Toronto shopping center parking lot turns into an open-air festival with a huge patio

Terrace season is back in full swing in Toronto, and the city is poised to make a substantial addition to its outdoor restaurant portfolio as CF Sherway Gardens prepares for the return of the mall’s massive annual summer destination.

Opened June 30, The Lot in CF Sherway Gardens will transform the mall’s west parking lot outside Gates 1 and 2 entrances into an outdoor dining and live entertainment destination, most notably a 30,000-square-foot patio.

It’s an expansive patio almost exactly the same size as the popular RendezViews patio in downtown Toronto. And like the colorful space in the center, The Lot offers a wide variety of programs to attract visitors.

The Lot is open to guests of all ages and allows shopping center guests to enjoy drinks and takeaways from restaurants and grocers in an outdoor setting with weekly entertainment.

The Lot’s summer season will feature performances by musicians and magicians, animating the arid expanse of asphalt with programming.

Other live programming and performances will be announced as the season progresses.

Visitors can enjoy all the action in comfort with a mix of colorful seating and dining areas, including hammocks, swings, a pergola, and table chairs, all available on a first-come, first-served basis with a recommended sitting time of one hour.

This outdoor “Playscape” will also feature foosball, pool and table tennis tables for guests to enjoy.

The Lot will be open daily from Thursday, June 30, in the Sherway Gardens parking lot at 25 The West Mall, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.