416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Jul.19th – Jul.21st)

Jazz FestivalIt’s been a long and hot week. Place in the City has been a bit quiet, incase you noticed, because apparently true Real Estate Enthusiasts come out in hot weather, so needless to say I’ve been busy. But no matter how busy the week gets, you can count on my TOP5 for your weekend adventures. Lots of music, food and even a little Shakespeare this weekend. Here we go!

Beaches Jazz Festival – If you missed the Toronto Jazz Festival last month, this is your second chance to Jazz. Starting this Friday, hundreds of performers descend on the city’s East End for 10 days of rollicking rhythms and steamy solos during this acclaimed annual event. This weekend’s launch at Woodbine Park includes free performances on the main stage and an Afro-beat stage. The festival is on until July 28th and for more information check out the festival website.

ShakespeareShakespeare in High Park – If you’re not into concerts or food-fests, why not grab a blanket, relax and watch two of The Bard’s most famous plays under a starry sky. Toronto outdoor theatre tradition, Shakespeare in High Park is back this summer and for the first time will alternate between two shows. Macbeth offers drama lovers a classic tale of ambition gone wrong, while The Taming of the Shrew is given a contemporary, Eurotrash-inspired spin. Admission is pay-what-you-can, although $20 is the suggested standard. Cushioned spots can be reserved in advance for $25. Macbeth will run on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with The Taming of the Shrew  on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Food, beverages and blankets will be available to purchase on-site. The outdoor performances will go on with weather permitting and any cancellations due to rain will be done by 8 p.m.

T&T Waterfront Night Market – Remember all the talk about smelly tofu a while back? That was thanks to the T&T Waterfront Night Market which by the way is back for another round of fun with food. Running Friday through Sunday, hit up vendor alley for the flavours of the East from over 150 vendors, watch the live stages, and experience cultures not so common to you at this awesome three-day fest.

© Nancy PaivaBig on Bloor Festival – Go big or go home because it’s clearly festival season. The Bloordale area of Bloor West shuts down this Saturday and Sunday for this street fest/party, where local vendors, artisans, and food fellas come out to play, showcasing the best they’ve got. Kids can get into a giant inflatable ball and roll around on a pool surface, likely prompting more than a little jealousy from the adults. This is a big one – last year over the two-day stretch about 70,000 people walked through.

Thrill of the Grill – Get your ‘Joey Pants’ on ’cause here come the meat sweats! The Thrill of the Grill is on the Danforth this weekend. Five of the area’s top chefs are duking it out on the grill, all in the name of supporting kidney cancer research. For a cheap $15, you’ll get to test out the rib recipes of five top restaurants and grab some vino or beers and watch the judging, which is helmed by celebrity chef Lynn Crawford.



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