Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fun things to do in Toronto July & August 2016

Let the good times roll! Is that sweat I see, rolling along the curve of my neck, soaking into the soft grass? Probably not, I am writing this in winter - my new Canada Post Community mailbox laughing at me as I am frozen out of the contents locked inside. Who makes an outdoor lock for Canada that you can't get into during winter, oops that's right - Canada Post. Anywho, longer days and blooming trees will bring the summer sub back into the gorgeous lands of Ontario - I can hardly wait.
But if you are reading this in July then keep your eye open for these fun events that bring Toronto together, hopefully Buskerfest has gotten a few sponsors that keep it going, now that Scotiabank has dropped them, and several other longtime events including the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, from their charity and non-profit rosters and will instead fund arts, marathons and hockey sponsorships.
Will the primo-multicultural Canada Day long weekend festival known as the CHIN picnic also make it past the loss of Scotiabank money? Will it return to Exhibition Place, or remain in Little Italy? Will the bikini contestants compete at the bandshell, or out of the way in a bar? UPDATE: The Chin Bikini Contest has been cancelled! Well we can only hope that everything works out. More updates: The CHIN Picnic 2016 has been merged with the Taste of Little Italy Festival in June.
Pride Toronto Festival June 24 - July 3. The parades start July 1st and culminate with the Pride Parade on Sunday, July 3 - start time 2 pm.
Toronto Fringe Festival Wed to Sun, June 29 - July 10.
Redpath Waterfront Festival Fri to Sun, July 1-3.
Digital Dreams Festival Sat to Sun, July 2-3.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Fri to Sun, July 8-10
Salsa on St Clair Sat to Sun, July 9-10. Festival Parades both days at 2pm.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition Fri to Sun, July 8-10.
Beaches Jazz Festival Fri to Sun, July 8-24.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival Sun to Sun, July 10 - July 31. The official launch is Tuesday, July 5. King and Queen Show Thur, July 28. and the famous parade down by the lake on Sat, July 30.
photo by Joe Hamilton

Honda Indy Toronto Fri to Sun, July 15-17. Exhibition Place will sound like a jacked up hornet's nest as the IndyCar series and the NASCAR Pinty's series light up the streets of Toronto.
photo by Joe Hamilton

Tim and Brenda's Cruise for the Cure Show and Shine in nearby Vaughan, Sunday, July TBD.
Toronto Festival of Beer Fri to Sun, July 22-24. Hmmm, beer.
Rogers Cup Tennis Sat to Sun, July 23-31.
Toronto International BrazilFest Sun July 24. In Earlscourt Park.
Live Green Toronto Sat, July TBD. With free concerts in Yonge-Dundas Square.

Taste of the Danforth Fri to Sun, Aug 5-7.
Importfest Saturday, Aug 6 - cars and girls at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Canfitpro Consumer Fitness and Wellness Show Wed to Sun, Aug 10-14.
Wheels on the Danforth Fri to Sat, Aug 12-13.
York-Eglinton International Street Festival Sat to Sun, Aug 13-14.
Canadian National Exhibition CNE Fri to Mon, Aug 19-Sept 5. Do you want to go faster? And don't forget the fantastic Canadian International Airshow.
Chinatown Festival Sat to Sun, Aug 20-21.
Aloha Toronto Festival Sun, Aug 21.
Big on Bloor Festival Sat to Sun, Aug 22-23. Car free from Dufferin to Lansdowne.
2 Day Best of the Beach Coed Volleyball Sat to Sun, Aug TBD.
Miss Sexy Car Wash Show and Shine Sun, Aug 21 in Scarborough from 11 am to 7 pm.
Toronto Tamil Festival Fri to Sun, Aug 26-28.
Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair Sat, Aug 27
Leslieville Beerfest Sat, Aug 27
Taiwan Fest Fri to Sun, Aug 26-28.

Go Topless Day protest in Toronto Sun, Aug 28. 12 pm to 4 pm at Hubbard Blvd and Hammersmith Ave - to be confirmed? Always Sometimes the Sunday before Women't Equality Day which is August 26?
Buskerfest Thurs to Sun, Aug 25-28. Street performers at their best on Yonge Street.  Buskerfest has now been moved to the September Labour Day weekend and will be located in the Beaches at Woodbine Park. Fri to Mon, Sept 2-5.
Toronto Zombie Walk - will it come back from the dead and walk the streets once again? There was a wake held in 2015 that started at Trinity Bellwoods and ended at the CNE. Will there be another one?
For USA and Airshow Fans: Thunder Over Michigan Sat to Sun, Aug 20-21.
Fan Expo Canada New Date Thurs to Sun, Sept 1-4. More costumes because that is the best part.

Also coming up is the world famous Toronto International Film Festival, or tiff.

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