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Fun Summer Activities to Explore in Toronto

For fun and affordable summer activities you don’t have to venture far. Toronto has plenty of events and activities to explore this summer.

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If you’re not treating Toronto like your own personal playground this summer, you ain’t living right. The Six is home to a veritable smorgasbord of events, shows, and summer activities to explore, so you’ll never be bored (especially when there’s an ice-cold brew just waiting for you at Steam Whistle). Every weekend from now until Labour Day should be jam-packed with these fun and affordable Toronto activities—the best part is, no road trip required! 

Keep reading to find out the good beer folk’s favourite ideas for summer activities in Toronto (spoiler alert: there’s a beer tour or two in there).

1. Events

Toronto never has a shortage of fun and inspired events to partake in all summer long (“Dancing on the Pier”, anyone?), and summer 2019 is no exception. If you’re looking for an excuse to give the couch a rest and soak up some vitamin D, there are tons of different events to enjoy. Fringe Fest is coming up for any theatre buffs looking to catch a play (or for theatre newbs looking for a little culture), the Beaches International Jazz Festival offers free music from over 100 bands throughout July, Summerlicious is the best way to taste Toronto without  paying exorbitant fees, and of course Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto Parade (formerly Caribana) is just around the corner so get your most impressive get-up ready. 

Don’t forget the annual CNE for a Toronto staple experience of carnival rides and games, exhibition shows, shopping, and the summer’s trendiest foods and beers. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the highlight of summer activities, the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival in August featuring local breweries and Toronto food trucks all in the sweet, sweet comfort of downtown’s finest park.

2. Outdoor Activities

Man Pumping up his bike tires at a Steam Whistle bike stop

Enjoying the outdoors has never been easier in Toronto. The Toronto waterfront has had an impressive revitalization effort that’s made it the place to be all summer long, with gorgeous parks, views of the six, and pathways that are perfect for biking, jogging, and meandering along with your significant other (let’s keep the PDA to a minimum though, people). There are tons of pop-up shops, stalls, performances, food stands and even good Muskoka chairs that it’s easy to spend the whole day walking back and forth along the waterfront. Bike Share Toronto is ideal for renting bikes across the city and cycling along the waterfront; with so many docking stations, you can easily and safely park your bike for a leisurely pint of your favourite premium brew at Steam Whistle! 

3. Tours

No, we’re not suggesting you hop aboard the hop-on, hop-off bus—that would be torture. But there are so many cool tours around Toronto that you can explore for a deeper dive into your favourite city. Obviously, the very best is a Steam Whistle brewery tour, but you could say we’re a little biased. In completely related news, have you seen our new Biergärten? It’s beer hall heaven on earth, complete with delicious brews, delectable bites, and an authentic German vibe that’s exactly what you need this summer. All joking aside, there are tons of craft brew tours you can take from all the local beer companies that are cropping up, or if you’re feeling a little frisky, check out a cider tour for a fun twist. Try a boat tour around the islands, a bicycle tour, a haunted walk, or even tour the variety of museums and art galleries in Toronto. Being a tourist for the day in your own city to experience fresh, new summer activities is the absolute best way to soak up the sun this season. 

See you around the city!