Annual Festivals & Events

There aren’t many things we can count on in this life, but these events taking place every year in Toronto are some of them. Make traditions with us.

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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

August 18 to September 4, 2017

This annual fair is fun for the entire family. Midway rides bring chills and thrills. The National Trade Centre boasts an International Marketplace with goods spanning the globe along with innovative products. Horse shows and dog shows entertain both young and old.

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Fan Expo Canada

August 31 to September 3, 2017

Four days of celebrity guests and exciting family-friendly events await at Fan Expo Canada.

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Toronto International Buskerfest

September 1 to 4, 2017

A showcase for hundreds of the most spectacular acts on earth – fearless, funny and wacky – see it all at Toronto’s wildly successful street performer festival!

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Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle

September 8 to 10, 2017

Get the blues along with over 50,000 others at Port Credit’s Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle and also enjoy the great pick-me-upper jazz acts throughout the festival. Over 150 Canadian and international acts.

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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

September 7 to 17, 2017

The world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city.

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Small World Music Festival

September 14 to 17, 2017

Capturing the world in a four-day festival, Small World’s signature annual program brings the sounds of Mali, Korea, Cuba, Ethiopia, Palestine, Spain, Estonia and more to Toronto stages.

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The Word on the Street Festival

September 24, 2017

A free festival that celebrates the written word and champions literacy through an annual outdoor book and magazine fair. Enjoy over 200 authors on stage and shop in the world’s largest outdoor bookstore featuring 270+ book and magazine exhibitors!

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September 21 to 30, 2017

42 Things. 10 Days. 1 Pass. Just for Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival, JFL42. It’s a 10-day festival featuring 42 ‘cool things’ happening in the city.

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Toronto Oktoberfest

September 29 & 30, 2017

Experience an authentic Oktoberfest Festhalle in Toronto!

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Nuit Blanche Toronto

September 30, 2017

A contemporary art event that magically transforms Toronto’s streets and parks into an artistic playground with exhibitions, live performances and creative programs.

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Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival

October 2017 (dates to be announced)

The annual Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival features a stellar line-up of celebrated Canadian talent at landmark Toronto venues.

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International Festival of Authors

October 19 to 29, 2017

Presenting the finest international novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers, IFOA also provides Canadian writers with an internationally-recognized forum in which to present their work.

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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

November 3 to 12, 2017

Once a year, the country comes to the city bringing along over 300 vendors, regal horse shows, entertaining dog shows and everything else in between. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest of its kind and truly is part of Canadian tradition.

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Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend & Legends Classic

November 10 to 13, 2017

The legends of hockey gather for a weekend full of tributes and fan events dedicated to Canada’s game.

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Santa Claus Parade

November 19, 2017

The Santa Claus Parade has been a Toronto tradition since 1905. Fantastic animated floats leave the corner of Christie and Bloor Street in the company of two dozen marching bands and a couple of thousand costumed participants, cheered along by excited kids (and adults!).

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Cavalcade of Lights

November 25, 2017

Kick off the holiday season with the first lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, live performances and a spectacular fireworks display at the annual Toronto Cavalcade of Lights.

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One of a Kind Show & Sale

November 23 to December 3, 2017

Since 1975, One of a Kind has been the place to go for unique, handmade goods.

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The Toronto Christmas Market

November 16 to December 23, 2017

Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products.

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New Year’s Eve in Toronto

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Toronto area is set to celebrate the arrival of 2017 – Canada’s 150th birthday! Find the event that suits your style from our picks.

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Toronto International Boat Show

January 12 to 21, 2018

Get a preview of summer at this 10-day show devoted to all things watercraft!

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January/February 2018 (dates to be announced)

Experience a series of mouthwatering culinary events and indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value with the ever popular Winterlicious. Try something new, try something exotic, try something traditional or try it all!

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Valentine’s Day in Toronto

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feel the love in the city this Valentine’s Day. Grab your sweetie and sneak away on a whirlwind weekend à deux.

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Canadian International AutoShow

February 16 to 25, 2018

Experience the Total Automotive Experience with over 600,000 square feet of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways and engaging exhibits!

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Family Day in Toronto

Monday, February 19, 2018

A game of I Spy in a gallery, pony rides, sword fighting lessons and hot chocolate by a roaring fire are just some of the fun activities for your crew on Family Day in Toronto.

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The Toronto Light Festival

January to March 2018 (dates to be announced)

The Toronto Light Festival, the city’s first-ever light art festival, illuminates the Distillery Historic District.

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March Break in Toronto

Mid-March 2018

March Break in Toronto is jam-packed with family fun! Check out these ten things to do for March Break 2017 in Canada’s Downtown.

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Canada Blooms & National Home Show

March 9 to 18, 2018

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the largest flower and garden festival in the country and get inspiration for that next home improvement project.

