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FEB

Toronto Urban Music Festival

Since 1997 this festival has celebrated the Canadian and International urban music scene; seminars, workshops and performances are held at several Toronto venues.

MAY

CONTACT Photography Festival

Everybody loves to take pictures, and you can see how the pro’s do it at this popular annual festival. More than 1.5 million people enjoy browsing over 200 Toronto venues to see the amazing works of a thousand artists from all over the world.

JUN

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

Toronto Centre Island is the site for this annual Dragon Boat Race Festival. These races are complemented by live music and dance, plus display booths and ethnic food. The festival attracts 180 teams, 5,000 athletes and 120,000 spectators.

JUL

Honda Indy Toronto

Moving into its second quarter century, Honda Indy Toronto is one of the most exciting events in all Ontario!  Held at Exhibition Place and part of the IndyCar Series schedule, race enthusiasts get their fill of adrenaline as the cars race on the streets of Toronto.

Summerlicious

The complement to the popular Winterlicious event, Summerlicious similarly brings you fabulous three-course prix fixe menus at 150 Toronto restaurants. Save money and try new flavors!

AUG

Taste of the Danforth

Head to Toronto’s Greektown on the Danforth to celebrate the most popular event in the city! A summer street festival which attracts over 1.3 million visitors, you will find several stages offering live bands, dancers, contests, prizes, a kids zone, a sports zone, a beer garden and plenty of mouthwatering multi-ethnic cuisine.

Rogers Cup

The annual Rogers Cup tennis matches are held at the Rexall Centre in Toronto, as well as at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. Women play in Toronto in odd-numbered years while the men play in Montreal; even years reverse venues. Rexall Centre, at York University, holds up to 10,300 spectators.

Festival of Beer

Head to Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place for this celebration of your favorite beverage!  There are over 120 brands of beer available, so you will surely find several new flavors to add to your rotation. Drop by the Grilling Tent for a delicious treat to complement your ice cold beer, and enjoy live bands on stage as well.

OCT

Nuit Blanche

Pull an all-nighter at the unique and fun event, Nuit Blanche! Celebrated in downtown Toronto from sunset to sunrise, you can browse artwork exhibitions of hundreds of talented artists. Attendance is close to a million. 

NOV

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

This Winter Fair is held annually at Exhibition Place, an opportunity for city dwellers to become acquainted with the bounty that Canada’s agriculture brings them, as well as to attend the prestigious Royal Horse Show which is held in Ricoh Coliseum. All kinds of animals and foods are on display at this amazing, enormous 10-day event.

Cavalcade of Lights

For over four decades, Toronto has celebrated the official lighting of the Christmas tree at Nathan Phillips Square. Live music, ice skating and fireworks mark the beginning of the festive holiday season.

DEC

Kensington Market Winter Solstice

For over twenty years, the streets of Kensington Market have been filled with celebrants in a lantern parade, celebrating the return of light on the longest, darkest night, December 21.

MULTI-MONTH EVENTS

Toronto International Film Festival

Year-Round - The Toronto International Film Festival is held at TIFF Bell Lightbox at Reitman Square, covering a city block in Toronto’s Entertainment District. After Cannes, this is the most important film festival you can attend. So popular, in fact, that it now offers film screenings, lectures and discussions year-round! You can enjoy films from Hollywood, Bollywood, Canada and across the world.

Winterlicious

January-February – If you are visiting Toronto this time of year, be sure to investigate Winterlicious, when 150 of the best restaurants in the city offer three course, prix fixe menus at outstanding prices.

Pride Toronto

June-July -  Pride Toronto, an LGBT festival, attracts over a million visitors annually to its arts and cultural celebration. One of Toronto’s largest events, this street fest offers several stages of live music and dance performances, along with literary and film events. 

Toronto Jazz Festival

June-July – Every summer, over a half million music afficianados enjoy one of the best Jazz festivals around. Around forty Toronto venues are utilized, including Metro Square in the Entertainment District. Hundreds of performances and more than 1,500 musicians participate.

Dream in High Park

June-September – From the end of June to the beginning of September, you can enjoy Canadian Stage Company performances of Shakespeare’s best plays at an outdoor amphitheatre in High Park.

Caribbean Carnival

July-August – A weeks-long festival, this Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean music, food, dance and art, with venues throughout Toronto. You will enjoy brightly colored costumes, a marquee Parade at Exhibition Place and along Lakeshore Blvd complete with King and Queen, steel bands, tasty cuisine and all-around revelry. This 40+ year old event used to be called Caribana.

Canadian National Exhibition

August-September – The oldest annual fair in the world is held at Exhibition Place, and attracts 1.25 million people. Enjoy exciting concerts and other live entertainment, parades, the Canadian International Air Show, competitive baseball tournaments, a Midway, a Kids’ World, a Horse Show, a Garden Show, a multitude of interesting exhibits and a Farm area where city folk can get a taste of the rural life.

 

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