Guide to Arts & Culture Events in Toronto This Summer

This Summer's Best Music, Arts & Theatre Festivals!

As one of the most diverse city’s in the world, Toronto is full of breathtaking film, artwork, and culture year round. In the summer, the streets of our city are transformed into endless festival grounds for music, theatre and the arts. From May to June, July to August, events pop up all over for the public to enjoy and be educated by, check out our list to stay in the know and participate below!

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PRIDE MONTH

When: June 1st – 24th

Celebrate the most wonderful and colourful celebration there is! Pride weekend (parade) is June 22nd to June 24th, but Pride Toronto is full of events all month long! It’s bound to ooze music, arts, and entertainment.

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LUMINATIO FESTIVAL

When: June 6th to 24th

Luminato Festival covers everything from performance to visual art, you can count on seeing incredible, theatre, dance, music, and more. This year, artworks can be found all over the city – as Luminato is multidisciplinary several locations.

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NXNE: North by North East Festival

When: June 8th – 17th

Check out CHVRCHES, Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks, Lights and more at NXNE! This music fest has a sweet line up and is in Toronto’s core at Yonge & Dundas. Best of all? It’s free to attend.


 

THE STOP’S NIGHT MARKET

When: June 12th – 13th

Spend your evening eating delicious snacks at this culinary festival! All proceeds go to The Stop Community Food Centre, a nonprofit organization which has provided food-based programs, services, and advocacy in Toronto for over 35 years.


 

NUIT ROSE

When: June 13th – 16th

This year marks the 5th annual year of Nuit Rose, a festival which focuses on queer art and performance. The festival is free to the public, engages with LGBTQ communities and showcases diverse work from local and international artists.

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WICKED

When: June 20th – August 5th

Head to the Ed Mirvish Theatre to see a phenomenal performance of Wicked!


 

TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: June 22nd – July 1st

Roam the city’s east end to catch Toronto’s annual Jazz Festival!


 

KENSINGTON ART FAIR/PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS

When: June 24th, July 29th, August 26th

Walk through Toronto’s Kensington Market and experience the outdoor art festival. Each year, thousands of people attend.

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SALSA IN TORONTO FFESTIVAL

When: July 3rd -31st

This three week celebration explores Latino culture, music, food, and dance. Some of the events include salsa dancing lessons, Latin art exhibits, and an outdoor street festival.


 

FRINGE FESTIVAL

When: July 4th – 15th

This year is the 30th anniversary of Toronto’s Fringe Festival. There’s over 1,000 events happening in over 30 venues all across the city, so you’re bound to find something exciting no matter where you are.


 

YOGA IN THE PARK

When: Monday’s 7 to 8 PM

Each year starting at the summer solstice, The Flying Yogi takes over parks all around the city, no experience necessary! All classes are donation based, with a portion of proceeds going to Nellie’s – a shelter for abused women and children.

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TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR

When: July 6th – 8th

Canada’s largest and longest running contemporary outdoor art fair is back! Head to Nathan Phillip’s square to see all sort of unique art, and even have a drink at their cascading beer garden.


 

AFROFEST

When: July 7th – 8th

This year, AfroFest is attempting to break the Guinness world record for the largest djembe drum ensemble, and all are welcome to participate. But if drumming isn’t your thing, be sure to check out the marketplace filled with vendors from all across the African continent.

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TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

When: July 7th – August 12th

The four-week celebration starts with the carnival ball and ends with the grand parade. Events are happening all over Toronto, and even spans out to Etobicoke.


 

KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL

When: July 11th – 15th

This year, the festival hosts authentic Korean films in several different categories. There is also a shorts competition. Winners are awarded by a panel of judges and audience favourites.


 


 

FESTIVAL OF BEER

When: July 26th – July 29th

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is your go-to for any beer fans. This celebration is about booze, bands, and food. The festival has also paired up with the Hilton hotel, so anyone drinkning can have a safe place to spend the night. But grab your tickets soon, they’re nearly sold out!


 

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

When: August 3rd – 6th

With vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free options, even the pickiest eaters will find something they enjoy at this outdoor festival. Woodbine park has never been so delicious.


 

CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITON

When: August 17th – September 3rd

The CNE closes off the summer with a final hurrah – it’s all food, entertainment, and rides. Zoom around the park grounds and have a ball!


 

FAN EXPO

When: August 30th – September 2nd

Celebrate everything fandom! Meet your favourite authors, actors, and celebrities. You can also check out local artists and learn new skills at a workshop.

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ARTFEST TORONTO

When: August 31st – September 3rd

Celebrate culture this Labour day weekend at Artfest in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. This free admission festival has local artists of all kinds and workshops running throughout the weekend.

 


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