If you’re leaving the city this long weekend, you’ll be definitely missing out on good times. There’s so much going on this weekend it’s almost overwhelming. Fireworks, Picnics, Parades…oh my!!! My Weather Network app tells me the weather will cooperate for the most part. With all the outdoor event this weekend that is key. Although, there is always a covered patio to be found to keep dry. Take a look at my TOP5 things to do this weekend and get out there!
Canada Day at Harbourfront – No better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than at the Toronto Waterfront. This Friday through Monday Harbourfront Centre brings the sounds, flavours and sights of our great nation. Local bands, an international marketplace, fireworks, hip hop karaoke, and much more awaits at the Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Day Weekend Celebrations. Bring the family and make a day of it.
Amsterdam Brewhouse Opens in Queens Quay – If you’re down by the waterfront this Canada Day, whether to take in all the birthday festivities or just to take it easy and enjoy the cool breeze off the lake, make a point to stop in at the newly opened Amsterdam Brewhouse. With 500 seats indoors, plus another 325 on a lakeside patio, this is one of the city’s biggest brewpubs and has been in the works for almost a year. Amsterdam head brewer Iain McOustra, will be crafting many limited edition and one-off beers, and executive chef Avaughn Wells has developed a menu designed to pair with specific Amsterdam beers. If that’s not enough, patios (yes, plural) will seat an additional 300 patrons, with one patio hosting a row of Muskoka chairs almost directly on the water.
Toronto Ribfest – Carnivores unite yet another year at Centennial Park for a four-day meat lover’s paradise also know as Toronto Ribfest. This fundraiser hosted by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke brings 16 different barbecue houses from across Canada and the U.S. to serve the smoked, grilled, rubbed and sauced goods. If you’re not a rib fan, not an issue here. There will also be lots of new and different food offerings like stone oven pizzas, Caribbean food, Indian cuisine and much more. There’s also live music, kids zone with carnival rides, ponies and a climbing wall. Not to mention performances by Toronto’s Fire Fighter Calendar models (not in the kids’ zone, obviously).
Toronto Shows Pride – Whether you’re a member of the LGBT community, a supporter, or you just love to dance like nobody’s watchin’, Pride Weekend has something for you. The Village streets are shut down to road traffic starting Friday night and moving through last call on Sunday, with live entertainment, DJs spinning beats on the streets, parties galore, and, of course, Sunday’s million-plus attended Pride Parade.
CHIN Picnic – What would a Toronto summer be without the annual Scotiabank CHIN International Picnic at the Exhibition Place? The annual weekend event celebrates the diverse cultures of Toronto, with music, vendors, food and performances from local and international talent. In its 47th year, the CHIN International Picnic is the largest free multicultural picnic in the world. The picnic features dance performances from the east, international cuisine, authentic cultural vendors, a kids zone, and more.