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What to do in Toronto: staying in the city for the summer stay-cation

Summertime means the end of school, warm weather, and family vacations. However, not everyone hits the road once schools close. If you are one of those people who has chosen to stay home this summer, you may be wondering what there is to do for fun. After all, who wants to sit at home all day? The following is a list of the must-see, must-attend events and activities in Toronto this summer. Regardless of your schedule and your preferences, you are bound to find plenty to do.

 

Don’t miss the excitement of the 50th Anniversary of the Toronto Caribbean Festival July 11 to August 7th — always a crowd-pleaser.

 

Events

Toronto Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers will have a blast at the Toronto Jazz Festival, which will be held from June 23rd until July 2nd. The festival will host 1500 musicians for ten days of performances across forty locations around Toronto. These performances include a range of styles and music in a variety of venues. This year, the festival will be held at the Concert Hall in the Yorkville area. Musical highlights will include Aretha Franklin, Gregory Porter, and more. Music lovers will not want to miss out.

 

All over the city there are many 150th Canada Day celebrations.

 

Redpath Waterfront Festival

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the Redpath Waterfront Festival, where the Royal Canadian Navy will present a 440-foot naval frigate. Enjoy a huge selection of activities and entertainment. The dates for the festival are:

  • Saturday, July 1st from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 2nd from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 3rd from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 

Pride Parade is another massive event in Toronto, Sunday, June 25, 2017 2pm.

 

Salsa in Toronto Festival

Fun-loving Toronto area residents and visitors will have plenty to do this summer with the annual cultural celebration coming in July. Latino music, food, dancing, and more highlight an amazingly rich culture. The festival began as a two-day event in 2005, and it has since grown into an enormous, three-week celebration featuring over 300 artists. The festival will host a variety of events and activities, including salsa lessons, concerts, bachata lessons, and a bicycle photography exhibit.

 

Toronto is famous for it’s theatre.

 

Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival

Toronto’s largest theatre festival will be held at Scadding Court Community Centre this year. The festival features over 150 indie shows in every genre, and performances will include modern plays and classics alike. Children will delight in FringeKids! shows, and dance enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of dance productions.

 

There are plenty of events featuring fireworks in Toronto, most spectacular in the waterfront areas.

 

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

The annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival will return with great food, music, and fun. From July 11th until August 7th, you will be able to enjoy all that the carnival has to offer, including a junior carnival parade, annual ball, King and Queen Showcase, grand parade, and plenty more.  This year marks the carnival’s 50th anniversary, so it is sure to be a spectacular celebration.

 

The waterfront of Toronto is famous for activities, everything from beaches to sailing to events.

 

Activities

Waterparks

Beat the heat with family fun at one of Ontario’s waterparks. Splash in shallow wading pools with the kids, take on the biggest and best water slides, and challenge your friends to see who can soar down the racers the fastest. What could be better? Any of the following waterparks will have you soaked in no time.

Spend the Night in a Treehouse

Connect with nature and your inner child by spending the night in a treehouse and cabin. The cost per night for a stay in this gorgeous treehouse is $800 for up to four guests and $100 per person for additional guests. Features for the cabin include a queen bedroom, a kitchen, pull-out sofa bed, seating for four, and an open window bar. The treehouse features a queen bedroom loft, kitchenette, sofa, and porch overlooking the fields. They are open for rental between July and October.

 

Don’t miss an opportunity to catch a game at Toronto’s landmark stadium Rogers Centre, here featuring a Blue Jays game.

 

The Greater Toronto Area hosts a variety of exciting events from time to time. With so many cultural, educational, and even whimsical events and activities, everyone can find something to enjoy.

Get out of the house and explore the community. An epic summer vacation awaits.

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