Those who have recently purchased a new home or condominium in Toronto may be avoiding spending money on a vacation this summer. Well, here is some great news – our city is one of the best in the world for a staycation! The number of summer activities, events, concerts, festivals and other get-togethers is incredible. I spent a few minutes on the Internet and found far too many to list here.

For example, take the long weekend in early August. You can choose from Caribana with its parades, parties and concerts; the Summerworks Festival of up-and-coming theatrical talent; the Toronto Food Truck Festival; and the Art & Music Ontario Festival – OR attend them all! The following weekend, Toronto will be home to the Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, Waterfront Night Market, Taste of the Danforth and Jerkfest, the celebration of Canada’s jerk food. And of course, we have our beloved Canadian National Exhibition to look forward to. This year’s CNE will take place from August 19 through September 5. This fabulous event is one of North America’s largest fairs, attracting 1.5 million visitors each year.

Those for whom the “dog days of summer” include taking along their dogs, Toronto features several parks with off-leash zones. Check out www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_dog_parks_in_toronto/ And of course, being a waterfront city, Toronto has wonderful Harbourfront Centre with activities for all ages. Whatever you consider fun, explore our beautiful city for eclectic dining establishments from fast food to fine dining, live theatre, outdoor and indoor concerts, museums, art galleries and shopping, shopping, shopping. Visit Toronto.ca for festivals, events and things to do.

Staying in Toronto for the summer? Lucky you!