Events in Toronto this weekend are about to paint the town rainbow as Pride takes over. If you're looking for parade info, here's a handy guide. Elsewhere, giant beach balls arrive on the waterfront and Bud Light Dreams returns to Echo Beach.Events you might want to check out:
Redpath Waterfront Festival (June 22-24 @ HTO Park)
While the giant rubber duck may be gone, this year's beach ball installation looks to fill the void during this festival of art, music, food and shopping.
Bud Light Dreams (June 23-24 @ RBC Echo Beach)
Electro, EDM and trance artists arrive for this huge two-day music festival featuring Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade and Galantis.
Toronto Pride Parade (June 24 @ Yonge Street)
Capping off Pride Month in the city is the annual Pride Parade with glittering costumes, performances and music travelling down Yonge Street.
Pedestrian Sundays (June 24 @ Kensington Market)
Kensington goes carless for one day each month during the summer to make space for dancing, music, makers and meditation in the street.
Argos Home Opener (June 23 @ BMO Field)
Our very own Grey Cup champs kick off the season at BMO Field with a pre-game tailgate party in the Stanley Barracks, prizes and more.
Junction Summer Solstice Festival (June 23 @ The Junction)
The longest day of sun gets a full day of celebrations along Dundas West with family-friendly activities, music, art, performances, food and drinks.
Fairbank Summerfest (June 23-24 @ Fairbank Village)
The Fairbanks community is shutting down and coming out for a huge street fair featuring vendors, activities, entertainment, music and Pet Idol.
Om T.O. (June 24 @ The Distillery District)
Have a good stretch on the house with nine free outdoor yoga classes offered by local instructors in the Distillery District.
Totally G'80s Video Dance Party (June 22 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre)
Wham! Dance along to the best videos from the best hits from the best decade, plus prizes, special drag queen performances.
Kehlani (June 22 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
R&B soulstress Kehlani kicks off Pride Weekend with a free concert alongside fab hosts, queens, performers, DJs and more.
Night at the Aqueerium (June 22 @ Ripley's Aquarium of Canada)
Party amongst these living rainbows at this Pride-themed jam with DJ Cozmic Cat and DJ Lucie Tic, drag queens, drinks and a photo booth.
SWEAT Yes Yes Y'all Block Party (June 22 @ Bud Light Wellesley Stage)
Part of this year's PRIDE celebrations, this massive block party includes DJs and performers for one of the city's biggest dance parties of the year.
Bad Habits (June 22 @ FLY 2.0)
Three floors of all-female DJ's, dancing, drinks and wild Pride fun take over Fly as Bad Habits hosts one of the biggest parties of the weekend.
Trans March (June 22 @ Church Street)
Everyone is welcome at this annual trans march that begins with a pre-march rally and is followed by a showcase with performances and workshops.
Fit Primpin (June 22 @ The Great Hall)
Queer expression off all kinds is encouraged at this hip-hop and house music dance party for LGBTQ people and their guests.
Samundar (June 22 @ Club 120)
Now in its 7th year, Bollywood meets Toronto Pride at this all night dance party with the best of new and old Bollywood beats.
Juicebox (June 22 @ Nest)
Music and performances from local artists hit Nest during this Pride blowout known for hype sound, lights, dance floor, drinks and good vibes.
Pride Street Fair (June 22-24 @ Church-Wellesley Village)
The last weekend of Pride Month marks this huge street festival with music, entertainment, food — all within the newly expanded festival footprint.
Dyke March (June 23 @ Church Street)
The annual Dyke March returns to celebrate the experiences and identities of lesbians in Toronto with a post-march rally in Allan Gardens with performances and crafts.
Electric Circus (June 23 @ Garrison)
Electric Circus returns for Pride with all the best 90s house and dance music courtesy of DJs Pamm and Vanessa. Plus, free glow sticks!
Love Is Electric! (June 23 @ Mod Club)
Cherry Bomb returns to celebrate Dyke Day with a huge afterparty for queer women and friends with music, entrainment and patio chilling.
Hey Girl Hey (June 23 @ The Baby G)
The Pride edition of HGH is back playing all-female hip-hop, R&B, 90s and top 40 hits courtesy of DJ Orange Pekoe.