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Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

March 14 to 18, 2018

Many generations have had their introduction to Canada’s outdoor heritage – camping, fishing, archery – during the decades long history of the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show.

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Toronto ComiCon

March 2018 (dates to be announced)

With a range of guests from cos play, comic characters and celebrities, ComiCon presented by FAN EXPO CANADA™ is 15,000 square feet of fan heaven!

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Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

April 26 to May 6, 2018

North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market with a selection of more than 150 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe.

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 1 to 31, 2018

A month-long festival of photography with over 1,000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across Toronto each May.

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Canadian Music Week

May 7 to 13, 2018

A premier entertainment event, CMW combines industry conference with performance festival. Workshops, talks with leading industry professionals and the Canadian Music Fest with 1,000 bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto, rounds out the week.

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Carassauga Festival

May 2018 (dates to be announced)

Carassauga is a three-day cultural event showcasing over 70 countries at different pavilions throughout Mississauga.

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Doors Open Toronto

May 2018 (dates to be announced)

Toronto was the very first city to host Doors Open in North America! 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings open their doors for the weekend and highlight the people who built the city. All for free!

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Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

May/June 2018 (dates to be announced)

For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world.

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Luminato Festival

June 2018 (dates to be announced)

Each June the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to play, share and create.

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Taste of Toronto

June 2018 (dates to be announced)

The beautiful Fort York National Historic Site is the setting for one of the top global food festivals – Taste of Toronto.

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Mississauga Waterfront Festival

June 2018 (dates to be announced)

Spend some quality family time at Port Credit Memorial Park, a beautiful, waterfront area in Mississauga. Enjoy a colourful carnival, outdoor concerts, theatre and a petting zoo. Don’t miss this event for kids of all ages.

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NXNE: North by Northeast Festival

June 2018 (dates to be announced)

Gaming, innovation and hundreds of new and established musical artists at over a dozen venues across the city are what make NXNE a favourite of the summer festival roster.

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Pride Toronto Festival

June 2018

One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, Toronto Pride has an estimated attendance of over 1 million people. It includes a special Family Pride program, Trans Pride, the Dyke March and the famous and fabulous Pride Parade.

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival

June/July 2018 (dates to be announced)

Delivering the sounds of the world’s greatest jazz musicians from the quaint and most intimate of venues to large concert halls, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival should be part of your summer calendar.

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Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

Get ready for excitement at Redpath Waterfront Festival. With a footprint of 2 kilometres along Toronto’s scenic waterfront, this action-packed festival has something for everyone!

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Bud Light Dreams Festival

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

A boutique festival for discerning electronic music fans, held on the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Toronto Fringe Festival

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

Fringe festival-goers measure the quality of the experience not by the script (or absence thereof), but rather, by the pure enthusiasm of the performance. It’s the city’s liveliest grassroots theatre festival.

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TD Salsa in Toronto Festival

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

One of the largest Latino-themed cultural celebrations in Canada, the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival spans a three-week period and culminates in Salsa on St. Clair, a scintillating two-day street fest.

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July 2018 (dates to be announced)

Three course, prix-fixe menus offered by some of the finest chefs in the city. Check out several of the over 200 participating restaurants and you can experience an amazing array of culinary excellence. Bon Appetit!

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Beaches International Jazz Festival

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

Unfolding each summer in the heart of the lakeside neighbourhood, this celebration of music features a dynamic musical roster, multiple stages and even an enticing line-up of gourmet food trucks.

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival

July/August 2018 (dates to be announced)

An exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts. Over fifty years it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America.

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Toronto Summer Music Festival

July/August 2018 (dates to be announced)

Bringing world-renowned performing artists to Toronto for an unparalleled combination of concerts, guest lectures and masterclasses.

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Honda Indy Toronto

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

Honda Indy Toronto is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and features a week-long festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities.

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

The TOAE offers a fresh air and free alternative to conventional art shows and galleries, with hundreds of artists participating. It’s the quintessential Toronto summer weekend with great art – and beer!

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer

July 2018 (dates to be announced)

Toronto’s Festival of Beer celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history by featuring more than 120 brands around the world and many Ontario craft brewers.

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Rogers Cup presented by National Bank

August 2018 (dates to be announced)

Organized by Tennis Canada since 1892 and offering over $3 million in prize money, the best tennis players in the world come to Toronto to compete for the prestigious Rogers Cup trophy, which is the third-oldest title in tennis.

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Taste of the Danforth

August 2018 (dates to be announced)

Bringing the delectable cuisine of Greece out of local restaurants and into the streets, Greektown hosts this hugely popular event every year. Listen to Hellenic bands while getting your fill of authentic souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves, grilled lamb and moussaka.

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