36 Best Toronto Date Ideas for Summer 2019

Want your love life to be hotter than the asphalt on Yonge Street in August? Hotter than a 20-chili curry at Salad King? Hotter than than a flow class at Yoga Tree? To help you keep things interesting, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto date ideas for summer. Seriously, there’s no excuse to waste summer 2019 with your same old boring routine, and there’s more than enough going on to keep you busy until September. From festivals and activities to new date night restaurants and everything in between, there’s something for everyone.

Here are the best Toronto date ideas for summer 2019.

Fun things to do on a date

In the wise words of Jennifer Lopez, love don’t cost a thing. These free date ideas (or almost free) will keep you busy and your wallets full this summer.

Riverdale Park East - Toronto Date Ideas in Summer
Riverdale Park East; photo by Diane Hall
Bike on the Leslie Spit, Tommy Thompson Park - Summer Date idea
Tommy Thompson Park; photo by Brittany Barber

Hot new restaurants and bars

No need to live off of Chipotle burritos this summer (though we totally support that)! If you’re looking to try out new date night restaurants, cool new bars or casual cafés, we’ve rounded up the latest food and drink establishments to open their doors in TO.

  • Tuck into Ontario meats grilled to perfection Argentinian-style on a white-oak-burning grill at Kojin. No campfire required.
  • Grab a casual (and tasty) lunch and a bevvy at Donna’s – a licensed snack bar in Bloordale Village.
  • Make a rezzie at Alobar in Yorkville for fancy cocktails and upscale eats.
  • Try fine Japanese cuisine with a seasonal tasting menu and sake pairing at Yukashi.
  • Speaking of pairing menus, Apres Wine Bar serves only natural wines and small plates designed to pair with them.
  • Looking for the perfect spot to reconnect? With modern decor and eats, Sara’s on Queen West encourages undistracted dining and reconnection on all levels!
  • Celebrate meatless Monday at the newest CHG spot, Planta Queen.
  • Have Coffee, Oysters and Champagne at the aptly named Coffee Oysters Champagne
  • Stock up on goodies from shipping containers at stackt market and have a picnic
  • Go for a cocktail (or two) at Project Gigglewater
  • Find wonderful beers, enticing cocktails, shareable snacks, a cosy patio and live music at Bluebird Bar, a hidden gem in Roncesvalles.
  • Discover why the critics are raving about Mother Tongue – creative cocktails and shareable plates with Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and North American influences.

Cool summer events and festivals

Get the most out of what the six has to offer. Whether you’re looking for things to do in Toronto at night or an all-day excursion, mark your calendars with these amazing events and festivals that make for some of the best date ideas in Toronto for summer 2019.

  • Hit Cherry Beach on Sundays from 3pm to 11pm for i love promise – DJs on the beach (June to Labour Day)
  • At this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, choose from 150+ shows at 37 venues. Don’t know where to start? Use their online random show selection tool (July 3-14)
  • Who doesn’t love Pizza and Pasta? Eat, drink and play games at Pizza Fest at Ontario Place (July 16-19)
  • Get tickets to the Toronto Festival of Beers for beer tasting (obvi), eats and music at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place (July 26-28)
  • Explore unique nature themed room installations at Utopia Popup (exhibit open until July 31)
  • Don’t miss the spectacular Toronto Carribean Carnival Grand Parade along Lakeshore Blvd (Aug. 3)
  • Catch 30 internationally acclaimed Dance Music and Hip-Hop artists including Cardi B, Kygo and Skrillex at the Veld Music Festival at Downsview Park (Aug. 3-4)
  • Stock up on neon gear at VV and live your EDM dreams at Electric Island (Aug. 10, Aug. 31 Sept. 1)
  • Every Wednesday, Open Roof Festival has a line up of films, music and beer at their outdoor venue on Sterling Road in the Lower Junction
  • Let’s go to the Ex! Close out August with rides, fair food and games at the CNE (Aug 16 – Sept. 2)
  • Marvel at performances by acrobats, daredevils, magicians and more at Toronto’s BuskerFest at Woodbine Park (Aug. 30 – Sept. 2)
  • Watch festival flicks and maybe even see some celebs at TIFF (Sept. 5-15)

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