The weather is finally getting warm, and I couldn’t be more excited about all the fun things to do in Toronto this summer!
If you’re planning a visit to Toronto or just a resident looking for fun things to do, you’re in the right place. I wanted to see if I could come up with 101 things to do in Toronto in the summer, and it was surprisingly easy.
From cultural events to weekend road trips, there’s no shortage of fun Toronto summer activities to check out this year.
Here are ideas for fun things to do in and around the city to help you create your own Toronto summer bucket list. Even with just 48 hours in Toronto, you can still fit in many of these activities!
1. Visit the Toronto Islands
The islands are my favorite place to hang out and escape the city heat in the summer.
To get to the islands, catch the 13-minute ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at Bay St. and Queens Caye. Alternatively, you can take a ‘Tiki Taxi” from Queens Quay and Spadina for $10. This is a fun way to get to the islands. They are small boats ‘tiki-themed boats, playing Caribbean-inspired music along the way.
A bike is a perfect way to get around the islands. You can rent them from bike share stations in the city and bring them with you on the ferry.
There are beautiful beaches to relax on the islands, including a clothing-optional one at Hanlan’s Point – a popular spot for the LGBTQ+ community.
2. Take in the city skyline from a boat
A perfect way to spend a summer evening in Toronto is on the water. There are several boat tour options, from tall ships to dinner cruises and open boat dance parties on the River Gambler.
3. Explore Rouge Park
As Canada’s largest urban park, there are endless trails to explore in Rouge National Urban Park on foot or by bike. It’s hard to believe you’re still within the city limits, walking around Rouge Park. You can even camp there!
4. Take a walk through a ravine
You don’t have to go far away from the city streets to get into nature. Toronto is blessed with an extensive ravine system, offering residents a chance an escape from the urban settlement. Some of my favorite ravine walks include the Humber Valley and Crothers Woods.
5. Visit Scarborough bluffs
This beautiful escarpment stretches 15km across Scarborough, standing above Lake Ontario. You can visit from above, but as the cliffs are fragile, the city limits how close you can get to the edge. Instead, admire the bluffs from below on the beach.
6. Walk along with the CN Tower
If you want to add some excitement to your summer, consider doing the Edgewalk along with the CN tower. This impressive Canadian landmark used to be the largest free-standing tower in the world. Talk about an adrenaline rush! If that’s not your thing, simply take in the views from the top or dine at the 360-revolving restaurant.
7. Bike the city
Biking is one of the fastest ways to get around Toronto, and it’s so enjoyable! The city is nearly all flat, so you don’t have to worry about hills.
Toronto has a bike share program where you can pick up and drop off bikes at various stations around the city. There are also guided bike tours you can join in downtown Toronto.
8. Visit a botanical garden
There’s nothing more peaceful than a stroll through a botanical garden. Check out the Toronto Botanical Gardens in North York near Sunnyside Park.
For something closer to downtown, visit Allan Gardens on Gerrard St. East. Afterward, take a stroll through Cabbagetown – my old Toronto neighborhood.
9. Visit a farm
While you’re in Cabbagetown, take a walk through Riverdale farm to see the cute farm animals or tulips if you’re visiting during spring.
10. Kayak around the lake
Another great way to see the city skyline is from a kayak on Lake Ontario. You can rent kayaks and canoes downtown at the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre or join a guided tour.
11. Picnic in the park
There is no shortage of beautiful parks in Toronto, and a picnic is a great way to enjoy them! Grab some snacks and a bottle of wine and head to one of the city’s many parks for a fun summer day in Toronto.
My favorite parks in Toronto are High Park and Trinity Bellwoods, which also happen to be two of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Toronto. This usually happens in early May during Spring in Toronto. Sugar beach is also a great place to hang out in Toronto in the summer with its adorable pink chairs.
12. Do Yoga in the Park
If you prefer a more active experience in the park, check out the Flying Yogi. This company offers yoga classes in various parks throughout the city during the summertime. Payment is made on a donation basis.
13. Join an outdoor Bootcamp
If you want to get whipped into shape while not spending beautiful days inside a gym, then an outdoor Bootcamp is the perfect thing to join!
The classes are challenging, but it’s honestly fun being outdoors with others. After all, misery loves company! I recommend Urban Core; I’ve never been so fit as when I did this boot camp!
14. Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) on the island
If you want to practice your balance and be out on the lake, check out Toronto Island SUP. They run SUP classes from Toronto Island.
15. Watch the sunset
Don’t let the city skyscrapers take the sunset away! There are still many places where you can see the sun go down in Toronto.
