The hubbub of Toronto in July may be just what you're looking for, or may be enough to make you think about visiting at another time. It all depends on you and what you want from your Toronto vacation. Of course, many people have time off with their families in July and August because school is out, so flexibility with dates may not be an alternative.
If the July crowds have you feeling claustrophobic, consider a day trip out of town to neighboring vineyards like in Niagara-on-the-Lake or any of the many nearby charming towns.
The city's best attractions will be busy. Consider buying a Toronto attractions pass that saves you money and time in lineups.
Toronto Weather in July
July is generally hot and muggy (humid). Evenings can cool off considerably especially by the water, so a jacket is still necessary.
- Average July temperature: 21ºC / 68ºF
- July average high: 24ºC / 80ºF
- July average low: 16ºC / 60ºF
Visitors can expect rain about 10 days out of 31 in July.
What to Pack
Since it's warm in Toronto in July, you will want to make sure to pack the following:
- Light-colored, long sleeve shirts
- Bathing suit
- Light, long pants
- Sandals as well as closed-toe shoes
- Bug spray if you're heading out of the city
- Sunhat, sunglasses & sunscreen
You may not use them, but it can't hurt to bring a light jacket or shawl.
July Events in Toronto
Toronto Caribbean Carnival: This is the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America and you can expect numerous events taking place around the city (from music to food-focused), culminating in a massive parade and street festival (formerly known as Caribana).
Honda Toronto Indy: Indy racing comes to Exhibition Grounds for another year of fast cars and all the fun that goes with racing. The track is constructed throughout and around Exhibition Place and uses Lake Shore Boulevard as the backstretch.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition: This year (2019) marks the 58th anniversary of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF), featuring over 360 contemporary visual artists and makers - as well as 115,000 art lovers at Nathan Phillips Square.
Toronto Fringe Festival: Toronto's largest theatre festival will produce over 100 stage productions from Canada and around the world.
Toronto’s Festival of Beer: Beer from brewers all around the world, bands and food - what more do you need on a sunny, summer day? Toronto's Festival of Beer is always a popular summer event so it's best to get tickets early, especially for the Saturday.
Taste of Lawrence: The Wexford Heights BIA presents a festival of performers, family activities and of course food vendors in this Scarborough neighborhood. This is Scarborough’s largest street festival and always proves to be a good time for neighbourhood locals and visitors alike.
The Shaw Festival: Located about 1.5 hours down the highway in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Shaw Festival is a world-famous four-month long theatre event that highlights the works of Bernard Shaw, his contemporaries and up and coming Canadian playwrights.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival: Canadian and international musicians performing diverse styles from traditional to fusion, blues to bebop.
Beaches International Jazz Festival: This chic part of west Toronto closes the street off to traffic once a year for 10 nights to enjoy live music and merrymaking.
Summerlicious: Over 200 of Toronto's fine dining restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus for lunch or dinner during Summerlicious. Enjoy three delicious courses while you soak up the summer weather.
The Stratford Festival: This is another acclaimed theatre event with a special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare. Inexpensive shuttles go between Toronto and the charming town of Stratford during the festival months.
- In July in Toronto, there are festivals galore and lots of waterfront activities to enjoy.
- Summertime means the full throng of summer visitors has arrived; something is always going on in Toronto in the summer.
- Summertime is patio season, a nice way to while away the day or evening.
- Canada's biggest theme park, Canada's Wonderland, is open.
- Enjoy a day at the Toronto Islands, including the beach at Ward's Island.
- Temperatures in the 80s and sometimes 90s and high humidity may be a turnoff to some.
- High season means higher travel prices, fuller than usual hotels and restaurants and possibly longer lineups at Toronto's tourist attractions. Reservations are recommended and book early!
- July 1st is Canada Day, a national public holiday. Banks and most stores will be closed.