnings in 1984. The touring Cirque comes to Toronto with the performance about the King of Pop again for two more shows. Performances are held at the Air Canada Centre and prices start at $90.