Check out River Park East to see the sunset over the city skyline. Polson Pier, Leslie Street Spit, and the Toronto Islands are some other places to go for a great sunset view
16. Get involved with a beach clean-up
Help out the city and get involved in a beach clean-up! When I did this, I was shocked at the amount of garbage and micro-plastic coming from the lake. We can all do our part to keep Toronto clean and beautiful.
17. “Sign up for a summer run”
Running isn’t my thing, but I know many people who love them! Check out this Toronto Run Guide and find the perfect run to crush this summer.
18. Cool off in a pool
If you don’t want to swim in the lake (I don’t blame you), Toronto has several public outdoor pools to cool off from the heat. Be sure to check out the outdoor Olympic-sized pool in Woodbine Park!
For a pool with a view, check in to the Bisha Hotel and enjoy their incredible rooftop pool.
19. Take a helicopter ride over Toronto
For the absolute best view of the city. I’ve done helicopter tours in Victoria Falls and Las Vegas and loved every minute of both experiences.
20. Explore the city on foot
See the best sights of the city in this small-group walking tour.
21. Join a Segway tour
Get introduced to the historic Distillery District in Toronto while riding the unique and fun Segway.
22. Hop-on-hop-off bus. Enjoy taking in the city’s best sights at your own pace. In the summer months, it comes with a complimentary harbor cruise.
23. Electric Island
Every long weekend in the summer, Toronto Island turns into a giant dance party with great electro vibes. They are back in 2022 with dates on MAY 22, JULY 1& 2, AUGUST 6, and SEPTEMBER 3 & 4!
24. Promise Cherry Beach
Another long weekend summer special. Join this electronic music and arts beach party and make some new friends.
25. Harbourfront Concerts
Every summer, Harbourfront will put on many concerts and live events for residents and guests to enjoy by the water. Check the website to see this year’s schedule.
Discover new bands at this music and gaming festival across the city in various venues in June. The physical festival returns June 14–19, 2022.
27. Toronto Jazz Festival
Ten days of Jazz all across the city. The 2022 event is scheduled for June 24-July 3rd.
28. Veld music festival
Another one for electronic lovers, VELD runs on the long weekend in early August. I’ve never been because I’m always at Osheaga, but I hear it’s a blast! The festival is set to return in 2022 from July29-31st.
29. Royal Ontario Museum
Find out what’s on at the ROM! This museum always has something interesting to see. During the summer, they host dance parties every Friday. And yes, dancing with dinosaur bones is as cool as it sounds.
This beautiful art gallery always has an interesting exhibit going on. If you’re under 25, it’s free to visit! And if you’re over that age, check out the free night on Wednesdays from 6–9 pm.
31. Christie Pits Film Festival
Every Sunday evening during the summer, you can come cozy up in a blanket and watch a movie in Christie Pits Park. A perfect date night activity!
32. Celebrate Canada.
July 1st July 1a day, and the city knows how to throw a party. Find free events all over Toronto, and at night enjoy the free fireworks.
33. Celebrate Pride on the streets
Toronto loves pride, and it’s celebrated all through June. Head to Church St during that time for what’s sure to be a fun time.
34. Toronto International Dance Festival
Celebrate the amazing world of dance across all cultures.
35. Toronto Fringe Festival
In July, theatre takes over the city during the Toronto Fringe Festival. Performances are held at various venues all around town.
36. Shakespeare in the Ruff
Visit the High Park amphitheater for a wonderful show of Shakespeare.
37. Toronto Caribbean Carnival
This exciting carnival starts in July, celebrating Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry. The biggest night of the event is the Caribbean Grand Parade, where masqueraders wind their way from Exhibition Place to Lakeshore Boulevard. This year’s event is scheduled for the weekend of July 29 to July 29, 2022.
38. Toronto International Busker Festival
See entertaining performers in Woodbine Park. The event will return in 2022 from September 2–5, 2022.
39. Visit the Museum of Illusions
One ticket gets you entrance to more than 100 mind-bending rooms, from holograms to vortex tunnels to game rooms and 3D puzzles.
40. Fan Expo
Embrace your inner nerd and dress up for this year’s Fan Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. 2022 takes place August 25-28/
41. Toronto Fashion Week
Discover the latest fashion trends in Toronto during Fashion week. This year’s event will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person events and is set to take place in Spring/Summer 2022.
42. Toronto International Film Festival
This annual film festival brings in some huge names. Discover new films or attend one of the many TIFF parties around the city in September.
There are guaranteed laughs at this Toronto comedy festival. This year’s dates are September 22–September 22, 2022.
44. Toronto Great Canadian Food Tour
Try a variety of classic dishes on this 3-hour tour, from First Nations cuisine to French-Canadian poutine.
