Music festivals and other things to do in Toronto this weekend

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It’s going to be hot over the next several days — just how summer should be.

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If music festivals are your thing, there are several events taking place of which to take note.

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There’s the Beaches International Jazz Festival, which runs until July 30 across various venues in the lakeside Beaches community of Toronto.

This weekend’s entertainment, Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside, is at Jimmie Simpson Park, but the entire month is jam-packed with jazzy goodness.

The Toronto Summer Music Festival is on until July 29 and takes place across various venues in the city including Koerner Hall at 273 Bloor St. W.

This year’s theme is Metamorphosis, and will feature an abundance of superstar performances.

Expect unforgettable music, food, dance, crafts, workshops and so much more at the Small World Music Festival, showcasing talented artists from around the globe and around the corner.

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Head to Trillium Park on Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Afrofest, the largest African music festival in North America, not only spotlights incredible entertainment from more than 55 artists, but celebrates the beauty and diversity of African culture and heritage.

Take it all in at Woodbine Park on Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

But that’s not all, folks. Here’s what else is happening so you can make the necessary plans.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

One of the city’s most beloved art events of the summer, it offers a wide variety of cultural activities and programming for people of all ages including art-collecting, installations, guided tours, kids’ programs, live painting, a first-time showcase of video art and more.

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Get to Nathan Phillips Square on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

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TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival

Whether you want to eat and check out the entertainment, or get out there and dance in the street, Canada’s hottest salsa party, featuring Latin music, authentic cuisine, and a fiesta for lovers of all Latin culture, is where it’s at.

Head to St. Clair Ave. W. between Winona Dr. and Christie St. on Saturday from 12 noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

Note: St. Clair Ave. W. from Christie St. to Winona Dr. will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8 a.m. on Saturday until 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Grey Goose Vodka Lawn Club

Canadians know how to do summer — but if you want see how the French deal with heat, look no further than this pop-up that will make guests feel like they are in the South of France. And what better way to do that than with that nation’s cherished pastime, petanque (which is basically a fancy French word for lawn bowling — which a chic twist, a.k.a. cool, refreshing cocktails).

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The 19-plus experience runs until Sunday at North Lawn Stanley Barracks at Hotel X at 115 Princes’ Blvd. For tickets and more information, click here.

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Toronto Fringe Festival

This summer tradition includes more than 100 shows by local and visiting artists featuring contemporary and experimental theatre, dance, comedy, musicals — all chosen by lottery.

The event runs until July 16. For tickets, programming and more information, click here.

Wine Fest

Sure, you can head to Niagara-on-the-Lake but why not stay in the city and take part in an all-you-can-taste outdoor wine festival?

The 19-plus event is at RendezViews at 229 Richmond St. W. on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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For tickets and more information, click here.

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Volvo Midsummer Celebration

Join in on the fun at this family-friendly event featuring multi-sensory experiences rooted in local flora, sustainability and community as well as workshops, engaging installations and celebratory fare from local vendors.

It all takes place at Stackt Market at 28 Bathurst St. on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

10XTO Fitness Festival

Fitness buffs, this is the event for you. Participants can take part in any or all four group fitness classes that include athletic conditioning, yoga, meditation with singing bowls and a cold plunge.

Snacks and beverages will be provided but you’re responsible for bringing your own towel, water bottle and mat.

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Head to Hotel X’s fitness facility 10xTO at 107 Princes’ Blvd. on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.

Taste of Lawrence 2023

Soak up the sights, sounds and flavours from around the world at Scarborough’s largest street festival featuring more than 130 vendors, live entertainment on two stages, kids’ workshops, Midway rides and the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA.

Head over to Lawrence Ave. E. between Warden Ave. and Birchmount Rd. on Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For tickets and more information, click here.

Note: Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd. will be closed from 10 a.m. on Friday to 1 a.m. on Monday.

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