5 things to do in Toronto this weekend (June 19-21)

Toronto rapper Shad performs a free NXNE show at Yonge-Dundas Square Sunday night.
Toronto rapper Shad performs a free NXNE show at Yonge-Dundas Square Sunday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

With so many events in and around Toronto, it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening and what’s worth venturing out for. Here are five things we recommend doing in the city this weekend.

Take in a free concert

NXNE kicked off earlier this week and while there are many great bands playing numerous venues across the city, it’s the free stage at Yonge-Dundas Square that has us the most excited. Friday night’s lineup includes Born Ruffians (8:30 p.m.) and Hollerado (9:30 p.m.) and on Saturday night The New Pornographers take the stage (9 p.m.). In place of the cancelled Action Bronson show on Sunday is Toronto rapper Shad at 9 p.m. LA rapper Ty Dolla $ign plays first at 8:00 p.m.

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As part of the TD Jazz Festival (running until June 29), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are also playing a free show at Nathan Phillips Square Friday at 9 p.m.

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Enjoy some delicious food

While The Taste of Little Italy might have some people upset over road closures this weekend, if you’re looking to eat delicious food, participate in some fun activities and enjoy live bands and DJs, this is the place to be. Runs Friday 6 p.m to 2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit for the full schedule of events.

READ MORE: Road closures in Little Italy this weekend

Go to the drive-in

Want to see Jurassic World or the new Pixar film Inside Out this weekend but can’t stand going to the theatre? Head over to The Docks Drive-In and enjoy them from the comfort of your car. Screen 1 is showing Jurassic World at 9:20 p.m. followed by Pitch Perfect 2 at 11:40 p.m. Screen 2 has Inside Out at 9:15 p.m. followed by Avengers: Age of Ultron at 11:20 p.m. Admission on Friday and Saturday is $15 per adult and $5 for children under 12. Sunday is $25 for an entire car, no matter how many people are in it.

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Show your pride

Pride week (running until June 28) starts Friday with many events planned around the city to celebrate “the power and beauty of diversity.” Sunday’s all-ages Sweetness Pride Beach Party at Sugar Beach will have live music courtesy DJ Aron, Jodie Harsh and Jeremy Khamkeo. It promises to be a fun day full of dancing, singing and thriving. There’s also the second annual dog walk at Unleashed in the Park on Saturday and Habitat’s Pride Build out in Scarborough. Visit for a full list of events.

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Add some culture to your life

The Luminato festival begins its 10-day run of cultural events Friday with a garden party (7 p.m.) at David Pecaut Square followed by Jason Collett’s Basement Revue (10:30 p.m.), which includes a mystery line-up of “literary and musical talent” curated by the Broken Social Scene member. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with more art, dance and performance events planned. Visit for the full schedule.

Let us know what you plan to do in Toronto this weekend in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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