45. Secret food tours Toronto.
Learn more about the different communities that have contributed to the city’s culinary heritage on this guided food tour through Toronto.
Celebrate Canada (and Ribs) at Centennial Park. This year’s event will be a drive-thru.
This program started to showcase Toronto’s diverse cuisine. It lets you try some of Toronto’s best restaurants for affordable prices. Three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus are offered for $23, $28, or $33 for lunch, or $33, $43, or $53 for dinner. Make reservations early!
48. TO Food and Drink Fest
Canada’s largest food and drink festival! Come eat everything at the Metro Convention center this April 22-24th, 2022.
49. Food Truck Fest
Food lovers rejoice. Celebrate the best of food trucks in Woodbine Park this July.
A huge festival of music and food in Etobicoke. And of course, award-winning jerk chicken. Set to take place August 4th-7th in 2022.
51. Taste of Toronto
Celebrate 30 years of Toronto Taste on June 12th at Evergreen Brick Works.
52. Toronto Vegandale Food and Drink Festival
Come see how delicious vegan food can be at The Vegandale Fest at Garrison Common on Saturday, August 6th, 2022, from 11 am-7 pm.
53. Canadian National Exhibition
Everyone loves the ex! Indulge your inner child and play carnival games, get views of the city from the Ferris wheel, and eat all the weird things. The ex is scheduled to return in 2022 from August 19 to September 5th.
54. Eat all the ice cream
Not an official food fest, but eating ice cream in Toronto during the summer is truly its own activity. Some of the best places to get a scoop are Bang Bang Ice cream and Bakery, Ed’s Real Scoop, and Booyah.
55. Weekend brunch
Brunch and Toronto go hand and hand. The city has developed a strong brunch culture, with new and delicious brunch restaurants popping up in every neighborhood.
The only problem? There’s almost always a line to get into the best brunch spots in Toronto. But it’s always worth the wait! Some of my favorite brunch spots are Le Petit Dejeuner, Auntie’s and Uncles, and Saving Grace.
56. Visit St. Lawrence Market
One of my favorite good markets in Canada, St. Lawrence has a wonderful selection of food stands and local farmers to support.
57. Take a brunch cruise
Make your weekend epic with this 2.5 brunch cruise through Toronto’s Harbour. Kick-off with a champagne mimosa when you board and dig into a delicious brunch buffet, all while enjoying the scenic views.
58. Take a guided food tour through Kengisnton Market
Eat your way through one of the most diverse food scenes in Toronto and sample over six international cuisines, from Tibetan momos to Jamaican patties.
59. Toronto Craft Beer Festival
Celebrate the boom of Toronto’s craft beer scene at the official craft beer festival in Ontario Place. The 2022 event is scheduled for June 24th-26th.
60. Wine Fest
Toronto’s first outdoor wine festival. Come celebrate all things wine July 24th-25th!
61. Beer Fest
Who doesn’t love a beer festival? Drink all the things at Toronto’s annual beer fest held annually in July. This year’s event is scheduled for July 22 to 24th, 2022.
62. Cider Fest. This event celebrates all things cider! 2022 updates are coming soon on their website.
63. Go for patio beers
One of my favorite summer activities in Toronto! Head to one of the city’s amazing patios for drinks on a hot summer day. Some of my favorites include Amsterdam Brewery by the waterfront, Hemingway’s in Yorkville, and Trinity Common in Kensington.
64. Go on a self-guided brewery tour
Even if there’s not a beer festival going on, there’s no shortage of breweries to check out in Toronto. Make a day out of it and go on a self-guided tour of Toronto’s craft breweries. Check out Amsterdam Brewery by the Water, Steamwhistle by the CN Tower, and Trinity Bellwoods Brewery by the park
65. Join a group beer tour
Don’t want to go alone? No problem! which is a great way to meet people if you’re traveling solo.
66. Go bar-hopping.
It doesn’t have to be a specific event to party in Toronto! This city has some fantastic nightclubs and bars to experience every day of the year. Crawl your way through the venues on King St.
67. Spend the day at Cabana pool bar
The first time I visited Cabana pool bar, I couldn’t believe I was still in Toronto. The palm trees and sunshine will have you feeling like you’re (almost) in the Caribbean.
68. Take in a drag show
If you haven’t watched a drag show before, Toronto is the perfect place to try. Head to the village on Church Street and praise these queens. It’s a super fun thing to do in Toronto during the summer.
69. Track and Field bar
If you’re looking for a fun place to go out with friends, this bar is great! Play lawn games and drink local beers.
70. Play games at an arcade bar
Another great place to go for a night out with friends. My favorites are Rec Room across from the CN tower and Get Well on Dundas West.
71. Dance at the aquarium
Why just visit Ripley’s aquarium when you can listen to music while admiring the fish?!
