It’s hard to continually track down all of the best pop-ups, events and cool s#*t that Toronto has to offer. That’s why I’ve done it for you!
Below you’ll find a curated list of Toronto’s best limited-time events & unique offerings. This page gets updated weekly – check back in frequently to make sure you’re in the know!
The Yonge & St. Clair BIA launched a patio in collaboration with several local restaurants. It’s located in the parking lot alleyway just north of the Shoppers Drug Mart. You can order from any of the curated menus from the participating restaurants. That means you can order from one spot or multiple spots if you please!
Open Thursday – Saturday. Check the menu & make a reservation here!
Similar to the Patio at Yonge & St. Clair, Gerrard East Market was built in collaboration with a handful of local restaurants. You can order food and drinks multiple different spots, and the food will be delivered to your table.
Open daily from 11AM – 11PM. Pets welcome. Check their IG here!
Open daily (except Monday). Book a reservation here!
The Cheese Boutique Food Truck is hosting different Toronto chefs every weekend from now until August. So far, they’ve hosted Le Swan French Diner, Antler Kitchen Bar, Kitchen Guerrilla and more. Follow them on Instagram to be updated on future chef takeovers!
TasteToronto is offering limited edition creations from top restaurants and chefs through a new platform called dabble. They began with burger boxes from Burger Drops and then pivoted to limited-edition flavours of Gertie’s Pies. You can order the creations here. They change every two weeks!
Book in advance – there are 25 reservations available per hour – and they offer rentals (even safety equipment like knee pads!).Skate time slots are released every Monday at 1:00pm for the week ahead, so check back weekly! Check it out here. Get inspired via their IG here.
Grab tickets to the first-ever Comedy Show hosted by Home Appliances Food Truck. Tickets include a combo meal and a viewing in their midtown food truck lot. What a great way to spend a summer evening! July 16 & 17. Check it out here.
Looking to do something a little different? Toronto Adventures is offering Comedy on the River and Magic on the River – paddle adventures down the Humber River followed by a comedy or magic show! Can it get any better?! They also offer plenty of other paddling adventures throughout the summer. Check it out here.
Blindness is an adaptation of José Saramago’s dystopian novel where audiences sit in pods spaced eight feet apart, on the stage of The Princess Wales Theatre, and the show happens around them as a sound installation. Instead of actors, the audience will listen to a a soundscape through headphones. Running Aug 4 – 28!
Check it out here.
A series of outdoor shows in High Park. One of the more popular shows is nowhen, by Alison Wong – a two-part experimental work about time, place and sound dramatizes seven stories happening around High Park. Nowhen running Aug 5 – 15, with other Dream in High Park events running through the summer.
Check it out here.
Watch online films as part of the 8th year of the Regent Park Film Festival from Aug 4 – 25. Typically the festival is outdoors, but this year they’ve gone virtual. They show films that prominently feature Indigenous, Black and People of Colour narratives.
Check it out here.
An immersive show set outdoors in downtown Toronto. From their website:
“A young woman sits alone on a park bench, lost in her own thoughts. What is she thinking? Dive into her mind in this unique sensory and immersive theatre experience.
After taking the streets of Paris and London by storm with sell-out performances,
C-O-N-T-A-C-T now journeys to the streets of Toronto.
Become totally immersed in the world of our characters for 45 remarkable minutes, as you plug into this joyous, poetic and liberating experience, literally. Delivered via an app created especially for this exciting new show, you will be swept-away by state-of-the-art 3D sound design as you use your smartphone and headphones to navigate the performance. Walk the path with the performers and share their sensations and thoughts, as the action unfolds before your eyes.”
Check it out here.
This virtual gallery includes artwork, videos and music, all accessible via the online platform. “The theme of the Summer exhibit focuses on love – specifically different types of love (or lack thereof) during the COVID-19 pandemic.” There are four total exhibits through the year: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Perfect for any rainy day, or when you’ve had enough of socializing again. The gallery is free to peruse at your own pace. Check it out here.
Brought to you by Pastiche, Nomad will be serving cocktails, boozy freezies & muffuletta sandwiches out of a 70s minivan. There is no permanent location planned, so you will have to keep your eye out throughout downtown and on their Instagram stories (they often share the location a day prior). You can also pre-order online and they will let you know where to pick up your purchase. PS – last summer I got to enjoy a couple of freezies from Pastiche, and they were devine!
Two former Buca employees launched homemade pasta business, Back to the Pasta. New menus launch weekly & ordering needs to be placed by Wednesday at Midnight for pickup on Fridays (between 4:30 – 6:30 at Danforth & Chester) or delivery (Thursday & Friday between 3-6PM). Menus currently drop every Thursday and sell out quickly. Be sure to follow them on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out!
This pizza pop-up hailing out of the Junction is offering delicious deep-dish pies (cheese, pepperoni or half and half). You can also get their homemade hot honey as a topping or on the side. Weekly drops that sell out quickly – order online (linked via their Instagram account) with pickup in time slots every Saturday. You don’t want to miss this!
