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10 things to do before this summer is over in Toronto

The end of summer is approaching at an alarming pace, but there is still plenty left to do around the city. Whether you're looking to kick back on a patio with a iced beverage or take advantage of the outrageous food and fair rides at the CNE, the GTA has got lots on tap to get you through this seasons' final days.

Here are a few things to do before you break out your Canada Goose.

Act like a kid at the Ex (or just gamble away all your money)
The CNE is rolling into town at the end of august and with it comes the regular roster of outrageous eats, midway rides, and carnival games. There's also the CNE Casino, if you're feeling lucky. You may drop some cash, but it might just be a worth it.

Catch a movie on the lake
This summer you won't need to hit the movie theatre to catch a flick. Sugar Beach is hosting a weekend filled with 80's films for Sail-In Cinema (August 20-22). If you're afraid the floating screen will make you seasick, no problem. There are plenty of parks and other outdoor venues showing free movies until the end of summer.

Soak up the sun on a rooftop patio
Patios rarely disappoint, especially when they offer stellar views, optimal sun exposure and an air of exclusivity. If you're in the market to try a brand new patio, head to Mascot Brewery or Bar Raval. Why stop there? There are dozens of patios to try across the city.

Gorge at a new food truck
Food trucks become scarce when the temperature dips, so why not try one of the newest additions to the city's fleet before summer wraps. Koi, Meltdown Cheesery, and Rebozos have all rolled into town this summer.

Hit up a street festival
Sadly, the end of summer also marks the end of festival season. But don't fret, there are still many block parties to attend. Close out summer by hitting up the last few fests, from Wheels on the Danforth to Taste of Manila. All flaunt a hefty number of street vendors, live performances and entertainment.

Get refreshed with a summer drink
Toronto is no stranger to sporadic heat waves, and when they hit, they hit hard. When the weather gets too hot to handle, there are few better things than a iced beverage to cool down. This August, skip Starbucks iced lattes and opt for something different like an affogato or rice wine slushie - your taste buds will thank you.

Have lunch at the Union Station outdoor market
Union Station's outdoor market has been serving up drool-worthy eats for the better part of this summer. Luckily, its run has been extended until the end of September (so if you haven't been, now's your chance). It's serving up everything from gourmet doughnuts to Holy Chuck burgers.

Head to the Islands
The Islands always have a lot to offer in the summer. This August expect to find them buzzing thanks to Camp Wavelength and Centre Island's newly added maze. Remember that you can now purchase your ferry tickets online, so you can reduce your wait time.

Buy some art outdoors
Whether you're revamping your home or just like to do a little window shopping, outdoor art markets are a great way to pass the time. There's the Queen West Art Crawl, Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and many more that have yet to happen.

Get a sun tan at a music festival
Bestival, OVO, and Wayhome may be things of the past, but there is still much to come in terms of music fests this summer. Whether you're dying to see Major Lazer perform at Mad Decent Block Party or want to relive your angsty teen years at Riot Fest, there's plenty of crowd pleasing shows on tap.

What did I miss? Add your pick to the comments below.

Photo of the CNE by Pixel Diary


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