Annual Events

 

Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

April 24 - May 4

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents 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 – 31

CONTACT, the world’s largest annual photography event, is a month-long festival of photography with over 1000 local, national and international artists at more than 200 venues across the Greater Toronto Area in May.

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Canadian Music Week

May 6 - 10

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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Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

May 22 - June 1

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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Doors Open Toronto

May 24 & 25

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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Luminato Festival

June 6 - 15

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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NXNE: North by Northeast Music & Film Festival

June 13 - 22

North by Northeast is all about rocking the city with 10 days of great music and the coolest music-related films from around the world. You’ll hear original music you’ve never heard before and get a first look at hand-selected music movies.

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Mississauga Waterfront Festival

June 13 - 15

Spend some memorable 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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TD Toronto Jazz Festival

June 19 - 28

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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Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto

June 20 - 22

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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Pride Toronto Festival + WorldPride 2014

June 20 - 29

World Pride 2014 is happening in Toronto. And what better place to celebrate than in a city with one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the world? Join us, as we become the first North American city ever to host this ultimate celebration of Pride.

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Digital Dreams Festival

June 28 - 29

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

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Toronto Fringe Festival

July 2 - 13

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 city’s liveliest grassroots theatre festival.

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

July 4 - 6

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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Summerlicious

July 4 - 20

Enjoy mouth-watering fare offered by some of the city’s best restaurants. Three course, prix-fixe menus for lunch or dinner. Check out several of the over 150 participating restaurants and you will experience an excellent variety of some great cuisine. Bon Appetit!

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Honda Indy Toronto

July 18 - 20

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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Salsa on St. Clair

July 19 & 20

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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Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival

July 8 - August 3 (Grand Parade Saturday, August 2)

Feel the vibe at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly Caribana) – 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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Rogers Cup

August 2 - 10

Rogers Cup welcomed the best in women’s tennis in 2013. 32 of the Top 35 women competed in Toronto, including Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Vika Azarenka and 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.

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Pilaros Taste of the Danforth

August 8 - 10

Greektown hosts the annual Pilaros 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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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

August 15 - September 1

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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Scotiabank Buskerfest

August 21 - 24

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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Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle

September 5 - 7

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 4 - 14

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city. Visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox to get into the Festival spirit year-round.

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Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival

September (dates to be announced)

Three days of music featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers. The Festival is held at a variety of venues in downtown Toronto and features over 100 performances, most of them free.

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JFL42

September (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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Toronto Oktoberfest

October (dates to be announced)

Experience an Authentic Oktoberfest Festhalle at Toronto Oktoberfest at the Kool Haus/Guvernment Entertainment Complex.

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Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

October 4

For one sleepless night experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of artists. One night only. All night long. Nuit Blanche is 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 23 - November 2

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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Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade

October (date to be announced)

Join the undead horde of 10,000 zombies at Nathan Phillips Square! Includes spooky entertainment, contests, and the new Halloween Parade.

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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

November 7 - 16

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 16

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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Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday, November 29

Toronto’s 48th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf 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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Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market

November/December (dates to be announced)

Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free 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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Winterlicious

January/February 2015 (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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Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

February 2015 (dates to be announced)

The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show has introduced many generations to Canada’s outdoor heritage during its 65-year history. Many youth and adults alike had their first fishing, archery and outdoor experiences at the show.

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Canadian International AutoShow

February 2015 (dates to be announced)

To mark its 40th anniversary, the 2013 Canadian International AutoShow combined a glorious past, the best of the present and visions of the future. This year, continue to experience the Total Automotive Experience with over 600,000 square feet of dazzling displays, big prize giveaways and engaging exhibits!

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World Mastercard Fashion Week

March 2015 (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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