Toronto Events in July 2017

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Chicken Shawarma Salad at Diwan during Summerlicious, one of hte popular Toronto events in July 2017.
Chicken Shawarma Salad at Diwan during Summerlicious, one of hte popular Toronto events in July 2017.

By Lori Bosworth

Summer is one of the best times to be in Toronto. Restaurant patios are bustling, the lake breeze is cooling the waterfront and people are generally in a party mood. There are many things to do in Toronto in July 2017 if you are thinking of visiting the city. Here are some of our favourite Toronto events in July 2017.

Honda Indy Toronto, photo credit S. Curnew
Honda Indy Toronto, photo credit S. Curnew

Honda Indy Toronto 2017

The Honda Indy Toronto roars into the city from July 14-16, 2017. Fan Friday on July 14, 2017 is free admission as long as you make a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada. There are lots of activities other than the racetrack for excitement. The Honda Speed Zone features interactive games with Toronto sports teams while Honda World includes face painting and racing simulators. Children ages 6-12 can learn about proper safety gear, as well as how to ride in a safe environment at Junior Red Riders.

Beaches International Jazz Festival 2017

The Beaches International Jazz Festival 2017 returns to Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood from July 7-30, 2017…and the best part is admission is free! There will be performances at the OLG Stage and the TD Main Stage at Woodbine Park. Headliners at the TD Main Stage on July 21-23, 2017 include The Funk Frequency: A Live Tribute to Prince & The Minneapolis Sound; Lorraine Klaasen; and The Last Waltz – A Musical Celebration of The Band – Live. One of the popular features of the Beaches International Jazz Festival 2017 is StreetFest, which takes place Thursday, July 27 to Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 6 to 11 p.m. There will be over 40 bands performing at locations along Queen Street East between Woodbine Avenue and Beech Avenue including Gabby’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, ENDS, Kew Beach, The Gull & The Firkin, Firehall, The Stone Lion, Incurable Collector, Hero Certified Burgers, LCBO and Beach Dental.

Chicken Shawarma Salad at Diwan during Summerlicious, one of hte popular Toronto events in July 2017.
Chicken Shawarma Salad at Diwan during Summerlicious, one of hte popular Toronto events in July 2017.

Summerlicious 2017

Summerlicious 2017 is a food event where participating Toronto restaurants offer three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. This year, over 200 Toronto restaurants will participate. Some of the Toronto restaurants participating include Frank, Cibo Wine Bar, Azure, Lee, The Shore Club, Canoe, Ufficio, Bymark, The Chase Fish & Oyster, Linda Modern Thai, Cafe Boulud, Hungry Amoo, Diwan, America, Bier Markt and Cactus Club Cafe.

Toronto Festival of Beer

The Toronto Festival of Beer returns to Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place from July 28-30, 2017. You’ll have an opportunity to try beer from many breweries including Lagunitas, Somersby, Naughty Otter, Kensington Brewing Co., Bobcaygeon, Manantler, Amsterdam, Mad & Noisy, Cowbell, Landshark, Side Launch, Rainhard and Spirit Tree Cidery. There will be musical performances including Methodman & Redman on Friday July 28, 2017, Sloan on Saturday July 29, 2017 and Alan Doyle on Sunday July 30, 2017. Purchase tickets for Toronto Festival of Beer online.

Concerts at Budweiser Stage

Concerts take place all summer at the Budweiser Stage (formerly the Molson Amphitheatre) at Ontario Place. The following concerts are popular Toronto events in July 2017:

  • Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls Tour 2017 on Sat., July 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • MUSE with guests Thirty Seconds to Mars on Tues., July 18, 2017 at 7 p.m.
  • Chicago and The Doobie Brothers on Wed., July 19, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.
  • 8 Tour – Incubus with special guests Jimmy Eat World on Sat., July 22, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
  • Korn with special guest Stone Sour – The Serenity of Summer on Tues., July 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Continuing

The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit is at the Art Gallery of Ontario until July 30, 2017.

Do you know of other Toronto events in July 2017? Please mention in the comment section.

12 COMMENTS

  1. New restaurants opening sounds really exciting. There’s more foodie destinations to check out and this year, the list looks great. Toronto Festival of Beer is intended for beer lovers. Which one of these events will you be attending?

  2. My husband and son would be in the area mid July, I am passing this post to them. So many cool events. I cannot wait to travel to Toronto at the end of the year. I will make sure to come and visit to see if you have some cool events posted for November.

  3. Wow! All these events are perfect for summer. I recently watched musical band MUSE on TV and enjoyed it. I have also not heard of any of the Toronto restaurants that you have listed here! I don’t think they have any chains in the United States. Someday, I want to visit Toronto and hopefully it will be in the summer time. I can’t handle sub-zero temperatures!

  4. I have a friend who’s from Toronto and she’s always telling me how wonderful it is. From your post, I can see why. If I’m ever lucky enough to go, I’d love to attend the jazz festival and I’m certain my husband would be hanging out at the Festival of Beer. After that we’d certainly be hungry and want to have dinner at Summerlicious! x

  5. I have heard about beer festivals being around. Ever since my friends got me into craft beers I have wanted to try one out. I really would love to go to one. And I have heard Toronto is amazing and would really love to visit there as well. Although not sure whether the beer festival would be the reason I would go. 🙂

  6. That Chicken Shawarma Salad that you had at Summerlicious looks AMAZING!! I am a huge hummus fan and that plate has my mouth watering.

    Festivals are a great way to make memories as a family. Sounds like Toronto has so much to offer!!

    • Yes, the Chicken Shawarma Salad was delicious! I love festivals too, especially in the summer! Cheers, Lori

  7. Toronto sounds amazing! Maybe I should make a trip there and follow these activities. The chicken salad actually looks amazing and I’m far from a salad person. Thank you for this list. Now to go check out Summerlicious.

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