This weekend marks the summer solstice and features the longest day of the year. Toronto offers enough music, street festivals and family fun to keep you occupied for the duration.
Friday, June 19
Ring in this year’s Pride Week with DiverCiudad, an exhibition of Latin American queer artists on display at Naco Gallery Café (1665 Dundas Street West., 647-347-6499)—savour spicy Mexican fare and coffee while you admire the artwork.
Take advantage of free concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square presented by the North By Northeast music festival. This evening offers the ethereal ballads of Wintersleep.
Stroll the cobbled streets of the Distillery Historic District for cocktails and conversation during the Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival.
Saturday, June 20
Head to Downsview Park and party with Edgefest’s stellar lineup including Canadian indie-rock faves Metric.
Fall in love with Franco-Fete, the Harbourfront Centre festival celebrating French heritage through cooking classes, music performances and family activities.
Spend the day dancing in the streets as the Big on Bloor festival spreads a wave of joy with artwork, music and patios a-plenty in downtown’s west end.
Climb aboard the ferry to the Toronto Islands to cheer on the many teams paddling for victory through Lake Ontario during the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival.
Sunday, June 21
Combine fashion with history and head to the Bata Shoe Museum for National Aboriginal Day. The museum has a renowned collection of moccasins and other indigenous footwear.
Experience Mozart’s classic battle of the sexes as two young men test the honour of their fiancées’ love in Cosi fan tutte, presented by the Canadian Opera Company.