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Winter Magic in Toronto


The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

November 6 to 15, 2015

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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Santa Claus Parade

Sunday, November 15, 2015

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.

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The Toronto Christmas Market

November 20 to December 20, 2015

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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One of a Kind Show & Sale

November 26 to December 6, 2015

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

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Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Toronto’s annual Cavalcade of Lights returns to Nathan Phillips Square with the first lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, live performances and a spectacular fireworks display.

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January 29 to February 11, 2016

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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Canadian International AutoShow

February 12 to 21, 2016

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

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Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

March 16 to 20, 2016

The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show has introduced many generations to Canada’s outdoor heritage during its 66-year history. Many youths and adults alike had their first fishing, archery and outdoor experiences at the show.

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World MasterCard Fashion Week

Spring 2016 (dates to be announced)

Whether you’re a fashion lover or fashion designer; whether you’re looking to see or be seen, or just interested in the scene altogether, Toronto Fashion Week is the place to be as some of the biggest names in Canadian fashion (and from all over the world) gather to showcase their collections.

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Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

April/May 2016 (dates to be announced)

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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Canadian Music Week

May 2016 (dates to be announced)

Canadian Music Week is one of the premier entertainment events in North America, and features Canadian Music Fest spanning 5 nights of performances, with 1,000 bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 1 to 31, 2016

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

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Doors Open Toronto

May 28 & 29, 2016

Toronto was the very first city to host Doors Open in North America! Over 130 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 2016 (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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Mississauga Waterfront Festival

June 2016 (dates to be announced)

Spend some quality family time at Port Credit Memorial Park, a beautiful, world-class waterfront park in Mississauga. Enjoy a colourful carnival, outdoor concerts, theatre and a petting zoo. Be sure not to miss this event for kids of all ages.

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NXNE: North by Northeast Music & Film Festival

June 2016 (dates to be announced)

Five days of great music and the coolest music-related films from around the world. Hear original music you’ve never heard and get a first look at hand-selected music films.

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Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto

June 2016 (dates to be announced)

Get ready for the excitement at this year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival. With a footprint of 2 kilometres along Toronto’s waterfront from Spadina to Sherbourne, the action-packed festival will have something for everyone!

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival

June 2016 (dates to be announced)

Brought to you by North America’s premiere jazz festival producers, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival delivers the sounds of the world’s greatest jazz musicians from the quaint and most intimate of venues to the large concert halls. Be sure to schedule this smooth festival into your summer calendar.

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Luminato Festival

June 10 to 19, 2016

For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create.

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Pride Toronto Festival

June 24 to July 3, 2016

One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, with an estimated attendance of over 1 million people. It includes a three-day street festival, a special Family Pride program, Trans Pride, the Dyke March and the infamous and fabulous Pride Parade.

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Digital Dreams Festival

June 2016 (dates to be announced)

Electronic Nation presents the Digital Dreams Festival. Canada’s largest EDM festival.

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Salsa on St. Clair

July 2016 (dates to be announced)

Brought to you by TLN Telelatino, Hillcrest Village BIA and the City of Toronto. Join in on the fun as St. Clair Avenue West transforms into a showcase of Latin life.

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Toronto Fringe Festival

July 2016 (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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Honda Indy Toronto

July 15 to 17, 2016

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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July 2016 (dates to be announced)

Enjoy mouth-watering fare offered by some of the city’s finest restaurants with three course, prix-fixe menus for lunch or dinner. 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 2016 (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’s Festival of Beer

July 2016 (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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Toronto Summer Music Festival

July 2016 (dates to be announced)

The Toronto Summer Music Festival brings world-renowned performing artists to Toronto for an unparalleled combination of concerts, guest lectures and Masterclasses.

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Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival

July/August 2016 (dates to be announced)

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

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Krinos Taste of the Danforth

August 5 to 7, 2016

Greektown hosts the annual Krinos Taste of the Danforth festival. This event brings the delectable cuisine out of local restaurants and into the streets. Listen to Greek bands while getting your fill of authentic souvlaki, stuffed grape leaves, grilled lamb and moussaka.

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Rogers Cup presented by National Bank

August 2016 (dates to be announced)

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

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Scotiabank Buskerfest

August 2016 (dates to be announced)

The Scotiabank BuskerFest is Toronto’s wildly successful international street performer festival – a showcase for hundreds of the most spectacular street performers on earth!

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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

August/September 2016 (dates to be announced)

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

September 2016 (dates to be announced)

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

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Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle

September 2016 (dates to be announced)

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 2016 (dates to be announced)

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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Toronto Oktoberfest

September 2016 (dates to be announced)

Experience an authentic Oktoberfest Festhalle in Toronto!

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Toronto Food & Wine Festival

September 2016 (dates to be announced)

The ultimate Canadian culinary weekend. Toronto Food & Wine Festival features local and celebrity chefs at this amazing three-day epicurean event.

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

September 2016 (dates to be announced)

As the largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada, the TOAE offers a fresh air and free alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. Approximately 500 artists participate and over 100,000 visitors attend the exhibition every year.

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September/October 2016 (dates to be announced)

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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Small World Music Festival

September/October 2016 (dates to be announced)

Capturing the world in a ten-day festival, Small World’s signature annual program returns in 2016 for its 15th year, bringing the sounds of Mali, Korea, Cuba, Ethiopia, Palestine, Spain, Estonia and more to Toronto stages.

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Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival

September/October 2016 (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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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

October 1, 2016

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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International Festival of Authors

October/November 2016 (dates to be announced)

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

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