Lipstick Jungle (June 23 @ Barbara Hall Park)
Part of the Greenspace Festival, this all-day outdoor dance party features a rotating lineup of DJ's spinning house, Brazilian hits and techno.
The Ethnic Rainbow (June 23 @ Comedy Bar)
The Pride edition of TER is here to inject some laughter into the celebrations with a stellar lineup of LGBT2Q+ comedians of colour.
Blockorama (June 24 @ Bud Light Wellesley Stage)
Now in its 20th year of celebrating Black excellence, this huge block party includes music, a marketplace, art, fashion and food.
Transfest (June 24 @ Alexander Street Parkette)
This all-day celebration of non-cisgender identities uses words, fashion, dance, and song to explore the dimensions of gender.
Taste of Asia (June 22-24 @ Kennedy Road)
This celebration of modern and traditional Asian food and culture takes over Kennedy Road with tons of vendors, performances and activities.
Toronto Craft Beer Festival (June 22-24 @ Ontario Place)
Independant craft brewers come together for a festival of suds, food, live music and activities over at Ontario Place.
Wine and Spirit Festival (June 22-23 @ Sugar Beach)
Sips and suds are happening at Sugar Beach, with samples, pairings, craft beer and live music with a portion of the proceeds donated to charity.
Bubble Tea Festival (June 23 @ Canary District)
Now in its second year, the Bubble Tea Festival is serving up boba, pearl, milk and the rest during this two day festival in the Canary District.
Irie Music Festival (June 22-23 @ Mississauga Celebration Square)
Irie Fest is back with two-days of reggae, soca and dancehall, plus a dance showcase, jerk competition and boat cruise.
Toronto Jazz Festival (June 22 - July 1 @ Multiple Venues)
A sure sign of summer is this internationally-recognized jazz festival that sees musicians and artists flocking to Toronto from all over to play.
Avril Lavigne Night (June 23 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
A tribute to Napanee's own Avril Lavigne hosted by The Beaches and The Elwins features performances by a ton of big name local talent.
Summerdaze (June 23 @ 54 Fraser Ave)
Hot summer nights call for a hot summer dance party with a lineup of DJs including Tim Green, Hoj, Simon Jain and Jenner DarkPrincess.
Movie Night in Liberty Village Park (June 22 @ Liberty Village Park)
Liberty Villages launches the first of three movie nights this summer with a screening of the superhero fan favourite Black Panther.
The Cleaners (June 22-28 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
See inside the world of the custodians of the internet who decide what constitutes as “inappropriate” content on social media.
Sorauren Outdoor Movies in the Square (June 23 - September 22 @ Sorauren Avenue Park)
Sorauren Park kicks off a season of free films, pizza dinners and interactive gameplay with a screening of the family friendly classic Babe.
Christie Pits Film Festival (June 24 @ Christie Pits)
A season of free outdoor films carries the theme of Cinematic Cities and the first transports us to Baltimore with the 1988 classic Hairspray.
Friday Night Live at the ROM (June 22 @ The Royal Ontario Museum)
This week's edition of FNL looks to honour jazz music with a mashup of jazzy grooves and dance beats to get your feet moving.
Summer Opening Party (June 22 @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery)
The Power Plant is launching its summer season with a free party featuring works by Ellen Gallagher, Grada Kilomba and Abbas Akhavan.
Mom Jeans (June 22 @ Pennys)
Dig out your Levi's and toss on your comfiest sneaks for this Mom Jeans dance party with music from the 70's 80's and 90's and drag performances.
Gatsby Garden Party (June 23-24 @ Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens)
The spirit of the roaring 20s are alive on the grounds of the Spadina Museum during this garden party featuring drinks, music, food, games and vendors.
Veuve Clicquot's Cafe Clicquot Pop Up (June 21-24 @ Café Clicquot)
Veuve Clicquot is launching a pop-up featuring a week of festivities including outdoor games, entertainment, yoga and a picnic.
Toronto Flower Market (June 23 @ CAMH)
Locally sourced pansies, roses, daisies sunflowers and tulips are just some of the summer flowers cropping up at this market.
Etsy: Made in Canada (June 23 @ The Historic Campbell House Museum)
Etsy makers come out for the spring edition of this marketplace pop-up exclusively for products of all kinds made in Canada.
by Lisa Power via blogTO