July is perhaps the most happening month in Toronto. The sun is out, the weather is balmy, and the city is full of outdoor events so locals and visitors alike can bask in the city's terrific weather. From music festivals to cultural events to food tastings, there is something for everyone in Canada's largest and most-visited city. Plan ahead so you can enjoy the best that Toronto has to offer all month long.
Shakespeare in High Park
Shakespeare in High Park is canceled in 2020.
Every year, the non-profit theater company Canadian Stage presents at least one Shakespeare production in their annual line-up so Torontonians and visitors can enjoy these timeless works under the stars. Shakespeare in High Park premieres each year in July and runs until September, so there are plenty of opportunities to see whatever play has been selected. The outdoor setting of High Park Amphitheater is both casual and romantic, making this an ideal plan for a night out with friends and family or a date. Hyde Park is on the west side of the city and easily accessible via Line 2 of the Toronto subway.
In 2019, there are two shows being performed on alternating nights by the same cast: "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Measure for Measure." Spectators can just show up and pay a suggested donation at the door to get tickets, although this popular event does fill up. To have a confirmed seat, you can also reserve and purchase tickets online before the show.
Toronto Fringe Festival
Toronto Fringe Festival is canceled in 2020. The next Fringe Festival will take place from June 30 to July 11, 2021.
Theater-lovers take note. Toronto Fringe is the city's annual summer festival of off-beat, adventurous, and untested stage shows. The festival was created in 1989 by a group of indie artists as a way to highlight theater outside of the mainstream and "on the fringe" of performing arts. Shows take place at various venues across Toronto with affordably priced tickets, keeping in line with the spirit of making the dramatic arts accessible to all.
Complement your theater experience by visiting Postscript, Toronto's largest pop-up patio bar that's run by the same organizers as Fringe. It appears during the weeks of the festival at Alexandra Park, so you can enjoy a drink outdoors while mingling with the playwrights and actors. Postscript also hosts special events, art exhibits, discussions, and concerts daily for some extra inspiration, usually tied to the themes of the works presented in the festival.
Taste of Lawrence
Taste of Lawrence is canceled in 2020.
The culturally rich and diverse district of Scarborough in East Toronto puts on the food-centered festival Taste of Lawrence every July. This three-day fair is the largest event in Scarborough and brings out over 130 food vendors representing all corners of the world for a delicious smorgasbord of fun. The festival is rounded out with live performances and carnival rides, so it's a delightful event for foodies and kids alike. It takes place on Lawrence Avenue East in the Wexford neighborhood, between Warden Avenue and Birchmount Road.
Summerlicious may be canceled in 2020. Check the official event webpage for the most up-to-date information.
Whether you consider yourself a foodie or just enjoy trying new restaurants, Summerlicious is one of the city's best-loved culinary events. Over 200 of Toronto's finest restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner during Summerlicious. Enjoy three delicious courses while you soak up the summer weather. Lunch starts at $23 while dinner starts at $33.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is canceled in 2020.
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America and you can expect numerous events taking place around the city beginning in early July and running until August. The Official Launch is the opening party at city hall and it gives just a small preview of all the costumes, music, food, and festivities that are to come in the following weeks.
Other highlights throughout the month include the crowning of the festival king and queen, a steel drum orchestra, the rum festival, and the culminating parade, which is the biggest event of the festival.
Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy is canceled in 2020.
Indy racing comes to Exhibition Grounds for another year of fast cars and all the fun that goes with racing. The Honda Indy Toronto features a 2.84 kilometer, 11-turn temporary street course located in downtown Toronto. The track is constructed throughout and around Exhibition Place and uses Lake Shore Boulevard as the backstretch.
TD Salsa on St. Clair
Celebrate Toronto’s Latin cultures at one of the largest Latino-themed cultural celebrations in Canada, TD Salsa on St. Clair. This free family street party features live performances, Latin music, and local food vendors, but this festival is unique in that attendees don't just observe the shows as spectators but actually join in. If you've ever wanted to learn how to dance salsa, samba, bachata, or cumbia, this is the place to do it.
The festival typically takes place on St. Clair Avenue in Central Toronto, but the 2020 festival is moving to online and will be available as a televised event in Canada on TLN or via the internet worldwide at tln.ca. Tune in on July 18–19, 2020, to blast Latin music at home and learn the steps to dance like a pro—at least you won't have to worry about embarrassing yourself.
Beaches Jazz Festival
There are all types of music festivals around Toronto in July, but one of the most highly-anticipated every year is the Beaches Jazz Festival. Most of the festivities are usually centered around Queen Street East in the Beach Village area, with other concerts at Jimmie Simpson and Woodbine parks. However, this year's festival is going to be completely virtual, with live performances, workshops, and interviews all being streamed from July 17–26, 2020. Even if you aren't located in Toronto, you can tune in from anywhere in the world on the event webpage or via their social media.
Toronto's Festival of Beer
The 2020 Festival of Beer is postponed until a later date. Check the official event webpage for the most up-to-date information.
Beer from brewers all around the world, hit bands, and lots of food create a recipe for one of the most enjoyable things to do in July in Toronto. The city's Festival of Beer is always a popular summer event so it's best to get tickets early. It's a fully packed weekend of food vendors, live music performances, and more beer than you'll be able to drink.
Toronto Burlesque Festival
Both local and international performers present a variety of music, comedy, and a little bit of skin at Revival Bar and MOD Club Theatre for the annual Toronto Burlesque Festival. The 2020 show is scheduled for July 23–26 and instead of taking place in-person, it will be streamed for viewers to see this risqué performance art from home. Details are forthcoming, so stay current with the latest news by checking the event webpage and the official Facebook page to find out how you can enjoy Toronto's sultriest event.
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) has been connecting artists with the public since 1961 and plans to do so in 2020 as well, albeit in a slightly different format. This year, it's being called the Toronto Online Art Fair and it will take place virtually July 2–12, 2020, featuring over 360 contemporary visual artists and makers. You can also expect diverse—and free—art workshops for all ages, art talks, tours, and more. The program is in the works, so check out the official event webpage in late June to find out how you can take part in this cherished Toronto tradition.