As one of the most diverse cities 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 August, events pop up all over for the public to enjoy and be educated by, so check out our list to stay in the know and participate below!
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When: June 1 – 30
Celebrate the most wonderful and colourful celebration there is! Pride weekend (parade) is June 22 to 24, but Pride Toronto is full of events all month long! It’s bound to ooze music, arts, and entertainment. You can find events going on every day and a party every weekend, somewhere you can be entirely you.
When: June 7 to 23
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. Check out the Harbourfront Centre for an installation called House of Mirrors!
NXNE: North by North East Festival
When: June 7 – 16
Last year, NXNE had CHVRCHES, Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks, Lights and so many others perform! This music fest has a sweet line up every year and is in Toronto’s core at Yonge & Dundas. They close down Yonge from Queen to Dundas and fill the streets with events each day! Best of all? It’s free to attend.
THE STOP’S NIGHT MARKET
When: June 18 – 19
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. The tickets include 65+ chefs and 25+ drink options for everyone and even live music to pull the night all together!
When: June 15
This year marks the 6th 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. The festival has brought so many artists from around the world to come together create something that it is so powerful and an exploration of an inspirational mind.
TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
When: June 21 – June 30
Roam the city’s east end to catch Toronto’s annual Jazz Festival! You will be able to explore the Beaches area to find some awesome events with music playing everywhere and people walking the streets all night long in the warm air.
When: July 3 – 14
This year is the 31st 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. It includes plays, musicals, performances of all kinds so you are bound to find something that tickles your fancy!
TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR
When: July 12 – 14
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. This will be the 58th year of the festival and over the years they have had ALL different kinds of art, every kind you can think of.
TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL
When: July 7 – August 11
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. The events span from the different parades to the parties and even to shows about how the intricate costumes are made!
FESTIVAL OF BEER
When: July 26 – 28
Toronto’s Festival of Beer is your go-to for any beer fans, obviously being presented by The Beer Store. This celebration is about booze, bands, and food. The festival has also paired up with the Hilton hotel, so anyone drinking can have a safe place to spend the night. But grab your tickets soon, they always go fast!
When: August 22 – 25
Celebrate everything fandom! Complete with vendors with all your favourite merchandise and artists with the personalized art you’ve been looking for, Fan Expo is somewhere where you find your people. Meet your favourite authors, actors, and celebrities. You can also check out learn new skills at a workshop or even try speed dating!
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