Outdoor Music Festivals Toronto

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UPDATE

There are so many things to do do this summer including plenty of live music performances, most of which are free*.

It seems like every week more outdoor live music festivals keep getting added to Toronto venues so check back often for updates!

This summer (2023) + bonus impromtu music performances at the end.

Some are ticketed, though, so best double check organizations' / event organizers' websites / social accounts.

*Transportation to and from events not included. Other charges may apply. Free at the time of writing this article. For accurate and up to date info please refer to organizations' / event organizers' websites / social accounts.

Note: images are for illustration purposes only and do not represent the actual events, products, or items


Remember to show up prepared with a beach chair or picnic blanket because seating may not necessarily be availble.

We particularly like using a Turkish Towel because it's compact and versatile.

Packing snacks and drinks in handy reusable containers is also a bonus! :D


TD Union Summer

Some Weeks Have Daily Performances

Some days have both noon and evenings performances but not all

Certain Tuesday evenings there will be a free* movie screening

For more movie screenings, check out our blog article for a compilation by area in Toronto Movies to Watch Outdoors

Access website for details and schedule: https://torontounion.ca/tdunionsummer/events/


Summer Music in the Garden

Music Garden Harbourfront Centre

Until August 27, 2023

July 2, 6, 9, 20, 23, 27, 30

August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27

Enjoy various kinds of music performances for free* downtown by the waterfront.

Access website for details: https://harbourfrontcentre.com/series/summer-music-in-the-garden/


I Heart Market Street Music Series - Old Town Toronto

Next to St. Lawrence Market + Old Town Toronto's Free* Urban Park

Every Tuesday and Wednesday until mid September.

Berczy Park

Wednesdays

St. James Park

Thursdays

Access website for details: https://oldtowntoronto.ca/events/


Music on the Toronto Island

The Island Cafe

Happening various times weekly throughout the summer.

PWYC (Pay What You Can - cash) for the band

Access website for details: https://www.islandcafeto.com/new-events


Tuesday Tunes on The Park

At CIBC SQUARE

Unwind on Tuesday evenings with music

Follow CIBC SQUARE on Event Brite for upcoming lineup

Access website for details: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tuesday-tunes-on-the-park-at-cibc-square-tickets-668421525777?aff=erelexpmlt


Music in the Park at ExPlace

Exhibition Place

Wednesdays July 5 to July 26

Access website for details: https://www.explace.on.ca/community-event/music-in-the-park-at-explace/


Twilight Concerts in the Park

Applewood - The Shaver Homestead - 450 The West Mall, Etobicoke

July 5, July 19, and August 2

Access website for details: https://artsintheparksto.org/series/twilight-concerts-in-the-park-at-applewood-the-shaver-homestead/


Sounds Like A Park

Live Music at Allan Gardens

Thursdays at 5:30pm

Access website for details: https://www.friendsofallangardens.ca/events


Willowdale Concerts in the Park Series

Lee Lifeson Art Park 223 Gladys Allison Pl.

Thursdays Until September 7th

Access website for details: https://artsintheparksto.org/series/willowdale-concerts-in-the-park-series-part-i-june/


Play the Parks

McGill + Granby Parkettes

Tuesday Evenings

July 4, 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

College Park Courtyard

Wednesdays Noon

July 5, 12, 19, 26

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

September 6

College Park Hayter St.

Wednesday Evenings

July 12, 19, 26

August 2, 9, 16, 23

Trinity Square

Thursdays Noon

July 6, 13, 20, 27

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

September 7

Chelsea Hotel

Thursday Evenings

July 27, August 31

Mackenzie House

Fridays Noon

July 14, August 18, September 8

Access website for details: https://downtownyonge.com/


Live Music by Local Artists

First Canadian Place

August 17, 22, 30 - 12 - 1:15pm

Access Instagram page for more details @firstcanadianplace


BOX CONCERTS by Tapestry Opera

30-minute musical theatre performance on a traveling stage

Morningside Park - August 2, 13, 27, September 10 - 12:30 PM / 2:00 PM / 3:30 PM

Cedar Brook Park - August 6, 20, September 3 - 12:30 PM / 2:00 PM / 3:30 PM

Guild Park & Gardens - August 9, 23 - 12: 30 PM / 3:00 PM / 6:00 PM

- August 30, September 6 - 12: 30 PM / 2:00 PM / 3:30 PM

To book your own private Box Concert or to learn more, access website for details: https://tapestryopera.com/performances/box-concerts/