Dublin Calling has paired up with BoardGames2Go and is offering a $40 kit of make-at-home nachos, pretzel bites and a $15 credit to rent a board game. Once you make your purchase, you will receive a rental credit, which you can apply online when you select your board games. Then, you can pick up your snacks and board games from Dublin Calling all in one easy trip. Order here.
The Depanneur is a unique food venue that hosts a variety of events, and supports up-and-coming and home chefs. Currently, they’re offering pick-up dinners on Wednesdays and Fridays where each week, a different chef prepares a prix-fixe dinner for 2 or 4 people.
Daydream Adventures is Toronto’s only art installation escape room. Book one of their rooms and be totally enchanted by your surroundings and the immersive stories. All rooms are family friendly. Book here.
On top of offering a curated selection of pantry items, wines & cocktails available for purchase, Marben Market also runs virtual wine tasting classes (always check their website for the latest, as they are for specific dates): Pour and Ponder – Online Wine Tasting Sessions.
Each Thursday, Kensington Brewery teams up with QE Trivia to offer virtual trivia. Note: you can buy a ticket for the trivia on it’s own here (note: this links to the Jan 21st event – simply search QE Trivia on Eventbrite if you are looking for another date). Alternatively, follow the instructions on the same page to purchase beer from Kensington Brewery and get access to the trivia for free!
The Pairing Club is based out of Toronto and they run virtual events featuring local beer and cheese pairings. Events sell out quickly, so be sure to follow them on Instagram to get the latest details and secure a slot when the next date opens up!
Explore more here.
Join Toronto Common for one of their many virtual events. They partner with businesses to make fun, unique experiences. Founded in December 2013, they’ve hosted over 500 events to date. Past and upcoming workshops include virtual wine tastings, spa nights, whisky tasting, digital book clubs and more.
Browse and book here.
Rolling Hops has gone virtual, offering curated beer tours for you and your friends. Contact them for a private tour and they’ll organize everything, including getting beer to your pals. During non-COVID times, they offer brewery hop tours through the west- and east-end. Prefer a DIY tour? Check out the Middle of Somewhere guide here.
Charlie’s Burgers runs a wine delivery service where they send members different wines each month. As part of the program, they partner with restaurants where you can bring your bottle of wine and have the corkage fee waived. You can purchase subscriptions for 1 or more months. They also run dinner programs – sign up for their newsletter to get the latest info. Learn more here.
A great way to try new cocktails, you can get the Stay At Home Cocktail kit subscription for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Each monthly kit comes with three new recipes and ingredients for 9 full sized drinks. Boxes are shipped to your door. Each purchase also comes with a free virtual cocktail class, held on the last Saturday of the month. Subscribe to more than one month and receive free goodies – detailed here.
*Note: Kits do not include alcohol, so be sure to stock your home bar with staples. See this post for guidance on building a great home bar.
Lovers Tempo is a Canadian company, and their quarterly subscription boxes are available to Canada & the US. Each box is valued over $150 and includes 3 of their most giftable pieces already beautifully wrapped. Cheese to keep everything or gift some of the pieces to special people in your life. Each box will include a surprise item as an additional gift to you. Order here.
Embiria is a Canadian lifestyle and well-being brand that offers private home experiences & workshops where they’ll plan everything and deliver the items to you – including brunch X yoga, watercolour painting, DIY facial oil blends and more. Embria also offers kits for sale, like cookie decorating and flower arrangements.
Join Toronto-based Anice Jewelry for a jewel at home night. Events run on select dates – see their latest availabilities on their website. Each class has a different theme and is appropriate for a variety of skill levels. Don’t have your own tools? When the world opens up again, consider bringing some friends for a jewelry event in their workshop. Read more details here.
Loved your experience? Sign up for one of their subscription boxes here!
In this live online class, you will learn the essentials of flower arranging, while creating a fresh garden style arrangement in a glass mason jar or ceramic vase (depending which class you select). All of the materials are included and will be delivered to you ahead of the class. Book here.
Select between a couple wreath and bouquet workshops and you’ll have all of the supplies and flowers delivered to your door. You’ll also be given access to a pre-recorded instructional video and a step-by-step PDF. Order here.
While this is not a Canadian company (it’s for the US), it is one of the best price-points I’ve found for a private virtual class if you want several people to be able to dial in separately. We did a virtual class for my mom’s birthday with 4 different houses dialing in, and I enjoyed it so much that I scheduled another class with my girlfriends (5-6 screens will be dialing in). The class library is huge, and you’ll get live instruction from a chef. Note that you have to purchase your own ingredients based off a provided list. Book here.
Le Dolci is offering a variety of classes – from learning the ins and outs of making pies, macarons, cinnamon buns, cakes and more. Most classes require you to purchase your own ingredients ahead of time, but some offer the ability to have ingredients delivered to you (it is denoted in the class titles).
Browse the class schedule & book here.