Toronto is a beautiful city and we're incredibly lucky to be able to call it our home. Even though we're Canadian and we can still survive during the winters, we love the summers so much more. This city comes alive in the summer there's just no denying that.
There's almost an unlimited amount of festivals, night markets, concerts, farmer's markets and events throughout the summer months here in Toronto! There's definitely no reason to be bored in this city for a second this summer.
The only thing wrong with summers in the city is how much money you end up spending. Drinks and dinner on the patio multiple times a week can add up so if you want to save some money somewhere, try out some of these free activities and events!
15. Have a picnic with friends in Trinity Bellwoods Park.
All you have to do is pack a lunch/dinner, grab a comfy blanket, gather you group of friends and you're ready to go! Trinity Bellwoods Park is the picnic hub of Toronto because everyone flocks there to eat their meals in the sunshine during the summer.
14. Celebrate Pride at their massive parade!
Toronto Pride is a huge month-long event that is already going on right now! If you check out the Pride Toronto website you'll find tons of amazing events to take part in but the best is definitely their Parade that's taking place on June 24th this year.
13. Watch free outdoor movies at Christie Pits Park.
Starting on June 24th and continuing until August 19th is the annual Christie Pits Film Festival! They screen tons of amazing movies like Oceans Eleven, Amelie, Hairspray and much more all on a massive screen outside. The event is completely free so bring a chair or blanket, snacks and enjoy the show!
12. Go for a bike ride on the Don Valley Trails.
The Don Valley is a super fun place for a bike ride because it has so many different trails! If you're up for something tough you can head into the forest for mountain bike trails or stick to the main ones for an easier ride.
11. Spend your Sundays at Kensington Market.
The last Sunday of every month from May until October is Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market! Head over to the market on June 24th where the streets will be completely shut down to cars, live music playing, farmer's markets and so much more set up in the streets.
10. Watch the Canada Day Fireworks in The Beaches.
Okay so this is technically July, but it still doesn't hurt to add it to the list. Every year Ashbridges Bay in The Beaches sets off a magnificent display on July 1st in celebration of Canada Day!
9. Go for a dip at the Alex Duff Memorial Pool.
Located in Christie Pits Park is the perfect pool for a refreshing dip on a hot June day. The best part about this pool is the huge 2-storey water slide that makes for a super fun day at the pool! It's not Canada's Wonderland but it's close enough.
8. Head over to the huge Asian Night Market.
The popular Asian grocery store T&T is hosting another huge Asian Night Market, this year at Ontario Place! The Waterfront Night Market is free to enter but you'll have to pay extra for any yummy eats you want to enjoy while you're there.
7. Stop and smell the flowers at the Toronto Flower Market.
The gorgeous Toronto Flower Market filled with tons of vendors selling their stunning fresh flower bouquets will be going on all summer long until October! They have 2 dates for June scheduled, one on June 6th and one on June 23rd!
6. Don't miss the first weekend of The Leslieville Flea.
The Leslieville Flea is always scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of every month starting on June 10th until October! Don't miss out on the very first event of the year for them. You can definitely peruse the aisles of vintage goods but it will definitely be hard to refrain from buying anything!
5. Wander through the exhibits at the AGO.
The AGO is a beautiful place to explore all year round but usually the entry price is a little steep. If you head over on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm everyone gets free entrance to the exhibits!
4. Go for a stroll over the gorgeous Humber Bay Arch Bridge.
The Humber Bay Arch Bridge is a popular spot for pedestrians and cyclists, especially during the sunny summer months. Tons of photographers flock to this bridge to take amazing photographs because of how stunning it is!
3. Plan a beach day at Sugar Beach.
Sugar Beach is definitely one of the prettiest and cleanest beaches in the entire city of Toronto. Plan for a warm day with your friends to head over to Sugar Beach, grabs some Muskoka chairs under a pink umbrella and get your tan on!
2. Go for a sunny hike at the Scarborough Bluffs.
The Scarborough Bluffs are home to some of the most turquoise waters you'll ever see! There's tons of hiking trails and beaches to explore while you're here making for an exciting summer day.
1. Watch the sunset over the city at Polson Pier.
Polson Pier is the best spot in the entire city to see views of the gorgeous city skyline. If you're looking for a summer activity head over to Polson Pier before the sun goes down and watch it set behind the city!