July 04, 2015
Toronto Festivals & Events
Festivals Toronto and beyond...
Because of the Pan Am/Paraphan Am Games being held in July/August here in Toronto and other nearby cities, many of the festivals/events have either moved their dates OR have been postponed for 2015, returning in 2016. We have tried to remember to alert you to these changes, sorry if we missed a few.
AGO's First Thursdays
On the first Thursday of every month, AGO presents an evening of entertainment throughout its galleries that include pop-up talks, "Out of the Vaults" installation and hands-on art making. There's also food and bar stations throughout the AGO.
Time: 7-11:30 pm
Admission: Online: $12 (+$2 fee); At door: $15 1 2 [Tickets]
1 Buy your tickets early as this event tends to sell out - they don't hold back tickets for door purchase.
2 If you want to see of the special Exhibitions, you will have to pay more.
This is an 19+ Event so don't forget your ID. Don't forget to take CASH.
FREE live comedy shows - now you can't beat that can you?! The Comedy Cabaret is a monthly show of Stand-Up Comedy held at The Charlotte Room (19 Charlotte St) on the last Monday of every month (8-9:30pm). You can reserve your seat by booking online (option usually available nearer the day) via Uniiverse (or just show up).
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
2015 sees the arrival of the Games to Toronto and surrounding cities. Tickets for the Pan Am Games (July 10-26) and the Parapan Am Games (Aug 7-15) have been on sale for a while now, but there many still available for the different games (even for the Opening Cermony) through Ticketmaster.
In Toronto during the Games? We've collected some info for you in case you would like to experience the celebrations. Remember, it's mainly for Toronto and those of us who have to rely on public transit and our feet to get around! ;)
Pedestrian Sunday Festivals ~ Kensington Market
On select Sundays, Kensington Market becomes a family-friendly area when the streets close for Pedestrian Sunday Festival. The streets become a stage for live entertainment, street performers & more! The following are the 2015 dates: June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27 and October 25 (12 to 7pm)
Definitely a favourite of the locals and a great way to experience the Market area!
Save on Attractions
We all look for a deal, especially if you're visiting as a family. The following are just some ways of catching a deal when in Toronto (or other cities in Canada):
- Buytopia: offers really good discounts on many events that are held in Toronto and other Canadian cities.
- Travelzoo: offers discounts on many attractions, events, hotels, etc. in Toronto and Canada.
- City Pass: (not to be confused with the City Passports) offers discounted admission to five of Toronto's main tourist attractions including CN Tower
- Ticketmaster: 2 for 1 ticket deals as well as discounts on other events! Again, worth checking out regularly.
- City Passports offers booklet of discounts and usually sells out quickly, so keep in mind for future visits to the city (Toronto is still to be offered).
Always check these and other sites like them to find a better deal or a discount. It's worth the extra time to save the extra $$!
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Sept 2-6, 2015: Cirque is back in Toronto but not in their usual Grande Chapeau. Instead, their show is being held in the Air Canada Centre. There are 2 shows each date: - except for Sept 2-3 where there's only the 7:30 pm show.
Tickets are on sale NOW
"The word Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai."
Ripleys Aquarium of Canada
The newest addition to Toronto's tourist attractions is open for business! The aquarium finally opened its doors to the public on Oct 16 and already has been experiencing an overwhelming demand for its tickets online. It's open 365 days of the year and the times vary during the week.
The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) interactive attraction will showcase more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. Features:
Jelly Fish Exhibit
Dangerous Lagoon’s underwater tunnel showcasing Sharks, Green Sea Turtles, and Sawfish
Touch pools with Horseshoe Crabs, Stingrays, and Bamboo Sharks
Rare and unique lobsters, daily live dive shows and more!
It's situated right at the bottom of the CN Tower at 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto. You can purchase your tickets online or at the door. They also offer passes but these aren't available online. Prices are as follows:
Youth (ages 6- 13): $19.98
Child (ages 3-5): $9.98
Senior (+ 65): $19.98
*Kids under 2 yrs: complimentary with adult guardian.
LEGOLAND® - Adult Nights
LEGOLAND® is, of course, a fantastic place to take your kids! But, you gotta know that if you're an adult, you MUST be accompanied by a child otherwise you will NOT be allowed to enter. For this reason, they hold "Adult Nights" - always on a Wednesday. More information
Yonge & Dundas Square is a place where you can experience Free live music, Free movies (during the summer), many FREE events. Or you can just hang out in one of the central spots for people to gather as there is outdoor seating available.
Better still, if you're from out of town, need quick access to online info, especially to help you find your way quickly around Toronto, you will appreciate the FREE Wi-Fi offered by Yonge & Dundas Square, compliments of Wireless Toronto. You can also pick up your concert or show tickets from the "TO Tix" booth which is partly covered from the 'elements'.
Ontario foodies & foodlovers!
The City of Toronto has launched The Local Dish, a campaign to increase consumers' awareness and consumption of Ontario food. This year-long campaign encourages residents to:
- Grow their own food by providing gardening tips and resources
- Choose local when grocery shopping
- Choose local when eating out, by engaging some of Ontario's best chefs who are vocal champions of local food
- Help Live Green build the largest collection of local food recipes on Pinterest.
Each month, Live Green will release the name of an Ontario allstar fruit or vegetable that is at its peak harvest and challenge residents from across Ontario to submit their favourite recipes that feature the allstar.
I am keeping this information on the front page as I believe it's definitely worth checking out, especially when weather's not so good. Now in the Guiness World Record book, this underground heaven is busy throughout the year.
During the summer, using the PATH is a great way to keep cool whilst checking out the numerous stores hidden under the downtown core of Toronto and during the winter, you stay warm and dry. And if you're in the downtown core (financial district at King/Bay area) and it appears to be kinda quiet on the streets during the week, just head underground and you'll find everyone there.
Remember, if you feel lost (and it's so easy to do on the PATH! - just ask, hopefully you'll ask a local!!