SpotHero Summer Picks: Our Top 8 Things to do in Toronto this Summer

Toronto is heating up for the summer! The SpotHero team has picked some of our favourite warm-weather activities to help your summer stay action-packed. Whether you’re a lifelong Toronto resident, or just visiting for the week, we’re sure you’ll have tons of things to do in Toronto all summer long.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Dates: July 12-14

Location: Nathan Phillips Square

Price: Free!

Details: The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair takes place every year in Toronto’s City Centre. The fair features artists of all kinds: art installations, dance performances, performance art, and more. There’s also a Kids Zone where children can experiment with their own artistic side. Whether you’re looking to buy a new piece or just admire the works of art, the Outdoor Art Fair is the perfect family-friendly event this summer. Full details available here.

Soak up the Sun

Location: Sugar Beach

Cost: Free!

Details: Toronto has a handful of public beaches for residents and tourists to lay out and enjoy the waterfront! Sugar Beach is one of our favorites. This beach is located along the Toronto Harbor and has dozens of lounge chairs, umbrellas, and splash pads to keep cool.

Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival

Dates: July 3-14

Location: Various locations throughout Downtown Toronto

Price: Pricing and full details to be announced, learn more and purchase here.

Details: This beloved festival is a celebration of theatre, arts and culture. Attendees can choose from hundreds of shows performed at over 30 venues throughout downtown Toronto. Click here for festival details.

Sail Away and Spend the Day

Location: Depart from Bay Street at Queens Quay 

Cost: $4.29 – $9.11 for the ferry, amusement prices vary.

Details: Take the ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and explore Toronto Island! Spend the day fishing, picnicking, biking, and spending time in the sun. The Centreville Amusement Park is located here, as well as Far Enough Petting Farm, Franklin Children’s Garden, and the William Meany Hedge Maze. With so many activities to do here, you’re sure to find fun for the whole family!

The ferry charges $9.11 per adult and varies for youth and senior citizens. Check out fares, the ferry schedule, activities, and more here!

The Canadian National Exhibition

Dates: August 16-September 2

Location: Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Blvd.

Cost: Tickets start at $22.12, learn more and purchase here.

Details: Better known as ‘The Ex,’ the Canadian National Exhibition is a month-long celebration of everything that makes Canada great. Visitors to Canada’s biggest national fair can enjoy rides, food, live performances, and more! Learn more here.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Dates: Events begin June 15, Grand Parade takes place August 3.

Location: Multiple locations in Toronto, the Grand Parade begins at Exhibition Place and proceeds down Lakeshore Blvd.

Price: Parade is free to watch, VIP tickets and event prices vary. Learn more and purchase here.

Details: Enjoy music, celebration and truly spectacular fashion, culminating in the Grand Parade along Lakeshore blvd! Find a free spot along the parade route, or if you prefer set yourself up for the VIP treatment in the Carnival’s paid area. Click here to view the full list of events.

Catch a Pop Fly

Date: Regular season ends September 29, view the full schedule here.

Location: Rogers Centre

Cost: Ticket Price varies based on opponent

Details: The best way to spend a nice summer day is to take part in the ultimate good weather pastime! When the weather is nice, grab your friends and head over to Rogers Centre to cheer on the home team!

Get Outta Town

If you’re heading out of town for summer vacation, we wouldn’t hold it against you. Catching a flight? Just remember to reserve your airport parking spot in advance!

Have a great summer!