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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The top 10 events in Toronto for July 2016

july events torontoThe top events in Toronto for July 2016 mean serious business. They'll close streets, animate parks, and takeover clubs and theatres across the city.

Here are my picks for the top events in Toronto this July.

Fringe Festival (June 23- July 10)
One of our biggest and most bad ass theatre festivals is already happening. Head to the official website to map out your show schedule and don't forget to check out the free concerts behind Honest Ed's.

Digital Dreams (July 2-3)
Happening right alongside Pride is this appropriately stocked dance music extravaganza at the Ontario Place Flats. The lineup, as always, is pretty massive if you are an EDM head, or just a fan of giant dance music sounds and lights in general.

Outdoor Art Exhibit (July 8-10)
This outdoor art fair is sort of the beast of all outdoor art fairs in TO. From July 8 to 10 Nathan Phillips Square is invaded by booths and packed with all kinds of artwork from the crafty to the avant-garde. It's always an eclectic mix, but there's much talent to be encountered here.

Sailor Moon Celebration (July 9)
The Ontario Science Centre is invaded by solar sisters and their fans for this giant Sailor Moon gathering. Admission is $15, and things get started at 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Many of the original voice actors will be there as well as the original English language singing voice of Sailor Moon, Jennifer Cihi. There will also be cos play, classic episode screenings and merch.

Night it up (July 15-17)
Toronto's best night market is modeled after ones in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The weekend event will be packed with Asian street foods, food trucks, game booths, merchandise vendors and live performances. Check out highlights from last year's event.

Toronto's Festival of Beer (July 22-24)
Three words I have to mention right off the bat: House Of Pain. Yup, the "Jump Around" trio are performing on Friday, July 22. Saturday's tickets are already sold out online, so arrive early to grab some at the door. There will be 333 brews, an Ontario-focused area, and a World Beer zone.

T&T Night Market (July 22-23)
For those who can't make it to Markham for Night it Up, this smaller downtown version in the Port Lands comes with a skyline view. Check out our faves from last year to get a taste.

Veld (July 30-31)
Get your ear plugs out. Veld is happening at Downsview park this summer with a lineup including the Chainsmokers, Deadmau5, Flume and Travis Scott. There's even some sick local talent spinning... this one is for the true dance music heads. So many hands in the air.

Caribana Festival (July 28-31)
There are quite literally hundreds of Caribbean inspired events, classes and parties around Caribana fest every year. I've been to the parade three years in a row, and it's always a highlight in my summer street party schedule.

OVO (July 29)
You already know the deal for Drake's hip hop pop up concert blowout. I was there last year when Yeezy came out to do his set and the roof was in flames (not literally, but you know)! Snoop and Whiz Kalifa are the only guests announced so far, but with Drake fever at an all time high, this will most def be a very special night.

beerliciousThanks to Toronto's Festival of Beer for sponsoring this post.

Photo of Toronto's Festival of Beer by Natta Summerky

by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO

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