Fridays July

Friday Night Live

At Garden Square Brampton

Pop, country, hip hop, R&B

Access Instagram Page for details @gardensquarebrampton


Harbourfront Centre

Every weekend all summer long, there is a cultural event happening at the Harbourfront Centre with musical performances.

Most events are free* but some are ticketed.

Access website for details: https://harbourfrontcentre.com/summer/

Remember to click on the dates interested


Edwards Summer Music Series

Toronto Botanical Garden

Thursday evenings

July 13 to August 31

Check out our article on how to hike / bike there through the: Don Valley Bike Hike Trail

Access website for details: https://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/events/photo/?tribe-bar-search=Edwards+Summer+Music+Series


SummerSeries

Trillium Park

Close to Ontario Place

Live music performances almost every weekend

July 1 to September 3

Access website for details: https://ontarioplace.com/en/whats-on/summerseries/


Wavelength Music Festival Toronto

Various Venues in Toronto

- Stackt, Fort York, Trillium Park, to name a few.

Diverse music genres

Access website for details: https://www.wavelengthmusic.ca/events/year/?past_year=2023

Some performances are ticketed.


The Junction Pop-Up Music Series

Various venues

Community event

Every Saturday until September 9th

Access website for details: https://torontojunction.ca/the-junction-pop-up-music-series


Jazz at the Distillery

Trinity Square

Happening every weekend this summer

Access Instagram Page for details @distilleryto


Beaches Jazz Festival

July 6 to 29

The festival is divided into 6 themes:

July 6 - 9

Jimmie Simpson Park

Jazz music lineup

Access website for details: https://www.beachesjazz.com/sounds-of-leslieville-riverside

July 14 - 16

Woodbine Park

Salsa on the Beach

Access website for details: https://www.beachesjazz.com/salsa-on-the-beach

July 4, 11, 18, 25, 26

Beach United Church (140 Wineva Ave, Toronto, ON)

TD ticketed drop in workshops

Access website for details: https://www.beachesjazz.com/td-workshops

July 20 - 23

Woodbine Park

90s R&B and Hip-Hop + more

Access website for details: https://www.beachesjazz.com/tdweekend

July 27 - 29

Queen St. E. will be closed for a big street party

Over 30 artists will be playing. Full line up:

Access website for details: https://www.beachesjazz.com/streetfest

July 28 - 29

Woodbine Park

Soul, Funk, World & House Music + more

Access website for details: https://www.beachesjazz.com/olg


Promise

Cherry Beach

Sundays or Holiday Mondays

July to Labour Day

Follow the music

Eats, drinks, and items for sale

Ticketed

Want to get there by bike?

Check out our Downtown to Woodbine article which has a map at the end.

Cherry Beach is along the route to Woodbine Beach.

You could bike to both if you'd like! :D

Access Instagram Page for details @promisecherrybeach


Impromptu Music Performances

Various Parks in Toronto

There are so many talented artists in Toronto who perform their craft in various parks around Toronto.

- The drum circle held at Trinity Bellwoods Park reminds us a lot of First Nation drums.

Inspired by the Na-Me-Res Pow Wow, we pay homage to First Nations in our First Nations Homage article. Check it out!

- There is what looks like a Celtic Harp player at Humber Bay - just after the Bridge

Access our map at the end of the article on how to get there: Humber River Trail

- Cherry Beach has EDM performances from time to time which makes part of the commute to Woodbine beach fun to listen to

Check out our article on how to get to Woodbine Beach from Downtown Toronto Downtown to Woodbine



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