71. Go on a whiskey tour in Toronto
Learn about Canadian whiskey.
72. Leslieville Food and Drink Festival
Come enjoy the art, music, and food of Leslieville while supporting the local community and businesses in June.
73. Dundas West Fest
Celebrate this vibrant neighborhood in early June. After a two-year hiatus, the event is back on June 3, 4, and 5, 2022.
74. Mel Lastman Square Festivals
This North York Square hosts festivals throughout the summer.
75. Taste of Little Italy
Head over to College Street, between Bathurst and Shaw, to sample Italian cuisine, wine, and cocktails on extended patios. This year’s event is back on June 17-19, 2022.
76. Salsa in Toronto Festival
Toronto’s Midtown districts are throwing a 2-day party with clave beats and congas this July 9 & 10, 2022.
77. Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington
Enjoy this vibrant Toronto neighborhood car-free the last Sunday of every month. Performers welcome!
78. Salsa on St. Clair
Join this Latin street dance party on St. Claire Ave! The 2022 event is scheduled for July 9th and 10th.
79. Big on Bloor
Walk along this car-free stretch of Bloor between Dufferin and Landsdowne and celebrate local arts, community, and culture. This year’s event will take place online and onsite on July 16th, 2022.
Ossington Ave (between Queen & Dundas St W) transforms into Ossfest with all the best things: shopping, dancing, live music, patios, eating, and drinking.
81. Taste of the Danforth
If you love Greek food, you do not want to miss Taste of the Danforth. All of the yummy things.
82. Cabbagetown Fest
My neighborhood festival! Come celebrate the loveliness of Cabbagetown on Parliament Street in September. The event is postponed until September 2022.
83. Roncesvalles Polish Festival
Celebrate Polish music, food, and culture at North America’s biggest Polish festival in September 2022.
84. Go to a Jays game
Compared to most sporting events, Jay’s game tickets are relatively inexpensive. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or evening during summer in Toronto. You can even bring in your own food, so you don’t have to buy overpriced hot dogs! We once brought a Charcuterie board. It was awesome.
85. Rugby Match
Support the Toronto Wolfpacks at an upcoming Rugby game this summer.
Learn to throw an ax (with a drink in your hand) at the Backyard Axe Throwing League located in Toronto Stockyards. It makes for a fun birthday party!
87. Check out a Toronto raptors game.
When they won in 2019, the city exploded into a giant party.
88. Niagara Falls
A weekend in Niagara Falls is always a good time! The main attraction is the magnificent waterfall.
89. Explore waterfalls near Hamilton
Another waterfall attraction not far from the city – Hamilton has over 100 waterfalls you can explore.
90. Escape to the cottage
There’s nothing better to do in the summer in Toronto than escape to a cottage for a weekend with friends. If you don’t know anyone with a cottage, you can gather a group of friends and rent out one on Airbnb!
Or for a more luxurious weekend, check out some of the luxury resorts you can stay in Muskoka, a beautiful area just two hours away from Toronto.
91. Boots and hearts music fest
I’m not a big fan of country music, but if you are, then you want to be at Boots and Hearts, Canada’s largest country festival. It’s set in Oro-Medonte, the former home of Wayhome music festival (RIP). It’s a nice, clean campground just a couple of hours’ drive out of the city.
92. Riverfest Elora
Come explore this beautiful area of Ontario and enjoy some wonderful music. This annual festival returns on August 19, 20 & 21 in 2022.
93. Visit The Thousand Islands
This beautiful area near Kingston is a nature lover’s dream. Take a boat cruise to admire more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River, between the border of the U.S. and Canada.
94. Camp at Algonquin Park
Get lost in the lakes and forest of beautiful Algonquin, one of Ontario’s best natural parks. The canoeing and kayaking here are fantastic. Plus, you might spot some of Canada’s best wildlife.
96. Canada’s Wonderland
Get your adrenaline rush at Canada’s Wonderland, featuring some of the biggest rollercoasters in Canada. If you love it, grab a season pass!
97. Visit Wine Country
Is there anything better than drinking wine in the summer? Take a weekend or day trip to Prince Edward Country or Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you can visit beautiful vineyards and try Ontario’s best wines.
98. Wasaga Beach
Check out this popular beach town just two hours outside of the city.
99. Tube down a river
Head to Elora Gorge Conservation Area, just an hour outside of Toronto, and spend the day tubing down the river. If you want, add in a visit to the nearby quarry for swimming afterward!
100. Visit Bruce Peninsula, National Park
Just three hours away from Toronto, you can be transported to water that looks like a tropical paradise. It’s one of the best road trips for nature lovers from Toronto.