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Weekend events in Toronto August 5-7 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will keep you in shape! There are island adventures, Bieber dance lessons, wild, one-off dance parties and festivals galore. If you need to take it easy, don't worry, there's also a bunch of films and opportunities to sit and eat and drink, etc.

Enjoy all that is exciting and new... the city is expecting you. Here are my top picks for weekend events in Toronto.

FESTIVALS

Taste of the Danforth (August 5-7, Danforth Ave)
One of the city's biggest street fests is finally here. If you love crowds, Greek food, big shiny games and loud entertainment, head to the Danforth for this weekend-long bonanza. There's a sports zone, kids zone, Hollywood movie zone, but no quiet zone.

Summerworks (Until August 14, Various locations)
So many shows, so little time. The festival of dance, theatre, art, music and workshops runs for 11 days and is a hotbed for new, upcoming artists and their works. This is your chance to see stuff before it really blows up. Here are our top picks for this year.

Beats, Breaks & Culture (August 5-7, Harbourfront Centre)
A mix of live music, DJs and dance, celebrating all that is hip-hop and electronic music at the Harbourfront. Hang out by the water and check out music from Sinkane, Jungle Brothers, The Dirty B-Sides and the Hip-Hop Vs House: BB&C featuring DJ Stretch Armstrong afterparty.

Jerk Fest (August 5-7, Centennial Park)
Good vibes and food take over this Etobicoke park for the weekend. Jerk everything is served in the party alongside music and activities showcasing Toronto's vibrant Caribbean culture.

Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival (August 6, Marine Parade Drive)
Thousands checked out this waterside fest last year. There'll be music from Nadia Stone, Backspin, Blackboard Blues Band, and Firesound as well as vendors, family-friendly activities and a farmers' market.

Time Festival (August 6, Fort York)
Another music festival at For York, but this one is for people who like good electronic music and things. Sets and performances by Run The Jewels, Broods, Kehlani, Joey Badass, Cold Cave and loads more on the main stage. There's also an "overTime" stage.

OUTDOORS

Bike Rave (August 5, Underpass Skate Park)
A D.I.Y. event that "combines lights with synched music while riding through the streets of Toronto from dance destination to dance destination." All you have to do is download the playlist and show up on your bike.

Castaway (August 6, Snake Island)
Hurry up and register for this super cool Toronto Island experience. There will be a beach cleanup, frisbee, standup paddleboarding, picnic and music on the beach of this secret island. All organized by Surf The Greats.

Full Court 21 Canada (Harbourfront Community Centre)
If you've walked, biked, jogged by this basketball court on the lakeshore, you've probably stopped to watch the skill of the players on a regular night. This is an official tournament! No teams. Imagine the talent.

Bieber dance class with Army of Sass (Drake Underground)
Remember the choreography in that "Sorry" video? Well, this class teaches even the most basic hip shaker some of the key moves to bring your dance floor skills to new heights.

SHOWS

Quique Escamillia (August 6, Union Station)
There are many good shows happening this weekend, but this one from the 2015 Juno Award winning signer is free and at the Union Summer fest in front of Union Station. You'll be surrounded by snacks and fresh, curious tourists from trains. Hot stuff.

Other Live Music:

FILM

Christie Pits Film Fest: The Truman Show (August 7, Christie Pits)
I know I recommend movies in this park a lot, but it's truly the best. That hill? The snacks? The crowd? All top notch for an easy-breezy night out in the city.

Other Screenings:

DANCING

Summerdaze X Silo present: Masomenos (East Room)
French art/DJ duo Masomenos combine their forces with Summerdaze for a off the wall dance party on the city's east side. A bunch of local talent supports them, and this will be a super cool and weird night of dancing.

Other dancing events:

Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events section and have a great weekend!

Photo of Taste of the Danforth by Jesse Milns.


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