With the sunshine we have been appreciating lately, we can’t help but dream of all the amazing summer activities our great city has to offer. So, to assist with any planning you might be doing, we bring to you, 10 festivals you don’t want to miss this summer!
Over 1000 artists. 60 venues. 5 nights. Recognized as a premier music event in North America. Enjoy performances by Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, City and Colour and many more at various locations around the city!
For 10 days in June, The Luminato Festival transforms the city. From theatres to parks and public spaces, artists create astonishing art forms. This boisterous festival takes over the city with music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film and celebrations of all kinds.
June 19- 28
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals. The 10 day event is produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz. “Jazz Fest” annually attracts in excess of 500,000 loyal patrons. Attractions include more than 350 performances at around 40 locations around Toronto.
Get ready for excitement at this year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival. For 2 kilometers along Toronto’s waterfront, you can check out the family and dog friendly events! There is everything from the 2014 DockDogs® World Qualifying Championships to the 2014 Flyboard® North American Championships (the world’s newest extreme sport) happening at Harbour Square Park. Head over to Sugar Beach and unwind at the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival, getting a taste of the latest trends, while the hottest new musical talent in Toronto entertains you at the EMERGE Artists Showcase.
June 20 -29
Attracting over a million attendees each year, Toronto Pride week is one of the biggest Pride festivals in the world. Bursting with enough energy to power a city, Pride is a 10-day long celebration of queer culture that attracts people of all ages, ethnicities, and sexual identities. Pride is all about celebrating diversity.
90 Dj’s on 4 stages over the Canada Day weekend! Showcasing some of the biggest and best electronic artists located at The Flats @MCA. Performances by world renowned Tiesto, Luciano, Justice and many more.
July 4- 20
For two mouthwatering weeks in July, savour delicious three-course prix fixe menus served at close to 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants. Lunch and dinner menus ranging from $15- $45.
July 8- August
This festival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. This year celebrates the 46th anniversary. It has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. Toronto comes alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands.
Aug 8- 10
GreekTown Taste of the Danforth sponsored by Krinos is one of Toronto’s signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer – from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children’s games! Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination.
Aug 15- Sept 1
“Let’s go to the Ex!” is a statement that rings throughout Toronto every August. With over 1 million visitors each year, the CNE has become a symbolic close to summer festivities. The CNE is Canada’s largest fair and boasts fun for everyone. Join in on ring toss, enjoy some deep fried delicacies or gamble at the casino. Whatever you choose to do, it is sure to be a great time!