Annual Festivals & Events
There’s not much we can count on in this life, but these events taking place every year in Toronto are some of them. Make traditions with us.
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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Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
May 26 to June 5, 2016
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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May 27 to 29, 2016
Carassauga is a three-day cultural event showcasing over 70 countries at different pavilions throughout Mississauga.
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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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Pride Toronto Festival
June 1 to July 3, 2016
Through June 2016, Toronto will host Canada’s first-ever Pride Month. One of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, Toronto Pride has 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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June 10 to 26, 2016
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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NXNE: North by Northeast Music & Film Festival
June 13 to 19, 2016
Seven 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.
Mississauga Waterfront Festival
June 17 to 19, 2016
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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Taste of Toronto
June 23 to 26, 2016
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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TD Toronto Jazz Festival
June 24 to July 3, 2016
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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Toronto Fringe Festival
June 29 to July 10, 2016
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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Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto
July 1 to 3, 2016
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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Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 2 to 24, 2016
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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Digital Dreams Festival
July 2 & 3, 2016
Electronic Nation presents the Digital Dreams Festival. Canada’s largest EDM festival.
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Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival
July 5 to 31, 2016 (Grand Parade: Saturday, July 30)
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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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 8 to 10, 2016
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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July 8 to 24, 2016
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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Salsa on St. Clair
July 9 & 10, 2016
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 Summer Music Festival
July 14 to August 7, 2016
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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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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Toronto’s Festival of Beer
July 22 to 24, 2016
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
July 23 to 31, 2016
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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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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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
August 19 to September 5, 2016
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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August 25 to 28, 2016
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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Fan Expo Canada
September 1 to 4, 2016
Four days of celebrity guests and exciting family-friendly events await at Fan Expo Canada.
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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
September 8 to 18, 2016
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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Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle
September 9 to 11, 2016
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 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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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 15 to 25, 2016
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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September 30 & October 1, 2016
Experience an authentic Oktoberfest Festhalle in Toronto!
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Saturday, 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 20 to 30, 2016
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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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
November 4 to 13, 2016
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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The Toronto Christmas Market
November 18 to December 21, 2016
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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Santa Claus Parade
Sunday, November 20, 2016
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 26, 2016
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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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 17 to 26, 2017
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 Fashion Week
March 2017 (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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Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
March 15 to 19, 2017
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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March 17 to 19, 2017
Toronto ComiCon has grown to become a spectacular 3-day event! 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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One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale
March 2017 (dates to be announced)
Since 1975, One of a Kind has been the place to go for unique, handmade goods.
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Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
April/May 2017 (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 2017 (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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