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Make the Most of Summer in Toronto

We all feel it, when we turn the page of our calendars to August, that the end of summer is impending and it’s time to panic. We ask ourselves, “Where has the time gone? How is it already August!?” We unfortunately don’t have an answer for you, but instead, we have a list of things to do in summer in Toronto to ensure you make the most of what’s left of it! Start clearing your calendars for the next few weeks because you’re going to be busy…

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Shakespeare in High Park

Enjoying Shakespeare in High Park is essential to having a fulfilled summer in Toronto. Every night from Tuesday to Sunday, the outdoor stage at High Park is set-up for an entertaining show put on by Canadian Stage. This summer, each night alternates between the classic Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so you can expect some laughs along the way. In its 36th year, Shakespeare in High Park has become a staple for things to do in summer in Toronto as its outdoor, lively atmosphere ensures a fun experience filled with delicious concession stand eats! High Park is easy and convenient to get to on the subway (via the Bloor-Danforth line) or is about a 15-minute drive from One King West.

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Blue Jays Game

Fan of baseball or not, spending an afternoon or evening at Roger’s Centre watching the Blue Jays is a must-do event in Toronto during the summer. With the roof open and the buzz of fellow spectators cheering, there’s no better place to be in the city when the Jays are in town. These tickets are some of the cheapest you’ll find for a Toronto-based professional sport team so take advantage of them and have a fun outing for sometimes as low at $15! And we think all Torontonians can attest to the fact that you’ll need the extra money for some (over-priced) refreshments during the game! The Roger’s Centre is about a 20-minute walk from One King West so rest assured you don’t have to worry about the headache that parking in downtown Toronto normally brings about.

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The Ex

When The CNE comes around, although a sure-sign that summer is ending, it’s a must-do to finish this season off with a bang! From the unique, high-caloric eats, to the head-spinning rides and games, there are countless activities to do that appeal to everyone. You could easily spend a full day here and still not get to do and see everything, so we suggest deciding your top priorities and mapping-out your trip to ensure you make the most out of your visit. Worst case scenario, you get to visit the CNE twice. Getting here on the 509 Harbourfront Streetcar is the best way to reach the grounds from One King West.

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Union Summer

Union Summer is back and better than ever for 2018! This year’s popular pop-up features an array of mouth-watering eats like Bananza’s Frozen Banana Treat, mean bao, as well as wvrst which is serving up sausages and duck fat fries. In addition to all the yummy eats and drinks, this must-do summer attraction in Toronto is a great place to find live, outdoor entertainment. Every day there’s live music, while Wednesday’s feature a movie night. Being right at Union Station, getting here is convenient no matter where you’re coming from but especially from One King West as it’s about a 5-minute walk.

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Concert at Budweiser Stage

Attending a show at Budweiser Stage is another summer staple for Toronto. Whether you’re sitting in seats or on the lawn, there’s nothing like spending an evening near the water listening to live music. This is another opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather because we all know it’s not too long until the days get shorter and the temperatures dip! For summer, there seems to be a show for everyone, including Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper, Rascal Flatts, Counting Crows, Miranda Lambert and much more. Getting to the Budweiser Stage (in Ontario Place) from One King West is one simple streetcar from Union Station (the 121D).

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Food & Drink Festivals

Toronto is known for the diverse food and drink festivals that seem to be happening every weekend throughout the city. Attending at least one of these events during the summer is highly recommended as you get a chance to experience different cultures, dining establishments and entertainment that you may not have the opportunity otherwise. You typically purchase a ticket and gain access to an array vendors all serving different products that will surely make your mouth water. Some festivals to note happening across Toronto for the next month or so, include:

  • Sweetery 2018: Celebrates the world of confectionery with local chefs and students showcasing their culinary talents at David Pecaut Square. August 11-12.
  • Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival: Hosted by Steam Whistle Brewing, this Festival provides beer lovers the opportunity to sample Ontario’s finest craft brews and delicious eats from Toronto’s best Food Trucks, all in a pleasant park setting. August 11-12.
  • Taste of the Danforth: Canada’s largest street Festival featuring an array of delicious Greek eats, as well as lots of free, family-friendly entertainment and a Kids’ Fun Zone. August 10-12.
  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest: A Festival at Ontario Place offering craft beers and bourbon cocktails with live country music, line dancing and a mechanical bull. August 24-26.

Make sure you’re close to all of this non-stop summer action and stay at the iconic downtown Toronto hotel, One King West Hotel & Residence!