By Ashley Kowalewski
TORONTO: The summer is almost here, and with that in mind we’ve pulled some failsafe ideas for you to get outside and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. While you may be eager to skip the urban scene as the temperature rises, don’t discount the city just yet. Whatever your weekend-filling style, we’ve got you covered with some great ideas to keep you busy, and they’re all right in your urban backyard.
Channel your inner Greek goddess and go round up some excellent home-grown delicacies, right in the heart of Greektown. Celebrating its 20th year, Taste of the Danforth offers a plethora food vendors, live music, prizes and tons of deals in the neighbourhood’s local shops and boutiques.
The epitome of the “I’ll try any food once” mantra? Summerlicious. Toronto’s best food-inspired idea to date, Summerlicious allows adventurous foodies the opportunity to try new restaurants at really reasonable prices. Choose from over 100 Toronto-based restaurants that are ready to flaunt some of their best dishes, all neatly packaged in a prix fixe menu. Yum.
Meat-eaters, rejoice! Ribfest returns for yet another season, making you the food critic. Popping up all over the GTA, Ribfest takes some of the best award-winning rib, chicken and pulled pork cooks and puts them all right at your fingertips.
The summer blockbusters are already starting to trickle into the theatres, and what better way to watch some of the season’s best flicks than outdoors?
Movie nights in the park are a summer must, especially if you’re a fan of some of the classics. Keep your peepers peeled for movie nights in High Park and other cozy neighbourhoods of the city.
One of the best-kept secrets is the drive-in. Who knew that there was such a long list of great drive-in theatres, right at your fingertips? Bonus: most of them are within an hour of the city.
Itching to see that blockbuster the weekend it comes out? Don’t discount the multiplexes just yet! One thing you know for sure: the popcorn will be hot and so will the movies. Some of the summer flicks on our radar: Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby and Man of Steel.
Keeping it a low-key weekend? Not to worry—the city is actually a great place to get some r&r and catch some rays. Toronto has some great beaches, great for sunny Saturdays when you just can’t get away but don’t want to waste the warmth.
There’s nothing like some laid-back drinks with friends on a warm Friday night. Make the most of summer and do the patio hop. Lots of bars, pubs and restaurants have deals on drinks, appetizers and keep their patios warm well into the night. Now, just to find your place!