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. Find more events on our Toronto Events Calendar.

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Nuit Blanche Toronto

October 5, 2019

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

Toronto International Festival of Authors

October 24 to November 3, 2019

Presenting the finest international and Canadian novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and biographers in intimate and interactive settings.

Halloween in Toronto

Throughout October (Halloween Night: Thursday, October 31, 2019)

Find the scariest fun with this curated list of Halloween happenings in Toronto. Haunted walks, parties, LGBTQ events, horror theatre and more.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

November 1 to 10, 2019

Once a year, the country comes to the city bringing along over 300 vendors, regal horse shows, entertaining dog competitions and everything else in between. This is a true Canadian tradition.

Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend & Legends Classic

November 15 to 18, 2019

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

The Toronto Christmas Market

November 14 to December 22, 2019

Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this month-long event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market.

Santa Claus Parade

November 17, 2019

A Toronto tradition since 1913, see fantastic floats, marching bands, dancers, prancers and hundreds of excited kids hoping to get a glimpse of the man of the hour.

One of a Kind Show & Sale

November 21 to December 1, 2019

THE place to go to find unique, handmade goods and that perfect gift.

Cavalcade of Lights

November 30, 2019

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

New Year’s Eve in Toronto

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Toronto area is set to celebrate the arrival of the New Year in style! Find the event that suits your taste from our picks.

The Toronto Light Festival

January/March 2020 (dates to be announced)

The city’s original light festival artfully illuminates the Distillery Historic District.

Toronto International Boat Show

January 17 to 26, 2020

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


January/February 2020 (dates to be announced)

For two scrumptious weeks, Winterlicious offers three-course prix fixe menus at nearly 200 participating restaurants, as well as 13 special culinary events. Indulge in creative cuisine from around the world.

Valentine’s Day in Toronto

Friday, February 14, 2020

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

Canadian International AutoShow

February 14 to 23, 2020

See the latest in automotive innovation and style with over 600,000 square feet of dazzling displays and engaging exhibits.

Family Day in Toronto

Monday, February 17, 2020

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.

Canada Blooms & National Home Show

March 2020 (dates to be announced)

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

March Break in Toronto

March 2020 (dates to be announced)

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

Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

March 18 to 22, 2020

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.

Toronto ComiCon

March 13 to 15, 2020

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!

Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

April 30 to May 10, 2020

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.

Canadian Music Week

May 19 to 23, 2020

95A 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.

Tastemaker Toronto

May 2020 (dates to be announced)

The beautiful and historic Evergreen Brick Works is the setting for one of the top global food festivals – Tastemaker (formerly Taste of Toronto).

Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

May/June 2020 (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.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 2020 (dates to be announced)

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

Carassauga Festival

May 22 to 24, 2020

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

Doors Open Toronto

May 23 to 24, 2020

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

Toronto Pride

June 2020 (dates to be announced)

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.

NXNE: North by Northeast Festival

June 12 to 21, 2020

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.

Luminato Festival

June 2020 (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.

Mississauga Waterfront Festival

June 19 to 21, 2020

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.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

June 2020 (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.

Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto

June/July 2020 (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!

Bud Light Dreams Festival

June 2020 (dates to be announced)

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

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival

June/July 2020 (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.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

July 2020 (dates to be announced)

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!

Toronto Fringe Festival

July 2020 (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.


July 2020 (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!

Honda Indy Toronto

July 2020 (dates to be announced)

Among the most respected motorsports events in North America, Honda Indy Toronto features a week-long festival-like atmosphere that attracts top drivers and includes the fastest racing series on the planet.

Beaches International Jazz Festival

July 2020 (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.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

July 2020 (dates to be announced)

Celebrating Canada’s rich brewing history by featuring unique Ontario craft brewers plus brands from around the world.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

July/August 2020 (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.

Toronto Summer Music Festival

July/August 2020 (dates to be announced)

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

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank

August 2020 (dates to be announced)

The top tennis players in the world come to Toronto to compete for the prestigious Rogers Cup trophy and over $3 million in prize money.

Taste of the Danforth

August 2020 (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. There’s more souvlaki than you can shake a stick at!

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

August 2020 (dates to be announced)

This annual fair heralds the end of summer and is a tradition for generations of Canadians and visitors. Midway rides, live music and crazy culinary concoctions are fun for everyone!

Toronto International Buskerfest

September 2020 (dates be announced)

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!

Fan Expo Canada

August 2020 (dates to be announced)

FAN EXPO Canada boasts the largest all-ages comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Canada and the third largest in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities including retailers, artists, comic creators, authors, writers and celebrity guests from Film & Television and the popular arts.

Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle

September 2020 (dates of be announced)

Get the blues along with 50,000 others at Port Credit’s premiere music festival. Over 150 Canadian and international acts converge on this lovely lakeside event.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

September 2020 (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.

The Word on the Street Festival

September 2020 (dates be announced)

Celebrate the written word with over 200 authors on stage and shop in the world’s largest outdoor bookstore featuring 270+ book and magazine exhibitors.

Small World Music Festival

September 2020 (dates of be announced)

Small World’s signature annual event brings the sounds of Mali, Korea, Cuba, Palestine, Spain, Estonia–and more–to Toronto stages.


September 2020 (dates to be announced)

42 Things. 10 Days. 1 Pass. The biggest names in comedy come to town when Just for Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival featuring 42 ‘cool things’ around the city.

Toronto Oktoberfest

September 2020 (dates be announced)

Experience an authentic Oktoberfest Festhalle in Toronto!