Toronto – Summer in the City

As a Canadian girl who has to endure practically 9 months of cold winter, I try to enjoy my few months of sun and warmth to the fullest. Since I usually only get a few weeks off to travel abroad, finding fun activities and events to do in the city is just as satisfying for me.

Summertime in a vibrant city like Toronto is not something that should be taken for granted. Between the festivals, the shows, the food and the special events; you will never spend a dull evening. Here’s a list of my suggestions and how to save money if you plan on visiting the Canadian city. You can also find more information about some of these events at

– Save money:

Like most young adults, I try to do as much as I can for the least amount of money. The flights and accommodations are typically the major expenses and finding a good deal is essential. After finding inexpensive flights to Toronto with Air Transat followed by a great Bed and Breakfast, you can get more for your money and really partake in some of these great activities. The best part is that some of them are even free!

– Music Festivals:

Toronto is hosting quite a few music festivals to satisfy the different tastes of all music lovers. Take your pick between the VELD music festival, for electro-lovers, Edgefest for the indie-rockers, Beaches International Jazz Festival and Toronto Jazz Festival for the jazz fans (free!) and for the first time, the Grove music festival. With some of these festivals being held outdoors, rain or shine, it’s the perfect summer activity if you want to spend the day under the sun while enjoying some great music.

– Food and Drinks:

While there are many delicious restaurants to choose from in T.O, why not take advantage of some free food? The Hot and Spicy Food Festival is free for all the adventurous foodies that dare to try it. Wash down your meal with a nice, cold beer at Toronto’s Beer Festival. Featuring more than 100 beers, it’s the most refreshing and fun activity for a beautiful summer day. Taste of the Danforth is another option that celebrates the multicultural diversity of the Toronto area.

– Sports:

Toronto is the host to some major sports events during the summer. Go encourage Toronto’s very own Blue Jays and enjoy a baseball game at the Rogers Centre. If you’re a tennis fan, don’t miss the women play at the annual Rogers Cup. Meanwhile, Wakestock might be your ultimate destination, combining action, the beach and live music.

– Arts:

For all the artsy people, the number of options available may be overwhelming. Shoe lovers, like me, will adore the Christian Louboutin Exhibit at the Design Exchange. Contemporary wise, the Summer Art Exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is a must. Additionally, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is set to present a free outdoor film screening every Wednesday.

Toronto Rocks!

There are the obvious sightseeing locations (CN Tower, Niagara Falls, etc) that I haven’t mentioned, but you already know about those, eh? With such a wide array of options, your stay in Toronto will definitely be a memorable and exciting one.

About the author: I’m Sarah, a 24 year old Canadian whose 2 biggest passions are music and travelling. I love sharing my experiences as well as reading all about other people’s discoveries. As an avid blog reader, I recently started writing my own articles. Hope you like them!

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