Channel that indulgent Gatsby lifestyle this weekend as Toronto gears up for the Summer Solstice on Monday, June 20th. From cold craft beer to hot bands, and luxury cars to a celebration of all things pasta and pizza, we’ve got you covered with what’s on this weekend.
Celebrate a belated Blooms Day (June 16th, the date where the hour-by-hour events unfold for Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses) at Lee’s Palace catching Cold Specks. Cold Specks is the stage name for Toronto born Ladan Hussein, a name she took from a line in Ulysses. Her music, a fascinating blend between gospel and folk, will make for the ideal Friday evening.
DRINK | Ontario Craft Beer Week
Don’t miss out on Ontario Craft Beer Week, the province’s biggest celebration of our beloved beverage: beer. Enjoy nine days of craft beer events hosted across the city. You can keep the craft beer celebrations going all summer long with Toronto’s Craft Beer Passport.
Head to Taco Fest, as presented by Taste Toronto, and catch Toronto’s hottest chefs serving up authentic Mexican dishes. Taco Fest runs all weekend long, but Saturday and Sunday are already sold out… luckily for you, Friday tickets are still available here.
FOOD | Taste of Little Italy
Head to Toronto’s famed Little Italy for a celebration of all things Italian at Taste of Little Italy – from food and wine, to shopping and music (and back to food and wine).
FESTIVAL | The Junction Summer Solstice Festival
It’s no Stonehenge, but The Junction is putting on a killer summer solstice event; so, kick off summer with the first festival of the season at The Junction Summer Solstice Festival.
NXNE – otherwise known as North By Northeast Festival and Conference – hits Toronto for another week of music and art. Don’t miss this annual arts kick-off to summer; from music to interactive media and gaming, there’s plenty to check out all weekend long.
CARS | Yorkville Exotic Car Show
Spend Father’s Day surrounded by what (many) dads love best (apart from their children): super fancy cars. To up your car game, head to The Yorkville Exotic Car Show.
ARTS | Luminato Festival
For an arts festival that truly has it all, look no further than Luminato Festival. Toronto’s favourite global multi-arts festival is dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, magic and more. To make the most of Luminato, follow our guide to 10 must-see events…
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