The Best July Events in Toronto

Things to do in Toronto this month

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July is here and there are lots of events to keep you busy. Here are some of the best to add to your summer to-do list.

Canada Day events (July 1)

If you’re looking to check out some Canada Day celebrations in Toronto this year there are a few good spots to choose from. Watch the fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park after 9:30 p.m., at Centennial Park at 10 p.m., Mel Lastman Square at 10:15 p.m. and Canada’s Wonderland at around 10 p.m.

Toronto Fringe (July 1-12)

Theater-lovers can choose from 148 shows including over 60 comedy shows, 14 dance and physical theatre shows, 30 dramas, 13 musicals, 20 national and 12 international companies. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door and no matter what you see you’re likely to have a good time. Just remember to be on time. Latecomers are out of luck and won’t be admitted.

Summerlicious (July 3-26)

Everyone’s favourite excuse to eat out in Toronto is back once again. Summerlicious runs for most of the month during which you can enjoy three course lunch or dinner prix fix meals at over 210 participating restaurants. The best part: price points are much lower than what you would normally be paying at a lot of these places so it’s a great opportunity to try new restaurants.

Taste of Lawrence (July 3-5)

Scarborough is where to go for Taste of Lawrence July 3 to 5. The international festival of food, music and culture is Scarborough’s biggest street festival and it’s where to go to experience a diverse array of cuisines from around the world. There will be 130 street vendors, midway rides and two stages for live entertainment.

Salsa on St. Clair (July 4-5)

This annual celebration of Latin culture is happening July 4 and 5 along St. Clair West from Winona Dr. to Christie St. The popular street fest will feature great food. Expect Latin specialties like pupusas, empanadas, arepas, tamales and churros. There will also be live music, dance lessons and family-focused activities.

Summer Craft Beer Fest (July 9)

If you like craft beer you’ll want to try and make time for this month’s Summer Craft Beer Fest being held in Liberty Village at the Liberty Market Building Galleria on July 9. The event will feature over 20 of the best craft brewers including Beau’s, Big Rock, Junction Craft Brewing, Wellington Brewery and Goose Island Beer Co. The beer will be accompanied by food from Liberty Market food vendors.

Beaches Jazz Festival (July 10-26)

Beaches Jazz Festival features three weeks of music on multiple stages, workshops (registration required), a street festival featuring over 40 Canadian bands performing along a 2.5 kilometre stretch of Queen St. East, food trucks, art and more. Some featured artists include KC Roberts & the Live Revolution, the 26-piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bustamento and the Kirby Sewell Band. The best part is, it’s all free.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer (July 24-26)

Another festival dedicated to beer, Toronto’s Festival of Beer will be returning to Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. The always popular fest features over 60 brewers and more than 300 brands from all over the world to sample. There will also be ample food on offer as well as live entertainment on the Bandshell stage from 54-40, Lowest of the Low and Naughty by Nature.

WayHome (July 24-26)

WayHome might not be taking place in Toronto, but it will attract lots of city-goers. The three day music and arts fest is happening at Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, north of Barrie and features a lot of big names including Neil Young, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, the Decemberists, Brandon Flowers, Hozier and Modest Mouse among many others. The inaugural festival will also include art, 30 food vendors, camping, WayMarket by Etsy where you can shop local and handmade goods, a daily farmers’ market and a general store.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (July 7-August 2)

This three week celebration of all things Caribbean is the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. The multi-week series of events, music, food and vibrant costumes will culminate in a giant parade on August 1 from Exhibition Place along a 3.5 kilometre stretch on Lakeshore Boulevard.