Part of the beauty of living in this big city is the opportunity to explore many diverse cultural experiences, culinary dining adventures, and festivals galore! When it comes to food, entertainment, education, and partying, Toronto tops the country's list each and every time. While we are sure there some Toronto natives in the crowd, the vast majority of the 2T0s class will be visitors from cities outside of Toronto and the GTA. Over the next four years, you will have some free time (emphasis on some - I mean, that lecture won't study itself!) to explore all the little nooks and crannies of this city - we hope that this mini guide will kick-start the beginning of your many Toronto adventures!
Things to do in Toronto
Summerlicious invites all Torontonians and tourists alike to wine and dine on a budget! For two weeks in July, you can get a three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menu at over 200 restaurants in the city for $15-$45! The good food and delicious drinks are made even better by the warm summer sun. Call the restaurants fast to make reservations as they quickly fill up! Interested? Take a look here: http://www.toronto.com/events/summerlicious/
2. Festivals, Festivals, FESTIVALS!
If you're in the mood for some amazing international food, music, crowds, buskers, and dancing, make your way down to one of the many festivals hosted all over Toronto this summer. There are the ongoing Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market, the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, Chinatown Festival, Digital Dreams, and Beaches Jazz Festival (just to name a few). Gather a group of friends - or make some new ones - and head over to an exciting experience for all of the senses.
3. Picnics on Centre Island
Now even though we are taking you guys to Centre Island for O Week, if you are in the city for the summer, be sure to hop on the ferry to the little island oasis! Rent a bike with a friend, catch some rays on the beach, go for a dip, or just nap on a blanket. Sure there will be plenty of tourists there but the island is so big that there is plenty of space to hide out and enjoy a good old-fashioned picnic.
4. Pride Toronto
Toronto Pride Parade is always a fun time! From a parade full of creativity, to art shows, street fairs, music and costume design, be on the look out for this concrete jungle to light up with some colour! The World Pride Parade will kick off at 2PM on the corner of Church Street and Bloor Street, all the way down Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square. Check out more about the festival here: http://www.pridetoronto.com.
Torontonians can experience authentic Oktoberfest celebrations right here at home! Inspired by traditions started in Munich, Germany over 200 years ago, visitors will experience the best in Bavarian fare and exclusively European (and German) beers. Includes German dancing, contests, games, pictures, and entertainment, see here: http://www.torontooktoberfest.ca.
6. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Originally conceived in Paris in 2002, Nuit Blanche is a classic all-night contemporary art event in the streets of downtown Toronto. Toronto’s arts community is a diverse, creative, distinctive and extremely passionate bunch. Bundle up and come out to explore the fun and engaging pieces that are made to be accessible to large audiences, to inspire dialogue, and to engage the public in examining its significance and impact on public space. Check it out here: http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca.