In a city like Toronto, the choices are endless when it comes to deciding what to see and do during the hot summer months of July and August. Try these suggestions for students who are trying to cut corners and save a buck or two before heading back to school in the fall.
• It’s not about being cheap, it’s about finding inexpensive events to attend. One such event is Tasty Thursday BBQ at Nathan Phillips Square where you can indulge yourself in international cuisine from some of the city’s prime restaurants for $5 or less. The BBQ happens every Thursday, July 12 to Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit www.toronto.ca/special_events/thursdays.
• For those who enjoy a little dinner and dancing but don’t like digging into the pockets, gear up for discounts from a wide variety of bars, nightclubs and restaurants by becoming a Golden Student cardholder. The card costs $35 and part- and full-time students are eligible. For more details, visit www.goldenstudent.com.
• Looking for a Shakespeare fix? Then bring along a blanket or lawn chair to the High Park Amphitheatre and celebrate the park’s silver anniversary by attending the much adored comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, running July 26 to Sept. 2. Tickets are free, but there is a suggested donation of $15. Call 416-367-1653 or visitwww.canstage.com.
• Summer is also the time of year to take a stroll through the city or down by the lake and enjoy the night sky and its twinkling stars ... or, in this case, intricately designed scenes depicting Chinese landmarks and mythology at the Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival. Catch the festivities July 19 to Sept. 3. General admission is $25. Call 416-314-9900 or visit www.chineselanternfestival.ca.
• The Dim Sum Chinese Festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre is serving up more than just food during its free event, running July 20 to 22. This festival offers a mixture of traditional and contemporary art forms, allowing people to see past the dragon and discover how beautifully the east meets the west. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wr.
• For history fanatics, why not enjoy a quiet afternoon discovering the culture of northern Peru at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures From A Lost Civilization. The exhibit runs until Aug. 6. Tickets are $18. Visit www.rom.on.ca.
• For music lovers, there’s tons to listen to for free at the sixth annual Irie Music Festival in August, including the Canadian Reggae Allstars with Jah Beng, Errol Blackwood and Humble on Aug. 4. For more concert listings, visit www.iriemusicfestival.com.