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Pride Month

June 1 to July 3

Canada’s first-ever Pride Month will feature extended programming and provocative events throughout the city, culminating in an epic weekend of parades and parties July 1 to 3.

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Luminato

June 10 to 26

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 23 to 26

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

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.

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Toronto Fringe Festival

June 29 to July 10

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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Canada Day Festivities

Friday, July 1

The first weekend in July is going to be a big one, with Canada Day on Friday, July 1 (and U.S. Independence Day on Monday, July 4) and SO much going on in Toronto!

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Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival

July 1 to 3

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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Summerlicious

July 8 to 24

From classic Italian to cozy Canadian to Asian fusion and everything in between, savour the flavours of summer 2016 with our top picks for this year’s Summerlicious.

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Honda Indy Toronto

July 15 to 17

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 Zoo

Giant Pandas

For only the second time ever, two giant pandas (named Er Shun and Da Mao) are exhibited in Canada. See the pandas now at the Zoo!

UPDATE: Meet the Panda Cubs!

Er Shun, the Zoo’s female giant panda, gave birth to twins in the fall of 2015. The cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, are now bigger and stronger and on display daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.). Visit TorontoZoo.com for details. #TOPandaCubs.

Art Gallery of Ontario

The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris

July 1 to September 18, 2016.

Curated by Steve Martin, The Idea of North presents 30 of Harris’s most significant and rare northern landscapes drawn from major public and private collections across Canada.

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Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard

On now to July 17, 2016.

Transforming the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery into a series of snaking walkways and small rooms reminiscent of Beijing’s traditional communal living spaces, the exhibition Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard invites visitors to lose themselves inside a unique installation of 100 vintage Chinese wardrobe doors.

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Ontario Science Centre

Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

On now.

Through exciting hands-on displays, including fossils and life-sized replicas, learn how researchers use cutting-edge science and technology to excavate and analyze tusks, teeth, skin, hair and stomach contents to learn more about mammoths and mastodons, mighty creatures who roamed the northern hemisphere during the last Ice Age.

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The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not

May 20 to September 5, 2016.

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not®. Follow your natural interest and curiosity in the unusual and remarkable as you explore the real science behind the unbelievable.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Chihuly

June 25, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

Immerse yourself in a spectacular exhibition exploring colour, light and form by one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass today. Created by sand, fire and human breath, these brilliantly coloured works of art produce a magical, sensory experience that will never be forgotten. See Chihuly at the ROM

Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

On now to September 5, 2016.

Explore the 5,000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing at this showcase of the visual history of body art and markings. Ancint tools and specially-commissioned silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world, are all part of the exhibition. Experience Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

The Market Gallery

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto

June 18 to November 12, 2016.

Rare photographs and memorabilia from a time of huge social and cultural transformation marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final concert in Toronto. Themed areas include “When the Beatles Rocked Us” – hundreds of rare images to remember the band and the fans from 1964 to 1966; “Were We Played” – a look at the clubs and coffee houses of the Yonge Street strip and Yorkville Village where Toronto’s music scene developed; “How We Lived” – a fully-furnished ‘rec’ room modelled on a 1960s Don Mills home.

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Aga Khan Museum

Álvario Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra

July 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Spain’s iconic Moorish palace and World Heritage Site comes to life in new exhibition showcasing the designs of one of today’s greatest living architects. Through renderings, models, large-scale photographs and video, the exhibition reveals the artistic challenge behind Siza’s design of the new visitor centre at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain as well as architectural objects from the Alhambra’s own collection.

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Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art

On now to September 11, 2016.

Real and mythical creatures leap off the pages of legends, tales and fables in Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Urdu in a new family-friendly exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum. Originally organized by the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, Marvellous Creatures: Animals in Islamic Art has been expanded to include key works from the Aga Khan Museum and other international private and public collections.

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Casa Loma: Toronto’s Majestic Castle

Soul in the City and Symphony in the Gardens

Mondays and Tuesdays to August 30*.

Casa Loma hosts live music performances throughout the summer! On Monday evenings see Juno Award-winning artist Sean Jones with a seven–piece band plus special guests and Tuesdays the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, fills the garden with music. Enjoy stunning views of the city, a majestic castle and beautiful estate gardens while listening to music under the stars. (*Tuesday July 12 will be closed for a private performance.)

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Escape Casa Loma!

Three incredible and immersive escape experiences.

The Casa Loma Escape Series blends fact with fiction and theatre with gaming. Experience Casa Loma like never before. Escape From the Tower, King of the Bootleggers, and the new game Station M are on now and booking up fast!

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