Toronto Hit List: Pizza in the Park, 12 Beers of Summer, Meowfest, The Breakfast Club & more!

July 3rd-14th Toronto Fringe Festival @ various locations. Ontario’s largest theatre festival returns for its 31st year with 151 shows at 37 venues across Toronto. $13 advance tickets available online or at the Festival Box Office at 275 Bathurst St.

July 6th-7th Afrofest @ Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. Afrofest is an African music festival that celebrates the beauty and diversity of African music and culture. Featuring established and emerging artists, a marketplace with 80 food and merchandise vendors, and a Children’s Creative Village for toddlers and young children to learn about African culture. Runs 12 pm to 11 pm Saturday and 9 am to 8 pm Sunday.

WEDNESDAY

7 pm Open Roof Festival: Firecrackers @ The Lower Junction, 181 Sterling Rd. Open Roof presents a screening of Jasmin Mozaffari’s debut feature Firecrackers, a powerful portrayal of two best friends who are desperate to leave their rural Ontario town + a live musical performance by Sam Polley & The Old Tomorrows. $15.75 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.

8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

6 pm Pizza in the Park @ Christie Pits, 750 Bloor St. W. Now in its fifth year, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Pizza in the Park returns for two nights only this summer. Enjoy Neapolitan pizza from Pizzeria Libretto, veggie dishes from Banjara Indian Cuisine, Greek pastries from Filosophy Pastry and Espresso Bar, Syrian treats from Newcomer Kitchen, cold pressed juices from Angie’s Juice, and a free BBQ from realtor Alex Beauregard. All proceeds support local pollinator plantings through David Suzuki Foundation’s The Butterflyway Project. Until 8 pm.

7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!

7 pm Toronto Outdoor Picture Show: E.T. @ Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Ave. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show kicks off its “Dynamic Duos” series at Corktown Common with Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure E.T. It will screen with Cree/Métis filmmaker Danis Goulet’s short film Wakening. Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards by The Aviary Brewpub and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, psych, and classic disco tracks all night long.

FRIDAY

6:30 pm Stranger Things: ’80s Revival Party @ Bloor/Gladstone Library 1101 Bloor St. W. In anticipation for the third season of Stranger Things, Bloor/Gladstone Library will be doing all things ’80s! They’ll have some nostalgic video games, horror-themed board games, and more. Until 8 pm. RSVP here.

6:30 pm 12 Beers of Summer @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Put on your favourite tropical threads and celebrate Ontario’s vibrant craft brewers at the Gladstone’s annual 12 Beers of Summer, a three-hour beer taste-a-thon featuring 12 local breweries serving up their newest and most popular brews. Tunes by Running Red Lights and DJ Crunch Bandicut + prizes for best dressed: Next Level, Best Group Costume, and “Surprise Us” categories. $42.06 tickets available online.

10 pm Wild Wild Party @ Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St. W. All-vinyl 45 RPM 1950s-60s rock ‘n’ soul dance party with DJ Derek B. Garage! RnB! Beat! Fuzz! Hipshakers!

10 pm Big Primpin’ @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. DJs Blackcat, Craig Dominic, and special guest DJ Recklezz spinning tunes for LGBTQ+ people and their guests.

10 pm Rhythm & Booze @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. R&B, soul, funk, and disco from the ’60s to ’00s with DJ Waves. $5.

10 pm Homesick: Emo Night – Blink-182 Edition @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Slap on your Dickies and spike that hair up for this very special Enema Of The State edition of Homesick! Relive your teenage angst with all your favourite songs from Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, and more. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm Millennial Falcon @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A solid 2000s-now party hosted by Yacht Rock DJs Keith and Shandy. All the best bangers of the new millennium! Free before 11 pm.

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins from primitive rock ‘n’ roll to garage, psych to power pop, punk rock to glam, and old school hip-hop to soul.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is a disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers. $10.

SATURDAY

10 am Meowfest @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. A global celebration of cats, hosted by meowbox. Experience all forms of cat-centric entertainment including workshops, adoptable kitties, shopping, food trucks, celebrity cats, insta-worthy photo ops, and live music! $20 tickets available online, with proceeds going to Ontario-based feline rescues and organizations.

11 am Leslieville Sidewalk Festival @ Queen St. E. between Empire & Vancouver Ave. Stroll, shop, and enjoy live entertainment along Queen Street East during Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside. Until 6 pm.

11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th.

7 pm Junction Night Market @ The Junction, Pacific Avenue north of Dundas St. W. A community night market showcasing local food, drink, and music in The Junction and surrounding area. Featuring vendors from the weekly Junction Farmers’ Market, local restaurants, breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Tokens are $5 each and are available on site (cash only). Until 11 pm.

8 pm BBC Night Market @ 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Spend your Saturday evenings on 40,000 square feet of stunning outdoor patio space with a full 360-degree view of Toronto’s skyline. The BBC Night Market will bring together a rotating list of top food vendors from across Toronto and the GTA along with a rotating list of food trucks from Food Truck’n Friday. Guests can grab a spot at one of the many tables throughout the space or pre-book a poolside private cabana to enjoy starry nights with friends.

8 pm The Grand Stretch @ Hi-Lo Bar, 753 Queen St. E. A monthly fixture featuring a laid-back vibe and a local crew of DJs playing a hot selection of disco, house, and techno. This edition features Shamps a.k.a. Joe Calta (Spacedust).

9 pm Deep&Disco @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Disco, funk, and house music played by DJs Marrs Barrs, Big Fun (Joe Navarro and Chico U), Andy Roberts, and Iced Misto. $5 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm The Breakfast Club: ’80s Music Tribute @ Revival, 783 College St. The Breakfast Club makes its long awaited return! DJ Starting From Scratch and Mista Jiggz playing all your fave ’80s sing-a-long classics + those forgotten gems too! Everything from ABC to ZZ Top. Rock your ’80s tees, hats, bangles, sweat bands, leg warmers, and all the neon colours you have because it’s gonna be a party like other. $15 advance tickets available online.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, beat, surf, and funk record dance party with DJ Nico + guests. Sponsored by Kops Records. $10.

10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: GLITTERature Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all the wallflowers, and a dance card-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find.) Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required, but you’re invited to adorn yourself with bronzer, shimmer gel, tiny rhinestones, actual glitter, or basically anything shiny. $10.

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.

10 pm The Groove @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Motown, soul, and rock with Brother Wayne. Dust off your dancing shoes and get your groove on!

10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJ Numeric spins quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. $10.

SUNDAY

9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.

12 pm The Bentway Block Party @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. A family-friendly day-long block party featuring installations, musical performances, games, food and drink, and much more! Headlining this year’s Block Party are Canadian indie rockers The Elwins, alt-rock band Ellevator, and indie orchestra Common Deer. Until 10 pm. Admission is free.

3 pm Promise Cherry Beach @ Cherry Beach, 1 Cherry St. Promise’s summer series continues with New York City’s Tim Sweeney, best known for his Beats in Space radio show, which has been running since 1999. Support from Roberto S, Azari, Milch, and Siviyex. All ages; ID for beach bar. $20 in advance and at the gate. Until 11 pm.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: His Girl Friday @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Christie Pits Film Festival with Howard Hawks’ 1940 screwball comedy His Girl Friday. It will screen with the short film Dinette, a creation of Toronto’s all-women sketch comedy troupe The Templeton Philharmonic. Films at sundown (9:15 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards by The Arepa Republic and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease.” Free entry; tipping encouraged.

~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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