Things to do in Toronto for summer 2023 include lots of parties, Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tourand explore a brand new park.

Here’s a roundup of things to do this summer in Toronto.

New this year

Try your luck in a brand new casino

Get away from the summer heat and hope to hit the jackpot at Canada’s largest casino, the Large Canadian casino complex. It is located in Etobicoke next to Woodbine Racetrack and opened on June 20, 2023.

Dance all day at a new music festival

A new South Asian music festival is coming to the city on July 29. Put on your best festival gear and head to the Budweiser stage for High Summer Party. It is headlined by AP Dhillon, whose music videos have reached over 40 million views and Don Toliver, known for his collaborations with Justin Bieber and Travis Scott. Tickets start at $77.

Heart-shaped Love Park is now open in Toronto. Photo via CCXA.

Experience a newly opened Broadway musical

Theater lovers, get ready to discover Hadesville as he heads to the Royal Alexandra Theater this summer. Discover the mystical world of Greek mythology through song and dance in this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical. The show will run from July 5 to August 20.

Take a romantic walk through a heart-shaped park

After years of creation, Toronto’s newest park, love park, is finally open. Grab a coffee and your favorite person as you stroll around a heart-shaped pond surrounded by adorable animal sculptures and lush greenery. Love Park is located at York Street and Queens Quay.

Summer Favorites

Listen to a marching band as you stroll through an iconic Toronto neighborhood

The last Sunday of the month, Pedestrian Sundays takes over Kensington Market, allowing visitors to wander the streets without a vehicle! Find a fabulous vintage t-shirt, try delicious giant empanadas or shop around Small exuberant as the band composes a song on the spot.

Choose from over 100 games to view

The directory Toronto Fringe Festival is back July 5-16. You can see quirky clown shows or intense dramas performed by emerging Canadian artists at theaters all over the city. Grab a beer after the show and meet the cast of your favorite show at Postscript, the festival’s pop-up patio.

Join over 150,000 art lovers at Nathan Phillips Square

Immerse yourself in all things art at Toronto Outdoor Art Fair showcasing over 400 visual artists from July 7-9. You can witness a masterpiece being made with live painting performances, or splurge on new decor for your home.

Watch free movies under the stars

Call your best friends, grab a picnic blanket and head to your favorite park to watch a movie under the night sky. Toronto Outdoor Image Fair will have more than 20 free screenings in city parks. Some of the films presented this year include movie classics ET and The Wizard of Oz.

Show off your best dance moves at a salsa festival

Feel the heat at Salsa on St. Clairone of the funniest in Toronto summer festivals. Show off your moves to the beat of salsa and bachata bands, take a dance class, or sample traditional Latin American dishes from various vendors. Salsa on St. Clair runs July 8-9.

things to do in toronto summer 2023

Soft ice cream with mustard and ketchup at the Canadian National Exhibition. Photo by Fareen Karim.

Try some fantastic food at a street festival

Take advantage of the summer weather by visiting one of the many street festivals in Toronto. fun philippines will take over Bathurst St and Wilson Ave on July 22 and 23, lining the streets with carnival games, cultural performances and, of course, delicious Filipino food.

Admire a parade filled with dazzling bejeweled costumes

From August 3 to 7, Toronto Caribbean Carnival will liven up the city with an eye-catching parade and tons of parties all over the city. Greet thousands of masquerades dressed in stunning costumes as they march down the parade route along Lakeshore Boulevard to the energetic beat of Soca music, then throw your party at a pool party at Hut.

Dance all day at an EDM festival.

Rise and fall to the beat of your favorite techno music alongside thousands of EDM music lovers on VELD. This year’s performers include Tiesto and Zedd, with the three-day festival taking place August 4-5 at Downsview Park.

Ride your favorite carnival rides and try outrageous dishes

It’s not summer in Toronto without a trip to Canadian National Exhibition. Each year, thousands of Torontonians flock to Exhibition Place for a night of carnival rides, concerts, discount shopping and the very questionable food creations. The CNE runs from August 18 to September 4.

Wear your best cosplay costume and visit an anime convention

Put your cosplay skills to the test on FAN EXPO held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center from August 24-27. You can meet your favorite celebrities, see illustrators go head-to-head in a comic artist battle, or buy some (or a lot) of merchandise from your favorite show at this annual comic, sci-fi, anime and gaming convention.

Head to a midnight movie screening and spot a celebrity or two.

THE Toronto International Film Festival, from September 7 to 17, is an unmissable event for film lovers. Whether it’s your first time attending or you’re a regular at TIFF, there will be plenty of movies to watch, panels to take part in and celebrities to spot. For night owls, head to Midnight Madness, a daily screening of films at midnight.

Gigs

Eric Church

Put on your cowboy boots for an evening of country music! Chart-topping singer Eric Church will stop in Toronto on July 7 as part of his The Strangers Revival Tour. He will be joined by special guests Koe Wetzel & Shane Smith and The Saints.

Beyonce

Calling all single women! Queen B returns perform in Toronto for the first time in seven years as part of its Renaissance visit, so it’s a show you won’t want to miss. She will perform at the Rogers Center on July 8.

things to do in toronto summer 2023

People attending a concert on the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. Photo by Hector Vasquez.

Alicia’s Keys

Sing along to classics like Girl On Fire as this multi-platinum artist makes a stop in Toronto. THE ALICIA Tour will take place at Scotiabank Arena on July 14.

Ground Rufus

Electronic music lovers, get ready for an EDM night at the Budweiser Stage. Beloved Aussie band Rufus Du Sol will be coming to Toronto on August 5th as part of their summer tour.

Arctic Monkeys

This indie rock band will be touring North America this summer with a stop by the Budweiser Stage in Toronto on August 30 and September 1 to promote their upcoming album, “The Car”.

Things you can do all summer

Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands and spend the day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Board a ferry to take a break from the city and sunbathe Hanlan Point on the Toronto Islands. End the day with a sunset bike ride along the island.

Surround yourself with beautiful butterflies in an outdoor garden

Immerse yourself in nature and surround yourself with beautiful butterflies at Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat. To see as many as possible, make sure you go on a sunny day – even better if it’s during the first three weeks of September when clusters of butterflies are preparing to migrate.

Treat yourself to ice cream from new places in town

Refresh yourself by sampling the original flavors of some of the city’s restaurants recently opened glaciers. Enjoy a scoop of jam-toasted bread ice cream Good gang of ice creamsor snag a classic vanilla cone from Skip the syrup.

things to do in toronto summer 2023

A restaurant terrace in Toronto. Photo by Hector Vasquez

Meet up with friends on a new terrace

Enjoy every moment of summer with an alcoholic drink and some friends on a sunny terrace. Whether you want a quiet place to relax or a lively place to start your weekend, there are plenty of new terraces in town to choose.

Go on a nature hike near the water.

Take advantage of the summer weather and work up a sweat while hiking in one of the eleven parks of Scarborough Cliffs. Then dive into the lake before picnicking on the beach.