5 Last Minute Activities in Toronto to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

The days are becoming shorter, the thunderstorms are getting more intense and the temper tantrums are increasing in number, which can only mean one thing: Summer is coming to an end. Luckily there is no shortage of amazing things to do in Toronto to make these last few weeks of summer the best yet. Here are some of our top picks of activities to make the most of the dog days of summer.


CNE 2019

It’s a classic for a reason. Head down to the CNE with the family to get your fill of carnival rides, games and over the top food such as rainbow grilled cheese and pierogi burgers. Avoid the hassle of parking and do your part for the environment by riding your bikes along the Martin Goodman Trail waterfront trail! Be sure to check out the CNE website to learn more about special daily festivities before you go.

Make it an even more eco-friendly day by packing your own reusable water bottle and go the extra mile by bringing tupperware for any food you buy. We love the selection from the housewares section at Indigo as they are all compact, functional and stylish at the same time (and they make a great investment for the school year to come!).


Summer Music in the Park (or in the Library!)

Our friends at the Bloor-Yorkville BIA host the wonderful Summer Music in the Park series every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and stat holidays throughout the summer. Be sure to check out their website for the full lineup and performance times and head to Yorkville Village Park (just steps away from Manulife Centre at Bellair Street and Cumberland Street) for a wonderful afternoon in the sun. Looking for an indoor option? the Toronto Reference Library is hosting free Summer Concerts at the Library on Fridays throughout August. Click here for info.

Really make the most of the free entertainment by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. Stop by Bloor Street Market to pick up everything you need for the perfect al fresco charcuterie.


Patio Drinks at The One Eighty

One of the greatest perks of summertime at Bay and Bloor is the patio at The One Eighty, which boasts some of the best views of the city. Enjoy the sunshine on our 51st floor by hitting up The One Eighty for after work drinks, Saturday lunch or Sunday brunch, or make it your dinner destination any night of the week to take in the city lights. Their cocktail list is the stuff summer dreams are made of, so you won’t want to miss their seasonal menu!


Toronto Fashion Week 

Toronto Fashion Week takes over Yorkville from September 3-5 and there are plenty of incredible events you won’t want to miss out on. From fashion shows by Canadian designers to industry chats, any fashion lover will love this annual festival. For the full schedule visit the Toronto Fashion Week website.

Inspired to do a little shopping after? Come by Manulife Centre to hit up our incredible fashion retailers including Yorkville’s very own Over the Rainbow for a little spree. You deserve it!


The Toronto International Film Festival

It’s not September in Toronto without TIFF! There are some big films and even bigger names that are Toronto-bound this year (The Kit has a great round-up), so it’s sure to be epic as usual. Be sure to check out the full schedule released on August 20th and return to purchase tickets online on September 2nd (for the general public – members receive early access!).

Struck by TIFF fever but unable to snag tickets? Enjoy a VIP movie experience at the Cineplex Varsity & VIP cinema here at Manulife Centre. With a great mix of blockbuster and indie films, the lineup here is sure to satisfy.

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