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5 ways to say goodbye to summer in Toronto

Summer in Toronto is waning. But even though pumpkin spice lattes have already started appearing on menus across Toronto, fall doesn't officially start until Thursday, Sept. 22. That means you still have a few more days to gobble down some ice cream, frolic through a sprinkler and take advantage of the warm weather before the winter chill sets in.

Here are 5 things you should do on the last days of summer in Toronto.

Swim at an outdoor pool
Most of the City of Toronto's outdoor pools closed after Labour Day. But the Alex Duff Memorial Pool at 779 Crawford Street is open until Sunday (weather permitting, of course) from noon to 4 p.m.

Eat pizza in nature
Evergreen Brick Works hosts its pizza parties all summer long, but the fun ends on Wednesday night. Head to this naturally beautiful spot for stone-fired 'za from Pizzeria Libretto, gelato and a few pints of craft beer.

Visit a food truck
While Toronto-area food trucks will continue serving, eating at one is a super summery activity that's just not the same if it's cold out. Luckily, there's the Ontario Food Truck Festival happening at Downsview Park this weekend, so you can visit all your favourite vendors in one spot.

Attend a street festival
Street festivals are quintessential summertime events in Toronto. And to end off the season, you can head to the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, the Toronto Ukrainian Festival in Bloor West Village or simply bike (or walk) through a car-free city this Sunday because it's time for another Open Streets TO.

Go to an outdoor concert
Sure, outdoor concerts continue into the fall, but there's nothing like seeing one at Echo Beach in the summertime. You can head to this lakeside venue or Yonge-Dundas Square for Manifesto-related programming this weekend, or grab last minute tickets to TURF - Toronto's last summer music festival.

How will you celebrate the end of summer '16 in Toronto? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of Echo Beach by Matt Forsythe.


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